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Elephant & Castle - Lucan, Ballydowd, Lucan, Dublin

Elephant & Castle - Lucan

3.8
3.8
98 Reviews
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 224 3437

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Porterstown

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 98 people are saying

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  • Dublin

    Kid Friendly

  • Dublin

    Gastro Pub

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  1. P

    Patriciahello50

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Very poor service slow and in the end we said cancel our drinks as we were finished the meal

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 2 days agoHi Patricia, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really sorry that you had a bad experience with us. If I could get you to give me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie that would be appreciated. Thanks, Fiona

  2. KO

    KymO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    We arrived at 4.30 and didn’t leave until 7pm and that was not by choice. Shambles of a service, got our starters and kids meals after about 35 mins and then waited an hour for our mains. We got brought our bill while still waiting on our mains. Not the fault of the waiting staff who were embarrassed at the length of wait. After enquiring twice where our main courses were we were still just handed the regular bill. After complaining again we got a reduction of 10%. The food is nothing to write home about and the service is shocking.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 2 days agoHi Kym, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry that your wait time was longer than we would have liked. If I could get you to give me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie that would be great. Thanks, Fiona

  3. CM

    ClaireM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Restaurant was very busy so food was slow to arrive but staff were really friendly and food was delicious

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 2 days agoHi Claire, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really glad you had such a great time with us and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  4. VK

    VaidaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food great service . We left extra 50e on top of the bill,by accident and waitress went outside found us going to car and asked us to double check as it looks like we left way too much tips and she choose to chase us and let us know. None of us realized it at the time. Well that made me think how honest and nice the people work in there. Will be back for food and staff.
  5. MH

    MaryH

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Horrible experience from start to finish, rude waiting staff, poor food, no water at the table or offered at meal. Mains all brought out at different times, we ould highly recommend never going there.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 3 days agoHi Mary, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. If I could get you to give me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie that would be much appreciated. Thanks, Fiona

  6. SM

    SMarieC

    Leinster

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When we arrived in the evening the sun was shining into the restaurant it was very uncomfortable trying to eat with no blinds or shade from the windows I ended up sitting with my sunglasses on, I also heard a lot more people complaining about this. Wings were amazing. Burger was overpriced and overrated was very dry. I had to ask the waiter for hand wipes and all assortments while eating dinner these things in my opinion Should be standard of service

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 3 days agoHi Marie, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are aware of the issues with the sunlight in the evening and are working as fast as we can to get that resolved. If I could get you to send me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie that would be much appreciated. Thanks, Fiona

  7. K

    Kierand

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Service very poor, food ok, not value at prices.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 3 days agoHi there, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. If I could get you to give me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie with more details about your experience with your service that would be great. Thanks, Fiona

  8. L

    Louisa

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fresh and tasty. Table service was fast and efficient. The music was great for the day of the week and time of the day.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 2 days agoHi Louisa, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy you had such a great visit and we hope to see you back for another visit soon. Thanks, Fiona

  9. JO

    JohnO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food,good service,didn’t know about the playgym will be back soon with the kids

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded 5 days agoHi John, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. That's so nice to hear and please do come back and see us again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  10. F

    Floret

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Very disappointing first visit. Arrived for lunch and found steak very chewy. To be fair staff very apologetic and was offered alternative meal but not a second steak as all steaks the same. Opted for burger which was ok. Coffee was cold. The food was nicely served and plated but the overall quality was not good. When leaving we noticed the external menu display was empty so maybe they just open and finding their feet. Parking was great and there are plenty of spaces. Have eaten at other branches and liked the food. Given this experience would not be in a rush to return

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Floret, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're sorry to hear that your meal was not up to our usual standards and your feedback has been passed on to both our front and back of house teams for review. Thanks, Fiona

  11. JK

    JenniferK

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Restaurant was full and we were 6 adults sitting on the side of the restaurant that had the play area, lots of kids, super noisy and not enjoyable. The service was slow and staff seemed overwhelmed. Had to re ask for drink orders multiple times, even still we left without ever receiving some drinks, food was not hot and cheese on the burgers had split so it looked like scrambled egg. Wings were great but that was about the highlight of the meal. Desserts were really poor tepid waffle and ice cream Sunday. Food was not cooked with any form of passion, 180 euro spent and underwhelmed this time.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Jennifer, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Saturday would tend to be very heavily family orientated in the restaurant due to the kids play area, we do have reservation requests that we take to sit away from that area if that is your preference. If I could get you to give me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie that would be fantastic. Thanks, Fiona

  12. DR

    DeclanR

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here & massive improvement on the last time( wasn’t bad last time either). Food way better than before. Service very good. Only negative was the drinks took a while but keep up the standards

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Declan, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy you had such a great time and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  13. R

    Ruth

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    The playroom is great for kids and good kids menu options

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Ruth, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy you've been in with us a nd enjoying the kids play area and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  14. JO

    JessicaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff are excellent, food was great and the play area fantastic. Thank you

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Jessica, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy you've had such a great visit and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  15. H

    Hannah

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely meal at Elephant and Castle Lucan. Staff were very friendly and helpful, even though they were run off their feet. Food was very good, they have the best wings. The place was busy which added to a nice atmosphere while we were there. We were a table of 5 adults, so plenty of food and soft drinks (only 1 glass of wine) and the bill was very reasonable. We will be going back no problem and would definitely recommend.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Hannah, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy you had such a great time and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  16. AM

    AoifeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were incredible and when out of their way to accommodate us and ensure we were happy. Staff were very attentive and it’s great to have the playroom to keep the children entertained. Can’t wait to go again.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Aoife, Thank you so much for leaving us such a lovely review, we can't wait to have you back again! Thanks, Fiona

  17. L

    Louisa

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Nice food and drinks.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi Louisa, Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you back here again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing today. Starter was delicious. Can't go wrong with the wings and dirty chicken nachos.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 27, 2022Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We're so happy that you had such a great time and we hope to see you back again soon! Thanks, Fiona

  19. DG

    DeclanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food choice, nice selection of burgers available, and some delicious deserts too. Very impressive overall, and we will definitely return soon again.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was lovely and easy going.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 23, 2022Thank you so much for the 5 star review

  21. E

    Ellen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Lovely food, great kids menu. Free refills on fizzy drinks is a great bonus. The play area is a lovely touch

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 23, 2022Ellen thanks a million for the very kind review. We look forward to seen you back here again. Regards Clarissa

  22. AM

    AlisonM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Slightly overpriced Lovely staff very polite Food ok but not great

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 23, 2022Hi Alison, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope you will give us another try in the future. Regards Clarissa

  23. CS

    CiaraS9

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wings were great as always. Desserts were fab. Main course not great, burger was very plain and dry and chips kinda hard. Our server was lovely, place was really busy but she was very helpful, would go back but leave out main course.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 23, 2022Hi Ciara Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I have passed the information to the back of house to review. Hopefully you will give us another chance in the future. Regards Clarissa

  24. C

    Ciaran

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Service was excruciating Wings very chewy. Wouldnt order again Play area is great

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 23, 2022Hi Ciaran, I am very sorry to hear you did not have a pleasant experience here with us. If you would like to get in touch with us to discuss further please do. I look forward to hearing from you Clarissa

  25. OA

    OrlaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The coolest play area ever, amazing facilities for babies and children. Literally heaven for parents. Huge room for kids to play. I hope other restaurants follow suit. Free nappy changing supplies were a nice touch too

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 17, 2022Hi OrlaA, Thank you for taking time and leaving us a good review. Hoe to see you and your family back soon! E&C Team

  26. AM

    AndreaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    One meal was the Elephant Burger. Delicious burger however within 3 mins the burger bun had disintegrated and was left using a knife and fork to eat the burger.. however wings Delicious 😋

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 13, 2022Hi Andrea, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy you had some lovely chicken wings and I will pass on your comments regarding the buns to our kitchen team We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  27. A

    Aisob

    Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    When I checked menu on Web site is said brunch available. This was not available in lucan, very disappointing as this what we were booking for

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 13, 2022Hi there, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Unfortunately we are not able to offer brunch yet however as soon as we do we will advertise it on our social madia platforms to let you know. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  28. AS

    AnneS

    Dublin

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Good was great and service was brilliant. But it was very, very noisy - I wouldn’t have a problem with noise normally but found it terrible here.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 12, 2022Hi Anne, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really glad that you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  29. B

    Berbar

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff very efficient, lovely new premises, love the outdoor area.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 12, 2022Hi Berbar, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really happy you had such a great visit and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  30. JC

    JaneC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent family restaurant with lovely food and staff. Play area brilliant

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 17, 2022Hi JaneC Thank you for taking time and leaving us a good review. See you and your family back soon! E&C Team

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    My food was lovely. I only had two starters. But the kids had the nuggets and chip, my girlfriend had the burger and chips. All the chips were like rocks and the nuggets were not to far off as well. Other than that the service was great . I would only go back if I wasn't getting the chips with my meal.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 9, 2022Hi there, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really sorry that your food experience wasn't up to our usual standards, I have passed on your comments to our back of house team for review. If I could get you to give me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie that would be great. Thanks, Fiona

  32. GM

    GlendaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Way too expensive for the food you get. It was so loud with music and people shouting

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 5, 2022Hi Glenda, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Saturday's do tend to be a busier day with families and celebrations, due to the large size of the restaurant on busier nights the atmosphere can be quite lively, please feel free to book in mid week for a more relaxed atmosphere. Thanks, Fiona

  33. MK

    MaebhK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the food. The only drawback was the girl never gave my daughter the childrens menu and we only found out about the childrens menu after we had our meal. So my daughter could of have had more of a selection to choose from the childrens menu. I would definitely be coming back again but making sure the childrens menu is offered to my daughter.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 5, 2022Hi Maebh, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I will mention your point about the children's menu to the front of house team. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  34. CF

    CarolF

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a table for four for a Friday evening. First time to try this restaurant, was very impressed, food lovely, staff friendly and professional from arrival to waiting staff. Nice atmosphere, lovely bright decor , will be back .

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 3, 2022Hi Carol, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy you had such a great visit and we hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  35. AM

    AshleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food , sides (sauces/ guacamole etc) are very expensive for a small portion.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on September 3, 2022Hi Ashley, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so happy that you had such a great meal, unfortunately rising food costs have meant that certain items have had to be put up this year. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  36. SR

    SarahR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Had a nice family meal there at 6pm on a Sunday. Food was nice-same as I had eaten in other branches. Waiter was friendly but definitely needed more training...he was very forgetful!! Pleasantly surprised by the supersize indoor kids area. It was great!!!

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. If you would like to leave some further comments on your service then please feel free to email me at fiona@foxhunter.ie. Thanks, Fiona

  37. DR

    DeclanR

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Enjoyed the food. Know it’s new but needs a bit of something to kick it on. Staff have no real personality ( did nothing wrong but no smiles etc)

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Declan, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I will pass on your comments on service to our front of house team. Thanks, Fiona

  38. D

    Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The dirty fries were very disappointing I feel they should be removed from the menu as they’re definitely not of restaurant standard. Our server was pleasant and gave us a great service.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Diner, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. If you would like to leave some further feedback on the dirty fries please feel free to email me at fiona@foxhunter.ie. Thanks, Fiona

  39. E

    Evan

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Went to Elephant and Castle Lucan for brunch last Saturday. When we turned up we were told they don't do brunch there because it's a new team learning the menu but all other Elephant and Castles do brunch. This seems a bit of a cop out. Your kitchen staff can't manage the likes of pancakes, French toast, granola for a brunch menu but are capable of cooking seafood/shellfish on your dinner menu. I'm not a chef/cook but I can do pancakes and granola without to much difficulty. Seafood/shellfish would be the more difficult I think. The food was fine nothing special. Personally I would prefer some toast with my omelette instead of tortilla chips. My wife had a sandwich she felt the same the food was fine nothing special. We live in Leixlip and there are places in Maynooth which are better and about the same distance from us so Elephant and Castle wouldn't draw us back. Service was OK but we did have to ask for my wife's tea which was supposed to be brought with the food we also had to ask for cutlery(not really a problem for a sandwich but is required for a hot dish like an omelette). The place wasn't busy 3 groups 7 adults and 5 children with 3 serving. Overall nice enough place, food is fine nothing fantastic. Won't be back for a while.

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Evan, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. I understand what you are saying about brunch however, The Foxhunter is a very large venue with a lot going on and brunch will not be started until we are happy we can do it to a high standard. We hope to see you back again soon. Thanks, Fiona

  40. M

    Muno

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Food took ages to arrive - about 40 minutes or so - and the room was very noisy, not sure I'd rush back, or go that early in the day (around 6pm)

    Elephant & Castle - LucanResponded on August 27, 2022Hi Muno, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry that you weren't entirely happy with your visit, if I could get you to give me an email at fiona@foxhunter.ie that would be fantastic. Thanks, Fiona

FAQs

Elephant & Castle - Lucan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 224 3437.

Elephant & Castle - Lucan is rated 3.8 stars by 98 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Elephant & Castle - Lucan

The Foxhunter, Ballydowd, Lucan, Dublin D20 W722

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Porterstown

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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