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“Great salads”

McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar
Ranked #5 of 360 Restaurants in Bethlehem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Irish, British, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar. Experience a taste of Ireland and the British Isles at Bethlehem's Celtic Pub and Restaurant. With authentic Irish and British Isles food made from scratch, a full bar, an extensive Irish and Scottish whiskey menu, and a family-friendly atmosphere, McCarthy's is the place for a true Celtic experience in the Lehigh Valley. Created to preserve Irish family traditions and memories passed down through generations, it is a perfect place to celebrate life's special events and everyday happenings.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

What a relaxing little spot! Mom and I both had salads...hers a blueberry and walnut daily special and mine the curried chicken. She enjoyed hers and I absolutely loved mine. Unlike most chicken salad, this wasn't heavy and "gloppy" with mayonnaise, but light and refreshing with great flavors! We shared a nice pot of tea and Mom got one of their tasty scones to take home which she also enjoyed. Service was great and the atmosphere was very nice. I'd love to go back someday, just for that salad. (oh, and the hearty brown bread served with it was too die for!)

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

McCarthy's is a small, intimate dining café which features traditional Irish music some nights. Our family particularly enjoys this café on Friday evenings, when fish & chips are offered. The fish is fresh, crispy and excellent! We like the pricing options, too. You can order various portion sizes, and pay accordingly. The vanilla tea is great, or bring your own spirits.

Menu items are limited but often feature favorites such as bangers and mash, which my son enjoyed a great deal, or shepherd's pie. We enjoy the fish and usually all in our party get the same so unfortunately I cannot give extensive advice about the various menu items.

Service is variable; sometimes it is attentive, while at other times, a bit slow...is this the Irish way? Perhaps...there is a laid back atmosphere. On one visit, they were out of ketchup, which was curious because every table in the restaurant was there that evening for fish & chips. It was curious why someone didn't run out to stock up for this condiment that is so commonly served with their specialty dish that evening. The manager wasn't concerned; he suggested vinegar, instead, which is a nice option for those who choose it. For others (at our table and surrounding tables) there was some grumbling.

Be sure to tour the adjacent Donegal Square for some gift ideas with a Celtic theme. They have jewelry, clothing, teapots and teas, books and scarves and the friendly staff can help you select the perfect gift. We bought a gorgeous wool plaid tie for only $25 for a little add-on stocking stuffer and there are many items of various price ranges that allow for a variety of personal treats or gift choices.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Tea room has great authentic food and it's BYOB for Friday night Fish and Chips! Sunday Brunch get the "full Irish" a nice coffee-through a press is amazing.

Thank Andrea K
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stopped in for Sunday brunch on our way to a baseball game at Coca Cola Park, and loved it! For about $10 each, we received a full hearty breakfast and a pot of tea.
We were full until at least 3pm from a 9am breakfast!!

Thank emilyg428
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

What a wonderful find! This was our first time in the town of Bethlehem. After enjoying a slow stroll and window shopping, my husband and I were delighted to discover your tea room. The blood orange tea was delicious! Our server was very friendly and we enjoyed the atmosphere!

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Thank McD824
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