Gary Monahan, current Costa Mesa Councilman, wanted to carry out his dad’s dream of owning a restaurant. In 2000, the dream became a reality with Skosh Monahan’s. A gathering place of many Orange County political minds, like Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, after travelling back from their respective offices in Washington, DC or Sacramento, CA, they come for the food! Housed on Newport Boulevard with a view of the 55 freeway, Skosh Monahan’s exterior has the look of an office building, but once you get inside, it’s a very welcoming Irish pub, where everyone knows your name (like Cheers). With 15 plasma HDTVs adorning the bar area, there is plenty of room to spend with friends to root on your favorite team. Did I mention that they have 22 beers on tap! The dining room is modest and comfortable. The surprise is the food! It’s way more than just bar food and appetizers. You’ll see what I mean as you read on.
Irish Nachos are steak fries topped with melted cheese, bacon, and jalapenos. They were perfectly fried, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It was a different flavor with pickled jalapenos, carrots, and onion. They added a little Mexican flavor which is perfect for SoCal. The jalapenos had a kick to them, but added a nice flavor as well. Thumbs up!
Guinness Brats & Mash are brats cooked in Guinness and served with mashed potatoes. The brats really picked up the Guinness flavor by adding a caramelized taste from the beer. The brats had a nice texture and were juicy. The grill marks added a great char flavor that was just scrumptious. The mashed was textured with pieces of potato for that homemade feel and taste. The gravy was out of this world! It was rich and full of flavor. This gravy would work really well for a gravy fries appetizer (or French Canadian Poutine). Thumbs up, way up!
Rib Eye (choice of grilled, blackened, or mesquite) and served with garlic mash or Irish Champ Potatoes, seasonal mixed vegetables and choice of merlot, garlic herb butter, or béarnaise. This beautiful piece of steak was tender, juicy and flavorful. The marbling on the steak was marvelous. The garlic butter added another dimension by enhancing the beef flavor of the steak. The veggies were steamed to perfection keeping their green color while not becoming soggy. Thumbs up, way up!
Looking for great food and fun, Skosh Monahan’s is the place to be!
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
Décor: 3 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
- Sundays: Happy Hour All Night, Lamb Chops for $15.99
- Mondays: Happy Hour All Night, Filet Mignon for $19.99
- Tuesdays: Cheeseburger or Garden Burger for $6.99
- Wednesdays: Top Sirloin for $12.99, Kids Eat FREE
- Thursdays: Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs for $19.99, Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs for $12.99, ½ Price Pitchers
- Fridays: Grilled Salmon for $14.99
- Saturdays: Pork Chop for $14.99
For more information:
Skosh Monahan’s Steakhouse & Irish Pub
2000 Newport Beach Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Hours: Monday-Friday from 4:00pm, Saturday from 12:30pm, and Sunday from 9:30am.
- For events, check out their event calendar.
- Reservations through OpenTable
- Gluten Free Menu available