The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel

4.4
137 reviews
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€30 and under
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Irish
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  • Special Occasions
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Lunch
A fresh idea for a restaurant. A less formal affair by a formal garden, a relaxed experience in The Merrion hotel. A restaurant with character, comfortable, with a menu designed for sharing tastes and flavours and whimsical combinations, created by gifted Executive Chef Ed Cooney and his team.

The Garden Room is open all day - for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner, alone or with friends, family or colleagues.

Welcome to The Garden Room and to something different.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Irish
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Fri 07:00–10:30
Mon–Fri 12:30–22:00
Sat, Sun 07:00–11:00
Sat, Sun 13:00–22:00
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Phone number
(01) 603 0608
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Additional
Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 137 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I attended on a Saturday night and there was a good sized crowd in but still the service was excellent and any staff we dealt with were friendly and very capable. I would not order chips again as they fell considerably below the standard of all the other food we ate. I commented to my wife at the time that it would be better to not offer them at all than to offer something that was considerably below the standard of all the other food served. I would happily did enjoy there again as over all the food was very good and the staff were excellent

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SK
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

very good food and service, nice atmosphere, very enjoyable evening overall

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EM
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I was very disappointed with my starter (woodpigeon) and said it, but there was no follow up.
The rest of the meal was very good
we enjoyed our meal but were not wowed, and I LOVE the Merrion hotel, so that was a little disappointing

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c
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great evening with adult family of five, relaxed fine food with no pressure on time

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JB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another wonderful day at the Garden Room. Thanks so much to Federica for looking after us.
See you very soon again,

James Lenehan

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GD
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really nice hotel restaurant. Excellent service and good food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great value pre theatre menu during Dublin Theatre Festival

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TK
17 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service and be beautiful decor. The food was great. This was our second visit. It's a special place and we'll be back!!!

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CR
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Hold on to that pastry chef - simply the best in Dublin!

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4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am always happy with my meal here. the staff and atmosphere add to to the occasion.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went here for dinner on our honeymoon, and it was truly special. The wait staff were so lovely, the pace was perfect, and we felt like we were treated very well. While this is a place that I would recommend for special occasions, the price point is a bit higher. Truly a fantastic experience with incredible food.

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DB
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely evening in wonderful surroundings with extremely attentive staff who did everything to welcome us!

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JO
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Generally good service. Food not overly fussy.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Comfortable restaurant with first class service, good food and wine. Would recommend for a casual evening out to meet with friends. Nice atmosphere for mature people.

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GM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, nice ambience, just the right amount of attention from our servers making our afternoon out an afternoon to remember.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My sister in law and I came down from Belfast on the train to meet my sister who travelled from Galway. Our objective was a delicious lunch and a long cosy afternoon with a good chat the Merrion more than met our expectations. Thank you

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C
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was very good, atmosphere was noisy, service was better than good though not excellent

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KT
11 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely dinner at hotel on last night...we were exhausted after a bistro day, so having a great meal at the Garden was perfect. Wonderful service ...as all the Merrion.

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m
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great staff. Very good service and food. Feels special. Great bar and drinks. Love the hotel !

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EB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I was disappointed with the standard of the seafood tower, as was my guest. We had enquired if the oysters were native i.e the Edulis rather than Gigas, and were told yes they were but clearly not the case, also the large prawns were tasteless - and we only ate one, I had asked the provenance of these and was informed they came from Dublin Bay ( as well as the Dublin Bay Prawns - which were fine but overcooked) but I again I feel that this was not the case. It is a shame as we have excellent seafood on our doorstep and this was in no way a reflection of what our shores have to offer

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BC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful venue. Wonderful service. Wonderful food and wine. Will definitely return

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R
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Beautiful setting, service could have been better. Food was quite good

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R
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upon leaving the restaurant I thanked the headwaiter for a lovely dinner. Since then I have been thinking a lot about how outstanding the food and the service really were and how much I enjoyed visiting your restaurant. Needless to say, I plan to come back in the near future. Thank you!

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TN
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Popped in to meet someone for a lunch meeting. Quiet restaurant, good privacy, staff very courteous and professional. The food was nothing to write home about - but it wasn’t particularly expensive either. I wouldn’t get the terrine again. Good place for a quick quiet lunch.

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EB
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was impeccable and food was of high quality and beautifully presented. Would 100% recommend!

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F
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food lovely and staff very friendly ... Sunday afternoon was a lovely day so we sat in the garden .. lovely

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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OF
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful room, nice menu with a much wider selection than I expected, lovely staff, personable service. I really enjoyed the experience and will definitely be going back. My only issue is that the desserts are too expensive at over €13.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly staff, excellent service, good food. We look forward to the next time

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c
18 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food in a very pretty room. Very attentive service.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ao old school friend and I met for a lunch , the food was delicious and we were able to have a chat and a catch up in a delightful setting. Perfect for our get together.
We will be back when she is next home from London. She loved the art collection.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service too slow. In for lunch and should not be so slow. Server kept apologising for being slow but nothing offered. Disappointing given what it cost.

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m
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely understated ambience.
And the food is wonderful - also the menu is so thoughtfully put together - what I really like is the diverse choice in terms of portions and range - a special mention for the desserts (which are so often the poor relation) which are delightfully eccentric and delicious, and the cheese individually available selections - truly something to suit every taste.
I highly recommend this restaurant for smaller groups of diners - it is fine dining at a pretty reasonable price and embodies "the customer at the centre of what we do". I'm a fan of the wine selections too.

The only negative comment I have about the Garden Room is that for relatively small "larger" groups (I was hoping to book for 18 people) the only option is a pared down version of the full menu.

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EO
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great choice of food, something for everyone
Relaxed ambience, no rush

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NO
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent ... great food & service in relaxed spacious environment.

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AH
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely lunch - lovely table - great service and delicious food - thank you!

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BC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

High Quality Food in a beautiful Restaurant furnished by genuine works of art and served by waiters/waitress in impeccable uniforms that complement the colours of the Dining Room. A quality experience.

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G
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner in the garden room is a very special experience. The food is always delicious , the ambience is so relaxing and comfortable and the staff are so attentive. I dine in the garden room twice a week and it remains my absolute favourite lunch and dinner venue in the city.

Gerardine Connolly

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KS
19 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had the most wonderful time with a friend at The Garden Room. It was a beautiful day and we were seated outside. The picnic was just gorgeous! We loved the mini sandwiches and treats, as well as the home made lemonade. The whole experience was joyful!

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EF
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place when I went for dinner August 5th. The best food I have tasted for a very long time. Exceptional cuisine, fabulous friendly professional staff. Totally spoiled , great value for money . In fact made to feel like a very valued customer. Genuine staff , dedicated to good service . Look forward to returning and recommend

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