Fionn Maccool’s in #Winnipeg Casual Fare Great Atmosphere

Are you in need of a casual date night? How about an after work drink in a great atmosphere?

The new Fionn MacCool’s in Winnipeg might be just right for you!

We only had to wait about 15 minutes to get in on a very busy Friday night so that wasn’t too bad! The hosts were fantastic as they under-promised and over-delivered on how long it would be before we were seated.

Our reason to celebrate? The teen babysitting the toddler – booya! #Winnipeg

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Definite pub vibe at #FionnMacCools – excited to try the menu! #Winnipeg @winnipegfionns

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Our observations of the night were as follows:

Atmosphere

– It was quite loud but casual, nothing over the top

– Great energy in the location

– There was a diverse demographic, many age groups

– It definitely has the Irish Pub feel!

I love that whenever I’m in Transcona, I run into people that I know (after all it’s where I grew up)! I was able to get caught up with a couple of high school friends and a former neighbour/drinking buddy lol!

Service

– The waitstaff were very friendly and personable for all of our interactions

– Our waitress was very knowledgeable about menu, which was helpful

Decor

– It was dimly lit for ambiance but at times felt a little too dark. Again great for a pub/bar feel.

– We sat at a round bar table and the stools were not very comfortable, at least not for a lengthy stay.

– No coat rack or coat hooks to place our coats so we had to fold them over on a stool and keep them from falling off.

– It was chilly sitting by the main entrance (air flow)

Food

First up – Blarney Chips #Winnipeg

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Blarney chips

– Great timing of service however it was lukewarm at best, so not sure what happened there
– Very tasty – perfect with a cold bevvie! It was a great snack/appetizer to share before a meal.
– We would’ve loved more chicken though

Second up – Ale & Cheddar Dip with grilled #naan bread – #Winnipeg

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Ale and Cheddar Dip

– Definitely not authentic naan bread but it fit its purpose
– This dish is good comfort food, with really great flavours  (yes, I could taste the ale) and it was extremely cheesy!
– If we had this dish first we probably wouldn’t have eaten much more because it’s a lil heavy

The timing between our 2nd and 3rd dish seemed overly lengthy. It felt like we waited for a long time for the last dish to arrive.

Final dish – Chicken Tikka Masala Boxty with Caesar salad #Winnipeg

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Chicken Tikka Masala Boxty

– Not what we expected. We thought it would be more of a structured dish, it seemed very “messy”.

– The sauce tasted good, flavourful but something was just off. It just didn’t go together/work so we did not finish it.

– I had envisioned more of a harder potato pancake. Not the way I wanted to end the experience.

Overall, we give this new restaurant 3 stars! We felt it more of a ‘come for the drinks and atmosphere’ type of place with a few appies thrown in for good measure!

Have you already been to the new Fionns in Winnipeg, if so, I’d love to hear your feedback too.

If you haven’t been then you need to enter this giveaway to win a $50 gift card to check it out for yourself!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

 

Good luck!

Natalie

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62 Comments

  1. Paula R
    March 19, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    have you checked out the new restaurant in Sage Creek?

  2. Paula Ritchie
    May 22, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    The food is delicious at Fionn McCools

  3. Soozle
    December 16, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I would love to try the Samosas, Veggie curry pot and the beet salad

  4. Angie
    December 15, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    I would like to try the beet salad, bbq chicken and shrimp cake sliders.

  5. Suzie M
    December 15, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    I would try the beet salad, shrimp sliders. & bbq chicken

  6. Carol M (Lushka S)
    December 15, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    BBQ CHICKEN BEET SALAD and CALAMARI

  7. Soozle
    December 15, 2014 / 9:38 am

    I would like to have the latke grilled cheese, beet salad and the ale&cheddar dip

  8. Suzie M
    December 14, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    i’d order the latke grilled cheese, farmers salad and samosas!

  9. Carol M (Lushka S)
    December 14, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Shrimp sliders, Caesar salad, and Maple cider salmon

  10. Soozle
    December 14, 2014 / 9:11 am

    I would choose the latke grilled cheese, farmers salad and samosas!

  11. Angie
    December 13, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    I would try the beet salad, bbq chicken and shrimp sliders.

  12. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    December 13, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    1. LATKE GRILLED CHEESE
    2. FISH & CHIPS
    3. STACKED REUBEN

  13. Suzie M
    December 13, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    I would try the BBQ CHICKEN & BEET SALAD & CALAMARI

  14. Brenda Dafoe Enns
    December 13, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    The next 3 choices…this time ones that I think my son would like are the Caesar salad, salt and pepper calamari, and the steak and mushroom boxti. Just hope he could eat all these choices with his braces! It think he would like the fried bread pudding as well.

  15. Carol M (Lushka S)
    December 13, 2014 / 11:17 am

    BBQ chicken, Beet salad and Shrimp sliders

  16. Soozle
    December 13, 2014 / 9:53 am

    I would try the ale & cheddar dip, samosas and the ceasar salad

  17. Angie
    December 12, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    I would like to try the bbq chicken, beet salad and shrimp sliders

  18. Jenness M
    December 12, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    I’d order the ale & cheddar dip, caesar salad and the avocado burger.

  19. SueSueper
    December 12, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Here are the three items I would choose
    CHICKEN PIE for me because I love chicken pie.
    SPICED POTATO SAMOSAS sounds yummy, Haven’t had samosas for so long.
    SPICED POTATO SAMOSAS for my husband, I think he would love it.

  20. Carol M (Lushka S)
    December 12, 2014 / 4:59 pm

    Shrimp Cake Sliders, Salt and Pepper Calamari, Caeasr salad

  21. Suzie M
    December 12, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    I would try the shrimp cake sliders, the beet salad and the bbq chicken

  22. Soozle
    December 12, 2014 / 4:46 am

    I would choose the latke grilled cheese, beet salad and balarny chips!

  23. Angie
    December 11, 2014 / 9:22 pm

    I would like to try the calamari, the fishermans soup, and the farmers salad

  24. Suzie M
    December 11, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    these sound great Shrimp Cake Sliders, seafood pie and calamari.

  25. Soozle
    December 11, 2014 / 6:13 am

    I would choose the beet salad, veggie curry pot and samosas

  26. Suzie M
    December 10, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    Shrimp-Cake Sliders, Guinness steak and mushroom crock, beet salad sound great

  27. Soozle
    December 10, 2014 / 7:20 am

    I would order the beet salad, BLARNEY CHIPS, and veggie burger

  28. Angie
    December 9, 2014 / 10:53 pm

    I would like to try the shrimp cake sliders, the beet salad and the bbq chicken

  29. Jenness M
    December 9, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    l’d try the fishermans soup, the farmers salad and the maple cider salmon.

  30. Soozle
    December 9, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    I would try the Latke grilled cheese, the ale and cheddar dip and the vegetarian grill bread

  31. Suzie M
    December 9, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    would chose SHEPHERD’S PIE MINI YORKIE, BBQ CHICKEN GRILLBREAD, AND MA’S CRISPY CHICKEN

  32. Carol M (Lushka S)
    December 9, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    Shrimp Cake Sliders, Salt and Pepper Calamari, BBQ Chicken

  33. Angie
    December 8, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Seafood pie, Beet salad, and calamari

  34. Suzie M
    December 8, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    I would try the Shrimp cake sliders, warm mushroom salad and seafood pie.

  35. Jenness M
    December 8, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    Craving the spiced potato samosas, beet salad and guinness steak & mushroom crock.

  36. Krista M
    December 8, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    First off, the Shrimp-Cake Sliders. Because I eat them EVERY SINGLE TIME I’m at Fionn MacCool’s & I’ve never seen them anywhere else. THEY ARE SO GOOD!!! Second, the Latke Grilled Cheese which again is ORIGINAL & amazing. Third, Ma’s Crispy Chicken because it sounds authentically delicious!

  37. Jenness M
    December 7, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Shrimp cake sliders, warm mushroom salad and seafood pie.

  38. Suzie M
    December 7, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    I would try the Caesar salad, seafood pie and maple cider salmon.

  39. Angie
    December 7, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    I would like to try the beet salad, bbq chicken and shrimp sliders.

  40. Brenda Dafoe Enns
    December 7, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Hoping to take my son there in January for his 18th Bday! He loves everything Irish and will be able to sample a few brews. It would be great to win a gift cert for the occasion. For the menu items, the Irish Chips and Dips, Beet Salad, and the Rosslare Lamb Shank speak to me.

  41. Suzie M
    December 6, 2014 / 7:38 pm

    I’d try the Calamari, Caesar salad, maple cider salmon.

  42. stacey h
    December 6, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    SPICED POTATO SAMOSAS, SPINACH & ARUGULA SALAD (no onions), and VEG CURRY POT
    i was kind of sad there were no desserts listed.

  43. angie
    December 6, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    My next 3 would be: SHEPHERD’S PIE MINI YORKIE, BBQ CHICKEN GRILLBREAD, AND MA’S CRISPY CHICKEN

  44. December 6, 2014 / 7:10 am

    I would today go and dine on apps and beer with my hubby!
    1.SHEPHERD’S PIE MINI YORKIES |
    Filled with lean ground beef, sweet
    green peas, corn, and carrots, all
    simmered in a rich, brown gravy.
    Topped with buttermilk mashed
    potatoes and creamed corn.
    2.LATKE GRILLED CHEESE | Made-in-Pub shredded potato cakes. Layered with sour cream
    and orange, old and Cahill’s Guinness® Cheddar cheeses. Finished with bread-and-butter
    pickles. Served with spicy ketchup for dipping. | $10
    3.SALT & PEPPER CALAMARI | Lightly dusted calamari tossed in salt, pepper, and green
    onions. Served with our made-in-Pub red pepper jelly and grilled lemon wedge. | $11.50

  45. Suzie M
    December 5, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    I would like to try the maple cider salmon, calamari & ceaser salad.

  46. Angie
    December 5, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    I would like to try their Caesar salad, seafood pie and maple cider salmon.

  47. Lori Bazan
    December 5, 2014 / 3:50 am

    Shrimp Cake Sliders, seafood pie and calamari. It’s Friday so going all Fish 🙂

  48. Michelle H
    December 4, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    I would love to try the maple cider salmon, calamari & beet salad. Thanks so much for this chance to win!

  49. Suzie M
    December 4, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    I would choose BBQ CHICKEN & BEET SALAD & CALAMARI

  50. Soozle
    December 4, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    I would try the: SPICED POTATO SAMOSAS, LATKE GRILLED CHEESE and the VEGETABLE CURRY POT

  51. Angie
    December 4, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    I would like to try the beet salad, the guiness poutine and the lamb pie.

  52. Lori Bazan
    December 4, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    1,SEAFOOD PIE
    2, GUINNESS® POUTINE
    3,SALT & PEPPER CALAMARI
    It all looks amazing, it was hard to stop at three

  53. Pam
    December 4, 2014 / 6:21 am

    My first three meal choices would be:
    the seafood plate
    maple cider salmon
    stacked Reuben burger

  54. Steven H
    December 4, 2014 / 3:39 am

    Shrimp Cake Sliders, Chicken Tikka Masala Curry and the spiced potato samosas…oh a date night would be nice.

  55. Suzie M
    December 3, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    CALAMARI, BBQ CHICKEN & BEET SALAD would be my choices

  56. Angie
    December 3, 2014 / 7:10 am

    How do I pick just 3-it all looks great!! The Guinness steak and mushroom crock, Rosslare lamb shank, and the cod sandwich

  57. Suzie M
    December 2, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    SALT & PEPPER CALAMARI, BBQ CHICKEN & BEET SALAD would be my choices

  58. December 2, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    First I’d get a pint of beer obviously, but I’d love to try the salt and pepper calamari, the chicken pie, and the tandoori street sand which !

  59. breanna
    December 2, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    Sounds soo good right about now 🙂 would love ❤ it

  60. Pmr
    December 2, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    I have eaten there a couple times before

  61. Jill D
    December 2, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    I’d order the latke grilled cheese, Caesar salad and ma’s crispy chicken!

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