Photos by Natalie Kfoury
Natalie Kfoury and Allison Nekola – Co-Editors-in-Chief
O’Hara’s Food & Spirits (located at 1185 Walnut Street in Newton Highlands, easily accessible from the Newton Highlands T stop) is a delightfully inviting restaurant and pub that serves up tasty brews and delicious plates.
The wait staff was very friendly from the second we arrived, as the bartenders and hosts smiled and invited us in. We were quickly seated in the comfortable dining area next to the large horseshoe-shaped bar. Our waitress was extremely kind and attentive, helping us pick out drinks and packaging up our leftovers after we were finished.
Once seated we ordered nachos for an appetizer ($11) and ordered drinks. The dirty martini was perfectly made with a good amount of alcohol. We wanted to try out some craft beers, so we both ordered the Farmhouse Ale from Pawtuckett, RI’s Foolproof brewery. The craft brew was delicious with a smooth finish and refreshing taste. At 7.8% abv, we felt it was an extremely good deal for only $8.
Our nachos arrived minutes after we ordered them by a friendly staff member from the kitchen. The plate was stacked unbelievably high. We were only able to enjoy about half of the appetizer as the portion was so generous. We packaged the rest up to go, not wanting for such a tasty offering to go to waste.
We ordered the Marseille French Dip ($12) and the Kilkenny Tips ($17.50). Our food appeared in good time, despite the decent amount of people coming into the restaurant and pub areas. Despite the influx of people, the staff at the restaurant continued to be inviting and friendly. In fact, we observed many stopping to sit and chat with those dining which was nice.
Our food was delicious, cooked to perfection. The French dip sandwich was tasty and filling, served with a generous Caesar side salad. The steak tips were wonderfully prepared, marinated in a perfect demi glaze and topped with mushrooms and onions. The dish was served with whipped potatoes on the side that was light, fluffy, and a perfect companion to the meal.
O’Hara’s was a perfect stop to enjoy some great drinks, delicious food, and nice conversation. The atmosphere was incredibly inviting and comfortable so much so that we didn’t feel bad when we sat for a bit after eating to finish our beers and chat. O’Hara’s is definitely a great spot for college students and patrons of all ages and should not be missed.