The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel

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Located in the original 18th-century wine vaults of the Main House, a warm welcome awaits in the oak-lined Cellar Bar. A popular lunchtime and after-work meeting place for Dubliners, the Cellar Bar offers a relaxed ambience and an all-day gastro-pub menu. Along with a full bar service, carefully selected wines are available by the glass. Great service and a convivial atmosphere make the Cellar Bar an ideal choice for lunch, dinner or just a quiet pint.
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AH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our best dining experience in all of Ireland. Casual friendly delicious and oh so Irish! Thank you

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Dinner for two. Had the Vegan Shephardless Pie as my main with Bruschetta to start. Really tasty. We had one of the little alcoves to ourselves and that was great too. Have eaten here many times and it’s always great.

AW
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a lovely restaurant to go enjoy some tasty food and experience a lovely place to have you meal

GH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service and delicious food! Romantic table tucked in a little niche. We really enjoyed the whole experience!

PB
Chicago
135 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE IN A LOVELY PLACE TO TALK. THE SEAFOOD TOWER IMPRESSED MY GUESTS AND IT DID ME.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great atmosphere with great food and service.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best in town for private business lunch / dinner. Quiet and customer friendly in every way.

MM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was the best fish & chips I’ve eaten in some time. Always have a drink here, but food was fab. And service great.

SG
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Had a lovely meal food was very nice. Staff are all very nice and welcoming

PM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great. We were very well tended to and the food was delicious.

MM
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friends and I have always enjoyed catching up here and this occasion was no exception. Love the privacy, food and wine, and the staff were as attentive – without being intrusive – as ever.

It’s turning out to be my favourite place in Dublin!

GW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had a very nice table in an alcove all to ourselves. Staff very pleasant. Food hood

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

The waiting staff were very nice and pleasant. It wasn't busy and we were tended to well. We chose a table for 4 in the corner. I did change places with my husband as there was a cold breeze coming from above us somewhere. The food was good and enjoyable. Dessert was also good but pricey.

BB
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Based in cellars of merrion hotel. Lots os alcoves separate areas. Atmospheric. Excellent service. Nice menu. Highlights, the seafood tower. Sharing. Lovely fresh seafood. Oysters,langoustines, and,exceptional razor clams. Enough for 3/4 to share.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Claire our server was spot-on, and in fact all the staff was great. Good quaint mellow vibe away from the mayhem of the city.

The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on 26 May 2019

Dear Guest, Many thanks for the wonderful review posted recently and for taking the time to tell us of your experience with us. I have already shared your wonderful feedback with the entire team here and in particular with Claire who joins me in thanking you. I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Thank you again for your encouraging words. Kind regards, Adil Ibnouzahir, Cellar Bar Manager

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and gave us a closed off area for our catch-ups! Will be back again!

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

Food was lovely and good value, fantastic service and nice atmosphere.

DN
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had lunch once and dinner twice while staying at the Merrion Hotel. All of our food and service was excellent. However, it was difficult to hear one evening because they placed 6 very loud women in the corridor next to our table. We will definitely go back to The Cellar Bar, but will ask to NOT sit there again should we return to Dublin.

DQ
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and service were all top of the pops

JM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Maitre D’i is particularly warm and welcoming. All the staff are very well-trained. It’s always a pleasure to eat there

JA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always. Our 8-year old loved the place so much that he filled in the review card! Introduced to real quality at a very young age!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brought a group of friends and weren't sure what the place would be like. The food was great. Service was friendly and helpful. The food was good value, we got the seafood tower and some sides between 4 of us which was delicious. Collectively we all will be back :)

RM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service and close to government buildings

JG
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dining here since place opened - quiet relaxing place with good food - always reliable always good

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great place to eat out

FM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Meh. Lot of attitude with the so-so food. But the Thursday night music was good.

EK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The staff member who served my table did not know or understand the menu. My guests had the fishcakes in a nice sauce, but no veg. I had the haddock which was well cooked, but the mash was cold and tasteless. The coffee machine was broken so we were served, albeit on the house, not so warm coffee. The bill for three people was €141.00 and it did not value for money or good food.

NC
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and great service

E
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good place for business meeting over lunch. Noise levels and proximity allow good conversation. Lunches present good value for money. Excellent healthy options. Very friendly and accomodating staff. It’s the little things - and the care taken with presentation of tap water (ice and a slice) made it easy to leave a decent tip.

HJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Perfect for a Winters day - warm, cosy and perfect comfort food. Would have preferred more choice on the wine list.

T
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Lunch was very nice, Chicken was lovely and ambience just perfect. Service is slow for a lunch time, particularly if you are on the clock. I wanted to pay my bill and in the end had to pay at the bar as I was waiting for ages at the table.

DH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Quick bite before a theatre show, very tasty food and reasonably priced considering location

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

For 34e the steak was very grizzly, and the chips were fairly standard. The pepper sauce was amazing though and the presentation was nice. Service was pretty slow, despite the place being almost empty, and two glass of wine took about 20mins to arrive.

GC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very atmospheric pre Christmas family dinner. Friendly staff and tasty food. Lovely wines also. We will be back.

JA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A favorite of ours, never fails to deliver

d
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food was very slow and poor quality when it arrived - we were barely finished our mains when we were told our table was needed- never even got dessert

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Total perfection as always.

UH
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch. The food was delicious and served promptly - we finished everything on our plates.
Would have like to stay longer but had to get back to work.

AC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stayed at the Merrion last Friday and i have to say their attention to customer service is outstanding. All staff have obviously been very well trained and this is also true of staff in the Cellar Bar. The food was amazing and staff friendly and professional. This has become one of my 'go to" places for guaranteed quality.

The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on 17 December 2018

Dear Amanda, Thank you so much for your review posted recently. Thank you for your warm and positive feedback which I have shared with all the team here. It is extremely heartening to read your kind comments. I was delighted to read you have enjoyed your visit to The Cellar Bar especially during a busy period on Friday night. Once again, thank you. I hope it is not too long before we have the privilege of welcoming you back. Yours sincerely, Adil Ibnouzahir, Cellar Bar Manager

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H
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Food was okay but the menu was quite old-fashioned. Not much on offer for vegetarians. Attentive waiters. My main course was a salad and they brought the wrong one, which was basically mounds and mounds of spinach leaves. Must try harder, Cellar Bar!

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