Claddagh Pub, at 2918 ODonnell Street in Canton, is quickly becoming a favorite of residents and late-night pub crawlers.
The place doesnt appear fancy from the outside, but its got an upbeat atmosphere inside. On a Thursday night, the place was busy at the well-stocked bar and in the dining area beyond. The Irish-themed decor was fun, with an Irish flag, a large rugby mural, and signs promoting Irish liquors. Our tablecloth was even decorated with shamrocks.
Our friendly waiter recited many specials. Among these was Borscht, the cold Russian beet soup. This is not what youd expect at an Irish pub, but it was impressive nonetheless. My friend ordered the Angus beef prime rib sandwich. I chose the house salad and crab cake platter.
The fresh mesclun salad was great, with a raspberry-tinged house dressing that refreshed, but did not overwhelm with its herbs. My friends beef sandwich was infused with the rich flavor that all steak chefs strive for. My crab cakes would have made any Marylander happy. They were generous in size and broiled perfectly. The garlic mashed potatoes that accompanied them were delectable as well.
We were seated at around 9 p.m. and about an hour later we were presented with a bill for $49.58 (including drinks but without gratuity). We reminded ourselves that the crab cakes were market price, which usually means if you have to ask the price, you cant afford it. Considering the food, service, and overall dining experience, we were satisfied. Well have to save those crabcakes for a special occasion, though.
Claddagh Pubs casual atmosphere belies its level of dining experience. The food, you might say, is spontaneously fancy. The convivial atmosphere and great food and service make Claddagh Pub an important stop for anyone checking out the Canton area.
RANKINGS-- Out of 5 FORKS
Atmosphere-- 4.5 FORKS
Service-- 4.0 FORKS
Food-- 4.0 FORKS
Affordability-- 2.5 FORKS
Overall-- 3.75 FORKS
Restaurant: Claddaghs Pub
Theme: Irish Pub
Potential For Romance: Moderate
Friendly Outing Potential: Excellent
Food Highlight: Angus Beef
Food Served Until: 11 PM
Wednesdays: Get Irish
$2 Irish Whiskey
$2 Irish Coffee
$2 Irish Draught
Saturdays: $2.95 Burgers
11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; food served until 11 p.m.;
bar closes 2 a.m.