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Sir John's Public House

343 King St E | half a block from Market Square, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3B5, Canada
+1 613-530-2550
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Overview
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
343 King St E | half a block from Market Square, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3B5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have lived in Kingston for years, but had never tried the Sir John A although we do frequent many other pubs in the area. We found the decor a bit subdued. Not a lot of atmosphere compared with some others. We sat inside, but...More

1  Thank Nomorerentalagencies
Fortman, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I am sure you were aware that the building that the pub occupies was formerly the law offices of Sir John A. Macdonald from1849 to 1860. The interior attempts to give a feel of the middle of the nineteenth century when...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beers are great and the food is definitely a cut above the usual pub grub. But also stop by to soak in the history; this used to be the law office of Sir John A.Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister!

Thank CrossgarDown
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this location last night and the food was out of this world, I would recommend this location as a must visit. Our server Sara was awesome very friendly and polite.

Thank stevefaunch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped in for snacks and as it was cold the soup seemed a good choice. By far the best split pea and ham soup of my 60+year existence. Had a local beer for a perfect afternoon. Great staff, service and overall experience.

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Went there with a small group. Most of us ordered the lamb shank with tarters and neeps. All tasted very good though the lamb portion was small - a shank is a lot of bone. But still a good deal for the money. Nice relaxed...More

Thank Traipserod
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I've been here a few times, usually in the late evening for a drink or two and some bar food (late night menu). Nothing too exceptional, service is adequate. It can also get quite loud. The bartender (or my server) didn't know how to make...More

Thank claudia34343
Fortman, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this review

Thanks for your note. I regret you were not able to get your mojito! Not something that we would get a lot of call for in a traditional "Scottish" pub. Despite that, other than having a lack of fresh mint at the bar, I am...More

Reviewed 6 April 2017

To begin, the crowd in John A's is not what you would expect in a traditional Scotsman Pub. The music is usually club music, which is a big no no if a man wants to sit down and have a dram of whisky. The next...More

Thank Patricksean00161
Fortman, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this review

Thanks for your remarks about Sir John's Public House. Our daytime play list consists of traditional Scottish tunes, Canadian maritime favourites, popular music from the 60s to the 90s and some suitable contemporary music. In my opinion it is a wonderful selection to set the...More

Reviewed 15 March 2017

Came here once before and found it disappointing. However the professional response by the manager who insisted that the review didn't reflect their personal standard made me feel like it deserved a second try. The second time around was much better. The food was more...More

Thank Benjamincarey
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Went there last week. How come the fish is twice fried ? No matter what that equals overcooked. How come the shrimp are frozen and already cooked ? Why is there ginger in the hummus ? Why is there no grill ? I asked to...More

1  Thank Matt L
Fortman, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this review

Matt. Thanks for your comments on the food at Sir John's Public House. We take great pride in the quality and flavour of our food and am surprised at your review. Our fish and chips is breaded not battered which creates a very crisp coating....More

Reviewed 12 February 2017

My partner and I went here for dinner and both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was loud and a bit dark, but had exactly the kind of pub feel we like. Our server was amazing and so was the food. It is definitely more of a...More

1  Thank 6RB9
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Kinogama
I have enjoyed lunch at your establishment .......was very good. I have been invited to join a group there for lunch ......all former colleagues of the late Flora MacDonald,,,,,,,,in the room upstairs. How is the upstairs room accessed ? Is there a lift? Since I have recently been in hospital, I can not climb stairs.. Thanks. Shirley Fortier,
6 September 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
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
  • E-mail
Description
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!