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“The best steak iv ever had quality food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Railway Tavern & Firebox Grill

The Railway Tavern & Firebox Grill
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Fahan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $28
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Grill
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Description: Our restaurant is located on the shores of Lough Swilly, at Fahan, Co.Donegal, in the premises of The Railway Tavern which was formally the Station House of the Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Company (L&LSR)..Our Main course dishes are cooked to perfection on our wood burning Firebox Grill, just like in the old days were the engineers on the locomotives, used their firebox to heat their snacks !The Bar and Restaurant still have the old fires blazing which create a very cosy , snug room to eat or drink in ..
Derry, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The best steak iv ever had quality food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Had a starter asian beef salad , which wus so good , then main meal fillet steak with crispy cabbage an garlic potatoes ,service wiz very gud best meal I ever had , I go to this diner twice a week , well worth the short trip from derry

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Patrick M
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roncles, Manager at The Railway Tavern & Firebox Grill, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you very much for your recent review here. Nice to hear you are a regular visitor . See you again soon ;-)
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English first
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great good food and a cosy Irish pub feel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Well I was there for valentines day or the day before but valentines weekend I had booked for 8 but didn't get my food till half past 9 in saying that it was really busy but waiting an hour and a half for just a main course is a long wait !! We had no starters . We were put at a table very close to the kitchen I think it was a kitchen but we could hear every word the staff was saying so that wasn't a great experience , also I think one of the waitresses put us at the wrong table because when we were sat down another waitress approached her on the main floor and I could clearly hear her have a go at the waitress who seated us saying "why did you put them there " she repeated it again on the floor which made me feel uncomfortable for the poor girl. Then she had another go at her in the kitchen ! All that aside when the food came out eventually it was flawless :) I really enjoyed dinning there and would of been nice to of been seated somewhere nicer as there were other tables available. I will go back sometime but I won't be raving about the place as I've heard other people do.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paddy B
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roncles, Manager at The Railway Tavern & Firebox Grill, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Hi Paddy
Thank you for your recent review. Sorry it wasnt the perfect experience for you and i take note of the points you raise. Good to hear the meal went down well :-)
Hopefully see you again..
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Letterkenny
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“You have to try the steaks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

The tavern is like a place forgotten by time. The ambience is truly unique. The food is fantastic and the steaks melt in your mouth. You have to try this place. I recommend going as a group.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jo M
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roncles, Manager at The Railway Tavern & Firebox Grill, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thanks Jo
Your recent review is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon . ;-)
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Puerta del Alcudia, Islas Baleares, Spain
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“five stars for the food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

booked this as a family meal 4 days in advance, advised only upstairs available.arrived to be left standing for 20 minutes waiting in the bar, made us feel uncomfortable.

when seated upstairs, no heating, and no tables prepared. plastic coverings on tables etc etc, they had just forgot we were coming or been too disorganised to get the place ready.

the roof started leaking on our table and we asked to be moved, it was a very bad night weatherwise.

food was excellent, and we had a great time as a family, the chef here is top class judging by the quality of the plates presented to us and all the family enjoyed their meals.

wine list -limited, but its a pub.

service with a smile from local people, thankyou

choose this restaruant for an authentic irish dining experience

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Seamus C
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roncles, Manager at The Railway Tavern & Firebox Grill, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Hi Seamus
I remember that night well. It was a nasty night weatherwise for sure !
Definitely experienced the rustic Tavern atmosphere lol
Thank you for your review and Sorry bout the roof that evening, but we are glad you really enjoyed your meal..

Hopefully see you again at The Tavern..
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donegal
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Always enjoy eating here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Never had a bad meal, and really enjoy visiting here. The food is fresh, hot and tasty, it can be busy but to me thats always a good sign :)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank joeby808
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