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“Lovliest Pub in Town”
Review of Catherine Rooney's

Catherine Rooney's
Ranked #281 of 549 Restaurants in Wilmington
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
USA
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80 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Lovliest Pub in Town”
Reviewed 12 March 2013

I can't believe it took me so long to write a review of this fabulous restaurant/pub. Don't be confused by the reviews. There are 2 Catherine Rooney's and this one is in the Trolley Square section of Wilmington -- not in Newark (the "college town").

Having once lived in Ireland, I can attest to the fact that this Irish pub has a truly authentic feel to it, from the decor, to the delicious food, to the hospitality. There is a wide variety of menu items and everything I've tasted has been fantastic - truly. As in any successful pub, the owners and staff are an essential factor in the success or failure of the place as they set the general tone and atmosphere. Catherine Rooney's has a laid back, welcoming feel to it. People there are friendly and helpful, and it's the kind of place that even a stranger can feel at home.

Last year, I hosted a wedding shower in Rooney's "Parlor Room," and my guests are still talking about the incredible food, service and atmosphere. It was an event to remember. Give Catherine Rooney's a try -- you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank IRISHhms
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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“Fun Place!”
Reviewed 20 November 2012

Catherine Rooney's is a fun place for friends, couples and families. We've eaten here many times and are always satisfied. The food is consistently good and the service friendly. I recommend trying the specials wherever you eat. Catherine Rooney's special last Saturday was a spicy calamari cooked in a lemon/banana pepper sauce. It was delicious! Their standard Irish entrees and soups are always good, as is the bread. They offer a decent beer and wine menu and I recommend anything on the seasonal drink menu. The atmosphere is fun, yet quiet enough to carry on a conversation at your table. A great neighborhood place!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank SeeitAll728
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Delaware, United States
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72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“This place is GREAT”
Reviewed 8 November 2012

I love this place. The just seem to get it right. The owners are very polite and will often come over and talk to you as you are eating. They have a fantastic short order lunch menu the is under 10$ per person w/ drink. On the weekends this place hosts one of the biggest and best parties in Trolley Square Wilmington. The move all there tables out of the way and put a couple DJ's in there and its like Wilmington's version of a night club.

Don't let the party scene scare you away though. During the day this place is an upscale casual Irish eatery that serves some fantastic Irish dishes. They do a really good job of cleaning and maintaining the property too. In the summertime they grill out on certain days and have some fantastic ourdoor seating. The morning on weekend the offer a great hangover menu for breakfast.

They have a large room in the middle that they will cater events for you if you need them too. Overall this is one of the few places in Wilmington that anyone can feel comfortable going out too.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Will L
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Dallas, Tx
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Perfect for Rehersal Dinner!”
Reviewed 7 August 2012

My son was getting married and we had the rehersal dinner at this great place. There were around 45 in attendance and everything was perfect. Gerri the manager was a perfect person to arrange everything and made sure that every detail was taken care of.

If you have a need for a large group this is the place!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank garyDallas_Tx
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Wilmington, Delaware
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“Good for a 1/2 priced burger on a Saturday afternoon”
Reviewed 14 July 2012

Rooney's is good place to have the Celtic Burger (half-priced on Saturdays until 5 pm). The service is always good. Today we sat outside and the weather was lovely. Our server was nice. She did not identify herself.
It's the second time, however, the red onion has been missing from the platter.
It's a local place that people go to drink (especially the young one's in their 20's) and eat.

I'd like to try the dinner menu but I'm afraid it will be overrun with people and too much noise.
Their nacho appetizer looks very enticing. We are definitely going to give it a go next time.
It's Trolley Square and fits the neighborhood.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Jennifer C
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