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The Black Forge, Dublin 12, Co. DUBLIN

The Black Forge

4.8
4.8
3387 reviews
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
The Black Forge Inn is Dublin's newest premium bar & venue. Located in the heart of Dublin 12, the Black Forge has been completely renovated, and is under new management.

Featuring a mouth watering food offering, created by our Head Chef Ed Raethorne, there is an offering for every taste, including our signature dish "Steak on a stone" and award winning Cheesecake.

Our Drinks offering is the most diverse and unique that Dublin has to offer.
With an extensive selection of cocktails, our very own forge stout and lager,
The Black Forge has the most impressive drinks collection in Dublin.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 74 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Irish, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:30 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (01) 455 7860
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Ed Raethorne
  • Area
    Drimnagh
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Taxi rank next door. Open 24 hours. <br />Bus stop outside door. <br />Bus No.27, No.151, No.123, No.18, No.77A, No.56A
  • Additional
    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 3,387 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin

    Hot spot

  • Dublin

    Great for live music

  • Dublin

    Gastro Pub

  • Dublin

    Most Booked

3,387 Reviews
  1. WilliamB

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was perfect from start to finish..staff where great and the food was proper 12..Will definitely be going back highly recommend going for anyone who hasn't been yet..

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  2. AngieB

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely 5 star each time we visit. I highly recommend the whole experience at The Black Forge. From the moment you arrive the incredible Natasha and Sharon and team will look after you. The food is 100% the best I’ve ever tasted and I highly recommend the fillet steak on the stone. Beautiful staff, exceptional chefs and just a place we always love returning to. Well done All Angie and twins ‘Hassan & Hussein’ ♥️

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  3. AudreyJ

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night! Food really good, staff friendly. Great vibe. Can’t wait to go again! Thanks to all involved

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  4. SeanA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    What a great night. Food is superb and the ambience is there to match. Staff just need to cheer up and smile more.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best steak I’ve ever had, starter and dessert unreal

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  6. dougk

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food we had out in Dublin during our 5 day trip, amazing food and a great experience/ atmosphere was amazing, can’t wait to come back to Dublin to go eat here well worth it

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  7. MicheleD

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time to the Black Forge on 19th Feb but won't be the last. The food was outstanding and the staff were professional and friendly. The decor was understated and modern and the general environment was spotless. It was excellent value for money and all plates went back empty. Will recommend and will definitely be back

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  8. NeilC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lovely food and a great pint of Guinness

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  9. LibbyG

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a lovely night and experience, food was great, however, I was a bit disappointed that when booking the website asked if it was for a special occasion so I stated it was a birthday and nothing about that was acknowledged when we was there.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place.venue and food amazing.great service.worth to go again

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  11. vickyG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We couldn't have asked for a more welcoming and friendly experience! The staff were all amazing! We arrived with our toddler was given the opportunity to sit in the snug while we waited for our table to be ready as we arrived early. Then to be seated at the family table was the most memorable part of visit our visit to Dublin! The food was delicious and the prices were 100% value for money! Highly recommend to everyone. I hope to come again and maybe get the chance to meet Conor!

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  12. Rachael

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly gorgeous for food and the presentation was amazing, the staff are so lovely just an all round amazing place to be!! Place and the decor is gorgeous too🫶

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  13. Simond

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I’ve had in a long time. The service was great too. I can’t recommend this place enough.

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  14. MichaelD

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my girlfriend loved the place the food and the staff were superb to be honest it was our favourite experience out of everything we done while in Dublin. Big thanks to Natasha who made it a great experience and will definitely be back.

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  15. Sarah

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Don't go to black forge if you want to have a good night. Find nice that's only good thing but not worth the price

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From we walked in until we left everything was perfect. Service, food, then sat for a few pints with pat the legend at the bar. Will be back again. Worth the travel from derry

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  17. KimG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. On arrival we had a drink in the bar whilst our table was prepared. Service was fantastic and very attentive but with intruding on time together. If we visit Dublin again we will definitely return. The high seats also look really comfortable (I didn't understand on booking what these would look like).

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  18. RonH

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Great to be able to have a decent meal in a pub and a few pints without having to break the bank. Hard to find these days.

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  19. LozHughes01

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go to every time I come Dublin, no place like it! The best food and drinks menu with the top tier forged Irish stout. Brilliant atmosphere and the most welcoming staff.

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  20. YasminO

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It took 10 mins to be served in the bar. Then when seated for food a waitress spilled a coke all over my lap and onto the floor. Waitress apologised, wiped up the drink off the table but not the floor which was quite sticky and never offered me any tissue or towel to dry my trousers with nor did they remove the coke off the bill…

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  21. Michellel

    Dundalk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing night from start to finish, atmosphere was amazing and a great service 😀

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We love coming to Black Forge when visiting Dublin but unfortunately this time the steak rocks were causing so much smoke in the restaurant and to be honest it was too overwhelming to handle as I am pregnant and we were forced to leave as it made me feel unwell, I definitely think a ventilation solution needs to be looked into as our guests said although the food was amazing the smoke in the air made it feel like that’s all they could taste.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant and food was superb, all modern and lovely atmosphere! The staff were outstanding! Would love to go back again!

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  24. Jarek

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very tasty, fantastic staff. Mr McGregor's UFC belt available for normal people to take pictures with etc is a nice wee touch. Strongly recommended.

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  25. Gerry

    Waterford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were outstanding couldn't fault the experience in anyway. 10/10 well done

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  26. MartinR47

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our family gathering. The food was amazing.

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  27. craigo

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic staff fantastic food fantastic pub reasonably priced

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  28. Michelle

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fabulous and Sharon is an absolute credit to the place. She'd friendly, welcoming and down to earth. A gem of a lady and definitely added to our experience 🩷

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  29. Jaci

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very good a mix up with servers caused us to have to wait 30 mins to order. When this was sorted the service was excellent. The food was amazing and great value.

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  30. JLMUK

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and great service. Excellent entertainment.

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  31. LiamB

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant, great service, gorgeous decor and couldn’t recommend high enough, food was absolutely stunning

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  32. GeraldineC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and staff outstanding,could not fault at all

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  33. Will

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time in Dublin and first time at the Black Forge. A lovely atmosphere but fun. The food was extremely well prepared, cooked and presented. Did surpass my expectations so well done 👏 only small disappointment Conor wasn’t on-site but obviously a long shot. Thanks again 😊👏

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  34. Tracyd

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    we choose the steak and it did not disappoint food came out to table quickly and was piping hot and good quality. Waitress was lovely and couldn't do enough for us. i would highly recommend the black forge and we will be returning again.

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  35. AnthonyS

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I have tasted better tesco steaks than this place The service is absolutely horrendous asked for 2 10oz steaks and the women just walked away to know what sauces we wanted didn’t even ask. And for it to be a tourist place you’d think they’d explain to you that your steak is served blue and you cook it as you like it. I think it’s born idol laziness.

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  36. Winkey

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great ambience. Lovely venue, will be coming again. Ow and the forged stout was double tasty aswell 👌🏻

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  37. GeorgeH

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good beer, and a great atmosphere. Staff were helpful and polite. I will be returning when I’m next back in Dublin.

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  38. RichardB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Didn’t know what to expect but left feeling very satisfied we went Food was spot on, service was good and good value for money 100% recommend visiting if you’re in Dublin

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  39. PhilipN

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Prices have rocketted since our last visit, menu choice has decreased and the cod and prosciutto (€26) was tepid. Very disappointed

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, great atmosphere and the steak was superb. Would recommend visiting.

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  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Black Forge is rated 4.8 stars by 3387 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 74 times today
Google Map for The Black Forge

163/165 Drimnagh Road, Dublin 12, Co. DUBLIN D12 PH32

Additional information

  • Area
    Drimnagh
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:30 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Irish, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Taxi rank next door. Open 24 hours. Bus stop outside door. Bus No.27, No.151, No.123, No.18, No.77A, No.56A
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ed Raethorne
  • Additional
    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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