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“Disappointing from every angle”

O'Dowds of Roundstone
Ranked #4 of 10 Restaurants in Roundstone
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$26
Cuisines: Seafood, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: O'Dowds is a traditional Bar & Seafood Restaurant situated in the centre of Roundstone village overlooking the harbour. It has been run by the O'Dowd family for four generations since 1906. A bar has been operating on the premises since 1840 and it is widely regarded as the oldest pub in Connemara. It is now famous for its excellent fresh local seafood and it has one of the best pints of guinness in the locality. You can also taste some excellent irish craft beers like: The Galway Hooker, O'Hara's Irish Stout & O'Hara's light Ale.O'Dowds is open from 10am every day all year, serving breakfast until 12 noon, a bar menu is served from noon to 9.30pm every day. Fresh seafood include our own Home-made Seafood Chowder, Roundstone Crab Claws, Cashel Bay Mussels, Mannin Bay Oysters, Local Lobster and our very popular Fisherman's Platter, all accompanied with home-made brown scones. Chicken, Meat, Vegetarian, Soups S Sandwiches are also well catered for. Reservations in our restaurant are advisable during July & August & Bank Holiday weekends.O'Dowds has a special traditional pub atmosphere & friendly service which has remained unchanged for decades if not centuries. The bar is small & intimate with its traditional turf fire & beautiful views over Roundstone Harbour & The Twelve Bens.
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Rather confusing to try TA’s top pick in Roundstone and find nothing to be able to compliment.

This was a Sunday night in low season - so let’s give the benefit of the doubt and imagine the chef had the night off. But if this was the case then run a simplified menu at a lower price point. Our experience left us not knowing whether to laugh or cry and does nothing but harm to the venue’s reputation.

When will restaurants learn to play to their strengths and work around their weaknesses?

The greatest compliment we can pay is that the seaweed hummus starter ‘wasn’t unpleasant.’ But not was it easy to distinguish from regular hummus (and I have the lingering impression that this may have simply been regular hummus with a sprinkle of shredded seaweed on top). In any event simply dumping some hummus in a small ramekin with some sliced bread on the side does not a starter make. Let alone justify the €6.95 charge.

Even worse was the daily ‘special’ - spicy salmon with mash (which we opted to change for baby new potatoes). Nothing baby about the potatoes (which were simply large potatoes that had been cubed and boiled) and the only specialness or spiciness on the salmon was that one end had been drizzled with a balsamic glaze. It made for the sort of simple supper you’d do for yourself or your children if you were in a hurry. Accompanied by a dismal side salad. No skill, imagination or finesse of any kind - nothing whatsoever to warrant the €16.95 price tag.

We should have said something but had no confidence that there was any chance of improvement.

Sorry to be so scathing - but this wasn’t remotely good enough.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Always stop here if in roundstone, it may not look like much from the outside but it is great food. Genuine staff, that are friendly and good for some authentic Irish chat. All this combined helps make it a special place for both domestic tourists and international. Food is typically Irish and mostly all locally sourced. Can't go wrong with any of the fish dishes, as you eat and look out onto the Atlantic Ocean. It's an unbeatable location in round stone.

Thank Shane O
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

We went for lunch. Our orders arrived within 3 minutes- excellent service. The bar was not full- just 2 other groups at other tables. We took the window table.
It is a sociable sort of place. We got talking with our neighbours who were French and ran a restaurant in Kildare. We realised that there is something special about this place which is a traditional country pub which has pulled itself up to serve great sea food.
I cannot complain about anything!

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Thank Vincent D
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

Good food and super nice staff. I had Salmon and loved it. Great view of the Harbour also ! I will eat here again !

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Thank Soccermike1015
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

We had lunch here and food was excellent lovely fresh Salmon and Prawns also steak was great Lovely friendly girl served us .

Thank haunted
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