Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar

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Elephant & Castle Prince Street opened in Lower Manhattan in ’73 across from St Vincent’s Hospital where George had worked as an oncologist since the 1950’s. After two decades of short lunch breaks where he could never get anything he wanted to eat, finally he retired to a life of eating everything he wanted to eat, in his own restaurant with a special name. His passion and obsession for quality was infectious and E&C became a New York classic within a few years. Doors opened in a very different and quiet Temple Bar in January 1989 and by Summer of that year the queues had already started for our fantastic food and spectacular atmosphere!
Outside the world has greatly changed, but inside our swinging doors we try to keep things just the way they were.
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K
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wings were amazing, but the burgers were burnt so much we couldn't cut into them. They were so dry inside also. The kids breaded chicken was also burnt so much the breadcrumbs were black. Disappointed as we have travelled from Belfast and opted for here over our usual restaurant when we are down.

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Responded 7 days ago

Disappointing read and this certainly doesn't sound like our usual high standards. If youcould contact me at ronan@elephantandcastle.ie I'd be greatful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good and overall great experience, found that the waitress wasn’t too friendly but that didn’t affect us too much

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Responded on 23 September 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! E&C Team

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great waitress

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Responded on 20 September 2019

Thank you for the five-star review! E&C Team

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KP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, chicken wings are a must to try as they are known for them.. I had the fillet steak and it was amazing, the rest of the group all enjoyed their dishes. Lovely service from the team and I would highly recommend to all.

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Responded on 16 September 2019

Thank you KeithP. Delighted to hear that everything was to your liking. Your kind words will be delivered to the team. E&C Management

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

I should have said something sooner to the staff there. But i was with a group of 7 people and we all were unimpressed with the service. our wings were lovely- but we didn't get the rest of food for a good 20 mins with the chips coming after we had finished our wings. The service was poor. maybe it was an off day of a saturday?? but it was just all very poor.

HD
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, originally from Dublin I now live in the UK and every visit home means that Elephant and Castle is an absolute must!!!

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Responded on 16 September 2019

Hi HazelD, Thank you for the excellent review! See you soon E&C Team

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

Lovely food but quite a long wait for our table with nowhere to stand. Hard to get service at times but this may have been down to how busy it was.

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Responded on 16 September 2019

Hi Jaimie, Thank you for taking the time to review us. E&C Team

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VW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Chicken wings were amazing, would highly recommend. However our mains were slightly overpriced for what we actually received (quite small portions) and the burgers we got we quite overdone on the outside. Wait staff were pleasant however once mains were served it was quite hard to get the attention of wait staff. When we did order dessert, we had to wait well over 20 mins for same to be brought down to the table and this somewhat tarnished the overall meal.

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Responded on 12 August 2019

Hi VanessaW, Sorry to hear everything was not up to our normal standards. We do hope to see you again and you will see it as a once off. Kind Regards, E&C Management

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JB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best chicken wings ever! We went two nights in a row to have them specifically.

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Responded on 12 August 2019

Hi JennB, Thank you so much for the great review. Hope we see you soon E&C team

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

It was ok. I went for food at 3pm in the day and there was only breakfast/brunch items, salads & burgers being offered. At 3pm you would expect more of a dinner menu to be offered as lunch is well over at 3pm. Food was ok but disappointed with menu.

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Responded on 7 August 2019

Hi Sabrina, During the weekends we are offering brunch menu up to 4.30pm. Sorry to hear that disappointed you. Hope you drop in and give us another go. Thanks, E&C Management

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

The service was quite slow, and the food did to meet expectations at all , food was quite dry and the burgers were slightly burnt .

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Responded on 7 August 2019

Hi there, Apologies that the food you received on the day doesn't sound like it was up to our usual high standard. You should have let one of our staff know and we could have replaced it with something that may have been much more satisfactory for you. Hope you drop in and give us another try. Thanks, E&C Management

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

The MD as usual gentleman staff amazing food excellent love it there

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Responded on 7 August 2019

Hi MichaelD, Thank you so much for your kind words and excellent review. See you soon E&C Management

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

best chicken wings ever, staff friendly, ambiance relaxed

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Responded on 3 August 2019

Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us! E&C Management

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MF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great with friends and for sharing! I wish they had tap beer or a more “local” choice of draft.

NR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food at reasonable price. Service too slow. We had to wait longitud forma te food

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Responded on 22 July 2019

Hi NoemiR, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Some delays can be occurred due to busy service, please accept our sincere apologies! Hope we see you soon sometimes! E&C Management

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PC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buzzy fun restaurant in Templebar Dublin with good service and good food!

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Responded on 15 July 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! E&C Management

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KC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely venue, great food and good service. The craft beers & Cider were very tasty and just perfect for a warm summer evening

AH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Elephant and Castle could not do enough for us. We had one member of our party with very specific dietary requirements and they catered for his needs. The food itself was incredible and we will definitely be back.

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Responded on 7 July 2019

Hi, AlanH, Delighted to hear everything was great! See you soon, Thanks, E&C Management

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MK
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Been several times - Wings are always great. Took burger this time - burnt to a cinder absolutely awful - was in a hurry to leave & with friends otherwise would have sent it back

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Responded on 7 July 2019

Hi MartinK, Very sorry to hear that you did not have a great experience in our restaurant. Did you mention it to any of our staff at the time as we will always swiftly replace anything our customers feel is less than our usual high standard? Kind Regards, E&C Management

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PC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was attentive and the food came on time and was good. Reasonable value for middle of town

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Responded on 7 July 2019

Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the great review! E&C Management

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r
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bit of a wait for food but well worth it.
Great atmosphere, food was lovely and the staff were great. Would definitely recommend for a meal if your on Dublin. Will be going back.

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Responded on 27 June 2019

Thank you so much for such a nice review, always appreciated! E&C Management

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SA
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Crowded and loud, service was slow. Would not recommend it anymore. The food was adequate but the volume was far too noisy to have any conversation.

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Responded on 21 June 2019

Hi SAKE, Sorry to hear that you didn't like our busy environment. You might give us another try sometimes. Many thanks, E&CManagement

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GB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Personnal was very friendly
A great moment with friends

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Responded on 9 June 2019

We glad to hear that you had a great time with us. See you soon. E&C Management

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful place to start the evening in such an astonishing spot on Temple bar. This was not our first time in but was the first one we booked in advance. But bit disappointed as we had to wait for the table at the arrival an then the kitchen got so busy that we had to wait 40 minutes for the mains. Nice time there overall but not our best.

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Responded on 2 June 2019

Thank you so much for taking your time to review us. Sorry for the slightly delay that sometimes occurs due to busy periods. Hope we gonna see you again. E&C Management

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BC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fab. General consensus was that our waitress was having an awful day, quick and efficient but very little else. Also the two transaction policy when paying Is just unnecessary.

EM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my son's Communnion here on Saturday and from start to finish it was just excellent. Food delicious and service was excellent.They're made him feel extra special through the hustle and bustle of a busy service.Definitely would recommend

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Responded on 25 May 2019

Thank you for the great review! Glad you enjoyed your time with us! See you soon E&C Management

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C
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food is overpriced for what it is. Ordered a bottle of wine and was overcharged for it on the final bill. Had to ask waiter to re-check price and it was then deducted from bill. Wine was €40, but can be bought in shops for €6.50, checked this afterwords.

Main courses were nice but again completely overpriced.

Heavy service charge then added to bill after poor service to the table.

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Responded on 25 May 2019

Hi Cormac, Very sorry to hear that our service wasn't up to the usual standard. Prices have been rectified already in the system. You might try us again sometime. E&C Management

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IE
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great service. Seated as soon as we arrived.

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Responded on 5 May 2019

Thanks for taking your time to give us a nice feedback. E&C Management

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EF
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely family dinner, clementine looked after us very well and we all enjoyed as always the wings! Tried a number of their wines and left very merry! Thanks again!

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Responded on 8 April 2019

Thanks for the nice review ElaineF, and for your kind words. we will pass it on to Clementine. We are looking forward to having you dine with us again. E&C Management

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great chicken wings as always but similar to the last few occasions I have been there service could be better.

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Responded on 8 April 2019

Sorry to hear that your experience was less than amazing.We do hope it will not deter you coming back to have a better experience. E&C Management

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Whilst the food was good we were very let down by service. Our drinks order was taken incorrectly on 3 occasions, we couldn't get their attention to get the bill. When we did, we had to go and remind them 10 minutes later. The food server was also incredibly grumpy when he was trying to find out who ordered the dish he had to hand. Not a good impression at all for the international colleagues I was hosting that night. They did deal with our complaint promptly and discounted the bill but it wasn't about the money

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Responded on 4 April 2019

Hi Michelle, I am sorry to hear you were not happy with the your recent dining experience in our restaurant. We strive to give the best service to our guests and present with the highest quality of food, so it's disappointing to hear that it was not up to our usual standard on this particular occasion. Many thanks, E&C Management

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience in the Otiginal Elephant and Castle. Been coming here for over 25 years and it never disappoints. Service was superb, food delicious and we had a great family meal. Highly recommended.

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Responded on 4 April 2019

Thank you for taking time to review us. Always appreciated! See you soon, E&C Management

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E
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely time on Sunday with family.
Lovely friendly staff

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Responded on 4 April 2019

Thank you Eileen for the nice review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time. See you soon, E&C Management

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TM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were a group of six so we were able to book a table this time. Often we are just three or four and therefore can’t reserve a table which can be frustrating.. even if they took a no refund deposit... would be preferable..

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Responded on 4 April 2019

Sorry TrionaM, but we only take online bookings for large groups as there is such a huge demand at the door for walk in customers. Everybody is more than welcome to drop in in advance to put their name on the door list. If you are not able to do that, come in and if we cannot get it for you straight away we will take a name on our door list and keep a table for you. Thank you for taking your time to review us, E&C Management

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Average food but central location

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Responded on 23 March 2019

Thank you for the stars! E&C Management

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m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s all about the food.

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Responded on 14 March 2019

Thank you for the 5 star!

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KB
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

One main course was forgotten and then when it did come, it was incorrect leaving one diner eating alone. No apology and very little acknowledgment. Will not return.

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Responded on 14 March 2019

Hi Kim, Very sorry to hear about your unusually bad experience in our restaurant. You might try us again sometimes. E&C Management

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s
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food however we did have to reach out a number of times for standard items, napkins water etc and we were a large group 11, as I said food is always great will be back

OC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was beautiful but sat down at 9.10 and didn’t receive our food till 10.30.
Took the goodness off the night with waiting around

F
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for amazing burgers and good beer - perfect for a rugby weekend!

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Responded on 23 March 2019

We are glad you enjoyed your time with us! See you soon! E&C Management

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