The Dungeon at Ashford Castle

4.6
129 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Dramatic and Atmospheric. As its name would suggest, the unique setting located on the lower ground floor of the castle invites diners to enjoy a range of satisfying dishes from the bistro-style menu with a focus on traditional Irish cuisine beneath the historic curved stone ceiling. Together with a relaxed ambience, it makes for a wonderful and memorable dining experience. The Dungeon’s menu provides a true taste of the unique and exclusive West of Ireland experience.
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Galway
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The Irish Wagyu ribeye steak was very poor. Tesco finest ribeye steak is a far superior product.
The creamed spinach was bitter and stalky and the chips were a poor quality oven chip.
Really not a good meal. Very very Dissatisfied and disappointed.

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FC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very nice and unique setting for a meal. Ashford Castle is an amazing place.
Service is second to none

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k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ashford Castle is an experience and lives up to even the loftiest expectations. We went horse back riding followed by dinner but we had a 2 hour gap between the 2. They allowed us to lounge at the bar (a separate room with its own fireplace and leather club chairs) while dinner time rolled around. Allow is the appropriate word. This is an exclusive hotel, very protective of its guests privacy and comfort. Although you can enjoy all the activities offered on the property of the castle (at a cost), access to the hotel and its immediate grounds is only if you are a registered guest or have an advance reservation at one of its restaurants. Your name is checked against reservations before you are allowed over the threshold. Even with all that and knowing the scrutiny, I am happy to abide by the rules to experience something so steeped in tradition and history. And to top it all off, the food was excellent, the offerings varied and tasty. The service was on par with any of the best restaurants in NYC without a snooty attitude anywhere. This is there more casual restaurant but I don't think I could have enjoyed the formal one more. It's my second time at the castle, my first time dining but it is not my last time visiting. I am already planning my trip for next year. A new family tradition :)

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant in the castle

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S
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service in this small restaurant... food was very good.

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DL
Galway
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

lovely setting, relaxed despite the grandeur of the hotel, fantastic food and service, would definitely eat here again were the opportunity to arise

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Atmosphere! Everything at Ashford Castle is top notch! Everyone is so friendly and accommodating! Food is delicious!

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NR
Galway
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Pretty expensive for a basic menu.

Thought main course (Cod) was rather cold.

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MK
Galway
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The matcha gimlet cocktail was excellent. Service was attentive and quick. Food was well-prepared, hot, and tasty.

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TJ
Galway
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Dungeon at Ashford Castle is as nice as it gets! Actually, every little detail at Ashford Castle and the Dungeon is looked after. I had the filet mignon and it was fabulous, my wife had the salmon and again it was over the moon excellent. The service here is as good as it gets, the ambience outstanding and this is a top notch restaurant. Don't miss the if you're in for a treat!

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IG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great setting, great service and amazing food. Highly recommended

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RM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food, staff and service was outstanding. The setting a bit kitsch. i would prefer the decor of the George V dining room.

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C
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

El lugar es alucinante. Un calabozo medieval que fue acondicionado como restaurante. La atención extraordinaria, la selección de vinos por copa muy buena y la preparación y calidad de los platillos inmejorable. Un lugar inmerso dentro del Castillo de Ashford. Mejor imposible

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ML
Galway
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service once again. Great ambiance

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v
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience at Ashford Castle!! Such a unique setting with delicious food, superb service and ambiance.

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OT
Galway
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great service.

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PM
Austin
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Tended to not care for us until they realized we were staying at the hotel. Since I booked through open table and now the hotel.

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JO
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not only a lovely dinner but we got to see some of the rooms in the Castle.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Dungeon restaurant was a real treat! The atmosphere was wonderful, the service was amazing. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. I requested a special birthday cake and asked the waiters and waitresses to don masks when serving my husband...all which they did in good fun! The food was excellent...we would definitely recommend it!

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b
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The castle itself is worth the visit! We took my Mom there and she absolutely loved it! The champagne by the fire before dinner was such a great touch. The service was on point and the food was very good and worth the price.

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant was an exceptional experience. A perfect blend of absolutely delicious food (we had the sea bass) and friendly service.

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CJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding. We were only disappointed to find out that it was not an actual dungeon. This was not in a dungeon-like lower level of the castle. The server said the restaurant used to be the castle kitchen. :/

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

From the moment we drove up we knew we were in for a special evening. We were greeted at the door and led to the restaurant. During our meal, at least five people served us in various capacities. Everyone was friendly, gracious, and personable. The food was memorable, to say the least. Each course was thoughtfully prepared and presented. The atmosphere was calming, quieting - not pretentious. A lovely space to enjoy an exceptional meal.

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N
Galway
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the restaurant and service was wonderful. The only negative I can say is, a big business party came in and we were no longer able to converse and hear each other.

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BN
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

While staying at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, we dined in three restaurants and visited the bar in Lodge. All our meals were excellent, as was the service.

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MK
Galway
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food in a casual atmosphere. Outstanding service!

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food as excellent as was the service

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OT
Galway
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was phenomenal.

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H
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I had the fresh catch of the day and it was the best meal I had in Ireland. Fiancé had the filet and it was also delicious. We had an early reservation and it was not too crowded or noisy. We received excellent service. And the bread—was to die for!!

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We got engaged at the castle and had a wonderful dinner in The Dungeon with champagne to celebrate.

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We stayed at the caste and thought everything was excellent but when we dined at the dungeon our server must have charged us for another tables drinks. It wasn’t a small amount of money - it really doubled our bill. I am sure if was not intentional and the charges were removed but I didn’t think it was handled well.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Dungeon, and the Castle in general, were a great experience, even though we had to navigate the narrow roads leading to it in the rain. I actually recommend going there on a rainy evening, for it contributes to the illusion of living a fairy tale. For the less adventurous, it would be safer and still perfectly satisfying on a sunny day.
By all means, stop and have a couple of drinks at the bar first. Everything we ordered was excellent, including what was, to our surprise, the best Mojito we ever had. The Smoked Old-Fashioned is a must-have if you are a fan of bourbon-based cocktails, and the Prince of Wales is well worth the price.
Dinner was very good. The locally grown oysters (actually Pacific stock) are the size of a large spoon, not briny and creamy. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the Dungeon. Service was attentive and, yet, not intrusive. It was truly a fabulous evening.

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KC
Galway
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was to die for, the waiter and waitresses were so nice, the environment was quiet and nice, the castle was so cool

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

Have eaten multiple times in The Dungeon restaurant and enjoyed the food this visit as before. Prior to our visit we phoned in and had requested a quiet table at the side of the dining area due to a hearing problem with one in our party. Unfortunately our request was not received and we were seated mid restaurant. Staff was gracious and changed our table, however it was still mid dining area and we found it difficult to talk to one another during our meal. We will however return again as we enjoy the service and food. Thank you.

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r
Galway
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely top draw excellent food great service and first class settings a lovely experience altogether.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very pleasant great food enjoyed seeing the castle

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E
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

If you are staying in the castle it is worth the walk downstairs. Not the best steak house but a good meal with excellent service.

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K
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance, food and service at the Dungeon at Ashford Castle was excellent!

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TM
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it! Very relaxing and quiet atmosphere. The service was excellent. The steak was cooked exactly the way I like it.

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