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

Elephant & Castle - Temple Bar

4.3
4.3
586 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 50 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 586 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. P

    Paula

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to have a meal in E&C. Love their chicken wings!
  2. S

    Stephen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The wings used to have more meat on them. Shrinkflation hit the sauce levels too. Staff were great though 👍🏻
  3. AP

    AlanP

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Service was great, although we had to wait a while to get a table even though we had booked. The food was to be honest disappointing. Ordered Eggs Benedict, the wasn’t runny and the muffin upon which it was placed was burnt and barely able to cut through. Portion size of the ham given was also uneven. Overall, was not happy for the price and always at least exact eggs to be runny. I was not asked how I like them soo runny should be default.
  4. KB

    KeithB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and staff very helpful and friendly

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 2 days agoThanks a lot Keith!

  5. D

    Daka

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Nice enviroment but its too noise and the price is not worthed
  6. DM

    DMdub

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Went for brunch and the food just wasn't very good. 6 of us squeezed into a table for 4. Service slow although the servers were nice. Bathrooms not clean. Disappointed as usually a nice spot for dinner.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Tasteless pasta, overcooked burger
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As someone who grew up in Buffalo, NY, I can honestly say these wings are some of the best I’ve tasted in the world. I travel frequently to Dublin and make sure to eat the wings at least twice while I’m in town. Add in the great service to make this restaurant a jewel in the crown of Dublin’s dining scene. Do not miss it!
  9. NO

    NiamhO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicest wings ive had!! And the portion size is huge, would recommend to anyone!

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 4 days agoThanks Niamh!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service by our waiter. He couldn’t have been more helpful, it really added to the great dining experience! The food was amazing, chicken wings were as tasty as ever, still one of the top places for wings in Dublin for me :)
  11. M

    Marcella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited on the way to Eagles concert at Aviva Booked table on line ready when we arrived Food delicious as usual and great Menu Ordered bottle Marlborough savionion wine great choice Ps don't forget the chicken wings

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 2 days agoThanks Marcella glad you enjoyed!

  12. MM

    MichelleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding customer service. Very friendly staff. Tastiest chicken wings and a fab menu choice Reasonably priced too Great location

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 2 days agoThanks a million Michelle!

  13. l

    lorrainem

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    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 :)

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded 4 days agoThanks Lorraine

  14. GK

    GraceK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service! Would definitely recommend

    Elephant & Castle - Temple BarResponded on June 20, 2022Thanks Grace

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best wings in town!!
  16. 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 on June 18, 2022Thanks Anita!

  17. 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 on June 18, 2022Thanks Petrea!

  18. 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, 2022Thank you for the 5 star rating. We are glad we could accommodate your request:) We always try our best for our customers.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Great friendly service. Highly recommend.
  20. 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
  21. 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, 2022Thank you for taking time to write a review . We welcome any feedback. Your opinion matters!

  22. 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
  23. 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, 2022thank you Elaine:)

  24. 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, 2022Thank you for the great review:)

  25. 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.
  26. 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, 2022Thank you for taking time:)

  27. 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.
  28. 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, 2022Great to hear! Thanks a million

  29. 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.
  30. 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, 2022Thanks Orla

  31. 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, 2022Thanks a million!

  32. 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!!
  33. 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, 2022Thanks a lot Matt

  34. 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.
  35. 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, 2022Thank 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

  36. M

    Maryp

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful night meeting old friends - great fun
  37. 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, 2022Thank you Stuart for the great review:)

  38. 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, 2022Thank you Tina:)

  39. 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, 2022Thank 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

  40. 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.

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 586 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 50 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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