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Ever eat a meal so tasty that after finishing, you needed to lie down?That was me eating Irish at Fiddler’s Hearth in South Bend, Indiana.

The Atmosphere

The restaurant presents itself as an unassuming comfortable location nestled right in the middle of downtown. It looks meager sitting across the parking lot from Aloft hotel, the second tallest building in South Bend, but inside is nothing short of what I’d imagine a cozy Irish kitchen in winter to be. The waitstaff is kind and invites guests to come eat, make themselves at home, and hang out for a while. Seated at a kitchen table with a couch on one side and a few chairs on the other, we nestled right in.

The Menu

The menu was quite extensive in its varied choices of Irish fare. Guests can choose from Boxty’s to Bangers and Mash to various pies, beers, and full plates. Getting a handle on what to order took a moment because, honestly, everything sounded so good. To top it off, prices for a full dinnertime meal were quite affordable, starting at just $9.99 for an entree. I opted for Guinness pie, a savory dish complete with mashed potatoes and sauteed kale. Looking at the plate, it didn’t seem like much, but every single bite was more filling than the next. It was delicious!


Fiddler’s Hearth was hands down one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a while. Calm and cozy atmosphere, fantastic food, and not once did I feel rushed or judged by how I chose to digest my meal. If you’re ever in South Bend, be sure to swing by and give them a try!

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