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“Local favorite”

John D. McGurk's Irish Pub
Ranked #32 of 2,907 Restaurants in Saint Louis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Irish, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
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!
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Local favorite”
Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Nice selection on menu at reasonable prices. I had an excellent Reuben and Guinness stew. Service was friendly and on the spot. Would definitely go back if the opportunity presents itself again.

Visited February 2014
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Okawville Illinois
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Large Group Enjoyed the Outdoor Patio”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a group of 16 ladies (Ages 50-80) from our church dine at McGurk's outdoor patio Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (They took reservations which was a big reason that we chose to eat there!) It was the first visit for many of the group, and all loved the beautiful, shaded area. We could see and hear the waterfall and enjoyed all the bright flowers all around. Everyone enjoyed their food, and all voted to go back again!

  • Visited July 2014
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“Now this is a patio...”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a tranquil, inviting patio. it's big with flowers and fountains everywhere. Great atmosphere. Food was very good. Fish and chips were delicious, especially with the homemade tartar sauce. My wife's burger was cooked perfectly. Another place we'll definitely return to.

Visited July 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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388 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“McGurk's has wonderful patio, good food and great music acts”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

For fair weather diners, McGurk's has absolutely one of the best patios in Soulard. All the food is good, at least a notch above most pub fare. And their music acts, many from Ireland, are exceptional.

  • Visited July 2014
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New York City, New York
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50 reviews
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“Wedding rehearsal dinner”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

John D. McGurk's was the perfect spot for our recent wedding rehearsal dinner. The Patriot room was the perfect size for our group of 45, and had a welcoming, traditional Irish pub atmosphere. The service was perfect, and the buffet dinner was positively delicious. The roasted pork loin was a standout. Afterwards, the Irish traditional music band kept the party going with great musicianship and spirit. We had to dance! Mc Gurk's had the authentic Irish pub feel that we were hoping for to get our wedding weekend started. (An added bonus: Our guests had the option of walking outside to the large patio for fresh air and more festive atmosphere if they chose). It was a perfect evening!

  • Visited May 2014
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