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“Super Service, great food”

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub
Ranked #33 of 2,900 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: Breakfast, Late Night, 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!
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Super Service, great food”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

I was in a group of 16 for lunch that dropped in without reservations. They quickly arranged a place for us, and even offered to keep us on separate tabs. How many places in the world will do that? My burger was excellent (get the onion rings with it!) and everyone else was all smiles with their food as well. I have to search hard for something to pick-- I wasn't fond of their sports ticket pitch, as I'm not into sports, and if a business is hosting a charity-- fine, give your dough, not mine-- but someone from my table did buy one. Overall, excellent, and I'm going again. Sit outside if the weather is good, it's really quite nice!

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London, United Kingdom
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“A good place for steaks ...”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Visited family in St Louis and we went to McGurks for our first dinner.

Great steaks, amazing atmosphere. Sat outside early evening and it was magical in the beautiful garden.

Great venue

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central illinois
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“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Just a hop skip and jump from downtown is McGurk's Irish Pub. A wonderful place to meet friends and enjoy good food and drinks. Tasty sandwiches and to die for onion rings are just a small sample of the goodies they serve.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Couldn't have been better!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stopped in on a late Saturday afternoon for (what use to be) a beer and burger. I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't been in the back and boy was I surprised! Very enjoyable and relaxing dining atmosphere with landscaping and, of course, three bars to serve you. I wasn't crazy about the onion rings, but the pork chop and the accompaniments were very good. The shrimp/grits is enough to eat as an entrée, depending upon your hunger. The menu offers plenty of selection. The service was very good and we really enjoyed hanging out. I couldn't believe how many people were there at that hour and the waitress told us it gets busier and soon they're be a wait. This is truly upscale bar food.

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“Stumbled on this gem of a place”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Originally stopped in this neighborhood on our way back from Gulf Shores vacation to go to the smokehouse down the street, but they are closed Sun and Mon. We stumbled upon McGurks. It looks like nothing from the outside, but they have the best patio/outdoor seating I have ever been to. Food was excellent. We had pretzel bites for an app. Kids loved them. Also had the crab cakes and they were better than the ones in the Gulf. Highly recommend!

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