The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel

4.7
243 reviews
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€51 and over
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Afternoon Tea
Top tags:
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
The Lord Mayor’s Lounge is an expression of elegance and style, where every detail has been crafted to reflect the hotel’s long history. Comfort and glamour combined, makes it a favourite spot for our renowned Shelbourne Afternoon Tea, which has become an iconic tradition in Dublin. It is never too soon to introduce the younger members of the family to this much loved tradition, with our Children’s Afternoon Tea designed specifically for the younger generation. It is not uncommon to see famous Irish and international faces mingling with local Dubliners enjoying this award-winning indulgence.

For more information or for advance bookings please call + 353 1 6634500
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea, Lounge
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Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday Afternoon Tea Sittings: 12.30pm; 3.00pm 5.30pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays Afternoon Tea Sittings: 11.30am; 2.00pm; 4.30pm; 7.00pm
Evening food menu available from 7.30pm weekdays and 8pm weekends.
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Phone number
(01) 663 4500
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Garry Hughes
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Cross street
St. Stephen's Green
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Public Transit
Dublin BusLuasTaxi rank on doorstep
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Entertainment
Live Entertainment from our resident pianists every day during Afternoon Tea hours.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, View, Wheelchair Access
What 243 People Are Saying
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EL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great except for the noise. There we quite a few little kids and the lobby was full of a big crowd and noise.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came to Dublin with my college aged daughter after her study abroad in England. The Shelbourne was beautifully decorated for Christmas and there was a piano player playing through the duration of our tea. Had a beautiful traditional tea which was absolutely wonderful! Delicious and elegant! The staff was incredible too! Accommodating and attentive with not a hint of pretentiousness. I would highly recommend tea at the Shelbourne for a lovely Irish experience!

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BM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Very disappointed. Had to stand in busy hotel lobby for staff to prepare tables. Long queue formed to get in when opened with only 1 person checking reservations and bringing people to their table, price €10 more pp than advertised on website and staff clearing table before we were finished afternoon tea. Unfortunately the experience did not meet my expectations of the Shelbourne and not worth the price.

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C
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My girlfriend had a nut allergy which was looked after from start to finish. It is very expensive compared to any other afternoon tea I've ever had. The food was very well prepared and the different choices of teas was great. The service was the best part.

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NR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing and worth every penny to feel like a queen for a day!

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N
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Qverall a fabulous afternoon tea but with only 2 bottles of percecco between 6 I felt 89euro per person was a little pricey but would recommend you give it a go as a treat fab atmospheres great service.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great afternoon, 2hour sitting which was plenty of time, was our 1st time for afternoon tea and would highly recommend, little bit pricey but worth it for a special treat/occasion our waiter Jamie knew it was our mams b-day and organised the pianist play happy birthday while he presented her with lil cake n candle.. She was delighted. Will defo be back

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KG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can’t recommend the shelbourne enough. This is our second time visiting for afternoon tea and everything was perfect. The food, staff, decor everything is just amazing. Will definitely be back.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I came for the Afternoon Tea during our visit to Ireland. We happened to book our evening at the same time the Shelbourne celebrated their Christmas tree lighting event so the lobby was filled with guests and festivities - which just added to all the fun and excitement. For the tea, everyone was sat down at the same time and the waiters/waitresses took our coats. We had a very large and diverse selection of unique tea blends - Darjeeling Summer Gold and Smoked China were among our favorites. The food was outstanding and the service from the staff was likewise. It was entirely worth our money and if/when we find ourselves back in Ireland it would absolutely be on our list again.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon tea....food was all lovely and staff were so friendly and efficient, would certainly recommend it to family and friends

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C
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the perfect setting to spoil someone with afternoon tea.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 star treatment, delicious fresh sandwiches and cakes, warm scones and ginger loaf. As much warm drinks as you like, very highly recommended. Not cheap, but value for money

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MA
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were all lovely very attentive ... silver service... piano player was fantastic didn’t get a chance to tell him as he left before we paid our bill. Would love if they had the option to have more savoury than sweet food. The savoury choice was delicious but each one gone in two mouthfuls.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our group had a wonderful time at our afternoon tea. The hotel ambience, the wonderful staff how provided an excellent service, the sumptuous sandwiches, cakes, pastries and teas were out of this world. We had a lovely afternoon and really felt looked after. I will be back.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would highly recommend for afternoon tea .myself and my 3 and 1/2 year old daughter went on Friday .The children’s after tea menu was perfect for her and she loved every bit .Staff we’re so welcoming and made the effort to interact .They also have us a box to take the cakes we didn’t eat home with us .

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JN
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere- 95% groups of women. Few birthdays. Wasn’t at all noisy. Imelda was very attentive and kind as were other waitresses that served us throughout our 2 hour stay.

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AK
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was an extraordinary experience, thank you :) the service was exceptional and we were looked after and all enjoyed the afternoon tea greatly

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PN
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff are amazing, every need is met, every
Request is catered for. Lovely setting, lovely food, lovely atmosphere.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply AMAZING

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JM
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great! There were left overs & they graciously packed them for us to take away.

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KR
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely atmosphere, service was excellent, the afternoon tea was great- sandwiches really lovely and the sweets were delicious. Endless teas and coffees on offer.
Really enjoyed the experience

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HH
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful afternoon tea with fantastic service. I would definatly recommend.

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s
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had champagne tea at the Shelbourne for my daughters birthday and it was wonderful! Being from the US, this was a unique experience for us. Our server Charlotte was on point and just attentive enough. The food was interesting, delicious and more filling than expected. Loved the presentation of the birthday plate accompanied by the piano playing Happy Birthday! It was worth every penny!

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AD
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience. Hannah was a pleasure to have serving us. Very attentive as regards coffee top up. Would have liked to have a pot of coffee so we didn’t feel bad asking for more 😊. But all service was greeted with a smile.

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SP
35 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After naming reservations elsewhere, and being told they no longer serve afternoon tea, I reserved the last table here. I knew it would be wonderful because we were here two years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Champagne is an option, but not a requirement, and they offer three sparkling choices. The tea is refilled as soon as the vip reaches half full. Additional items from the tea trays are available upon request. Only €5 more than one rated with just $. The live piano music is lovely and men attend this tea as well.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were fabulous and the whole experience wonderful.
Unfortunately I left my camera under the table but the hotel were quick to telephone me to let me know.
Many thanks for a lovely afternoon.

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NE
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely lovely afternoon! The staff were amazing, so attentive, and although the food may not look like it will be enough to fill you - it will! Came home with a take away box of goodies that we couldn’t finish at the time (great with coffee the next morning)

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GC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful afternoon tea in luxurious surroundings. Our waitress Laura was helpful and charming and we had a lovely time. As a celiac, I was very well catered for and they have an extensive champagne and cocktail list. Will definitely be back next time I am in Dublin.

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W
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic customer service

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p
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely tea with a full vegan menu option. Service was excellent.

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BB
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Although it is not inexpensive, the tea at the Lord Mayor's Lounge could not be more pleasant, relaxing, and enjoyable. The service is attentive without being intrusive and was excellent throughout. Very memorable

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AN
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service and great food and ambience. I would highly recommend it.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable afternoon Birthday treat. Birthday cake and candle nice touch . Sandwiches and cakes first class.

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

Welcoming staff, superb delicious afternoon tea - with a tempting savoury/ sweet range meticulously presented with a take home box for the deserts; very good pianist enhanced the calm atmosphere. With so many other hotels etc offering afternoon tea it would be easy to go elsewhere but I prefer The Lord Mayor's Lounge because I know that I will treasure the whole experience! With appreciation- Mary K- Sydney, Australia

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r
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent. The food was amazing and the tea was great

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CC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointed with afternoon tea at the Shelbourne. Having been advised to arrive 15 minutes before our booked time, we had to stand about in the foyer, with nowhere to sit. I was with my 79 year old Mum and really felt that seating should have been made available! The Lord mayors lounge was lovely but tables were very close together, obviously to fit in more diners. The food was very nicely presented but there was no WOW factor about any of the flavours. Our server was lovely....a really friendly lad who was serving for the first time. He did a great job and was very chatty. While the occassion was enjoyable I feel it didn't live up to the standard expected of a 5* hotel.
Also I had purchased a gift voucher for afternoon tea.....only to discover on the day that I had paid €12 more than the cost of afternoon tea so €12 now remains on the gift card which I am unlikely to ever use. I would have expected that when I specifically ordered an afternoon tea voucher, that would have been exactly what I was charged for.

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l
17 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had tea at the shelbourne 10 ears ago and wanted to take my friends again last week--it did not disappoint. The food wa s so yummy and the staff is impeccable....what a wonderful experience. This time we chose the champagne version!

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SC
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

we had a 4.30pm booking. the website says to be there 15 minutes before your booking, which we were. when we arrived we were told the room was not ready, they were in fact still preparing the room from the previous sitting. We were told we would have to wait, however there was nowhere to wait other than stand at the entrance to the room, as there was not enough time to go to the bar and have a drink, and the only communal seating had a notice stating it was for residents only. please don't request guest to arrive 15 minutes early if the room is not going to be ready. as a result all the people booked for afternoon tea had to stand around and then queue to be received into the room, which was quite unusual and uncomfortable. it would have been much more inviting to have sitting at greater intervals and based on table by table, this will mean having customers at varying stages of afternoon tea at the same time. I understand this would be more work for the staff, but it would much improve the customer experience. it was a bit formulaic, every one was getting the same spiel at the same time, afternoon tea came to everyone in quick succession etc....

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O
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The afternoon tea was delicious! The afternoon tea for the children was also terrific!

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

Delishious menu of sandwiches and sweets. Also get a second sandwich plate if you desire free of charge. Endless amounts of tea and coffee. Perfect for anniversaries or Birthdays. Highly recommend. Service and Staff are all excellent and cater for all needs. Really friendly and genuine. Couldn’t fault a single thing. Thank you

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