The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel

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A fresh idea for a restaurant. A less formal affair by a formal garden, a relaxed experience in The Merrion hotel. A restaurant with character, comfortable, with a menu designed for sharing tastes and flavours and whimsical combinations, created by gifted Executive Chef Ed Cooney and his team.

The Garden Room is open all day - for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner, alone or with friends, family or colleagues.


Welcome to The Garden Room and to something different.
What 331 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The staff were very helpful and attentive. The food was excellent and we appreciated it being quite quiet so we could hear each other. Thank you.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. No hurry to leave table.
Will be back.

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, delightful food, friendly and professional service. As stylish and classy as you would expect in The Merrion Hotel. Highly recommended.

B
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for a family lunch after my daughter's conferring. Granny (89) was very comfortable. The service is attentive and professional without being intrusive or pressuring. Calm, spacious and quiet room. Would go again, recommended!

The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel
Responded 7 days ago

Dear Bones, Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent visit to Garden Room Restaurant. I was delighted to read your generous comments about the food and the service you received. It really makes it all worthwhile when somebody enjoys a visit as much as you did. I have already shared your kind words with the entire team here and they all join me in thanking you. Kind regards, Heikki McEvoy, Garden Room Manager

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PF
Dublin
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest places to eat in Dublin. Staff always welcoming and food excellent. Such a beautiful venue looking out over courtyard. My favorite

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It had been a while since I dined in the Merrion as I had always enjoyed it, on Monday night I found the standard of presentation of food had slipped.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our night there. The service was excellent and Allesando was charming. Super wine list and my prawn starter was bang on! Lovely lighting but I was slightly disappointed that the Christmas lights/ decorations were not set up. I saw them last year and was one of the reasons I booked this year. That said perhaps it would have been a little early. We will be back.

K
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The food good. Value for money was ok.

ME
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

When I am organising to celebrate something or an occasion the Garden Room at the Merrion Hotel is always my first choice . Afternoon tea , weekend lunch or dinner one evening it is where I know my guests, family and clients will be well looked after from the moment we enter to when we must leave .
Special thanks to Fran our hostess on Saturday .

J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Given a menu with no prices
Starter very good
My main course tasteless, couldn’t finish it
Sticky toffee pudding stale hard like a week old muffin
Wine very good
Felt very disappointed and ripped off. Would pay any amount for good food

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate our son's masters graduation. Really fantastic service and a lovely touch at the end when they gave a plate with chocolates and congratulations written on it. Food was lovely and a choice to suit everyone. Lovely atmosphere also. We will definitely be back

DB
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Beautiful room - stunning in fact. An impressive place to bring anyone.

Food doesn't quite live up to the surroundings however. Cold plates and pretty mediocre food.

If the food itself isn't a priority then this is a perfect afternoon.

VO
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone at the Merrion hotel were professional, from the moment we arrived at the door, Concierge brought us straight to the Garden Room. We were treated like royalty.
We got seated at our table and the service was excellent. The food was fresh and beautiful. The ambience was plush and so inviting. Finished our evening at No.23, with a nice relaxing drink.
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. Amazing staff.
We will surely be back for the lovely atmosphere.
Kind regards x

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday experience for my husband was perfect

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in the Garden Room for lunch. Was excellent. Staff were very nice and very attentive. will definitely be back!

DF
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The Black Sole was dry. The Salmon wasn't great either. The duck and the sirloin steak were very good. More effort is required to bring the food offering up to the standard that the room and the staff present.

MS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I bought an old friend for a catch up as a treat. It is such a nice place. Yes, it is expensive but it is worth every penny for the soft friendly and genuinely relaxed ambiance. This is in a five star hotel but there is none of the stuffiness one can encounter in such places, you just feel welcomed and very much at home. Love it! I'll be back for treats with my daughters and my nieces and my friends.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, comfortable and enjoyable setting, great service.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch. Good vegan options. Lovely for a special occasion.

DD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was good except food on one plate cold which is never acceptable. We didn't complain as it only destroys ambience of occasion

PK
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sophisticated, calm dining even though there were families there, they were behaved, calm and quiet a reflection of the ambience of the whole experience

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding xxx

CR
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The nicest staff in Dublin, so welcoming. Great food at excellent prices.

B
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fiona welcomed us and was warm.
We had a lovely celebration.
We spent 500 euros and am not sure it was super value for money.
Yet good ambience.
Sheila

MM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time at the Merrion Garden Room and I cannot wait to go back. Everything was excellent from the wonderful, friendly staff to the menu which catered for all tastes. I loved the spacing between courses and the relaxed atmosphere.

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent as usual!!!

TD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Appalling level of service, numerous different waiters, no interest in us at all, could not be bothered to pour out wine. First 2 courses could not be eaten because they arrived cold. Restaurant manager mainly focused his attention on one customer and studiously ignored us even when major problems were pointed out. It was such a shame. This is a fabulous hotel, with (other than this restaurant) delightful and thoughtful staff, the restaurant itself was very comfortable and attractive with lovely views from the windows, and ideal setting for a meal. The restaurant needs a new manager.

NB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had desided to dine at the Garden Room 3 out of 5 nights, I am dining there 5 out of 5 nights . I think it says it all 😊.

TL
Memphis
92 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom’s 102nd birthday and they made it even more special!
Wonderful attentive service. Delicious food. Don’t miss the duck appetizer.
We were delighted with the service and with the meal and especially the wine selections!

NR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic venue an oasis from the busy city.
Food and service were excellent

w
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was very good and the room is lovely but our lunch was let down by the food. The chickpea cake was tasteless. We had the lemon meringue and the lemon curd looked as if it had split, strange taste.

ID
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch in The Merrion.
We were particularly impressed by our charming young waitress, Louise, from Tours in France, who looked after us so well.

CK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Full disclosure: I have a professional relationship with the hotel but on this occasion I treated my sister and an American friend to lunch which was memorable for all the right reasons. The interiors, the garden views, the food, and polite, efficient service make for a five-star experience.

M
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff in the Merrion are outstanding, finding the perfect pitch between top service and friendly rapport. My family and I have always gone there for special occasions for both the beautiful setting in the Hotel and the high standard of care. I last was here with my mum to celebrate my engagement and we could not have been treated any nicer or more kindly by the staff, with the manager Kate also coming over to pass on congratulations with complimentary treats. I would recommend to anyone.

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with a great setting. Food was excellent and so was the service.
I had the Lobster Thermidor - very nice.

h
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our second time to have lunch at the Garden Room and in both cases we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food is very good, the service professional and the ambience is excellent. Only criticism is that I would like to see a more extensive menu.

j
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The Garden Room ticks all the boxes. We enjoyed a lovely setting, top quality service and wonderful food. Couldn't have asked for a nicer evening to celebrate a birthday.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was tasty. Will definitely be booking again.

JB
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly top class lunch in a lovely environment. Well done to all the team in The Garden Room!

B
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked for seven people a couple of whom had never been to the Merrion before. They all loved the food, the service and the ambiance. The occasion was a farewell to one of our group so I wanted the lunch to the special and it was. Thank you! I'll be back again on 3rd October!