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Sir John's Public House

$$ - $$$, British,
343 King St E | half a block from Market Square, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3B5, Canada
+1 613-530-2550
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (13 reviews)
“haggis” (14 reviews)
“fish and chips” (24 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Scottish, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
343 King St E | half a block from Market Square, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3B5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small, little pub. Nice vibes. We didnt eat but was a great spot to stop. In while walking around the area.

Thank lh0lding
Paul F, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your comments. Please stop by again! Paul Fortier 613-530-2550

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service was excellent, sorry I can't remember the young mans' name. Food was good and reasonably priced.

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Depending on what you get, the our experience is the food ranges from above-average to average Anglo-Canadian pub fair, with some modern flair here and there. Generally enjoyable in terms of food, service and atmosphere, but only if your expectations are reasonable. That said, we...More

Thank Brian K
Paul F, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thank you for your tempered assessment. Note that we do not in any way disrespect Sir John A. Macdonald. Indeed I am the creator of the pub that carried his name and continues to pay tribute to this talented yet complex Canadian who was indeed...More

Reviewed August 27, 2018

We were out and about and decided to sit here on the patio for a drink. Hostess was very accomadating and the waitress who served us was on the ball. The young man on the guitar was Excellant with a great voice. Lots of fun....More

Thank LPPM
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Went there for Sunday Brunch. 2 of the menu items were not available. Decided to get the poutine with 2 eggs and coffee. Price for 2 orders about $41.00. Overall I felt it was a little pricy for what you get but the service was...More

Thank Advisor1047
Paul F, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thanks for your note. Most of our table service brunch items are $10 with a few exceptions. The two items not available we a result of an oversight on the part of our kitchen staff. It was quickly resolved and I regret that these items...More

Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Out touring the town and came up to this place right away we were greeted very nice by the server once I realized it was a Scottish pub how can I go wrong well I was right food was fantastic cool place inside fun place...More

Thank oliverfurtado
Paul F, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

Thanks for your positive comments about our food, service and setting. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We came for brunch on a Sunday and sat inside. The food was quick and the food was good. The place was decorated as a Scottish pub. Interesting decor. It also has an interesting history.

Thank Susie B
Reviewed July 31, 2018

I have been many times and it is always good. This was my first time there in probably close to a year in protest of the name change. Leave politics out of a pub and stick with doing what you do best. That being said,...More

1  Thank Richy_Bobby
Paul F, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2018

We continue to honour and preserve the memory of Canada's first Prime Minister. We value your business and appreciate your understanding of the awkward situation we found ourselves in. It is not about politics but moving forward to create an inclusive society. Best regards, Paul...More

Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

ITS DELICIOUS! Our food was amazing and the Merlot was amazing! Very local and obviously handmade ingredients and beers and wines! I would recommend to everyone!

Thank Kennedy H
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Situated in the old Law Office Building of Sr John A. Macdonald this pub is fantastic. Great open air streetsidr patio and decor from the 1800s make this a learning experience as well as a culinary one. For breakfast I tried the Toad in the...More

Thank Kent M
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September 6, 2015|
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Response from joebloggins13 | Reviewed this property |
It is a steep set of stairs to get to the dining floor.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 343 King St E | half a block from Market Square, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3B5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Kingston
  • Phone Number: +1 613-530-2550
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Sir John's is a cozy Scottish-Canadian Pub located in the building that was Sir John A. Macdonald's law office from 1849 to 1860. The pub takes you back in time with an affordable menu of home-cooked food inspired by Scotland but also featuring contemporary pub cuising. We make our own haggis and serve it as tasty fritters or as a topping on poutine. A good selection of imported and local beers with a healthy selection of Scotch Whiskies helps to wash everything down. In the evening the pub is a friendly meeting place where strangers and visitors are welcome. You might even see a few kilts. John A. himself has been known to stop by from time-to-time. A visit to Sir John's Public House is not just a fun experience but you will take away a bit of Canada's past when you part!
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