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“Good experience”

James Joyce Irish Pub
Ranked #21 of 3,725 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Reviewed August 6, 2014

We found this restaurant by just walking around and looking for a place to eat. Liked the menu, and the prices seemed to be better than other restaurants in the area. (We were all from the States and accustomed to lower prices.) The food was very good, and we were pleased with the prices. Service was good, also.

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Reviewed August 4, 2014

The draft price was absent from the drink menu. Maybe this was because the prices are considerably higher than other near by establishments. They also surprise you with up charges for select side dishes. Gluten free burger was tasty with a soft bun. The guiness stew was hearty and tasty too.

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Reviewed August 4, 2014

After a bad experience with another restaurant in the area, we were delighted to find that this "Irish Pub" had good food, a varied selection of food and drink, and excellent service. The walls are covered with quotes from Irish authors, the atmosphere is cozy but not dark, and the service was quick but unhurried. We will go back next time we are in Calgary.

Thank wordDr
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

Let's get one thing straight, this is not a traditional Irish pub. It is an Irish style pub, which describes most of the "Irish pubs" in Canada and the US. So, if you think this will be like walking into a pub in Dublin - get that thought out of your head.

With that said, this is a decent Irish style pub. For the most part, they have food and beer selections that are Irish, plus other choices. The food was good and our waitress was pleasant and attentive, which during Stampede is tough.

I did think it was a bit pricey. For a party of 2, we had no appetizer, regular pub fare and 2 beers each and dropped $75 with tip.

Thank Bulldog82
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

I regularly visit James Joyce because they have one of the best Bangers and Mash in Calgary. Not sure where the sausage comes from (I am guessing Spolumbo's) but it is very tasty and slightly spicy. The dish also comes with an onion beef gravy drizzled on top of a mountain of mashed potatoes. Oh and something called vegetables. ;) Just a good hearty meal. The other good dishes I have had are the Beef and Guinness Stew and Shepherds Pie.

The staff are always friendly and the majority of them are actually Irish! Once you become a regular and they know you they treat you very much like family.

Located right in the heart of Stephens Ave, the premises themselves are good sized with lots of dark wood furnishings and Irish artifacts scattered throughout. They even have a bar stool section for those solo lunch dates and sun facing outdoor seating.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my family and friends.

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