Raleigh >Food & Dining > Hibernian Restaurant & Irish Pub
311 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.784777 -78.647448
Neighborhoods: University, North Boylan
Good food but not so great service – Our food was okay. Not fantastic. I think our server forgot about us. She gave us our food and we didnt' see or hear from her again until we were completely finished, drinks empy, and waiting for the check. We both would have preferred a drink refill but by that time we just wanted to pay our bill and leave. We will try it again though to see if we can get better service the next time.
Never again – I have only been here twice, and that's two time to many, they were slow to wait on us and the management ended up acting like a douchbag to our group, Nappers now gets my business.
Elbow grease needed – Came in to eat but changed our mind after seeing layers of dust and dirt on most furnishings. Buffet food platters sitting in open warm air of restaurant, not very appetizing.
My favorite place to go in Raleigh! – My husband and I have three small children and get a night out to ourselves about once a month. We always discuss where we're going to go and always end up at the Hibernian! Neither of us are drinkers but we love the atmosphere and most of all the food (the fish and chips are to die for)! It's also great to be able to show up at 6:00 on a Saturday night, be seated right away (almost always at our regular booth), get our food promptly, have a great meal, and be done in time to catch the early movie. Since the bar's not really jumping until later in the evening, it's relatively quiet around dinner time unless there's a big game on. Some reviewers have complained that the waitresses lack "warmth". Personally, I'm glad they're not bugging you all the time! They keep your drink filled, bring what you need, and leave you to enjoy it. I'd rather be talking to my husband, not the waitress! To the owners and staff, keep doing what you're doing and we'll keep coming back! We consider this OUR place!
Oh yeah, I also recommend the potato and leek soup and the chicken cordon bleu!
AWESOME BAR – THIS PAST SATURDAY WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD EVERBEEN TO THE HIBERNIAN DOWNTOWN. I USUALLY ALWAYS GO TO THE ONE IN CARY AND ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD TIME. I BROUGHT 5 OF MY BOYS DOWN TO GLENWOOD AND WE HAD AN AWESOME TIME. THE BARTENDERS ARE HYSTERICAL AND WE HAD JUST THE BEST TIME EVER. GREAT BEER SELETION.
Great atmosphere, good food, what more could you want? – I have taken my family there several times. Always professional waitstaff, good food and very enjoyable atmosphere. Privacy is available if you need it.
cool pub – Nice to go out and feel like i'm in an irish pub. Food was alright, service was a little lazy. It was a pub and i enjoyed the atmosphere enough to go again.
Great Pub with Outdoor Seating! – After 8 or so visits to the Hibernia, I've really come to appreciate the place. Decor is old school, lots of dark wood across three separate rooms. Food follows basic pub fare: wings, sheperd's pie, sandwiches, etc. Nothing too exciting, just solid and reasonably priced. Service is really good, not only is the wait staff cute and personable, they know how to take care of their customers. It's rare when one of them isn't coming around to check on you. If you don't feel like hanging out indoors, there's a handful of tables around the outside of the Hibernia where you can watch the people go by on Glenwood. Overall a great spot for a casual date, meeting up with friends or just to grab a quick drink!
Nice place, boring food – It was a beautiful day and we wanted to eat outside. I always wanted to try this place, now I'm sorry I did. My husband ordered the Blackend Tuna Salad and I got the Chicken Ceasar. The tuna was presented beautifully, unfortunatley, it looked better than it tasted which my husband said it was boring and tasteless. I tried a bite and agreed. My chicken ceasar was o.k. Nothing to write home about. The chicken was overcooked and dry. I will say that the dressing was good, but they should keep the packaged croutons. It's always nice to have a roll or bread with salad, there was none. We thought it was overpriced for what we got. On the plus side, the place is charming and the waitress was pleasant. It's not enough for us to return.
Good Food – I've been going to the Hibernian every so often since it opened several years ago. I've always found the food to be very good, and the fish and chips to be the best around (the recently opened London Fish & Chips in Cary, while different, is the only F&Cs I've found to rival them).
Hubby and I ate dinner at the Hib this past Saturday, early evening, at an outdoor table. We both had the special, fried green tomatoes with seared scallops and mango chutney. Delicious, even more so than I expected. I'm sorry sbag2278 had a bad experience, but with much more interesting selections on the menu, why would anyone order chicken fingers? I wouldn't be surprised if the cook saves his energy for the interesting dishes, and pulls the chicken fingers out of the freezer.
We did find recently that they no longer serve curry. Very disappointing; their curry (with chips) was outstanding. They must have recently hired a kitchen manager who doesn't quite get the whole fish and chips thing. However the actual fish and chips are still great.
The Hibernian has always been an unpretentious Irish pub (compared to theme-park Irish pubs like Tir Na Nog) that pours a good pint of Guinness. It's tripled in size over the years, and can get really loud and smoky on weekend evenings, when it turns into a major nightlife joint. The corners, crevices and bric-a-brac are starting to look a little grungy, the bathrooms are clean but almost shockingly small and basic, and the place could really use a better air-handling system, but if you're looking for a good pint, a great place to hang out with friends, and good food, this is it.
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