Our History

Richmond's legendary O'Toole's Restaurant was founded in 1966 by Mr. James Edward O'Toole. James, also known as Jim, was the son of Irish parents, who immigrated to the United States in 1920. Shortly after arriving in the U.S. Jim became the first among his immediate family to be born on American soil. His wife, Marie F. Shortell-O'Toole's family immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th Century. The O'Toole's family eventually settled in the coal-rich region of Western Pennsylvania, where Jim worked for a bottling company that serviced concessions at Pittsburgh Steelers games. There, Jim and Marie bore four sons, Jimmy, Bill, John, and Tom.

What our customers

are saying
  • "Perfect neighborhood pub wide ranging menu (including the Irish classics, but well beyond that too.) Try the French Dip and have them add the grilled onions from their steak sandwich. Plus, the owner is very active and supportive of the neighborhood elementary school always nice to support a business that gives back!"

    Shannon H.

    Henrico, VA
  • "Haven't been here in a few months, but this is one of my favorite places. Been going here ever since I was 21 or so. The clientele is mostly locals and older locals at that. Been going there so long I've become one of the older locals!. The English Burger is something I always get."

    Bryan H.

    Glen Allen, VA
  • "If you're Irish you get it, if you're not well you'll still get it at O'Tools's. What a very cool spot for a Guinness and a bite to eat. The 80s on 8 Sirius XM radio jamming the hits from my youth and a comfortable booth set me up for a great long (my choice) lunch."

    Jimmy P.

    Glen Allen, VA

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