Wine Dine and Play: O’Brien’s Irish Pub

O’Brien’s Irish Pub

Brandon, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Irish 
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 1/5
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)

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O’brien’s Irish Pub has been a place my wife and I have come more times than we can count. Before I met her, I used to come here with my folks for years when I visited them. This is their Friday night hang out with the crowd, and it is always fun to get together. The wine and beer selection is very basic, but then this is a typical pub, you're not going to get the best selections. In the end who cares when it comes to places like this. You are there to have fun, relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and casual conversation with friends. Kendal Jackson wines are the best to expect as crappy as they are, but then you have to start somewhere, and the bottom is that place. The only way to downgrade lower is to have Yellowtail. Yuengling is a very popular beer in Florida served almost everywhere, and it is from the oldest brewery in America. If that is not to you're liking, try any of the other 40 beers they have on tap or the bottle, to include some very good local brews.

This visit consisted of light bites and mainly drinking. So the healthy option of the night would be a Greek salad which with the dressing does not make it very healthy, but with the other selections of the night that people were ordering, it would be. The salad had all your traditional items for a Greek with feta cheese, peperoncini, (which funny enough is spelled incorrectly on the menu with two “p’s”), tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and black olives.
Greek Salad
Erase all the healthy goodness when you order items like the BBQ pork sandwich while others drink chocolate martini’s!! This new addition to the menu is slow cooked in house with an out of the house brand name BBQ sauce, with fried onions and a side of coleslaw with tater tots. It was really good flavor and a good addition to the menu.
BBQ Sandwich

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A Birthday gift from my wife and I to my dad - inside joke!!

Final notes, review basics, and observations:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsibly, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writers knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based by individual experience. They include: wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Over all from this experience, I give O’brein’s a 1 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were a very an average dining experience compared to most restaurants. The first review score was 0.5 of 5 stars, so they have improved from my last visit. This is always a fun hang out and a neighborhood gem no matter the score. Service is good as is the atmosphere, so I would continue to come until I read my parents age also.
Scores are detailed in the chart below 

5 stars
 An Extraordinary Experience
Worthy of a Michelin rating
   94 - 100%                     (105% with full bonuses added)
4 Stars
An Outstanding Experience 
(Top of its class)
87 - 93%
3 Stars
Exceeded All My Expectations
80 - 86%
2 Stars
Far Above the Average Experience
72 - 79%
1 Star
An Average Dining Experience
66 - 71%
0.5 Star
The Restaurant is a very Basic Experience
65 - 61%
0 Stars
ALERT: Poor, or Appalling Experience
(Do not waste your money or time)
60% or below
**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**

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Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

Overall Star Rating:
1 of 5 Stars: 
66% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
An Average Dining Experience
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine style:

Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attires
Child policy:

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Modern, Trendy, Lounge, Hot spot, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Rustic, Hole-in-the-wall, I and a Neighborhood gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Private lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Medium to Loud
Nonsmoking restaurant, with a smoking patio
Patio or terrace:

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Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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O’brein’s Irish Pub:

701 W Lumsden Rd
Brandon, Florida

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 813 661 9688
Webpage contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
Daily: Mon-Sun
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Social Media 
Facebook link                

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Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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I am based in Florida, and have worked in the food industry for over twenty years, from restaurants, catering, and contracting in Afghanistan, Iraq, + Antarctica. The idea for Wine, Dine, and Play started in 2012. Since then over 375 articles have been written, including some San Pellegrino, Michelin, and Elite Travelers Guide top picks. Other articles include recipes, a Grand Food Dictionary, ethnic cuisines, tasting tours, exotic locations, and wine from vineyards in the old and new world alike.
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