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The Carriage, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin

The Carriage

3.9
3.9
249 reviews
€31 to €50
Irish
The Alex welcomes you to dine and socialize in style. Come and experience the relaxed vibe of our dining spaces, serving up fresh, locally-sourced food and an extensive drinks menu.

Book an indulgent lunch or dinner in our Secret Garden now.

The Secret Garden is our outside terrace and bar: the perfect space for outdoor dining. It’s a trendy, floral-inspired space with indulgent food and refreshing cocktails. With a fully retractable roof for those sunny days and heaters for when it gets chilly, the Secret Garden is the perfect option for al fresco dining, no matter the weather.

The Carriage is the hotel’s indoor restaurant bar, offering an a la carte lunch & dinner menu and full drinks menu throughout the day. Walk-in guests can request to sit in the Carriage for a la carte evening dining.

Please note we are a cashless restaurant and only

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2 people

19:00


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Irish, European, Breakfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (01) 607 3700
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    The Alex welcomes you to dine and socialise in style. Come and experience the relaxed vibe of our dining spaces, serving up fresh, locally-sourced food and an extensive drinks menu.<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Dine and socialise in The Alex’s stylish bar and restaurant The Carriage, enjoy freshly grounded coffee at STEAM and unwind while dining al fresco at The Secret Garden.Come and experience the relaxed vibe of our stylish setting and try one of our specialities over a carefully crafted cocktail.

What 249 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

249 Reviews
  1. Colm

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good service and food was also great-nice and quiet

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  2. MonicaV

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere and staff. We were celebrating a birthday and they were very king giving the birthday boy a whisky to enjoy his day. Lovely food too.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always. Abdul is great, warm and welcoming

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  4. MichelleA

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Morroco lamb sándwich was delicious and beef burguer with Pink brioche bread amazing

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  5. ChloeF

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were treated very unfairly from the start the staff didn’t seem to want to serve us, I also booked for a birthday as it was my 18th and I wasn’t expecting anything but the staff just weren’t the most pleasant

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  6. SorchaNiLuing

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Secret Garden is such a pretty space. Staff here were so friendly & very attentive. Menu is small but standard is really high & everything we ordered was great. Would go back again.

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  7. ClaireM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My food arrived cold so.i had to send it back twice and they still charged me for the meal.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything and my friends really did enjoy. We would definitely be doing this again

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  9. MaireadD

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was absolutely delicious and good value. We had to wait a while but I understand it was lunchtime and it was busy. Staff are always very professional and friendly.

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  10. Anon

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Went for a friends birthday Asked for a desert with a candle Dinner plates collected and left sitting there for about 30 minutes after no waiter asked do we want a drink desert Very disappointing We asked for the bill and left

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  11. TinaC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We all (four guests) had a lovely lunch in very pleasant surroundings. The restaurant background noise level was low allowing conversation. The food was excellent and the staff very pleasant and helpful. Happy to return

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  12. MichaelS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved it, we came for brunch for my partners 30th. Food was lovely and the staff were all attentive. Would definitely come again next time we're in Dublin.

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  13. MaireadD

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very helpful and friendly service. Food was delicious and reasonably priced for the quality.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant and the terrace were very quiet and the terrace was stuffy because of the roof. The food wasn’t good. The lobster roll lobster meat was chewy and had warm soggy lettuce with lots of sauce. The chicken croissant was flavourless. Drinks were fine. The hotel is nice but wouldn’t recommend eating here.

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  15. LindaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a hidden gem in the city center - lovely outdoor space and tasty food. Reasonable prices too. Lovely for lunch or dinner.

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  16. Katie

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The venue is lovely albeit somewhat quiet. The menu was limited so we went with the burgers which were fine. The service was slow. The bottle of wine we ordered was screw top and the wine cooler bucket was placed on another table so we had to get up and walk over to a different table to fill our wine. I didn't think the experience accurately reflected the price.

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  17. AdepejuA

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere, good quality food for reasonable prices. Service was a bit slow although the waitresses were attentive and very helpful when they served the table. Will definitely return in future.

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  18. IanM

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Carriage was the only area that could be booked online, but when I arrived I was offered a seat in The Secret Garden which is where I wanted to book in the first place, so that worked out well.

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  19. Loretta

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We went on a Wednesday evening and it was very quiet. A little too quiet maybe! The staff were very friendly. I was disappointed because when we got there the menu was not the menu that I had viewed online. When I mentioned it to staff, they were aware of the issue and said that it is being changed. However, having now read reviews (which I should have done properly beforehand), the menu issue seems to be going on a long time now and still hasn’t been rectified.

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  20. Guest12

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation for lunch and made the journey only to be denied at the door due to a private booking. If this was the case my booking should not have gone through , or the secret garden / Alex hotel should have had the commode decency and courtesy to inform us before saying that a private event had arisen after my booking. To arrive to a so called established restaurant with a valid booking and be denied at the door is quite unacceptable. We live in Dublin but could easily have made a longer journey and this is an extreme inconvenience.

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  21. NataliaL

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Received reservations for time when kitchen was still not opened and had to wait 40 minutes before being able to order. The waiter told he would bring us menus once kitchen opened - did not happen. We had to chase up ourselves. There was a table next to ours where the Restaurant Manager came over to check on three times while we were there, yet not once did he stop to check in with us. We were not asked at the end of the meal but the waiter if everything was ok either and had to ask for the bill twice. Food was nice but not worth the value - better brunch places in Dublin offer similar menu for less. Felt like you were paying for nice decorations and interior - that’s the only nice thing about our last experience.

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  22. ElviraB

    Austria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was so friendly and the food was really nice

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  23. micheleh

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Thee menu on Open Table was wrong. I thought I had found a restaurant where everyone in my party ( vegetarians & meat eaters) would be satisfied. However when we arrive the menu was half the size with hardly any choices. We would have left but it was getting late. The food took so long we had to ask about it several times & eventually ask to speak to a a manger. When he finally arrived from another location he apologized & took 2 meals off of the bill. Thankfully the food was at least good once we got it.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to the secret garden on a Saturday night, it was not very busy with only a table of four, table of two and our group another table of four. We got our starters before we got our drinks. The food was delicious and we had no complaints. The drinks were also delicious but took over 30/40 minutes to make, which is a very long wait time. Some of the staff seemed like they did not want to be there . We also got given our bill and asked serval times for a card machine to pay the bill we ended up going to the bar to pay and we still had to wait till they could find the machine. Overall the food was nice but we would not be returning due to the poor service and long wait times.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I have to say that we were very disappointed with the service we received. 15 minutes had past and we had to request menus. We were there for over 2 hours and only had 2 drinks each, this was due to the slow service. We were also the only guests sitting in the secret garden at one stage so business was not an excuse. One of the waiters spilled a drink over one of my friends, the drink was replaced however no discount was given in relation to it. I was very disappointed as I had high expectations and when you make a reservation for a highly regarded hotel you would expect to receive excellent service. This was certainly not the case.

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  26. LauraC

    Meath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for a group lunch and a great location.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    No atmosphere. The place was empty. And we had requested the terrace but a group was booked outside so we were sitting inside. And the only ones inside. Overall quite disappointed. Won't rush back.

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  28. RawanK

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is probably one of the best restaurant I have ever went to. It was sooo good. The service was a 10/10

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  29. KayleighG

    Meath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I got the Turkish eggs which were absolutely delicious and my mother got the chicken coissants which was delicious too. Highly recommended. Portions were big and well priced.

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  30. lauren

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Everything was great except for the fact that we booked the Secret Garden but on arrival we're told it was fully booked. The outdoor option needs to be removed from the options if it is in fact booked out.

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  31. Orla

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We’re not seated in the secret garden as we were told it was full however it was empty for the entire time we were there. Dissapointing for Mother’s Day. The food was nice and service was alright.

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  32. CBBC

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was appalling. Orders forgotten, we had to ask several times for coffee. Dirty tables next to us, when we arrived were not even cleared when we left. Wait staff were untrained.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went there for booking at 11.30. The lady there said not opened till 12pm, shown her the booking, waited for coffee for 40 minutes. 1 floor staff for the whole place…poor girl. It’s overrated for now. We brunch a lot and this is the place we agreed to not go back again. 3 Cappuccino with 2 bigger cup so they compensated the small mug with a latte art with a heart on it, same price, bit heartless that. Shashuka with eggs you couldn’t dip in?!? Well, brunch at your own risk I suppose…

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  34. MahishiS

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the most wholesome dinner at the secret garden yesterday for my friends birthday. Marie katy who was our waitress was outstanding, very caring and friendly and just a ray of sunshine. The food was absolutely incredible and so aesthetic. I will 100% go back for a sunny day brunch next time!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    More of a cafe than a dining experience, had huge expectations and was let down badly. Menu is very poor and limited. Cold environment with zero atmosphere.

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  36. AndreiC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special place to go as a couple. If you want to surprise your partner I really recommend to visit the secret garden. Romantic atmosphere & tasty food!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious! Good variety of choice for all. The garden is beautiful and had heating when required. The staff that took our order was impolite & bad mannered

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  38. BarbaraRed

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My booking was for lunch in the Secret Garden . IWe were seated at a table in the bar and informed lunch wasn’t served at weekends , only brunch . The waitress did ask the chef if he could offer us the lunch menu which he kindly did but it wasn’t the same menu as the one on the booking and my vegetarian choices were very limited . We decided not to stay and have lunch and went on to another restaurant. Maybe the booking platforms and website should state that lunch isn’t available at weekends .

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We booked the table for lunch on a weekday therefore we had a limited time to stay in the restaurant. Our food took 50min to arrive and we had to ask everything for take away. Even though the manager spoke with us once after we complained about the delay, the staff was not really concerned that we were there waiting for so long and would avoid us, specially the waitress serving our table. All 4 of us only ordered sandwiches so the delay was, in my opinion, unreasonable. I have been there before, but I will not be coming back so soon

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  40. Anonymous

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Drinks were nice but very quiet

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The Carriage is rated 3.9 stars by 249 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for The Carriage

41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin D02 DX57

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    South City Centre
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    €31 to €50
  • Cuisines
    Irish, European, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Phone number
    (01) 607 3700
  • Catering
    The Alex welcomes you to dine and socialise in style. Come and experience the relaxed vibe of our dining spaces, serving up fresh, locally-sourced food and an extensive drinks menu.<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Dine and socialise in The Alex’s stylish bar and restaurant The Carriage, enjoy freshly grounded coffee at STEAM and unwind while dining al fresco at The Secret Garden.Come and experience the relaxed vibe of our stylish setting and try one of our specialities over a carefully crafted cocktail.
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