O’Hara’s Public House is one more example of why you don’t have to head downtown to get absolutely incredible food. This shining star on Main Street in Lexington opened less than two years ago, and has become a dining destination whether you live in Lexington, Chapin, Irmo or (yes, let’s say it) downtown Columbia!
I interviewed Bri, O’Hara’s catering manager, as I happily sampled the delectable dishes you see pictured here. She has been with the restaurant for about 1.5 years where she began as a hostess. She loves working there as she feels valued as a team member, likes that the place is family owned and she appreciates being moved up into management. I overheard her greet a server with a “Hi, Josh, thanks for coming in today!” How nice would that be to hear when you got to work each day?
Anyway, back to the food. One word – wow.
Sausage-Stuffed Mushroom Caps :: Their house-made stuffing is made with bangers braised in Guinness. Six large white mushroom caps are filled and then topped with melted white cheddar and herbed bread crumbs. Believe me, they are better than they even look! ($6.95)
The Druebenator:: The most popular lunch item is the Druebenator, O’Hara’s Reuben sandwich (a writer for Free Times called it the best Reuben in the Midlands in an article in 2018). The corned beef is brined in-house, using their own recipe. Shredded, savory, a bit salty and balanced with a smidge of sweet thousand island dressing and tangy sauerkraut. Then a nice slice of Swiss cheese is added. Served hot on lightly-seeded marbled rye, this is really a GREAT sandwich. You take a bite, and you want to gobble the whole thing down at once. Served with a side. I got the pub chips which were really good, but Bri says she prefers it with a side of vinegar slaw. You can choose any side. ($9.95)
Pot Roast :: I wanted some comfort food on this chilly night in December. Their pot roast is melt-in-your-mouth awesome! Braised in red wine, it’s served over mashed potatoes (or rice, if you prefer), and then covered in a house-made brown gravy. It’s served with carrots on the side. This dish goes really well with a white wine or a nice pint of Guinness. ($10)
Weekly Fresh Catch Specials :: If you love seafood or freshwater fish, then O’Hara’s should be your go-to. Beside their legendary Fish n Chips and Grilled Salmon, Joey and Matt come up with one Special each week, based on the availability of a great fresh fish or shellfish. This week, they are offering Pan-Seared North Carolina Trout with a Blackberry Glaze (with whole berries!) and asparagus. They only have it until they run out, so best get there when they first post it on Facebook. Follow their page here.
Desserts :: I’ve been following their Facebook page since they opened, and I have loved looking at their cheesecake selections each week. You really do need to try one. The one above is called “Hot Chocolate Cheesecake” because it is topped with whipped cream and is creamy, chocolaty and rich beyond rich. The cheesecakes are made locally! Again, follow O’Hara’s on Facebook to see the two cheesecakes they have each week. They also make their own bread pudding which I am aiming to try on my next visit. They offer French press coffee too! Loved to try that with a shot of Kahlua!
Their Full Menu is available open to close (kitchen closing times listed here), 7 days a week. The Pub (bar service) generally closes 1 hour to 90 minutes after they stop seating for dinner (kitchen closing time).
Day of the week: Kitchen Open – Kitchen Close
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 10 pm
Sunday*: 10 am – 8 pm
Dining Room Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 2 pm, and 4 pm – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 2 pm, and 4 pm – 10 pm
Sunday*: 10 am – 2 pm, and 4 pm – 8 pm
*Brunch buffet is available in the Pub or Dining Room from 10-2 on Sunday mornings.
Hours listed above indicate the times during which they will be seating incoming parties for meal service. Once seated, you are invited to dine through the completion of your meal. Online listings of our hours may indicate that they are “Closed” after the point at which they stop seating new parties for dinner service, but the pub will generally remain open (for drink or dessert service) for roughly one hour past the end of dinner service. Nightly “Last Call” in the Pub will vary based on customer traffic, but will generally not be later than 11:30 pm.