The Sugar Loaf Lounge

4.1
46 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Irish
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Lunch
Located on the lobby level of Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, our Sugar Loaf Lounge is perfect for meeting, greeting and watching the world go by. Serving traditional Afternoon Tea daily and cocktails each evening, the Lounge is a haven of hospitality, with an all-day menu of casual dining too. Furnished and appointed in a style of gracious Georgian living, there"s a traditional warmth to the Sugar Loaf Lounge our guests often comment on. Of course, the spectacular scenery outside, framed by the vast curved windows offers a breathtaking counterpoint to the intimate welcome within. Here there's always something to talk about. Also ideally located on the lobby level, The Martini Bar is the perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail with friends and colleagues.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Irish, Afternoon Tea, Continental
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 6pm
Friday, Saturday: 12pm - 10pm
Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
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Phone number
(01) 274 8888
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Seref Ozalp
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Parking Details
Complimentary Hotel Parking and Valet Service available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, View, Wine
What 46 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.5
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3.7
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TK
29 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch. Great food and service along with a fantastic buzzy atmosphere in the hotel.

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MA
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff are so attentive ... couldn’t fault anything about this place will be back again soon, the afternoon tea looked lovely

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MC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Some staff were not polite was only disappointment. Everything else was superb. We really enjoyed.

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TK
29 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch, great food and nice service, really friendly and very professional. Amazing views over the mountains too!! Definitely will return!

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AO
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Beautiful place, lovely staff . Service was slow and I got a chicken ceaser salad and it was ok

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SL
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall excellent, food delicious, service very good . However it was very confusing to get booking . I rang the night before to be told only booking after four available for afternoon tea and when I asked was told only afternoon tea was available nothing else . However then I was able to book a table online for 2.45 . Also when we got there there was a lunch menu and afternoon tea available to order .

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ME
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The food is a tad ordinary for the truly lovely venue, otherwise a very pleasant afternoon.

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RD
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and service as to be expected at this hotel. Views of the surrounding mountains and grounds are beautiful to behold whilst enjoying your meal, even when overcast as it was the day we went. Cost is higher than average but worth it for the ambiance.

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EA
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very relaxed lunch. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Well looked after by Kayleigh. Amazing view. Lovely ambiance.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Underwhelmed by the food at the Sugar Loaf lounge, given that Powerscourt is such a nice venue. A chicken wrap with tomato & rocket served with a 'side salad' (some leaves and two baby tomatoes), was overpriced & mediocre at best. Side of chips was ordered with this (most places would give you some on the side considering the wrap was €14) were again mediocre. A poor coffee for €5 also. I wouldn't mind paying for any of these if they had been really good but there was absolutely no value for money. Service was fine, the girl who served us was nice but generally the staff could probably do a bit more. Won't return anytime soon for business or pleasure. Shame as it really is a lovely place but second time here & disappointed by quality & value for money.

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o
31 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Most lovely hotel, the restaurant is beautiful. The tea is awesome as are the pastries and the steak sandwich. Lovely!

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D
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely spot, gorgeous view, good service. Menu could be more varied, not a great deal of choice. Seating is a little uncomfortable depending on which table you get.

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P
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitresses were super! Very friendly, only too happy to help. Brought my wife for our anniversary lunch. We had our 6-month old don anc they were very accommodating. Had a high chair on standby. Nice touch with a selection of complimentary chocolates for the occasion. Thanks to all the Sugar Loaf, you made our day!

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A
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Food was very disappointing, limited lunch menu and very bland, tasteless food. Love Powerscourt Hotel, ambience etc is fantastic but would not recommend for the food.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Very Dissapointing overall. Slow Service, bland and overpriced food. It was a hot day and we were sat in the window, which was too hot and ubcomfortable, there were plenty of other tables we could have been sat at. Drinks took a long time to arrive and when we asked for tap water, 2 stale looking glasses arrives with not an ice cube or lemon to be seen. Food was extremely bland and small portions. Cannot dispute the beautiful setting but that is about at this place has going for it. We are locals and This is somewhere we used to always come as a treat but it has gone down hill in the past few years.

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D
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had lunch here for table of 6. We had a window seat which was lovely for the view but watch out for the sun in your eyes. Food was tasty, servings can be small so we went for side orders too. Decent enough kids menu and friendly service. A little pricey but to be expected giving the surroundings.

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AS
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, food, atmosphere and location! The staff are so helpful friendly and kind! The food is delicious and great value and the location is breath taking!

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m
30 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food was ok but nothing special, service was slow but very friendly. Sadly the couches were filthy- literally stains & chunks of crumbs on & between cushions.

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CO
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Booked a special breakfast for Mother’s Day but when turned up they only had cold pastries and coffee available. Hostess was very apologetic and tried to negotiate a breakfast with the chef who was unhappy about the situation making us feel very burdensome and awkward. Tried to book an alternative restaurant locally but everywhere fully booked on Mother’s Day so had no choice but to stay. The view is beautiful but the food was awful. The toast was essentially warm bread, the pastries cold and the omelettes at €12 a pop, mediocre. A really disappointing experience from a 5 star hotel, and am totally bemused that they are accepting breakfast bookings from open table if this is all they are offering their customers. Staff were nice and a gorgeous setting but left really dissatisfied in terms of the food.

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s
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Disappointing. Dinner portions miniscule for the (not inconsiderable) price: poor value for money in comparison with other eateries nearby (Fern House comparable in cost: dishes & flavours far superior there, sorry).
Noisy clearing and clattering of dishes made conversation difficult at times.
Desserts were offered with 5 choices shown on a small slate. These looked small, harshly coloured, unappetising and dry.
Second time I have been disappointed in past 2 visits: handy location for us but while we might pop in for coffee, I'm afraid we won't be back to dine.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Overall, a lovely scenic place to eat. Our waiter was attentive . But nothing special about the menu (we where there on the 13th Feb). My partners glass was dirty with lipstick stains, which I found strange for a 5 star hotel & restaurant. Food was good, but no better than a good country pub! Surprising as I had been here 10 years ago for a stay and it was a much experience

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TO
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Lovely ambiance, food was good, but service was poor - we were left waiting for 35 minutes for our wine order. The duty manager was less than apologetic for the delay

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C
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue and food and super location. For a bar style menu the selection is great

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SJ
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a perfect setting for a catch up with my sister. The views were terrific and set the scene perfectly! The food was hearty and delicious! Brilliant service too. I’ve purchased a voucher for a friend so they can enjoy the same experience!

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H
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting with stunning food and service. The panoramic view of the Sugar Loaf Mountains together with the astonishing service levels and food quality made this a really gorgeous lunch experience.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We had an excellent evening at the Sugarloaf lounge in Saturday last. Service and ambience was perfect. Food was reasonable- maybe could be more creative , however serenity fengshui lovely service and calm and beautiful vista was as good as ur gets

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Really disappointing service. We waited nearly an hour between appetizer and main course. Our appetizer arrived before our drink order and we had no cutlery so had to wait again while food was going cold. White wine was warm (our fault for not saying anything but didn’t immediately realise). Staff didn’t seem to care for the restaurant at all and we didn’t know who the manager or who our waiter was and nobody apologized at all until near the end when A lady (perhaps the manager) said she was taking the wine off our bill due to the delay in our main course. We waited for someone, anyone to come by to eventually get our bill and when it arrived the wine was still on it so I had to stand up and run after the waiter to tell her what her colleague had promised etc etc .. totally farcical. We were disappointed with ourselves for not walking out during the long wait for our mains or during one of the many times we were trying to get someone’s attention.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

We was waiting for food about 1 hour, when food arrived was cold. My wife meal should come with skinny chips, after next 40 minutes waiting she got chunky chips which she doesn't like and she mantion that before she order meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Service unfortunately was very poor for a 5-star status Hotel

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I visit the lounge a few times a year for lunch with my mum & sister for occasions, birthdays, Christmas, baby showers etc. We felt the standard had dropped...food & service wise. The food was very average & the service was certainly not 5 star. Our table was only set for 3 not 4 even though I called to amend the booking. The table was set for afternoon tea...I had requested lunch. It wasn't reset. We had a long wait for a wine list & had to ask 3 times. One staff member was even wearing blue casual jeans & trainers with her shirt. All small things but they add up when creating an experience.

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AS
10 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Great selection of food very creative and full of flavor
Service wasn’t great. Felt like the serve forgot about us and the two tables beside us after a certain point were left with dirty plates between courses for 1 hour until another serve over heard ua complaining and took over his service recovery was incredible so friendly and genuine
Was disappointing to be left with it service for so long

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I had heard wonderful things but unfortunately on the day it was a disappointing experience.

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E
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Alex was amazing. Very customer focused and friendly.
We had afternoon tea and it was the first day of that particular menu. I am vegetarian myself but this menu wasn't quite ready yet but we were offered a complementary drink for our wait. The vegetarian option could have been a little more interesting as it was very basic. All in all however a lovely experience.

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ER
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Have had afternoon tea at many hotels throughout Dublin over past few years and have felt rushed by quite a few establishments. You are usually only allocated 1 1/2 hours for your gathering and then must leave table. This was not the case here. We were able to stay as long as we wanted and eat and drink at our own pace and have as much as we wanted to drink. The staff were very friendly and we had beautiful views to look at.

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R
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely relaxing afternoon. The food and scenery were highlights of our visit. The staff very particularly pleasant and very attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Very slow service for starters had to wait 50 mins for our main course and we ordered no dessert as the choice was very poor!ordered two steaks both of very poor quality and not made to requirements at the cost of 35€ each we were very disappointed!!

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ML
28 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Took 35 minutes to just get water. Then after they gave us menus they said we couldn’t order from 1 of them. It took a very long time to get our appys and our dinner. Not such a good experience.

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S
41 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Vacation and touring Ireland
Stayed at Powerscourt hotel 3 nights everyone and everything was fabulous, food service location lovely best hotel

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DN
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

Having eaten in the other restaurant, I was very disappointed with our meal. My partner's starter was wrong, that was okay, it happens. I had the steak and for €35 is was very disappointing. It was so fatty, I'd say I only ate half. The wine was good and my partner's chicken was amazing! The ambience was fab! I suggest eating in the other restaurant, for the same price, far better value. We only are in this restaurant as we are v v casual people so the ambience suited us but the food let it down. Would still eat here again, but maybe just lunch 😊

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2017
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely staff! Especially easy if you are staying in the hotel.

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