The Saddle Room at the Shelbourne Hotel

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The Saddle Room has been awarded 'Best Hotel Restaurant in Dublin 2017' and ‘Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant in Dublin 2019’ at the Irish Restaurant Awards. The Saddle Room Restaurant is an old favourite reinvented as a Dublin steakhouse and seafood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A casual but sophisticated design, modern menu and savvy service create an atmosphere that is comfortable, cozy, fun and appeals to everyone. Offering a contemporary menu created by our executive head chef Garry Hughes, using only the finest Irish ingredients. We are also the ideal place for an Exclusive Private Dining Venue Dublin. The Saddle Room Restaurant has two private dining rooms, available for private hire for lunch or dinner, both with their own unique style and decor making both the perfect place to celebrate any occasion.
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DO
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, beautiful room. Food lost 1 star as portion was a bit small and...had to order sides to get veg with the food.

MF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing place for Saturday night. We were seated at the entrance to the restaurant and we were overlooking the open kitchen. It was so great to see the chefs in action. Service was amazing and the food was delicious. We only stayed for an hour or so as we had tickets for the show but we will definitely be back for celebrations and spend more time. Well done!

NP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning restaurant, delicious food, excellent service

NS
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

What a disastrous experience dining in The Saddle Room. One hour waiting on this first course - which was the simplest of all - soup. Thirty Five minutes waiting on the second course, 30 minutes waiting on dessert. 3 X persons dining. Two meals were only OK and the portions were tiny !!!! and I mean tiny. The third meal - was a total disaster - it arrived on the plate in a non descriptive condition buried in a tasteless sauce - I simply couldn't finish it - in fact I should not have started it - I felt hungry afterwards. We decided that after such a long waiting period, complaining would be futile - we left the Restaurant - fully paying the bill with a simple plan of never returning. Five Star Restaurant - certainly not. Our experience left us in doubt as to the continuing success of this Restaurant, which, incidentally for a Friday was less than 50% occupied. Sorry, but these are the facts.

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

Unfortunately we were overcharged and we are still waiting for a refund.

DR
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not 5* at all. Food ok but service ok but a bit slow when asked for additional food eg. sauce for meat etc. Also, I really don’t want to be sitting where I can hear the head chef tell (presumably) new members of staff that they aren’t trained and that they should be...

GC
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Australia & it was a wonderful way to finish our trip.
Simply wonderful.

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Our waiter was first class. His knowledge of the menu and recommendations were spot on. Superb surroundings. Relaxed atmosphere
Delicious food. Great choice.
We had a delightful evening. No rush.
Pleasant staff.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

The starter and desert were ok but the main course was inedible due to the level of salt in the sauce that covered the fish. The service in the restaurant was good but the service in the bar(s) was terrible... we ended up having one drink before leaving... between the unwelcoming treatment from the bar staff and the disappointing meal I’d struggle to recommend eating or staying here again

GP
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our high expectations!!!
Superb food and service in a perfect setting.
Best pre theatre meal we have ever had!

m
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional staff, appropriate ambiance, delicious food accompanied with good wine. A wonderful experience.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I thought staff & ambience were great but food was only ok

GK
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything absolutely amazing from start to finish!

DE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service is unequalled in Dublin. Food is delicious, excellent menu. I intend to make here a regular spot to dine. The courtesy exhibited by the staff make the experience of The Saddle Room an encounter one will relish.

P
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here a number of times and service is always great. The food was excellent as it usually is. Building and restaurant are wonderful. When you weigh everthing up it's a great experience and very good value.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Wine was overpriced €14 for a glass!!!!

PW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant in the heart of the city. Never disappoints

AM
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, Service and value for money for Sunday Lunch

CM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great food celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary for the 5th year in The Saddle Room. Lorna and Aoife excellent hostesses. Infact all the staff. We will be back next year or maybe before. Thank you all. Kindest Regards Caroleanne and Tom Murphy. Killiney. 086/3701252

RQ
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special night for us, my 40th birthday & we also had gotten a gift voucher as a wedding present. The evening was so relaxed and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend it.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff, very good food. 100% recommended, will return

CK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience from start to finish. Attentive waiting staff without being intrusive. All our questions regarding food and drink answered in a professional polite manner. Relaxing evening, not rushed or left waiting. An evening to remember and to be repeated. Thank you to all the staff who contributed to our enjoyment of the night.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Early bird menu is good value for the quality of the food and service received. Always excellent. Only gripe is that side orders are pricey. Limited choice on menu if you have fussy eaters but there were none at our table so all good! Have been plenty of times before and will continue to go in future. Also the terrace bar is a great addition for the summer months! Addition of non alcoholic drinks would be added bonus.

AO
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyable day in the Saddle room for Sunday lunch.
All 3 courses were lovely.
Market fish of day was plaice and it was very tasty however the portion was extremely small but other than that the food was excellent.
Service was brilliant, waitress and waiters were so attentive and friendly.
It was a birthday meal for 2 people in our party and the Shelbourne provided lovely birthday treat plates with candles after our meal and also sang happy birthday - a lovely touch!!
We also had a 7 week old baby with us and there was lots of room beside our table to place her pram without feeling in the way, very accommodating.
Overall fabulous afternoon, excellent food and drinks, great atmosphere and ambiance.

AM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 49th anniversary, staff excellent service excellent we were treated like a king and queen.

KP
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and a wonderful staff. The presentation as well as the quality and taste of the meal was 5 stars. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. They made our dinner feel like a very special evening.

PO
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have had wonderful Afternoon Teas in the Shelbourne, coffee and biscuits also, so was expecting a memorable dinner. I was very disappointed. The food was good, but relatively ordinary and my sister's piece of turbot was small and tough. She complained and the cost was deducted from our bill. I would not go back for dinner, as it was over-priced and ordinary but as I love the hotel, I will return for Afternoon Tea and drinks.

MB
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I've eaten here on a few occasions and the food is lovely but the setting is even nicer. Its five star service. You never have to look for a waiter. Nice fresh bread brought to the table. Good value lunch 3 courses for 34 at the weekend. It's not exciting food but it's traditional food well done.

TC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding in all respects. The attention to detail and degree of attention from all staff makes a commoner like me feel like Royalty... A must - do experience for anyone celebrating an occasion. Food and surroundings are massive value.... Drinks maybe not so much, so it's not the place to go for a very alcohol -fuelled celebration...

VH
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great value at lunch time, pork main a little disappointing but everything else was top notch. Recommend to order sides,as dishes come with baby potatoes only.

SD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and cuisine. Beautiful setting. A marvelous choice.

P
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Sunday lunch! Really enjoyed - look forward to an early return - outstanding! Thanks to the team there!

AS
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience from the moment we entered. Will definitely we back.

HD
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Lovely food and place but a minor point was filling up wine glasses too much and too quickly as if trying to get us to buy a second bottle - for lunch!? Bottle kept away from table. Better to leave bottle on table for diners to control themselves.

More significant and very annoying was that we were billed for deserts which we didn't have. This was removed from the bill when mentioned, but I am very suspicious of billing "mistakes" and it left me annoyed.

Food gorgeous, server very pleasant but expected perfect service and it fell short.

l
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab food excellent service went for early bird menu as much better value

UF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dining experience as always. Best in Dublin

JP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, delicious food, great value lunch menu. 👍

TP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Chose this for lunch on a special occasion and found the menu very limited. No steak as on web sample menu and indeed no specials.

EM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a very nice 3 course lunch & found the service so friendly & efficient

JD
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

without a starter course we had to wait43minutes for our main course, practically no green vegetables and extremely small size plaice with one person meal

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