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“Good Pub Grub” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Celtic Ray Public House

The Celtic Ray Public House
Ranked #5 of 156 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$17
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: FAILTE! [WELCOME!] The Celtic Ray Public House in downtown Punta Gorda opened in 1997 by Proprietor Kevin Doyle. At the time there wasn’t a single establishment in the area that offered a variety of quality imported beers and the atmosphere of a traditional Irish Pub. We serve only high-quality imported draught beers, bottled beers, ciders, fine wines, as well as, a selection of “soft” beverages. We also have expanded with the ‘other side’ and now have a full liquor bar! Our menu features traditional Irish Pub favorites made from fresh ingredients and family recipes. 

The Celtic Ray’s Fish & Chips are famous worldwide! See you at the Ray, Slainte!
Bay Point, Florida
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Good Pub Grub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2010

Celtic Ray is a good choice for some excellent Pub fare & drink. The good food is going to fill you up and the grog choices should make the anyone happy.

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Miami Beach
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“An Authentic Irish Pub!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2010

The guy who said the old owner was back and that everything that made The Celtic Ray a beloved establishment for years was right.
On a Monday at 9:45pm, with just a handful of people on Marion Avenue (aside from some Mexican bar and restaurant), the Celtic Ray had some impromptu live Irish music, a dozen or so people having a good time and a kitchen still open.
I benefited from having a patron talk to the guy in the kitchen, and from the fact that the owner was there and his son was tending the bar.
I ordered the fish and chips and I was not disappointed, even though the chips were not big steak fries but actual Irish-style "chips" (a.k.a. French Fries).
I also ordered Potato Leek Soup and a half-Guiness/half-Harp pint.
Total cost with tax and tip: $24.
I had a nice conversation with a couple from South Carolina, and went back to my hotel perfectly satisfied. Good food. Good people. Good hang.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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55 reviews
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“The Original Owner is Back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2010

If you haven't been to the Ray in a while, or were there when the "other" management was in charge, please do yourself a favor and go back! Kevin Doyle, the original owner who made it the fabulous pub it once was, has re-claimed his bar! Though it has not officially re-opened yet (held up by a glitch in the system), Kevin had the doors open last night to welcome friends & patrons back to the old Ray, the way it was intended to be.

Everything looks almost the same except for a fresh paint job and some light remodeling, and the reappearance of Kevin's smiling face. Though we live in Broward County, I'll be making a special trip back to the Ray once it's 100% back up & running. I can't wait for those fish & chips & cold pint of Guinness!

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Florida
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“A mere shell of what once was.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2009

I just tried to eat here since new management. It was taken from the old real owner and is now run by amateurs. Irish in name only chicken strips are now on the menu replacing the authentic Irish cuisine that left with the previous owner. What a shame! I didn't think Fish & Chips were made from catfish but that was the consistency of the fish. Chips? No just regular fries. Don't waste your time. Even the Guinness tasted wrong. It is so sad this landmark real Irish pub is now nothing more that a Bennigans with bad food, non existent service and bouncers with guns.

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