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Best Seafood Ulster 2018 Award by Good Eating Guide Donegal’s finest traditional old Irish Bar & Restaurant offers a warm welcome to visitors to Donegal Town and locals alike. The Olde Castle Bar and Restaurant Donegal is home to the finest Donegal seafood, steaks, beers, wines & whiskies – served by the O’Toole family and their team, with a smile and a Cead Mile Failte!
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub
FEATURES
Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went here for hearty lunch. The venison pie had more venison than I expected. Menu said it come with root vegetables, but more meat than veg. One of the best tasting meat pies I have had in UK and that says something. Also had cider...on tap which went well with the pie. Very satisfying. I had left my camera when I left the bar BUT a half our later when I walked by on my way to the castle, person came out and ran after me to return recognizing me in my Florida Gator jacket. WOW that is service with a PLUS!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Staff and service was wonderful. Meal portions were small andi i was still hungry after eating my main course of pasta. Def not cheap for what we got. My husband said his fish and chips were ‘fine’.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Popped in at 6pm on a Monday and glad we got in then, as by 7 there was long waits for table & food. Friendly service and we both had a great starters & main courses. We couldn’t fault the tasty food and accompanying drinks....All in all a great meal 👍🏻More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am very allergic to bell peppers; the symptoms are like food poisoning (vomiting, diarrhea, acute cramps) and last a day to several days depending on the quantify ingested. I explained my allergy and asked the waitress to please check with the kitchen as to...whether there were bell peppers in the food I ordered -- seafood chowder and fish cakes. She returned and said the food was free of bell peppers. Sure enough, as I got home I ran to the bathroom where I spent most of the evening and early morning. It let up a bit in the afternoon, but I still had to stay close to a bathroom. This is not a place I would recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow wow wow love the Irish hospitality :) I had the soup leek and potato mmmm and then mains I opted for the specials beef stroganoff ! I was hungry and it was amazing ! I was stuffed tighter than a turkey and hated handed...over the unfinished plate !! The staff were super friendly and I loved the layout of the place it was very old fashioned and hobit like with low ceilings and wood everywhere a proper little gem to be foundMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to eat a burger with a plastic foil inside,with a tasty buns with mold. That happened to my friends. I eat a delicious fish and chips and a decent seafood chowder

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While touring Ireland, we had dinner here. We had to wait to get seated, but was able to hang out at the bar. By the time we were seated, we were getting close to their 8pm closing time. After we finished it was challenging to...get out bill because everyone was tending to cleaning up since it was now after 8:30. It was a good restaurant to eat but would suggest going earlier than later.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 23, 2022

We ate dinner here. My wife had chicken and I had seafood. Both were excellent. We had prompt service and our food was exactly as we ordered.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed May 11, 2022 via mobile

Had the most wonderful experience in The Old Castle Bar on Monday night. We were a group of 8 with no booking but the most welcoming staff did everything to accommodate us that we could sit together even tho the restaurant was full. The order...was taking by a wonderful waitress Grace who was friendly professional and knew her menu and job so well. The service was excellent. The food arrived piping hot and delicious. It was my friends birthday and they put a candle in her dessert and the all sang Happy birthday even the Chef came out to join in the song, I have worked in hospitality for over 20 years and I could see that The Olde Castle staff are a Team and work very well together, but 10 out of 10 for Grace who made our evening most enjoyable with brilliant service and welcoming smile. I hope the owners and management know what wonderful staff they have. 100% will be back and would recommend itMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022

We had a wonderful meal in the bar with very substantial portions. The seafood platter was amazing and the cheese board was enough for 4 people. Guinness was pretty good as well and the staff very friendly and professional. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022 via mobile

The old bar has a pleasant inside atmosphere. The staff was attentive. Our appetiser was exceptional: goat cheese crouton. However, our main meals were good but overpriced. The specials were also overpriced IMO with the Monk Fish priced at 30 euro. Before 17.00hrs. they apparently...offer sandwiches that get high reviews but unfortunately we dined late.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 23, 2022 via mobile

Great little bar with high end food and service, lovely pint of Guinness and will definitely be back for another steak soon!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 13, 2022 via mobile

Travelling around various locations in Ireland,, we came across this wonderful traditional style bar with one major difference to what I've seen elsewhere '' and that was the amazing menu choice '' (I have to admit I was a bit fed up with massive dishes...of mash potato '' and boiler cabbage) we had fresh oysters 'mussels and it tasted Georgeous' '' the service was outstanding and the environment friendly and safe '' best dining experience in ireland so far,More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 4, 2022

Initially stopping for a Guinness and glass of wine on a beautiful sunny day taking advantage of the outside seating. We enjoyed it so much that we returned for an evening meal. Fresh Oysters to start nicely presented accompanied with a pint of Guinness. The...sole special was excellent as was the selection of irish cheese. Good selection of wines availableMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022 via mobile

We were a group of 4 looking for nothing more than traditional pub menu before an evening of music. The menu was far better than what we expected. The lemon marinated chicken was really tender and the barley soup very flavorful. Attentive staff and overall...far exceeded expectations. Don't just walk by.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Hi Yes we are , assuming dogs are well behaved they are welcome.
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Hi No we don’t have live music, just good food, drinks and conversation. Music available close by.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5