Dublin Pub named one of ‘Top 10’ Irish pubs in USA

DAYTON — The Dublin Pub has been named one of the top 10 Irish pubs in the nation by the "Tom Horan's America's Top Ten Club."

The pub in Dayton’s Oregon District was ranked 7th in the nation and was the only bar-restaurant in Ohio to make the list.

The Houston-based web site and club is the brainchild of former restaurateur Tom Horan, who has written dining guides for several Houston magazines and for the Houston Chronicle newspaper. The awards seek to recognize independent restaurants based on nominations, and while it’s not clear how the evaluations occur, its top 10 lists are based on quality, reputation, food, service, value and experience, according to the organization’s web site.

“It is an honor to be included in such a list,” said Dublin Pub owner Steve Tieber. “Our staff works extremely hard at everything we do, and have been doing so for 16 years. We are honored by the recognition and are thankful for our customers that support us and nominated us.”

The Tom Horan Top Ten web site says its “reputation is based on the fact that no one pays a fee to be included on our lists, and no one ever will.” That would distinguish it from top-restaurant lists by organizations such as Open Table, which periodically releases “top restaurants” lists but which requires membership in its online reservation system that charges restaurants flat fees in addition to per-diner fees to be eligible, and Wine Spectator, which requires an application fee to be considered for its top-restaurants listings.

The Dublin Pub is in the midst of an expansion, and Tieber also is building an Irish-themed bar and restaurant in the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp.

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