Elephant & Castle - Rathmines

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Our Rathmines restaurant is an exciting new chapter in the Elephant & Castle story. Just in time for Christmas, the second Elephant & Castle has opened on the corner of Rathmines Road and Castlewood Avenue. The signature white facade from Temple Bar has been replicated, bringing new life to this previously quiet corner of Rathmines village.

The menu will feature the same great dishes that make Elephant & Castle a firm favourite. From the fluffy omelettes, caesar salads and juicy burgers, and, of course, those crispy, spicy wings. We’re focusing on friendly, laid-back service; tasty as ever food and a relaxed atmosphere - everything Elephant & Castle lovers have come to expect from a visit to our place. The 110-seater restaurant is spacious and bright, with large windows looking out onto buzzing Rathmines. Comfy booths and oak clad walls with black and white images from Elephant & Castle’s native New York City decking the walls.
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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went for the Franks hot sauce wings. Service slow on the night and chips a little cold. We went for the wings having been to Templebar. This venue wouldn’t be my first choice for wings based on experience from this visit.

CO
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

To be honest the only thing that redeemed the experience we had at Elephant and castle was our very nice waiter. In fairness our children liked it and were happy with their meal but they also like certain fast food chains so they're not very discerning! The food was just okay, the music was awful dance type and too loud. Box ticked, wouldn't be rushing back.

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Responded 5 days ago

I am sorry to hear that our food this time around wasn't up to our usual standard and I'm happy to hear that your waiter looked after you well! Thank you for your feedback, hopefully we can get your rating up to 5 stars on your next visit! Chris@Elephantandcastle

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DD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We waited an hour for our food, which is too long. We had delightful Romanian waiter who was great. Even the 20 year old in our group found the place too noisy.

Food was adequate ...be wont be going back.

OM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely friendly staff and very tasty food. There's a great selection of food. I had the chicken wings which were just so delicious. I'll definitely be visiting again.

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Responded on 1 October 2019

Hi Orla, Delighted to hear you enjoyed our famous chicken wings and thank you for the 5*! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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KD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to eat. Very helpful and kind staff. Food was amazing (especially the chicken wings). Will definitely be back.

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Responded on 1 October 2019

Hi Karl, Thank you so much for the 5* rating and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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T
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was served quicker than the wine. Burgers were not cooked in the centre, only semi warm. Par-cooked & then insufficiently reheated. Burger was to be topped with cheese but cheese was under burger, assumably for the lack of heat to help melt the cheese? Manager seemed indifferent, even when we said we were leaving. Very poor complaint handling.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Hi - Was looking forward to trying this branch for so long, as the original branch in Temple Bar has been a favorite go-to for many years. Unfortunately, the restaurant was very cold, the service was poor, with the staff giving an impression that it was the last place they wanted to be. The food when it came was fine, nothing to write home about, chips were poor quality and in fact food went cold rapid

LK
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a lovely work team dinner here on Tuesday night. The food was delish!! We were a little disappointed that we couldn't order the cocktails on the menu since they don't have spirits license anymore and they were sold out of a few of the dessert options too. But overall we had a great night.

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Responded on 29 September 2019

Hi Lisa, Delighted to hear you enjoyed your evening with us. Sorry we didn't have the dessert you wanted, they are all very popular but we will try to keep our stock levels at an optimum in future! We do have a number of cocktails on our list, all prosecco/ liquor based. Maybe the next time you are in you'll try one? I highly recommend The Pink Elly. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your feedback and we hope to see you again soon. E&C Management

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S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

While the food was fine, it was expensive for what it was and there wasn’t a great deal of choice. I would like to see more chicken and fish on the menu. The music was quite loud but then maybe it’s a restaurant for younger people.

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Responded on 25 September 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts, we appreciate all feedback. I have passed on your comments to our kitchen team as we are always looking for ways to improve. Kind regards, E&C Management

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EM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the wings, they were very good. Good spot

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Responded on 20 September 2019

Hi there, Great to see the 4* rating, thank you very much. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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AD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent wings, delicious salmon. Service attentive and swift, what more could you require?

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Responded on 19 September 2019

Hi AnnD, Delighted to hear you were so happy after your visit. Your kind words are very much appreciated. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Simple menu with great tasting food. The restaurant is casual, but you could dress up if you wanted.

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Responded on 24 September 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, it is very much appreciated. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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JK
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always come back for the chicken wings. I would give them 8.5. they were just a little too wet for me. I prefer them drier and chewier. Will still be coming back for them though!

SB
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food wasn’t hot, the wrong bill was brought to the table twice. Very disappointing!!
On the plus side the chips were great!!

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Responded on 19 September 2019

Hi SuzieB, Thank you for taking the time to give us a rating. It is disappointing to hear the service you received on your visit was not up to our usual standards. We hope you give us another chance. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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CF
Galway
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Music unsuitable for 5pm, volume too loud and stressful, genre was jarring. Volume was lowered a little on request but I couldn't go back eventhough everything else, food, service, value and menu, are all very good. Shame

SM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & food was lovely. Really enjoyed it & will definitely be returning soon. Wings are 👌

F
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food and low prices. The venue is nice but we were served in a little table close to the entrance.

A
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The chicken wings were fine, but my pasta dish was over cooked and not particularly tasty. The burgers were dry and over cooked. Service was fine.!

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Responded on 10 September 2019

Hi there, Sorry to hear you were disappointed with the food on your recent visit. I have passed on your comments to the kitchen team who will do their best to ensure our guests get the highest quality of food on every occasion. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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PD
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Really not sure. Service was chaotic tjo place wasn't busy. Wine warm..tho replaced. One side of cafe vvv warm in the sun. No one checking in. I guess service is the problem, not the food!

MD
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my third time trying Elephant and Castle in Rathmines and it’s juts not the same as the Temple Bar branch. The service not as efficient, food not as good. I thought first two times I visited it was because it was new branch new staff etc. But this time I had only visited Temple Bar branch one week before visiting Rathmines and difference really showed.

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Responded on 10 September 2019

Hi there, We strive to give our guests the best level of service and great quality of food on every visit so we are sorry to hear your recent visit to our Rathmines branch was not up to scratch. Rest assured your comments will be taken on board and will bolster us to improve on every level. Thank you, The E&C Team

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overpriced and food very standard - I would make better myself

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Responded on 3 September 2019

Hi Richard, I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with the food you received on your visit. The Head Chef has been made aware of your comments and as a team we will strive, as always, to offer the highest quality of food to our guests moving forward. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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PD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Staff very friendly and attentive. Will be back soon 👍

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Responded on 3 September 2019

Hi Patrick, Thank you for taking the time to give us a 5* rating, it is very much appreciated. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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US
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The music was not at all relaxing, but rather annoying and far too loud, interfering with the conversation between the four of us. The music was perhaps suitable for a dance club.

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Responded on 29 August 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, it is always appreciated and can only help us to improve our guest experience. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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RT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a table for 11 including children. The staff couldn't do enough to accommodate us and made sure the food was delivered really quickly. Delicious, enjoyed by all & great value for money.

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Responded on 29 August 2019

Hi Rhona, We are delighted you and your guests enjoyed your time with us, and we would only be too happy to host you all again soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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D
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good food. A side of fries was a little expensive.

Peroni on draught was very very poor.

Booked a table days in advanced and still got seated beside the toilet door.

Everything else was good. Staff were lovely even being so busy. Food was tastey. Wings were iconic.

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Responded on 27 August 2019

Hi Darragh, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. it is always welcome and can only help us improve. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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MW
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and super service! In great location too!

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on 27 August 2019

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a rating, it is very much appreciated. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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FO
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Chicken wings were great, lime chicken the noodles were flavourless and the omelette was too small. Servive only mediocre, waitress not listening and waiting too long for a drink.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on 27 August 2019

HI there, Sorry to hear you did not receive the quality of food and service expected on your visit. Feedback such as yours is always appreciated and can only help us improve. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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M
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal in Elephant & Castle. The wings are delicious - love the sauce.

Very friendly staff.


Will definitely go back.

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Responded on 27 August 2019

Hi Michael, Delighted to hear you enjoyed our famous wings, our friendly staff will only be too happy to see you again soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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DC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Love elephant and castle however I felt the staff were not friendly and the tables are too close together.

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Responded on 27 August 2019

Hi Deirdre, Thank you for your feedback, all is taken on board and appreciated and can only help us improve. Kind regards, Shannon

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NN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall we had a good meal. It is a bit over priced for what you get. I know that Elephant & Castle are well known for their Chicken Wings but at €14.95 they are a bit pricey. They are just chicken wings!! Also, €5.25 for a side order of French Fries!!
Staff in general were very friendly and helpful with the exception of the Host girl at the reception desk. She was very dour. Someone should explain the concept of "Service with a Smile". It costs nothing!!

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, all is welcome and can only help us to improve. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Had to wait 30mins for our table even though we had a booking. Service was very slow and we had to keep reminding the waitress what we ordered

JC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious chicken wings and lovely friendly waitress. Will definitely be back!

AG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the food, chicken wings were great.
I went with a friend and my baby, I found it too noisy for a small child.

M
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about elephant and castle, the welcoming ,smiley faces and great service from the lovely lady manager and staff ,food just tastes so good and ofcourse will be back ,thank you !

JN
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Made a reservation on open table which was confirmed by email at least twice. Show up to the restaurant with maybe seven tables in use and no record of the booking. Embarassing for my guest who arrived ahead of me. Amateurish behaviour from "Press Up".

BC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

While service was good, in that staff were lovely, they overdid it in my eyes! Our waiter almost hovered at one point.
We were on a long overdue night out and wanted some privacy to chat but the waiter seemed to be constantly around us!
Also our main was served far too quickly, our starters were only cleared and out the main meal came. I think I should’ve been allowed digest the chicken wings fully first!!
None of this put me off, it’s a lovely restaurant and food was delicious and it’s well worth a visit

PD
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Food fresh and delicious. Staff super friendly. Kids loved it also

s
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fab dinner served very promptly by a lovely Mexican waitress she was so sound we will Defo be back again

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Responded on 10 August 2019

Thank you so much for the 5* review and your lovely words. I will be sure to pass on your comments to Leslie. Kind regards, Shannon

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CB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was prompt. I had the salmon and greens which was quite salty.
The noise level was slightly elevated as we were there at lunch and there were a few kids and music was playing. It was ok though.

CP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really excellent. I went there with and on the recommendation of my granddaughter, Eleana, age 15 years. It is a very popular venue for some of her school friends and members of her cricket club. I'll be back!

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