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“Disappointed”

O'Dowds of Roundstone
Ranked #4 of 10 Restaurants in Roundstone
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $26
Cuisines: Seafood, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: O'Dowds is a traditional Bar & Seafood Restaurant situated in the centre of Roundstone village overlooking the harbour. It has been run by the O'Dowd family for four generations since 1906. A bar has been operating on the premises since 1840 and it is widely regarded as the oldest pub in Connemara. It is now famous for its excellent fresh local seafood and it has one of the best pints of guinness in the locality. You can also taste some excellent irish craft beers like: The Galway Hooker, O'Hara's Irish Stout & O'Hara's light Ale.O'Dowds is open from 10am every day all year, serving breakfast until 12 noon, a bar menu is served from noon to 9.30pm every day. Fresh seafood include our own Home-made Seafood Chowder, Roundstone Crab Claws, Cashel Bay Mussels, Mannin Bay Oysters, Local Lobster and our very popular Fisherman's Platter, all accompanied with home-made brown scones. Chicken, Meat, Vegetarian, Soups S Sandwiches are also well catered for. Reservations in our restaurant are advisable during July & August & Bank Holiday weekends.O'Dowds has a special traditional pub atmosphere & friendly service which has remained unchanged for decades if not centuries. The bar is small & intimate with its traditional turf fire & beautiful views over Roundstone Harbour & The Twelve Bens.
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Based on reviews by AAA, TripAdvisor and others, we decided to take a time-consuming side trip off the N59 on our way to Clifden. We started off on a bad vibe as a local took exception to where I had parked [properly, in a legal zone] in front of a "locals" bar. My partner had gone ahead to grab a table at O'Dowd's and when I arrived I was informed about the rather surly hostess. Partner had declined the noisy, drafty, high traffic table and opted for a table in a quieter section. When the waitress came we had the impression we were in some sort of "order/eat/and get out as quick as you can" contest.

I had oysters as a starter [after being assured they were fresh, local and in season]. I've eaten oysters from Bellingham to Boston; Newport to Orlando; Lafayette, Ind [really] to Louisiana; and these were the "funkiest" tasting bivalves I've ever had. I had the local Salmon filet to follow and it was an improvement, even if grilled a little to the dry side.

Overall, a disappointingly average food/service experience. The drive on to Clifden was interesting as we competed with the local sheep for road space.

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Thank wineau1
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Best pub grub in the west of Ireland. Roy and Nicholas run a tight ship here. Food is flawless and prices are reasonable. The pint of Guinness is to die for!

Thank Gilmartinsonthemove
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Staying here on a hiking trip and after a london day on the 12 Bens, it was great to find such a friendly and good quality restaurant/pub in the village. Whilst the choice of seafood is a little limited, the quality is first class and the menu includes a list of which local businesses supplied all the produce which was a nice touch. There was no shortage in terms of quantity, so you will not leave here hungry.
All in all a good meal and recommended.

Thank Jackothefirst
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Went there 2 nights in a row, the food was excellent and priced very well. Menu was really interesting with both seafood & all other expected food. Staff were most accommodating & the ambiance was very condusive for a memorable meal.

Thank MarilynandBarry K
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We have now eaten all over Kerry and Connemaragh in pubs and resturarents and in our opinion O`Dowds restuarent comes out best for friendlyness and quality of food.
Sea food chowder is to die for whilst the lamb shank served with seasonal vegetables is done to perfection. A pint of Guinines here is the icing on the cake.
Nearby is a new addition cafe which serves breakfasts and cakes and refreshments all day.
Roundstone is a charming fishing village set near the Connemaragh National Park easy to get anywhere with some of the best scenery anywhere

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Thank aspirebern
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