The Woollen Mills

4.3
146 reviews
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€30 and under
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Irish
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
The Woollen Mills is an iconic building on Dublin's Quays, overlooking the Ha'Penny bridge. The building has been renowned for over 100 years. The restaurant serves Irish cuisine and is sister restaurant to 'The Winding Stairs' around the corner, which is a restaurant that is also filled with history. Spanning over four floors, and a roof terrace the restaurant allows the views to be taken in by diners from many different angles.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish, Breakfast, Vegetarian
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri 9am - 11:30am and 12pm - 10pm
Sat 9am - 11:30am, 12pm - 4pm and 5pm -10pm
Sun 11am - 4pm and 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(01) 828 0835
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Petr Blechta
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Cross street
Liffey St.
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Parking Details
Jerwis Street - 5 minutes walk.
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Public Transit
Lower Liffey Street - bus stops 37, 39, 39A, 70.
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Special Events & Promotions
Breakfast meetings
Business lunches
Corporate dinners
Product launches
Weddings
Photo shoots
Birthday parties
....and much more, for more info please contact us at events@thewoollenmills.com
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 146 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The staff were so lovely. I had asked them to stick a candle in my fiancés dessert and when he ordered cheese they were good sports and stuck the candle right in his Wicklow Blue. Perfect. Lovely atmosphere in there and the food was so tasty and generous.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful meal for 7 of us. We had a wide variety of menu options and everyone was pleased. One of us had an unusual food allergy and the chef took care of that perfectly. Starters great; ribs great; fish great, all very good. Sister restaurant is the Winding Stairs and we loved that too.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Love this place. I always make a stop here when I’m in Dublin!

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Excellent food and staff are really lovely. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Fantastic service and food. Stewart (I think) was so attentive and friendly.

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Nice place, very good food. The staff was very busy and unattentive. We got our drinks after the starters, they did not look at us while serving.
Better service and it would be great. Still worth a visit because of the food.

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Enjoyed it so much we came back the next evening . Very friendly staff and some excellent ingredient combinations.

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4.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Great place :) Early bird menu is decent. I'll recommend it for every day dining.

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3.0Dined on 29 July 2018

I had been there before and this time, we were sitting upstairs. The main was great but there were 2 things that really annoyed. We were the last 2 upstairs and the waitress kept banging the tables, moving the chairs, etc. and giving us the not so subtle hint that she felt our time was up. It was only 4pm on a Sunday! The other thing was that everything on the dessert menu contained nuts and no allergen information was provided. So, having ordered dessert, I had to send it back as it was laced with almonds. Some desserts did mention nuts in it and when I asked what I could eat, I was told nothing. It was quite disappointing.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

A good way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends !!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

We decided to dine here after reading excellent reviews online about the early bird value. We opted for the 3 course at 29 euro, which was excellent value, given the main courses alone were 20+ each. The meals are old Irish dishes with a modern twist. I had the chicken liver for starter, and the most delicious whiskey and orange ribs ever...like the best bacon and cabbage flavours you have ever tasted, unlike the normal bbq ribs on offer. My partner had the Alabama wings which are dry season rubbed, again different from the norm bbq sauce. He then had the lambs liver and bacon for main, which was extremely rich, but delicious. I personally found the dessert too sweet, and I have a sweet tooth. But nothing to complain about.
The wine on offer was lovely and as they offered a good array of house cask wines, the prices were reasonable.
The service was also excellent. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.
Pre booking is essential as the restaurant got quite busy.

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4.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Delicious dinner, and great ambiance outside. Service was a little spotty but not bad overall.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Delicious food, traditional Irish dishes with a twist. Great buzz, fantastic service. Wonderfully friendly and polite waiters.

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4.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Really great food and excellent value for money. Had the early bird menu which I think is best value for money in Dublin.

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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

I have wanted to have dinner here for a number of years, after friends raved about it. The weekend after my wedding, I gathered 6 people and booked a table for the early bird menu.
I was disappointed with the table we were given - but mainly because of the limited space. There was far too many tables and chairs for the space. It was hard to get into 3 of the chairs, there was limited elbow room plus the staff could not even get behind us to serve us, or those behind.
With the hot weather, being so squashed did not help either.
The cocktail list was limited and when I asked for a Cosmo, was told it was not possible due to the fact they did not have cranberry juice - despite there being a box on the steel shelving next to us.
Overall I was just quite disappointed and I am not saying that to get anything in return, I just thought you should know so that you could possibly improve for diners in the future.

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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

I ate at The Woollen Mills 2 years ago and the food was remarkably good. This past week my Canadian in laws were visiting Ireland for the first time and I wanted to show off our wonderful Irish ingredients and food scene to them. So we ate at The Woollen Mills.
The service was excellent and as a group of 9 people we were given a gorgeous big square table. The menu read well but the food was a huge disappointment. Ireland produces amazing lamb, but nobody would ever know this as any lamb flavor was completely drowned by the anchovie sauce. The vegetarians couldn't finish the veggie burger, and reluctant to offend, said it was "ummm interesting...". The mackerel was replaced by seabream, which was totally fine, but the sides were flavorless potatoes and a vegetable chutney type side that was so vinegary, it tasted like it came out of a cheap jar.

I was disappointed for myself. But more so, I felt like it gave a very poor impression of Irish cuisine. Everyone agreed that the pub food was much better. What a wasted opportunity to show what we have and what we can do with it.

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3.0Dined on 12 July 2018

Way too noisy on the top floor. Had to shout just talk to the person next to you. Liver dishes good. Wings good. Lamb tough... awful. Fish over cooked. Rest of dishes mediocre

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5.0Dined on 12 July 2018

As a group of 4 with varying dietary needs, everyone was extremely happy with the service, food and atmosphere at The Woollen Mills. We would all happily return for another great experience.

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3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Lovely and pleasant athmosphere, sevice very good, timely but not annoying. Roof top open dining area very nice, it was a lovely sunny day. Good place to people watch. Food was delicious,we went for lunch, i had a nice ploughman sandwich with a side of salad and my friend had mac and cheese. Nicely presented, tasty and filling. I would recommend it.

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4.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Exzellent breakfast

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Lovely food, nice setting, the wait staff did struggle with orders but maybe they had a busy morning

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Appetizer was very good. Lamb liver.
Entrees were good but steak was very chewy.

Enjoyed people watching through the windows while dining.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Very good reasonably priced food with something a bit different - lamb's liver dish was superb; good vegetarian options; lovely ambience and friendly efficient staff - Highly Recommended

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2.0Dined on 29 June 2018

We were seated outside in what seemed like a smoking area of a pub at a wonky table where there was really no atmosphere. i booked outdoor seating and expected something a little more romantic. The food was good but I wouldn't go back purely for that reason.

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4.0Dined on 29 June 2018

The chef had come up with some creative twists on the food - rather than the usual (though also on the menu) Buffalo Wings, I had the Alabama Wings which had an herb crust and accompanied by a tarragon-white wine sauce that enhanced the wing presentation. The appetizer portion had a large number and I wished that I had paired it with just a salad instead of ordering a full meal afterwards.

The ribs were also done differently - the pork was cured like bacon before it was barbecued; the basting sauce was flavorful without being spicy which allowed for the bacon treated meat flavour to come through.

Because we were on vacation, it was very handy to have Open Table available to secure us a reservation especially because we didn't know the area.

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Myself and a friend, met for lunch, we were very happy with the food and we found it very relaxkng. We were sorry we were ot more hungry as the starters seemed interesting. Well worth recommending

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4.0Dined on 27 June 2018

A welcome relief to find innivative, delicious veggie optionssssss

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Exceptional food in a wonderful venue,great staff,great location and most definitely will be back😊

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

They accommodated our group of 7 at the last minute and could not have made us feel more welcome! The manager was so attentive and personally recomended several dishes, and all of our meals were terrific! It’s directly across the river from Temple Bar in case you want to avoid the craziness there and enjoy a nice meal! Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Very good food--not a large menu but nevertheless good variety and excellent presentation. Wine selection was limited bur good selection from a wide range of choices. We were seated (as requested) on the outside upstairs deck with a good view of Ha'penny Bridge.

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4.0Dined on 20 June 2018

A small group from work went for dinner. We were accommodated when asked for a change in table as where we were originally seated everyone had to walk past the back of half the table's backs to get too and from the kitchen. Everyone enjoyed their food, it was really delicious and fresh. It's very obvious the chef understands foods and flavours as some dished while seemed odd on paper were truly yummy!

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Nice spot to meet some out-of-town friends!

Some friends were visiting from abroad and we met them here. They had their 4-month old with them, and were made to feel very welcome. He slept most of the way through dinner and when he woke up, he had an army of admiring fans from all sides! The waitress was friendly and attentive. Service was a little slow for the drinks, which arrived just as we were about to enquire about them. We went for a mix of plates from the early bird menu. The poached egg and bhaji combination was delicous, but came on a bed of dry, plain spinach and was topped with a fairly large amount of natural yoghurt that seemed odd, and I didn't feel quite worked - I think if the spinach was dressed with something fruity, and the yoghurt served as a dip on the side it would be much better.

My friends had the oysters which were very good apparently, and the scotch egg with asparagus also got the thumbs up. The boxty, as others have said here, was a little small for a main, and expensvie at 20 euros but as part of the early bird worked out as 23 for two courses which was much more reasonable. I had the hummus and flatbread, (It is meant as a starter but I had it as a main), which again at 11 euros was a little on the steep side for a starter in a very causual diing spot, and was literally a pot of hummus and 4 pieces of flatbread. The chips with garlic aioli were divine, and good value at 4 euro.

Overall decent food, and relatively good value as we went for the early bird, but would I think it does fall on the expensive side if going for the a la carte. Location-wise it is right in the city centre and just across from Temple bar, so bearing that in mind its good value for the area.

We would definitely return as a causal dining spot with friends - top tip - try to make the early bird, and ask for the yoghurt on the side if going for the bhajji!

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Very nice place in the city center (in front of Ha Penny bridge) where we ate a very good cooked black angus steak.
We reserved the table from Italy without any problem. It was alteady available at our arrival.

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Great atmosphere. Great outdoor dining area overlooking Ha'penny Bridge. Great staff. Great food.

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1.0Dined on 4 June 2018

After reading all of the reviews I had high hopes for this place. I was completely disappointed. Too many issues to list, but here are a few: Service was slow and the staff largely ignored us. They also didn’t know what was in the dishes. The oyster appetizer we wanted was unavailable. Half of the mussels in both of our portions were dead (unopened) and therefore inedible. The hake dish was so bony that it was also nearly impossible to eat. I would never go back.

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Fabulous staff, very friendly. Tough decisions choosing our meal as we wanted everything on the menu. Early bird very good value. Went back for lunch the very next day and have recommended it to everyone I've seen since then!

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Food was lovely. Good location absolutely recommended 👌

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4.0Dined on 23 May 2018

Had a great dinner here while visiting Dublin. Our party had the ribs and burger which were excellent, and a pork chop, this was a little dry and the least impressive of the mains. Atmosphere was good, as was service. I would recommend to anyone in Dublin.

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2.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Found our meal very mediocre. Ordered the mussels and chips with a bisque. The bisque was very thin and watery and the chips were so big they were not cooked through properly. Will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

This was our first time and it surpassed expectations! We can’t wait to go back! We had the wild garlic hummus (with radish + flat bread), the vegetarian burger and the monkfish pasta. I tried the two sodas- blackberry+sage and strawberry +basil. He had the nettle gin 👌. If I had to find any fault it was that the burger was slightly difficult to eat because of the size. The service was great and we highly recommend this place!

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