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Food and ambience

PRICE RANGE
C$10 - C$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, Canadian, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely little restaurant with a big menu. Lots of choices. We both enjoyed our meals and we would return. Ample parking. Waitress very friendly and efficient.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed February 28, 2024

**If you find this review helpful, please let us know by clicking the like button below! Thank you!** Our first visit here with friends. Service was prompt and good drink orders were taken promptly. The menu is HUGE and it took a while to read...through it! Coconut Shrimp appetizer 5 shrimp served a little overdone but tasty. Chicken Parmesan served with a mass of pasta (too much) but tasty and filling. Liver with Bacon and Onions cooked very well and tasty. The Seafood Dish was served with an EXCELLENT coconut curry sauce and rice. The only issue was the Calamari which was just on the verge of overdone and slightly chewy but overall good. Portions were very good and service was attentive. Our server was Emma recently from Ireland and it was a treat to hear her speak! We will return!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 21, 2024

Location seems relatively new as the booths, flooring, etc. show little wear. The restaurant is very spacious and caters to the sports bar crowd, with lots of TVs on the walls; many booths have their own TV as well. If you’re into watching a game...over dinner or drinks, this place is for you. Also noticed 4 dartboard areas, and a live band was setting up to play later. Large food menu with many of the usual pub classics plus several choices for vegetarians. I had soup & sandwich with an upgrade to French onion soup, and my friend had roasted pepper soup, Greek salad, and bruschetta. The food was great and our service was quick and friendly. I would go back to this place.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed November 27, 2023

4 couples go once a month for lunch Tanya takes excellent care of us. Always a laugh , great service, even remembers what we drink and who pays.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 2, 2023

Sunday Oct 1 th 11:30 5 friends for lunch…Great food, atmosphere, service especially our server Aisha. Very polite friendly, beautiful looking, great personality. She should get a raise. Don Sparkes Oshawa, Ont.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 1, 2023

Great food, atmosphere, service especially Alisha our server, great smile. Personality ,friendly. I think she should get a raise. Don Sparkes Oshawa.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed February 18, 2023 via mobile

I like the Thursday nite wing special try Mexican hot very tasty and not supper hot severs are all great and friendly too . I only have eaten the wings here so not sure about the rest of menu

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed August 1, 2022 via mobile

Located along highway 2, I've seen this place many times and wondered what it was, hotel, restaurant, bar. I asked the waitress and she said all three and more! Parking appears vast, but it is limited. Parking along Hwy 2 is acceptable. The beer menu...is pretty good I do wish it had more Craft beer, but that seems to be the case with many places. The food was good and there were a ton a TV's with several sports shows on. The food portions are big, I recommend d the Burger, the lattice fries are awesome! Lastly, ask for the WiFi password, your phone might not work inside.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed March 10, 2022

So these are supposed to be our extra saucy wings that we very specifically asked for and yet again did not receive. I invite your kitchen manager to tell me that these were even regularly saucy . They Were Bone Dry. The reason we ask...for extra saucy is because my husband likes the taste of your hot sauce, and he likes it soaked into the wings. We were perfectly willing to pay for extra sauce. Just pour the extra sauce on top before you package them for the love of God!! That your kitchen manager would come back and say we will charge you $4 for some really saucy wings is insulting. We even tipped 15% on freaking take-out!! We used come to your establishment weekly usually in a group of 10 or so, we supported your establishment by getting takeout throughout the pandemic and were hoping to actually start coming back with the ease of restrictions. Your manager's flip remark about charging us $4 for extra saucy wings is quite something in the service industry. Especially a recovering one. I'll tell you something else, I used to manage a Don Cherrys and I know how to make wings. I know about food costing, cooking and prep. The sauce is in large jugs that you pour into bowls to toss wings. If you have hundreds of little containers that you pre-measure, take the lid off in the kitchen to dump into a bowl to toss the wings, I will eat my hat. In fact, if I ever come back there, I will make a point of looking into the kitchen to see if the line cooks peel off lids to dump into bowls...my goodness, you never get all of the sauce out - think of the waste and extra cost if that! 😱😳🤪 Your wait staff are fantastic - we never have issues with them and always look forward to seeing them. I don't know if your manager was having a bad night, but that is not the way to treat any customer, let alone loyal ones who are heartily sick of how difficult it is to get what we request. We drive 20 minutes to come to your restaurant because we liked it. To drive 20 minutes home to discover that yet again, you did not make the wings as requested is highly frustrating. Do I really need to unpack all of the food in our order in your restaurant to see if it's correct before I make the 20 minute drive home???? Is this kindergarten restaurant 101? I expect better. Signed, A very frustrated customer who, yes, happens to be named Karen and is pissed off enough to live up to the hype and to write you about her complaint.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2021

Always good food and excellent service at this restaurant. The prices are reasonable and our regular server Tanya is excellent.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 31, 2021

We discovered Castle Johns shortly after we moved to Newcastle 2 years ago. Initially we dined indoors , then Covid struck and since then we have had many take out meals and of course dining on the patio whenever weather and Covid rules allowed. The...inside of restaurant is a tad rustic but warm and welcoming, especially during the cold months. The new front patio is large but needs some work to make it more attractive and comfortable. In any case one thing is constant, whether inside , outside or take out, we have always found the meals to be excellent. Not only tasty but plentiful helpings! Would definitely recommend Castle Johns, great food and great service !More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed May 2, 2021 via mobile

Beware: none of the 3 the kitchen staff I saw and the server taking/filling orders were wearing masks when I went to pick up a takeout order. The kitchen staff were all talking over food with their masks below their chin. The server quickly pulled...up her mask when she saw I had walked in. I left my order and went somewhere else. I won’t be returning again.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 14, 2021

This is the third time I have ordered take out from Castle John’s in Newcastle and been complete disappointed. Each time I have decided to go back because my previous experiences with the quality were good. Not anymore. Again, cold soggy and stale food. Dry...and over cooked beef for the burgers which completely taste reheated from past cooking. Beef Dip on a bun so stale that the watery, oily au jus cannot redeem it. And it would now seem they have changed their fries - always a past favorite for being crisp and hot - now soggy and cold. The servers at this restaurant have always driven my loyalty - along with great pub food. Now, quality, cleanliness (incredibly bad and instills no confidence during a pandemic) have me deciding to no longer be a customer. So disappointed - had been my favorite spot for great pub fare.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 4, 2020

I really enjoy Castle John's! The food is always great, with fast and friendly service. The staff is amazing. Tanya is the best! She always takes good care of us, from covid-19 protocols, to prompt service, to excellent food suggestions - all while making you...feel you're among friends. I will definitely return. They have the best wings in town!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 23, 2020 via mobile

It’s disappointing writing this review. I wouldn’t have even bothered to but it’s disheartening that the manager couldn’t even come to the table to speak with the customer. We regularly go here and have always felt that the owner took pride in his business but...tonight was a totally different story. We waited at least an hour for our food and we were ok with that as the waitress told us half a dozen times the kitchen was backed up. when it did arrive there were too many issues to list. It was never resolved. The food order was never corrected even though the waitress said she had re ordered the missing items. No cutlery. My son sat for ten minutes before he started eating his sloppy poutine with his fingers. No condiments for the burger. No mustard, ketchup , mayo? No ketchup for fries. My side never arrived. It was ridiculous. Cold fries on the other meal. After everything the waitress said that the manager wasn’t even coming over. She attempted to explain that the line manager would not be taking anything off our Bill. That was her opening statement. Mistakes are always going to occur but it’s how you deal with them that shows you care about your business and the people who support you. We were’t trying to get a free meal. What we wanted was our order to be corrected. We explained to the waitress that they were spending more time filling take out orders and seating people than they were trying to serve the people that were seated in their establishment. If take out orders are all that concerns them then we can definitely find another place to spend our money. This attitude just shows they obviously aren’t hurting financially and can afford to lose valued customers. I certainly wasn’t going to fight about it. In the end the bill was brought and the waitress said they took 15.00 off. It still included all of the food they brought Even the items we didn’t order. But whatever makes them think they did some sort of a service. I guess it’s time we start supporting some of the other restaurants around town as we might be better taken care of.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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I'm not totally sure but I don't think so. They are very accommodating and might do it. Why don't you call them direct as they will be sure to let you know.
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I ate the menu it was sooooooooo Good…lol
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Its on their website.
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CASTLE JOHN'S PUB AND RESTAURANT, Newcastle - 789 King Ave E - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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Castle John's Pub and Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5