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“It was just ok for us.”

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub
Ranked #26 of 2,950 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Irish, British
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Soulard
Description: Established in 1978 as a one room pub house, John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden has risen to the top of the class among the Irish Pubs in St. Louis. In fact, Esquire Magazine, in its June, 2011 Edition, saluting the best bars in America, chose John D. McGurk’s as its only bar honored in the city of St. Louis. McGurk’s is known throughout the Midwest for its great Irish music, food, drink, and its 10,000 square foot outdoor garden, complete with breathtaking landscaping, a fountain, a waterfall, and two terrific outdoor bars. Inside and out, McGurk’s is nearly 20,000 square feet of pure Irish fun. Irish musicians entertain the patrons nightly, traveling to St. Louis from Galway to Dublin, Cork to Derry. The inside of McGurks is a series of strung together dining rooms and bars. Its brick and wood décor with wonderful Irish artifacts makes one think they are enjoying a pub in Dublin. McGurk’s has become a great place to celebrate special occasions like rehearsal dinners and private banquets. McGurk’s has all the available Irish beer and spirits and serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. In addition to typical pub grub, McGurk’s offers wonderful steaks, assorted fish entrees, pasta specialties, and a delightful rack of lamb. Great food, drink, and entertainment make McGurk’s a memorable stop. We look forward to raising a pint with you upon your next visit. Sláinte!
Reviewed September 14, 2012

My impression was it is just another bar with a slight Irish twist. I got the McGurk's home ale and while it was good it was barely cold. Big negative for me. I got the Irish stew and it was a large serving and while very good there was very little lamb in it. The others in my party got the Guinness stew and they said it was good. The ladies were less adventuress and got hamburgers. They said they were handmade burgers and very good. For dessert I got the Whiskey bread pudding and it was pretty tasteless. The ladies got the chocolate cake and they said it was excellent. I would like to go back and sit on the patio, they say it is very nice out there.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

When the weather is nice, McGurk's is the place to dine. The garden area is unsurpassed when it comes to a great place to eat. There is a fountain in the center, flowers everywhere, a koi fish pond, and plenty of tables so that you don't have to wait very long for a seat, if you even have to wait at all. They take reservations, which is definitely an added plus, and you can ask to be seated outside if the weather permits. The menu has a nice variety of choices, and I have never been disappointed in anything I've gotten there. The crab cake appetizer and grilled vegetable sandwich are among my favorites. It's an impressive place to take out of town guests, especially if you are attending the baseball game, because it isn't too far from the stadium. Unfortunately, Saint Louis weather is not always conducive to dining outside, but when it is...we try to head to McGurk's.

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Service was friendly but slow. Beer menu somewhat limited. Prices are reasonable. Overall worth a visit

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

They have on of the nicest patios around. It is authentic Irish food and music. Gets a little crowded on weekends but the service is good and food is hot.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We actually dined at the restaurant in O'Fallon. Huge outdoor patio, very friendly staff, excellent menu with lots of choices, and huge selection of cold beers. I highly recommend a stop! Feels very upscale, but good prices. Good for families.

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