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P.J. O'Brien Irish Pub & Restaurant

#418 of 6,790 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Downtown
Irish, Bar, Pub, British, Canadian
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39 Colborne St, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E3, Canada
+1 416-815-7562
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Toronto is becoming littered with pubs that claim to be Irish but in truth, few rarely make the grade when comparing to a true Irish pub. PJ O'Brien definitely looks and feels like an Irish pub. Overtime I spend time in Ireland I always have to have bangers and mash (with Brown Sauce) and I found myself craving them which... More 

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Thank droggg
Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We both had the fish and chips which were absolutely amazing. The breadwinner and tarter sauce were to die for. The fries were so fresh and perfect. All of the staff spoke with Irish accents and made the ambiance just incredible. When the server, Erica, found out it was our anniversary, she brought us two shots of Jameson on the... More 

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Thank JScholeno
Montreal
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207 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Stumbled across this place and loved everything about it.great food ( loved the potato soup). Good service (had trouble with the wifi & had good help from staff) - got refills of bread, good selection of beer & whiskey. Good ambiance. Definitely recommend.

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Thank MajaMontreal
Orillia, Canada
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in after work with friends for a quick bite. We decided to split two meals amongst three of us and I'm glad we did - it was more than enough! We had the lamb curry (yum) and the corned beef sandwich (de-lish). Definitely going to be back!

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Thank Kara M
Seville, Spain
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194 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Arriving back in town quite late,propelled by thirst and hunger, we stumbled on P.J.O'Brien's, relieved to find that a decent range of food was still being served, along with beer from the nearby Steamwhistle brewery. I had fish tacos, my partner penne pasta - both very satisfying.

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Thank mabinho
Palm City, Florida
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Real Irish beer and a great staff. Super friendly and excellent service. Will definately be a repeat customer

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Thank Ksrdoc
Cornwall, England
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148 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

This pub/restaurant was right behind our hotel the omni King Edward so really convenient. We found it really welcoming and fairly typical of an Irish pub. Good menu with plenty to choose from. We had a steak sandwich which was massive. We really should have shared as there was far too much food and I hated leaving anything. The service... More 

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Thank Goughie
Oxford, NC
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268 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We stopped here for a nightcap. The beer was cold and the single malt scotch (Lagavulin 16) was marvelous. Our server was attentive but the music was lousy. I would go back though.

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Thank NCSmokey
Milan, Italy
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192 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Have a stop here for a good dinner and very good beer! Or just for a drink. Very pleasant place, and kind people!

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Thank MikeGambino
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Food and service providers was excellent. Best place for business and networking. Meeting new people and members of the British Chamber.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Irish, Bar, Pub, British, Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Colborne St, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-815-7562

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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