Irish Inn at Glen Echo
6119 Tulane Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20812
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11 AM to 2:30 PM. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5 PM to 9 PM; Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 10 PM. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
In the pub room: Angus burger; fish n' chips; Kildare melt; Shepherd's pie; bangers and mash; smoked salmon; currant scones. In the main dining room: oysters on the half-shell; steamed clams with white wine; roasted beet salad; haricots vert salad; bra
Pub menu $9 to $14; entrées in the main dining room, $13 to $30.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene: Food Specials, Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 4 PM to 6:30 PM, discounts on wine, beer, and cocktails.
Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
This yellow house in the woods--which has seen days as both a brothel and a biker bar--is loaded with character. In its pub room, carefully prepared burgers and bangers are accorded as much attention as the perfect pours of Guinness.
While most of the inn is taken up by staid dining rooms with a more expensive menu, the mood in the barroom is laid-back. Palisades regulars and drop-ins share laughs across the tables or hunker over the bar for a pint. Some nights there's live Celtic music, and you'll always hear plenty of brogue--many servers come from Ireland.
The kitchen turns out excellent fish 'n' chips, with lightly fried, Guinness-battered cod and an herbed tartar sauce. Two sandwiches stand out: the Kildare melt, a gooey mess of grilled Irish ham and cheddar, and the Angus burger, laden with cheddar and onions. Shepherd's pie, served in a miniature copper pot, is a success, but other Irish classics--a plate of boiled ham and cabbage with watery parsley-cream sauce or bland potato-and-leek soup--fall short. Still, details like the warm currant scones that kick off brunch prove this isn't everyday pub grub.