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Finn McCool's

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Santa Monica
Irish, Bar, Pub, American, Seafood
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2702 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4008
+1 310-452-1734
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Today
11:00 - 01:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Tue 11:00 - 00:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat 10:00 - 02:00
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Down
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice bar with friendly staff. Four of us had fish and chips and the portion was big and the taste was great. There was a band playing American bluegrass and they were very enjoyable. Would have preferred something a bit more Irish as apart from the name it could really have been any bar, but would definitely recommend.

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Thank Blair1Down
spain
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Wandered in to watch a UK football match and had a couple of rounds of drinks including a rather passable Guinness and a shared plate of breaded chicken. The place is a little down market but i think thats the charm.. I would go back..

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Thank sunshinebob
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

$9 a Guinness at an Irish Pub? Too much. But really good food. I suggest the chicken tenders with buffalo sauce.

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Pacifica, California
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Spent Sunday afternoon exploring Santa Monica and Venice Beaches. Needed a pick-me-up after miles of walking and found it in the food and drink at Finn McCool's. A cool Irish pub recommended by our motel hosts up the block. The place has lots of dark wood, a wrap-around bar, friendly wait staff, and friendly vibe. Started with a yummy gin... More 

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Thank Helen G
Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We were looking for a quick meal at 9pm on a Monday night and walking down Main street stumbled upon Finn McCool's which seemed to be the only place with any life. It turned out to be trivia night, so the place was busy and had a good atmosphere. We enjoyed the food, wine and beer and were on our... More 

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Thank AusTravellerSydney
Santa Monica, California
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193 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

There is always a fun atmosphere here with the bar decor imported from a pub in Ireland. My favorite dish is the Boxty (potato pancake crepe) but you cannot go wrong with any of their Irish specialties.

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Thank Susan90405
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, United States
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

We just wanted a quick bite for lunch and stopped in...not crowded, personable waiters, above average menu with options ranging from multiple great salad options to soup to great (and some unusual) sandwiches and burgers, wings, the usual bar food plus. Prices are very fair and portions are large. We stopped again with a larger group for Sunday brunch. This... More 

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Thank Eileen L
New Orleans, Louisiana
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Traditional Irish pub feel with great beer selection, reasonably priced food, big screen tv's placed where needed, not overwhelming the pub, comfortable and very friendly staff make this a nice destination place on popular Main Street south of the Santa Monica Pier. Easy ride to LAX 20 minutes.

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Thank thaddt
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Happy hour orders were charged the full rate!! Did not know until leaving area. Not worth the trip from Santa Clarita. Not crowded but very noisy. Seated where it was hard for the whole group to see the game. Veggies in Shepherd's pie were crunchy, not as I remember the dish, but may be the desire for California cuisine in... More 

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Thank ljmthorpe
California
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195 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

It's a fun menu and there are tons of TV's to watch the games. The food is good and the service is decent. It is really loud. The music always seems to be on way too loud.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Cuisine
Irish, Bar, Pub, American, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, 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, Accepts Discover
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2702 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-4008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-452-1734
Description
Boasting a “huge” bar “shipped on a boat” from the old country, “always-friendly” service (often by “real Irish boys and girls”) and a large selection of spirits and draft beer, this “unpretentious” SaMo pub packs in a “lively” “mix of young and old” for “good-bargain” happy hours or just for a pint and a “game on the TV”; weekends are “lots of fun” with traditional music performances on Sundays.

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