Ely Wine Bar

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141 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 141 People Are Saying
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D
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Made to wait for ten minutes for our pre-booked space at the bar. Went deliberately to try a specific wine advertised on their website. Turns out it’s not available. Rest of the wine list is a mugs list. Over priced right and left bank reds. They’re pushing 5 times cost, which is fine for a Michelin restaurant. But this isn’t. So annoyed it advertises product it doesn’t carry. Left and went to patrick Guilbaud. Same price for 8 courses with matching wine as we would have paid for a bottle of wine in Ely. Frankly, we made the right call leaving. I wish the owners the best, but you need to sort your website.

CF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Just bring your own lamp and don’t get put sitting next to the kitchen.

Only option for protein with salad, lunch menu, was duck. Perhaps something vegetarian or higher protein grains, chicken or fish.

For older people, need more light on menu than is at that table by the kitchen.

GJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Gods quality in a friendly environment Excellent value

TM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Premises is amazing, staff are ab lovely and food is exquisite!couldn’t recommend more!can’t wait to go back

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always great. More Vegetarian options please. It is very limited and needs to be developed passed the salad option.

NM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good spot for a relaxing dinner, outside the confusion of the big city.
Nice and very professional staff. Great wine menu.
Perfect for a couple conversation.

PC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always consistently good! Food, wine and service fantastic. Michelle and Erik run a great place.

JS
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elegant dining experience in such a lovely atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and efficient and are very knowledgeable about the menus. We ate from the early bird which had a good selection of options and was good value for the calibre of food served. All four of us loved our individual selections and the vegetarian was delighted with her outstanding dish of baked celeriac... We all had a taste and it was yummy! Great wine selection as you'd expect from a wine bar and staff again were very knowledgeable on what's on offer and made excellent suggestions. This is a wonderful restaurant and I'd have no hesitation in recommending

n
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food so fresh and full of flavor. The staff were friendly and helpful. Would like more help with the wine eg - like my wine but not hugely knowledgeable so felt a little overwhelmed. Will definitely return 😃

ED
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed this place - the menu was exactly my cup of tea and our server (a young Donegal lad) was really knowledgeable about all of the wines, very efficient and super friendly.

JM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I found the food tasty but very small portions, and seemed a bit like starters than main courses.

AK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I had not been since the refurbishment. It is much brighter downstairs and welcoming. The food as usual was excellent and I liked the new style menu which encourages mixing and matching. The service was very good and not intrusive. Overall a very enjoyable meal and visit. I will be back.

AT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I was disappointed that the only vegetarian main course was a salad. It was an excellent salad, but I do think that is adequate as a main course. It is extremely deficient in protein.

On previous visits the vegetarian main course has been interesting and excellent.

NH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always very good food and atmosphere.
Staff friendly and happy

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear Noel, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are delighted to have you as a returning customer. We strive to be consistent in the quality or food, wine and service that we provide. We hope you come visit us again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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DP
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was superb!! The downstairs ambience was warm and the food was seriously amazing. From the homemade sourdough to the fish and the best celeriac root I’ve ever had. Our waiter also knew his wine really well and picked the perfect one for each of us based on just a few questions. There were 4 in our party and each of us have completely different tastes.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear Diana, Thank you for your lovely feedback. We're delighted you had such a positive experience. The baked celeriac is a delicious dish, it is my personal favourite as well! It is great to hear we were able to create a good wine experience for you, we have weekly staff training to help with wine recommendations. We'll make sure to keep up the good work! We hope to welcome you again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience with great attentive staff and an excellent wine list at fair prices.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 17 June 2019

Dear Derrick, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We are delighted that you've had a positive experience. We hope to welcome you again soon. Maybe for one of our Thursday tastings, to try some more of our wines? Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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P
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was for our daughter Phoebes birthday and it was superb

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ran a bit late but we were reassured not to rush or worry our table will be there for us. We were welcomed by a lovely gentleman who assisted us and seated us quickly. The help with choosing our wine was perfect and we learned so much in the short time! The food was delicious and delivered in a quick manner. The atmosphere was calm and lovely. We really enjoyed Ely Wine Bar! Thank you to the staff for making the evening perfect.

MI
Anchorage
90 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were able to make a late reservation and the staff welcomed us. Staff were attentive while not being overly intrusive by disrupting dinner conversation. Casual dining with good food and great wine that is not overpriced

RP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant service and nice food. Would have expected higher quality for the price. Great night otherwise. Would recommend.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 7 June 2019

Dear Rima, Thank you for taking the time share your feedback with us. We are happy to hear that you've had a positive experience overall. We appreciate your sincere comments and will take them on board. We hope to welcome you again soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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F
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding food! Already looking forward to our next visit...

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 7 June 2019

Dear Fiona, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are delighted that you've had a positive experience! We have recently updated our menu, so it is great to receive such praise. We look forward to welcoming you again. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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B
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
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.

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.

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.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dear Fiona, Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated by our team. We are happy to hear that our food and wine were up to scratch. We were extremely busy on the Friday evening when you visited us, we are sorry to hear this may have created an inconvenience with your seating arrangement. We will make sure this won't happen on your next visit. We hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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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!

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.

Ely Wine Bar
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dear Francois, 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 an overall positive experience with us. Our service and food is very important to us, therefore, we take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you soon. Kind Regards, Klara Stejskalova Reservations Assistant

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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

Ely Wine Bar
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.

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.

Ely Wine Bar
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 !

Ely Wine Bar
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
4 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.

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.

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.

S
Dublin
2 reviews
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!!

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.

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.

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.

Ely Wine Bar
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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