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US$13 - US$28
European, Bar, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 21 September 2020 via mobile

My husband and I had our dinner in the Rusty Nail last Saturday. A very friendly welcome, everything was spotless and our meal from starters through to dessert was absolutely perfect! Great value for money, we definitely will visit again!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 21 September 2020

Friendly, relaxed and great food. Amazing value too we thought. Despite COVID regs everyone was very engaging. Local taxi brought us to and from Ballyliffin. Rusty Naill food was excellent

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 8 September 2020 via mobile

Called in to the Rusty Nail on Saturday afternoon with a few friends. We were made most welcome and shown to our seats. Lovely atmosphere matched with 1st class meal and service. Definitely recommend the place and will return.

Date of visit: September 2020
518neilo, Chef at The Rusty Nail, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2020

Thank you for calling in and we are glad you enjoyed.Look forward to having you again.

Reviewed 5 September 2020

We enjoyed a really good meal at the Rusty Nail while staying nearby. Service was very good. I hope they can soon get back to normal after the lockdown.

Date of visit: August 2020
518neilo, Chef at The Rusty Nail, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2020

thanks for your review and we are glad you enjoyed it.We too are looking forward to getting the "normal" Rusty Nail exp back,hopefully soon.

Reviewed 1 September 2020 via mobile

Excellent food, excellent service The wings, the salt and chilli calamari were divine but everything was totally lovely. Highly recommend this gastrp pub ... Guinness delicious according to himself!

Date of visit: September 2020
518neilo, Chef at The Rusty Nail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2020

Thank you very much and we are glad you enjoyed.Look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 11 August 2020

After a long hike in the area we decided to try this place. From the time we went in, the staff were very pleasant and helpful. We had 4 different meals and they were all delicious. The Guinness wasn't bad either! 😆 The staff &...owner were very visible (in a unintrusive way) cleaning & sterilising and to me have set a very high standard as to how we should all be to help prevent spreading during this pandemic. Thank you very much. We are looking forward to going back again!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
518neilo, Chef at The Rusty Nail, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2020

Thank you very much and we are looking forward to having you again

Reviewed 18 November 2019

I sent a message to book a table and got a speedy response to confirm booking. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly

Date of visit: October 2019
Neil O, Manager at The Rusty Nail, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2019

Thanks very much.hope to see you back again soon

Reviewed 17 November 2019

It's hard to know how to write this review so I will be as fair as possible. This was our 4th time here in 2 years and I honestly can't fault the stunning food and wonderful staff. On our last night here we just has...one bad experience. One of the group had an issue with her meal so asked could she change it. There were 5 of us and all other dishes were great. It was shocking though when a message was sent back with staff from the Chef to my friend saying she would have to pay for both main courses (even the one she had the issue with). Unable to afford this my friend said she'd struggle through the first one. I said it was outrageous and sent a message back that I wouldn't pay for my main if she was being charged for two! The staff came back again and said it was okay for my friend to change her meal and just pay for that one. At this stage the rest of us had finished eating and my friend got her meal but only a starter version of it. She said nothing and just ate it but when we went to pay, what appeared to be the Waiting / Bar Staff Manager was very standoffish with us. A disappointing end to our 4th time here and so I doubt we will be back. A real shame as the food was really excellent otherwise and all of the Waiting staff are incredibly great at their jobs and made it a real pleasure for us.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 4 November 2019

Hubby and myself on a short break. Had a meal here which was absolutely superb! Beautiful food, excellent service and warm friendly atmosphere. The steak was amazing and the sweet potato fries were perfect! Hubby had chicken burger with barbeque sauce and Monterey Jack cheese...and loved every mouthful. PerfectMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 14 August 2019

Visited this bar/restaurant on a busy Saturday evening. Excellent food and service. Staff veryprofessional and advised in advance that kitchen was busy which was good to know. Main courses delish and plenty to eat. Always good to see a goat's cheese brucheta starter on menu,...loved it. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Neil O, Co manager at The Rusty Nail, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2019

Thanks very much and look forward to seeing you again

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2 September 2020|
Response from Neil O | Property representative |
Hi,I’m sorry but we don’t allow dogs in.We have garden benches outside and your very welcome to use them.Apologies for this.
Lynn A
4 November 2018|
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Response from hc437 | Reviewed this property |
don think they take bookings, hope you enjoyed the food!
28 October 2017|
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Response from bobeff | Reviewed this property |
Had a wonderful chicken/bacon pizza here...think it was the house specialty--YUM !
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Rusty Nail

  • Yes, The Rusty Nail offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, The Rusty Nail offers delivery services.

  • The Rusty Nail is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4