Irish Restaurant Lahinch opens at Cabin John


Photo By Joe Raab

Replacing Benny’s Bar and Grill, Lahinch Tavern and Grill opened April 20 and features American, traditional Irish and even vegan cuisine.

By Joe Raab, Social Media Editor

Cabin John Mall’s new restaurant is bringing a new dining concept to the Potomac scene.
Lahinch Tavern and Grill opened April 20, taking over the area formerly occupied by Benny’s Bar and Grill. It is an Irish-inspired restaurant and bar founded by the same owners of the Irish Inn at Glen Echo.
“We’ve been looking for a second location for a similar concept restaurant and bar for the last couple years,” owner and general manager Barry Nolan said.
The Cabin John location suited all of their needs, including a large bar and separate restaurant area.
According to Nolan, this area was also chosen for the large number of parking spaces right outside the restaurant, which helps to make the restaurant more appealing to people who do not want to struggle to find parking in Bethesda or D.C.
The Irish-theme of Lahinch Tavern and Grill is based on the owner’s heritage.
“We wanted a similar concept as the Irish Inn,” Nolan said. “Three of the owners here are Irish.”
The name “Lahinch” also comes from the owner’s Irish roots. Lahinch the name of a a famous golf course and town in Ireland that is known for its surfing.
“We have lots of pictures on the walls of the restaurant of Lahinch golf course and several other golf courses around the country,” Nolan said.
Lahinch, despite being Irish-themed, also has an American influence. A majority of the restaurant’s menu is regional American food.
Lahinch has a variety of different options including steak, fish, soups, sandwiches and even some vegan options. section of their menu is also dedicated to traditional Irish food.
The restaurant itself also has a strong Irish vibe. The restaurant’s wooden walls and large wooden bar closely resemble a traditional Irish pub.
According to Nolan, the restaurant also hopes to include live entertainment with local country and folk acts.
Lahinch offers visitors to the Cabin John Mall, not only new food but also a new experience.