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Finn McCool's

€€ - €€€Irish, ,
2702 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4008
+1 310-452-1734
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good48%
  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Irish, Bar, Pub, American, Seafood
€€ - €€€
2702 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4008
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The clientele is the main attraction. It's a lively crowd and Irish food is good. I'd prefer to travel to Dublin for local fare and music. The drunks smoking in the entrance isn't my favorite feature of this long-time local favorite.

Thank SMOgal
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Finn McCool's is an awesome neighborhood spot with an impressive and authentic menu - the food is great. They often have live music and live Irish music!! They are even open for breakfast and they make a perfect (read: strong) Irish coffee! The bar and...More

Thank kpbaldwi
Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

We came here because we were close by in the middle of the afternoon and had wanted to try it . It was not crowded but there were a few people at the bar. The bartender/waitress was very helpful and led us through some of...More

Thank Ertghj
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Staff ok and bar area clean , good choice of drinks expensive by our standards , nothing special, no Irish music playing just Irish bits on the walls

Thank Angela A
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

It's a nice restaurante near Venice Beach. The service is great + the price ratio is just perfect. The food tasted very good. I had a "Shameless Burger" (-> picture) and it was delicious! I would definitely recommend it. The staff is very nice and...More

Thank Jacob M
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Nice bar with friendly staff. Four of us had fish and chips and the portion was big and the taste was great. There was a band playing American bluegrass and they were very enjoyable. Would have preferred something a bit more Irish as apart from...More

Thank Blair1Down
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Wandered in to watch a UK football match and had a couple of rounds of drinks including a rather passable Guinness and a shared plate of breaded chicken. The place is a little down market but i think thats the charm.. I would go back..

Thank sunshinebob
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

$9 a Guinness at an Irish Pub? Too much. But really good food. I suggest the chicken tenders with buffalo sauce.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Spent Sunday afternoon exploring Santa Monica and Venice Beaches. Needed a pick-me-up after miles of walking and found it in the food and drink at Finn McCool's. A cool Irish pub recommended by our motel hosts up the block. The place has lots of dark...More

Thank Helen G
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We were looking for a quick meal at 9pm on a Monday night and walking down Main street stumbled upon Finn McCool's which seemed to be the only place with any life. It turned out to be trivia night, so the place was busy and...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Irish, Bar, Pub, American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2702 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-452-1734
  • E-mail
Boasting a “huge” bar “shipped on a boat” from the old country, “always-friendly” service (often by “real Irish boys and girls”) and a large selection of spirits and draft beer, this “unpretentious” SaMo pub packs in a “lively” “mix of young and old” for “good-bargain” happy hours or just for a pint and a “game on the TV”; weekends are “lots of fun” with traditional music performances on Sundays.
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