A crowded bar scene of patrons letting their hair down with friends and co-workers seems to be the norm at Siné Irish Pub and Restaurant — where the food’s just as first-rate as the inviting atmosphere.
Visible from the corner where the hostess sat us were beautiful olive green and clay-red Celtic designs on the ceiling, adding a contrasting flair to the ruggedness of the dark wooden booths and tables. Photographs and luck ‘o the Irish memorabilia adorned the walls and it was clear the home-turf establishment was proud of its heritage.
For a more private dining experience, booths with high backs and frosted glass screens add privacy, as does the fireplace room near the back of the restaurant. However, bar tables are open for appetite-equipped clientele retreating from their nine-to-five workload. And during the warmer months, the outdoor patio opens for customers who want to enjoy their meals under the sun.
Siné offers various specials on Mondays and Tuesdays. From turkey to faux — Monday means half-price patties for burger connoisseurs and vegetarians alike. On Tuesdays, customers can indulge in the prime rib for $9.95 or half-price appetizers between 4 – 7 p.m.
The menu dubs traditional Irish dishes and classic American favorites, not complete without their own Irish twist. Beef and Guinness Stew ($10.99) is a Siné Irish specialty, featuring slow-braised beef, carrots and celery, topped with cheesy mashed potatoes, and served with a side of bread. This hearty comfort-food favorite hits the spot.
The traditional chicken wings ($7.59) tossed in Siné signature wing sauce were sweet, with a spicy edge to them. My guest ordered the classic Angus Beef Burger ($7.99) as his entrée, arriving topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onions, with a side of french fries to boot. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, this slice of beef is a slice of heaven worth coming back for.
A blend of Irish and American culture, the mouthwatering Irish Nachos ($7.49) are traditional tortilla chips and cheese made instead with thinly-sliced potatoes fried to a crisp, topped with tomatoes, jalapeños, sharp cheddar, smoked bacon and cheddar cheese.
To finish off the night, my guest and I shared a sweet and tangy homemade fruit crisp ($5.59). The crisps, bedded on top of a caramel drizzle, was the cherry-topped, appropriately so, cherry on top of this dining experience. The buttery, crispy layers held in the warm apple and raisin filling, a worthy craving contestant for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Siné Irish Pub and Restaurant opened its Arlington location in response to the popularity of its sister location in Richmond, Va. It is metro accessible on the blue line and conveniently located right across the street from The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Whether it’s to relax after a long day or just to get a bite to eat, Siné Irish Pub and Restaurant is worth the splurge.
1301 South Joyce Street
Open Sunday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.