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.”
A super dining experience with a varied menu. Food was excellent and the ambience and friendliness of staff crowned our night in The Oar
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Four of us had a meal here on a recent trip to Doolin and we had a first-class meal with fresh local ingredients. The waiting staff were very attentive without being in your face. The owner went from table to table engaging everyone and making...More
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
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
My wife and I were looking for a special place to celebrate our wedding anniversary so we booked Oar restaurant and stayed in one of the guest room above. I cannot be more grateful to our host for the quality of our stay and the...more than excellent fine dinner. The dishes were presented to us in an elegant and sometimes playful manner and we can certainly say a professional chef is in charge of the kitchen. I can't fault anything, to the staff, to the owner Kieran, we say thank you! Sinead and Pascal More
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
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..
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
I was recommended to visit Oar by friends and last month we made the trip from Dublin and it was so worth it. The staff were friendly but professional with a great local knowledge of the food, produce and wines. The restaurant setting is simplistic...More
I’ve waited a year to write this review. My family’s experience here was so bad, my mother asked me not to write anything g to wait a year and if I still felt like writing, then do. Well here I am. Last august myself and...several family members stayed here. I booked specifically because I have a dog and my sisters family have a dog. I spoke to Kieran on a couple of occasions prior to the stay and he could not have been nicer. Or more accommodating. So then we visit. My mother and sister and daughter were there the night before I arrived. Myself. And another sister her children and 2 small dogs arrived for dinner. There were 10 of us for dinner. Some had good food, some had great food, one had an ok main course. But we were all in agreement about the scallops. Consequently the next day on check out we all advised the waitress of our thoughts. On principle I refused to pay for them but paid a 20% tip on the. Rest of the meal. 30 minutes later I’m driving up the road with my mother brother in law and sister. And Louie the dog, and the phone rings, and it’s Kieron. And he is in a rage. He could barely speak, foaming at the mouth. He was on speaker and I advised him I was with my family driving along narrow country roads. But he want having it. He was disgusted. What did I know about scallops? What was I expecting. Scallops are supposed to be served cold. And raw? Nobody’s ever complained about them before. I never told him my sister had a dog. Your whole family were disrespectful. (They’re the absolute opposite) How dare my sister write a bad review on booking.com) On and on he went. My mother was really upset. She noted the man was clearly in a rage. I advised him I could not discuss my sisters review as I did not write it. I advised him he’d no business being in business if he could not respond to critical feedback. I had to cut him off. It was so upsetting. When I got to Kinvara. and dropped my mother off I rand him back. He said ‘you’re alright, I’ve calmed down now’ I told him that I was delighted for him that he’d calmed down. But I had not..... You remember it Kieron. The worst dining and accommodation experience I’ve ever had. August bank holiday 2020. All the rave reviews and there’s something altogether different underneath. More
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
So delighted to have discovered this fabulous restaurant in Doolin, beautifully decorated and lovely atmosphere as soon as you walk through the doors! And the food is to die for! They do a fabulous midweek offer where you get three courses for €40 unbelievable for...More
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
Excellent gourmet restaurant, using all locally sourced ingredients. a bit pricey but elegant. The service is warm and welcoming. The food is delicious.
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
Really enjoyed our meal here. The service was top notch and the food inventive and clean. Would have eaten here twice if we stayed in the area longer. Highly recommended!
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
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
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
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
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.
Can highly recommend Oar for that cosy fine dining experience. The food, atmosphere and staff were all superb. Try it out...you won’t be disappointed!
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
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.
Recently had dinner here with 7 friends. Food and service was fantastic. Food was beautifully presented and between us we sampled the full menu - everything was beautifully cooked and full of flavour. Definitely worth a visit
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
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
Top class restaurant. Lovely decor. The food and service was excellent and could not fault. Kieran recommended our wine which was paired fanatically well with the food. He chatted with us throughout the night which was lovely also. Very enjoyable night.
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
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
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