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“Fabulous meal... Our favorite in Ireland!”

McGovern's Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 53 Restaurants in Malahide
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, European, Wine Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Fabulous meal... Our favorite in Ireland!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

McGovern's was recommended as a steakhouse, but it is so much more! We had a fabulous meal starting with their seafood chowder and crispy duck salad. Both were excellent! Our entrees were the Hake and Loin of Lamb...both superbly prepared and visually pleasing. As we travelled through Ireland we ate at many fine restaurants with really great meals, but this one was the best!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Terri H
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Round Lake, Illinois
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“Rude Staff -- Walked Out”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

My wife and I visited Malahide in September 2013, and were told that McGovern's was a good, decently priced restaurant in the city center. When we arrived around 6:00PM, the restaurant was pretty empty (only two tables were occupied), and we were greeted by a gentleman. He asked if we had reservations (which we did not, but did not think anything of it since the place was a morgue), and then he sighed, said that he "would have to check on this", and came back two minutes later seemly reluctantly saying that he could seat us. We were put in the furthest corner in a shared-seated booth, and handed the menus with no other word spoken to us before he walked away.

After a moment of talking with my wife, we walked out. There was no need for their rudeness. My recommendation is to not waste your time with McGovern's, but instead visit the Wild Swan Chinese Restaurant down the street from this restaurant. They have excellent food, have just as fancy decor (no one dresses up, though), with cheaper prices for very good food.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Most enjoyable evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

Ate here last weekend with a group of friends. Food and service were excellent. A very enjoyable experience.

  • Visited September 2013
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Manila, Philippines
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“Big, bad burgers in a well designed setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

McGovern's is centrally located in the middle of Malahide, just a short walk from the train station as you go towards the marina. It has a stylish, modern interior and seems to target a well-heeled local clientele. The waiter who served us was friendly but was offset by his colleague who bumped us out of a booth by the window after we had sat down. Apparently he had reserved it for another group. I am assuming this was the case, but it would have been nice to have been asked if we minded before shunting us out. Having been reseated in the neighbouring table at least we got to see what we were missing out on as we ate our meal -"Gaze upon our valued customers, you one timer". On to the food.

The menu in McGovern's has plenty of Irish dishes with choices like smoked salmon and mussels. There is also an impressive range of hamburgers with a twist. Fancy trying one with Cashel blue cheese, guacamole, basil, red onion or mozzarella? After a slightly long wait, the burgers arrived and consisted of big hunks of meat that look (and taste) fantastic. It is no surprise that the restaurant does a line in steaks. Lunch in the restaurant is reasonably priced and the portions were certainly generous. I suggest only ordering an additional side if you're feeling truly gluttonous.

We went to McGovern's to have a bite to eat and take refuge from the miserable rain that was pouring down and we left feeling rejuvenated with bellies full and wafting a pleasant aroma thanks to the potpourri in the toilets.

  • Visited August 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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21 reviews
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“Terrible customer service. Would not recommend.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

I was refused a Cappucino by a young woman on the pretext that they were 'booked-out'.... in spite of there being several tables free. It would only have taken a few minutes to serve/consume. Bad PR.

Visited September 2013
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