The Saddle Room at the Shelbourne Hotel

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848 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation
The Saddle Room has been awarded 'Best Hotel Restaurant in Dublin 2017' at the Irish Restaurant Awards.
Named after The Shelbourne’s historic dining rooms, The Saddle Room Restaurant is an old favourite reinvented as a Dublin steakhouse and seafood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Open Kitchen, the interaction from The Oyster Bar, the tantalizing taste of great food and the smooth touch of leather banquettes. A casual but sophisticated design, modern menu and savvy service create an atmosphere that is comfortable, cozy, fun and appeals to everyone.
Offering a contemporary menu created by our executive head chef Garry Hughes, using only the finest Irish ingredients.
We are also the ideal place for an Exclusive Private Dining Venue Dublin. The Saddle Room Restaurant has two private dining rooms, available for private hire for lunch or dinner, both with their own unique style and decor making both the perfect place to celebrate any occasion.
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HB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience overall, the only thing i would change is the direction of our table instead of having one guest with their back to the wall and the other guest facing the wall, i would turn the table 180degrees so both guests could look out into the room sideways to the wall that way the adjoining tables guests would be behind them. As the people next to us were quite loud and their conversation dominated our evening. Other than that it was amazing

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l
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Went to The Saddle Room for Sunday lunch for a special occasion, a birthday.
Food and the presentation was great with special compliments to their Sunday roast beef and their Molton chocolate cake.
Unfortunately the meal was let down in part because of the service. The waiters were very attentive but often too attentive pushing unnecessary bottles of water by filling the glasses too much and then opening a new bottle without asking. A similar approach was taken with the wine until I had to ask the waiter to stop topping up the glasses as I was worried he’d just bring another bottle. The lunch at €35 for 3 courses is great value but watch your beverage bill as it can jump very easily with over attentive happy pouring waiters.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were so friendly, they were very attentive and never rushed us off the table (we sat there for 3.5 hours!) I asked for a booth table and they accommodated us which was great. The food was absolutely gorgeous and there were nice breaks between courses. For a 3 course Sunday lunch menu, it was €36pp which I thought was very reasonable, we’ll definitely be back!

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MB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Good food, wonderfully presented, in a comfortably quiet (not awkwardly silent!!) atmosphere. Service that managed to be attentive without being intrusive.

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SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Shelbourne Dublin is a must see for anyone spending a day or a week in Dublin. I recommend staying at the hotel to experience the whole ambiance. If time is limited stop in the pub 27 for a beverage and appetizer or Afternoon tea in the front tea room. The Saddle room for breakfast or a romantic dinner a must.

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PL
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

My self & my wife dinned here on 6-4-19 it was our 3rd weeding anniversary we had last dinned here 2 years ago, but it is not the same restaurant that it was 2 years ago. This is not silver 5 star service that it was 2 years ago it is clear that he staff are not trained correctly & management has changed. It still has the same interiors & this is fantastic but the restaurant was not very busy on a Saturday night as we seen several empty tables. This with the fact I could get a table much easier than 2 years ago should have let me know what was to come.
We got there early & had drinks in the bar which is really nice we had a 9pm sitting & we sat at around 8.55, All was fine we placed our orders etc.., but then when I looked around we could see tables not cleared empty bottles in windows etc.. we were a little surprised as last time tables were been ironed & crumbs removed between courses with a knife! We got our starters & I ordered a bottle of white wine, this was poured & bottle placed in ice bucket well away from table, ok but I would have preferred to be in control of when I could top up my wine, 15-20 miniutes in I wanted a refill my glass was empty I presumed waiter might notice but after another 10 miniutes he did not, I then had to ask him to top me up which he did, at this stage our mains arrived for me beef - mash & cauliflour beef was fine, but cauliflour was way too wet with far too much water left in container, mash seemed fine until I found a piece of cling film plastic in the middle of it, i removed & said nothing a bit shocked but thought ok it can happen, then again my wine was empty & I wanted another top up, I waited another 10-15 miniutes could not even get a waiters attension & our waiter had gone awol I got the attention of another waiter who topped up my wine at this stage I did complain & showed him the clingfilim he said sorry & removed& left. About 5 miniutes latter a supervisor came & asked us if everything was alright. I said not really &

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food. Very attentive service. Pork belly was divine

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PO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent pre-theater dinner for 5. Ideal for special occasions, in our case my daughters confirmation.

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AE
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Staff efficient and very friendly. Overall you get the wonderful Shelbourne experience!

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PD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The food was excellent, however the menu content was very limited, Iwould have expected more items on each course.

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g
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we found the service to be very professional and friendly , but not in your face. the food was excellent - the pork belly was to die for.

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MW
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Simply stunning - service is second to none
Loved it

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my grandmother for Mother’s Day lunch and we had a fabulous time. Our table was tucked away in the corner so it was quite and away from the hustle and bustle which suited us perfectly. The food was outstanding, we had the set 3 course lunch and I could not fault it. And the staff where lovely, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Overall we had a 5star afternoon from beginning to end and although it was a bit on the expensive side it was truly worth every penny. It shows you get what you pay for!

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BS
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A very pleasant experience, we really enjoyed the night

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food and even better service, we were there for a double celebration and we really enjoyed the evening. Great value, and highly recommend, especially to mark a special occasion.

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MS
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fab ambience and service, but food was just average. Wine was pricey but that's to be expected because of the venue.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved having lunch there! Food was fab! Will be back!

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DD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience from start to finish. Food exceeded my expectations.

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M
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service. Really nice touches for a celebration.

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BE
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Amazing venue. Flew in from the UK to dine here. Some of the key dishes on the menu not available. The main we had (steak to share). Sides under cooked and poor standard. Was a big let down.

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G
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fabulous evening at The Saddle Room, would totally recommend, the food was exquisite and everything was great. However a word to the wise, if you do not specify which vodka you would like (I said I wasn’t fussy, which usually means Smirnoff or absolute but doesn’t mean upgrade me) be careful you don’t get screwed with 14 euro gray goose - very cheeky saddle room, very cheeky!

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DW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely, we have visited a few times now and it never disappoints, the quality of the food and service is second to none. Molly was our waitress on the night and she was delightful. Thank you.

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m
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time our waiter was Daniel who was very helpfull but he was very busy and we ordered some wine to go with our meal. The incorrect bottle was brought and I was nearly finished my meal before it arrived
Not 5 star service
On the good side place was lovely

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DH
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent.. service as always was spot on. Made feel very comfortable and staff are always super friendly

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ES
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

First complements to the chef , the food was very good but that where it ends .
Unfortunately we were seated in an area where there were Rugby supporters who were drunk, loud and totally inappropriate and unbecoming of the venue. We were uncomfortable and distracted and requested to be moved , which thankfully was facilitated.
The service was at best mediocre and slow at times .
It was my sons 21st Birthday and despite advance notice and a promise that it would be acknowledged, it was never mentioned .
Overall disappointing evening .

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My nana bday

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l
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought a colleague there to celebrate her length of service with the company - it did not disappoint, the whole experience was special. the atmosphere is understated opulence. The food was tasty and well presented - but not over the top with garnish that you feel you haven't eaten.

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LM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Wish I had one good thing to report. Service was dreadful. Food was subpar. €275 for 4 people. Will cross this off my list and not return.

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

Every piece of food was perfect.
Looked gorgeous on plate and tasted just great.

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TC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Service wasn’t great unfortunately. Waiter wasn’t familiar with the menu and joked “you’d know I only work here one day a week” . Drinks order was forgotten about then blamed on a busy bar when we reminded him...
Water wasn’t topped up regularly.
The restaurant has huge potential but was let down by the staff.

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Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great service and food

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely relaxing meal and could hear ourselves talk, lovely ambience and staff. Would always recommend it as place to go

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KB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice plays to relaxing and eat dinner good atmosphere

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

We had a lovely relaxed lunch here, it felt like we had our own private dining room. Staff were lovely and the food was fabulous.

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EP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Everyhing fine except the main course of pan fried cod x 2 which was chewey

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PG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Other than my guest not being able to change potatoes to chips we could not complain about anything

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch and the service was excellent.

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D
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

My wife and myself had dinner at the Saddle Room last Saturday, this was our first time there but our expectations were high based on our pre-reading of the menu and reviews. Our starters and main courses were fantastic, Celeriac Soup, Ham Hock terrine followed by Cod and Ox cheek - very tasty. We had 2 small issues when we reflected on our experience. When our server was pouring the wine some drops ended up on the table cloth and then another ended up on my wife's plate. then when it came to desert, my wife ordered the chocolate fondant, after about 15 minutes of waiting we were told that there had been a problem cooking the fondant and they had to start again. when it arrived it was nice but it just put a small gap in what had been a good service. I would go back though.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was excellent - we order off the main dinner menu. However, we were offered the pre-theatre menu even that it was later than that time. We thought this was a nice touch even though we didn't use it

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GG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for lunch with friends. Nice quiet snug to chat in peace. Staff were so helpful but not intrusive. Food was sublime. All in all a perfect day

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