D'Arcy McGees - Sparks Street

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CAN$30 and under
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D’arcy McGee’s Irish Pub first opened its doors in August of 1996 and is located one block south of Parliament Hill and directly across from the War Memorial and NAC. Thomas Darcy McGee was a prominent politician and a Father of Confederation known for his stirring speeches that helped unite the fractured new country called Canada. He was assassinated on April 7th 1868 in front of his Sparks Street boarding house only blocks from where the Pub now stands. The Pub was designed in Dublin, constructed in Wexford, shipped to Canada and reassembled. The interior consists of hand crafted wood and beautiful mosaic tile floors accenting the bar and dinning areas. It is Ottawa’s authentic Irish Pub, designed and built in Ireland. Choose from a wide array of Irish beer and whiskeys, dine on real Irish fare and enjoy the music and camaraderie. Come experience the craic, you’ll swear you were on the Emerald Isle. Slàinte!
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.0
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4.1
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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Poppy
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Great service, not set up for large groups(8people) too loud to carry on conversation

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walterthegrey
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Service was good. One hot meal wasn't, but the waitress nuked it without hesitation. Flavours were excellent. We go back nearly every month because it is good quality all round, and a convenient location.

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Beergal1
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Table of six and all of us enjoyed our meals. The sticky toffee pudding was amazing! Great service too!

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AimeeF
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience1

I booked the reservation months ago
Well in advance
Called to confirm 2 weeks ago all good
Confirmed by email day before all good

Arrived, no table ready
Then we were told we were being put the downstairs
Ok .... then NO that wasn’t happening now anymore either
Ok

In the end We ended up being 2 broken tables of 4 ? with a “wall” in the middle of our group of 8
So we couldn’t even visit at all
We drove over an hour away for a special occasion dinner and evening out, only to be split up and being separated by a wall

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Took a few of our agents out for a get together after a day of training & our server Alex was phenomenal. The food was great and we got to introduce a few of them to Blarney Chips ( and obviously ended up having to order more! 😂)

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Lucie
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nous aimons l'endroit et l'ambiance mais il faisait froid en bas.
Bon accueil et service, nourriture un peu grasse.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience1

While the food and service were excellent i didnt understand why we were put in the basement for our reservation. The ambiance was terrible.

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FulkersonS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came in with a 14 month old, had first public meltdown, waiter had no problem, and brought a plate of something VERY QUICKLY (at no charge mind you) to help calm child. (We were very hungry apparently). on top of this, he helped us save some money with our AAA card, which he got back as a tip! I would recommend this place to ANYONE! Great food, service and charming place to eat.

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TimQ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1Food4Service3Ambience2

We made a reservation A week in advance. The table we were offered was right in front of the hostess and the front door with no privacy. We were offered another table only because the people given that table decided to sit a the bar. This was because this table was jammed together with 2 other diners. The purpose of making a reservation is to ensure that we have a guaranteed and reasonable place to sit and enjoy our meal. Neither of these options were enjoyable and I’m not sure why the restaurant would offer either of these for a reservation.

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itsshannon
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal with my daughter before an NAC show. Loved the food and service was friendly and efficient despite the pre-holiday rush!

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IanM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoy dining at D'Arcy McGees - not the first time we have eaten here. Really like that we can make reservations - and have never had any issues when we arrive at the restaurant! Food is very good, and servers are pleasant. Will be back.

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DarleneS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to greet, meet and eat!

Joined family for dinner before going to the NAC for a Christmas concert. What a great idea I had!! Seated immediately, served promptly, with lots of time for an easy dinner before the show. Keeping this place on tap for our next concert night out!

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Wendyfran
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a very enjoyable dinner time before we went to our concert at the NAC. The service was great and the food was enjoyable. Would definitely dine there again.

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Largang
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was pretty good. I liked the Shepard's Pie. The others in the group thought the food was OK. Service was good, and friendly. The restaurant itself can use a reno/update. Perhaps it passes because it gives that "old pub feel", but, probably, it is just a bit worn out. The location is great if you are going to the National Arts Centre (about a 3 minute walk). Will give it another try.

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IanM
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service great. Guinness beef in Yorkshire Pudding bowl was delicious. Anxious to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

D’Arcy McGees is my place to go before and after NAC concerts. The staff already knows what we eat and drink so no ordering is necessary.
Like the on-line booking though. Helps a lot in not being concern if there is a table for me.

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Joanne
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

We usually go there prior to performances at the National Arts Centre. Its very convenient, but the place is starting to get tired.

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ManonD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was really good and a beer for $4 is most valuable!

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JudyR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Our meal was excellent but for a Sunday at 5:30pm I was surprised to have our waiter tell us they were out of steak, maple glazed salmon, and chicken pot pie! So we went with beef pies and pasta. The service was excellent as it was extremely busy serving the dinner crowd before the 7:30pm show at the Art Centre.

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MaryR
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Very busy. Very loud. Food was great, hot, tasty and plentiful

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DavidB
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

My party took advantage of a couple of coupons, dividing them between our bills. The waiter informed us that his manager had approved an exception for us to use the coupons, and let us know there was an intended limit of one per table--not one per bill, as we'd assumed. Seeing as the coupons guided what we chose to order, this was a frustrating way to end our experience the other night--haggling over semantics.

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BobC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We reserved for 6 because we thought it would be crowded for the NAC show( and it was). We got stuck at 3 tiny 2 person table rather than the 3 bigger tables for 6. 2 of these tables were empty for at least 30 minutes. It was not a comfortable spot to talk or have a drink. Food was OK. SERVICE was OK. Would not go back. There are manY others close to the NAC .

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JimG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was great. Brew choices covered many tastes.
Eating at the Russell building with the Stanley Cup background made it even more special. Would go back tomorrow if I lived less than 400 miles away.

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RobinL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

My food took forever and it was lukewarm at best. No time to send it back as we were going to NAC show.

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Glady
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Great service, very noisy and the chicken pot pie was very dry. I have eaten here many times and always been satisfied with the food but the chicken pot pie was not great.

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StephenV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the food and drink. Only down side was that we were beside the ladies washroom.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food

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Quilter
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, service and atmosphere. Wonderful place for lunch before attending the theatre.

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TarynA
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We were there on a show night and it was busy but we had a reservation. We were seated promptly and made our order quickly knowing we had to get to our show. It took 45 minutes from order time to get our food (a sandwich and the special). We had to rush through our meals to make our show. No warning was given before hand that there may be a long wait for our meal.

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Christ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service excellent, malgré un achalandage élevé! La nourriture était savoureuse et respectait le thème du pub irlandais.

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TrishR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unusually quiet but enjoyable. Great service and super food and drink!

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BruceA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Either turn the music down or turn your customers down. Too noisy.

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CathyR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Samantha was our server she was excellent
Great atmosphere and location

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AudreyG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We were seated downstairs and seemed to be enveloped by the smoke from the kitchen about halfway through our meal! Felt like we were going to smell like a BBQ!
Finding the ladies room was near impossible!
Settling the bill was a bit of a challenge because we wanted to pay three ways instead of each of us paying our own - we were a party of four.

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LeQs
Bristol
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A refreshingly different menu, friendly service and great location.

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Shoefan0
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Unfortunately the service was so terrible it ruined our entire experience. Food came out cold, as if it had been sitting waiting to be served. We had to track down our server in order to pay.

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OuizeeB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love all the food here! And the staff are always top notch! Friendly and very efficient

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SabrinaS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our table wasn't great by the ladies washroom, but it was still enjoyable.

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Binky
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Changes on the menu were a disappointment for me & my friend. The Power Bowl is served with a different rice now. Taste is lacking as per my friend. I had the Mini Yorkies- not as tasty as usual...no creamed corn I think was the difference. Also I was sad to not have my fave Tawse Rose. I tried the other Rose. It's ok but not the 'wow' that I enjoyed with Tawse.
I suppose change is inevitable but I'm not looking forward to going back anytime soon.

FAQs

D'Arcy McGees - Sparks Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 230-4433.

D'Arcy McGees - Sparks Street is rated 4.2 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.