The Old Music Shop

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The Old Music Shop Restaurant is set in stylish Georgian rooms of Dublin's oldest hotel and overlooks Findlater's striking 19th century Gothic Revival Church. Experience relaxed and spacious dining for hearty and healthy lunches, weekend brunches, afternoon tea and pre-theatre dinner. Popular dishes include Baked Salmon, Goat's Cheese and Fig Salad as well as classics like Irish Beef Steak, Full Irish Breakfast and Seafood Chowder served with Homemade Guinness Brown Bread.

Vegetarian favourites include Falafel Salad and Mushroom Pizza among others. With complimentary WiFi, freshly baked scones and a selection of delicious cakes the Old Music Shop Restaurant is a great place to meet colleagues and old friends. We are 1 minute walk from Gate Theatre and Reilly Theatre.

Our carefully selected wines compliment our seasonal dishes and we offer some of the finest Irish craft ales and stout. Our warm and friendly team look forward to welcoming you to the Old Music Shop Restaurant.
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Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I can highly recommend The Old Music Shop. Myself and a friend enjoyed the pretheatre dinner menu which was delicious and generous in portion size. Wish we had had more time! Service was friendly and efficient and we received a warm welcome. Lovely dining area. Looking forward to the next time.

j
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked at really short notice with little previous research and was pleasantly surprised. Good service, nice ingredients. Nice meal. Really handy location for us

CF
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it and will be back soon..service great lovely ambiance

M
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

I booked this restaurant for a special occasion with friends. I was very surprised that it's more like a drop in cafe/restaurant. We waited to be seated and had to ask someone to look after us. The restaurant was empty bar 1 or 2 other tables. After 10 mins we had to ask for menus. We got 3 menus for 7 people. After taking the food order, we had to wait and no one came back to give drinks menus or take order for drinks. It's not a full bar. Minerals are served in plastic bottles with no glass!
The food was ok, chicken wings are served whole and not broken in half as you'd normally see in a restaurant. Value for money is good but given the service we won't be returning. It's unfortunate as I think this place has a lot of potential. We were seated upstairs and the waiter told us afterwards that there is a restaurant downstairs but no one asked when we arrived which one we had booked! He said that upstairs is the main one so they would assume that we wanted there. Downstairs is mostly for hotel guests.

LF
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's a really cute coffee shop. Our server was really nice. I didn't catch his name. Great value for the price. We were very full at the end.

KH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was bland and overpriced.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on 1 August 2019

Very sorry to hear that we disappointed you on this occasion. Best wishes.

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JJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and the staff very friendly!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable experience with great food and service

PW
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 5 ladies meeting at 2pm. We were hoping to have lunch but only brunch was on the menu until 3pm which didnt really suit as we would have prefered lunch. However the lovely girl did suggest that we could see the 3pm menu, which we did, but as we were under time restraints we went for the brunch menu, which was very nice.
There was a great ambience with afternoin tea groups. The staff were really warm and welcoming. Food lovely.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on 3 July 2019

Patricia, thank you so much for leaving your review. We hope you enjoyed the show! I will pass the feedback to our Restaurant Manager about the menus and the availability. We are hoping to offer more for our theatre goers - especially now that there will be two matinees (Wed/Saturday) going forward. We adjusted our All Day menu recently and hope to make additional changes to our brunch and pre-theatre to accommodate more guests. We hope you'll visit again. Many thanks,

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SH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Het is een hotel waarbij het restaurant een service is. Geen bijzondere keuken . Verder erg sobere ambiance.
Personeel vriendelijk.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on 3 July 2019

Dank Je! (Thank you for leaving a review). Our Old Music Shop Restaurant is indeed part of the Castle Hotel, Dublin. As the restaurant is part of an extensive and old Georgian building our kitchen is located on the lower ground floor and we are proud that our chefs prepare food freshly daily. We do not use off-site kitchens. We can only apologise for the ambience on that day you visited but are delighted you found the staff friendly. We appreciate all feedback. Thank you once again. Fijne dag!

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TH
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely relaxed atmosphere - my second time here so would definitely recommend it. Very friendly staff but service a little slow. We were going to The Gate theatre so had to actually leave our coffee without drinking it as ran out of time. Perfect location for pre theatre and will definitely be back.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on 3 July 2019

Teresa, Thank you so much for leaving a review and it's great to hear you would definitely recommend us. We let you down on your recent visit the restaurant before the Gate Theatre. We have been working on training the team to identify customers that are having pre-theatre or timely brunches that are heading to the nearby shows at the Gate, Abbey and O'Reilly Theatres so that we can deliver a prompt service. We hope we've remedied this and that we can look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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E
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the afternoon tea - everything was fresh and delicious. There was a perfect balance between sandwiches and cakes, a classic afternoon tea. The service was excellent with very friendly staff. It's an old fashioned place so it felt very authentic - such a lovely homely atmosphere made it a break from hectic Dublin life. This is a little haven right in the city centre.

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, close to the Gate Theatre, nice food.

AT
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with friendly and competent staff. Yummy food and good portion sizes. I highly recommend this place - a great experience, all around!

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with our evening. It was lovely and relaxed, friendly staff, a good location with excellent food.
Anne

DL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a hidden gem in a quiet part of the city centre. The standard of ingredients and the quality of preparation was very surprisingly good. The service was warm, very attentive and at the same time, unobtrusive. I will certainly put this place on my map of places to go for dinner dates with friends.

PW
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were excellent. My friends were finding parking on sunday and the waitress was very kind, offering me a drink, menu and water whilst i waited. She checked too that i was ok.
Service with a smile. Excellent food. Top class

PV
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice cosy ambience, right in the city centre and super close to the Hugh Lane Gallery (1min walk) and O'Connel Street is in a walking distance.
The staff is kind and available, the food is good, just a bit pricey. Portions are decent as well.
We went there for a Sunday brunch, upon reservation and we found a table waiting for us :)
We ordered two poached eggs on sourdough bread, sided with mixed salad, creamy potatoes and avocado - while daughter ordered pancakes with nutella, they came with a small pot of fruit salad and maple syrup, and just then they added 2 small pots of nutella. They tasted good but the plate prep wasn't great, for the price they could put the nutella in a small pot not in their original small packaging, decoration and how
food is presented (depending on the price) it's also important.
We also got two cappuccinos, which were tasty and big :-)
Overall a pleasant experience, and we will come back when in the area to give it another try - maybe lunch or dinner.
Thanks for having us!

AC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Very nice food excellent value for money Staff very nice we have booked again for sat 15th september my birthday

L
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Supposed to have a reservation for brunch menu as on the website but when we got there (some having travelled for an hour) we were told there is no brunch menu and reservation is no good.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, great food. Since it was daytime we ordered at counter. Not sure a reservation was actually needed, but finding the restaurant on Open Table drew us in. We’d definitely eat there again when in Dublin.

MC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was from Slovakia and she was brilliant - very friendly and very good at her job - gave great advice on the menu. The early bird is great value and the food was delicious. Very convenient location if you are going to the Gate Theatre (which we were). I would definitely go back!

JM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great place to dine staff were very attentive

SW
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed. We booked a table online for lunch expecting a sit down service. However this was not the case. On arrival we were told that lunch does not commence until 3 o clock. It was the All Ireland semi final day and management are missing out on a huge opportunity to capitalise on events going on in the local area.

MM
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I don’t like being harsh, but the food was not value for money. 17/18 euro for cod and chips that left me with a knot in my stomach for a day.

Pizza option very limited, burger very expensive and cod and chips wasn’t great.

The venue while interesting was dated and definitely caters for an older market.

The staff were lovely but the place could do with a good shake up, especially when there are limited options else where.

GO
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Poor menu choice - nothing like on the website. Service very attentive but it was 5pm and we were the only ones there! Very close to a number of nearby hotels. I was disappointed overall though.

l
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

service was slow . but the food and drink was amazing .

J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly atmosphere, owner working the floor and chatting away. Excellent food and value for money in a great setting & a building with history behind it - absolutely would recommend and will go again in the near future.

CP
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, competitively priced, great staff .... beautiful setting ... great atmosphere

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A limited menu but reasonably tasty. Very nice chowder, the wild mushroom with truffle oil pizza a bit under flavoured.

U
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, a little find. Service great. We had the pre theatre menu, good value great taste.

KL
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely surroundings and decor. Tables were nicely set out. Food was good, freshly cooked and just the right amount. The service could have been better as it wasn't that busy. I had to get up twice to go and find a waiter to ask for the dessert menu and to request the bill. I would return to the restaurant again without a doubt.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Myself and a group of girlfriends had a pre-theatre dinner here last Saturday. It was a perfect venue as the Gate Theatre is a short walk away. The staff are very friendly and the service was fast and efficient. We were also able to have a drink in the beautiful seating area in the hotel after our meal. I highly recommend the Old Music Shop as it provides a lovely relaxed atmosphere with very friendly and helpful staff. It is also good value for money expecially the pre-theatre menu of 2 courses for 20euro.

KB
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice staff who bent over backwards to insure we had a good experience. Very nice brunch, delicious food, great service, and overall good experience.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made online booking on the basis of the menu we found online.

Got to the place, were shown to a table and were given a menu that was nothing resembling the online menu and to be quite honest was abismal.

After enquiring, we were told that because it was a busy bank holiday, the menu was smaller. I said it was not smaller, it was completely different. The server then said she would bring the menu from downstairs.

It arrived and it was exactly the same menu, with an extra starter and main course.

We left without ordering.
On the subject of it being busy, there was 4/5 tables eating when we arrived. Maybe this is classed as busy by dublin standards, but we in the rest of the country are able to handle bigger tasks.

Wouldn't recommend the place to anyone based on the reception I was given by the staff.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

choice very limited
service poor
food was luke warm
staff were obviously stretched

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch last Friday, meeting old friends and chatting over good food and a second glass of wine! For most of us, it was our first time at the Old Music Shop and we agreed to relocate from our previous meeting-places, so hopefully we will be with you again in mid-September, for our next gathering. In fact, I was so impressed that I later brought my partner there, for a quick meal on the way to a nearby event we were attending. We explained that because of traffic problems, we were in a bit of a rush and your staff facilitated us by recommending fish and chips and producing it extremely quickly. Full marks for both quality and service!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Nice food... nice surroundings...reasonably priced....slow service....friendly staff....large restaurant, room for large parties downstairs!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with staff who are always on hand. Would definitely come back again

M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A great eating place on the Northside of the city. So close to cultural/arts venues. I was there with 2 friends for my birthday. We all opted for the burgers which had a great variety of toppings to chose from. We spent a lot of time deciding as all sounded great. They were delicious and we really like the home made relish and the flowery bun that it came with. You could have opted for a salad instead of the bun. A bucket of good sized chips accompanied the meal. This was my 3rd time there and can't praise it highly enough
I do feel nostalgic for the Walton Music Shop but am delighted in what they have done with the place. It has brought more life to the Square.

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