Known for both its steak and seafood, O’Donoghue’s remains a fine-dining staple.
Located in the historic 1800s-built Kaullen Mercantile Company building on the east side of Jefferson City, O’Donoghue’s Steaks and Seafood was established by seasoned entrepreneur and legendary supporter of Jefferson City, Juanita Donehue, and her son, Sam. While the property was purchased in 1998, it was opened five years later in 2003. They restored the property to its original grandeur, shaping a restaurant where old-world charm embraced modern amenities to create an enduring, charming setting for the perfect dining experience to celebrate life, love, and friends. Sam is the restaurant’s executive chef and continues to run the family restaurant following Juanita’s passing in 2012. Henow co-owns O’Donoghue’s with Robert Craig, who also manages the restaurant.
Some of life’s most intimate and memorable moments are experienced, anchored together around a table with excellent company and food. Whether it is celebrating a friend’s milestone birthday, a co-worker’s long-awaited accomplishment, or a family reconnecting with one another, food often sets the tone for that perfect experience. What better way than to celebrate with steak and seafood! One only has to look as far as O’Donoghue’s restaurant.
“Our number one priority is to deliver exceptional, quality entrées complimented by extraordinary guest service,” Robert says.
O’Donoghue’s menu offers lunch and dinner customers an array of carefully planned and executed entrees, including a nightly signature steak and seafood dish.
“My culinary staff and I take great pride in how we execute the development of a dish to create layers of flavor that will surprise and delight our guests,” Sam says. “Sourcing only the freshest of ingredients available is paramount to creating an extraordinary dish.”
“All of the dishes featured in this story were also prepared by Mike Hillen,” Robert adds.
Bistro Steak with Sauteed Oyster Mushrooms, Asparagus & Risotto
Seared to perfection, this signature, hand-cut choice steak is topped with delicately sautéed oyster mushrooms and complemented by sea salt and pepper-seasoned sautéed asparagus. A perfect fit for all steaks.
Seared Salmon with Mustard Cream Spinach Sauce, Polenta & Brussels Sprouts
For those with a love for salmon, O’Donoghue’s offers afresh, seared Atlantic salmon drenched in a rich, creamy mustard spinach sauce that is perfectly paired with polenta and classically seasoned, sautéed Brussels sprouts. A must for seafood lovers!
Citrus Glazed Tuna with Tomato Fresca, Polenta Cake & Asparagus
Want to keep those summer memories going year-round? Why not try the tangy, citrus-infused, fresh Atlantic tuna? It’s topped with a citrus glaze and mouthwatering vine-ripened tomato fresca. Seasoned sautéed asparagus and a creamy polenta cake add just the right finishing touches to calm the taste buds.
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Crusted Barramundi, Risotto & Asparagus
Barramundi, an Asian, white-fleshed seabass offers a subtle, distinctive flavor and may be for the more reserved seafood palettes. Grilled with layers of flavor and topped with a sundried tomato pesto that meets the standards of even the most seasoned food connoisseur, this entrée is complemented by a creamy risotto and classic sea salt and pepper-sautéed asparagus.
Crab Cake with Caper Aioli Sundried Tomato Pesto
A fan favorite of many, this indulgent appetizer is a classically seasoned and seared lump crab fish, finished with a to-die-for, rich caper aioli sundried tomato pesto sauce.
Fillet Mignon with Caramelized Onions & Blue Cheese, Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts
Who can resist a seared fillet mignon topped with golden caramelized onion sand a distinctive bleu cheese sauce flawlessly prepared to your standard? Paired with a classic, creamy risotto and seasoned sautéed Brussels sprouts, this entrée leaves nothing to the imagination.