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Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar, Dublin, Co. Dublin

Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar

4.3
4.3
683 reviews
€30 and under
American
Elephant & Castle Prince Street opened in Lower Manhattan in ’73 across from St Vincent’s Hospital where George had worked as an oncologist since the 1950’s. After two decades of short lunch breaks where he could never get anything he wanted to eat, finally he retired to a life of eating everything he wanted to eat, in his own restaurant with a special name. His passion and obsession for quality was infectious and E&C became a New York classic within a few years. Doors opened in a very different and quiet Temple Bar in January 1989 and by Summer of that year the queues had already started for our fantastic food and spectacular atmosphere!
Outside the world has greatly changed, but inside our swinging doors we try to keep things just the way they were.

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2 people

20:30


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 679 3121

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

Popular dishes

What 683 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin 2

    Child Friendly

  • Dublin 2

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded todayThank you:)

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Team were lovely, starter and mains were good, dessert was fantastic. Drinks menu is very limited.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded todayThank you :)

  3. AG

    AvrilG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Elephant and castle what a spot ov come here since I was a kid I remember the little bowls with hot water the little touches. Last time I went I was disappointed ☹️ The chicken wings is what it’s all about and obviously the pre cook them and that’s okay but I think mine must of been recooked so many times it was so disappointing I had chicken crisps instead of wings I will go back again and hopefully it won’t be the same as I love the place

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 1 day agoHi Avril Any issues with quality of food when you are in the restaurant is a real quick fix if you just relay it to one of our staff at the time. Wings can be replaced immediately if they are not as they should be - perfect. Easy if we know at the time!! Thanks

  4. AH

    AnthonyH

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always Thanks would always recommend

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 1 day agoThanks Anthony

  5. R

    Robin

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As per usual, the place is excellent to unwind with food and drinks. I always come back and it never disappoints.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 24 September 2022Thank you Robin:)

  6. SM

    SadieM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Disappointing first return here following new ownership. Signature dishes lacked former flavour - underdressed wings, overdressed salad, soda with insufficient syrup, lacklustre fries, a hot fudge sundae appearing as a glass of ice cream with a light drizzle atop. Former glory a distant memory. Unlikely to return.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 24 September 2022Thank you for your feedback. We are sad to hear that you are disappointed with your visit to us. I will be passing your review to our head chef. Thank you.

  7. SH

    SiobhanH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    There were no vegan options but the kitchen accommodated and I really enjoyed it! I was told that the chicken wings weren't great, it seemed like a Frank's hot sauce kind of thing, The staff were super friendly!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 22 September 2022Thank you Siobhan:)

  8. LV

    LindaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best chicken wings ever! Friendly servants! Nice atmosphere!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 22 September 2022Thank you Linda:)

  9. PF

    PatriciaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Table booked for 16.15pm & after queuing outside we eventually got table after 30 minutes wait. Order was taken fast however the serving of food was slow. We got chips 10 minutes after getting chicken wings. We left a tip & felt rushed after getting bill as there was a big queue for tables & found later a 12.50% service charge was added to the bill which we felt wasn’t deserved as service certainly wasn’t good & tip ended up 20% of bill. We were seated less than an hour. The toilets were a disgrace.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 22 September 2022Thank you Patricia for taking time to share your experience and for giving us feedback. We are sad to hear you had disappointing experience and hopefully next time we will do better. Kind regard D.K

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Table was 30 minutes late booked for 3.15pm didn’t get table until 3.45pm Noise level was very high with people queueing inside restaurant and music blaring over the speakers asked for it to be reduced but nothing happened. Our table was just inside the door so we had people on top of us while we were eating wasn’t good experience. Overall was slightly disappointed with our experience (appreciate it was a very busy day with Garth Brooks concert on)

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 22 September 2022Thank you for your feedback:) We are very busy place, fortunately for us, and we aim to have upbeat atmosphere in the restaurant, which we understand might not be to everyone's liking. Kind regards D.K

  11. J

    Jenny

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elephant & Castle is one of the old classic places that has maintained its name over the years. We celebrated our son’s 17th birthday here on Friday. Service, staff and food was fantastic. Our waitress was lovely and the food was just perfect. Also felt the pricing is still reasonable in these hard times without compromising on quality. Well done guys, we will be back soon!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 19 September 2022Thanks Jenny for a classic review! See you soon

  12. NM

    NMcc

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Nice atmosphere. Veggie options are limited though. Great service and friendly staff

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 22 September 2022Thank you:)

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Menu selection reduced since pre covid... missed the large house salad on the menu with Stilton cheese... loved the chicken wings as always! Husband would have preferred more chips with his steak.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 19 September 2022Hi there House salad with stilton still available? Just ask us! More fries with anything also by request. Thanks

  14. M

    Mark

    New England

    118 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Recommended by family to grab a bite when in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. Fun place. Big crowds. New York menu more than Dublin. Didn’t have items on the menu and surprised to find the one place that “doesn’t do Guinness” … it was fun and close to Trinity College.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 22 September 2022Thank you for your review Mark:)

  15. GO

    GOFo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loved the food service everything, just it was a little loud, as tables were quite close together.
  16. N

    Niaba

    Oxford

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, friendly staff. Veggie burger not to my taste but chicken wings as yummy as always

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 18 September 2022Thank you:)

  17. N

    Nicki

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Busy Sunday afternoon, service & food were excellent. Would definitely recommend the chicken wings ! Looking forward to going back

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 18 September 2022thank you Nicki:)

  18. ML

    MarieL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a beautiful lunch here yesterday the chicken burger was amazing. So juicy and tender. The American waffles are a must.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 12 September 2022Thanks Marie

  19. B

    Bsrnz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great place. Especially their chicken wings were delicious.
  20. SM

    SiobhanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are already looking for an excuse to go back to Dublin so we can go back to Elephant and Castle It was absolutely amazing from start to finish. Great atmosphere and great value ❤️❤️

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 12 September 2022Thanks a million Siobhan we look forward to your return!

  21. LM

    LauraM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had wings to share and we all had burgers. Amazing!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 12 September 2022Thanks Laura

  22. P

    Pegs85

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great little restaurant. Food was delicious, on the expensive side due to location
  23. FG

    FabioG

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The hamburgers of all the group were overcooked and this reduced the pleasure of the meal. But it is an amazing place
  24. RC

    ReginaC

    Cork

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Chicken wing portion is huge, would definitely do two people, they are delicious!! Staff weren't overly friendly but I would come back again.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you for your feedback Regina:)

  25. JD

    JohnD

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great meal - good casual food. Service was really great and the staff looked after me and all four daughter on a lazy Sunday afternoon in busy Dublin’s temple bar. Well done guys. We will be back. 👍👍

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you John:)

  26. AC

    AdamCoates

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    outstanding restaurant for any occasion, you have to get the chicken wings

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you Adam:)

  27. LZ

    LauraZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect, as usual! Best chicken wings in town. Service was delightful!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you:)

  28. BT

    BetsyT

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and there was a lot of variety in the menu. Service was fast and friendly. I wanted to eat there again but didn’t have the time.
  29. D

    Dermot

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My go-to when I come home. Good food, good atmosphere. Kids loved the wings! 3 months till my next trip home.. can’t wait!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 1 September 2022Thank you Dermot:)

  30. b

    badavis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always, apart from the outstanding food, the staff are so friendly also.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 1 September 2022Thank you:)

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was so good!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 30 August 2022Thank you:)

  32. JB

    JaneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place. Food and service was outstanding. Easily the best kids menu around - such great choice, quality and incredibly good value. The hot chocolate sauce with the ice-cream was such a lovely tough. It really elevated it beyond the usual plain scoop of ice-cream. The staff were so lovely to the kids. We had a great table and the food was excellent, as always. Could not recommend this place more highly.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 29 August 2022Thanks a million Jane

  33. SJ

    SJPC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Just as good as my visit 8 years ago! 🥳🥳🥳

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 30 August 2022Thank you for coming back to us:)

  34. KB

    KristinB

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service! The chips were my fav!
  35. A

    Anonimo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Quería recordar que hace años había cenado ahí. Esta vez me gustó algo mrnos

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 25 August 2022Thank you:)

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Fabulous meal
  37. DM

    DarrenM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    My wife ordered the nachos for her main meal. She had to send it back because the chicken was cold. She told the waitress who took it back and brought out a fresh plante abiut 10 minutes later. I ordered the steak sandwich and the steak was full of grizzle, my chips arrived out after I was finished the steak Sandwich. It turned out we didn't actually eat our meals at the same time due to my wife's meal been sent back. Overall it wasn't a great experience and it would probably put me off going back in the future.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on 25 August 2022Thank you for your feedback Darren. We are sad to see you had disappointing experience. Not sure why, but seams like few things went wrong during your visit. Please accept our apologies. Kind regards D.K

  38. LD

    LorraineD

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. Haven’t been to Elephant & Castle in around 5 years and what made this visit extra special is that we were seated at the same table as last time
  39. A

    Angela

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here! Great food, staff and location. A must visit in Dublin. The chicken wings are famous
  40. S

    Sauc

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food, good choice. Good value childrens menu

FAQs

Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 679 3121.

Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 683 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

20:30


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar

19 Temple Bar, Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 HY86

Additional information

  • Area

    Temple Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

  • Public Transit

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options

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