The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel

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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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HD
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

SM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Highly recommend

The Cellar Bar at The Merrion Hotel
Responded 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

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DK
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.

OT
San Francisco
13 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 Hotel
Responded 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

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MH
Las Vegas
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

JH
Dublin
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.

JM
Wales
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MF
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, good value and great service.

WJ
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

B
Dublin
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.

DH
1 review
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.

JM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience. Warm friendly manager

DD
Dorset
19 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.

GC
Dublin
2 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

OT
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!

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

k
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really lovely meal, friendly and professional staff.

PO
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.

OT
Dublin
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.

PB
Chicago
143 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual.....

OT
Dublin
5 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.

MG
Dublin
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

FF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience5

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

d
London
2 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.

LG
London
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!

J
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and unique space. Service was great

AH
Charleston
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

OT
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.

AW
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

GH
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!

PB
Chicago
143 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.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great atmosphere with great food and service.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in town for private business lunch / dinner. Quiet and customer friendly in every way.

MM
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was the best fish & chips I’ve eaten in some time. Always have a drink here, but food was fab. And service great.

SG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a lovely meal food was very nice. Staff are all very nice and welcoming

PM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was great. We were very well tended to and the food was delicious.

MM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I have always enjoyed catching up here and this occasion was no exception. Love the privacy, food and wine, and the staff were as attentive – without being intrusive – as ever.

It’s turning out to be my favourite place in Dublin!

GW
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a very nice table in an alcove all to ourselves. Staff very pleasant. Food hood

AF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The waiting staff were very nice and pleasant. It wasn't busy and we were tended to well. We chose a table for 4 in the corner. I did change places with my husband as there was a cold breeze coming from above us somewhere. The food was good and enjoyable. Dessert was also good but pricey.