ELY BAR & GRILL

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ELY BAR & GRILL, in Dublin’s Docklands, is Ireland’s oldest wine venue located within beautifully restored wine vaults. The original 1821 cellars, now with 2 fully licensed bars and a heated waterside terrace, have been transformed to become the architecturally stunning venue it is today. Whether it’s dinner for 2 or 200, or drinks and bar bites with friends, ELY BAR & GRILL offers one of the most unique and atmospheric dining experiences in Ireland.
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GS
Dublin
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique setting, delicious food

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SO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great waiting staff and ambience. Food was pricey for what we got. Overall I would recommend a visit but only using an early bird menu.

SO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Staff were delightful and really attentive. Food was delicious, will definitely be back again and soon!

JQ
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

i have been to Ely CHQ on quite a number of occasions and mostly find it an enjoyable experience. Lovely feel in the Cellar, the food is usually very good and the staff excellent.
On this occasion I found that the gents toilet was not being cleaned regularly, with an overflowing paper towel bin allowing paper to fall on the flour and an accumulation of dodgy aims around the urinals. i reported this to a staff member but on a later visit found that nothing was done.

AA
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pre-theatre dinner, service was prompt and friendly, food delicious and wine perfectly chilled.... what more could you ask for?

LK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 4

It is really nice place highly recommend for visiting. Short menu but really high quality of food.

PM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, on a beautiful cool evening.
The Ely terrace has an excellent ambiance and providing the weather is good as it was this evening then it’s a wonderful place to have some wine and food.
We had an excellent wine recommended by our server who was very attentive in spite of it being very busy.
The bar bites are good and solid food but nothing very remarkable .

DC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual our lunch was excellent! Food was very good. The staff were friendly and efficient. And the glorious weather added to the great ambience! We had no problem exchanging our pre ordered high top table for one outdoors in the sunshine.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food quality was excellent - fresh, farm to table - though taste was a bit bland and steak and duck were tough. Wine choices were limited but very good. Ambience was amazing in the downstairs wine vault area.

MM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Nice wine list but that’s about it. The menu is designed for bros on a business trip. Overpriced mediocre food in a fancy setting.

KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was meeting a client to celebrate a special occasion and we had a really lovely lunch at Ely....great food and service, also lovely atmosphere, got quite noisy at one point but did not take away from the experience!

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

Food was absolutely stunning, each and every dish especially the duck. One of the best dishes I think I’ve ever eaten. Service was impeccable at the beginning however it seemed we were forgotten about for a while as our plates weren’t cleared after the main for a bit longer than it should have been. However, once this was brought to their attention it was instantly fixed. Not a major issue whatsoever, most likely just slipped the view of the staff.

BS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice dining experience, good ambience, excellent service.
Will come again!

r
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

top class food and staff. will definitely be back

RM
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was really well put together, all our dishes were delicious, the staff were very prompt yet professional, fantastic value for money!

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food as alway, spectacular! We had 3 different servers attending our table. Was had to make an effort to get someone refill our water, as no waiter had ownership of the table and came over to check of all is ok. This restaurant is one of my favorite and the atmosphere is wonderful and I expect the quality of service to match the quality of all else that this place offers. Great place for a date btw. Stakes are delish!

HB
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely family meal in Ely this week. We were there last year and everyone agreed we should return for this occasion.

The setting in this old vaulted building creates a lovely atmosphere.

The service is very good. Our waiter was very attentive and always at hand without being intrusive.

The food and wine were fabulous. We had a chef and a sommelier in our party and both were very happy with our meal.

I would definitely recommend a visit to Ely.

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

I've been to Ely bar and grill several times. The latest visit was a Thursday lunchtime. There was no one at the desk upstairs when we arrived at 12.43, so we went downstairs, and explained we had a reservation, and I gave my name and reservation time of 12.45. The person we spoke to waved towards several empty tables and said "take any of the tables for two". When we sat at one, he asked if we would be drinking wine, and as we paused and said maybe not (it was a working lunch), he picked up the wine glasses from the table and took them away. There was just something about the way he did it that made me feel unwelcome.
We chose main courses of Seared cod for me, and simple battered fish and chips for my companion. Both were delicious, as usual.
Later we ordered desert - my companion chose a tart - and green tea and an Americano. Tea and coffee arrived promptly, but after a long delay we had to attract the servers attention and remind him we were still waiting for the tart. It arrived soon after.

We paid our bill of just over €50 with a credit card and left a cash tip.

As we left, I noticed an email from the reservation service Open Table which began
"Hi XXXX,
We understand that plans can change unexpectedly. We learned from ELY BAR & GRILL that you weren't seated for your booking on Thursday for 2."
The email went on to explain how terrible it is not to turn up for a booking, and that I shouldn't do it again.
There was a point later in the email giving me the opportunity to protest my innocence if I had actually cancelled or perhaps even attended on time. But Open Table will check with the restaurant, and oddly my bill or receipt won't prove my innocence, so I'm guilty until Ely say otherwise.
Despite the great food and good value, I now feel bad about Ely and very wary of ever using Open Table to make a reservation again. Avoid both.

s
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Family and I have been here several times for brunch and everytime we have gone it has been amazing.
The food, service and atmosphere all brilliant.
The waiting staff cant do enough for you and are always on hand if you need anything.
Sunday brunch is nice and chilled and food is very tasty.

Would highly recommend.

P
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went there with my wife and we had a very good time. Food was excellent and a very nice choice of wines.

ELY BAR & GRILL
Responded on 30 July 2019

Dear Pingandre, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. Be assured your compliments have been passed on to our chefs and the entire team. We look forward to welcoming you again in near future. Kind Regards, - ely team

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PF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for Sunday brunch....good food and good service, also good location. We will be back for sure!

ELY BAR & GRILL
Responded on 30 July 2019

Dear PeterF, Thank you for leaving this lovely review. The Atrium bar is a great brunch spot, indeed. If lucky enough to have a spell of sunshine, it is even better! Be assured your compliments have been passed on to our chefs and the front of house team. We look forward to welcoming you again in near future. - the ely team.

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BK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and great restaurant. A brilliant experience!

ELY BAR & GRILL
Responded on 30 July 2019

Dear BrendanK, Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review. I have passed your kind comments on to our team and we look forward to your next visit. - the ely team.

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DD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice pre-theatre menu. Food was very good. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive.

MC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Sadly we were not told there was only the option of a per theatre menu as we would not have booked if we had known. As we had eaten there before we were really looking forward to the meal and were disappointed at the quality of the menu options the rib eye steak was served with chips and a plain green salad not at all to the standard of past meals at the Ely Gar & grill sadly. As it was a special occasion we were disappointed.

RM
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful food, great staff and great atmosphere, would recommend and return.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was amazing, and the food and drink selections were great!

KF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Great food, great atmosphere and very well looked after by Alex. The hours just slipped by as four of us caught up with stories and updates of the last couple of years .

LA
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The venue, atmosphere, service and food are quite good, still a bit overpriced from my point of view. However, nice place to spend summer noons. Thanks

H
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went here our first night in Dublin & I could not have been more pleased! The staff was very welcoming, the food was great & the inside of the restaurant was beautiful. I would highly recommend!

ELY BAR & GRILL
Responded on 30 July 2019

Dear Hannah, Many thanks for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We were delighted to welcoming yourselves on your first evening in Dublin. It is always great to see our guests reactions when walking through the vaults for the first time, it is a beautiful place, indeed. Be assured your compliments have been passed on to the entire team. We look forward to your next visit. the ELY team

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DG
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!
The food was just perfect, as was the service

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

Excellent hospitality,and friendly service . Good good and good value will return with my family over the summer

FA
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant with very good food and attentive service. The wine vaults are beautifully renovated and the food and service match the decor.

MM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely food , steak lovely and done to perfection, starter we had bread , lovely mixture of tasty breads . Service excellent ! But I had the pan fried Hallibut in a sauce I could not understand why it was served in this very watery and milky like sauce ! There was one very small piece of fish surrounded by floating bits of fishy nut like pieces ! Then I’m left with a bowl of watery sauce ! Like something you’d have to drink ! There was no chips or potatoes to accompany it . I did order some chips on the side . So at the end I dipped my chips in to soak up some of it ! Disappointing! The dessert was to die for , was Apple tart or some thing to share

Kind regards

EC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ronan, Baji and the team were excellent.
Our waiter was extremely helpful and friendly.

Couldn't have had a better birthday meal for my mother

OT
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Ein schlechter, eigentlich nicht vorhandener Service hat den Abend zu einem enttäuschenden Erlebnis werden lassen. Obwohl das Essen und das Ambiente sehr gut waren.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My meal was amazing, the steak.
My mom's meal was okay - bit bland, salmon
My sisters' meal was tasty, starter & fries
The wine was incredible!

s
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here on several occasions and every time we have gone we always have a great time.
The staff are extremely helpful and are always making sure you have everything.
The food is outstanding and fresh.
Always a nice atmosphere and restaurant is spotless.

Will definitely be back again.

AO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

i would especially recommend this restaurant for large groups, it is spacious and nice to have a corner all to ourselves

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Excellent food and service at very good prices for Dublin.

LM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Over priced for what we got! Starter and dessert were very disappointing. We got the smoked salmon to start which was just a slice of smoked salmon and half a slice of bread. We got the cherry & almond tart for dessert which was more of a sponge than a tart and extremely dry. I got the rib eye steak for main which was nice, my partner got the beef cheek which was mediocre. Overall disappointing for the price we paid! Service was adequate but without a smile.

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