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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Irish, Bar, Seafood, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an absolutely fabulous restaurant. I had curry, my friend had seafood chowder and her hubby had the biggest burger I have ever seen. Had a wonderful lunch. Portions are huge and very tasty. Staff were all so friendly and welcoming. What a gem of...a place. Would certainly come back. ThankyouMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 November 2023

We had a couple of nice dishes here crab claws and pil pil prawns they were both great quality and price and the staff were lovely the price for all we had was a very reasonable one

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

What a pleasant surprise! Great food (we had the hot seafood platter and the King prawns curry) AND attentive Service. A welcome experience- we shall spread it around.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 September 2023

Ordered usual.chilli chicken.chicken pink.complained.was offered another meal after everyone was finished.promised would b deducted from bill.it wasn't n staff very negative response.not very pleasant.disappointed as my friends n family eat here regularly. Won't b back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 20 September 2023

Lunched here after touring Belfast and moving on to Giant's Causeway and the coast. Typical Irish pub with nice menu. Everyone in my family was happy. Casual and reasonable.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

Dinner with my parents at O’Connors and unfortunately disappointing. Three meals and drinks came to almost £90. None came to check on our meals so unfortunately when they came to clear the plates and asked how the meal was it was a bit late. I...had hardly eaten my Cajun salmon as it was over cooked (the salmon) and dry (the noodles and the salmon). I’m fairness the waiter asked if I wanted a free drink or desert but with half a bottle of wine still to drink and not being one for sweet things it wasn’t really making up for the meal. They said sorry when we went to pay but we paid the full bill. Just annoying when the bar prides itself on local seafood. Either offer a discount or just cook the food properly. More food /drinks doesn’t really cut it.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 September 2023 via mobile

Went here as a couple on a Saturday afternoon. The service was quick and the staff were very friendly. The food was off a high quality and the portions were good. Would recommend and would reword here.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

Great atmosphere. Delicious seafood. Busy wee spot on a Saturday afternoon but accommodated no prob

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

On Thursday nights, this is a GREAT place for traditional Irish music!!! We had a couple of drinks, and enjoyed the music with everyone else. Go early to be sure you can get a table. We were lucky and some kind people let us sit...with them. It gets crowded and with good reason.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

O'Connor's was recommended to us by the locals to eat here and it really didn't disappoint. The food was amazing! I had a chicken burger and honestly there was that much on it, it was nearly impossible to eat it all and with any degree...of dignity! My stepfather had the sea food platter and the fact that he didn't say anything for 25 mins while eating it is a very good sign. Would recommend anyone passing through or staying in and around Ballycastle to pop in and enjoy the wonderful food especially if you are a sea food lover!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

Very accommodating staff who made room for us on a very busy day. Great menu and any food we had was excellent, as was the Guinness and the atmosphere! Will definitely return next time we are in Ballycastle.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 August 2023

My wife and I have just eaten dinner here. First, the good...the staff were pleasant, and the pub was busy. We were hopeful that it was a sign of good things to come, but alas, no.... That's all the good. Now the bad bit. It...was one of the worst meals ever served up in a restaurant/bar that we have eaten at. Mountains of mashed potato covering a large plate (was supposed to be champ), 4 sausages on top, what looked like packet gravy, and 2 bits of lettuce seemingly constituting a salad made up an very disappointing Irish classic. My wife had this the day before at the Carrick-a-Rede bar in Ballantoye where she loved it. Tonight, it was a shocker. My salmon was over-cooked, and the thai noodle bed it came on was supposed to be with Asian vegetables and was basically some capsicum and onion in a creamy sauce. No semblance of any asian herbs. Seriously, the meals I had at boarding school 30 years ago were better than that. I would not even serve that rubbish up to my grand-mother. When we told one of the staff, they disappeared. We waited 5 minutes for someone to come by to explain what was wrong with the meals, but no-one came. When I complained at the bar when paying, the answer was "really?" as if it total disbelief, and then did nothing to alleviate the situation. No semblance of a "terribly sorrow" or a "let me see what I can do" re the bill, or "I'll get the manager"....Simply nothing. They just charged us 30 quid for 2 very bad plates of food and that was that. The 6 ladies on the table next to us had stunned looks on their faces when the food came out. I know why now. I'm no chef, but a nice piece of oven baked salmon next to a mix of arulua, tomatoes, kalamata olives, some red onion and cucumber, with some sprinkled feta, a little bit of red wine vinegar and a light drizzle of olive oil is all that is needed. Add in some warm sour dough from Ursa Minor (the bakery down the road) with some dipping olive oil and I don't mind paying 16 quid for that. For my wifes meal, downsize it by half, get the champ right, get some quality gourmet sausages, and do a decent salad, and then you've got value for money at 13 quid. As it stands, it's a total rip-off. There's just too much stuff on the menu that is neither healthy for people or even tasty. It seems that the concept is volume is a good substitute for quality. Wrong.... Be warned: Do not eat hear...go to the co-op around the corner, grab some eggs and amke yourself an omelette at home. If you don't know how to do this, look up Jamie Oliver and watch a video on how to do it. You'll save yourself 20 quid and have a far tastier meal.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

They were busy but we were able to order drinks and wait in the bar. The service was very good and friendly. We were informed that we had to wait, which wasn't very long at all, but we appreciated being told. The food was excellent,...very generous portions and excellently prepared. I had the fish and it was perfectly cooked. We couldn't fault them and would happily go back.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

Probably the best food in Ballycastle. I ve eaten every where in the town but return here regularly. Superb service and great food from an excellent kitchen. Highly recommend. Always busy . Nice to have a beer whilst waiting. Usually fairly quickly called to table...by excellent staff.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 7 July 2023

Our server was inattentive all evening but the worst was that she told me we could get a side dish not listed on the menu. We were then charged £11 euros for a salad that we understood would be included in the price of the...main. Manager was inflexible.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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There was when I was there, but if it’s a regular thing I’m not sure. Check their website or Facebook page!
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Not sure if they take reservations. If you can't - it gets packed so get there early unless you don't mind waiting.
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O'Connors Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5