The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel

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258 Reviews
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€30 and under
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Irish
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  • Good for Anniversaries
A fresh idea for a restaurant. A less formal affair by a formal garden, a relaxed experience in The Merrion hotel. A restaurant with character, comfortable, with a menu designed for sharing tastes and flavours and whimsical combinations, created by gifted Executive Chef Ed Cooney and his team.

The Garden Room is open all day - for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner, alone or with friends, family or colleagues.


Welcome to The Garden Room and to something different.

Special Offers

Garden Room Afternoon Tea: €55

Afternoon Tea at The Garden Room
Enjoy The Merrion’s selection of delicate sandwich delights, longside a selection of Garden inspired pastries, to be enjoyed in the luxurious surrounds of The Garden Room or on the terrace in warmer months.

Terms and Conditions: Terrace tables are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Tables are required back no later than 6pm.
Please advise of any allergies in advance.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 12 June 2019

Ends: 12 December 2019

Availability: Daily 13:00-15:30

Vegan Set Menu: 3 courses €39

The Merrion hotel is delighted to introduce a new Spring, Summer Vegan menu created by Holly White who, in partnership with Executive Chef Ed Cooney and his team, has brought recipes from her cookbook Vegan-ish to life in The Garden Room.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 7 June 2019

Ends: 7 December 2019

Availability: Daily 12:30-21:45

Speedy Specials

On the go but wish to meet and enjoy lunch and take a Merrion Moment?
They have got you covered with delicious Speedy Specials in The Garden Room and a guarantee to be out in 45 minutes!
Can they tempt you with a summer Grapefruit and Avocado Salad or Seared Fillets of Seatrout?

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Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 20 May 2019

Ends: 16 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:30-16:00

What 258 People Are Saying
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R
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu with many choices.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dinner, the service is always perfect. The food and the wine is the best in Dublin.

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MS
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food, fabulous ambiance and service which is excellent but never obsequious. I loved it, I will be back!

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MK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice venue and ambiance .Service is excellent. Very good venue for an occasion. Wines are affordable .

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R
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was very slow and unresponsive at times. The main course was average but well below the price point. Deserts & coffee were very good. Could not recommend.

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JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Super family friendly service. Our 5 yr old daughter felt a princess. Food was beautiful. Overall really lovely experience

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CT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food here at the Garden Room @ The Merrion. I had booked here on recommendation for my birthday and although the table setting was fabulous and the food was to die for the service severely lacked and would not appeal to 5* quality. Very long waiting time for bread at the start and staff forgot many requests including milk/sugar for coffee tea etc, cleared away dinner plates when none of the guests were finished. Waitress seemed to have very little interest in her job and it showed. Disappointing visit as I have dined in the hotel for afternoon tea and was highly impressed.

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PH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and my birthday on Friday night. The food was amazing the service was excellent, will visit again next time we are in Dublin.

Paul heading

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K
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were perfect however when booking and again when I was called to confirm the meal I told the staff it was my mums 60th birthday and was told they would bring out a small desert to mark the occasion and unfortunately this never appeared. Would have been a special touch. Everything else was lovely

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a meal here for our wedding anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal; food and service was outstanding and a really lovely ambiance. Will definitely return!

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DF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

We ordered the c'ote de boeuf. It was very disappointing. Poorly presented. The beef was tough.

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

Fabulous experience, the waiting staff were simply exceptional!

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

Very enjoyable night with excellent, friendly attentive service. Food was superb. Dessert maybe lacked imagination but that’s me being picky.

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KT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden gem. Staff are very professional. Food is beautifully presented. You can spend a lot of money here, enjoy very nice wine or choose differently and enjoy the ambience for less. Worth experiencing.

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H
London
97 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a gorgeous lunch in the Garden Room. Had fish and chips followed by ice cream and coffee. Very high standard of service and quality of food. As it was my birthday I had a complimentary glass of champagne. The staff were so.lovelt and it was a beautiful dining room. I recommend having lunch or dinner here and, if you can a stay at the hotel. You will not be disappointed.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic setting, incredible food and attentive, friendly service. Highly recommend.

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SH
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere. Top notch as always from the Merrion.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good.

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice overall. Steak slightly over cooked and missed a side order.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for dinner with 3 friends - we had an excellent dinner, the service and ambience were wonderful and a great night was had by all. Margaret Lonergan

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SF
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We booked the Garden Room for a special occasion and decided to try out the vegan menu as, given the Merrion's reputation, we felt that their vegan options would be of a very high standard. I ordered the poke bowl and my sister ordered the vegan burger. Both were mediocre, my sister was of the opinion that you could get a better vegan burger out of a van at a festival. My mother ordered the mackerel and was very happy with it. The vegan desserts were very heavy, the lemon meringue had a base you'd need a kango hammer to cut through. The atmosphere was sterile and very quiet, no warmth or life. The staff were very friendly and courteous. Overall, our night was 'fine'; I believe that the vegan options should be revised with more imaginative options that are finished to a higher standard.

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JG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Staff massively contribute to the overall experience.

The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on 26 May 2019

Dear Jessica, Many thanks for the wonderful review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us. On behalf of everybody here, thank you for your kind comments. I have already shared your feedback with the entire team here and they all join me in thanking you. I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Thank you again for your encouraging words. Kind regards, Heikki McEvoy, Garden Room Manager

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EM
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambience was ideal beginning with the welcome in the superb hallway (Stairs and associated artwork - wow!!) and we were most impressed at the quiet friendly efficiency and high level of general maintenance of the property. Loved the garden setting and the collection of paintings. (Some paintings would have benefited with background information.)

The one thing that missed the top marks was the rare (as requested!) roast beef which was surprisingly chewy. Veg and potatoes lovely.

A great lunch, highly recommended

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VM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great Atmosphere, superb service and customer centricity.
Food a tad bland, but overall great customer experience.
Compliments to the staff both in the restaurant and the Cellar Bar!

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SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A first class restaurant in every way. The food, staff and ambience were all excellent. We were looked after by Federica who was knowledgeable, charming and made our evening very special.
The interesting Wine List features some excellent wines at affordable. I look forward to returning very soon.
Sheamus Smith

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SD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite hotel and restaurant, great menu choices, cosy atmosphere and excellent service.

Sonia

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AB
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch in the Merrion is a delight. The service was very good and the staff helpful . There’s a lovely atmosphere in the room, very relaxed and peaceful. The fact that it was cold and wet outside did not affect the warm atmosphere inside . Highly recommended !!

The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on 17 May 2019

Dear Annemarie, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I was delighted to read your generous comments about your lunch experience. It really makes it all worthwhile when somebody enjoys a visit as much as you did. I have shared your kind words with the entire team here and they all join me in thanking you. I hope it is not too long before we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon. Yours sincerely, Heikki McEvoy, Garden Room Manager

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EH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable. We will go back to try the tea in the drawing room.

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D
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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PM
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Main courses of lamb and duck were poor, appear to have been left under “heat lamps” for too long. The selection of bites were tasty and well presented. Main prices were overstated for what we received. Service was friendly and attentive. Ambience was good and noise levels unobtrusive.

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L
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Love restaurant, have been there a number of times but always a little bit disappointed with main course

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AK
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Too much bread before the starter however.

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JB
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and an excellent meal for Sunday lunch. We really enjoyed our stay at this excellent hotel.

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VB
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Canada, this was my first time at the Merrion Hotel. We had made reservations for indoors at the Garden Room, but then changed to sitting outdoors at the garden Terasse when a table became available, just about 3 minutes after arriving. Overall a really great experience. Very attentive staff, from the moment we walked in the front door of the hotel to our servers. Food was excellent with good choices available on the menu. Highly recommend.

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior in all aspects. Recommended for a special occasion.

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SD
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant and staff is very friendly and knowledgeable in all areas.

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JM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day. Merrion staff were warm and welcoming to all the mums. Especially Fiona, the lovely manager, who finds time to chat to everyone. Loved my complimentary box of chocolates.

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DW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, the experience was excellent. Food was great, staff were very attentive, surroundings were beautiful, wine was excellent (although we were charged for two extra glasses of wine that we did not have - I should have checked the bill more thoroughly!). Only minor issue was that there was a fantastic singer with a guitar supporting her but the sound was a little too loud.

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LG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to meet friends and catch up, fabulous menu and great atmosphere.

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VB
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The staff is amazing!!!!!! but the food is not worth the value.

The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on 27 March 2019

Dear Vitalia, Many thanks for the review posted recently. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. While I note that you review of the Garden Room was positive on the whole, I was disappointed to read your feedback regarding the food and its value. Should you wish to discuss this further, please don't hesitate to contact me. I sincerely hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future. Best regards, Martin Pramuka, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

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