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The Betsy Swords, Dublin, Leinster

The Betsy Swords

4.4
4.4
490 Reviews
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
The Betsy Swords, bar and restaurant, is located at the heart of North County Dublin. Since opening guests can enjoy its contemporary cuisine and unparalleled service, bringing a touch of magic with decadent decor to provide our customers with comfort, ease and cosiness while enjoying a varied mix of classics and locally inspired dishes.

Catering for every occasion from lunch, dinner and beyond, with beautiful bars serving cocktails, fine wines and drinks. Our eclectic menu includes The Betsy Signature Steak, fish, vegetarian options and the famous Betsy Sunday Roast. The Betsy is devoted to constant evolution and development, using the best products that are authentic and bursting with honest to goodness quality and flavour. Our décor, lighting and music offer an oasis of calm away from the bustle of life with a warm Irish welcome.

Open Wednesday and Thursday 3pm, Friday Saturday Sunday 12 noon. The Betsy Swords welcomes local residents, businesses and visitors alike.

The Betsy

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2 people

21:00


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 15:00–00:30 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Sun 12:00–00:00
  • Phone number
    (01) 840 4002
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Brendan Walls
  • Area
    Swords
  • Cross Street
    16 Main Street Swords Co.Dublin
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 490 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dublin

    Gastro Pub

  • North County Dublin

    Best Overall

  • North County Dublin

    Best Service

  • North County Dublin

    Best Ambience

  • North County Dublin

    Best Value

  • North County Dublin

    Child-friendly

  • North County Dublin

    Good for groups

  • North County Dublin

    Good for special occasions

  • North County Dublin

    Lively

  • North County Dublin

    Most Booked

490 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had my little celebration dinner at Betsy and I was treated like a Queen. The service and food was great and overall experience was amazing!

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  2. Lulu

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was well below par. Korean chicken couldn’t even be cut with a normal knife that was given as it was burnt and covered in sauce. Chicken on the other hand had no sauce whatsoever. Battered fish was tasteless. Steak was nice. Starters were blah no real taste off the prawns at all. Best part was dessert although the extremely thin layer of crème brûlée was very disappointing as it was lovely. Overall place decor is fabulous it’s just a pity the food was not good at all

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  3. ChristineO

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very eclectic decor in this restaurant which served a great variety of dishes. The food and service was great, staff were very attentive. It was however marred by misunderstanding when the bill came as our party of 5 had been given three menus and a la carte, specials and early bird. At the end of the specials menu they'd written that the 2 course early bird was 28 and three course was 33. We naturally assumed it referred to the menu listed above on the sheet we were given which wasn't the case. It was a bit misleading and clearly a regular occurrence as staff were quick to point out our mistake. The meal was great but double check the price of what was chosen. Also 16 special rate for two virgin mojitos or 8.50 for one was an outrage. A bill for 5 with 4 2 course early birds and 3 specials, 3 virgin cocktails, a coffee one dessert and a glass of red wine split between 5 with a 10% tip was 59 each. Saying that I would go back again.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Louth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I went for my birthday meal with my friends and had a great night! Our waiter was amazing, unfortunately I didn’t get his name but he was so lovely and funny and made sure we had everything we wanted. The food was lovely and the portions were a really good size. The pornstar martinis were lovely too! Had a great night thanks so much !

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food , lovely cocktails , wonderful staff and the most amazing decor .

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  6. EmmaK

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended The Betsy for my daughter's communion day. The staff went above and beyond to make sure she felt special, the waiters and staff made such a fuss of her. She had a free mocktail, sparklers in her dessert, a round of applause and a hand written card with a generous gift inside. They knew her name from the time she arrived and we all enjoyed it immensely. The food was delicious and great value and the décor is so beautiful there were any amount of photo opportunities available. I would highly recommend the Betsy for any special occasion.

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  7. YvonneO

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 star treatment as always in The Betsy. Thank you Aga and Rocky for looking after us, you guys are always amazing! Excellent food, amazing service and great time was had by all. Their fantastic staff is their selling point (Aga and Rocky in particular) for us but the ambience and food are top class too! Can't recommend The Betsy highly enough for any night out or celebration.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere great as was the staff and service

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  9. AndreaD

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience for my boys confirmation , staff are amazing and made him feel so special on his big day with a mocktail Card and desert with sparklers singing congratulations, Food was just as good as service and I would 100% recommend and have done already the Betsy decor is so nice and gives great pictures for a special occasion . Thanks Guys - Andrea and Family

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very happy customer 😀 beautiful place, loved it. For any celebration

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  11. EA11

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience and place was amazing, staff also amazing and very helpful but the food was so disappointing. Most of us ordered the steak, it was tough, thin and small. No salad at all with it except for half a baby tomato. Most desserts were good except for one. Would go again for drinks and maybe finger food but unfortunately not for a meal.

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  12. Ing123

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really like the place always . But the food needs improved , the chicken was burned

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  13. DavidL

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We have eaten here before but found this experience to be a let down overall. The restaurant service was poor as we felt they were rushing us by removing drinks that were unfinished and generally hanging about waiting to offer the dessert menu as fast as possible. They presented a special menu supplement and then said most items weren’t available,I also felt the menu available was very limited.Food was ok for some of us but one ordered Lamb and had to give it back as it was like leather ( maybe lying there all day ) she received another and it was the same. It was not edible. Bar staff were very nice and efficient but overall a mediocre experience at best.

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  14. DonnaW

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Eat there at least once a month, nothing mentioned about a set menu, poor choice, rib eye steak awful, couldnt eat it, other guests also disappointed with both menu & food.

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  15. LouiseB

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was cold, three times we sent it back and still came out cold 

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  16. Nick

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Took too many booking for mother day and could not delivery - overpriced menu (only option..) - won’t be back.

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  17. RaviG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had dinner with my friends.. one of the best suggested place to go have dinner with friends..

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  18. Catty24

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food choices on menu looked appealing. We just had mains- chicken Kiev which was sizeable itself, but came on a small spoon of mash and the plate then was littered in sugar snap peas. Overall small portion. The other order was Korean chicken which was effectively chilli chicken tenders, these were tough to cut through. The place itself is amazing, great atmosphere. If I was going back it would be just for drinks

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  19. JohnnyW

    New York City

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A big thanks to Rocky and all the Team. Terrific setting and wonderful service !

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  20. Igors

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place with good service and food.

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  21. Ing123

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place . Nice food and better sttafs . I always go there with my friends or just for a dinner with my boyfriend . I recommend

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  22. AncaC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue. Very unique and stylish. The food was absolutely delicious! Thank you!

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  23. JennR

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, lovely food, great service. Beautiful decor

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful night out . Beautiful food , fabulous cocktails and lovely staff . Will most definitely return .

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  25. IsabelG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff that served us were amazing. The food and drinks were lovely too will definitely be coming back

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  26. DamienW

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was Class and was only bettered by the service 10/10

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  27. Steaklover

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice experience overall, would deffo go back again

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  28. OliviaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing from start to finish, will definitely go back again. The food, service and decor was fabulous.

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  29. Partyanimaldublin

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was scrumptious, wine was flowing and the atmosphere electric, I highly recommend. However, the only downside was there were too many waiters, nobody assigned to tables so we were asked five times did we want a drink, with no drinks menu on the table? and did we want to order food from the different waiters when we had only sat down. Lovely staff but very rushed, where my friends and I had not seen each other in a long while, we were catching up, yet we kept being interupted to order food. Unfortunately the staff were falling over themselves as the restaurant wasn't busy maybe they should assign two waiters to each table.

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  30. megand

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff were clearly under pressure - appreciate it was a bank holiday - but they couldn’t have cared less about us. Stressful experience upon arrival right until the end. 2 hours waiting time for a steak and a beef burger - crazy. Confident that they could have forgotten about us as tables left and right of us were being served long before us - we had to actually ask where the food was to be responded with ‘I’m trying my best, I’m waiting on tables over the other side, we’re very busy’. We spent €150 for 2 here. Never once were we asked how the food was, were we OK for everything, etc. Multiple dirty glasses left on the table until we actually had to ask for them to move them. Looks gorgeous inside but definitely will not be returning - disappointing as it came highly recommended to us. I have worked in the service industry for long enough so totally appreciate understaffing especially during busy periods but I don’t think anything warrants poor customer service.

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  31. ChelK

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sunday roast was dreadful beef tough & tasteless. 3 out of the 4 had tummy issues after the meal. We have been to Betsy on numerous occasions & never an issue will not be returning anytime soon.

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  32. MichelleM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Far too busy with not enough staff was an 88 th party which the staff seemed to be focused on service was poor .had the roast beef which was fatty and far too much potato. I’ve always had a good experience at the betsy so it was disappointing

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Was spoken to very poorly, then when asked to speak to a manager I was refused.

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  34. Ruth

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent staff and service, lovely food. Cocktails great value

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  35. DeirdreW

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely comfortable venue, staff friendly and service good. Very disappointed with food prawn pil pil served in a bowl up to brim with Luke warm oil. Not appealing or appetising at all. Steak was nice but definitely not good value for money. Always had a nice food experience here but don’t think I’ll be rushing back anytime soon

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  36. AmyC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, friendly professional staff, fabulous interior. Perfect place for celebrations.

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  37. DianeD

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff are so lovely and helpful. Sang happy birthday to the birthday girl and rang in advance to get her name so they could get the song right! I was very impressed.

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  38. KellyM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just love this place and the staff they go above and beyond , very friendly , food is amazing

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  39. MarionM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, nice variety. Food exceptional and staff very friendly

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  40. DeirdreG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only the chips let the meal down. They were small, crispy/hard & weren't hot. Otherwise the meal was great. The surroundings & service were super.

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The Betsy Swords is rated 4.4 stars by 490 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Betsy Swords

16 main street Swords, Dublin, Leinster K67 D6C4

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    16 Main Street Swords Co.Dublin
  • Area
    Swords
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed, Thu 15:00–00:30 Fri, Sat 12:00–01:00 Sun 12:00–00:00
  • Price
    €30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Brendan Walls
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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