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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
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (11 reviews)
“haggis” (13 reviews)
“fish and chips” (24 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Scottish, British, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
343 King St E | half a block from Market Square, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3B5, Canada
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1 - 10 of 280 reviews

Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

The service is always amazing, love the food, love that tennent's is finally back on tap (woohoo!) There's a group of us that goes to Sir John's weekly (we love coming to see Andrew on Thursdays) and the music the past five/six weeks has been...More

Thank rollsrollins
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2018

Thanks for your note and I appreciate your comments about the music. Note that everyone has different tastes and we do have several playlists that vary from rock to popular. You are always welcome to request a change in the playlist and I am certain...More

Reviewed April 23, 2018

Went here for a quick drink, ended up having dinner. Loved the atmosphere. I had the poutine, and then the Haggis dinner , both were delicious. My lady friend had the lamb, and it was equally delicious. Was here for happy hour and thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank James P
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

Thanks for your kind words. When I purchased the building which was John A. Macdonald's law office from 1849 to 1860 it was an Italian pizzeria. We created the commemoration of Canada's first prime minister and it continues inside the Scottish pub. The name change...More

Reviewed April 15, 2018

The food was great and gave off strong pub vibes without being in a dark, overcrowded atmosphere. The music gave off good vibes, and it was a super enjoyable night. Great service that was attentive and enthusiastic. The food was awesome! Would recommend anything on...More

Thank thenaturenerd
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2018

Thanks for your comments which I know will give staff a boost. We value your business and appreciate you taking the time to post! Paul Fortier, 613-530-2550

Reviewed March 18, 2018

We have been here several times and allays had a good experience. The patio is nice in good wEather and the second floor great for a private group function. One of my favourite Kingston places.

Thank Ken T
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Now called "The Public House", the ambiance had not changed. There is good craft beer on tap (big ones on Thursday and Sunday evenings). The food is good, wholesome pub grub. The home-made soup is excellent.More

1  Thank Caz P
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Thanks for your comments. We did change the name to make it more inclusive but that is all that we changed. We have great respect for Sir John A. and his significant contributions in creating Canada and as Canada's first Prime Minister. We value your...More

Reviewed March 3, 2018

Great place to go and feel. The service is great as well as the food. The drink menu has something for every taste. Location is in the heart of downtown so you are always steps from shops and entertainment.

1  Thank Trent316
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018
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We appreciate your comments and value your business! Paul Fortier 613-530-2550

Reviewed February 20, 2018

A true pub in decor but a cut above most pubs for quality of food and beer selection (oh, and scotch, too). Located in a one time office of our country's first prime minister, it is a little bit of Kingston nostalgia as well as...More

Thank Just M
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2018

Thanks for your kind remarks. Although we changed the name slightly to be more inclusive we have not distanced ourselves from Sir John A. who occupied this building as him law office from 1849 to 1860. We are moving forward in a spirit of reconciliation...More

Reviewed February 18, 2018

Really great ploughmans platter and beer in a very historic location. EXTRA POINTS for the reason for the name change. A must go when in Kingston

1  Thank JamesSPC
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2018

Thanks for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed this Pub with my husband on a cold November day. Our food was delicious and the local Kingston beer was amazing. I was in love with the staff. Everyone was so, so kind. Will definitely come back!

1  Thank Amber B
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Thanks for your kind words. Please return! Paul Fortier 613-530-2550

Reviewed January 31, 2018

Would never go back! Much better places to eat. I think they should change their name its offensive (sarcasm)

Thank riverfenix182
SirJohnsPub, Owner at Sir John's Public House, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2018

This review seems motivated by some political response to the pub's recent name change. In no way do these comments reflect the level of service, quality of food or overall experience. Paul Fortier 613-530-2550

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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$8 - US$15
Cuisine
Meals
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, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday
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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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!
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