Ely Wine Bar

4.4
120 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Ely is a multi-award-winning, buzzy wine bar with great food, craft beer and classic cocktails.

Opened in 1999 Ely has been recognised as Ireland’s leading wine bar from the start, continuously awarded best wine bar with Wine Spectator recognising it for Best of Award of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 saying "This restaurant is honored by Wine Spectator for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.” And The Sunday Business Post awarding it Best Wine Bar in Ireland 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 saying "Ely is the class-leading, category-defining exemplar. A superb food offering to match every wine on the extensive and adventurous wine list..."
Not content with sourcing some of the world’s best wines Ely also takes food provenance and seasonality very seriously, sourcing their grass-fed organic beef and pork from their own family farm in the Burren along the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

When we eventually managed to order our steaks and they arrived 2 out of 3 of them were undercooked. We asked the male waiter with the ponytail to get them
cooked a little more and he challenged us as if we did not understand what rare and
medium rare was. Customer not always right apparently.
The young girl and male french waiter who also served us were both very good and wine was excellent!
4th time in the restaurant and definitely not one I would like to remember.
Very disappointed to honest.

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G
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service and ambience. Other 4 members of my party had the salmon main which was excellent but my duck main was mediocre. Very small portion of potato and almost raw broccoli.

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FF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Place is looking a bit tired. We asked to change table as an extra seat was added to the group beside us and the extra person was nearly sitting on top of us.
Lovely steaks and wine.

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MO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love ely - food, wine, service is consistently great!

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FG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It is a very good casual but creative contemporary food restaurant. The linguine was a bit too cooked for me (it seems to be quite commun in Ireland) but the Burren was excellent so was the cheesecake dessert. A bit noisy upstairs but great athmosphere and outstanding service. Highly recommended.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food great...lovely interior upgrade, a few too many high stools/tables but I'll be back for the quality of grub

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Responded on 9 May 2019

Dear Customer, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We're delighted to hear you've had a positive experience and are planning to return. We appreciate your honest opinion of our new interior, we've taken our decor a little more towards a wine bar feel than before, we understand it may take some getting used to. Our menu has been updated for the summer, we hope you'll visit us to try it soon ! Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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JR
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service in a relaxed and roomy restaurant.

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LG
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely comfortable venue. Food always good and service great. Friendly staff.

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Responded on 2 May 2019

Dear Liz, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, it is much appreciated by our team. We are delighted to hear that you've had positive experiences with us and hope you will come in to try the new additions on our menu. We're looking forward to welcoming you again soon ! Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good, service excellent but very expensive wine list with no real value options when in for early meal and not wanting to splash out on drinks. Over €60 per head before tip is too expensive for what we had.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 2 May 2019

Dear Customer, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're delighted to hear that our food and service were satisfactory and appreciate your honest opinion about our wine list. Our house wines start at €29 per bottle and €7 per glass, we believe this to be a competitive price for our area. We do hope you will come back to try our new early bird menu along with 2 for 1 cocktails on the weekends and find better value. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere with good service and friendly knowledgeable staff !

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Responded on 25 April 2019

Dear Mark, Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. It is much appreciated by our team. We are delighted to hear that you had a positive experience, and hope to see you again soon ! Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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P
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very relaxed comfortable afternoon. Well looked after by Barbara. Only query really was that the main course options were very casual - burger, for example - and not a big enough range. I understand the majority of guests at lunchtime are looking for quick and casual but we were there for a lingering afternoon so would have preferred more mains choice.

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Y
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My partner and I were recommended Ely Wine Bar from a person we met in Dublin, who stated she loved the food and the ambience. We were warmly greeted, not rushed, shown to our table and given time to settle. The waiting staff introduced themselves and explained the menu to us and once we had decided what we were going to have, we were informed what a good choice we had made. We considered this a very nice touch, but a reassuring one given that we had not visited before. The food was respectfully and graciously served and we were given ample time to consume our meal without being rushed.
The only aggravating concern was the loudness of those on the next table, who were either demob happy or simply high-spirited. But the positives far outweighed the negatives.
On receiving the bill we were both alarmed to see that we had consumed nine pints of Guinness. Naturally, I became suspicious that my wife was not only a secret alcoholic but had been so all our married life. Judging from her consternation, she must have had similar thoughts and was wondering how I managed to drink so much alcohol in such a short time without being noticed. This turned out to be a mistake on the bill. The understanding, sympathy and jollity of the staff soon relieved our concerns and suspicions of each other and the bill was duly corrected. We cannot wait to pay you a return visit to see what other experiences await us.

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IT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food with an amazing selection of wines. Atmosphere was very nice with fantastic staff. Highly recommended.

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S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best dining experience we had in a while. Great food, great ambience, great service. Would definitely recommend!!

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MG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We all thoroughly enjoyed our individual dishes and our evening at Ely wine bar - we hope to return soon.

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DO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

We didn't eat but I had to rate the food to submit the feedback.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Went ot Ely Bar on Saturday night. There is nothing wrong with the place. It kind of felt like it wasn't sure if it is a wine-bar that sells food or a restaurant that sells wine. Perhaps it both but it's difficult to know. The staff were pleasant, again nothing wrong but just seemed perfunctory in the execution of the process and there didn't seem to be anyone in charge. I'm sure there was, but it was difficult to know who it was.
The portions are quite small and the food was fine - no frills, no extras, no wow - but grand. the starter required a side of bread (extra charge) and the Mains require sides which make the meal quite expensive.
No-one told us about the specials and the menu is really small and really different to what is advertised on the Website.
As I said - nothing wrong here but we left wondering if anyone cared if we had turned up or not.
A day of re-invention and re-imagining and re-igniting would see a big difference as the staff and venue are really nice - just need some new energies.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 1 April 2019

Dear Michael, Thank you for giving us your feedback, it is much appreciated by our team. We have been open for 20 years as a wine bar, however offer a full a la carte menu. In relation to our menu, it corresponds with our website, however our other venue's menu is there also, perhaps that is the one you may have seen. We're sorry to hear that you found our menu unsatisfactory. We do hope you may give us another chance, maybe try our other dishes. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations

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GB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dined at Ely Wine Bar on Friday 22nd March 2019 as a party of hens celebrating the upcoming marriage of one of the group. With many dietary requirements and preferences, the staff adapted to our requests with a smile and delivered a wonderful evening and fantastic food. We had a great time, the area that we were allocated was ideal and we left filled with scrumptious food and warmed souls.

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Dear Georgia, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a positive experience and we managed to cater to all of your needs. We strive to accommodate all kinds of dietary requirements and preferences in order to make all of our customers comfortable. Our team appreciates your lovely comments on our effort to do so. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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B
New Orleans
70 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We arrived late for our reservation but were welcomed graciously, then seated and waited on promptly. Good value on the broad wine list, creative and delicious food, first-rate, professional service.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very comfortable seating, great service, food was excellent.

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. Waiter(s) all very helpful and our German friend was very impressed with the way his Weisbier was poured and served ! 2nd visit here in a month and both visits were excellent.

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Dear Bernard, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It is great to hear that you've had positive experiences with us. We appreciate your comments and will make sure to keep up our standards. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regard, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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JG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first visit since the refurbishment. Delighted with the ambience; food, wines and service excellent as always.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 27 March 2019

Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you like our new decor, also that you've had positive experiences with us. Your comments are much appreciated by our team and we will make sure to keep up the standards. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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M
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Love this Place! Food is always good and they have a great wine list to choose from. The atmosphere is perfect for a dinner with the girls or for a (first)date. Everyone of the service is super helpful and nice and they don’t kick you out after 2 hours if you want to stay longer. I really appreciate how comfortable they are making you feel.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 27 March 2019

Dear Melanie, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are very happy to hear that you had a positive experience with us. Great service is very important to us, so it is great to hear that we achieve a high standard. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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JA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and ambiance yes but the staff make the experience amazing each and every time. Consistency works!

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Dear Joseph, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. It is fantastic to hear that you are a returning customer and always have a positive experience. Our team really appreciates your comments, we aim to give great service every time. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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AC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food at a reasonable price. Except for the chips, which were too salty: personally I don't like salt, other people might like less and a lot of people can't take much salt for medical reasons. Why not leave people to salt their own, since salt is not an integral part of the dish?

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 27 March 2019

Dear Anne, Thank you taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that your overall experience of the food was positive. Your comments about our seasoning will be taken on board and we will make sure to improve. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing food and perfect portions, was a quiet night so the atmosphere was calm and cozy, good job, congratulations

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely experience ! Would definitely go again - lovely staff, very accommodating !

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very good - we had the sharing tapas plate (beef carpaccio was particularly lovely) and there was plenty on it. Extra crackers/bread were also offered which was nice (we only needed a few more). Husband also had the mushrooms with egg which was delicious. Service was very good but just a small point - we were sitting opposite the bar and near the kitchen and the staff seemed to be constantly rushing around. Just made it feel a bit less relaxed than I think it could have been! Jarred a bit with the overall feel of the place. But that's a minor quibble - would definitely go back.

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u
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

food was excellent with some items we hadn't tried before - everything was professional but friendly

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Very loud music on entering premises
Expected to be seated downstairs but was given table upstairs in s pretty drab room
Average meal which included an overpriced rib eye steak with very little trimmings
Wouldn’t go back to what is an overpriced cafe bar with no ambience but good staff

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K
Dublin
8 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Visited with friends recently for an early meal. We all had steaks and found them excellent and the wine selection was very good. Service was good and surroundings were good but the downstairs area was a little dark. Would definatley return

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MS
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our service was excellent the girl that served us was fantastic - anticipated our needs - matter of fact and no fuss!

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It got very stuffy and hot downstairs as the evening went on. Main course very good. Wine always great. Dessert underwhelming. Overall very enjoyable

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SF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated in the elegant ground floor space which has recently been beautifully refurbished. The service was prompt and our server was very helpful and charming. The menu had great variety and I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken burger which was delicious and well-sized in terms of portion. There was a relaxed ambiance which made it perfect for a catch up with a friend.

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PB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very pleasant food and service

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JB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We brought two American friends for dinner on a busy Friday evening. Three of us had the smoked haddock and beetroot, the fourth had the duck. It’s safe to say none of us had ever tasted smoked haddock like that - it was to die for! The tastiest dish I’ve had in a long time and the beetroot really worked with it. The duck was approved of as well. Our server (chatty girl with very curly hair) was lovely and the sommelier was patient and gave us a gorgeous wine. Only very slight negative was the entrance - outer hall could look more welcoming. That’s nit picking though - we had a lovely evening.

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P
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff was wonderful and informed us we'll about all the food and specials. The food was great and the atmosphere was relaxing.

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AD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The service was excellent. The menu was varied and interesting. The portions were on the small side but I really enjoyed my dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent attention to detail

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M
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

It was a nice night but underwhelming. Our server seemed bored and uninterested, we were told the specials before getting a menu. Food was grand but nothing special. Early bird and evening menu advertised online but not available on the night

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