The Old Music Shop

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€30 and under
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Contemporary European

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The Old Music Shop Restaurant is set in stylish Georgian rooms of Dublin's oldest hotel and overlooks Findlaters striking 19th century Gothic Revival Church. Experience relaxed and spacious dining for Afternoon Tea, hearty and healthy lunches, weekend brunches, and pre-theater dinner. Popular dishes include Baked Salmon, Goat's Cheese and Fig Salad as well as classics like Irish Beef Steak, Full Irish Breakfast and Seafood Chowder served with Homemade Guinness Brown Bread.

Vegetarian favourites include Falafel Salad and Mushroom Pizza among others. With complimentary WiFi, freshly baked scones and a selection of delicious cakes the Old Music Shop Restaurant is a great place to meet colleagues and old friends. We are 1-minute walk from Gate Theatre and Reilly Theatre.

Our carefully selected wines complement our seasonal dishes and we offer some of the finest Irish craft ales and stout. Our warm and friendly team look forward to welcoming you to the Old Music Shop Restaurant.
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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I booked an early sitting for dinner as we were going to the theatre, it was also my daughters’ birthday. The food was good, no complaints there but the service was abysmal, so slow we had to forgo our dessert so we could get to the theatre. Also the table was not set properly, no side plates, I asked for them and they gave us saucers. Some of the cutlery on the table was dirty and I had to ask for some when my main course arrived, had to ask for water. Also the waiter very kindly said the gin & tonic my daughter ordered would be free as it was her birthday but when I got home I checked the bill I’d been charged! We will not return!

D
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating when we mentioned allergies, very friendly staff.

MO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we had a lovely meal there before going to the theatre so it was a little quiet.
food was lovely and service was excellent.

TM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice quirky evening in the cellars of The Old Music Shop. Food was good value and staff attentive but not intrusive.

FB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I can highly recommend The Old Music Shop. Myself and a friend enjoyed the pretheatre dinner menu which was delicious and generous in portion size. Wish we had had more time! Service was friendly and efficient and we received a warm welcome. Lovely dining area. Looking forward to the next time.

j
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Booked at really short notice with little previous research and was pleasantly surprised. Good service, nice ingredients. Nice meal. Really handy location for us

CF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it and will be back soon..service great lovely ambiance

M
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

I booked this restaurant for a special occasion with friends. I was very surprised that it's more like a drop in cafe/restaurant. We waited to be seated and had to ask someone to look after us. The restaurant was empty bar 1 or 2 other tables. After 10 mins we had to ask for menus. We got 3 menus for 7 people. After taking the food order, we had to wait and no one came back to give drinks menus or take order for drinks. It's not a full bar. Minerals are served in plastic bottles with no glass!
The food was ok, chicken wings are served whole and not broken in half as you'd normally see in a restaurant. Value for money is good but given the service we won't be returning. It's unfortunate as I think this place has a lot of potential. We were seated upstairs and the waiter told us afterwards that there is a restaurant downstairs but no one asked when we arrived which one we had booked! He said that upstairs is the main one so they would assume that we wanted there. Downstairs is mostly for hotel guests.

LF
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's a really cute coffee shop. Our server was really nice. I didn't catch his name. Great value for the price. We were very full at the end.

KH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was bland and overpriced.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on August 1, 2019

Very sorry to hear that we disappointed you on this occasion. Best wishes.

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JJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the staff very friendly!

OT
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remarkable experience with great food and service

PW
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were a group of 5 ladies meeting at 2pm. We were hoping to have lunch but only brunch was on the menu until 3pm which didnt really suit as we would have prefered lunch. However the lovely girl did suggest that we could see the 3pm menu, which we did, but as we were under time restraints we went for the brunch menu, which was very nice.
There was a great ambience with afternoin tea groups. The staff were really warm and welcoming. Food lovely.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on July 3, 2019

Patricia, thank you so much for leaving your review. We hope you enjoyed the show! I will pass the feedback to our Restaurant Manager about the menus and the availability. We are hoping to offer more for our theatre goers - especially now that there will be two matinees (Wed/Saturday) going forward. We adjusted our All Day menu recently and hope to make additional changes to our brunch and pre-theatre to accommodate more guests. We hope you'll visit again. Many thanks,

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SH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Het is een hotel waarbij het restaurant een service is. Geen bijzondere keuken . Verder erg sobere ambiance.
Personeel vriendelijk.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on July 3, 2019

Dank Je! (Thank you for leaving a review). Our Old Music Shop Restaurant is indeed part of the Castle Hotel, Dublin. As the restaurant is part of an extensive and old Georgian building our kitchen is located on the lower ground floor and we are proud that our chefs prepare food freshly daily. We do not use off-site kitchens. We can only apologise for the ambience on that day you visited but are delighted you found the staff friendly. We appreciate all feedback. Thank you once again. Fijne dag!

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TH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Lovely relaxed atmosphere - my second time here so would definitely recommend it. Very friendly staff but service a little slow. We were going to The Gate theatre so had to actually leave our coffee without drinking it as ran out of time. Perfect location for pre theatre and will definitely be back.

The Old Music Shop
Responded on July 3, 2019

Teresa, Thank you so much for leaving a review and it's great to hear you would definitely recommend us. We let you down on your recent visit the restaurant before the Gate Theatre. We have been working on training the team to identify customers that are having pre-theatre or timely brunches that are heading to the nearby shows at the Gate, Abbey and O'Reilly Theatres so that we can deliver a prompt service. We hope we've remedied this and that we can look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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E
Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the afternoon tea - everything was fresh and delicious. There was a perfect balance between sandwiches and cakes, a classic afternoon tea. The service was excellent with very friendly staff. It's an old fashioned place so it felt very authentic - such a lovely homely atmosphere made it a break from hectic Dublin life. This is a little haven right in the city centre.

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, close to the Gate Theatre, nice food.

AT
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with friendly and competent staff. Yummy food and good portion sizes. I highly recommend this place - a great experience, all around!

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were very happy with our evening. It was lovely and relaxed, friendly staff, a good location with excellent food.
Anne

DL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a hidden gem in a quiet part of the city centre. The standard of ingredients and the quality of preparation was very surprisingly good. The service was warm, very attentive and at the same time, unobtrusive. I will certainly put this place on my map of places to go for dinner dates with friends.

PW
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were excellent. My friends were finding parking on sunday and the waitress was very kind, offering me a drink, menu and water whilst i waited. She checked too that i was ok.
Service with a smile. Excellent food. Top class

PV
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice cosy ambience, right in the city centre and super close to the Hugh Lane Gallery (1min walk) and O'Connel Street is in a walking distance.
The staff is kind and available, the food is good, just a bit pricey. Portions are decent as well.
We went there for a Sunday brunch, upon reservation and we found a table waiting for us :)
We ordered two poached eggs on sourdough bread, sided with mixed salad, creamy potatoes and avocado - while daughter ordered pancakes with nutella, they came with a small pot of fruit salad and maple syrup, and just then they added 2 small pots of nutella. They tasted good but the plate prep wasn't great, for the price they could put the nutella in a small pot not in their original small packaging, decoration and how
food is presented (depending on the price) it's also important.
We also got two cappuccinos, which were tasty and big :-)
Overall a pleasant experience, and we will come back when in the area to give it another try - maybe lunch or dinner.
Thanks for having us!

AC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Very nice food excellent value for money Staff very nice we have booked again for sat 15th september my birthday

L
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Supposed to have a reservation for brunch menu as on the website but when we got there (some having travelled for an hour) we were told there is no brunch menu and reservation is no good.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, great food. Since it was daytime we ordered at counter. Not sure a reservation was actually needed, but finding the restaurant on Open Table drew us in. We’d definitely eat there again when in Dublin.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was from Slovakia and she was brilliant - very friendly and very good at her job - gave great advice on the menu. The early bird is great value and the food was delicious. Very convenient location if you are going to the Gate Theatre (which we were). I would definitely go back!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great place to dine staff were very attentive

SW
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very disappointed. We booked a table online for lunch expecting a sit down service. However this was not the case. On arrival we were told that lunch does not commence until 3 o clock. It was the All Ireland semi final day and management are missing out on a huge opportunity to capitalise on events going on in the local area.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I don’t like being harsh, but the food was not value for money. 17/18 euro for cod and chips that left me with a knot in my stomach for a day.

Pizza option very limited, burger very expensive and cod and chips wasn’t great.

The venue while interesting was dated and definitely caters for an older market.

The staff were lovely but the place could do with a good shake up, especially when there are limited options else where.

GO
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Poor menu choice - nothing like on the website. Service very attentive but it was 5pm and we were the only ones there! Very close to a number of nearby hotels. I was disappointed overall though.

l
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

service was slow . but the food and drink was amazing .

J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly atmosphere, owner working the floor and chatting away. Excellent food and value for money in a great setting & a building with history behind it - absolutely would recommend and will go again in the near future.

CP
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, competitively priced, great staff .... beautiful setting ... great atmosphere

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A limited menu but reasonably tasty. Very nice chowder, the wild mushroom with truffle oil pizza a bit under flavoured.

U
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, a little find. Service great. We had the pre theatre menu, good value great taste.

KL
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely surroundings and decor. Tables were nicely set out. Food was good, freshly cooked and just the right amount. The service could have been better as it wasn't that busy. I had to get up twice to go and find a waiter to ask for the dessert menu and to request the bill. I would return to the restaurant again without a doubt.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Myself and a group of girlfriends had a pre-theatre dinner here last Saturday. It was a perfect venue as the Gate Theatre is a short walk away. The staff are very friendly and the service was fast and efficient. We were also able to have a drink in the beautiful seating area in the hotel after our meal. I highly recommend the Old Music Shop as it provides a lovely relaxed atmosphere with very friendly and helpful staff. It is also good value for money expecially the pre-theatre menu of 2 courses for 20euro.

KB
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff who bent over backwards to insure we had a good experience. Very nice brunch, delicious food, great service, and overall good experience.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made online booking on the basis of the menu we found online.

Got to the place, were shown to a table and were given a menu that was nothing resembling the online menu and to be quite honest was abismal.

After enquiring, we were told that because it was a busy bank holiday, the menu was smaller. I said it was not smaller, it was completely different. The server then said she would bring the menu from downstairs.

It arrived and it was exactly the same menu, with an extra starter and main course.

We left without ordering.
On the subject of it being busy, there was 4/5 tables eating when we arrived. Maybe this is classed as busy by dublin standards, but we in the rest of the country are able to handle bigger tasks.

Wouldn't recommend the place to anyone based on the reception I was given by the staff.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience2

choice very limited
service poor
food was luke warm
staff were obviously stretched