Downey's

★★★★☆
  • 526 S Front St

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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  • 215-625-9500

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Went here a few months ago to meet up with old friends. We enjoyed the piano bar and sang along with many. The food was good and the prices were ok.

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Went here a few months ago to meet up with old friends. We enjoyed the piano bar and sang along with many. The food was good and the prices were ok.

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This is a fun place to eat. We went on a Saturday night and it seemed as though many of the people come here every week. There was a pianist and patron go up and sang songs. We had a lot of fun and the food was good too!

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This is a fun place to eat. We went on a Saturday night and it seemed as though many of the people come here every week. There was a pianist and patron go up and sang songs. We had a lot of fun and the food was good too!

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I've been here many times. The food is really good- huge portions! So for the price, you get leftovers or can split the meal. Stick to appetizers if you're not that hungry. Even the sandwiches are huge. They have beer specials during games. The staff is always super friendly and helpful. If you have kids, I'd go during the day or early evening. They have tables next to open windows for an outdoor feel and people watching.

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I've been here many times. The food is really good- huge portions! So for the price, you get leftovers or can split the meal. Stick to appetizers if you're not that hungry. Even the sandwiches are huge. They have beer specials during games. The staff is always super friendly and helpful. If you have kids, I'd go during the day or early evening. They have tables next to open windows for an outdoor feel and people watching.

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Met some friends for drinks last weekend and was surprised at the negative reviews on here. Decent beer prices and surprisingly good food. The service was great, our waitress was a sweetheart and made sure none of us had an empty glass. All in all we had a good time and would definitely go back.

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Met some friends for drinks last weekend and was surprised at the negative reviews on here. Decent beer prices and surprisingly good food. The service was great, our waitress was a sweetheart and made sure none of us had an empty glass. All in all we had a good time and would definitely go back.

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I went to Downey's last night after not having been for many years. I was very pleasantly surprised that my old stomping grounds still have the same look and feel I remembered. The food was top notch, the service was excellent and the karaoke was a lot of fun. We went for dinner and ended up spending the entire evening there until well after midnight. Usually way past my bedtime on a work night but well worth being tired today. A great evening out. Highly recommended.

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I went to Downey's last night after not having been for many years. I was very pleasantly surprised that my old stomping grounds still have the same look and feel I remembered. The food was top notch, the service was excellent and the karaoke was a lot of fun. We went for dinner and ended up spending the entire evening there until well after midnight. Usually way past my bedtime on a work night but well worth being tired today. A great evening out. Highly recommended.

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I came in here thinking 2-3 stars maximum and expecting it to be the same typical off Irish pub that I've grown to hate (and in a lot of ways it was). But it was Big Dan's birthday bash so l decided to come anyway. And in the end it made for a much better time than expected. Don't get this review wrong, on a normal night, who knows how it could have turned out. But maybe it was the Black & Blue's talking, or maybe it was the Snake Bites. Or maybe it was the parting shot of tequila, and the fact that Big Dan rolled in with a beautiful posse of karaoke singing ladies (actually that one is an incentive anywhere :D). Or maybe it was just the fact that the karaoke night was pretty freaking awesome, and that plenty of people in the crowd gave props for a job well sung. But whatever the reason Downey's delivered one abnormally fun occasion.

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I came in here thinking 2-3 stars maximum and expecting it to be the same typical off Irish pub that I've grown to hate (and in a lot of ways it was). But it was Big Dan's birthday bash so l decided to come anyway. And in the end it made for a much better time than expected. Don't get this review wrong, on a normal night, who knows how it could have turned out. But maybe it was the Black & Blue's talking, or maybe it was the Snake Bites. Or maybe it was the parting shot of tequila, and the fact that Big Dan rolled in with a beautiful posse of karaoke singing ladies (actually that one is an incentive anywhere :D). Or maybe it was just the fact that the karaoke night was pretty freaking awesome, and that plenty of people in the crowd gave props for a job well sung. But whatever the reason Downey's delivered one abnormally fun occasion.

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I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin's upcoming wedding at Downey's. The party was a complete DISASTER!!!!! Frist off, it was 92degrees outside, and they did not have the airconditioner on!! And only turned it on after we asked for the 3rd time! Second off, the party, which was a brunch, started at 12:30, and the food wasn't put out until 1:30! Third, we were promised a carving station and a omlette station, wich was not set up. Instead, the "carving station" was downstairs and the meat was cut down there and then put on the buffet. The "omlette station" was actually 1 waitress, for 50 people, taking omlette orders and then bring the orders to the kitchen and then bringing them out. The entire omlette process took about 1 1/2 hours. The bride and the mother of the bride didn't even get their omlettes because of all of the confusion.
Aside from the "stations" disaster, the buffet emptied pretty quickly because at this point, everyone was starving. And, the buffet was NEVER completely refilled!!! We has to ask at least a dozen times, and even then, only two items were refilled and one was with semi- raw bacon!
After repeated requests to speak with the owner, he finally showed toward the end of the party, and couldn't understand why we were upset. He said the food was great, and that the buffet was filled several times!!
The party was scheduled until 4:30pm, and by 3:15, everyone started to leave because they couldn't handle the heat, and they were hungry. People left our party to go eat somewhere else!! What an embarrassment!!
After everyone left, we of course got into an argument with the owner over price, where he than started screaming at us!!! Like I said, it was a disaster!!!!

It want a nice party, without every problem under the sun, than GO SOME WHERE ELSE!! Downey's is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!

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I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin's upcoming wedding at Downey's. The party was a complete DISASTER!!!!! Frist off, it was 92degrees outside, and they did not have the airconditioner on!! And only turned it on after we asked for the 3rd time! Second off, the party, which was a brunch, started at 12:30, and the food wasn't put out until 1:30! Third, we were promised a carving station and a omlette station, wich was not set up. Instead, the "carving station" was downstairs and the meat was cut down there and then put on the buffet. The "omlette station" was actually 1 waitress, for 50 people, taking omlette orders and then bring the orders to the kitchen and then bringing them out. The entire omlette process took about 1 1/2 hours. The bride and the mother of the bride didn't even get their omlettes because of all of the confusion.
Aside from the "stations" disaster, the buffet emptied pretty quickly because at this point, everyone was starving. And, the buffet was NEVER completely refilled!!! We has to ask at least a dozen times, and even then, only two items were refilled and one was with semi- raw bacon!
After repeated requests to speak with the owner, he finally showed toward the end of the party, and couldn't understand why we were upset. He said the food was great, and that the buffet was filled several times!!
The party was scheduled until 4:30pm, and by 3:15, everyone started to leave because they couldn't handle the heat, and they were hungry. People left our party to go eat somewhere else!! What an embarrassment!!
After everyone left, we of course got into an argument with the owner over price, where he than started screaming at us!!! Like I said, it was a disaster!!!!

It want a nice party, without every problem under the sun, than GO SOME WHERE ELSE!! Downey's is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!

Cons: Unorganized, lousy food, and horriable customer service!!

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Good place to hang out on a weekend. The moment me and my friends walked in there, we felt like it was a good place to hold small parties. People working there are nice too.

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Good place to hang out on a weekend. The moment me and my friends walked in there, we felt like it was a good place to hold small parties. People working there are nice too.

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I was at Downey's on 8/9/2008 for an anniversary dinner with my boyfriend. We arrived and we sat up top which was nice. But the service was horrible. It took the waitress 20 minutes to deliver our drinks. Then we had to ask another waitress to find our waitress so we could order our food. We ordered and appetizer and our entrees. An hour went by and needless to say no appetizer or no dinners arrived. There was another waitress walking back and forth by our table, no one came by to say there was a delay on our food. After waiting an hour for our food, which never arrived we LEFT. We complained to management and they did absolutely nothing. We ended up going to another restuarant on South St, but whatever you do don't go to Downey's. You will be disappointed!!

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I was at Downey's on 8/9/2008 for an anniversary dinner with my boyfriend. We arrived and we sat up top which was nice. But the service was horrible. It took the waitress 20 minutes to deliver our drinks. Then we had to ask another waitress to find our waitress so we could order our food. We ordered and appetizer and our entrees. An hour went by and needless to say no appetizer or no dinners arrived. There was another waitress walking back and forth by our table, no one came by to say there was a delay on our food. After waiting an hour for our food, which never arrived we LEFT. We complained to management and they did absolutely nothing. We ended up going to another restuarant on South St, but whatever you do don't go to Downey's. You will be disappointed!!

Pros: Nice View of the City

Cons: Terrible Service, You never get your food, Overpriced

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I stopped there on a recent Wednesday evening...I sat at the bar to eat & drink. The bar was only half full, but it took the bartender, a middle aged man, about 10 minutes to approach me for my first drink. He then did not return to me for the rest of the HOUR that I sat there, soon needing another drink. He was too busy socializing with patrons on the other side of the bar. While I was waiting, I saw two different employees go to the free happy hour buffet that was set up and took & ate food using their hands and did not use the tongs that were sitting by the buffet. During this time, I flagged down a waitress and ordered the lobster. The waitress was very nice and the food was good...the large tasty lobster came with bread, veggies and a baked potato. I could have used another beer to wash it all down, but it was not going to happen with the bartender on duty unless I got up or yelled for him. I finished my food, paid, and went to another bar for the drink I needed. I like this bar and its location and the food is very good so I'll likely go back, but they need to improve many aspects of their service.

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I stopped there on a recent Wednesday evening...I sat at the bar to eat & drink. The bar was only half full, but it took the bartender, a middle aged man, about 10 minutes to approach me for my first drink. He then did not return to me for the rest of the HOUR that I sat there, soon needing another drink. He was too busy socializing with patrons on the other side of the bar. While I was waiting, I saw two different employees go to the free happy hour buffet that was set up and took & ate food using their hands and did not use the tongs that were sitting by the buffet. During this time, I flagged down a waitress and ordered the lobster. The waitress was very nice and the food was good...the large tasty lobster came with bread, veggies and a baked potato. I could have used another beer to wash it all down, but it was not going to happen with the bartender on duty unless I got up or yelled for him. I finished my food, paid, and went to another bar for the drink I needed. I like this bar and its location and the food is very good so I'll likely go back, but they need to improve many aspects of their service.

Pros: location, great food, fun atmosphere,

Cons: poor service

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We are new in the area, so we signed up for a service called resturant.. They sell vouchers for reduced meals at various resturants. The reason we used their service is we can sample various resturants and see which ones we would return to at a later date. Now about Downey's it started bad and got worse-the waiter was clueless,had no idea about the voucher,had no idea about the menu,just had no idea.The best part about the whole experience was we LEFT before ordering anything. Now I know why at 7pm on Oct.31st there were less than 20 patrons in this reasturant.

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We are new in the area, so we signed up for a service called resturant.. They sell vouchers for reduced meals at various resturants. The reason we used their service is we can sample various resturants and see which ones we would return to at a later date. Now about Downey's it started bad and got worse-the waiter was clueless,had no idea about the voucher,had no idea about the menu,just had no idea.The best part about the whole experience was we LEFT before ordering anything. Now I know why at 7pm on Oct.31st there were less than 20 patrons in this reasturant.

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This place is horrible! Do not go there! I ate their with my family and it took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get our food. It took the waiter 20 minutes to even take our order and there were only three tables he was serving. Two other tables in the place waited as long as we did. When he finally served us, he didn't bring my husband's meal and it took another 10 minutes to get it on the table. When we finally got our check, not only did they not take anything off our bill to compensate, but they actually added something to the bill that we didn't order. By the end of the night there were at least three tables and a guy at the bar who were complaining loudly about th extremely poor service. Our table and the table next to us asked for the manager to call the owner to authorize a discount and the owner said no to our request. This place is sleezy and I will never eat their again, even though I live just a couple blocks away. I am ashamed they are even in our neighborhood.

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This place is horrible! Do not go there! I ate their with my family and it took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get our food. It took the waiter 20 minutes to even take our order and there were only three tables he was serving. Two other tables in the place waited as long as we did. When he finally served us, he didn't bring my husband's meal and it took another 10 minutes to get it on the table. When we finally got our check, not only did they not take anything off our bill to compensate, but they actually added something to the bill that we didn't order. By the end of the night there were at least three tables and a guy at the bar who were complaining loudly about th extremely poor service. Our table and the table next to us asked for the manager to call the owner to authorize a discount and the owner said no to our request. This place is sleezy and I will never eat their again, even though I live just a couple blocks away. I am ashamed they are even in our neighborhood.

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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This venue has great dishes. I really live their salads and grilled chicken. They have amazing drinks too. This place is pretty amazing for a big group to visit.

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This venue has great dishes. I really live their salads and grilled chicken. They have amazing drinks too. This place is pretty amazing for a big group to visit.

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Food was great. The waiter was excellent.

5
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Food was great. The waiter was excellent.

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Service was excellent, the staff was very accommodating.

5
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Service was excellent, the staff was very accommodating.

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Great lobster. Great food. Loved everything!!

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Great lobster. Great food. Loved everything!!

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Great Fish and Chips. For 30 years- great food- good service- fair prices- terrific drinks.

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Great Fish and Chips. For 30 years- great food- good service- fair prices- terrific drinks.

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Service was great. Food was good. Great prices and waitress. We will be back!

5
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Service was great. Food was good. Great prices and waitress. We will be back!

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Great service, amazing food.

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Great service, amazing food.

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The waitress was prompt, food was on time, very hot, seasoned just right. Thanks.

5
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The waitress was prompt, food was on time, very hot, seasoned just right. Thanks.

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Good menu, good food, and a great date night. Makes for a special night.

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Good menu, good food, and a great date night. Makes for a special night.

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Outstanding service and amazing food! An absolute delight!

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Outstanding service and amazing food! An absolute delight!

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Food was great. Little slow on the fish chips but I would come back next time in town. Saw you on bar rescue and thought I would stop by. Great job overall.

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Food was great. Little slow on the fish chips but I would come back next time in town. Saw you on bar rescue and thought I would stop by. Great job overall.

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The crab wantons didn't really taste like crab, but everything else was good! Thank you for your patience and excellent service.

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The crab wantons didn't really taste like crab, but everything else was good! Thank you for your patience and excellent service.

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Service was amazing. Food was wonderful and more than expected. Briana was very helpful.

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Service was amazing. Food was wonderful and more than expected. Briana was very helpful.

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Food was amazing- huge portions, great value for the money. We were well looked after. Great Kahlya coffee!

5
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Food was amazing- huge portions, great value for the money. We were well looked after. Great Kahlya coffee!

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The food was great! Server was very friendly! Wish we lived closer.

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The food was great! Server was very friendly! Wish we lived closer.

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I had great service. Waiter was great! Edward was polite and kept us happy all night.

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I had great service. Waiter was great! Edward was polite and kept us happy all night.

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Always enjoy your lobster special. No one does it better. Thank you!

5
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Always enjoy your lobster special. No one does it better. Thank you!

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Good drinks. Good food. Good prices. We'll be back.

5
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Good drinks. Good food. Good prices. We'll be back.

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I rather enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere that was provided. Well done effort. Cheers!

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I rather enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere that was provided. Well done effort. Cheers!

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Food was fantastic! Staff was very friendly. Best meal I've had in Philly!

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Food was fantastic! Staff was very friendly. Best meal I've had in Philly!

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Very pleased with our first visit. We learned of the restaurant through the Entertainment Book.

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Very pleased with our first visit. We learned of the restaurant through the Entertainment Book.

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All in all a very good value. The food and service are 5 stars. I have told everyone about the Lobster Special for years now.

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All in all a very good value. The food and service are 5 stars. I have told everyone about the Lobster Special for years now.

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Food was excellent! Server was courteous and personable. We look forward to another visit. Thanks!! =)

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Food was excellent! Server was courteous and personable. We look forward to another visit. Thanks!! =)

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waiter (Ed), was excellent. Friendly and efficient!

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waiter (Ed), was excellent. Friendly and efficient!

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We always enjoy having diner at Downey's when we are in PA.

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We always enjoy having diner at Downey's when we are in PA.

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Francesca was a great server. Made us feel at home. We will be back because of her.

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Francesca was a great server. Made us feel at home. We will be back because of her.

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Francesca was a fabulous waitress. She made sure we were treated like family!

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Francesca was a fabulous waitress. She made sure we were treated like family!

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Brianna was FANTASTIC! Professional, friendly, smiling face & superb service attitude. Downey's is quickly becoming on of my faves. Thank you.

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Brianna was FANTASTIC! Professional, friendly, smiling face & superb service attitude. Downey's is quickly becoming on of my faves. Thank you.

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Service was great. Fish and chips were excellent. Raw sampler was good.

5
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Service was great. Fish and chips were excellent. Raw sampler was good.

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The service is good and the food even better. Everything was very good and we ended up having a nice evening out.

5
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The service is good and the food even better. Everything was very good and we ended up having a nice evening out.

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Great food. Good service. Good location and hours. I'd like to see you serve ham and cabbage.

5
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Great food. Good service. Good location and hours. I'd like to see you serve ham and cabbage.

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The food was excellent and filling- especially the Irish menu. Our waitress was extremely polite. =)

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The food was excellent and filling- especially the Irish menu. Our waitress was extremely polite. =)

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Happy hour was fantastic! Thanks to Paul. Friendly and courteous service by everyone. Great food too!

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Happy hour was fantastic! Thanks to Paul. Friendly and courteous service by everyone. Great food too!

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Your lobster dinner is absolutely the best value and taste. Add a small salad and it's heaven! Thank you, we will be repeat customers. (Blonde hostess was the best! Soo accommodating.)

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Your lobster dinner is absolutely the best value and taste. Add a small salad and it's heaven! Thank you, we will be repeat customers. (Blonde hostess was the best! Soo accommodating.)

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The service was wonderful. The price was excellent for all you get. Keep doing a great job.

5
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The service was wonderful. The price was excellent for all you get. Keep doing a great job.

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Service was great. Love the decor and ambiance! Lobster was really done well! Desserts were delicious.

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Service was great. Love the decor and ambiance! Lobster was really done well! Desserts were delicious.

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Food was very good, especially the Lobster Bisque- salad very hardy- portions were large, and food was well-seasoned. Vegetable were beautifully prepared. Downey's Whiskey Cake was out of this world!! Service was excellent, very good experience!!

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Food was very good, especially the Lobster Bisque- salad very hardy- portions were large, and food was well-seasoned. Vegetable were beautifully prepared. Downey's Whiskey Cake was out of this world!! Service was excellent, very good experience!!

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Food was fabulous. It was the first time for my teens to try lobster and they really liked it. I am sure they will be enjoying it for a lone time to come

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Food was fabulous. It was the first time for my teens to try lobster and they really liked it. I am sure they will be enjoying it for a lone time to come

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Downey's has become one of South Street's favorite watering holes. Irish to the core, this home-town favorite offers a variety of local and regional dishes including steaks, lobsters, pasta and Irish specials. Downey's bar offers hot hors d'oeuvres, a special bar menu, Irish coffee Cappuccino and more. Outdoor dining in season. Entertainment upstairs on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch.

 

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