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The Oar House Fish Restaurant

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8 West Pier | Howth, Howth, Ireland
+353 1 839 4562
12:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:30 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Busy at lunch time with locals ,a sure sign of quality. Excellent food, friendly staff, reasonable prices in attractive surroundings. The owner/chef has time to chat with customers giving them his benefit of considerable local knowledge. This gem is well worth a trip out from Dublin on the Dart but a reservation might be advisable.

Thank gombeen1
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We caught the Dart from Dun Laoghaire to Howth to finish our weekend and the finale of our eating was a perfect ending. Fresh fish perfectly cooked and served by delightful ladies who stored our luggage as we walked the pier. Excellent all round. Shame about the rugby!

Thank tomamoses
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Combo pot best in howth , believe me I've tried them all, what ever they put in that sauce will have you hooked, they also do a mean fish pie if your looking for some comfort eating

Thank Lordlevins
Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and two of my friends wanted to have some dinner and this was our third try (walk-in) in the area.We had no booking and we requested a table for three people and we got offered a very small table in the corner which I wasn't happy with.I asked politely if we could get a bigger table and probably the... More 

Thank Jirkazplzne
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here with my partner for Sunday treat, and must say I love this place,we booked a table, which I would recommend. Was greeted and seated in a friendly and welcoming way, always busy, but staff are very helpful and friendly. Our waitress for the meal was Louise and she was great, service with a smile and friendly helpful... More 

Thank PatrickJOM
Dublin, Ireland
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today with some friends. Food was ok but I thought the mixed grill could have had a bit more fish as it was €21.95! It always amazes me i that fish is so expensive in Irish restaurants. The girls serving us were lovely. Think there were too few people working. It was very busy this lunch time.

Thank Gooseberry1
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose this place for lunch while visiting a couple of Irish coastal areas. This was probably the freshest seafood I've had. The chowder was delicious - loaded with seafood and not so creamy as to be heavy. For my main, I had their crab and seafood cannelloni. This dish was quite rich, but staggeringly tasty! I am sad that... More 

Thank WalelaRuby
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fish just excellent, lots of variety. Been several times and it never disappoints, if you're a fish lover then go here (but you must pre-book as always busy). Not fine dinning atmosphere but fine dinning food. Try Luxury Chowder ! (Meat is on the menu if a member of your party doesn't eat fish). Howth is a beautiful harbour and... More 

Thank LindyD63
Aughrim, Ireland
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered a small Scampi of Dublin Prawns. I got 9 and a half prawns not that big but it cost a whacking €14.00. That worked out at just €1.50 a prawn. As I was in a hurry I did not bother to complain which I know was wrong. I should have complainerd but I also did not want a... More 

Thank Tickeyboo
Trondheim, Norway
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here with family for lunch. Excellent service and delicious food. I had the crispy calamari and the prawns, both of which were very good (especially the calamari). A very nice locale -- it smells of fish and sea food, and the atmosphere was lovely. On the whole a great experience.

Thank Stiansi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Irish, Seafood, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 West Pier | Howth, Howth, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Howth
  • Phone Number: +353 1 839 4562
The West Pier in Howth is scattered with a range of fish shops and restaurants. The Oar House Restaurant is nestled in amongst this stretch of seafood extravagance.The Oar House serves the freshest of fresh fish, simply and sympathetically cooked in our open plan kitchen. In addition to our menu, each day our specials are based on the catch that day, giving our customers the opportunity to sample seafood as it should be.We are open from lunchtime seven days a week until late and look forward to seeing you soon.

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