Ely Wine Bar

4.4
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184 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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.
What 184 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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N
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

For a Xmas lunch it was perfect. Food good. Atmosphere nice. And restaurant is nicely furnished.

JM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful table, service was fantastic, food was amazing with such great choice, wine selection was perfect.

a
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Overall - a great experience - I researched many places to eat in Dublin, however having spoke to a couple of locals they both recommended ELY.
The evening started great and the hostess who greeted us was fantastic - she firstly took us to the bar, where we sampled the cocktail and wine menu. We were soon shown our table, which was okay - we would of preferred somewhere a little more 'out of the way' as our table was next to the WC entrance, which meant being constantly passed by people every minute or so. However this wasn't too much of an issue and due to the restaurant being extremely busy - we overlooked this. The main issue we had was the service from the gentleman who served us - firstly he was extremed rushed, showed no attention to the wine menu- even though we said we could do with a little help when picking - he instead just agreed with the one I said I was thinking of getting, when I say agreed - he nodded his head and said 'yep' then walked away. He returned with the wine, halfway through tasting it - he walked off to go and speak to another table - he returned... and I said 'yes the wine was fine' again he nodded - poured our glasses and walked off. This was the the attitude he had all night - no special attention, no conversation - at times he almost seemed sarcastic with the smiles he gave us - to the point I was close to saying something but didn't want to ruin the night. The food here is fantastic and the decor / restaurant is a lovely place to be. If it wasn't for the rude waiter we would of stayed for a couple of extra drinks in the bar - instead we thought it was best to leave and head somewhere a little more friendly. A shame really - as the bar staff and the hostess were all lovely. I would recommend this place and hope that the waiter we had improves his attitude for future guests.

GH
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food not great
Was told when table was needed back when I had just ordered a cocktail that I would have liked enjoyed...won't be going back

JD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great wine list, smallish menu but excellently done, daily specials also. Well worth a go, some High tables there also making it slightly less formal if you want. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything amazing, I will back again

EO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food bit could have done with more cárb. Wine delicious and well priced. Waiting staff attentive and explained delay in serving main course but didn't bring bread we asked for while we waited. Seating and ambience great.

MF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Staff wasn't very friendly. The food was good but a bit overpriced for what it is. Overall pleasant but a bit disappointing. Wine was lovely and plenty to select from. Definitely would go again just for drinks.

MS
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

When we arrived, we ordered cocktails, which were very good. We also ordered wines for smalls and mains, the idea of course being to have smalls after the cocktails with appropriate wine, and then mains with matching wines. Smalls appeared in the middle of drinking the cocktails, with a suggestion that perhaps we do not have the wines we ordered but just drink cocktails. We accepted this, cocktails were good. Mains appeared in due time, but I had to ask for the wines. My duck was really good, my wife's cod was good but way too salty. After finishing the mains, we mentioned this to the waiter, a nice gentleman, who said that also others have complained. Simply, too much salt spoiled the great portion. Of course, we should have reacted immediately, but we did not. Our waiter, the last one we talked with, was truly sorry of what had happened, and expressed this very clearly. A decent "compensation" was that we did not need to pay of the cocktails.

It is clear that this is a good restaurant. Food may be excellent. Perhaps it would be important to be aware that to be really good one has to pay attention to details and never be too satisfied with oneself. With pleasure I recognise the appropriate reaction of our last waiter.

HG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great night out with my brothers. Super wines and my meal with a scallop starter and a Wild Pigeon main were super! Really enjoyed the night.

LG
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, food perfect, service wonderful, atmosphere very comfortable. Would highly recommend.

PL
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional staff, delicious food and wine, and a lovely overall experience.

ES
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful welcome, attentive, well informed staff. Excellent service, food, wine and honey cheesecake!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best burger in Dublin. Cod was lovely too.

BS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything there was really good
I would recommend that for my friends

GW
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyable, good relaxed atmosphere, really tasty food, great wine, friendly service. Top class

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We were 20 mins late arriving and the staff were very accommodating. Nice place

RR
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place. Great service and value for money. We’ll be back.

JM
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, buzz and nice atmosphere. Staff very friendly and nice feeling to the venue.

DV
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great at all levels. Fresh, tasty food, well presented. Large choice of wine. Service was proactive with attention to detail.

EC
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with family. Lovely table. Lovely choice of menu. Great wine selection. Not noisy so could have a nice catch up. Waiters very helpful. Left us sample wine before we mad our decision. Have been before but will not leave it as long again. I would have no problem recommending this restaurant.

CF
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Gorgeous food, beautiful wine recommended by lovely staff & superb service

KM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

All of the main courses were cold. 2 sent back and returned cold. Very disappointing

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great wine recommendation when we asked for advice .
Will be back

C
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Menu limited but food very good . Customer service excellent and staff very friendly and helpful

FM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant, the staff truly make you feel so special. The food is outstanding, really quality. A beautiful evening all round

EH
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice meal last Tuesday night at 6pm. We choose a la carte instead of the Early bird as we preferred the menu. The wine was very good too, the only downside was the fact that the vegetable portions were rather small so we ordered a side of chips. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

had a really really enjoyable night - food and wine very good, staff excellent. Our original wine choice not available, and our waiter recommended a Portuguese wine in a similar price bracket.. Top marks.

I
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best place in Dublin. Faboulus boys, maravellous wines and food. The bar is beatiful and the music very very nice. We came back two nights, because we have a really dependence of this amazing place!

PC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ely consistently delivers great food and wine - We had the scallops, which are amazing. We aslo had the specials, Halibut and Lamb dishes, both were excellent.

M
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Most of my visits are for lunch but it never lets me down.

A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful light lunch, food was outstanding and service was excellent

VA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ely has great food and one of the best wine lists in Dublin. Their wine selection strays well off the beaten path and can provide you with new experiences and tastes from regions both known and obscure. Let them guide you and you’re sure to have an interesting time!

EO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly service. Nice lunchtime ambiance. Desserts particularly nice.

MF
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A very enjoyable experience in a wonderful bistro atmosphere. Great, friendly service that helped without being overbearing. A fantastic wine list (that is far too tempting) completes the package. Can't wait for our next visit.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and wine selection. Waiter was helpful on pairing a cheese plate with our red wine.

j
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

DD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and good service. Good and comfortable dining layout

h
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very good evening but a table of 10 in an enclosed space with little soft furnishings does not look for easy listening, in the final hour.
As they were settling there was jostling, in a confined area, as they swapped places.
Whilst it’s not the Ely Wine Bar’s fault being sneezed on ( Spanish flu 100years ago shadowed across my mind )without apology did spoil an otherwise lovely evening “ xx

A
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food at Ely was very good- all three courses- lovely room on the ground floor with nice ambience- table was a bit unstable would be my only criticism. We were on the “Taste Offer” and it was excellent and there was flexibility regarding the wine which is always a bonus..
Highly recommended.