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O'Hara's Food & Spirits

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1185 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02461-1240
(617) 965-6785
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Boston, Mass
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73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

O'Hara is a neighborhood pub with good beer selection, friendly staff, and, usually, excellent food. Lunches are usually excellent, and I have had fish there as expertly cooked as at top tier restaurants. Dinner last night was a bit disappointing. I ordered a steak medium rare, and it came well done. My wife's fish, on the other hand, was fine.

Thank Russeljm
Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Unassuming place with very good, very reliable pub food coming out of a tiny kitchen. Very friendly wait staff. Going off hours, either ahead or behind crowds, means you will be able to hear each other over dinner.

Thank violetnj
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129 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Locals know this landmark watering hole and restaurant as the place to be in Newton Highland's. SIster restaurant to Paddy's in West Newton, it offers good service, classic pub food, and now with more salads and clearly delineated GF options. They could take gluten free a little more seriously by having the plate delivered separately but otherwise they seem to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here with friends who go fairly regularly. Friendly pub atmosphere, cheerful wait staff, good bar, Guinness and Smithwick's on tap (along with many other beers). The food was not by any means all Irish, but was all very good. There's quite a list of specials in addition to the regular menu. Our friends say it's often crowded and noisy,... More 

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Boston, MA
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116 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good food in this crowded bar/restaurant. Always packed it seems, despite parking challenges. This neighborhood pub has been a Newton institution for many years. I don't eat red meat which is plentiful, but plenty of great sea food choices for one to enjoy.

Thank knightline
Overland Park, Kansas
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the people, food, and experience at this local pub in Newton Highlands! The best fish and rings made with fresh haddock!! I highly recommend giving them a try. Used to live in the area, and I came back to see if the food here is just as good as I remembered it! It is!!

Thank glostar1109
Newton, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ohara's is a very goof neighborhood pub, with plenty of good food choices, well beynd pub food, a full bar and an entertaining atmosphere.

Thank gholczer
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here several times. The food and service are always good. I have had some of their delicious salads, the beef stew, and countless various meals. The food is great, reasonably priced, the service is very good. I love this place. A great neighborhood gem.

Thank Sandra Y
new jersey
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282 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Numerous visits here even though i only come Mass once a year. Server named Katelynn and her blonde associate were simply great. My wifes first visit here, she raved about it. Nuff said

Thank doc491002
Boston, Massachusetts
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526 reviews
327 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We were shopping in Newton, Massachusetts and wanted to find a place for lunch that was not part of a chain and had some individual character. A Google search showed that O'Hara's was close and seemed to offer an Irish pub experience. The friendly nature of a pub in England, Ireland or Scotland is an experience that we rarely are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1185 Walnut St, Newton, MA 02461-1240
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newton
  • Phone Number: (617) 965-6785

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