The Alex

4.6
109 reviews
€31 to €50
Irish
The Alex welcomes you to dine and socialise in style. Come and experience the relaxed vibe of our dining spaces, serving up fresh, locally-sourced food and an extensive drinks menu.
Book an indulgent weekend brunch in our Secret Garden now.
The Secret Garden is our outside terrace and bar: the perfect space for outdoor dining. It’s a trendy, floral-inspired space with indulgent food and refreshing cocktails with brunch served up every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. With a fully retractable roof for those sunny days and heaters for when it gets chilly, the Secret Garden is the perfect option for al fresco dining, no matter the weather.
The Carriage is the hotel’s indoor restaurant-bar, offering an a la carte menu and full drinks menu throughout the day. Currently, indoor dining is restricted to guests staying the night. However, walk-in guests can request to sit in the Secret Garden for a la carte evening dining, using the OpenTable booking portal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 109 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.6
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4.7
ambience
4.2
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Good vibes

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Girlo
Meath
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved The Alex, the food was great, the secret garden was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was not as good as expected.
Was hard to get wait staff’s attention as they forgot to give us new cutlery, had to steal cutlery from empty next to us.
Overall disappointed, beautiful place, nice staff but overall standard wasn’t good

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Mackers
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined in the outdoor secret garden, which is picturesque. Steak sandwich was lovely. Staff nice. Covid measures in place and adhered to.

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Skazy
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great night here last night. The secret garden setting is beautiful and the service was on form. Had the baked prawn and chorizo to start at the baked cod for mains. Both absolutely delish!

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CarolineG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I was very disappointed with our visit. I do not understand how they can get away with calling this outdoor dining. The roof was over when we went and it was completely enclosed. If you are anxious about COVID I would not recommend it. As I am pregnant I try to be cautious and asked if we could move inside (we are both double vaccinated). We were told we weren’t allowed. Everything felt rushed and hectic, despite the fact our drinks (a pint and a soda water) didn’t arrive until after our food came.

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NicG
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely little garden spot, gorgeous burger & vegan sausage sandwich was lovely. The prossecco by glass is fairly pricey though!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Brunch with my daughter

ML
MagnifiqueL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

great service and food apart from high seating tables abit uncomfortable

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lively ambience and the waiters couldn’t have been more helpful. Food was excellent and very reasonably priced.

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LauraB
Sligo
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really beautiful outdoor eating area. Delicious cocktails and fantastic food. Staff were very friendly.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such friendly staff, great food and amazing drinks. Could not recommend it more, 100% will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for drinks and it didn’t disappoint, the setting is just gorgeous! We didn’t have food but it smelled and looked gorgeous at others tables! Nice friendly staff too

EK
EmmaK
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Some music outside would have been lovely! The staff were lovely just a little slow. The food and drinks were beautiful

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peacea
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food quantity so little . Had the pasta ….something Malini…. Very small quantity , although it tasted really good .

SM
SandraM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amasing service from the moment you step in the hotel until you leave. The food was delicious, disappointing there was no lobster roll left but the dishes we ordered were very tasty so would highly recommend. Already booked back for another brunch it was so good. Lovely way to spend a Sunday brunch is the beautiful secret garden.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful place. Lovely menu. Service was very average and that took from the overall experience. VFM is an issue. It’s an expensive venue for brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and such a pretty location for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, the staff were so lovely and it wasn’t expensive at all, thought it may have been but no it was well priced. Would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful setting and great service! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time here. Our server Eric was so lovely and very attentive. Food was gorgeous and a lovely dining area. Really enjoyed.

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Sylvia
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Excellent service in a lovely setting

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful out door space, service was excellent, food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely! We really enjoyed ourselves, a lovely setting and staff were very welcoming :)

The Alex
Responded on 13 July 2021

Dear guest, Many thanks for the great 5* grading, we really appreciate it! Hopefully see you again soon. Paul Joy General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric looked after us and he was super! A pleasure to be looked after by him!

The Alex
Responded on 13 July 2021

Dear guest, Thanks so much for your review. Eric is a great guy, will be delighted to hear your feedback! Best wishes. Paul Joy General Manager

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Rebecca
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very attentive. Food and cocktails were amazing 🤤

The Alex
Responded on 13 July 2021

Dear guest, Many thanks for the great 5* grading, delighted that the cocktails went down a blast! Hopefully see you again soon. Paul Joy General Manager

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I was sat at their outdoor seating area which was absolutely gorgeous. Even the inside the hotel/restaurant was beautiful.
The service was excellent and staff there were great and very cordial which added to the restaurants vibe.
Only downside was the food I ate. I got a prawn and chorizo starter which wasn't too great and the sauce didn't help much. The chorizo was nice but I wasn't a fan of the way the prawn was cooked which was a shame as I love prawns and shrimp.
For the main I got the stripling steak which wasn't too bad. However, I felt as though it lacked in flavour/seasoning and again the sauce didn't do much to help. The additional sides such as the crispy onions, chips and cherry tomatoes were great which helped bring flavour to the steak.
My friend got the burger and chips and she said that it was excellent
We both got cocktails. I got the night of passion and she got the mojito. The cocktails were excellent and would highly recommend.
If I was to go back I would maybe order something different as I was slightly disappointed but overall great restaurant.

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nyc247
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, lovely outdoor location

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely spot for brunch! Only complaint was service was slightly slow

AR
AmyR
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely food and beautiful secret garden

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Mimi
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening at the Alex hotel restaurant! We were worried about getting wet due to the rain but the outdoor seating was perfectly prepared with a roof and windows so we could enjoy our evening dry and warm. Food was incredible, so were the drinks and the staff was extremely polite and friendly.
Over all great food, affordable prices and a beautifully designed seating area.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service

The Alex
Responded on 13 July 2021

Dear guest, Many thanks for the great 5* grading, we really appreciate it! Hopefully see you again soon. Paul Joy General Manager

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GabiM
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I visited the secret garden at the Alex on last Tuesday for the first time, the terrace setup and decor were absolute stunning. The food was good and cocktails too, however the service was very slow, it took very long for us to get menus, order and so son. We wanted to get another drink but we couldn’t get any attention from the staff. They were very nice but unfortunately we left because everything was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outside area was small and intimate with beautiful fake flowers up the walls and across the ceiling. Irish weather caused a downpour with few leaks but staff were very attentive and helpful as moved us to a different table. Overall lovely food and drinks. Would gladly come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place

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AmyO
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was lovely. Service was excellent

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AibhlinC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Our starters and mains had come before our first drinks

AM
AmberM
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was as great, I really enjoyed myself. The decor is fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot. I was here for brunch, the lobster roll is by far the best in Dublin, the service is top notch, friendly, funny, personal. Cocktails are tasty and the garden is just amazing. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious and staff friendly but service wasn’t great, half way through mains before the wine we ordered while having starters arrived. Had to ask multiple times. Wanted to order dessert too but no one asked for order after bringing menu.

FAQs

The Alex is rated 4.6 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.