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O'Dowds of Roundstone

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$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Harbour View | Main Street, Roundstone, Ireland
+353 95 35809
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled on this pub / restaurant a couple of weeks ago when in Ireland, it was one of the only pubs open, when we arrived the pub had a group of guys drinking, they were in good form, a group from Boston, nice guys. We ordered some food, I had the seafood chowder, ohhhh my word, this has to... More 

Thank Spam75
Galway, Ireland
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Went for evening meal late in December. As it was still the holidays the bar was very busy but we got a corner table. The chowder was, as always, excellent and the seafood platter top class. Washed down with a couple of pints made for a very enjoyable couple of hours.

2 Thank Karen C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

I recently visited O'Dowds for dinner with my partner on sequential nights during our stay in the area. The pub and restaurant are cosy and warm with a fire burning and lovely staff to welcome us. The food on both evenings was delicious. We opted for seafood trying the stuffed mussels, mussels steamed in coconut and lime, cod (catch of... More 

1 Thank holidayjems
Island of Malta, Malta
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Best crab claws in Roundstone! Could eat them every single day. Also recommended the tasty creamy chowder and the gratinated mussels.. all were very good and delicious. The apple and rubharb crumble, served warm with cream, helped finish off the lunch on a sweet note! 👌🏼

1 Thank Sorcha_MG
Cheshire, UK
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72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

We visited Roundstone on St Stephens day and had a fantastic light lunch at O'Dowds pub. A really great traditional Irish pub with fantastic food and a lovely view. I had the soup and chicken pate and my partner had the chowder and crabs claws all the food was absolutely delicious , wonderful flavours which we both enjoyed so much.... More 

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Pokhara, Nepal
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Very nice restaurant, well runned with a staff quite professional. Good and fresh food, good wine menu as well. The seafood platter was good but under the expectationt you can have for that price. The creme brulee was excellent. So just step into and enjoy

Thank Vincent D
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We took most of our dinners at O'Dowds. The food was excellent and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. My favorite spot was next to the fireplace in the dining room to take off the chill. Irish stew, lamb shank, fish and chips were all amazing.

Thank ajscherer
Talbot County, Maryland
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Stopped at the pub because of the reviews. We had a great seafood lunch, super fresh. Staff was most helpful. Definitely recommend the Roundstone location.

Waterford, Ireland
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

After walking from Clifden to Roundstone along the old bog road, 18km myself and friends were tired and foot sore so we went into O'Dowds Bar in Roundstone and were warmly welcomed by the staff and served lovely creamy pints of Guinness and Smithwicks. This is a great bar to visit.

1 Thank MacPow
Dublin, Ireland
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Been going back to O'Dowds every time I am in Roudstone since I was a child. It is just an ordinary Galway pub in a lot of way but the atmosphere's good, if you're lucky you can nab the best table by the window overlooking the harbour and the the menu is local and consistent. It's a small place so... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $23
Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Harbour View | Main Street, Roundstone, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Roundstone
  • Phone Number: +353 95 35809
O'Dowds is a traditional Bar & Seafood Restaurant situated in the centre of Roundstone village overlooking the harbour. It has been run by the O'Dowd family for four generations since 1906. A bar has been operating on the premises since 1840 and it is widely regarded as the oldest pub in Connemara. It is now famous for its excellent fresh local seafood and it has one of the best pints of guinness in the locality. You can also taste some excellent irish craft beers like: The Galway Hooker, O'Hara's Irish Stout & O'Hara's light Ale.O'Dowds is open from 10am every day all year, serving breakfast until 12 noon, a bar menu is served from noon to 9.30pm every day. Fresh seafood include our own Home-made Seafood Chowder, Roundstone Crab Claws, Cashel Bay Mussels, Mannin Bay Oysters, Local Lobster and our very popular Fisherman's Platter, all accompanied with home-made brown scones. Chicken, Meat, Vegetarian, Soups S Sandwiches are also well catered for. Reservations in our restaurant are advisable during July & August & Bank Holiday weekends.O'Dowds has a special traditional pub atmosphere & friendly service which has remained unchanged for decades if not centuries. The bar is small & intimate with its traditional turf fire & beautiful views over Roundstone Harbour & The Twelve Bens.

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