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 hours for summer 2021:
every Wednesday to Sunday
from 5.30 to 9pm
Also on bank holiday Mondays (exception: 7th June 2021).
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
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.”
Hands down, for me dinner at the Oar Restaurant was the highlight of my trip to Doolin. The atmosphere is refined and relaxed, the food delicious, fresh and creative. The wine…wow. Just so nice to get such great food and wine pairings. Like most successful...restaurants, it is the passion, knowledge and engagement of the owners that make or break an experience. Kieran and his staff are impeccable hosts. If you give yourself over to their recommendations you will have a superb dining experience. We were a family of 5, three generations and everyone was extremely happy with their experience. Thrilled to discover this gem in County Clare. We had the crab, and fresh parsnip soup appetisers. Quite the subtle explosion of flavour! Entrees were Lamb, Pork, Steak, Salmon and vegetarian. All excellent. Desserts only had four options but each incredibly delicious. Did I mention the wine ? Absolute perfection! More
If you are looking for something special This is a must when visiting doolin. Something other than pub grub. The atmosphere is fab and the food first class. The dining room is well spaced out without being too obvious. The raspberry soufflé is divine.
We decided to treat ourselves and try Oar which has replaced the former Roadford House. From the moment you walk in you sense you are in for something special. The food from starter to dessert was excellent and unusual- I had never tried a homemade...More
Doolin is great place to visit but like a lot of tourist locations it has its fair share of over priced and over rated restaurants / cafes. Happily we found The Oar and it’s far and away the best paper to eat in the locality....More
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
We stayed one night at this restaurant with rooms and it is important to separate the two. The restaurant was amazing , beautifully set for dinner, very classy . We were greeted with a warm welcome from Kieran and shown to our table. The food...was outstanding, impeccably presented and served . Good menu choices and good portion sizes. Crab starter was delicious. We both had fish (Salmn and Halibut) for main, it was fresh and cooked well. Desserts were a work of art Overall excellent experience for the restaurant . We arrived late afternoon to check into our room and you could already see the chefs working and smell the most delicious smells coming from the kitchen. So that was a great start as we unpacked the car. Our welcome and the information given was excellent including where to have breakfast which was a great recommendation . However , the bedroom was very disappointing and in stark contrast to the elegant restaurant. but at 80 euros it was value for money for one night but the rooms could be so much more . Perhaps more in keeping with the quality and standards of the restaurant and charge a little more . We will go to Oar restaurant again and look forward to our return visit but we will stay somewhere different in Doolin. Doolin it self was an absolute cracking find. We loved it. So the dining option at the Oar is a great asset to this fabulous village. It is hard to write a negative review so I felt it important to separate the restaurant out from the accommodation. When staying in restaurants with rooms in England both restaurant and the room are of an an equal standard for an overall experience. More
We stayed as part of a visit to the West Coast and Aran Islands and although we had only booked in 2 people initially, a friend of mine joined us at short notice after she had to put her dog to sleep only a few...says earlier. When I phoned Mieran the day before to arrange for an extra bed, he was so wonderful and welcoming and booked us into the apartment with 2 bedrooms. At arrival we were greeted and made felt welcome from the start. The room was spotless, beautifully decorated and so cosy. The bed was one of the comfiest I ever slept in. Unfortunately the restaurant was booked out for 3 weeks upon our arrival, but Kieran gave us so many lovely recommendations where to dine in Doolin. The whole stay was a wonderful experience and we will surely be back and make sure that we also make a booking in the restaurant then. We left Doolin this morning well rested and happy. Thank you for bring such a wonderful and welcoming host. We can not praise your hospitality and friendliness enough. Best wishes and see you soon Clodagh, Julie and Yvonne More
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
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
The owner has committed to providing an alternative to the pub food available elsewhere in Doolin. Good selection of reasonably priced wine compliments a menu that provides flavors to the local meat and fish that really bring the protein alive.
I visited oar restaurant in Doolin, Co. Clare on 25th May with friends for dinner, and to say that i was surprised and impressed in equal measure is a massive understatement. Whilst the setting, decor, atmosphere, staff, wine list, attention to detail & quality of...More
We just dined here last Sunday and it was such a perfect surprise. I wonder why we went there for the first time just last Sunday and not earlier, like in Summer. We loved the place, the romantic and elegant atmosphere. We immediately felt welcome...by the lovely owner of the restaurant and had a memorable, top notch dinner. The Raviolo as a starter was stunning. The pasta was so perfectly cooked with a delectable filling and a broth to die for. Then we had a gorgeous rib eye and goose that we loved. Even the vegetables were amazing. And for dessert we got an apple tart which concluded a dinner we will always remember. This place is truly a hidden gem in Clare. Every single detail catches your eye and contributes to give you an experience that will be very difficult to live somewhere else. More
Great restaurant in a lovely location with wonderful food and wines, delivered with excellent service. The menu had been very well thought out and the wines thoughtfully selected to accompany the food. Would happily eat there again and take other friends and family. Highly recommended.
We were greeted by a lovely young waitress, and this reception set the tone for the evening. As Oar Restaurant came highly recommended, we couldn't wait for the first course to be served. I had the ravioli which was delightfully filled with butternut squash and...More
My sister and I stayed at the rooms at The Oar Restaurant last night. Unfortunately we missed the memo and did not reserve a table in advance. Roxy and Ciaran went over and above to squeeze us in despite being fully booked. The food, wine...More
We had the absolute pleasure of dining at Oar last Thursday. The food was second to none. Everyone at our table felt they had just experienced a culinary delight from start to finish it was perfection. Our excellent host Kieran went above and beyond to...make our dining experience exceptional, from wine selection to desert wines and even a lift home he was the ultimate host. Thank you for an excellent night !! Bravo ! More
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
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.
Oar, Doolin, Co Clare, Ireland Paid our first trip to the newly opened Oar in Doolin. This is a restaurant, not a pub. It is a super dining room, bright, clean and modern. Obviously created by someone with an eye for detail. Relaxing and comfortable....More
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
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
Second time here, even better than the first! Loved every mouthful - excellent food, lovely relaxed atmosphere and a warm welcome from Kieran and his staff...you will not be disappointed.
We stayed in the OAR Restaurant and Rooms while staying in Doolin and it was a delightful experience. It's in a great location as it has the OAR restaurant right downstairs and is walking distance from pubs such as McDermott's and McGann's. The rooms are...More
Amazing Loved this place so much last year that we just had to return. The food here is amazing. From start to finish it just got better. Have to say i would just travel for the souffle. To die for. Love the decor and the...More
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
Amazing value, amazing food, amazing service in a beautifully styled restaurant. But most amazingly the Cheescake cream dessert off the main menu. Worth a visit in lovely surroundings and a real treat
We dined in Oar on our last night in Doolin and it did not disappoint. The menu is well thought out and there is an extensive wine list. Each course was a delight but the blackcurrant soufflé to finish was the highlight of the meal....More
I wanted to go somewhere nice for my 40th dinner and I am so happy we chose Oar. It was outstanding. The food was excellent, cooked to perfection, the decòr is so relaxing,a beautiful calm, happy atmosphere where the owner Kieran effortlessly floats from table...More
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
This is our 3rd visit, and it’s a pleasure every time. Style with substance, from the warm welcome to the the fantastic flavours. We are usually cheese people but pictures of deserts had me tempted. My fella had the special tiramisu which was delicious and...More
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
We ate tonight for the first time in Oar and we so highly recommend it. From the moment we booked with Kieran this place felt special. Oar is a small but stylish fine dining restaurant in Doolin where u feel you are on a special...night out from the time you arrive. The ambience is relaxed and stylish, the food we had between us the pate, fish 🐟 starters followed by duck, halibut & Pouilly Fume - all served and tasting superb. Kieran and his team are warm, friendly but yet you can relax as a couple and enjoy every moment. If you want one good meal in Doolin treat yourself and go to Oar. We will be back 💚 More
we’ve found the best restaurant in County Clare - it‘s the Oar in Doolin, run by Kieran and his team. We had such a wonderful time there yesterday evening and just had to spread the word. Service is top notch and genuinely friendly. The dining...More
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
Staff, service, owner, food, chef et al were outstanding. Yes you will pay a little more for a meal here but it is worth it. If you like food, you will love this place.
Hands down, this restaurant served the best cod I’ve ever had! The food at Oar Restaurant is truly exceptional, and I was only delighted to wine & dine here for our last night in Doolin. The scallops starter was beautiful, each piece succulent with plenty...More
We are a family of 3 adults who love to travel around Ireland and experience great food. The Oar came highly recommended and it did not disappoint in any way! Every inch of our meal was thought out, fine tuned and served up with perfection....Their food really is exquisite! It has a lovely relaxed, easy atmosphere and it is evident that the staff are more than happy in their work. Kieran was very friendly, welcoming and chatted away to us at various points throughout our meal. We were made to feel very welcome and we absolutely adored our experience in The Oar. We made a 2 hour round trip to experience the food and we would happily make that trip again. Looking forward to our return! More
We discovered this place last year while on a road trip to the Irish Open Golf tournament. We had a wonderful meal on that occasion, so much so, we decided to return in July this year. After being in lockdown for so many weeks, we...More