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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Fado Irish Pub

Fado Irish Pub
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Ranked #275 of 3,689 Restaurants in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Colorado and Lavaca
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261 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

Cozy ambiance but the food is very average. I got a dirty set of cutlery and our wait staff seemed to know this as soon as I held up my set. Evidently this happens here quite a bit! Not much of anything for a vegetarian.
Would I return? NO.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank JYPA
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Columbia, South Carolina
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Irish Pub with corporate polish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Most pubs we've visited (and we visit pubs wherever we go on vacation) are locally owned and have a genuine homey feel. Fado is nothing like that. It is a manufactured pub "experience." Now, there is nothing wrong with this. It is a VERY cool place and it was the only restaurant/pub that we visited twice while in Austin. It has separate alcoves/nooks (whatever) around a central bar. Each nook is a little different with quaint booths in one area, fireplace in another, etc. Between us, we had 7 different dishes--all were great and well presented. We also ordered 6 or 7 different draught beers. Each brand of beer was served in a glass specific to that beer. If you order a Guinness, it comes in a Guinness branded glass. If you order a Smithwicks, or Hoegarden, or Carlsberg, you get a different glass for each. I point that out as an example of how every detail in Fado is covered in order to present the ultimate pub experience. It would not surprise me to find out that they send their cooks to Ireland to train. It's a great place and highly recommended.

Visited November 2012
Thank William B
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Houston, Texas
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100 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Unique experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Nice little Irish bar off 4th street. Huge selection of beer and great atmosphere! Try one of the "Boxties" on the menu. Fantastic! Highly recommend.

Visited November 2012
Thank godsmack44
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

This was a great place to watch the Texas football game (or Rugby game) and have dinner. Not too loud like a sports bar, it has a cozy laid back feel to it. The food was great, I would recommend the lamb sandwich. I had never had lamb before but it was delicious. Very comfortable setting, they do have a patio with live music also. Food priced in the $9-$16 range. Staff was very helpful, give it a try.

Visited October 2012
Thank steve u
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“All day (if you want to...)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

We popped into Fado's as they were showing the Rugby live.
They have TV's set up around the bar and you can watch a couple of different events if need be. There was Soccer going on on the other side of the bar. They were having fun.
The rugby side was great too.
We watched the 10am game with a nice big Irish breakfast and plenty of Bloody Marys. A good crowd was there and the service was great - as was the food. Prices pretty reasonable as well.

We came back later on in the afternoon to watch a second game, around 6 pm. Again, there was a good crowd in there and everyone was having fun. Dinner menu was also good. The Guinness seemed to be flowing quite nicely as well.
A great spot for groups etc to gather and watch a game.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Dave B
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