No trip to a pub would be complete without dining on some delicious comfort food, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Niagara’s most authentic Irish pub and restaurant.
Chef Gary Beynon
Located in the heart of Niagara Falls on historic Lundy’s Lane, Doc Magilligan’s Restaurant & Irish Pub opened in 2014 and has been serving up traditional and modern pub-style fare ever since. While you can find pub food at dozens of restaurants in any city, Executive Chef Gary Beynon is putting a modern twist on some of the dishes you’d expect to see, as well as honouring the classics that Irish pubs are known for. “You have to take recipes, and put your own twist on it”, says Beynon. “That is how I approach Irish cooking. Everything has been done [so] I need to make it my own and make it so people enjoy it.”
The menu at Doc’s features over 40 items, including some fresh and innovative, takes on Irish recipes. Stuffed with various fillings like Madras Chicken Curry or Streak & Mushroom Stew, the pub’s Boxtys are a take on traditional Irish potato pancakes. Combined with perfectly fried Fish & Chips, fresh baked Irish Soda Bread, house-cured Corned Beef and more – it’s no surprise that Doc’s has become a destination restaurant in tourist-centric Niagara Falls
Customers locally and from abroad have taken notice, with the pub being nominated in both 2017, 2018, and 2019 for Irish Pubs Global awards in a variety of categories including Best Irish Pub Chef in North America – which Beynon won in 2017 & 2019. The pub was also named one of the top 10 in North America in the same year. “What Doc’s is all about is comfort food and teamwork,” says Beynon. “It’s the reason people come back. The food is something your mother may have cooked for you – or your grandmother.”
Influenced by comfort food throughout his career, Beynon has developed the current menu to reflect a true Irish pub, matching the ambiance and feeling created inside the pub. With hundreds of artifacts from recently closed pubs in Ireland, Doc’s is a unique experience to the Niagara Region. “There is something on the menu for everybody,” said Beynon. “Families can eat here, kids can eat here. We have traditional items for people who want something authentic; but if someone wants lamb, and you don’t, you don’t have to worry. You can come here and be okay with it, because we cater to everyone with each menu.”
To experience what Doc’s has to offer, check out the menus here or make a reservation via OpenTable below.