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The Old Music Shop

19 reviews
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€30 and under
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Afternoon Coffee
At The Old Music Shop, we have a very natural, honest approach to food. Thanks to our mild climate, our clean seas, our fertile soils… and yes, the rain too… Ireland has some of the best raw ingredients in the world. And we use the very best of Irish produce, served simply and fresh as can be. It’s a style that is both rooted in heritage and very 21st century.

Our carefully selected wines compliment our seasonal dishes and our knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer their advice on your selection. The beer list focusses on local breweries and we offer some of the finest food-matched craft ales and stouts.

So why not drop in and shake the hand that feeds you. Lead from the restaurant floor by Head Chef, Carlo Alambi, our dedicated, warm and friendly team of professionals look forward to welcoming you to the Old Music Shop.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary European, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 7am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 7am - 10pm
Sunday: 7am - 9pm
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Phone number
(01) 879 7888
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Carlo Alambi
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Parking Details
There is plenty of on street parting on Parnell Square, North Fredrick Street and Gardiner Row. If someone in your party has mobility issues please contact the Old Music Shop and we will be happy to advise you further.
Cafe, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 19 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

service was slow . but the food and drink was amazing .

5.0Dined on 31 January 2018

Friendly atmosphere, owner working the floor and chatting away. Excellent food and value for money in a great setting & a building with history behind it - absolutely would recommend and will go again in the near future.

5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Excellent food, competitively priced, great staff .... beautiful setting ... great atmosphere

4.0Dined on 6 January 2018

A limited menu but reasonably tasty. Very nice chowder, the wild mushroom with truffle oil pizza a bit under flavoured.

5.0Dined on 1 December 2017

Excellent food, a little find. Service great. We had the pre theatre menu, good value great taste.

5.0Dined on 12 September 2017

Lovely surroundings and decor. Tables were nicely set out. Food was good, freshly cooked and just the right amount. The service could have been better as it wasn't that busy. I had to get up twice to go and find a waiter to ask for the dessert menu and to request the bill. I would return to the restaurant again without a doubt.

5.0Dined on 26 August 2017

Myself and a group of girlfriends had a pre-theatre dinner here last Saturday. It was a perfect venue as the Gate Theatre is a short walk away. The staff are very friendly and the service was fast and efficient. We were also able to have a drink in the beautiful seating area in the hotel after our meal. I highly recommend the Old Music Shop as it provides a lovely relaxed atmosphere with very friendly and helpful staff. It is also good value for money expecially the pre-theatre menu of 2 courses for 20euro.

4.0Dined on 13 August 2017

Very nice staff who bent over backwards to insure we had a good experience. Very nice brunch, delicious food, great service, and overall good experience.

1.0Dined on 6 August 2017

Made online booking on the basis of the menu we found online.

Got to the place, were shown to a table and were given a menu that was nothing resembling the online menu and to be quite honest was abismal.

After enquiring, we were told that because it was a busy bank holiday, the menu was smaller. I said it was not smaller, it was completely different. The server then said she would bring the menu from downstairs.

It arrived and it was exactly the same menu, with an extra starter and main course.

We left without ordering.
On the subject of it being busy, there was 4/5 tables eating when we arrived. Maybe this is classed as busy by dublin standards, but we in the rest of the country are able to handle bigger tasks.

Wouldn't recommend the place to anyone based on the reception I was given by the staff.

2.0Dined on 22 July 2017

choice very limited
service poor
food was luke warm
staff were obviously stretched

4.0Dined on 21 July 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch last Friday, meeting old friends and chatting over good food and a second glass of wine! For most of us, it was our first time at the Old Music Shop and we agreed to relocate from our previous meeting-places, so hopefully we will be with you again in mid-September, for our next gathering. In fact, I was so impressed that I later brought my partner there, for a quick meal on the way to a nearby event we were attending. We explained that because of traffic problems, we were in a bit of a rush and your staff facilitated us by recommending fish and chips and producing it extremely quickly. Full marks for both quality and service!

4.0Dined on 23 March 2017

Nice food... nice surroundings...reasonably priced....slow service....friendly staff....large restaurant, room for large parties downstairs!

5.0Dined on 5 March 2017

Lovely place with staff who are always on hand. Would definitely come back again

1.0Dined on 21 February 2017

A great eating place on the Northside of the city. So close to cultural/arts venues. I was there with 2 friends for my birthday. We all opted for the burgers which had a great variety of toppings to chose from. We spent a lot of time deciding as all sounded great. They were delicious and we really like the home made relish and the flowery bun that it came with. You could have opted for a salad instead of the bun. A bucket of good sized chips accompanied the meal. This was my 3rd time there and can't praise it highly enough
I do feel nostalgic for the Walton Music Shop but am delighted in what they have done with the place. It has brought more life to the Square.

1.0Dined on 7 January 2017

I was so disappointed with the meal. I ordered a pizza and it literally had no taste, I wondered if it was a frozen pizza. Also there were not many people there but the service was not very on the ball, they took my plate before I had finished, and gave a jug of water without glasses. The decor is very nice and there it seems very child-friendly, but I would not eat the food again.

4.0Dined on 10 December 2016

I went with two others for a bite to eat before a play in the Gate. The service was excellent - staff were very attentive and welcoming. The food was lovely - vegetarian burger was very tasty. Would definitely recommend it.

4.0Dined on 3 December 2016

Staff were very friendly despite our numerous changes in the numbers attending! Food was delicious, we had the Christmas menu which was great value at €25 for a 4 course meal. Would like to see a larger choice of wine on the menu but overall lovely place and would go again.

3.0Dined on 1 October 2016

The menu available on Saturday night was more restricted than that advertised on the website.

2.0Dined on 11 July 2016

Unfortunately on the evening we visited the
service was haphazard to say the least. The menus were slow to arrive & there were not many other customers there. To be fair we were told that the burgers we ordered would take 20 mins to cook. We were clear that we need to be out by 7:40 & our order was taken at 6:40. The food arrived at 7:25 giving us a very short time to eat. We ended up eating about half & then had to run. It's a pity because the individual staff members were really nice & friendly. Organisation & co-ordination needs to be a lot better