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The Betsy Swords, Dublin, Leinster

The Betsy Swords

4.3
4.3
471 reviews
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
The Betsy Swords, bar and restaurant, is located at the heart of North County Dublin. Since opening guests can enjoy its contemporary cuisine and unparalleled service, bringing a touch of magic with decadent decor to provide our customers with comfort, ease and cosiness while enjoying a varied mix of classics and locally inspired dishes.

Catering for every occasion from lunch, dinner and beyond, with beautiful bars serving cocktails, fine wines and drinks. Our eclectic menu includes The Betsy Signature Steak, fish, vegetarian options and the famous Betsy Sunday Roast. The Betsy is devoted to constant evolution and development, using the best products that are authentic and bursting with honest to goodness quality and flavour. Our décor, lighting and music offer an oasis of calm away from the bustle of life with a warm Irish welcome.

Open Wednesday and Thursday 3pm, Friday Saturday Sunday 12 noon. The Betsy Swords welcomes local residents, businesses and visitors alike.

The Betsy

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–12:30 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (01) 840 4002
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Brendan Walls

What 471 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
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin

    Gastro Pub

  • North County Dublin

    Best Overall

  • North County Dublin

    Best Food

  • North County Dublin

    Best Service

  • North County Dublin

    Best Ambience

  • North County Dublin

    Best Value

  • North County Dublin

    Good for groups

  • North County Dublin

    Healthy

  • North County Dublin

    Neighbourhood gem

  • North County Dublin

    Good for special occasions

  • North County Dublin

    Lively

  • North County Dublin

    Most Booked

471 Reviews
  1. Ing123

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place . Nice food and better sttafs . I always go there with my friends or just for a dinner with my boyfriend . I recommend

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  2. Igors

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place with good service and food.

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  3. AncaC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue. Very unique and stylish. The food was absolutely delicious! Thank you!

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  4. JennR

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, lovely food, great service. Beautiful decor

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful night out . Beautiful food , fabulous cocktails and lovely staff . Will most definitely return .

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  6. IsabelG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff that served us were amazing. The food and drinks were lovely too will definitely be coming back

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  7. DamienW

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was Class and was only bettered by the service 10/10

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  8. Steaklover

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice experience overall, would deffo go back again

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  9. OliviaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing from start to finish, will definitely go back again. The food, service and decor was fabulous.

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  10. Partyanimaldublin

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was scrumptious, wine was flowing and the atmosphere electric, I highly recommend. However, the only downside was there were too many waiters, nobody assigned to tables so we were asked five times did we want a drink, with no drinks menu on the table? and did we want to order food from the different waiters when we had only sat down. Lovely staff but very rushed, where my friends and I had not seen each other in a long while, we were catching up, yet we kept being interupted to order food. Unfortunately the staff were falling over themselves as the restaurant wasn't busy maybe they should assign two waiters to each table.

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  11. megand

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff were clearly under pressure - appreciate it was a bank holiday - but they couldn’t have cared less about us. Stressful experience upon arrival right until the end. 2 hours waiting time for a steak and a beef burger - crazy. Confident that they could have forgotten about us as tables left and right of us were being served long before us - we had to actually ask where the food was to be responded with ‘I’m trying my best, I’m waiting on tables over the other side, we’re very busy’. We spent €150 for 2 here. Never once were we asked how the food was, were we OK for everything, etc. Multiple dirty glasses left on the table until we actually had to ask for them to move them. Looks gorgeous inside but definitely will not be returning - disappointing as it came highly recommended to us. I have worked in the service industry for long enough so totally appreciate understaffing especially during busy periods but I don’t think anything warrants poor customer service.

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  12. ChelK

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sunday roast was dreadful beef tough & tasteless. 3 out of the 4 had tummy issues after the meal. We have been to Betsy on numerous occasions & never an issue will not be returning anytime soon.

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  13. MichelleM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Far too busy with not enough staff was an 88 th party which the staff seemed to be focused on service was poor .had the roast beef which was fatty and far too much potato. I’ve always had a good experience at the betsy so it was disappointing

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Was spoken to very poorly, then when asked to speak to a manager I was refused.

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  15. Ruth

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent staff and service, lovely food. Cocktails great value

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  16. DeirdreW

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely comfortable venue, staff friendly and service good. Very disappointed with food prawn pil pil served in a bowl up to brim with Luke warm oil. Not appealing or appetising at all. Steak was nice but definitely not good value for money. Always had a nice food experience here but don’t think I’ll be rushing back anytime soon

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  17. AmyC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, friendly professional staff, fabulous interior. Perfect place for celebrations.

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  18. DianeD

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff are so lovely and helpful. Sang happy birthday to the birthday girl and rang in advance to get her name so they could get the song right! I was very impressed.

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  19. KellyM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just love this place and the staff they go above and beyond , very friendly , food is amazing

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  20. MarionM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, nice variety. Food exceptional and staff very friendly

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  21. DeirdreG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only the chips let the meal down. They were small, crispy/hard & weren't hot. Otherwise the meal was great. The surroundings & service were super.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great vibe. The food was good with good options for the kids as well as the adults.

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  23. Ashmcarr

    Wicklow

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered a bottle of red wine to have with our dinner and had a small glass filled each after tasting before the reminder was being poured into the decanter. The decanter broke when about half of the remainder of the bottle was poured where glass had fallen into it. The waiter apologised and took it away. I seen him pour this down the drain and he came back with a new decanter and the rest of what was left in the bottle. I was not impressed by this at all. I thought maybe we would have been given the two glasses already poured as an apology and a new bottle in replacement or even remove the glasses we had in front of us and start off completely new with a fresh bottle. We later got a glass of wine to make up for this as the waiter said it was roughly what was lost in the decanter which I disagree with. This wouldn't have even happened if I didn't ask him if there would be anything to rectify what had happened earlier. Food wise the starters were lovely. We both ordered steak for main and they were bith cooked well to our liking. The only thing I would mention is that the broccoli on the menu said it would be buttery (thinking it would be tendersteam) but tasted as it it was just taken out of boiling water as it was very watery and still hard in parts. There was two small pieces in each of our plates. I added garlic butter from my partners sauce she got with her steak to the broccoli to make it better. Instead of chips or mash I decided to go for dauphinoise. The menu said potatoes, thinking it would be a good size portion but it was this tiny bit that seemed like some of it fell off when being plated. I have a picture to attach to this review. Cocktails we had were lovely, as always. Drinks are always very good. Such a shame this was my experience this time as I have been here mnay times over the years and recently started coming again for birthdays, special occasions etc.

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  24. Bross01

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fabulous NYE dinner out with our children who were blown away by the resturant. Food, service and overall experience was fabulous - will definitely go back again

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Cold food,slow service but friendly staff. French coffee served in cold glass. Advertising on Web and in-house an offer of free dessert when a starter and main was ordered. By chance I Checked my receipt the next day and called the restaurant. I was told It was not valid despite multiple adverts and a manager would call me back. No call back and on Friday I spoke to a man who said he was the manager. I was shouted at down the phone and subject to a breating for questions about an alleged overcharge. Have never been spoken too in such a condescending,arguementive ,aggressive manner and this manager I then found out was the Owner. Appalling response to a simple question. Recent reviews when Checked on the restaurant website have a similar thread and obviously stems from poor leadership from the top. Restaurant has had a major decline since the my last visits. The former CEO is badly missed.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food overpriced for what we got. Steak was chargrilled almost tasted burnt. Waited an hour in between our starters and main we had to ask after an hour where our food was as no one was checking on us. It was a birthday dinner so disappointed.

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  27. CarolineD

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service, great decor, friendly staff. But I don't carry a purse to the ladies so I'm very uncomfortable having someone there to hand me paper towels to dry my hands for tips so myself and my companion left with wet hands and didn't return a 2nd time. This would 💯 make me go elsewhere. We didn't stay for drinks for this reason

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  28. NualaR

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Betsy is our chosen restaurant for special occasions (my daughter had her wedding dinner there this year) or to word it differently, a meal in The Betsy makes any occasion special! Ambience, food, service and the blessed relief of being able to enjoy a conversation without straining to hear over loud musak, this restaurant has it all! We’ll be back, often!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked table for 3 person. Waited 15 min for someone to come ! Food was nice in the restaurant. And a pornstar martini cocktail was ok ! But the staff , the man just told us to go away after two hours. Which I understand it’s a Xmas time . All tables are booked . But he stood in front of me waited when I will finish my cocktail. It was so rude , it was terrible! Unbelievable!!! He could just say the same but absolutely in the other Nice manner !! After we moved to the bar !! The cocktails are absolutely crap !!! We ordered 2 bottles of Moet after . The waiter couldn’t open it properly and spilled the glass of it on his shoes !! No sorry, no anything!!! The bottle cost €95 . But they were just laughing there with the other guys in the bar !!! When we said the cocktails are terrible and we don’t want them , no refund, not even glas of Prosecco as an excuse. It wasn’t our first time in Betsy’s , we really liked it before!!! But never again ! It felt like they don’t care about their customers only the tables that are booked for two hours!!!

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  30. Sab87

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Would have been nice to have a little longer on the table , staff seemed a bit stressed to be honest , not as nice as other years . The portions of roast dinners were basic the gravy had lumps and the roast potatoes was a funny colour . The other food was fine and desserts were nice .

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  31. Kimbo

    Leinster

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I've eaten in The Betsy a few times and have always been impressed with the quality and presentation of the food which is why I suggested it to my book club for our annual Christmas lunch. We chose to eat from the Christmas menu in keeping with the season and well I was so disappointed and so were the girls. I understand the Christmas season is very busy and menus are designed with early preparation in mind but the dishes were so below the usual quality. The brie starter and cranberry compote was thrown on the plate and bland. The mushroom tagliatelle was so bland no amount of salt of parmesan could save it and although the salads were admittedly delicious, the meal ended on such a bad note with the dessert. Creme Brulee is actually my all time favourite dessert and I have had a few amazing ones from the Betsy so was gutted when my creme brulee was scrambled. So disappointing overall that the Christmas menu lacks so much needed love. The staff were as always incredible. I would recommend The Betsy but not around the Christmas period and certainly not their Christmas menu.

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  32. NicoleN

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant and very kind bubbly staff. Thanks for making my Mam's birthday meal special.

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  33. PatriciaG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Atmosphere great. Waiter friendly. Food good. Great night

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  34. JennyW

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very bad value for money. My Mam and Dad in a party of 4 did not enjoy their meal last Sun. Maybe as they were at the last table of the night they were rushed to have their dinner.

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  35. DarrinM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is excellent but unfortunately the food is average

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  36. KarenG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good is 5 stars! The staff are amazing! Respectful, friendly and can't do enough!

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  37. TheresaM

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Betsy is a truly wonderful dining experience. Service, staff and food are excellent. The ambiance in The Betsy is amazing.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 of us went for dinner and had starter and main course and some of the 2 for €18 cocktails. All of the food was absolutely gorgeous in particular the Brie wedges and the chicken supreme. Good vegetarian options and the Thai curry was excellent. Great variety of cocktails available and very nice. Service was efficient and very friendly. Will definitely be back

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  39. Shelley

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good. It was a bit too noisy for me. While the service was good our waiter was inclined to shout at us which was a little intimidating. Decor is gorgeous. Expensive enough.

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  40. TalitaV

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved my experience there. E everything was great and the food delicious. I can’t wait to come back there and enjoy the night with my friends at my weeding party. Thanks

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  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

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The Betsy Swords is rated 4.3 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for The Betsy Swords

16 main street Swords, Dublin, Leinster K67 D6C4

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    16 Main Street Swords Co.Dublin
  • Area
    Swords
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–12:30 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Brendan Walls
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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