Bridie McKennas

★★★★☆
The North's Shore truly authentic Irish pub & restaurant.
  • 254 Green Bay Rd

    Highwood, IL 60040

    Map & Directions
  • 847-432-3311

About Bridie McKennas

Hours
Monday CLOSED Tuesday 4:15 PM - 8:15 PM Wednesday 4:15 PM - 8:15 PM Thursday 4:15 PM - 8:15 PM Friday 4:15 PM - 8:45 PM Saturday 4:15 PM - 8:45 PM Sunday 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Food

Food
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My wife and myself were at Bridie McKenna's last week for our anniversary. The service was outstanding, over and above what we have often seen in other establishments. The servers were extremely cheerful and experienced. The food was excellent, with great portions and prices. We will definitely be coming back again.

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★★★★★

My wife and myself were at Bridie McKenna's last week for our anniversary. The service was outstanding, over and above what we have often seen in other establishments. The servers were extremely cheerful and experienced. The food was excellent, with great portions and prices. We will definitely be coming back again.

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Everything about this Pub was outstanding! The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the staff and owners were absolutly wonderful, the bartenders were witty and knowledgeable and the food was SUPERB!!!! I started with the Goat Cheese and Pesto Flatbread, moved to a cup of Potato Bacon Cabbage soup, for the main course I had the Chicken Curry and dessert was topped off with a Rhubarb Cobbler. OUTSTANDING! Wait, did I say that already?? Live music and Irish dancers every Tueday night and the Free Craic all week long will keep me coming back for years and years!

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★★★★★

Everything about this Pub was outstanding! The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the staff and owners were absolutly wonderful, the bartenders were witty and knowledgeable and the food was SUPERB!!!! I started with the Goat Cheese and Pesto Flatbread, moved to a cup of Potato Bacon Cabbage soup, for the main course I had the Chicken Curry and dessert was topped off with a Rhubarb Cobbler. OUTSTANDING! Wait, did I say that already?? Live music and Irish dancers every Tueday night and the Free Craic all week long will keep me coming back for years and years!

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We went to Bridie McKena's on a Saturday evening. We did wait for a table but it was so worthwile. I had Calamari as app. and my partner had Irish Nachos. They were superb. We had Chicken Curry and The Filet for our main course and they were delicious. For dessert we had Rhubard Cobbler (delicious) and Irish Apple Tart which was just like home (yummy).
We then had a Proper Pint of Guinness and waited to hear the live entertainment. It was one guy who played irish and american tunes and he was really good.
We also met the owners who are genuine Irish and they were really nice.
We will definitely be back.
Thumbs Up to Bridie McKenna's!

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★★★★★

We went to Bridie McKena's on a Saturday evening. We did wait for a table but it was so worthwile. I had Calamari as app. and my partner had Irish Nachos. They were superb. We had Chicken Curry and The Filet for our main course and they were delicious. For dessert we had Rhubard Cobbler (delicious) and Irish Apple Tart which was just like home (yummy).
We then had a Proper Pint of Guinness and waited to hear the live entertainment. It was one guy who played irish and american tunes and he was really good.
We also met the owners who are genuine Irish and they were really nice.
We will definitely be back.
Thumbs Up to Bridie McKenna's!

Pros: Genuine Irish Atmosphere with fabulous food and entertainment

Cons: Portions are over generous

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This has the flavor of a County Mayo and a Dublin (proper and county) pub all in one. The food is good and you WILL have to wait for a table on a busy night (most nights). The entire staff knows how to pour the black stuff unlike these "pubs" in Chicago and Boston (sorry South side and Southies). The Highwood moms are hubba hubba too.

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★★★★★

This has the flavor of a County Mayo and a Dublin (proper and county) pub all in one. The food is good and you WILL have to wait for a table on a busy night (most nights). The entire staff knows how to pour the black stuff unlike these "pubs" in Chicago and Boston (sorry South side and Southies). The Highwood moms are hubba hubba too.

Pros: Authentic pub w/authentic Irish mangement/flavor. Nice eating area.

Cons: You'll wait for a table-eat at the bar baby

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This is a bar, not a restaurant. Avoid it at all costs.

We arrived at 6:45pm and had to wait TWO HOURS for a table for four. They don't take reservations and won't tell you how long yours will be so we were constantly fobbed off with "nearly ready now", "just clearing down the table", "you're next on the list" and so on. Whilst you wait you can soak in the authentic Irish atmosphere; what with the Bud Lite, the televised baseball and the neon signs. Yes, this is one of *those* Irish bars - tacky and soulless. When you are finally seated, the food is as bland as the decor. Add in the insanity of trying to park in Highwood (dozens of restaurants and no parking lots!) and the "live" music (which was so awful it cleared that part of the bar) and it's easy to understand why it's one star. Never, ever again.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is a bar, not a restaurant. Avoid it at all costs.

We arrived at 6:45pm and had to wait TWO HOURS for a table for four. They don't take reservations and won't tell you how long yours will be so we were constantly fobbed off with "nearly ready now", "just clearing down the table", "you're next on the list" and so on. Whilst you wait you can soak in the authentic Irish atmosphere; what with the Bud Lite, the televised baseball and the neon signs. Yes, this is one of *those* Irish bars - tacky and soulless. When you are finally seated, the food is as bland as the decor. Add in the insanity of trying to park in Highwood (dozens of restaurants and no parking lots!) and the "live" music (which was so awful it cleared that part of the bar) and it's easy to understand why it's one star. Never, ever again.

Pros: None

Cons: Obscene wait for table, bland food, noisy, awful, awful place

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I went here for lunch the week it opened and they were still getting their act together -- there was some confusion about seating etc. The draft beer choices are varied and delicious. I had leek soup that was so green that it looked like pea soup. It was a bit bitter but otherwise all right. My fresh green salad was fine. I'm not sure I would necessarily go back there to eat, but it would be a great place to go for a drink -- there are two bars to choose from plus cozy seats in the front room. The decor is very nice and a lot of thought has clearly gone into it. We didn't try any of the Irish entrees, so I can't comment on those.

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★★★☆☆

I went here for lunch the week it opened and they were still getting their act together -- there was some confusion about seating etc. The draft beer choices are varied and delicious. I had leek soup that was so green that it looked like pea soup. It was a bit bitter but otherwise all right. My fresh green salad was fine. I'm not sure I would necessarily go back there to eat, but it would be a great place to go for a drink -- there are two bars to choose from plus cozy seats in the front room. The decor is very nice and a lot of thought has clearly gone into it. We didn't try any of the Irish entrees, so I can't comment on those.

 

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