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The Village Tavern

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Irish, Bar, Pub, Seafood, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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Mountcharles, Donegal Town, Ireland
+353 74 973 5622
12:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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County Kildare, Ireland
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read previous reviews and as we were staying in Mountcharles, we looked forward to visiting The Village Tavern. It is both an old-style bar and restaurant at the back. The staff are most welcoming and it is hard to leave the lovely fires at this time of year. The Guinness is in one word superb and the food was... More 

Thank omfarrell2015
Springfield, Ohio
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230 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We came here as part of a tour group - one of the extra excursions. Excellent choice! The seafood is locally sourced, as is the beef, lamb and vegetables. We had the Golden Crumbed Fish Cakes and the Grilled Fillet of Hake with Jameson Butter Sauce. Everything was prepared to perfection and tasted fabulous! Enda - the Chief Proprietor was... More 

Thank beckyd02
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Called in here on our first night in Donegal to be greeted by locals in the bar happy to advise us on the area. Saturday is busy so need to book a table however we were happy to eat in the bar. Great food on that first night..a seafood taster plate and an Irish stew..fab night. Ate here a second... More 

Thank susiemc66
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

When we arrived the restaurant area was full as they had a bus load in,the waitress offered us a seat at the bar as others were eatting there,i asked if we could sit by the fire which is kinna the front bar area and that wasnt a problem.I thought with such a crowd in we would be waiting ages for... More 

Thank lorrainehumphries
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

My fiancé's daughter was married on 1st October 2016. Her wedding reception was held in The Village Tavern, and they could not have done it better! Let's just say that 60 guests were served HOT, FRESH FOOD, PERFECTLY COOKED, AND WITH GREAT ABUNDANCE AND VARIETY!!! Steak, Chicken, or Salmon (and even an omelette for a vegetarian) were expertly served with... More 

Thank Karaoke-Carol
Belfast, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Cod fish cakes were tasty. Very tender tasty slow cooked roast beef - I prefer it rare but it was good. Served with good mash and veg the way it should be cooked. Really nice. The battered fish was very good also. Been here twice now and the only fault would be that it is a bit slow - but... More 

Thank CRC55
Osaka, Japan
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73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Having lived in Ireland before, I wasn't sure about the raving reviews - it seemed like a convenient spot to park tour groups, which could account for a lot of the reviews. However, I needn't have worried, because although there definitely are lots of tours stopping over here (with a very odd choice of music to entertain them), the food... More 

Thank Marcy H
Donegal Town, Ireland
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Myself and my daughter had a lovely experience in the Village Tavern. ~Thank you Roisin for getting us a table a very short notice, We enjoyed the wonderful food and very generous portions and reasonable prices. There was a great buzz, brilliant service and we had a most enjoyable dining experience. I would highly recommend this as a place to... More 

Thank Angel1964_12
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Maybe the restaurant had a bad day... - 1* service was very slow, waited 15 min to take order and nearly further 45min for food. Also later coming guest got served before... - 2* food, we cannot follow the good reviews... Fries had not been in enough hot oil-> fully soaked with oil. Fried fish was in best case mediocre.... More 

Thank Rexmio
Oxford, UK
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We first visited the Village Tavern last summer, and the memories have lingered. This time we knew to book ahead. We ate seafood platters, delicious steaks, and hearty portions of spuds (chips and mash) on the side. The Village Tavern manages to combine the charm, chatter and craic of an Irish pub with the quality of a top class restaurant.... More 

Thank Irishrover1980

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Irish, Bar, Pub, Seafood, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mountcharles, Donegal Town, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Donegal Town
  • Phone Number: +353 74 973 5622

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?