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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Irish, Bar, Pub, Canadian
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Reservations, Live Music
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Reviewed January 20, 2021

Even with Covid distancing the place was packed. Hence it was very noisy (but then it was noisy last time we were there, maybe 2 years ago, and it was way less busy then). Server was attentive and accurate. Drinks were fine. Hand sanitizer was...on every table. Menu looked pretty good, but average on arrival. * lamb burger was thin on lamb. Spinach salad was fresh. * veg burger was a bit dry, could have been improved with mushrooms. Fries were soft. * upside-down shepherds pie was disappointing, and barely lukewarm. Potatoes were good. (our Server did take it off the bill) * toffee pudding was very tasty - and scalding hot. Overall, we were expecting better.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed September 30, 2020

Was at Finbars yesterday and the food was terrible. I had the classic burger which was hard as a rock and very overcooked. I had a Caesar sala which hadno taste at all. I have been here before and the food was just ok. I...won't be back.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed February 13, 2020

Recently, our relatively small party of six was conducting a Cole Harbour Pub crawl with Finbar`s being our first stop - our reception upon arrival was disappointing to say the least. We were told that there was live entertainment (which had not yet started) and...there was a cover charge. We tried to explain that we were stopping for one drink but no matter - our reasoning fell on deaf ears. So we departed and gave our business to the other local establishments. I will add that Big Leagues had an amazing Band at no cost!! I am confused - are they a pub or Entertainment Venue. Although I typically visit once or twice a month for a beverage, I have no intentions of returning.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Four couples meet for dinner and live music at Finbar's. The food was great and the music was a great way to end the night off. Chief O'Neil made the best nachos and salmon ever! Great evening close to home!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I visited Finbars several times in December,as it is our favorite place and I especially LOVE their Christmas decor!!! So much ambiance and the always fabulous service from a wonderful crew! So much of the menu we have tried over the years...all...so good. Favorites are their French Onion soup and Nachos,not to forget their specials each day. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 3, 2019

Just returned from a disappointing experience at Finbar's in Portland Hills. We have been disappointed here before but not quite this badly. This evening, my daughter was served kraft dinner when she ordered mac 'n cheese for 9 dollars. The price is justified because it...comes with a side, drink and dessert but we were not offered either a drink or the dessert. We will not be back with our family.More

Date of visit: October 2019
FinbarsIrishPub, Owner at Finbar's Portland Hills, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2019

Sorry Greg, sounds like we missed a few chances to be great. I'll make sure to review this with our staff and hopefully you'll consider giving us another try someday.

Reviewed September 27, 2019

My best friend and I connected here this evening after not having seen each other for awhile. We decided to sit outside as it was a beautiful fall evening. Tiffany was our server and she was attentive, prompt and courteous from the time she seated...us until we left. Food was amazing too (my friend had the lamb burger and I had Finbars classic burger). Great evening and I can’t emphasize enough how much good service makes eating out memorable! Thanks Tiffany!More

Date of visit: September 2019
FinbarsIrishPub, Owner at Finbar's Portland Hills, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2019

Thank you! Way to go Tiffany!

Reviewed September 24, 2019

I have to begin with the service OMG, our server was Michelle but it seemed that all the servers or staff were there for the customer and worked as a team, like a well rehearsed dance! The service is AMAZING, the best! Our first visit...to Finbar's, so had no pre- conceived expectations. Lots of variety to the menu, good prices. We had onion rings (which were excellent) and a lamb burger and smokey cheeseburger, both great! We will definitely go back! Message to the owner - treat your staff well they are wonderful!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
FinbarsIrishPub, Owner at Finbar's Portland Hills, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2019

Haha! This is the owner speaking: Message received! ;)

Reviewed September 4, 2019

The service is always great, the environment is relaxed, and the food is always AMAZING! Highly recommend this place - best Irish pub in Dartmouth/Woodlawn/Cole Harbour hands down! Check them out!

Date of visit: September 2019
FinbarsIrishPub, Owner at Finbar's Portland Hills, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2019

No, no... YOU are amazing! ;) Thank you!

Reviewed August 25, 2019

We went to Finbar's last night on a whim for a date night. The atmosphere was really fun, relaxed but nice. The music was great, it had us reminiscing and looking at pics of our tour of Ireland a few years back. The food was...excellent, we were both very happy with our meal. I had the pan fried haddock and my partner had the braised ribs. For dessert he had bread pudding and I had the brownie. The brownie was huge and very sweet, it was a bit of work to finish but very good. The wait staff were attentive and friendly, excellent meal all around! My favourite meal I've had in a while. There are lots of things on the menu I want to try. Will definitely be back again!More

Date of visit: August 2019
FinbarsIrishPub, Owner at Finbar's Portland Hills, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2019

You just made my day! Thank you so much for the 5 Stars!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Finbar's Portland Hills

  • Yes, Finbar's Portland Hills offers takeaway services.

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  • Finbar's Portland Hills is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5