The Lucky Duck

4.2
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Gastro Pub
Welcome to The Lucky Duck, an elegant neighbourhood bar and restaurant where we are making the old new again.

Food takes center stage across the three upstairs floors, with a dinner and bar bites menu led by quality, seasonal ingredients. Head Chef Jan Bartek celebrates Irish fare with a modern twist.

Open from 5pm seven nights a week, why not join us for dinner and drinks, or just drinks – the choice is yours.

The Lucky Duck’s cocktail menu is centred around great produce, bold flavours and simplicity. We aim to produce drinks that sustainably minded, less waste and more taste. If it’s a straight-up drink you’re after, we have plenty of those, too.

We are proud to have revived this Dublin landmark and look forward to welcoming you!
What 78 people are saying
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ChristinaO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We ordered about 8 dishes between us and although you know it is tapas some of them were very small. The overall temperature of the food was just ok . We had some lovely cocktails and the service was very good so we enjoyed the night

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JoannaK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its a fabulous experience. Great food & fantastic cocktails. Staff are lovely & great craic

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ClaireM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, reasonably priced in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere

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Perrine
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The upper floors are always lovely, even though the atmosphere on quieter nights is much nicer. The staff is well trained and helpful and the food is delicious. The drinks are fantastic, a favourite place in Dublin for a trendy night out

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LeighS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved The Lucky Duck. Great atmosphere, service and food. Loved the seating and design of the bar and upstairs. Beware when booking on Open Table though. We booked a slot for 10pm on a Sat night and Open Table lets you pick slots right up to 11.30pm however when we arrived the waiting staff had to check with the kitchen if we could still order food. Thankfully the kitchen looked after us but the waiter explained that it is a problem with Open Tables reservations so to be on the safe side don't try to book a table for food after 9.45pm.
The Lucky Duck is a brilliant spot for drinks and food.

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Graa
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was terrible, meat was chewy. Cocktails were pure lemon. A big waste of money. Staff were ok except for blond waitress who said “that’s how the chef likes it” when I pointed out about the meat in the croquettes. Will never recommend or return.

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DeirdreM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening, good food, good value.
Two issues: a bit cold & I hadn’t been told in advance that they wanted the table back within 2 hours. Was handed the bill after an hour and a half. A bit annoying, I shouldn’t really expect anything different in Dublin at peak season

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SuzC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was average. Perhaps we chose wrong. Prawn pil pil was the low point. Ham and cheese croquettes were tasty if a little soggy Room was cold. Friendly staff and nice decor.

The Lucky Duck
Responded on December 4, 2019

Hi SuzC. My sincere apologies for your below par experience. We hope you will come back to see that it was a once off. If you've any further feedback/suggestions, you can contact me personally at matt@theluckyduck.ie. All the best.

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Jayp
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cocktails were brilliant, food was excellent. Really good place to go.

The Lucky Duck
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for the kind words Jayp. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipDonaldJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Good overall experience. Food is good but service could use some polish.

The Lucky Duck
Responded on October 28, 2019

Hi Donald. Delighted you enjoyed the food. I'm sorry the service wasn't quite up to par. We hope you'll join us again in the future and allow us to redeem ourselves. If you've any suggestions for improvement, please don't hesitate to contact me at matt@theluckyduck.ie. Best wishes, Matt.

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AnnaK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Only for drinks and setting, not for dining. Food took one hour and 15 mins to come after ordering and prawn pil pil very poor.

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AlisonD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We were a party of 4 people there for food and drinks. The food was tasty, portions were decent size, there was no delay and the service was fine. We found it a bit odd to be the only party there that was eating, others were for drinks only, but overall it was a nice evening and I would recommend it. The room however was quite cold and needed the heating turned on.

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Mnic
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised by The Lucky Duck, despite having high expectations! Food was delicious, cocktails were class, and the ambiance was stellar. Great place to meet a few friends for a good night.

The Lucky Duck
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi Mnic, Thanks so much for the kind words, hope to see you again soon! David

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vipGerardoR
Dublin
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always. Love the atmosphere, the food, and the service. It was a perfect evening

The Lucky Duck
Responded on September 22, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service , food and ambience!

The Lucky Duck
Responded on September 22, 2019

Glad you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again soon.

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viphelenb
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The experience was terrible. The service was terrible. Food was ok but the starters and main courses arrived same time. And total cost was v expensive fir what we had.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a wonderful spot for nice cocktails and a civilised, relaxed evening. Staff are wonderful and always make sure you’re okay and not left waiting.

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AnneG
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Unusual looking menu but the food was all very delicious and well presented. Really enjoyed our night out there and would recommend it.

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very accomodating. I will definitely be back with friends

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vipGeneralist
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful building, warm and attentive service, and incredible food. A terrific place for drinks and dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, lovely server and beautiful food

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SallyB
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Steak was pretty tough and we mentioned it and waiter said oh that's a pity! and that was it.

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EmmaO
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food wasn't great wouldnt return. Mains came a while before sides so half the main was eaten already.

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AntoinetteL
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Lucky Duck for my son's 21st birthday. It was wonderful. The staff, the food, the cocktails and the ambience made for an absolutely fabulous evening. Patrick was the font of all knowledge telling us the origins of dishes and the cocktails. He was able to tell us how they were made and suggested pairings with our food (which definitely worked). My only regret is that I don't possess two stomachs so I could eat absolutely everything! I am a veggie and my food was divine - a limited menu but I got the impression that if I asked for anything they would do their best to provide. My sons had the lamb shank and they couldn't speak highly enough of it. I would highly recommend going to the Lucky Duck. We will definitely be going back.

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LinseyB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The place is lovely but the food and service could definitely have been better

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service really let the place down. Waited so long between starter and main course. Food was nice apart from the potted crab starter but service was worst we have experienced in a long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our boys

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Menu has a nice selection of food that offers an interesting take on traditional favourites. Trendy & comfortable surroundings - don’t be put off by fact seating & tables seem more suited to lounging than eating, they work for some reason (maybe that seat to table height ratio is just right?)
Dealt with our food intolerance issue with respect, understanding & intelligence: remarkable as issues with allium (onion, garlic etc.) less widely acknowledged than most.
Great service & atmosphere. Set to become one of our favourite places to take friends & family in Dublin.

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MillieCC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Disappointing second visit overall - the atmosphere was poor, too bright, no music. Service was poor. Overall food and wine were good but lacked ambience in the room we were in.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautiful setting,

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JohnP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice ambience and great staff. Food mediocre. Tables very close together on second floor

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ERed
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant, great food and service. The room we were in was for 6 and we were a party of 4 so we were sharing with 2 others would have preferred to be in the main room. Only put parties of 6 should be in the small room. Also, it was quite cold throughout the building lovely fireplaces might have been nice if they had been lit, for ambiance and heat but overall I would recommend.

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JeanW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intimate and lush. Beautiful food. Would go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Fire the chef. Everything else was good to great.

Don’t usually write reviews, but this warrants it.

Valentine’s Day. Beautiful cosy v classy and beautifully decorated living-room-vibe room upstairs. Really beautiful design. Maybe 5 tables in the room. Chairs were some of the nicest I’ve sat on in a restaurant. We were a group of four (double date), and in fairness we were v boisterous and excited to see each other so I’d say the other dates weren’t v happy with us. We had a lot of drinks over the course of the evening and had a great laugh.

Drinks were good. Service was friendly and knowledgeable but fairly slow (we were there from 7:30 until about 11:30). It was 42euro pp for a “5 course meal” - 3 courses plus tea/coffee and petit fours to finish.

The chicken liver pate was basically dumped on a single slice of brioche toast that was undercooked. Virtually no garnish. Venison Wellington was lukewarm and pastry was still moist, not fluffy or crisp. Mash that came with it was cold. I had one cut, my brother got two. My partner and his partner had fish wrapped in paper. V small portions. Potatoes were ‘roasted’, but burned on the outside and raw on the inside. Dessert was good (cheesecake and chocolate tart).

Never offered the tea or coffee. When the bill came there were baileys chocolates accompanying it. I asked about the petit fours and the server said the chocolates were them.

We were having such a great time seeing each other we didn’t complain or anything and had a good laugh about it. But the food truly was terribly done - seemed like a menu designed by someone who knew what they were doing who then quit and left it to someone who had maybe cooked for a dinner party once and got promoted to head chef last minute.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely spot. Relaxed but special at the same time. Great food and cocktails. Staff were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Muy buena experiencia en general, nos gusto mucho el sitio, el ambiente y los cocktails. El servicio muy bueno y la comida nada del otro mundo. Pero la experiencia general muy buena

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our booking was cancelled by the manager only when we arrived as they said they were booked out.

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SarahW
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyable meal with excellent service. The espresso martini wasn't on the menu but bar staff made it on request. Really nice decor and staff seemed to be enjoying their work. Very high quality food. I'd never had polenta before but it was very tasty and complimented the cod very well. Have already recommended the restaurant to a friend.

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KathleenM
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The service and the venue itself is very good, great atmosphere. The food was bad value the taste plates in particular the fish plate very small. Both the cheese and meet plate very tiny!

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Everything was very good but i was cold in the upper dining room
I had to wear my coat - this is a major drawback for me

Food was very nice and service very good
I will definitely go again but on a warmer day or in the summer

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The Lucky Duck is rated 4.2 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

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