Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. Ireland, Republic of
  3. Munster
  4. County Clare
  5. Ennis
The Monks Society, Ennis, County Clare

The Monks Society

4.2
4.2
144 reviews
€30 and under
European
The Monks Society is located in the historical town of Ennis in county Clare.
The building itself dates back all the way to the 13th century to when it was part of the Ennis Franciscan Friary.
Now, The Monks Society has been refurbished and now comprises of a stylish ground floor bar with a contemporary restaurant finding its home upstairs.
Bookings are only taken for the restaurant and the bar operates on a walk-in basis.
The Monks Society offer an a la carte menu, a set menu, and a brunch menu on weekends.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Irish, International
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–12:30 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–12:30 am
  • Phone number
    (065) 670 0111
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Jose Vega
Gift card

Gift card

Send gift cards instantly by email or print to present in person.

Send a gift card

What 144 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Munster

    Great for brunch

  • Munster

    Innovative

  • Munster

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Munster

    Healthy

  • Munster

    Hot spot

  • Munster

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Munster

    Great for fine wines

  • Munster

    Good for special occasions

  • Munster

    Vegetarian-friendly

144 Reviews
  1. MaggieO

    Munster

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    it was not what we were originally expecting. it is like a tapas menu but not as most of the dishes can not be shared. there was total 6 of us which we were squashed into a booth and no table room. food was not up to scratch Lamb not nice, Chicken was to salty and burned that it could not be eaten. service could do with improvement could do with a experienced head person. was waiting a while for drinks, and twice they were mixed up. dont think we will be visiting again.

    Is this helpful?

  2. CalC

    Munster

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was terrible, our server wouldn’t bring tea to our table even after being asked 3 separate times for it.

    Is this helpful?

  3. Sarah22

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic night in the Monks Society. We had tapas - lots of choices, all delicious. Staff were excellent - really helpful and friendly. Its a lovely building and atmosphere. I would totally recommend it.

    Is this helpful?

  4. AndreaN

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night out at the Monks Society. The atmosphere/ambiance was great and it was nice to see a menu with variety (sometimes hard to find in Ireland). The cocktail I had was delicious. The food, while very tasty, wasn't quite *as* good as I was hoping it would be.

    Is this helpful?

  5. BistonRedSox

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff are exceptionally friendly/ helpful. Look forward to bar re opening for drinks / nibbles

    Is this helpful?

  6. Killian

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming greeting from Shane who was professional and friendly as ever. Service was great and staff were top notch, the place looks amazing and will be back again in the future!

    Is this helpful?

  7. ElaineK

    Munster

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Prawn starter was delicious. Had duck for main - duck was mediocre, mash and gravy ok, vegetables awful.

    Is this helpful?

  8. Deirdreo

    Munster

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very limited brunch menu I had the poached eggs, have to say wouldn't have been the best I've had, maybe the option of crispy bacon would have gone well with the sides already accompanying the dish. No parking in the carpark beside the venue, due to GAA match was disappointing also.

    Is this helpful?

  9. Twinkletoes

    Munster

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fairly average. Prawn starter was tasty enough but barely warm. Butter chicken was average. Chicken wings weren't very appetising looking. No crispy coating. Cocktails were delicious and service was good.

    Is this helpful?

  10. CiaranB

    Connacht

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff were good and food was fine, not nearly worth what they are charging. Much better options for the price around Ennis.

    Is this helpful?

  11. AislingC

    Connacht

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bottomless brunch was brilliant, food was lovely and service was excellent, will definitely be back

    Is this helpful?

  12. JaneG

    Munster

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The cocktails were excellent. As for the food, we both ordered the sirloin steak. I ordered medium, my husband ordered medium rare. The steaks were very thinly cut, and both cooked rare. They were extremely chewy. Probably the worst steak I have ever had in a restaurant, and at €32 each, very bad value. We wouldn't be in a hurry back.

    Is this helpful?

  13. LizE

    Munster

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Seating was too crowded. Tables too small. Waitress seemed in a hurry for us to order. Beef was tough. We won't be back.

    Is this helpful?

  14. MartinaB

    Limerick

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, stunning venue, great value. Really enjoyable dining experience.

    Is this helpful?

  15. ValerieV

    Cork

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Main meal was tasty but dessert was disappointing.

    Is this helpful?

  16. JuliaB

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service as always! I strongly recommend The Monks Society to every single person who comes to Ennis :)

    Is this helpful?

  17. RosaleneO

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, thanks a mil to Shane and team

    Is this helpful?

  18. OpenTable Diner

    Limerick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal, excellent waiting staff. Most enjoyable evening

    Is this helpful?

  19. AnnH

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff and attentive, great variety on menu, beautiful food & good selection of drinks, very efficient service.

    Is this helpful?

  20. SNSszsz

    Sligo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food portions very small for mains. Only 5/6 options for mains. First preference wasn't available, so ordered the cheese souffle, which was size of an egg and surrounded by leaves. No sides included. Disappointing. Buttered chicken dish looked a bit better, in fairness. Lovely staff and ambience though.

    Is this helpful?

  21. Amanda

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant But unfortunately 2 of us had to send the crispy pork tacos back as we got them for mains the taste of tuna fish off them was revolting, 2 others that weren't having them tried the pork and they also could taste tuna.. I am going again on the 8th December with more friends so hoping food will be better.. Also the butter chicken my friend had she could hardly cut the chicken breast as it was dry and rubbery.

    Is this helpful?

  22. RachelS

    Limerick

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    A group of 6 went to the monks society for a birthday celebration. We arrived downstairs, not knowing where to go and no staff were in sight. We made our way upstairs and we’re seated. The space was cold (in temperature) and two of our guests were expected to sit on stools. I did ask could they change to chairs and we were told no. A while later a different staff member came over and asked would they not prefer chairs so we switched. We then ordered and were told that there would be delays with food due to the chef being alone. 15 minutes later the server came back to let us know one main course that was ordered wasn’t available. Some starters arrived cold, one main course had raw chicken. Overall sadly just not a good experience. I had really high hopes but just too many issues for one evening.

    Is this helpful?

  23. PadraicC

    Connacht

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, great staff good food, maybe expand menu for evening dining

    Is this helpful?

  24. LisaC

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious, with a good variety of vegetarian options. The rest of my family (non vegetarians) really enjoyed their meals also. Would definitely recommend a visit.

    Is this helpful?

  25. Brian

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All staff were so nice and helpful, we really enjoyed the Monks, looking forward to returning soon.

    Is this helpful?

  26. AnetaM

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All was good we all very happy with this place and restaurant is great designe and pub down stairs

    Is this helpful?

  27. JerryO

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great , fantastic flavours , great menu, great service

    Is this helpful?

  28. Coco

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pork tacos were a bit disappointing - not crispy tacos as written on menu and a bit bland and not very warm! Truffle and parmasean fries were nice, Cocktails were very good👌🏻

    Is this helpful?

  29. Clare22

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our lunch. The menu selection was great. The food was top class and the staff really looked after our table. Highly recommend.

    Is this helpful?

  30. Clare22

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate from the tapas menu downstairs. Everything was delicious. We enjoyed the cocktails and the service was spot on. Thank you so much.
    The Monks SocietyResponded on 5 October 2023
    No - thank you so much! Thank you for visiting our venue and trying our small plates menu and our cocktails, and for leaving such a lovely review afterwards. Hope to see you again soon!

    Is this helpful?

  31. Josep

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really cool spot Great atmosphere, food was excellent and the staff was outstanding. We’ll definitely be back again .
    The Monks SocietyResponded on 5 October 2023
    Thank you for leaving such a kind review Josep, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

    Is this helpful?

  32. Sarah

    Tipperary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really lovely. Each course that I had was tasty. Cocktails were great. Service was excellent all night. DJ came on a bit loud around 10 and we were just finishing up our dessert then.

    Is this helpful?

  33. Eimear

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails were unreal and good for the price. Everyone was so nice and welcoming to us at the door.

    Is this helpful?

  34. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice, friendly attentive service Interesting menu and great drinks

    Is this helpful?

  35. MaryL

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, good service in a beautiful unique location

    Is this helpful?

  36. GrainneL

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food , great service , lovely staff , very obliging and couldn’t fault anything
    The Monks SocietyResponded on 12 September 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review Grainne. Hope to see you again soon!

    Is this helpful?

  37. PatrycjaR

    Munster

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were gorgeous. The staff was very friendly and chatty. Definitely will go back again.
    The Monks SocietyResponded on 8 September 2023
    Hi Patrycja, thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review. I am thrilled to hear you will be back, our new Autumn Winter evening menu launches shortly which I hope you will enjoy just as much as our Spring Summer menu. See you soon!

    Is this helpful?

  38. AidanM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, ambiance and food. Had an excellent time
    The Monks SocietyResponded on 8 September 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5 star rating and such a lovely comment Aidan! I hope we will see you again soon.

    Is this helpful?

  39. LouiseM

    Munster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We both had 3 courses, all were really tasty and the presentation was spectacular. The service was exceptional, and the waiting staff were very attentive. The highlight for me was the steak , it was seasoned perfectly. The starters were presented beautifully and the desserts were gorgeous I couldn't say enough positive things about the experience Louise -Ennis

    1 person found this helpful

  40. Familygal65

    Limerick

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked a table for 2 based on positive reviews. The food was only ok, a bit bland and luke warm. No atmosphere as we were the inly ones in the restaurant @ 8.30. Food was served promptly, staff were pleasant but could do with additional training. Based on my experience I don’t think we’ll be back.

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

The Monks Society is rated 4.2 stars by 144 OpenTable diners.

The Monks Society does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for The Monks Society

The Monks Society, 49 Abbey Street, Ennis, County Clare V95 K88N

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Ennis
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–12:30 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–12:30 am
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Irish, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jose Vega
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options
Gift card

Gift card

Send gift cards instantly by email or print to present in person.

Send a gift card
  • Privacy policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Impressum
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo