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

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.

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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

Rooms
at Oar Doolin

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

Reviews

  •   Excellent gourmet restaurant, using all locally sourced ingredients. a bit pricey but elegant. The service is warm and welcoming. The food is delicious.

    thumb Rosanne M
    9/05/2019

      Another great find from Tripadvisor. Visited last Wednesday evening with another couple and we weren't disappointed. The decor and ambience was fabulous. The bread was warm and fresh. I had the salad and my friends had scallops to start, we all had steaks which were...More

    thumb sinead o
    8/15/2020

      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

    thumb H8061CFanap
    8/27/2020

      Cosy little place with excellent food and friendly attentive staff, well worth a visit and not overpriced, i found the dining space a little cramped but overall a very pleasant place to spend an evening

    thumb wildatlanticfoodie
    8/11/2019
  •   I ate here with my partner just over a week ago. I can't fault the food or the service. I had the summer salad to start which was beautiful - my partner had the scallops. I had the gnocchi for main and even though I...More

    thumb m402015
    9/14/2020

      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

    thumb Travelinmanandm
    7/11/2020

      Really lovely delicious 5 star food in a charming, stylish and beautiful setting. Much attention has been paid to details, offering a top-notch dining experience. This was one of the highest quality meals I've had anywhere in the world. In fact, we were so taken...More

    thumb JaneM4591
    4/23/2019

      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.

    thumb Boquillon
    7/12/2019
  •   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

    thumb Vineyardlady
    3/07/2020

      We stayed in the guesthouse associated with this Restaurant. Accommodation functional- as was the welcome. €80 room only, noticed several places of similar standard afterwards which including full breakfast for same rate. Also it’s a 10 walk into the village, certainly not in the centre...More

    thumb AMCollins
    6/16/2019

      A Fantastic dining experience from start to finish. We stayed in the accommodation for two nights and ate in the restaurant one of the evenings. We availed of the fixed priced menu for guests of the BnB and added in a bottle of stunning white...More

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    7/13/2020

      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

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    9/14/2020
  •   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

    thumb annatX3600OZ
    6/27/2019

      I came for dinner at Oar with a group of friends recently and I'll say that I cannot stop thinking about the place. Fantastic from start to finish. The restaurant is beautifully decorated. It's fresh, tasteful and clever. The staff are friendly, delightful and look...More

    thumb FaiBai
    8/05/2019

      To say this was an unexpected delight is an understatement. Top quality food and service from beginning to end. Very chilled atmosphere with local art hanging on the walls. A hidden gem and one not to be missed. Will be back for sure.

    thumb Aoife B
    6/16/2019

      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

    thumb unlikelyadventurer
    9/13/2020
  •   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

    thumb Shane_Nicci
    5/01/2019

      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

    thumb pmcpirelandCoLouth
    8/03/2020

      We visited here recently. While the decor and service was great, it really wasn't for us. The food was mediocre at best and it was so overpriced for what was offered. Won't be visiting again.

    thumb 490ChristineD
    8/23/2020

      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

    thumb alison b
    8/19/2020
  •   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

    thumb Sebastiangva
    8/04/2019

      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

    thumb efurlong1
    9/06/2020

      Our first time and certainly not our last. I would highly recommend Oar restaurant. The food was exceptional. Lovely atmosphere with friendly, professional staff. Good value for money considering the quality. If in Doolin it's a must for dinner.

    thumb Michael C
    7/23/2020

      Myself and Fiancé enjoyed an absolutely outstanding meal in The Oar on July 17th. A big thank to Kieran for fitting us in on short notice having popped our heads in the night before on the reccomendations of our hotel. Although fully booked (for the...More

    thumb 152niallm
    7/24/2020
  •   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

    thumb bernadette o
    8/07/2020

      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

    thumb DominicM299
    7/25/2020

      Myself and my wife visited this restaurant in October. The food was fantastic, the service was fantastic. We would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone travelling through Doolin.

    thumb alecbromley
    11/02/2019

      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

    thumb KathinkaS
    6/08/2019
  •   I have traveled world wide and I live in a part of the world where seafood is plenty . I have had the pleasure of eating in beautiful places , with respected chefs. The scallops and warm salad I had at Oar last night has...More

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    8/19/2019

      We ate here last week and I would definitely recommend it. The decor, ambiance and staff are all good but the food is exceptional. My friends had the duck and I had steak-perfect. It's also good value for money.Very nicely presented too.

    thumb shelly056
    7/20/2020

      Delicious food fresh , cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Courteous service and elegant ambiance with great views

    thumb scrimmage321
    7/06/2019

      This is a big step up from the pub food available in the rest of Doolin. The chef has some creative adventurous dishes, but a little overdone for our pallets The steak was excellent, but you really need Gorgonzola sauce?The vegetarian in our group had...More

    thumb CaraS109
    9/01/2019
  •   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

    thumb Snuzies
    8/17/2019

      We were lucky enough to stay at the rooms above Oar restaurant and so we came upon the restaurant this way. However, if you’re anywhere nearby - Doolin, Lahinch, Cliffs of Moher or Ennis, it’s worth the trip. It’s really world class - food, wine...More

    thumb TellAmanda
    7/19/2019

      We visited OAR as a group of friends on a night out and we had a fabulous experience. We were greeted at the door by the charismatic Kieran who gave us a great welcome and took great care in taking us to our table and...More

    thumb carolineo458
    5/27/2019

      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

    thumb AbbaDancingQueen
    7/28/2019
  •   Lovely hosts, helpful, attentive and friendly.. beautiful food with great attention to flavors and presentation.. restaurant has a lovely warm atmosphere and we will definitely be returning..

    thumb MunsterBlondie
    7/02/2020

      First time going to Oar and it definitely won't be the last! We had scallops for starters and they were beautiful! I got steak for my main and my girlfriend got the pork, Both were cooked to perfection and the plate layout was was very...More

    thumb Darraghc3333
    9/08/2020

      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

    thumb 143stevef
    7/05/2020

      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

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    9/16/2020

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