Food & Drink

McMahon’s combines Irish pub with seafood restaurant

Combining an Irish pub and seafood restaurant is a delicious idea and one that has been capitalized by McMahon’s Irish Tavern on the Waterfront.

With a few months of experience under its belt, guests have come to love its charm and wonderful food. While closed for a few weeks during the winter season, the doors are open once more and plans for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration are already underway.

The large oak tree that once draped over Fibbers on the Water is still in place and now sets the foundation for a relaxed but enchanting atmosphere that continues into the tavern. Customers, of course, can choose to remain on the deck and enjoy the view, weather permitting. Inside, the warm greetings accentuate the warm lighting, and the big windows and occasional mirror help the small building feel open.

Seafood permeates the menu along with nods to the pub’s roots by means of favorites like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. McMahon’s has also become known for their unique creations that again emphasizes the tavern’s multiplicity. They have a pot pie with seafood and a burger drenched in Guinness gravy, among other scrumptious dishes.

The Irish Spring Rolls, for example, are filled with corn beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, but wrapped in fried wonton dough. The unique mishmash is hot from the oven and the flavors work well together, either plain or dipped in one of the sauces provided.

Similarly, the shrimp burger is prepared fresh and by hand, with actual intact shrimp instead of a paste to make the patty, which was a pleasant surprise. With lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce, topped with a brioche bun, the sandwich was hard to stop eating.

Customers can choose the side that comes with their meals such as fries or mashed potatoes.

Onion rings can be substituted for an additional dollar, but fans of sweet potato fries would be remiss to not try McMahon’s version, complete with sweet butter.

Being a full bar, McMahon’s offers domestic, craft, and international beers, and of course cocktails. During Happy Hour from 4 to 7, those drinks are offered with slight discounts, like $2 for a domestic beer and $5 for well drinks. Additionally, all appetizers have $2 taken off during Happy Hour.

The previous tenant was a popular spot for locals to hang out, and it looks like McMahon’s intends to uphold that objective. As their new season begins to wind up, guests are encouraged to drop by frequently and try the new ideas they cook up. For instance, with Valentine’s Day coming up, the bartenders have been creating a new themed cocktail with fresh strawberries (which makes the drink fittingly pink).

Bring your friends and family for an easygoing evening out. Or go alone to enjoy a drink and the view by yourself, or to make new friends. It’s all a part of the pub atmosphere at McMahon’s Irish Tavern.

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What | McMahon’s Irish Tavern

Where | 4498 Waterfront Ave, Little River

Hours | 12-9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

Information |, 843-273-0525