Elephant & Castle - Rathmines

4.2
506 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 506 people are saying
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AndreaL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

In these difficult times, it seems unfair to be negative, but we found the service erratic and confusing. One staff member after another came to our table, but we never knew who was really taking care of us. We must have had four or five different people coming to our table at various points. One offered us water, but it never came. The next server asked us if we needed anything, so we asked again for water. Most disappointing was that the order of one of our party was delayed by a kitchen mistake, which meant that all three in our party had a very long wait for food. Yet another staff member (the manager?) came to apologise about the delay, and said we would be offered dessert or a glass of wine to make up for it. But that offer never materialised either, as he never returned to our table and none of the various staff followed up. It made for a stressful evening, not as enjoyable and relaxing as it should have been. It would be better to have one person dedicated to each table who knew what was going on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dublin
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

45 minute wait for any food to arrive & the order was wrong when it finally did come. Nice of them to offer free drinks to both people but just would have been great to get the food on time. A lot of take out orders seemed to be taking priority over people in dining. Both tables beside us also had considerable wait times.

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DeborahB
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and setting as always was amazing but the service was next level. From the host to the waiter everyone was so friendly and attentive!

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WendyM
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food and service good, restaurant was a little cold but it was earlier in the evening so it could have been just opened and still warming up. Great spot right across from the Stella cinema.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The best wings, so crispy and lots of sauce! Everything was brilliant, however we were quite cold in the restaurant. I understand ventilation is important but we weren't comfortable sitting there, had to wrap our scarves around us.

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laurac
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brought my son and his pals for pre cinema dinner and it was perfect!

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CateD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place ever x
Great service

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SeanG
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

They were quite busy but the service suffered. It took half an hour between ordering and our food arriving. The food was good, however it is quite expensive.

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emmanuelM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nice palce with the kids. Food is average and service seems a bit lost at time (took 15 minutes to pay my bill) but otherwise nice.

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mpg3
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We were made to wait 20 minutes for our table even though we had booked in advance and our food didn’t come until 1h 30mins after we were seated. Extremely busy and food was average. Ambience and vibe was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wings portion delicious and very generous - great atmosphere and very attentive service!

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CATHYD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it staff really lovely and helpful great food x

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Very expensive

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JudithG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Mid week family celebration dinner for 8. Really disappointing - overcooked burgers for adults, doughy chicken tenders for kids. No choice of sweet potato fries alternative. Slow service. The place felt unloved in general.
Almost €200 spent - just mains and 4 glasses of wine. The kids voted to get something in shop for dessert instead of lingering. E&C trading on their past name, not current performance. I and felt robbed.

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Emma
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Every time I come here I always get the wings and they never disappoint. Best wings in Dublin!

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DeclanF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Special occasion not addressed as per booking but food and overall satisfaction out weighed any dissapointment

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on November 6, 2021

Hi there, Thank you so much for the 5*, we really appreciate when our guests take the time to leave us a rating and we are delighted to read of your amazing experience!! Best wished, The E&C Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked in as treat for me and my nana before we went to the Stella theatre across the road. We had the best time! The portions were huge and everything tasted amazing and was piping hot. The staff were amazing and very friendly! Working in hospitality myself I really can’t praise them enough, as I know how hard it is, especially how difficult customers are nowadays due to everything that is going on! Thanks for a great evening !

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christinak
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Three of us went for dinner here Saturday night before the cinema. Unfortunately, we were all disappointed by the menu and by the food. We are all vegetarians and there was only a Burger or a sandwich that we could order. The burger fell apart while you were eating it and the sandwich had a not very nice tasting tapenade (we know what tapenade should taste like). Also the chips were soggy and full of oil. All of us did not feel great after this meal.

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Humnut
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

chicken wings were overcooked unfortunately and we were unable to finish. Staff were lovely though

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 26, 2021

Hello Humnut, Many thanks for your recent feedback. Sad to hear about the wings as we are very well know for our wings. Could you give us further details on your visit. You can email us at rathminesmod@elephantandcastle.ie Look forward to hearing from you. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Excellent service and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All good - food, service

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AliCat
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Awful service and probably the worst burger I’ve had in my life. Yes, they have to be cooked to regulations but it just tasted of nothing with some limp mushrooms- again no taste- slapped on top. Fries were quite good, ditto wings. Bad experience Somewhat mitigated but excellent attention from Manager. Otherwise very poor

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 18, 2021

Hello, Many thanks for your recent review. We are sad to hear that your visit didn't hit the mark and would like to know more about your visit so we can improve. Would you mind emailing us at rathminesmod@elephantandcastle.ie so we can find where we went wrong. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely night out with the kids. Great staff and food perfect

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 20, 2021

Hello there, Many thanks for the 5* review. We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful visit and hope to have you back dining with us real soon. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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PaulL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening food was excellent and good value for money I will return.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 13, 2021

Hi PaulL, Many thanks for your great review. We are happy to hear your evening went great and we hope to have you back dining with us real soon. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Ignored by staff. Drinks forgotten about & then mixed up. No value for money

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 9, 2021

Hello, Many thanks for your recent review. We are very sad to see you didn't have a good experience with us. We strive to serve up great service with some amazing food. Looks like this time we didn't hit the mark. Would like some more information regarding your recent visit. If you could email us at rathminesmod@elephantandcastle.ie we would greatly appreciate it. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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NiallJude
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, could do with a little more menu variety maybe. But generally good value and the staff are very nice indeed.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 7, 2021

Hi Niall Jude, Many thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback, it is very much appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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FlanotheDub
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Worst Burger Ever. Do not order a burger here unless you like them tasteless and over cooked to the point of almost burnt. Oh, and it was also the smallest burger I've ever been served except McDonald's when I'd order a kids meal. And yes, I tried to complain but could not get a staff members attention and no one came to the table to check if everything was alright. When they did , I had eaten it out of hunger. Told them, and was assured a manager would be over......we were then ignored completely. We were not offered the dessert menu or coffee, nothing. Eventually we paid and left and I had to go up to the counter to ask for the bill as no one came near our table.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hello FlanotheDub, Many thanks for your recent review. We are sad to hear that the burger wasn't up to standards. We do cook our burgers through the regulations put forth through the government, which is medium well to well done. I am sorry to see that a manager or staff member didn't get to check on you as this should be done. Apologies on this and we hope you would give us another shot. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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MargaretH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meal. Only problem was my burger was almost cold when it arrived as it must have been hanging around waiting. It was replaced very promptly so that was fine.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hi MargaretH, Many thanks for your recent review. We are glad to see that the issue with the burger got rectified. Although it should have been hot from the beginning and for this I apologize. We hope you give us another shot and will be discussing with the head chef. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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PATD
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the place, I live local so when I get the chance I will chose this place. Portions are very generous. A little pricey but food is very tasty. Whether you dine alone or not, go there.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hi PatD, Many thanks for your 5* review. We are so happy to see that your visit was great and we hope to have you back dining with us real soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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LillianB
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very busy with a good atmosphere. We asked to move tables as a very cold wind coming in the door. Food was great. Service good.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hello LillianB, Many thanks for your recent review. We apologize about the cold and are happy to hear that you were able to move to a warmer spot. We hope to have you back with us real soon. Kind Regards, E&C Team

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leeg
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s definitely now as good as Temple Bar - where I have been going with family and friends for close to 30 years.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 2, 2021

Hi leeg, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! We strive to emulate the reputation of our sister restaurant in every way so we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us here in Rathmines and we hope to see you and your family again soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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DAVID
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Bit disappointed to be honest. Have eaten in the temple bar one and it was miles ahead.

Food wasn't amazing, service seemed a bit disjointed.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hi David, We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a rating. We work hard here to maintain the E&C standard of great food and service for all our guests so we would hope you would give us another chance. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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KateO
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good busy neighbourhood restaurant vibes, nice decor, and good value.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi KateO, We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again soon so we can get that rating up to 5*. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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CliveR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for a casual evening with the family (pre cinema)

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi CliveR, We really appreciate you leaving us a rating, thank you for taking the time to do so. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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ValeriaO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the chicken wings with extra celery!!!!!!!!

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CDM92
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Returning customer after many good experiences. Service was good, but food was fair. Thought the seafood linguine was not good - watery sauce and tasted very plain. Chicken wings were great, as always!

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi CDM92, We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback. We have passed your comments on to our kitchen team and hope you will give us another chance. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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BeforeCinema
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Bar service painfully slow. Food as usual consistently good.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi BeforeCinema, We are sorry you were disappointed at the service you received on your visit, we have taken your comments on board and we hope you will give us another shot. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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AnneG
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great spot to dine with the teenagers! The chicken wings were 'better than Tribeca's' and that's saying something! The main courses were a bit average. Very good service and attentive waiting staff.

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi AnneG, We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and we hope next time we can get that rating up to 5*! Kind regards, The E&C Team

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AdrianB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable thanks for a lovely meal we had a good time

Elephant & Castle - Rathmines
Responded on September 27, 2021

Hi AdrianB, Delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to have you back soon. Kind regards, The E&C Team

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Elephant & Castle - Rathmines is rated 4.2 stars by 506 OpenTable diners.

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