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Skosh Monahan's

2000 Newport Blvd. (20th St.) Send to Phone
949-548-0099 | Menu
Irish-inspired neighborhood steakhouse and sports bar surprises with better-than-expected food and wine.
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Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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Skosh Monahan's Restaurant Review

: From the outside, Skosh Monahan’s looks like a simple roadside pub. It’s also located several blocks away from the city's row of burgeoning hip eateries on 17th Street. But don’t let its under-the-radar locale fool you. Restaurateur and former Costa Mesa mayor Gary “Skosh” Monahan makes sure this place has both neighborhood character and good fare. It may feel a bit dark, illuminated mostly by red overhead bulbs and the glow of 15 HD TVs, but regulars seem content to dine in the large black banquettes. There’s a range of pub-style appetizers like nachos, along with a few surprises such as garlic mushrooms or seared ahi salad. Among entrées, we like the tender rib-eye served atop garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. There are always four Irish items on the menu --- corned beef hash, bangers and mash and lamb stew among them --- and standard desserts fit the venue's relaxed ambience. A separate gluten-free menu includes items such as pepperoni pizza. The wine list is sophisticated for such a casual place, and there’s a nice selection of Irish beers on tap, too.

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Worst Experience Ever
by sweetjimmy47 on Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:43 am
This was the worst dining experience I've had in the last 5 years at least. First there was the ambience- unimpressive. There's nothing wrong with dive bars, but don't try to pass yourself off as a fine-dining restaurant (with prices to match). The service was slow and unimpressive, our server was reminiscent of a greasy spoon diner waitress who lost her will to live years ago and now simply goes through the motions as an empty shell of a person. Of course she had just enough self esteem left to treat us with a mild disdain. My porterhouse ($33) was overcooked (medium- medium well, not the MR I ordered) and tough enough to be used as the black box material on an airplane, the only thing guaranteed to survive a crash. The mashed potatoes and veggies were pretty good, and my friend enjoyed his lamb. Our other friend ordered an appetizer pizza. We had a coupon for a free entree of equal or lesser value with an entree purchase, and they chose to discount the $8 appetizer pizza instead of my friend's $19 lamb entree (which was the only other entree we purchased). So $33 is more than $19, the lamb is an entree of lesser value. And the $8 pizza is an appetizer. When I brought this up in a nice way with the manager, she told me that was their policy. Even if the pizza was an entree, if the restaurant's policy is to discount the cheapest item on the check instead of the entree of equal or lesser value (as the coupon states), that policy should be mentioned somewhere in the fine print on the coupon. I would recommend this "restaurant" to that rare breed of customer that loves to spend way too much money, but just can't stand good food, good service, or polite and decent treatment by those who serve him.
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