Our Story

Culhane's Irish Pub & Restaurant is a modern sports pub that specializes in "Comfort Food with an Attitude". Their savory and authentic Irish specialties plus excellent service brought them the honor of 'The Top 10% Worldwide Restaurants by TravelersChoice 2020'! Owned by four dynamic 'sassy' sisters from Limerick, Ireland ~ Lynda, Michelle, Mary Jane, and Áine ~ they spent their childhood in Ireland working alongside their parents on the family farm where they developed a genuine love for the land, organic quality food, and hard work. The first restaurant in the Jacksonville Beaches area off of Atlantic Boulevard opened in 2005 and Southside location in 2018. They have been honored to win awards for BEST Fish 'N Chips and BEST Sports Bar in various media competitions. Today there is added excitement surrounding their newly introduced "5 Sisters Spirit Vodka" ~ another opportunity to achieve their American dream. In 2010, when the economy was plummeting and businesses across America were being forced to close their doors, the sisters received a phone call that changed the fate of their original first location in Atlantic Beach. Restaurant talk about Culhane's Irish Pub had reached producers of the program "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives". Producers loved the restaurant's website, menu, and story, prompting them to contact Michelle about the possibility of being featured on the popular show hosted by Guy Fieri. "Before a spot on the show could be secured, production teams were sent to check out the pub in person. They wanted to make sure everything was made from scratch and to guarantee that it was a legitimate, authentic place," Mary Jane stated. "A lot of Irish pubs are all about the bar, but we've always focused on our chefs and delicious food; many of our recipes come straight from our mother Kitty's kitchen. That's what sets Culhane's apart. The creators of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" agreed. A week after learning we had landed a highly-coveted spot on the show, Fieri was in our kitchen. The show highlighted popular Irish comfort foods, like the Guinness Beef Stew, Dingle Fish Pie, and Blarney Lamb Sliders. The unique ambiance and close-knit community, too, were emphasized — a true Irish pub atmosphere." Today the Culhane's restaurant vibe hasn't changed; the sisters successfully opened a second and larger Southside restaurant in the epicenter of Jacksonville's Tinseltown neighborhood. With a bustling, open main dining room featuring a raised stage for entertainment, as well as numerous TVs in the bar and dining areas for sports fans, one might enjoy Irish dancers charming their way into your hearts ~ and occasionally the familiar sounds of bagpiper accompaniment. Each night there is something fun happening ~ from trivia and bingo to fundraising events ~ always enjoyable in the restaurant, at the bars, or in their private party dining room.

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Our Mission

We are committed to delicious comfort food, fine drink and exceptional guest service that is synonymous with the Culhane family name.

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About Us

Chat with any one of the four sisters who own and manage Culhane's Irish Pub, and she will tell you they've achieved the "American Dream". Lynda, Michelle, Mary Jane and Aine's fascinating story dates back to a childhood in Ireland, where they experienced an almost magical upbringing, working alongside their parents on the family farm. There, they developed a genuine love for the land, organic, quality food, Irish traditions and hard work — a mix of lessons and passions that are paying off today. Their authentic Irish restaurant is one of the most-talked about establishments in its industry.

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Honoring Irish Heritage

Since opening its doors in 2005, Culhane's has captured the attention of both everyday diners and culinary critics. It landed a coveted spot on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" and has been covered by local reporters fascinated by the pub's distinctive menu and entertainment options. Secret house spices and plenty of Guinness bring a fresh twist to Irish favorites such as Dingle Fish Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd's Pie, and Fish and Chips. Other savory delights are the pub's famous Blarney Lamb Sliders and the hearty Dingle Fish Pie, which are "comfort foods" gone gourmet. "Many of our culinary specialties come from our mother's kitchen, but our talented chefs have added their signature touches, too," Mary Jane says. "It's just a part of our goal in recreating that true Irish pub atmosphere that's filled with friendly conversation, excellent fare and libations that would make our ancestors proud." Also an established entertainment venue, Culhane's honors Irish heritage with events such as live traditional Irish music every Sunday, Irish dancing, and famous bands like Dublin City Ramblers, Keith Harkin and Singers from Celtic Thunder, as well as catering to the intellectual crowd with trivia. And if that and the food are not enough to put Culhane's guests in the best of spirits, the sisters all possess the "gift of the gab" — an uncanny Irish knack for conversation and friendliness that makes everyone feel at home. International Sport Pub with 30 monster TV's, and the Premier Sports Headquarters for local and International games.

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Recipe For Success

Love of country, food and each other are Culhane sisters' recipe for success running popular Jacksonville restaurants. "We're supportive of each other. Not a day goes by where we don't feel extremely blessed to be doing what we're doing and working together." - Lynda Culhane

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Watch out Southside!

Culhane's Irish Pub & Restaurant Wows With Their Second Location!

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day...

...with traditional Irish fare at Culhane's. "You can get the full Irish food experience at Culhane's two locations: The first in Atlantic Beach, 967 Atlantic Blvd., and the second (newest) location on the Southside, 9720 Deer Lake Court".