Oar Restaurant & Rooms

Offering rustic fine dining in the heart of Doolin with accommodation that includes 4 rooms and one suite.

Call us on +353 (0) 65 7047990 for enquiries and bookings.
We look forward to welcoming you.

We love what we do and we hope you do, too!

Oar Restaurant and Rooms are located along the Wild Atlantic Way in the bustling village of Doolin in Co Clare. Owned and managed by well-known Restaurateur Kieran O’Halloran, Oar Restaurant offers fine food in a rustic friendly setting, utilising the very best of local produce.

Restaurant opening times for the
winter season 2021/22:

Until 22 November 2021
Wednesday to Sunday
from 5.30 to 9pm

Closed from 23 November to 2 December 2021

Open again from 3 to 22 December 2021
every day – 5.30 to 9pm 
featuring our new Christmas menu

Closed from 23 to 27 December

Open from 28 December to 9 January 2022
every day – 5.30 to 9pm

Closed from 10 January 2022 to 10 February 2022


Our Rooms are also available for booking.

We are looking forward to welcoming to Oar all our wonderful existing and new customers, suppliers, staff and friends!

Rustic Fine Dining

Welcome To
Oar Restaurant

Georgina Campbell Review

Oar – 2021 Michelin Guide!

Michelin Guide 2021 for Oar Doolin

Oar in the 2021 McKenna’s Guide!

YesChef  “Newcomer of the Year”

Winners Best Newcomer Ireland YesChef Awards

Delighted to have won NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR IRELAND & NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR MUNSTER at the YesChef Awards.


OAR Doolin

Meet The Team

Restaurateur Kieran O’Halloran is the man behind Oar – Well known for the fantastic gastro pub cuisine in Kieran’s Kitchen at the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna, this new venture sees him delivering a vision for rustic fine dining in the heart of Doolin. Working closely with Head Chef Cezary Sodel, they have brought together decades of experience in the industry to create a menu that features the best of Co Clare produce.

Head Chef Cezary Sodel

Cezary Sodel came to Ireland in 2010 to work in Gregans Castle in Ballyvaughan. “I started in Gregans where I was lucky enough to work on every section. I spent a winter in The Tannery in Dungarvan and enrolled in GMIIT in 2014. I’ve been working with Kieran since 2017 and in 2019 moved to the kitchen in Oar.”

Stay & Dine

at Oar Doolin

Stay and Dine at OAR Doolin. Choose from 4 modern and relaxing double rooms plus one suite.


  •   Anniversary meal on our staycation in OAR. Well on par with the best establishments in Ireland. Beautiful dinning room. Food was fantastic and beautifully presented. Local produce. Kieth was a fountain of knowledge and the wine was Spot on! Would have no hesitation in recommending...More

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      We visited Oar on a recommendation, we were told it was worth a visit since we were in the area. Expecting a "nice" meal, we booked, organised a Taxi and arrived outside what looked like a private house. We entered and were shown into a...More

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      Five of us ate here yesterday and the food from start to finish was excellent. Love the new decor which creates a lovely warm relaxing experience. But it's all about the food which didn't disappoint, from starters to desserts, it was delicious. Each was carefully...More

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      I can’t adequately describe how good the food was you really need to taste it!!! Every single bites of our meals from starter to main course and dessert was delicious and well presented. This is an exceptional restaurant, not fussy, a homely feel, yet very...More

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  •   We stayed at the Oar for 3 nights 30/7/20 until 2/8/20. Fantastic location and very comfortable stay. The best thing about the Oar is the restaurant! We ate there for 3 nights in a row as it was outstanding food, beautifully presented and great atmosphere....More

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      My friend and I went for dinner last night.We had been an excellent dinner there previously.We opted for the three course menu at 35€. I ordered pan-seared scallops and steak which was cooked exactly as I asked and the cheesecake for dessert sooo delicious. The...More

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      Stumbled across this little beauty of a restaurant last weekend on a few days away. Selection of food on the menu, presentation, flavors & tastes were excellent. Loved the atmosphere & the staff could not have been more helpful. Best of luck to the owner,...More

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      I had a staycation in Doolin last august with my daughter. We both love our food & managed to get a booking in Oar. It didn’t disappoint. The food & drinks were really good. What made our night even more, was the service. It’s not...often you get great food & service together. The manager Kieran was fantastic. He recommended drinks to us & checked in on us that we were ok through out the evening. He also made sure we got home ok. I was so impressed with Doolin & the great community spirit there. We stayed in Sheedy’s. They had recommended Oar to us for dinner. It’s great to see local businesses support each other. True Irish hospitality!! I’m looking forward to getting back to Doolin this summer & hopefully will have the joy of experiencing both places again. Well done to all involved 🙂I believe congratulations are in order for a recent award received 👏🏻 More

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  •   Three of us visited the Oar Doolin last Saturday. From the moment we walked in the door we felt warmly welcomed and at home. The front of house staff hit the exact note of professionalism and friendliness and there is none of the stiff formality...that you would normally associate with such a high standard restaurant. Every course was a surprise and a culinary masterpiece. The fresh crab melted in the mouth. The different flavours offered in every dish came through all complimenting each other perfectly. We would have willing paid for the complimentary surprise sorbets ( a speciality of the chefs) they were so tasty. The halibut was so fresh it tasted like it was fished out of the sea an hour before. The duck was cooked to perfection. The carefully chosen accompaniments for each main course were beautifully balanced and really flavoursome. As the service was nicely paced we were well up for dessert we chose the dark chocolate truffle cake and lemon tart. simply stunning. I was the only one drinking that evening and I chose the house wine by the glass. Some of the best house wine I have ever tasted, I did note a Lebanese wine on the wine list a rare offering and one that I was tempted by. The wine by the glass was incredibly reasonably priced as was the whole meal. Coming in at an unbelievable 60€ a head including coffees, tea and soft drinks. I had 3 glasses of the house wine. As if it couldn’t get any better we had an added delighted of meeting the owner Ciaran. Talking to him and hearing of his love for what he does it all becomes clear as to why the restaurant is as outstanding as it is. His passion for food and wine goes back a long way, his commitment to excellence and care for his customers shines through his warm and engaging personality. It was a joy to meet him and his team. One of us comes from Derry and the other two from Dublin and we would willingly drive back in a heartbeat for an experience of such a meal again. More

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      I had the chance to visit Oar recently and I was so pleasently suprised to find a restaurant like this in Doolin. Unlike any other of the restaurants in the area I loved the the beautiful decor and friendly atmosphere. However it was the food...More

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      We cannot say enough positive things about our experience at The Oar Restaurant! It was truly amazing. From the staff to the decor, the atmosphere and the food, everything was impeccable! We adored the beautiful layout inside, the colour schemes are so warm and beautiful,...the place felt intimate and yet had a lively atmosphere at the same time. It was amazing how this restaurant manages to be both high class and comfortable at the same. The best food and service and yet you felt as relaxed as if you were at home. We could not get over how fabulous the food was, neither of us have ever before eaten food as nice as we had there and we have been telling everyone about it! In addition, we could not get over the kindness and friendliness of the staff. It was my boyfriend's birthday and they were so kind to bring out candles and sing happy birthday to him, they also gave us a free drink for his birthday which we couldn't believe! Not only that but Kieran came over and spoke to us personally which showed he really cares about his customers' experience and he even offered to drop us home as he was leaving, which speaks volumes in itself! We had an unforgettable experience and want to thank Kieran and the staff so very much. We will definitely be back again to relive our magical experience and hope to stay overnight next time! More

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      Everything about The Oar is just perfect! The food was outstanding, the staff were lovely, friendly and so attentive. Kevin was so great and took time to talk through the wine list with us, it was like we were getting a little wine lesson! We...also stayed a few nights and its a perfect location to walk around Doolin. I wish it was in Dublin as I would go all the time. Cant wait to return! More

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  •   The Oar delivers a premium dining experience in a lovely warm and friendly setting. We were a group of friends celebrating a big birthday. On arrival, we were brought to a lovely table in the centre of a beautiful, homely dining room, with large windows...and stunning local art on the walls. We began our meal with divine homemade, warm sourdough bread, fresh from the oven, with lots of delicious, salted butter. Each course was carefully crafted, delicious with generous portions, and professionally served. The Halibut and Salmon main courses and exquisite chocolate and cherry dessert, deserve a special mention. The owner, Kieran, was attentive and charming and went out of his way to ensure that our party of 7 got home safely on a wet and stormy Doolin night. We had a great evening, Thank you, Kieran and crew, for the special birthday celebration. Would certainly recommend and will be back. More

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      We visited in June 2019. In a nutshell it was amazing. Everything...the staff, the decor, the atmosphere, the food and the choices...perfect. We cleared our plates even though we were full. It was too good to leave any behind. Just go!

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      Finally got to dine at Oar restaurant. It had eluded me all summer. On a cold wet and windy Summer evening, Oar extended a warm welcome. A cosy ambience with tasteful decor creates a homely feel. Friendly staff move around almost unnoticed until they are...More

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      We celebrated our second wedding anniversary with the dream-team at Oar... a fresh and exciting new venture in beautiful Doolin. These guys devised and served our wedding meal so we couldnt wait to see/taste what awaited us. Kieran has created something so special... from the...More

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  •   Don't think - just book. A delicious meal from start to finish coupled with warm service. I want to see this restaurant go all the way to the top. Thank you for a splendid evening

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      Make no mistake despite my cheesy review title The Oar is a place of seriously excellent food. They describe it as rustic fine dining but I would say more like refined fine dining. The Chefs clearly understand flavour, flavour combinations coupled with first class technique....More

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      I recently visited Oar Restaurant with my husband and two other couples. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The food was delicious and great value. Will definitely visit again.

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      Had a great meal. Amazing scallop starter with Irish samphire followed by a healthy portion of tasty Salmon. The Rosemary potatoes on the side were so good. The pinnacle was the black currant soufflé and sorbet. So airy, so awesome. My wife lived the cheese...More

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  •   Dinner in Oar last weekend was everything I look for in a meal and more. Portions were plenty big, the ingredients were fresh and delicious and the dishes showed a creativity and level of skill that is often hard to find. Particular mention to the...More

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      Despite the fact that they had a large group last night, my husband, my daughter and I had a fabulous dinner last night at this cozy new spot. The appetizers of tomato basil soup and goat cheese with beets were great starters and the cod,...More

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      We had a truly divine dining experience at Oar, the service was impeccable and the food expertly prepared and presented. There is an extensive wine list and a small but perfect list of craft beers. To start I had a mouthwateringly good prawn and crab...More

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      We ate here in August. We had the beef Carpaccio, ham hock terraine, Duck, fish special & shared the cheese board. Food was locally source. Fine dining with great flavours but not over complicated. Just the right seasoning too. We ordered the Douro wine from...More

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  •   A simply delightful meal, great service, our waitress was happy to help with choices. One thing I love in a restaurant is when you can see the care and attention that has gone into every detail.; the room, the table set with beautiful linen and...More

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      We chose the Oar based on other reviews, but could not get a reservation during our trip. We asked to be put on a cancellation list, and to our delight, we got a phone call to say we had a table. It is a beautiful...room, the design detail is gorgeous, from the salt and pepper thingies to the wine glasses, the lampshades, the artwork and obviously, the food & wine. We had great craic with Kieran, the owner, and the staff were wonderful. If you are a foodie and love the experience of eating in a lovely place where the staff clearly care about every detail, this is it. More

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      Excellent service from the start by both staff members, felt very welcome. Attention to detail was impressive and were assisted in choosing the perfect light tasting craft beer to accompany our meal. My steak was excellent, cooked exactly how I like it and my knife...More

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      This restaurant is a real find. Beautiful, contemporary decor. Most delicious, upmarket food. Top class presentation of dishes. Warm, welcoming atmosphere. As a group of three female friends we really enjoyed our evening here. Everything we ordered was fabulous. The owner was very friendly. He...even dropped us to the local pub at the end of the road afterwards. We will certainly be recommending this restaurant to our families and friends. Next time we hope to stay and dine. More

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  •   The view from the outside is sparse but very neat and welcoming. Inside follows the same path - gray walls, loads of votives, fresh flowers and a welcoming staff. They had a limited selection of spirits, but the Laphroig was a perfect beginning for my...More

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      I visited with my mother to celebrate her birthday and it was a great experience. The food is EXCELLENT and the staff is very attentive and friendly. I would definitely eat here again!

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      We were able to walk to Oar from our B&B. A warm greeting welcomed us. This is definitely not a pub but a higher end restaurant. After ordering a bottle of wine to share, we all decided to order from a fixed price menu of...More

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      What a delight it was to dine in oar!! The food is amazing. Such a well thought out menu and something for everyone’s palate. Kieran is a fabulous host and the food really is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Thanks Kieran for a...More

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  •   I cannot rate the Oar restaurant & rooms highly enough! We stayed 2 nights & were made so welcome from the minute we arrived. The accommodation was pet friendly, extremely clean & so comfortable. The quality & service of food was outstanding & way beyond...More

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      We have lived in Clare for over 10 years and Covid has allowed us to visit several places on our wish list. The Oar was the first one. Centrally located in Doolin, with comfortable accommodation, we took the dog (why are there not more dog...More

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      What can I say about a restaurant that leaves you speechless. The food was absolutely delicious and amazingly presented. My parents decided to take myself and my fiancé for dinner to celebrate our engagement. The wine was also excellent with a great list. The setting...More

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      Rarely have we gone to a restaurant where we enjoyed our time so much we truly wanted to stay all night-- the Oar and the staff went over and beyond what we could have asked for in a dining experience! Roxie welcomed us with her...beautiful smile and winsome service and from that moment on, we were hooked! The menu exceeded our expectations as each course was, in one word, extraordinary! Kieran is SUCH a delight and walked us through how the menu was prepared as well as the wine selection which was amazing. My husband had the summer salad and I had the Doolin crab for our starters. Truly we have never had such a delicious summer salad that was so fresh and delicious! The crab was perfect in presentation as well as taste...with spices that you must try yourself! We then had the Salmon and the Lamb...to say it was the best I have ever had is not an exaggeration! If this review could be 4D so you could see and smell them both, you would truly be amazed. We finished with the dark chocolate truffle cake and the vanilla panacotta and Roxie made the most marvelous Spanish coffees! Incredible! My husband and I have been to Michelin star restaurants all over the world, but this one is exceeds them all in both service, food and ambience! Thank you to Kieran and Roxie! We will shout from the rooftops for folks to try your beautiful restaurant! We will definitely be back with as many friends as we can bring:) Bless you and thank you for a most remarkable evening! More

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  •   Pearse, at Blackberry BnB in Doolin where we are staying, recommended Oar, and we went there this evening. The food was spectacular—exceeding that offered at many of the superb restaurants we’ve eaten at in New York City. We had the salmon appetizer, Dover sole, scallops,...More

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      Room & Location Arriving to Doolin from Lisdoonvarna, you take a right at McDermott’s Pub. The restaurant is then to your right. The room has recently been redecorated. I liked the colors, the soft furnishings. The feel is soft, comfortable, elegant. Lighting is low, intimate....More

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      OAR restaurant and accomadation has WOWED us again. We were treated to such a VIP level of service, care and attention and the most beautifully cooked and presented locally sourced food that is such a wonderful combination of flavour and freshness and presentation, A pure...More

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      Another wonderful meal at the Oar last night. Kieran treats the local produce with great finesse, and whether you're vegetarian, a fish-lover or a carnivore, you will enjoy a sumptuous meal. The cauliflower risotto last night was a triumph again. He also knows his wines...so you can be sure he'll have a great recommendation to complement the wonderful food. More

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