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The Lock Keeper (Ashtown), Dublin 15, Co. DUBLIN

The Lock Keeper (Ashtown)

4.4
4.4
591 reviews
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
Nestled in the heart of Ashtown Village, Dublin 15, overlooking the Royal Canal, The Lock Keeper can be found at Lock #10.

Steeped in heritage, this double lock was constructed c.1792. With quality stonework and attractive sloping edges Lock 10 is one of 46 along the Royal Canal and continues to be a testament to the skill of the craftsmen involved.

Our bar is adjacent to the Lock Keepers House, a post that became obsolete in 1961 when the canal was closed to traffic the previous year. The Royal Canal, which runs from the River Liffey to the River Shannon and stretches a distance of 145km, was originally built for freight and passenger transportation with the last working barges ceasing to operate in 1951.

Now beautifully maintained by Irish Waterways, you are welcome to visit The Lock Keeper by canoeing, walking or cycling from Dublin City Centre. Equally idyllic, why not catch a train from Connolly with a short 6 minute journey bringing you to our

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2 people

21:00


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 9:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (01) 866 4970
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 591 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin

    Good for groups

  • Dublin

    Great for live music

  • Dublin

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Dublin

    Gastro Pub

591 Reviews
  1. Codser

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Regular dine/drink here, staff always friendly & food is lovely. Live music was good but always find the volume in the Lock Keeper is way too high for size of venue, so would be great if turned down a little. Also, just small thing but menu has been the same for many yrs, would be nice to see 1 or 2 new dishes added.

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  2. DanM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at a great price. Consistently reliable and an asset to the area. The staff are lovely to deal with.

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  3. MelissaL

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal & fantastic service by Alex. Great music & atmosphere

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food fab and service really good and very friendly

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  5. BrianMc

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place. Friendly service and lovely food.

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  6. DavidK

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good night, staff very attentive, food good simple but pleasing menu, birthday dessert nice touch, will definitely be back again

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to sit and enjoy food, the staff were brilliant, they were around when we needed them buy we didn't feel crowded by them. The menu was good but could use 1 or 2 more pasta options, the Steak was a great choice tho and onion rings were very tasty

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  8. ClaytonM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The young lad working on the front door with dark hair & glasses was rude and could probably do with some customer service training , everything else was great !

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone enjoyed there food great atmosphere will definitely be back

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  10. Johnny

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been coming to the lockkeeper for quite a while now. It never disappoints. The food is of very good quality. The staff very friendly. Overall a lovely atmosphere and great place to eat.

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  11. BrianK

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food and drink , friendly staff and good atmosphere

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  12. SvetlanaS

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our son was upset with the food he had chosen, however the waitress was kind enough to offer to change the food as she didn't want him to leave upset. It definitely made his day, he chose a more familiar and expected food and enjoyed it. Thanks a million for your great service.

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  13. Loulakel

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely, leisurely lunch here. We weren't rushed to order and when we did get our food it was piping hot and delicious!

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  14. BethM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time to be in the lock keeper and I must say I really enjoyed my evening out with my friends. The food was excellent and the service was also excellent, staff were so nice. Thank you so much Beth

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  15. Filipa

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always well received whenever we go. Good food and environment.

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  16. KeithA

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Service was prompt. One coffee (a latte) was lukewarm, not hot. Was a little bit noisy. TV screens were distracting.

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  17. ClaireB

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall food and service was very good. Toilets could be cleaner

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  18. SummerA

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a lovely bar with good food and atmosphere. I happily come in here alone to eat or even just for a coffee. It's a lovely relaxed atmosphere and I like their playlists !

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely bar. Service was just perfect. Friendly staff. Food was well presented, hot and really tasty. No leftovers! Very good value. Will be back

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  20. Rachel

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous spot, would recommend to a friend , food and drinks were delicious

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  21. MariaP

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great steak. Everyone was very happy with their choice. Would recommend

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  22. MargueriteF

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The Lock Keeper was not busy so the atmosphere was muted. Despite the lack of customers service was poor - when we were shown to our table it was dirty and sticky and I had to ask to have it cleaned. Wait staff were very slow to come and take our order but once we ordered our food came quickly and service after that was very attentive. The food was fine, nothing out of the ordinary but tasty and hot.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Noise just cause of rugby match perfect though service so quick

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  24. NiamhB

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were very friendly & efficient. Food was absolutely delicious.

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  25. DubGal81

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was gorgeous. Staff brilliant. Bar staff very friendly. Was a lovely feel to the place. Went for a birthday. Was just what we needed. Lovely time had by all.

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  26. SammyTashy200

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favourite local!! The staff are the friendliest and so helpful, they definitely go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and looked after. The food is delicious with I would argue the best chicken wings in Dublin. I wouldn’t know where to start on recommending their cocktails as they’ve always been well made and very tasty. The only improvement I would make would be the toilets as they are a little dark and don’t reflect the rest of the restaurant experience. Lucky to have The Lockkeeper so close to where I live and my friends love meeting here too!!

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  27. ChrisC

    Dublin

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely location along the canal. Pleasant staff and tasty food at good value prices

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  28. Matty

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance and service were fantastic. Love the place, food is expensive for what it is though. Cocktails are great, but I had the duck dish and the fat wasn't rendered properly and the noodles were quite bland. My partner had the beef burger and chips and he liked it. Still quite expensive for what it was.

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  29. BarbaraL

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had such a lovely time yesterday in The Lock keeper. We were seated promptly by a friendly server & left to browse the varied & good value menu. After ordering our drinks & then food, it all came in comfortable timing & we all couldn’t find any fault with our chosen dishes, absolutely delicious!! Staff were incredibly efficient & very friendly too Such a lovely evening spent by the canal & highly recommend The Lock Keeper 100%

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  30. Evelyn

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very enjoyable meal, staff friendly, helpful and accommodating

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  31. EileenM

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The biggest thing that let this establishment down were the toilets. We were there at 19.15hrs and they were dirty which is pretty early on in the evening so I can only imagine what they were like later on in the night. The staff were very efficient, friendly and professional

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  32. leanne

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food could be much better. Cocktails very very nice though.

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  33. ChrisC

    Dublin

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely location along canal at Ashtown. Good choices on menu with very good value lunch menu. Tasty food and very pleasant staff

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  34. BrendaK15

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Toilets need refurbishment asap. Need regular cleaning

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  35. JoannaC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was lovely and cooked to perfection. Service was excellent. We had a lovely evening and will book again.

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  36. OrlaithB

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and good variety on menu. Only negative was we were waiting a bit of time for someone to take our food order.

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  37. IngridB

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food here, staff are also really quick and helpful, we will be back X

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  38. Pippi

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, delicious food, lovely staff. Good choice for afternoon snack and fabulous cocktail

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  39. DwaneL

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic little spot, great atmosphere and even better food, 10/10

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  40. JulianaC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good place and delicious food! I really recommend

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The Lock Keeper (Ashtown) is rated 4.4 stars by 591 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Lock Keeper (Ashtown)

The Village Centre, Dublin 15, Co. DUBLIN D15 FYP5

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Ashtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 9:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining
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