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.”
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
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
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
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
Stayed in the rooms at the restaurant for three nights with friends We decided to eat in the restaurant on the Saturday night and it was absolutely fantastic Lovely room and great ambience. The group had 3 courses and one was better than the next...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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
This is IMHO a top class restaurant. We had been in its predecessor years back and it was excellent too. However, there is a new broom and a new brush to make Oar Restaurant a very memorable dining experience. The decor is so peaceful and...restful. You can just sink into those chairs and let yourself be looked after for the evening. I had beef carpaccio for starters and my husband had scallops. I had salmon and scallops for main and my husband had lamb. I had caramel parfait for dessert. Everything was cooked and presented to perfection. We couldn't find fault with anything. The owner had a little chat with us before leaving and we liked this. Makes one proud to be Irish when one visits an establishment of this high quality. More
Such a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful welcome and amazing food that satisfies and treats your taste buds like nothing else. The staff, the ambience, the food, the welcome and your comfort is their priority at OAR and you are very well taken care of...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
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.
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.
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
We were booked for an 8:30pm seating. We were brought to our table at 9:30pm and we got our starters at 10pm. Mains at 10:30pm. At that point we were too tired to notice the food. It was my 50th birthday dinner and it was...extremely disappointing. Even though it was noted on the booking there was no mention of it by staff. Not even a token glass of champagne or limoncello. All in all a forgettable experience. 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
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