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The Riverside Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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Roadford | Roadford, Doolin, Ireland
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St. Catharines, Canada
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

When the bus stops in Doolin, the spot is usually jammed with tourists. The pub has a set menu, and is extremely efficient at getting the food to the tables, considering the shear numbers of people. The food was good, and the restrooms clean. The only down side is that the prices reflect the captive audience.

Thank CaptainBill217
Brooklyn, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

We stopped in for dinner when the pub nearby was too full, and we were so pleased with our meal. We had fish and chips, pizza, greek salad, a vegetarian dish, an amazing steak and several great desserts. Prices were reasonable and the staff and proprietor were so lovely and pleasant. It's a bit plan and nothing too fancy but... More 

Thank ckbrooklyn200
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely delicious food despite its rather plain exterior. We had fish and chips and a pizza. Baileys cheesecake for dessert abs a beautiful bottle of pinot grigit. Highly reccomend. A hidden gem

Thank Dub32
Scottsdale, Arizona
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This was a charming restaurant. The owner, Vess, was very helpful not only about the menu but also what life is like in this charming and beautiful area of Ireland. His brother is the chef. We had awesome mussels and crab claws and the portions were generous, served of course with lots of excellent fresh bread. It was a sweet... More 

Thank gojojo2
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

The food is amazing! We had a portion of mussels, oysters, crab claws, honey roast crab, pizza with ham, banoffi pie, chocolate cake, and ice cream. The mussels and oysters and duck were amazing!!!! Compared to them the crab claws weren't that special but still very good. The pizza had a thin crust and a good cheese to sauce ratio;... More 

Thank Dunja C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Went there to grab some lunch on the way to the cliffs of moher. Mussels were alright as well as the lamb and the seafood pasta. The service was friendly but certainly lacked some English language skills.

Thank Rene R
London, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

We arrived to Doolin on the night of the bank holiday but didn't made a reservation to a restaurant and all was packed. We stepped in and although it was full, surprisingly a table for four was made available to us. The place didn't have a smell of burnt oil and the menu was diversified and even offered pizza! The... More 

Thank Avi911
Homosassa, Florida
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Went in on my annual trip to Doolin. As great as I have always thought Doolin is, I must recommend this place for a morning or afternoon meal. Tea or coffee, muffins or scones, you cannot go wrong. So very easy to sit and relax in this spot.

Thank elshacko
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Ordered seafood pasta and was served what was certainly frozen seafood from a packet complete with seafood extender! Was not expecting that given the sign out the front that said "always fresh seafood". To top it off, it lacked flavour and seasoning. My partner ordered duck and I'm almost certain it was deep fried. The pizza might be better, but... More 

Thank Vivian F
Beaufort, South Carolina
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

An above average restaurant well away from Doolin proper, specials are highlighted on a outside marque, the menu is more inclusive and does include pizza if I remember correctly

Thank tombrady127

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $21
Irish, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Roadford | Roadford, Doolin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Clare  >  The Burren  >  Doolin
  • Phone Number: 353899850979

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?