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“Super service”
Review of O'Connell's Howth

O'Connell's Howth
Ranked #2 of 44 Restaurants in Howth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Gastropub
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Super service”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Had an early dinner for 2 in O'Connell's last Friday. First pleasant surprise, there is FREE parking in Howth, surely one of the last piece of uncommercialised concrete on the planet. The pub itself? Lovely inside, specials were a good plate (monkfish tail and a Caesar salad) and the quality was pretty good, not outstanding but pretty good (fish was a bit dry and seemed to have been re-heated, salad could have done with more dressing, perhaps on the side so as not to smother and wilt it). Couple of lovely glasses of NZ Sav, 45 quid with sides of fries and veg; little on the pricey side but then that's Howth generally, I'd say. Console yourself with the thought that you're paying for the views, the ambience, the lovely harbour strolls, the buzz. Try the little Italian coffee shop near O'Connells and, of course, the Abbey Tavern for a pint.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Galdanagh
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a n, Owner at O'Connell's Howth, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Colm M

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your comments. I hope you realise how much the staff here appreciate feedback from customers. As we are not open that long, we really strive to give a good experience and any feedback is welcome. I am sorry about the fish and hope you said something at the time. You can be sure that our chef really takes on board your comments and hope you will give the food another try sometime.

Meanwhile, thank you so much and your are so kind to take the time to write the review and we really hope to see you again soon.

All the very best,

Anne.
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
““Quality food and "Classy atmosphere​””
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Recently I took my dad for lunch in O'Connell's pub in Pub opposite the East Pier for the 1st time, and immediately after stepping inside I felt we had arrived to a quality place. The interior was really well done, dark wooden floors and comfortable leather furniture to match, and lovely Irish Traditional music playing softly in the background (not overpoweringly touristy, just right), we are locals, and don't mind Irish music. The staff was plentiful, well trained and very courteous. We both had the Seafood Chowder which was delightfully tasty, creamy and most importantly full of fish + seafood, we also shared a plate of delicious calamari, so needless to say, we left as very happy customers, and will be returning soon, I am just disappointed that I have not gone to O'Connell's sooner, so I've got some catching up to do. I warmly recommend it.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Marc L
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a n, Owner at O'Connell's Howth, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Marc L,

You have no idea what it means to all the staff here that you took the time to write your review. We are just coming up to our 2nd anniversary soon and we really have strived to make this a great place for locals and tourists alike. The chef is always 'chuffed' to get such feedback on his food and very appreciative of people taking the time to comment.

We hope you will come back soon, and look forward to welcoming you.

Thank you very much again and all the very best,

Anne.
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Olney, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
456 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Nice location - with heaters when needed”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Dropped into this pub for a drink when in Howth. Brilliant but cold day so to take advantage of the good weather, we decided to sit outside and watch the world go by.
Great location but a bit chilly so were delighted to be able to control the Halogen heaters and give some warmth to the proceedings.
Friendly staff, good range of drinks and relatively inexpensive given the 'tourist' location.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank tartnjohn
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a n, Owner at O'Connell's Howth, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear tartnjohn,

Thanks a million for taking the time to write your review. As you probably know we have not been open too long - just coming up to 2nd anniversary. It therefore means so much to us to hear comments from our customers. The staff are really delighted when they read good reviews and they really make an effort to ensure that people have an enjoyable experience. I am glad the heaters kept you warm outside and should you come back, we also have shawls if you need them!
Thank you again and much appreciation from all of us.

Regards,

Anne.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food and fun atmosphere”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Came to Howth for the day and selected O'Connells due to other Trip Advisor reviews. Had lunch and the daily "catch" special was fantastic! The staff were very friendly and several came to our table during the course of the meal to ask if there was anything they could do. Next trip to the Dubliln area will onclude another meal at O'Connells!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank UC76
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a n, Owner at O'Connell's Howth, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear UC76,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. You have no idea what it means to the staff of our new pub that you enjoyed the experience in O'Connells. Everyone pores over reviews when they come in and although we welcome all comments, the staff are obviously so pleased when they are praised. I hope to see you again and hope you had a good trip home to Cincinatti.

All the best and many thanks again,

Anne.
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Naas, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
401 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Lovely food, lovely view”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

I had lunch on a Monday with some friends from Spain. The food was very good and the view from the upstairs room was a big plus!
The service was excellent and while the pub wasn't very busy there was a good atmosphere.
I would definitely recommend it!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Marla7
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a n, Owner at O'Connell's Howth, responded to this review, 14 June 2014
Dear Marta7,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write the review on our pub. We have not been open very long and it is such an unbelievable help to get feedback you would not fathom. The staff really love reading the reviews and take everything on board. They are obviously delighted when they are good! We thank you for bringing your Spanish friends and are proud that they enjoyed themselves. We really thank you again for your help and comments and hope you will come back again.

All the very best,

Anne
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