The Bloody Stream

4.2
33 reviews
€30 and under
Irish

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Sunday Lunch
Casual
A warm and welcoming interior with an old-fashioned feel, an open turf-burning fireplace, classic signage and interesting bric-a-brac stirring memories of a bygone age… these are just some of the features of “The Bloody Stream”, one of North Dublin’s most atmospheric and popular bars, where the byword is hospitality. Add to this the Mediterranean-style beer garden, live music every weekend and an extensive menu of fresh seafood and other delicacies and you have a special venue indeed.

Located just below the Howth DART station, its live music and late night bar create a real party atmosphere that’s proven a major attraction for locals as well as those travelling from Dublin city centre. In the heart of the picturesque town of Howth and its impressive harbour.
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CaoimheO
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good quality fresh food. Friendly service and good value.

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PaulH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was excellent, service was poor , inexperienced waitress that forgot more than she remembered, and then tried to rush us , taking plates not finished, told us too late for dessert .

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service and very good value. Booked table on OpenTable.ie, easy and user friendly site

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RebeccaO
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely evening and so cosy to have th open fire.

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GeorginaO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a great night out in the Bloody stream. The staff were very good and the food was excellent . Five stars for the bloody stream .

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bertramm
Dublin
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was not great food was good

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food , great staff. Couldn’t be more helpful and it was Christmas Eve at 5pm ! Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious seafood Chowder !!

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MariaS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cozy and not too loud for a pub. Dessert could've been better but overall it's good value for money. I recommend it.

PS. They have high chairs 👍🏻

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vipLouiseA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hit the spot. Good atmosphere and excellent service

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ElaineO
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would recommend to a friend alas I would not recommend the salmon as it was burnt. The toilets are a disgrace for the capacity that the pub holds.
When it's near 9.30 to 10pm and the food shift ends, it's a rush all round to.get the tables back to normal and of course so the staff can leave

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere,friendly staff and delicious food

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LovesFood
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great beer selection. Great service. You should eat here!

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vipmako
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fish & chips fish batter too heavy... Or used old cooking oil.

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RoryC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good but might be my last meal as my friend with whom I came on several occasions is going to England to live with foster son. Life moves on. I will see what I will do!

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AlanF
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A beautiful venue which was very busy with a great atmosphere and live music in the outside area. Great food and lovely staff. Would definitely return on another occasion.

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MaireadO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for lunch on June back holiday Saturday. Great food, great service, great staff and great atmosphere. Only negative was music was a little loud for my 82 year old mother but overall very happy with everything.

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful location in Howth. We were there on a sunny Sunday, and the pub was heaving with people. Nevertheless, when we were taken to our table, the restaurant area, though busy, was not unpleasantly so. Very good seafood.

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UnaF
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, great food, a very enjoyable meal. Excellent waitress, very accommodating to our group

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JamesM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good quality and tasty. The pub itself is dirty and the gents toilets are filthy with black flys everywhere which is not nice in a venue with food !!

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RossC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was decent. Good selection of alcohol. Staff barely came near us during the 3 course meal was the main negative. Waiting a long time for plates to be cleared. Ordering desert, more drinks etc was a chore.

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Exploited
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Wasn't enough waitresses on for the evening. Was left standing waiting when we walked in waitresses seen us standing waiting and just walked past. Came here specifically for the early bird menu and when we arrived they told us it wasnt on this evening only the more expensive menu because it was valentines night despite the fact they were advertising the early bird prices outside on the boards. Only giving people the more expensive option just because it was valentines when you're advertising an early bird menu is bad business. Food portions were also fairly small the Guinness pie came out in a big dish and then when you took off the pastry top the bowl was a quarter full! Was lovely the first time we came to the restaurant but won't be going back after having seeing how they value exploiting their customers by only offering the more expensive menu and not even putting on a decent amount of staff to serve an expected busy crowd.

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EdrenaD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

13 of us had lunch here 06th Jan before our brother headed home after being home for xmas. Cannot fault them. From food to staff. We weren't rushed so we could sit and chat when lunch was finished. Definitely a new favourite to eat at. Thanks a mill Bloody Stream xxxx

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a casual celebration. We were there on New Year’s Eve for dinner - it was a great alternative to the madness that is Dublin on a night such as that.

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HarrP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I went on New years eve, service was slow but that was accepted as it was pretty busy. Food was fantastic, had steak and it was wow!! Very good price too! Will defo be back.

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kellyT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was over cooked and the whole night a guy who worked there was following me and my friends and just watching us. It ruined the night and we ended up just leaving because we felt intimidated

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious food reasonably priced, efficient service and handy for parking. Would definitely return to try other food on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The crab claws on Special were the worst I've ever had. They had an awful strong smell, were v small ( 4 in total) as if cooked many times and smothered in a sauce to mask the fact they were old and re-used. Worst ever and I always order them when I dine out! Seafood linguine nice. Seafood platter average- mussels the best.

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CiaraG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff and gorgeous food at a cheap price. Will definitely be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I have had both dinner and lunch in The Bloody Stream and have always found the ambiance warm, friendly and welcoming, with the good selection of background music non-intrusive. The food is excellent, beautifully served and comes in generous portions.

And when the sun is shining, eating al fresco is another delight. The conviviality of meeting total strangers across the rustic tables and of people-watching the passers-by is reminiscent of Mediterranean countries. Except, of course, for Wrights' smoked salmon and other high quality fish products.

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GerryG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Very disappointing visit there last Thursday for lunch with six friends. Excellent location but did not live up to recommendation received. We ordered our starters and main courses just after 1.00pm. Starter's arrived after circa 15/20 mins but at 2.00pm we had to ask waiter about main courses. Got very offhand response and they were eventually served about ten minutes later. A number of people who arrived and ordered after us were finished and gone before we started our mains. Food OK but ruined by poor service. Would not recommend this place again.

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Zababe
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was our first visit. Our table was promptly ready - bonus! The ambiance of the place is very good, cosy old Irish Pub vibe. Sitting is tight, but to be expected. The food options were reasonable, something for everyone. We were there on a Sunday at 2:30 pm, my biggest disappointment was how sticky everything was. By everything, I mean the table and the windowsill. Age is one thing, but not being properly cleaned is another. Perhaps this is a once off - as I said it was our first time there. My son had a cheeseburger, which he enjoyed until he made it to the half that was burnt. I tried it myself to make sure and it was heavily charred on that side. The chips were a big hit by the husband - chipper style, meaty and a bit limp. I prefer them to be more well done. My mussels were tasty and the brown bread absolutely delicious. The wings received positive reviews as well. The blue cheese 'sauce' accompanying them is a bit bland though. The service for drinks orders/reorders was quite slow. I'd think that would be the push as usually that's where the pubs make their money. Now the place was hopping, so maybe they were a bit understaffed that day. All staff were smiling and positive, which is important. Since this is our first go, we are not deterred from trying the Bloody Stream again.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here on numerous occasions I even encouraged my work crowd to get the dart from town at Christmas for our night out .. They will be returning this year... Staff so friendly and down to earth nothing's an issue for them .. Food divine I'd recommend the calamari and prawn platter for starters😊 Dining al fresco when the sun is out feels like being on the Costas as the beer garden benefits from sun and shade .. Overall has a great friendly athmosphere which makes you want to come again .. Highly recommended 😉

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The Bloody Stream is rated 4.2 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.