The Washerwoman

4.3
34 reviews
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€30 and under
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Irish
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Cosy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
The Washerwoman is on Glasnevin Hill (called locally Washerwoman's Hill due to the local story of many washerwomen out on the hill with their mangles etc washing clothes in the Tolka river!). It's been a well-loved and treasured restaurant in the area for years now, and is housed in a charming stone cottage which dates in part from 1700.

There will be a strong range of quirky and every day (!) wines befitting of a neighbourhood restaurant, which makes for a special occasion, or a casual dining experience. Given the locale and the fact that we hope to welcome families, there are exciting, healthy and accessible foods for kids (plus some little quirks to keep them interested, engaged and most importantly, occupied!), a host of diner classics, and a particularly extensive steak selection. We are working with some of our favourite craft butchers to create our own aging room and source some amazing salt-aged meats.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish, International, Burgers
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 09:00–12:00
Brunch
Sat 12:00–15:45
Sun 11:00–16:00
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00–17:00
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 17:00–21:15
Thu–Sat 17:00–22:00
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Phone number
(01) 837 9441
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ian Connolly
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Additional
Outdoor dining , Takeout
What 34 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I was expecting more... the place in nice and cosy but the food was basic, nothing outstanding, yet quiet pricey for what it was. Staff was nice and helpful, but the menu is limited and nothing I saw justifies the pricey food

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M
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant and we are regular visitors. Great children’s menu, would just love the edition of a pasta dish on the kids menu. However saying that our youngest son adored the cornflake chicken.
Nachos are amazing. Soup was so good as was the breaded cheese. And our eldest son loved the striploin steak.

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UC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best brunch bar none! Veggie breakfast is done so well and generous portions make it great value, gorgeous homemade brown bread. Lovely coat atmosphere and great service.

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RQ
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Presentation of my waffles was pretty bad. Hard to believe they let it out of the kitchen. No style or finesse to it. Just a load of bacon dumped on top - for €14 I expect more.

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

Pretty amazing place. Small and quaint, but casual and comfortable. Fine dining without the pretentiousness. Service was efficient, but could be more personable.

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G
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

First of all, the interior design and all the decorations from menu to wooden door toilet are perfect. The blue and the wood together is calm and enjoyable.
Food is good but not amazing. Nothing very special. The chicken main course lacks a bit of flavour in it. Side salad is my favorite part.
Waiter doesn't smile a lot during serving, but we did have a good talk when we pay.
Price is a bit high compared to the quality.
Will go back to try the fish main course. Hope it won't let me down.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really enjoyed the Washerwomen's , food was great. Was a lively spot, good service.
Only gripe was the cost of a beer and wine.

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D
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Irish restaurant so far! Definitely coming back! High quality tasy food and many options.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner. The food was delicious and service was great! Such a lovely local restaurant. Will definitely go back.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I’ll start with the positives, Bellini, Albariño, Tomato Salad, Striploin, Coffee & Sticky toffee pudding all good. We weren’t told what was NOT available until we’d ordered it which was a little annoying. My starter of ‘hand dived Irish scallops with black pudding & rhubarb’ was very underwhelming - not least because I got just ONE tiny scallop with 2 slices of black pudding. This is €12! Complained & was quickly brought a 2nd tiny scallop. Husband had Cornflake Chicken, aside from the novelty of coloured cauliflower, he felt it it was an average weekday dinner. My main was Striploin, very tasty & tender. Veg was sitting in a pool of water which wasn’t pleasant, chips were ok. Unfortunately I poured my pepper sauce before tasting it & it was so salty it was inedible. Had to complain again & was offered an alternative which was fine once I’d scraped what I could off the meat. Staff offered our coffees & dessert (we only wanted 1 to share) on the house, which I appreciated. But this was an anniversary dinner & a very rare opportunity to get out so I was very disappointed.

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F
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal, the service was great, food was delicious, setting was nice. However, there was a shortage of gluten free options. They do have gluten free bread, but it is such a pity that more dishes aren't thickened with cornflour!

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K
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice restaurant, great Early bird deal. We will be back!

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v
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place, we had to wait a little for our meal but it was worth it.

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MT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and locally sourced. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the ambiance of the restaurant is lovely. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a romantic couples meal!

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DH
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go here a lot. It's a great spot for Sunday lunch,

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s
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Really overpriced bad food. Got the roast beef, terrible flavour with watery gravy and 3 black potatoes for 19 euro.

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M
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely night, delicious food and wonderful friendly service from Valerie and all the staff

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I came here for our anniversary. The food was delicious, cocktails excellent and the staff were absolutely lovely. I would highly recommend it my friends and family and we'll definitely be back again.

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J
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Our meal was lovely. Each of us commented on the tasty food we were served. the service was pleasant. Personally my only concern is that I think the food is pricey. The location worked well for us as it is not far from the M50.

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h
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

I bought a gift voucher for a table for 4 = and in was a big birthday for my brothers in laws. They say they had a terrible meal - had to send back dishes - and found the service indifferent even rude. I was horrified given it was a 120 gift to try and celebrate after a lot of illnesses. I had been recommended the restaurant and had earlier bought a gift voucher for 60 for my brother and his wife and they had had an early bird and had not reported a negative experience....but I'm so upset that this group had such a bad experience and poor and in their view indifferent food and service.

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j
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly unusual menu with exceptional service and amazing taste. Really enjoyed the meal and highly recommend.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service was great. However, food very overpriced. Also did not like being asked would I like to tip with my card, when paying.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent, staff helpful and friendly.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little restaurant. 1st time hoping to it but definitely won't be my last..

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CT
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good meal and excellent value for a Saturday evening.

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g
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

good food but was told they were too busy to make us cocktails

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EK
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely fantastic. The menu had a nice selection of dishes with ingredients sourced from Irish suppliers. They have a decent selection of wine and a nice selection of cocktails and aperitifs. Can't recommend the place highly enough!

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E
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly accommodating staff and delicious varied menu.

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EF
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and the service were superb - including the expert advice on wine. I have already recommended this place to many people.

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JR
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food. The flavors were interesting and the food was filling. I had a gourmet hamburger that was the best I've ever had! Humus and flatbread for a starter was amazing too. My partner had chicken kiev that was perfectly cooked. We did not have wine, but the list looks amazing. Great for a date! Service was very friendly. The guy from Chicago is nice :).

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J
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I ordered 10oz rump steak, chips and onion rings. We didn’t order starters and so we were told we’d have to wait 20 minutes for main course. That’s ok as good food is worth waiting for. The food was nice except for the small bowl of skinny chips and gravy that was like water. I shouldn’t have had to ask for a proper portion in such an establishment €26. As I left still hungry, I won’t be going back again.

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ED
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice intimate restaurant with delicious food. The portion of wings was more than enough to start and the garlic chicken for main was very tasty. The staff couldnt do enough for us.

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NO
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with friendly staff. It has a nice atmosphere and the food is very wholesome and of high quality. A little on the expensive side but that’s everywhere now. Recommended!

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MR
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal in the Washerwoman. Good friendly service and the food was excellent as always. One small request. The menu was the same as the last time we dined there a few weeks ago. Lovely menu but would have liked at least one dish of the day to add to the choice. I know the menu does change, as the last time we were there the waitress told us they had just launched their new menu.

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