Roly's Café

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The Café at Rolys is a casual dining alternative to the restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch is available on weekends.
Our approach is based on producing café food to the highest standards, whether a simple sandwich or a four course dinner. Fresh bread and a mouth watering selection of cakes and desserts are available all day.
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SH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We dined early, so few people in, hence the noise and ambience rating. It was full by the time we left.
Welcoming staff. Prompt service and very tasty food. We had Thai fish cakes followed by Fish and chips. Both delicious. Would eat here again and recommend to others.

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Responded on 5 October 2019

Hi Sylvia, thank you for your feedback! Looking forward to seeing you soon, Niamh at Roly's

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

Food was ok, from what I had been told, I was expecting a lot more from this place. On arrival at 4.55pm, having shown the details of my reservation for 5pm, I was told by the floor manager 'We don't open until 5.30pm and the chef doesn't start cooking until then, Oh, you're in the cafe'. Not the most pleasant of greetings!!! Will not be returning.

K
16 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Having had a bad experience at my previous visit, I decided to try again. Overall, the set menu was full of really good choice, the food was of excellent quality ingredients, beautifully cooked and the value was very good also. The duration of the meal from when first seated to finishing the main course was about an hour.

However, we ordered our dessert and coffees at 7.05pm. The desserts on offer consist of Tapas type mini desserts which are pre-made and on display in the entrance area of the cafe. They simply have to plated and delivered to the table. By 7.30pm we gave up and left without either dessert or the coffees. The waiter admitted being at fault, but we still got no dessert. We were the only people seated in the rear part of the restaurant during that time, so we were hard to miss. Nobody even approached us to see if we were waiting for something. We paid and left. A pity to spoil a good meal and put a slight dampener on our evening.

CG
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you do not want the more formal experience of the upstairs Roly's cafe is an excellent alternative. V pleasant experience, good food at a reasonable price, value for money wine, excellent service.

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

The food was excellent and great value for money, 2 courses for €19, lots to choose from.The wine list is also reasonably priced. Good service and atmosphere. Definitely recommend.

CA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

FOOD AND AMBIANCE WAS GREAT WOULD DEFINATLEY GO BACK AND RECOMMEND TO OTHERS. SERVICE WAS GOOD ALTHOUGH NOT OVERLY FRIENDLY.

BH
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service - would highly recommend.

IB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent tasty and well-presented food as always. Service could have been better to start with but improved as the meal went on.

MB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Pleasant, with good quality food and a nice busy atmosphere. Pricey. The service was good but a little intrusive and it had a slightly perfunctory quality to it – there wasn't a huge sense of being given personal attention. Also, a small thing perhaps, we were upstairs and asked about liqueurs, but were told there weren't any, even though there was a cabinet full of them downstairs.

F
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and having been evacuated from a nearby hotel due to a small fire we were running late for dinner,
I contacted the restaurant and was so relieved when the assured me it was no problem.
When we arrived we were taken to irvtable and made a fuss off! The food was amazing, the best steak I’ve tasted in a long time, they even managed a special dessert for myself, one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been in and will always be remembered

HW
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was great, service excellent. Would definitely recommend.

NL
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant post match meal,good buzz after hone win, busy but staff very good tho glad we were earlier as was very crowded when we were leaving.

VN
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely relaxed environment - great steaks !! Fantastic value

OH
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The restaurant was almost empty and so very little atmosphere.
The food was excellent as always and fantastic value for money.
Despite the fact that there was only one other table of 8, service was slow.
About 9pm, an hour after we arrived, we were the only table left. The staff began brushing up and spraying cleaning products. The windows were open and we felt we were being rushed out.
In fairness I did ask for the Manager and he provided a beautiful cheesecake.
I would not recommend visiting on a Sunday night.

CW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been going to Roly's, off and on, for about 25 years in its various configurations. The Cafe format is perfect as I had Grandchildren with me on Friday 16th November and the menu was well received by them.
It would be fair to say the food is always of a high standard and the service is usually very good.
I recently joined the Roly's club, which offers special offers and discounts for members of the club. It was a shame no one seemed to know a lot about this club or its benefits amongst the staff but thankfully a manager soon appeared and took a decision on what needed to happen.
I also made the booking for the Table on the 28th October when I knew I would be in the area, but even though they phoned to confirm my booking a few days before, they couldn't find it on the night. Once I showed them the confirmation on Open Table, the matter was rectified.
These are minor complaints, just kick back and enjoy the food and the ambiance, thats what its all about.

j
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, friendly service, good menu and good food

CT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening in Roly’s........I would highly recommend it ..... great dining experience!!.......Staff exceptional!

DM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

What lets it down is the atmosphere. It shouldn't compete with the bistro based on the price but it could benefit from some charm of its own.

PJ
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-rugby dinner with the wife. Great location, matched by the super service and also amazing quality food. We are so pleased we pre-booked the table as it was really busy!. If only our team had performed as well on the rugby pitch- but you can't have everything. Thank you Roly's, we will definitely be back one day.
Cheers Paul and Angela Jones (Coventry)

K
16 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had to give a star for food, ambiance etc to leave a review. However we never got to eat the food as the restaraunt did not reserve the table that we booked.

I used to eat here regularly and I’m even enrolled in their loyalty program. I know it’s busy on a rugby weekend so I booked 7 days in advance. It was also my daughters first visit so a bit of an occasion. Roly’s RANG ME 2 days prior (13/9@18:35) to confirm the booking. I also got a text requesting confirmation 24 hours prior and another confirmation text when I replied. After all this back and forth, there was NO DOUBT that Roly’s knew we were coming, and we knew they were expecting us.

On arrival (on time) Roly’s clearly had not reserved a table but didn’t admit it (I saw the reservation sheet guys). I might have been less annoyed if they’d been honest. They left us waiting without giving a reason, There is a restaraunt upstairs separate from the Cafe restaraunt, but we were not offered a table there. Instead, after waiting 10 minutes without explanation, the waiter passed us carrying an extra table out from the storeroom, put it almost in the shop area with a tablecloth and expected us to sit in an part of the room not normally used for eating, that was effectively a walkway from the restaraunt to the exit

At this point we had been treated sufficiently badly, (including a rather rude female receptionist) that we decided to leave. I eventually (accidentally) found the owner who offered complimentary dinner. There wasn’t much point since we didn’t have a table anyway, we hadn’t been offered a suitable alternative place to sit, and we were too upset by then to eat.

I am a season ticket holder with Leinster, so would have been there at least 14 more times over the winter as the restaraunt was a favorite of mine, but I’ll be much more wary of going here now. Absolutely furious. No excuse for it, given that Roly’s rang me on my mobile to confirm, proving that this had nothing to do with Open Table.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service from the amazing hostess to our server, Amanda.

Sitting in the quiet wine room was lovely. Our food was excellent.

JF
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Super good. Pleasant, efficient service. Well worth a visit!

M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

When we arrived at the Café we were brought through and up the stairs into the main restaurant. When we looked at the menu it was twice the price of the café and very busy and noisy. Fortunately, I had my Open Table email which I showed to the waiter and explained that we had booked the Café and not the Restaurant. After some discussion with the Manager we were told that the Café was very busy and we would probably have to wait for a table there. We pointed out that when we arrived there were tables free so we didn't see the problem. We were eventually escorted back to the Café where there were several free tables. We felt it was a little bit 'smart' and I was very glad that I had booked through Open Table and could prove it with the email on my phone.

NP
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very enjoyable evening with good food and a very reasonable bill.
Just be careful when booking as I originally thought I was booking the Bistro. However in fairness we were not remotely disappointed and in hindsight the Cafe was probably much more suited to us.

BW
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on a family vacation. The reservation did not get recorded by OpenTable but Roly’s quickly accommodated us with a very nice table. Food and ambience were terrific.

TK
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

It was my husbands birthday but we were the only people in the cafe.. it was a Saturday night at 8.30 and we were the only people there so zero ambience..🙁 food gorgeous... but no pink gin..☹️ Normally love this place...

AV
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

We had a really nice meal at Roly’s but it wasn’t spoilt by the waiters who continually throughout our meal leaned over us to reach bottles of wine which were positioned awkwardly in a cabinet beside our table. We tried to ignore it and laugh off the annoyance but it got to much and so we mentioned it to the waiter who proceeded to not apologise and we were then given dirty looks by the other staff. Very unimpressed. They make us feel invisible.

GM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always Roly’s was very good. We have visiting multiple times and it is always consistently good.

PO
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Went to this restaurant at the recommendation of our Uber driver. He said it was good food and a good price both of which are true. While the food was good the service seemed a bit rushed and not friendly (but not mean either) which was not the overall norm at any other place in Dublin (or Ireland for that matter) we visited.

DD
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Rolys Cafe and Bistro. Food great and the staff are tops. One of my /our favourite
Spots in Dublin. Good value for money. Will be back.

KC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Food is excellent and their set menu is brilliant value for the quality of the food. Staff are always lovely and service is good. It is a local gem!

PO
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Poor ambience and limited menu .
Was superb restaurant years ago. Obviously not anymore.

AN
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

WE WERE NEVER ONCE ASKED IF EVERYTHING WAS OK. WE HAVE EATEN A FEW TIMES IN BISTRO UPSTAIRS AND FOUND IT VERY GOOD BUT WERE DISAPPOINTED IN CAFE.

e
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

we enjoyed our visit to rolys for dinner only comment is attention to detail eg our main corurse came up very fast particularly after haveing delicous scampi which can be quiet filling but lovely. when main meal arrived our plates from started were still on the table. these were cleared and then the main course arrived which was lovely. i also noticed on table near us they asked for main course in 15mins when it arrived they has to ask for cultury. these are little pointers which i am bringing to your attention. but we will be back as food is fabulous regards

JA
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed our meal and experience at Roly's Cafe. The starter and main course were fantastic and service was excellent. The only negative was with dessert, we tried three tapas desserts and didn't find them that appetising. They tasted a bit like they had been resting in the fridge all day and didn't have too much flavour. Overall though it was a great night out and we will definitely be visiting again

K
16 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here many times now, and the quality is consistently high. Very busy due to being close to the Aviva Stadium after a rugby match. Even with a full house the service was relaxed but prompt. A two course set meal was €16.95pp which is amazing value, although there were quite a few main courses had a supplement of €5-7. The desert menu was a bit limited on the set menu, but was very tasty. There is a really nice atmosphere as the cafe is more relaxed than the slightly more formal bistro upstairs.

Overall, I will definitely be returning. A really nice dining experience. Happy to call myself a regular now.

NO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious and very attractive. However the restaurant was let down by the awful service. There was 3 waiters, and it was not busy. They were simply not attentive, which I see as a very important part of the dining experience.

R
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal in Roly's Cafe recently except for the awful sediment found in my partners glass of red wine! The restaurant were very apologetic and we were not charged for that glass. Other than that hiccup it was a truly enjoyable experience. I love the new decor which is much easier on the eye and the ambiance of the restaurant is very relaxed and calm.

TD
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a really lovely meal after the Leinster/Saracens game. Great value 2 courses for €16.95. Had a nice bottle of wine for only €22.00. Nice atmosphere and really lovely staff. Would definitely recommend - have eaten there 4/5 times and always had a really good experience.

SH
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a great atmosphere. Good and friendly service. Much enjoyed.

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