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Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar, Dublin, Co. Dublin

Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar

4.3
4.3
573 Reviews
€30 and under
American

Elephant & Castle Prince Street opened in Lower Manhattan in ’73 across from St Vincent’s Hospital where George had worked as an oncologist since the 1950’s. After two decades of short lunch breaks where he could never get anything he wanted to eat, finally he retired to a life of eating everything he wanted to eat, in his own restaurant with a special name. His passion and obsession for quality was infectious and E&C became a New York classic within a few years. Doors opened in a very different and quiet Temple Bar in January 1989 and by Summer of that year the queues had already started for our fantastic food and spectacular atmosphere!
Outside the world has greatly changed, but inside our swinging doors we try to keep things just the way they were.

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Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, International

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 679 3121

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

  • Neighborhood

    Temple Bar

  • Parking details

  • Public transit

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 573 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. l

    lorrainem

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Best wings in Dublin! Great portion size and staff could not have been more attentive. Return each time I visit Dublin for a trip and can't wait to go back already :)

  2. GK

    GraceK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and excellent service! Would definitely recommend

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 4 days ago

    Thanks Grace

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best wings in town!!

  4. AM

    AnitaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely food good service music a tiny bit loud but would get over that !!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 6 days ago

    Thanks Anita!

  5. P

    Petrea

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always…best chicken wings in the world

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 6 days ago

    Thanks Petrea!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Good job working with my daughter’s allergies. Only issue was chives in the mashed potatoes, they are not technically onions but in the same family so my daughter cannot have them, we did not say chives so I don’t really fault them. Onion/garlic allergy is a tough one to accommodate. They did a good job considering.., Buffalo wings are great

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 14, 2022

    Thank you for the 5 star rating. We are glad we could accommodate your request:) We always try our best for our customers.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. Great friendly service. Highly recommend.

  8. l

    lunar

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    the waiters very nice but the hostess very unpleasant with us

  9. A

    Avoid

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    A shadow of times gone past when the Elephant & Castle in Temple Bar was a most pleasant venue for an informal meal with decent food and excellent ambience. What was the signature dish for years ( Chicken Wings) is now ‘awful’ - “greasy taste”. Service now ambivalent at best and to be honest totally disinterested in any client service. Fries with ‘fish aroma’ and in my opinion fried in contaminated oil. Tuna Sandwich just rubbish. Avoid at all costs as this has become a “Rack em Stack em & Pack em” dump.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 14, 2022

    Thank you for taking time to write a review . We welcome any feedback. Your opinion matters!

  10. EC

    ElaineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing, staff were so helpful. Really enjoyed the experience

  11. EO

    ElaineO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    It's been years since I visited this restaurant but will be back again soon . Considering the location it's good value

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 12, 2022

    thank you Elaine:)

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Elephant & Castle Temple Bar never fails! A favourite of ours before as a couple and now, years later, a treat for all the family after a day out. Caters for all ages. Great food, service & atmosphere - as always.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 12, 2022

    Thank you for the great review:)

  13. CC

    CoCo

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    3 people in the group, 1st starter arrived followed a few minutes later by the 2nd but had to chase up the 3rd which arrived some time after, got apology for delay & told it's difficult to get them all ready to serve at the same time, any good run kitchen & pass will ensure everyone is served at the same time, mains more or less came together but waiter didn't ask if we needed anything further nor did anyone follow up & ask if the meal was ok, dessert was probably the best part of the meal! Wings deducted from the bill as an apology, seems like food is just thrown together and more so as it was a bank holiday weekend - overcooked & bland, 2 of the party had burgers, they said they had better from McDonald's which says a lot about the quality of food served, waiting staff need to be a bit more attentive to the customers rather than standing & casting an eye around the restaurant hoping no one will try to get their attention, only positive for you is location so you will always get passing customers from tourists but for us we won't be paying a return visit.

  14. V

    Vick

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    Have wanted to try elephant and castle for a long time but was never able to get in until recently and couldn’t wait to try the wings however they were not great, nothing wrong with them just bland, have had wings much nicer in many other places so wouldn’t recommend the wings, in saying that everything else we order was lovely and the waffle dessert was amazing, just don’t order the wings…..

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 12, 2022

    Thank you for taking time:)

  15. JM

    JacquelineM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Always enjoy the chicken wings - good kids menu. Service was quick.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best wings in the world.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 5, 2022

    Great to hear! Thanks a million

  17. TR

    TRACYW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1

    Used to be so good!!!! We won’t be going back anytime soon.

  18. OL

    OrlaL

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot, really nice food. Super selection on the menu, Get the wings!!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 30, 2022

    Thanks Orla

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place all day long ,fab staff and food lovely vibe.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 30, 2022

    Thanks a million!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Best wings ever! Wasn’t so keen on the ribs, but the wings make up for it!!

  21. M

    Matt

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to go for food and drinks. Great location and great staff!!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 30, 2022

    Thanks a lot Matt

  22. x

    xenzero

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    We’ve been before (though not recently) and loved it. But this time, with someone with a dairy intolerance, we were really disappointed. They gave us an allergens menu (perfect) and the person with the intolerance then ordered the chicken burger and the ribs as a result. When the food came, the burger had no bun and no sauce (“it has dairy”) and the ribs had no sauce (“it has dairy”). The allergens menu needs updating and the staff need better training. Fair play to the kitchen at least that they’re unlikely to kill anyone. Oh, and the wings are still amazing for the dairy eaters among us (so 2 stars instead of zero). But you need to tell customers if you’re adapting a dish significantly to accommodate a dietary requirement otherwise you’re charging them top dollar for something they didn’t ask for. Also, less important, but our table was booked for 5pm but we weren’t seated until 5:20 which suggests they’re over booking. But maybe just a one off blip.

  23. TK

    TKelly

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Made a booking which we never got to experience. Arrived at the restaurant a few minutes prior to our booking and there was a queue outside the door. When we got to a staff member we were told a few minutes wait. The restaurant was jammed. One man was taking up a window booth by himself, staff did say he would have to vacate if the rest of his party didn't arrive. Eventually one other person arrived. Another table were asked to wrap up but the customer insisted she was sipping water. Every few minutes we were told 5 more minutes. The restaurant was humid and overrun and my 9 year old started to feel faint so we had to leave and dine elsewhere. Staff tried their best but it wasn't well organised

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 4, 2022

    Thank you for your feedback . We are sad to hear your did not wait for your table, and understand your disappointment. Unfortunately we cant guarantee table will be ready for the time of the booking, it all depends when the previous table leaves. Our staff always do their best to make that happen and it can be quite stressful for them, as we want everyone to get their table in time. Hope you understand. Kind regards D.K

  24. M

    Maryp

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a wonderful night meeting old friends - great fun

  25. SF

    StuartF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Genuinely the best chicken wings ever! I was over in Dublin solo for work. Great place to also come in and dine quickly!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 28, 2022

    Thank you Stuart for the great review:)

  26. T

    Tina

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent American diner with huge menu and lots of choice. The waiter was friendly and helpful. Great location too right in the centre of Temple bar.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 28, 2022

    Thank you Tina:)

  27. AS

    AntoinetteS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Only bad thing can never get through on phone to make a reservation and if you have more than 6 have to book 2 tables

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 28, 2022

    Thank you Antoinette for the 5 star rating. Not sure why you were not able to get through on phone, but for future reference, we also have online booking system, where you can book table with us. thank you

  28. AD

    AnnetteD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service, booked a table well in advance, had to wait as it was busy which I didn’t mind. But when seated there are others queuing through the 2 doors making it very crowded near the entrance, around your table and a cool breeze in the door.

  29. CB

    ChrisB

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came from NJ to find a NY restaurant by accident. Place was great for quick food and high quality . The correct chips and wings

  30. HK

    HarneetK

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    The branch at Temple Bar is not as nice as the one in Monkstown. The food quality is also not good.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not been for over 20 years…… that was the first time we had the wings and I was so looking forward to returning. We were not disappointed the wings were so good. Lovely table in the window and the service was excellent. We won’t leave it another 20 years!

  32. J

    Jennifer

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have dined here several times with family & friends, and the staff couldn't be more helpful, the food delish! A lovely experience, Thank You

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 23, 2022

    That's great to hear! Thanks Jennifer

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience, the wings are delightful!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 21, 2022

    Thank you:)

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    It was lovely but very noisy, maybe they should consider some more acoustics to help with the noise levels!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 21, 2022

    Thank you for the 5 stars:) and for the feedback.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cork

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3

    Wrong salad was served, it was difficult to get someones attention to change it and when it was changed, there was a hair in it!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great service, excellent food, a bit loud and cramped but worth it

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 23, 2022

    THANKS A MILLION!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely family meal to celebrate our sons First Holy communion.

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 21, 2022

    Thank you :)

  38. S

    Stevie

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wings are amazing! awesome inside too

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 17, 2022

    Thank you Stevie:)

  39. p

    paulahungry

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    really nice chicken wings, as always, but it was wayyyy to over crowded and it was almost impossible to have a conversation at normal volume.

  40. MM

    MaeveM

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Travel to Ireland!!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on May 16, 2022

    Thanks Maeve!

FAQs

Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat. Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 679 3121.

Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 573 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 47 times today
Google Map for Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar

19 Temple Bar Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 HY86

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Temple Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

  • Public transit

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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