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The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Co. Dublin

The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel

4.4
4.4
126 Reviews
€30 and under
Irish

Located in the original 18th-century wine vaults of the Main House, a warm welcome awaits in the oak-lined Cellar Bar. A popular lunchtime and after-work meeting place for Dubliners, the Cellar Bar offers a relaxed ambience and an all-day gastro-pub menu. Along with a full bar service, carefully selected wines are available by the glass. Great service and a convivial atmosphere make the Cellar Bar an ideal choice for lunch, dinner or just a quiet pint.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–11:30 pm Open Hours (Drinks only) Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 603 0600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ed Cooney

Menu

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What 126 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. D

    Dubdiner

    Ireland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We love the Cellar bar, we only have to look back at our camera roll over the years to see that we are regulars & we always have a lovely family time here. The food is lovely, portions could be a little more generous but the service & professionalism of the staff are on point. Even in 2020 with a masked up nation, we had a little bit of normal family enjoyment in the cosy and inviting surroundings of the Cellar Bar.

  2. MM

    MariaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a very enjoyable night. Food was lovely and staff were very attentive.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner was fantastic and couldn’t fault our evening Thank you for wonderful evening

  4. TG

    ThereseG

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb experience in the Cellar Bar, delicious food and professional, friendly staff. All done in a very safe manner. Thank you

  5. DK

    DK2019

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was absolutely amazing. It was expensive but when it's good food you don't mind paying for it. Staff were very nice & setting was very atmospheric too. Really enjoyed our few hours in this bar.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Really nice and felt really safe in these odd times!

  7. BM

    BernieandMisha81

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Happy to be back at our favourite bar...great service & atmosphere...thanks to all for making a Covid night out feel so good..

  8. MS

    MichaelS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really festive meal with great service and fab food

  9. HD

    HappyDiner

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

  10. SM

    ScottM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Highly recommend

    The Cellar Bar at The Merrion HotelResponded on March 6, 2020

    Dear Scott, Many thanks for the lovely review posted recently and for taking the time to share your experience with us. I was delighted to read how much you enjoyed your visit to The Cellar Bar. I hope it is not too long before we have the privilege of welcoming you back again soon. Thank you again for your wonderful feedback which I will be sure to share with our team. Yours Sincerely, Adil Ibnouzahir Cellar Bar Manager

  11. DK

    DanKel

    Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food4service3ambience4

    The service was chaotic - it was a busy night. The table was not ready on arrival. Service was slow. Starters arrived at the table separately - soup served lukewarm with no bread. Side for main course did not arrive until staff reminded albeit the side could be seen coming out of the kitchen and returning on a number of occasions which was the norm on the night for a number of meals for other diners. Even saw a main course being taken away from a diner for some reason the diner was unaware of. When asked for a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon at the bar they did not have any! The room temperature was not comfortable as it was quite cool. The food was good and the staff were nice but lacked direction.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Our server was very friendly but we felt the food was average at best. Had fish and chips and ribeye. Ribeye was very thin and fatty for price. Probably would have preferred the bar with a burger.

    The Cellar Bar at The Merrion HotelResponded on March 6, 2020

    Dear Guest, Many thanks for the review posted recently and for taking the time to do so. While I note that you review was positive on the whole, I was naturally disappointed to read your comments regarding the food. I would be delighted if you could contact me directly should you wish to discuss you experience in further detail. Please rest assured that your feedback has been taken on board fully. Kind regards, Martin Pramuka, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager

  13. MH

    MaryH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful experience in this Vaulted cellar in the centre of Dublin. Service true five star Food choice suited us perfectly Highly recommend

  14. JH

    JimH

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    My wife ordered an order of fries and salad with her main. We did not receive it. Our waiter was a nice guy (Igor) but I believe some conversation was lost in translation.

  15. JM

    JeremyM

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was lovely & nice treat for the birthday boy in our group

  16. MF

    MikeFitz

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good food, good value and great service.

  17. WJ

    WendyJ

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed our evening meal here, it has a great sense of place and ambience.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Reserved table for 10am brunch according to the reviews. Got there and they don’t serve it anymore.

  19. B

    Belle

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The perfect place for meeting up with friends. It felt like we had our own private dining room tucked away from everyone. The food was excellent and the staff are lovely.

  20. m

    montenotte

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    I believe the service could have been improved. We waited a while to order our drinks (and then also between courses). The food was fine and was priced reasonably. The setting is lovely - but with lots of great restaurants in Dublin, the Cellar would need to improve its service. It was difficult to get the attention of staff throughout the meal It was nice not to have to rush and leave.

  21. JM

    JoanM

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service and ambience. Warm friendly manager

  22. DD

    DorsetDiner

    Dorset

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    1 hour to get the starters and over another hour to get the mains. Food was below average and it was one of those meals we just wanted to get out even before the mains arrived. Waiting staff tried their best to correct things but it was all too slow and the food too poor. The peppercorn sauce with the steak for example was like water, translucent and liquid. Our first meal back in Dublin having lived here for 2 years and I wish it hadn’t been here.

  23. GC

    GerC

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    We had a lovely family dinner but the only issue we had was that deserts were brought separately and we had to ask a few times for them to be brought. Waitress was very friendly and lovely to deal with. Overall a good experience

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Really nice atmosphere, we had a lovely snug, ideal and romantic for a couple dining. Staff were very attentive and pleasant and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend!

  25. H

    Happydiner2

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Really nice place for food and drinks! Great staff - a nice treat!!

  26. k

    karrier

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Really lovely meal, friendly and professional staff.

  27. PO

    PatrickO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    No table was available for us at our pre-booked time despite 5 No. confirmations by email, telephone and via hotel reception on check-in. Had to stand for 20 minutes in an over-crowded walkway before finally being seated. Terribly poor service thereafter as we were left for an hour totally unattended by waiter after placing our order, so only got to eat one course. No drinks could be ordered either given that no one came back to us so all we could do is get up and left as we were so frustrated. Totally over-rated venue and I would most certainly not recommend it based on the appalling lack of service and lack of attention we experienced. Give this venue a miss for sure as it was simply an over-crowded 'pub' where one could get no proper service....certainly not a venue for a nice evening meal given the frantic, noisy atmosphere. We have registered a formal complaint with the management and await their response.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Two of the main courses ( the ones we wanted - steak and chicken) not available as they had had a busy day, so had run out of the two most popular mains. The remaining choice was poor. Left waiting a long time to place our orders and took nearly 20 mins to get our first drinks. Food was fine ( my salad was very good) , desserts very good. Wouldn’t rush to return, overall experience very average.

  29. PB

    PangurBan

    Chicago

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as usual.....

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been there twice already and planning to go back . Excellent place and ambiance and service. Our hostess Meagan was phenomenal.

  31. MG

    MeganG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely atmosphere, our waiter (I think his name was Matias) was brilliant and the food was great. Table of 8 last Saturday and we all really enjoyed it. Many thanks! Megan Griffith

  32. FF

    FlaF

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food2service4ambience5

    Great location but the food is not so good like in pass.

  33. d

    denisec

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place! I have lunch here at least once a month, service is perfect, food is great value.

  34. LG

    LuisG

    Dublin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent place to have a dinner in real and ancient cellar...food was also a high point...we had a great surprise going there as we usually go out every saturday to try new and different restaurants in Dublin...we will go back!

  35. J

    Julia

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and unique space. Service was great

  36. AH

    AnnH

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our best dining experience in all of Ireland. Casual friendly delicious and oh so Irish! Thank you

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ireland

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Dinner for two. Had the Vegan Shephardless Pie as my main with Bruschetta to start. Really tasty. We had one of the little alcoves to ourselves and that was great too. Have eaten here many times and it’s always great.

  38. AW

    AnthonyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was a lovely restaurant to go enjoy some tasty food and experience a lovely place to have you meal

  39. GH

    GraceH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful service and delicious food! Romantic table tucked in a little niche. We really enjoyed the whole experience!

  40. PB

    PangurBan

    Chicago

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE IN A LOVELY PLACE TO TALK. THE SEAFOOD TOWER IMPRESSED MY GUESTS AND IT DID ME.

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The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 126 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel

21-24 Upper Merrion Street Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 KF79

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Merrion Square

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–11:30 pm Open Hours (Drinks only) Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ed Cooney

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