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“1st time disappointed”

The Blarney Stone Pub
Ranked #6 of 15 Restaurants in Onancock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$22
Cuisines: American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Blarney Stone Pub is a lovely Irish Pub. We are located in the quaint, water town of Onancock, Virginia, next to the DMV. Established in 2004, we have been catering to locals and visitors for a decade. Our chef prepares daily specials and offers classic favorites, like our hand-dipped fish and chips, bangers and mash and shepherd's pie. If what you are looking for is some local flavor, look no further. Our steamed clams and Portabella Chesapeake are sure to delight. The next time you visit Onancock, be sure to stop by. We would love to have you. See you at the Pub!
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“1st time disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

This pub has always been one of our favorite places to dine. The quality of the food is normally consistently outstanding. The service is always friendly making you feel like you are with family. Unfortunately this was not the case at our last visit. I am so hoping that this was just a one time anomaly and doesn't occur again. It was not a very crowded evening, it was a Friday around 5:30. If it were busy I would have maybe understood. It was not a problem with the service but with the food. My dinner companion and I had both opted to start with a soup. I ordered the mushroom brie and my companion ordered the New England clam chowder. both soups arrived just barely warm. I had ordered a Caesar salad as I have had in the past. When the salad arrived it seemed very dry. I am not a person that likes my salads drenched in dressing but I don't think there was anything on this salad and I had to request for the server to bring out some dressing. There was what sounded like a very nice steak on the dinner specials that evening. It did arrive as ordered (medium) and it had wonderful flavor but the steak was so tough and chewy. It was even difficult to try to cut it with a steak knife. My dinner companion just couldn't finish it. It just was not a good quality steak.

I do want to stress that this is the first time this has happened at this restaurant. Normally all the food, the fish & chips, the Shepherds Pie, the burgers, the wee blarney salad and just about everything else is wonderful, including their expansive selection of beers on tap. Outside of this last evenings experience I would give them a 5 rating. I will still strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone as I am so sure it was just a one time bad situation. The atmosphere is so warm and inviting and it's really a great place to even just sit at the bar and have a Guinness.

Visited November 2013
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English first
Fort Collins, Colorado
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112 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Where did all those people come from?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Onancock seems like a very quiet little place with not much going on. I was surprised by how packed The Blarney Stone was, but it was a Friday night. Have a Red-Headed Stepchild with your crab cakes, which were on special the night I went in there. Food's great, service is great. Don't miss it.

Visited October 2013
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Mineral, Virginia
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“local troubadour add flavour to a saturday night out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

The patio was perfect for listening to the local troubadour - wish I could remember his name, but I think it was greg. A voice that recalls jim croce or Gordon lightfoot (and he does covers of both), but if you can, request a couple of originals, especially his Christmas ditty. The Beer was varied, cold and delivered with a smile (course, it might have helped that we had joined with townspeople for the evening!)

Visited August 2013
1 Thank dave r
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Potomac, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good eats!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Split the shepard's pie: enough for two and delicious! The place is a short walk from The Spinning Wheel.

Visited July 2013
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Oakton, Virginia
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126 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“TBSP, Onanacock, Va is a great Friday night venue w/friends.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

We were in town looking for a place to dine with boating friends and The Blarney Stone Pub rang the bell as an excellent choice. It is a short walk from Onancock Town Dock and offered a nice venue for friends to talk without having to shout. We were with a large group and there was no issue with separate checks. The menu consisted of a nice mix of "pub" dishes to full meals which enabled us to control individual cost. My Shepard pie and salad was outstanding. Service by Laura was prompt and she got both dinners and drinks spot on the first time. Like Arnold said in the movie, "I'll be back". Bill B.

  • Visited August 2013
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