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.
We look forward to welcoming you.

Rustic Fine Dining

Welcome To
Oar Restaurant

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.
Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 5.30pm.

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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 Viv Kelly and Sous Chef Cezary Sodel, the trio have brought together decades of experience in the industry to create a menu that features the best of Co Clare produce.

Head Chef Viv Kelly:

Viv Kelly was brought up on a small farm on the north Mayo coast and was first introduced to the industry as a dishwasher in Doonfeeny House. He trained in GMIT and travelled throughout Ireland as well as spending time in New York. “I met Kieran in 2012, I liked his drive and ambition, and his passion for food. I have spent the past six years as head chef of Kieran’s Kitchen at the Roadside Tavern. This year an opportunity arose to take it to another level and Oar Restaurant was born.”

Sous Chef Cezary Sodel

Cezary Sodel came to Ireland in 2010 to work in Gregans Castle in Ballyvaughan. “I started as a kitchen porter, but quickly moved to breakfast chef and then to evening service 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 this year 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

  •   A great meal, good service, interesting owner of this new restaurant in Doolin. One of my companions at our meal who has traveled a lot internationally found his steak to be as good as he has ever had. My lamb chop was very good.

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    4/13/2019

      Had a delicious dinner at Oar recently. From the service, ambience, food and wine, we couldn’t fault it! Food portions are the perfect size. Wouldn’t normally choose a dessert but so glad I did as it was well worth it! We also stayed in their...More

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    6/09/2019

      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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    9/05/2019

      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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    5/05/2019
  •   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

      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’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 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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    4/11/2019
  •   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

    thumb thetaMayo
    6/30/2019

      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

      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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    6/27/2019

      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.

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    7/12/2019
  •   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

    thumb ciarairis
    6/13/2019

      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!

    thumb Elizabeth G
    7/02/2019

      My friends and I visited this hidden gem a few weeks ago, This dining experience exceeded all previous . The flavours and local produce were amazing . It is a menu that fully satisfied . The attention to detail in the preparation and presentation of...More

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    8/13/2019

      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

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    5/29/2019
  •   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

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    5/27/2019

      Had the early bird menu which was 28 euros I think.Very tasty with lovely staff making it a great night.

    thumb Alan H
    7/31/2019

      I went for dinner last night with my friends. I order sola fillet with vegetables, beef carpaccio with fresh sour bread, and for dessert soufle blackurrant. OMG it was very lovely dessert. Everything was presend beautifull,and it was tasty. Staff it was friendly:) It was...More

    thumb IwonaN76
    6/30/2019

      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!

    thumb Daniel B
    6/08/2019
  •   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

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    5/01/2019

      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

      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

    thumb carolineo458
    7/13/2019

      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.

    thumb Stephanie O
    7/17/2019
  •   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.

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    6/13/2019

      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

      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

      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

    thumb Maeveni
    8/19/2019
  •   Went with my wife and our vegetarian friend, all our meals were perfectly prepared and very tasty. Staff were friendly and efficient. Fantastic!

    thumb Kiwi_Prawn
    8/15/2019

      Well... where do I start, we loved it all! Very warm welcome from Jeana (i hope i spelt that right!). The place looks great. We are old favourites of the Roadford with Marian & Frank, but we were charmed last night. They have done a...More

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    4/15/2019

      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

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    6/30/2019

      We stayed in the oar restaurant rooms from the 12 to the 15 june 2019. We had originally planned to stay only 2 nights, but because of the location and also the friendliness of the staff, we decided to stay an extra night. The rooms...More

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    6/15/2019
  •   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!

    thumb PamNewYork
    8/28/2019

      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

    thumb NailtechClare
    9/03/2019

      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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    4/18/2019

      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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    5/31/2019
  •   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

      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

    thumb Soniamcd10
    6/12/2019

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

    thumb scrimmage321
    7/06/2019

      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

    thumb Fran L
    5/26/2019

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