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The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Co. Dublin

The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel

4.8
4.8
1507 reviews
€51 and over
Afternoon Tea
Ireland's most iconic drawing room looks out on the only garden grand enough to match: the glorious St. Stephen's Green. The Lord Mayor's Lounge is the perfect back drop for a special day in Dublin. A room sparkling with light; it is a welcoming setting for our celebratory theatre of that most civilised ritual: the art of Afternoon Tea.
The elements have remained unchanged over the centuries: a fragrant pot of tea, a succession of sweets and delicate sandwiches, fine china, fresh flowers and delighted laughter. This time is all about enjoying the lovely things in life, an experience designed to be shared and savoured. Time slows down and the art of conversation is revived.

From December 1st, our wonderful Lounge will convert to a casual dining venue from 7.30pm daily, allowing our guests to experience an exquisite food offering in our iconic setting.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    €51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Lounge
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Daily 7:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (01) 663 4500
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual

What 1,507 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin

    Best Overall

  • Dublin

    Best Ambience

  • Dublin

    Good for special occasions

  • Dublin 2

    Best Overall

  • Dublin 2

    Best Service

  • Dublin 2

    Best Ambience

  • Dublin 2

    Good for special occasions

1,507 Reviews
  1. AnjieR

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the best afternoon tea! We absolutely loved it.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s all about the experience. The staff are lovely.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had a lovely time,the food was delicious and all of the staff were lovely-attentive and friendly

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience in the shelbourne was amazing. Anna was fantastic, checking in with us regularly. She couldn’t have done enough. Thanks Anna.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic attention to detail by staff, lovely touches when a special occasion, will definitely return.

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  6. LongTimeResident

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classy and sophisticated. Delicious variety of savory and sweet finger food, yet so abundant as to be quite filling. Teas without peer. Excellent champagne. Remarkable architectural setting. Our waitperson was remarkable! Dining is rarely a unique experience anymore, but high tea at the Shellbourne certainly remains so.

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  7. SelectiveDiner

    Charlotte

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a perfect experience at the Lord Mayor’s Tea. The service was fully attentive, the food excellent and the room is lovely.

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  8. IlvaJ

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous afternoon tea experience. Excellent service by Saoirse! Lovely food, superb tea selection!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my 10th time doing Shelbourne afternoon tea and it was topnotch as usual. My friend with me on this occasion was her 5th time. Everything was wonderful. The 200th anniversary desserts weren't to our liking but considering we've been so many times before and this is a once off, it's grand. We're gonna come back again soon for even more!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience for our mams 60th birthday. The service was exceptional by our server Anna whose attention to detail was just amazing! The takeaway food boxes are absolutely exquisite and a great touch. Such a treat and a great day out! Well worth the money.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another very enjoyable afternoon tea (our yearly treat) and everything was wonderful from our server to the food and of course, the beautiful room.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had high expectations and they were exceeded. Lovely afternoon.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect experience for Afternoon Tea. Impeccable service!

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  14. groc

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very lovely, if extremely overpriced, experience. Better disclosure needed on the website : the surcharge for champagne (20 euro) is, unlike the tea, coffee and tea sandwiches, not for unlimited glasses over the course of the strict 1 hr 45 min experience, but only included a single small flute. The service was excellent, the number of teas impressive, and the room beautiful, so if you're looking for the "experience" of high tea, it may be worth it but I think the 200 euros (including tip) would have been better spent on a nice meal with a bottle of wine.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were very disappointed; We had to Q to enter Lord Mayors Lounge A lovely girl said she would look after us for the afternoon but we did not see her again. Service was slow We requested water - no lemon slice Requested refill of champagne - and was charged €25 even though the first glass was €20 and this was a refill of the same glass. Bread on one side of sandwich was dry and hard. Clotted cream was hard on inside and soft on outside - we had to share these rather than receiving individual ones Our leftovers were very poorly packed with sandwich and scone mixed with cakes - they were inedible when we got home. Overall very poor value and experience for a high end hotel and price. We look forward to hearing your response, Thank you, Maria Garvey

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The afternoon tea was lovely. They were very aware of my allergies and preferences. The service was impeccable and the room was lovely but for $68 euro per person, it was hard to say it was worth it.

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  17. MsKrockDeF

    Atlanta Metro

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This, by far was my favorite thing to do in Dublin! Our waitress Anna was as sweet as could be and walk us through the process since it was our first time for high tea. The biscuits, jam & creme were to die for and the desserts were amazing. Truly a decadent experience! Be sure to take a stroll in Shelbourme Park after, it’s right across the street from the hotel. It’s safe, quiet and quite lovely!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bestest ever been there twice meet my requirement and my friend too with gluten free made us feel equal to enjoy the afternoon tea same as others

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Food was exceptional. Sarah, our waitress was a delight. Highly recommended.

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  20. christineb

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Jaysus what a trap! I’d love to know where all the rave reviews come from because I felt my €68 was thrown down the toilet. Tea sandwiches were bland, unimaginative and boring. Sweets were too sweet. Scones laughable. Seating was worn and tired looking. Lovely room if you don’t notice how utterly tired it all looks. Disappointed is an understatement. 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼

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  21. KathyM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A gorgeous experience in every way! Thank you for your care and thoughtfulness. Highly recommend this memorable experience.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service in an elegant setting - food was delicious and it's worth it as a treat

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Thank you for a perfect day!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite stop when visiting Dublin. Lovely, elegant room with a gracious atmosphere conducive to a high tea experience. Service is always top notch. Wide choice of teas and other beverages with a varied and tasty menu. Especially enjoyed the special 200th Anniversary menu being served at present.

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  25. Annaf

    Dublin

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely way to spend an afternoon in one of Dublin's iconic hotels. The ambience and service were top quality and well worth the spend. Probably one of the nicest places in the city for afternoon tea. We will definitely be back.

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  26. Bryan

    Kansas City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Splendid afternoon tea. Love the selection of teas and able to try several of them!

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  27. StephanieM

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a lovely time celebrating my 50th at the Lord Mayor, the room and the table are nicely decorated. Desserts served for the afternoon tea were really good and way too much, sandwiches were standard but nice too. Your table is for 1 hour 45 minutes and they don’t give you any extra minutes…Asked for a tea 10 minutes before we were supposed to leave the table and got it in a take away cup…not impressed at all!

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  28. JimJams

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great way to spend an afternoon with a friend, a date or whomever. The service is top of the line, and food is of a quality you cannot get elsewhere. The best afternoon tea around.

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  29. Leonie

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 3 enjoyed a beautifully prepared afternoon tea at Dublin’s grand old lady, The Shelbourne Hotel. Everything from beginning to end was nothing short of perfection. Our tea cups were never allowed to be anything less than quarter full before being happily refilled by the lovely Sarah. Our 4 tiered afternoon tea presentation was delightful - scones warm and delicious served with the customary clotted cream and jam, a perfectly appointed and tasty sandwich selection, and a stunning display of desserts that provided a treat for both the eye and the palate. The staff were, in short, just incredible! Knowledgeable, kind, attentive while not being stuffy or over solicitous - the perfect balance. Thank you also to Magdalena for literally making our day by honouring my mother who to this day holds wonderful memories of working at this great establishment back in the mid 60s. The gift, a book and ‘hand written’ card, was a complete surprise to all of us and one that brought instant smiles, tears to the eyes, and memories for years to come of a very special day. Thank you all!

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  30. Bill

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent good. Atmosphere wonderful server Francesca from Argentina. Very pleasant. .

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  31. CindyLou

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kostantina was a wonderful waitress!!! Food and setting were superior.

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  32. nadae

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service Wonderful crew and food Thank you for all the help

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  33. Cilou

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very beautiful place and the tea-time is a treat ! Excellent advice of the waiteress for teas

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an amazing experience and well worth the money. The food was delicious and such a special way to spend time with someone.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Special occasion afternoon tea for 4 Initial greeting was lovely & Vivana our host, (apologies if I got spelling wrong), was a lovely, friendly, very professional & attentive host. Unfortunately when she went on her break service declined rapidly. We continually had to get the attention of other staff & felt somewhat under obligation for service. Service Underwhelming! Thankfully Vivana returned towards end of our time there. The treats were ‘nice’, nothing special but the sandwiches were underwhelming. The first portion were somewhat dried up on the outside & nothing special flavour-wise at all. Not gourmet by any standards. What we expected for afternoon tea at the Shelbourne. We expected a much higher standard/quality & flavour overall. As we have had dinner there before & enjoyed the food. The teas were lovely. Overall ambiance was enjoyable, enjoyable soft piano music in the background.

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  36. Mini

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful afternoon tea experience! The service was amazing (they frequently asked if we wanted to top up our teas) and the food was delicious

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  37. Linda

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful building and setting Fabulous table setting with lovely delph & cutlery

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon, beautiful food and enjoyed the champagne. Great experience

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  39. KevinL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent classic tea experience. I only wish I had been more hungry and less jet lagged because it was so great!

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  40. CatherineS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service . Beautiful tea sets on the table . Food is good. Staff very helpful.

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FAQs

The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel is rated 4.8 stars by 1507 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel

The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 K224

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    St. Stephen's Green
  • Area
    South City Centre
  • Hours of Operation
    Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Daily 7:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    €51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Lounge
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Public Transit
    Dublin Bus/Luas/Taxi rank on doorstep
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace
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