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Established in 1978 as a one room pub house, John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden has risen to the top of the class among the Irish Pubs in St. Louis. In fact, Esquire Magazine, in its June, 2011 Edition, saluting the best bars in America, chose John D. McGurk’s as its only bar honored in the city of St. Louis. McGurk’s is known throughout the Midwest for its great Irish music, food, drink, and its 10,000 square foot outdoor garden, complete with breathtaking landscaping, a fountain, a waterfall, and two terrific outdoor bars. Inside and out, McGurk’s is nearly 20,000 square feet of pure Irish fun. Irish musicians entertain the patrons nightly, traveling to St. Louis from Galway to Dublin,
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Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Private Dining, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Rating this as a 5...reasons? Perfect place for the end of a day. We were tourists and had a very busy day in StL after a drive in from KC. We went into the bar and it was nearly empty, as we sitting down I...made a comment to the waitress about not anyone here yet and asked if they might be busy. She said, "It's busier outside." What outside....the patio...with an 'of course' look. But we came in the front front door and had no inkling of a patio. Beautiful setting, there were open table but not when we left. Food was very good. I had the fish and chips, she had the stew. She commented that the stew tasted different than others she has had also in Irish pubs. But quickly told me it was really good. Evening was pleasant, it was early September. Flowers, plants...casual and comfortable. Will definitely remember this for any time we come back to St LouisMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 4, 2021 via mobile

Great atmosphere, we ate in the outside fountain garden area. Food was very good, there was six of us and everyone was pleased with their food. My husband had a Ruben sandwich, which he loved, it was Rye bread piled thick with corned beef, sauerkraut,...and cheese. I had a chicken chef salad, it was loaded with many goodies, no complaints.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 9, 2021

12 adults and a 9 year old girl. Celebrating our twin daughters 60th birthday. I had an outstanding corned beef sandwich everyone enjoyed their food but one person had the potato soup and raved about it. We were not sitting as couples but Jacob never...mixed up who got what food or the drinks and there were a number of drinks. Great job JACOB! Each couple got the correct check I was amazed. Looking forward to going back for the corned beef and cabbage our daughter said it was the best she has had at a restaurantMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed April 29, 2021 via mobile

my family and I get to McGurks at least once a month, usually more often. Always friendly, always delicious. But I want to write a review in favor of the steak I had. I have really enjoyed everything on their menu so far. But I...got a Gaelic Steak last time and it was quite simply THE BEST STEAK I have ever had. Oh my goodness, I cannot say enough how good it was.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed April 17, 2021

We stopped at McGurk's after a Budweiser Brewery Tour and enjoyed the GUINNESS STEW with a CORNED BEEF SANDWICH and RUSSELL STREET REUBEN. The sandwiches were overpacked with meat and the stew was phenomenally delicious. Service was exceptional. I hope to visit again soon.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed April 4, 2021

Food and atmosphere was great. Plenty of seating outside and the menu has choices to meet everyone's needs. My only compliant was service was really slow and our waiter never checked in to see if we wanted more drinks or dessert.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed January 16, 2021 via mobile

Visited a couple of times now for lunch, always a great welcome and service. Lovely food and beer, already looking forward to be next visit.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed November 11, 2020

We loved almost everything about this restaurant! We dined inside, and the atmosphere was cozy and felt very much like a traditional pub. We enjoyed live music, too. The outdoor patio area is beautiful, as well. Can't say enough good things about the atmosphere here....We were slightly disappointed in the lack of Irish beer options. They make up for it in Irish whiskey options, though! They did have Guiness, at least! The food was all so good, it is hard to choose our favorite. If I had to narrow it down, I would recommend the bacon-wrapped shrimp for an appetizer, the bangers and mash for an entree, and the the cheesecake for dessert. We also tried the spinach artichoke ravioli as an appetizer. Toasted ravioli is a St. Louis specialty and this one is a delicious option, especially for an Irish pub! The Irish stew is a very close contender to the bangers and mash for an entree favorite. The fish and chips were excellent also. We sampled the bread pudding, along with the cheesecake. Both were tasty, but the cheesecake wins out IMO. We would go out of our way to come back here for dinner again next time we're in St. Louis.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed November 11, 2020 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this pub. The staff was great and everything we ordered was excellent. Bacon wrapped shrimp was the best ever. Toasted ravioli so yummy

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed March 6, 2020

Great food and atmosphere! We traveled from out-of-town with a group of friends to see a concert in STL and decided to eat here. The Irish Stew was fabulous!! Great atmosphere a plus!!

Date of visit: December 2019
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June 8, 2017|
Response from T3673MHamandal |
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June 8, 2017|
Response from Psyprof51 | Reviewed this property |
I've only been there for lunch and there was no music. I'm sorry I can't help answer your question. Food is amazing, though. Now I'm hungry for their Rueben--beat I've ever eaten.
March 16, 2017|
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Response from Angela M | Reviewed this property |
I was there for lunch and kids were there as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions about John D. McGurk's Irish Pub

Yes, John D. McGurk's Irish Pub offers takeout services.

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5