Portland >Food & Dining > County Cork Public House
1329 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721245.548406 -122.652271
Monday To Thursday From 03:00 PM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 12:00 PM To 12:00 AM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Sabin, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
The last time I was in the real County Cork, our rental Fiat blew a tire, I had some rather disappointing Guinness stew, and an impudent beagle ate our entire wheel of Cashel Blue cheese out of the boot when we weren’t looking. I think I prefer THIS County Cork, plus, they accept dollars. Live music on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Great Food, Friendly Folks – My husband have been there many times over the last few years. We love their burgers, the bacon, and even the salad dressing. The atmosphere is great too. All of the servers we have encountered have been friendly and accommodating. I will probably go there tonight...
Poor service – Four of us went to County Cork the night of 3/12/11. We arrived around 8pm. There were 4 empty tables. We took a seat at one and waited and waited and waited. After 10 minutes of not one employee stopping by our table to say hi, bring us water, bring us menus, or take our beer order we got up and left. It wasn't busy at all and with service like that, or lack of service, I'm not surprised. It was embarrassing for us as we were entertaining an out of town guest. Given we didn't get to try their food or beers, I can't give a rating for that. My one star rating pertains to service only.
Great neighborhood pub! – I moved into the neighborhood almost a year ago and almost immediately became a regular at County Cork. The staff is always welcoming - even to people they haven't met before (I will say the "bad apple" of the group is no longer employed there). The burgers are among the best in Portland and the beer selection is great - both local and foreign offerings. The only drawback is occasionally the kids take over the place, though I blame this on the parents that don't require them to behave, rather than the staff who kindly tolerate it. I recommend this place to everyone.
Poor service and sticky tables, as usual – I returned again with my wife and we had fish and chips. The table was sticky - not the first time. It was a Monday evening, yet we waited forever to get served. And once we were served, we could not get the waiter's attention to pay. Despite repeated visits, this treatment seems to be the norm.
Rude, rude service – I'm piggybacking on the "Rude Service" entry. Last night, my good friend and I had dinner and a drink, each, at County Cork. Much like the chagrined Paddy's Day Poster, we were rudely treated by the waiter by the same moniker. He took away our dishes when we were barely done, didn't ask if we wanted additional beers and then blaringly told us that we "were invited to sit at the bar now since other people were waiting for tables." We were not pleased with the rude service and we left tips to reflect the waiter's horrible service. We won't ever go back to this establishment.
Rude service. – I just had a really bad Saint Paddy's day experience that this Pub. I met up with 3 friends for a late lunch and support a friend's band playing there. We got there EARLY to get a table and had beers and some decent Irish pub food but nothing can compare to how rude a server "Chris" was. As soon as we were done eating he came and wiped off our table and placed the menus back in front of us and asked very rudely if we intended to order more and if not we could go stand by the bar since people were wanting to sit and eat. We remarked that we just finished eating (he had just taken our dishes away) and were waiting for the end of the set (which was in a few short minutes). He left for only a few seconds, in which we are stared at each other dumbstruck over his rudeness, and then returned insisting we give up the table. Nothing excuses horrific service. I won't ever be back. I called to try and speak to a manager but got the run around.
Family friendly+ they pour a mean Guiness+live music – Hi-This is hands down one of the best joints to hang out at,share a beer with friends and feel comfortable with kids. They have good happy hour 4-6 and on Friday nights they have live music-usually of the irish variety. our 19 month old daughter loves the shepard pie!Our daughter loves to dance up front with the other kids or read the kid library.I do wish they'd add a toy box to the mix to help entertain the munchkins and perhaps a couple more highchairs as they seem to always be in high demand.There's a cool outside patio when the weather is warmer,dartboards and overall great irish comfort foods. I really recommend this place to all ages and especially families lookin to chill out without stickin out!cheers****
RE: Review by rbag from 2/6/07 – I was the one that rbag spoke to on the phone regarding her claim that our fish 'n' chips made her and her friend sick. Immediately after our conversation, I contacted the department of health and relayed the information to them. They told me that food borne illnesses typically will not make you sick overnight. In fact, if rbag would have complained through proper channels (the department of health) she would have discovered that they would have investigated everything and everywhere she ate for the past week prior to her illness. Had we received anymore complaints, I would have reported them IMMEDIATELY just as I had with rbag's. The fact that I didn't leads me to believe that she got sick from another source.
The County Cork is a neighborhood pub with a regular, local customer base. We take great care to insure all of our food products are handled and stored properly. I appreciate everyone's comments and opinions (negative or positive) about our food, service, and atmosphere. However, I do NOT appreciate slander or accusations that I negligently taint people with my food.
In the future, refer all health-related restaurant complaints to the state department of health. It is much more productive than dragging someone's reputation through the mud on a website review.
Good fish 'n' chips but slow service – Really good bar food in a nice atmosphere. Great back patio. Kids are allowed in there, which is nice, though the slow service can make for some pretty cranky kids. Great beer selection, and multiple dart boards are a nice touch. Really appreciate that it's non-smoking! An alternative to the Horse Brass's super smoky bar.
Service could be (much) prompter, but all in all a good place to go.
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