Overlooking the harbour in Roundstone village
O’Dowd’s Seafood Bar, Restaurant and Café is located in the centre of Roundstone village overlooking the harbour with panoramic views over Roundstone Bay and the Twelve Bens. It has been run by the O’Dowd family for four generations since 1906. A bar has been operating on the premises since 1840 and it is widely regarded as the oldest pub in Connemara. It is now famous for its excellent fresh local seafood and it has one of the best pints of Guinness in the locality.
O’Dowds has been serving both locals and visitors since 1840. Originally known as “Kelly’s Hotel” it became O’Dowd’s in 1906 and has retained that name ever since. For most of that time it was a combined Bar and grocery shop, only ever changing temporarily to a funeral parlour during the making of the movie ‘The Matchmaker’ in 1996.
The grocery shop is now gone – although you can still see the hooks in the ceiling for hanging meat- Wood paneled walls and open turf fires give it an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness.
Our mission has always been to serve the freshest of local produce at a fair price in a friendly and relaxed environment. We have always been focused on serving the excellent local Connemara seafood as well as meat, chicken & vegetarian dishes. All our breads are home-made, as is our seasonal Soups and of course our famous Seafood Chowder. We have our own herb/vegetable garden which supplies us (when in season) with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, artichokes, raspberries, redcurrants, strawberries, apples, mint, fennel, dill, rosemary, sage and lovage.
We are recommended in all the major guide books, including: The lonely Planet, The Rough Guide, Georgina Campbell, Frommers and The Bridgestone guide. We are delighted to have received a Michelin Bib Gourmand for three consecutive years, 2011, 2012 & 2013, the only Connacht restaurant to do so. And we were very proud to be voted best Gastropub in Connacht by The Sunday Independent readers in 2011.
Welcome to O’Dowd’s Seafood Bar
O’Dowds Bar has a special traditional pub atmosphere which has remained unchanged for decades. The bar is small & intimate with its traditional turf fire & beautiful views over Roundstone Harbour and the Twelve Bens. You can watch the fishermen unload their catch or just relax in the calm tranquility overlooking Roundstone Bay. Our friendly local staff will be delighted to answer any questions the visitor may have in relation to what to see and do in the area.
Breakfast is available in the bar from 10am to noon and our full bar menu is available from noon till 9pm (9.30pm in summer). We now have a range of excellent Irish craft beers and over twenty different premium Irish whiskeys for you to sample.
The Seafood Restaurant at O’Dowd’s
Our restaurant menu is served from 6 to 9pm (10pm June to August). Reservations are advisable in the summer months or during holiday periods. Gratuity is at the customer’s discretion. Special dietary needs are catered for. We have gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian dishes. If you have a particular dietary need we would be delighted to answer any questions, please email or phone us direct with your query.
O’Dowd’s Café is located next door to the bar and restaurant and is open from March to October. 9am to 9pm. The cafe has an upstairs and downstairs with large windows overlooking Roundstone harbour. Serving a selection of Java Republic Teas and coffees. The cafe also serves breakfasts, pastries, desserts, Soup, Chowder and Sandwiches. All items are available for take-away. Our café was especially popular with Monty Hall who was a regular here during the filming of Monty Hall’s great escape which was filmed in the Roundstone area in 2010. Free Wi-Fi and internet access available.
Tel: +353 (0)95 35809 www.odowdsseafoodbar.com