Elephant & Castle - Rathmines

4.2
567 Reviews
€30 and under
American
Our Rathmines Elephant & Castle has become a staple venue over the last two years, right in the heart of Rathmines Village. The signature white facade from Temple Bar has been replicated, bringing new life to this previously quiet corner of Rathmines village. being the second location of the E&C family we have served over thousands of many happy guests. Service, great food and comfortable dining experience is our number one priority.

The menu will feature the same great dishes that make Elephant & Castle a firm favourite. From the fluffy omelettes, and juicy burgers, and, of course, those crispy, spicy wings. We’re focusing on friendly, laid-back service; tasty as ever food and a relaxed atmosphere - everything Elephant & Castle lovers have come to expect from a visit to our place. The 110-seater restaurant is spacious and bright, with large windows looking out onto buzzing Rathmines. Comfy booths and oak clad walls with black and white images from E&C’s native New York City.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 567 people are saying
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UnaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food offering is poor enough and the chips were cold. Asked for water three times and mayo twice, which never arrived.

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Ramy
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the staff was really nice! The wings specifically were outstanding. I've been a regular there and would go again of course!

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NiamhS
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were fabulous, we had a 2 year old with us and were accommodated on a booth, he was given colouring markers and a picture to colour in. Food was amazing and great value for money. Would definitely recommend👍.

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Cody123
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never again, was seated beside the door with a cold wind blowing in, despite there being lots of tables towards the back of the restaurant. Other customers kept banging into the table whist standing at the door. Tables were not 2M apart we were rubbing elbows with the couple at the next table. Service was very poor. When the food came it was over cooked and cold and at the end of the meal the waiter dropped a spoon with tomato sauce on it coving my clothes with tomato sauce with minimum apology. We won’t be back and wouldn’t recommend.

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BrianW
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great lunch with two kids. Super service from all the staff

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

It was freezing cold but other than that it was lovely

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ESfoodie
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought a group of boys for a special occasion and the team could not have been more cheerful and helpful. Superb!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Had a lovely meal yesterday, however the toilets being out of order was very inconvenient as I am pregnant. Staff were also very slow to take our order we had to ask three times. Otherwise food was fantastic and after we ordered the staff were superb.

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vipCiaraM
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing, seevice was good

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AlanO
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Te staff were lovely, however we found the restaurant to be cold.
Also the toilets were out of order and we had to walk across the road to Stella Diner to use the bathroom so not very satisfactory

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BiBi
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always. Very friendly service, excellent food and good value

MH
MargaretH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice for a quick family meal in the early evening. Service a little slow , maybe due to staffing but it was ok.

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CatherineD
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful relaxing place
Lovely tasty menu
friendly Staff
Loved my glass of wine 🍷

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BernardW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elephant and castle was AS USUAL a great choice for me and my partner .

Its our favorite place for food and a nice relaxing drink and some good quality time together.

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PaulM
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating New Year’s Eve Covid style, nice food, good menu and a great atmosphere. Will definitely come back soon.

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Customer
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food is very overpriced!
Famous for it’s chicken wings but they were very dry!
Ordered the Mexican salad and there’s absolutely nothing Mexican about it apart from a few tortilla chips placed on the side. Zero flavour.
Really disappointed with our food.
Hummus starter was delicious but once again, very overpriced!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Chicken wings were a little dry maybe reheat
And burgers were over cooked everything else was good staff were very good

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Vivek
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good dining experience at the Elephant & Castle, Rathmines!

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MarcellaO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food lovely. Service really poor. Waiting on food for ages. Waiting ages to order and it wasnt busy. Had to ask several times on thing to come etc. Girl at front of house so lovely. All staff v pleasant... just very few staff to help etc...

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RoisinB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff so friendly and helpful and turned the music down for our daughter with sensory issues. Thank you

MD
vipMikeyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best wait staff in Dublin! They were very patient and helpful with our young family.

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PascalY
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch - hot wings a must - everything was perfect

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Barbara
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Chicken wings, steak and chicken burger were nice, but not outstanding. Vintage cheddar was the best part. We waited very long to get served the main course. We got the food after we followed up on our order. Few different waiters served us throughout the evening.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Active and full of character as expected for E&C. Chicken wings do what they say on the tin

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ElaineK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waited over an hour and a half for our main course to arrive.
Food was lovely but the chicken wings hardly had any sauce on them. Would love to be offered the sauce on the side.

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daraw
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Had a really bad experience here. food cold and quite tastless almost 2 hours there with the slow service. no plans to return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I definitely wouldn’t go back. Service was very slow and there seemed to be a policy of not clearing tables until such time as diners had left the premises. By the time we left our table was piled high with the remnants of each course as well as empty cans and bottles on it. The same applied to the surrounding tables. Wait staff would deliver a drink (ages after ordering it) and leave with hands hanging. It was bizarre. The chicken wings and chocolate ice cream were delicious but the rest of the food was awful. The only saving grace were the two very charming ladies at the door who also appeared to be picking up a lot of the work not being done by the general wait staff.

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JonathanT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited 45 minutes for food, the food was basic, burger was completely dry

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MrBlue
London
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good, but felt the quality of food wasn't great. They pack a lot of tables into the Rathmines venue which makes it feel a bit cramped.

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Gabi
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

We have to wait 30 minutes from the time we entered to getting seated. Even though we had a booking and were told that our table was ready.

It then took a further 1 hour from ordering to getting our food. The food wasn't that great but we were so hungry at that point. Other than that drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Wings were dry and overcooked.
The cheese on the burger for the main course very unappetising- looked like scrambled egg.
Steak came with 4/5 chips.
30 min wait between starter and mains.
Overpriced and not up to usual standard. Staff lovely and very attentive.

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Mac16
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, friendly staff. Social distancing could have been a little better between tables

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Pinhappyland
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

As always the wings are great but my burger was cold, dry and unpleasant. I should have complained but I didn't want to spoil the evening. Very disappointing. The staff are great, very pleasant and attentive.

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RachelT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Chicken wings were not the same as usual but still good. Waited 40 for our food after ordering. Was still a good lunch at a reasonable price

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SaraJane
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday party. Staff were amazing

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CatR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing wines, food and services. Nice staff and extremely knowledgeable.

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RonnieT
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always - really good service, great staff, attentive and always helpful

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on December 15, 2021

Hi RonnieT, Thank you so much for your lovely words, we are very pleased to read of your experience and we hope to see you back with us very soon. Best regards, The E&C Team

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CarolineK
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon celebrating our dad, brilliant experience for three generations

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on December 15, 2021

Hi CarolineK, How wonderful to hear that you and your family had such a lovely celebration here in Rathmines, we are delighted you chose to mark the occasion with us here in E&C and we hope to see you all for many more. Warmly, The E&C Team

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Extremely dry burger. Basically the same as throwing some mince into the air fryer. second visit here. Definitely won't be back.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on December 15, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a rating. If you would be so kind as to reach out with a little more information on your visit it would be very much appreciated. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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CharlotteG
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was such a lovely restaurant. Although noisy the vibe was super metropolitan and really enjoyable. Perfect for a celebration :) The wait-staff were incredibly considerate and really added to the experience. The food was great and the drinks even better. Highly rate

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on December 13, 2021

Hi CharlotteG, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are glad that the noise from the hustle and bustle didn't take away from the vibrant atmosphere that we pride ourselves on. Our hardworking team love to see reviews of praise such as this, as it is so important to us that you leave having had a positive experience. Best Wishes, E&C Team

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Elephant & Castle - Rathmines is rated 4.2 stars by 567 OpenTable diners.

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