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Macdara's bar and restaurant

€€ - €€€Irish, , Seafood
1 Market Street, Clifden, Ireland
+353 85 146 2526
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb burger” (16 reviews)
“chowder” (15 reviews)
“mussels” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Irish, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1 Market Street, Clifden, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

I am now officially spoiled and want no other stew, ever. The service was also spot on. Although they were quite crowded they were able find me and my friend a seat. I went there a second time and even though I really wanted to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank bastet742018
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Chose Macdara's at random for an early lunch on a Sunday. Great staff, very friendly. Tried the chowder on the recommendation of the bartender he said it was the best in the Atlantic. Well he was right, tons of meat and at least 5 or...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Patrick P
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Recommended to us by a local and she did not steer us wrong. Thought it might be a bit upscale but turns out it was typical Irish pub The chowder was great and I mean great. Had chowder 5-6 times on trip and this was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank DMK62563
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

I just had the butternut squash pasta at MacDara's. It is amazing. We met the wonderful Donal who has a calm nature and lovely smile. A very enjoyable experience, great staff and a relaxing atmosphere.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Josephine C
Reviewed 17 September 2018

I went to Macdaras with a friend. I had a veggie burger and he had mussels. To be fair, food was just amazing : really tasty and well presented. Obviously the best veggie burger ever in my life !! Plus, le staff was so friendly...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mariehoux
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

In the four days since arriving on holiday I have had seafood chowder each day (admittedly one bought in a supermarket that wasn't bad at all) The chowder in Macadara's is in a different league to the rest in my opinion. It was the most...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Tony D
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Walking around clifden with my dog around lunchtime I saw a sign for the lunch special of the day. 3 tapas for 10€. I asked if I could bring the dog and the waiter brought me out onto the balcony with a lovely view of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank mitnick_mobile
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Pop in on Wednesday to MacDara's where they had the burger pint special on and have to say it was amazing! Highly recommend this place

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank Macca D
Reviewed 11 September 2018

We were welcomed with smiles and positive vibes! What a wonderful place to eat, meet friends, listen to music and enjoy a spectacular view! The fish cakes were excellent, the mussels had great flavor and we also one a return trip had their lamb burger...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Exploration759626
Reviewed 7 September 2018

We popped in here for lunch when we arrived in Clifden and we are pleased we did. The food was excellent and very good value. They have a few specials on at lunch. We had the mussels which was enough for us to share.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Andrew D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Market Street, Clifden, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Western Ireland  >  Province of Connacht  >  County Galway  >  Clifden
  • Phone Number: +353 85 146 2526
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A recent addition to the Clifden food scene Macdara's Bar & Restaurant is a small establishment looking over Clifden bay. Two vastly experienced chefs, coming together to help open a restaurant with the intentions of using locally sourced produce from locally grown vegetables, farmers, fish mongers and more. With our small team, we want our costumers to feel welcome and comfortable.
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