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Thunder Road Café, Dublin, Co. Dublin

Thunder Road Café

4.3
4.3
1468 Reviews
€30 and under
American
Thunder Road Café is based in Dublin's Temple Bar. The themed restaurant has been serving American diner food for over 25 years. The restaurant bar offers a selection of live music on Friday nights, and an extensive drinks menu to match their colourful theme. Cocktails such as a Woo Woo and Strawberry Daiquiri have made it into the specials section. Food is served throughout the week and diners can enjoy a selection of traditional diner dishes with a European twist. A chosen few to mention from the menu are Buffalo chicken wings, an extensive Burger selection, as well as a choice of Steaks.

We are now taking bookings for indoor dining only. Please keep in mind that during busy periods you must order a main course per person when you are dining here.
Otherwise, our terrace area is open only for walk-ins everyday for a maximum of 4 people per table.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 679 4057

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Temple Bar

  • Parking details

    24 Hour parking attached to the same building - Search Fleet Street Car Park in Google maps

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,468 people are saying

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AP

    AP1967

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Been a while since our last visit but yesterday will be our last visit. Unfortunately TR has gone really downhill. The place overall is dirty, the floor, the tables, the chairs, the toilets - nothing seemed clean. Our waiter & waitress was fine, no issues with the staff. The food - the dirty (frozen skinny) fries were terrible, barely any sauce, cheese, bacon. The buffalo burger was bland & dry. The wings were fine, but way over priced for the portion size (€19). Drinks - the Birra Moretti was fine, the pinot grigio wasnt great. Both over priced too. €8+ for a small glass of wine. Overall we were disappointed in how the place has gone as a whole from being a great place to bring the kids the what it is now. Sad to say this will be our last visit & wouldnt be recommending TR to anyone else.
  2. SO

    StephenO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went here for my daughter’s 15th bday. Excellent spot and couldn’t recommend it enough. Service and food was spot on and they even allowed us to bring a cake in which all the floor staff sang happy birthday to my daughter went they brought it out making her centre of attention Will definitely be back again
  3. S

    Smilerme

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Our server was lovely I have no complaints about him but we did wait for an hour for our food to be ready and it took a good 20mins for our drinks order to arrive too. Disappointed that it took so long for our order, I will say the area we were in was very busy with a large group but maybe management should have recognised that and added a server to the area so customers that weren't a part of the large group could be served in a timely fashion and didn't feel ignored
  4. SM

    SeamusM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend ThunderRoad ., service was top class as was our server who was very helpful and efficient and witty who told us he was Croatian , never had bad experience yet , and also very reasonable
  5. KC

    KatieC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food as always! Always an enjoyable experience
  6. JD

    JackD

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Bit over priced for the food , nice food with big portions
  7. MF

    MichelleF

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. My daughter was celebrating her 9th birthday and she loved it. They sang Happy Birthday and she was very happy. Great service and great value. I will definitely be returning.
  8. DB

    DebbieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Nearly 75euro for 3 main's 2 drinks. Understand food increases but small chip portions and cold. Busy due to Harry styles but should never effect the service as paying high prices for food. We ordered drinks and 15mins went by and nothing. Asked for our drinks to be told bar busy not sure how long more you be awaiting, as to you best cancel your drinks your not going to get them. I asked to follow up on drinks if no drinks I'll have the bill. While sitting other tables came to sit and got drinks straight away even though we there long before them and drinks ordered. The way he went about the drinks was all wrong. Nearly 75euro for service I won't be going back to again. Brought kids last time and wanted to go back. Value for service - there was enough staff on nothing to do with staff shortage
  9. FM

    FionaM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good but cheese sauce on nachos was way too salty. Service was very good. Saoirse served us she was lovely. Toilets weren't great.
  10. YR

    YasminR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience, we came for food and cocktails before the Harry styles concert in the Aviva and they played Harry Styles songs the entire time, food was absolutely gorgeous and lovely cocktails. Price was good considering the ambience and comparison to other places in the city! Favorite thing about service was the light on our table that alerted staff that we were ready to order food or another drink once we turned it upside down, cannot wait to go back! The Halloumi sticks are calling my name back 😭
  11. DC

    DanielC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food Friendly staff Great time Definitely recommend
  12. M

    Mags

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We had such high expectations before we arrived. Myself and partner had been previously 3 years ago and it was fantastic. Food was lovely, atmosphere was great. Booked a table for fathers day 2 adults 3 children, drove 1 hrs 45 mins to get there, all so looking forward to it. kids barely touched their spagetti bolognese, was cold, way too large a portion the bowl was overflowing over the sides. I had the wings and ribs combo, exact same as I had previous and it was delicious, this time being as its 19.95 a plate, it was horrendous. Wings were swimming in sauce , soggy skin and only 5 wings, whereas last time there was about 20 on the plate, couldnt eat the ribs at all, fatty and bland. my partner paid 16.95 for 5 chicken tenders and he only ate 3 of them, dry and over cooked. Both asked for dressed fries, menu said 2.50 extra, we were charged 3.00 instead. They wer nice though. The best part was the milkshakes, which arent on the menu, and for the reason I can only guess is the price. All in all cost 120 euro and we all left hungry. Maybe was a bad day or something but I was gutted and I hate to leave this review but the food doesnt reflect the prices at all.
  13. LL

    LarissaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve celebrated my birthday there and it was completely amazing and fun, I had such a good time with my friends, thank you
  14. D

    Debs

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Basic menu but OK to visit as a once off...toilets where filthy
  15. HR

    HannahR

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant was nearly full so service was good considering. Food was really good too
  16. J

    Jennyb

    Dublin

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I had the steak sandwich and pepper sauce and it was delishhhh. I would return just for peppersauce. Service was superfast and very nice.
  17. J

    Jess

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Went to catch up with a friend. Nachos were lovely although we were both disappointed when our bacon cheese fries arrived with our main with the same cheese sauce. Both pleasantly surprised to find out cocktails were 2 for 1.
  18. NV

    NicoleV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff are so helpful, 2 for 1 cocktails at certain times, good portion sizes Good and drinks were a little long to come but everything else was great Gorgeous food and great value Good atmosphere
  19. ML

    MichelleL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was freezing, waited 45 minutes for a glass of Fanta
  20. JB

    JennyB

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails are out of this world 😍 will defo be back!
  21. JT

    JohnT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great experience, need more staff. Would definitely go again.
  22. L

    Liam

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Told we couldn't have a drink despite the menu saying change any cocktail and our staff will make it. "Sharing portion " of nachos wouldn't even fill one person and the chicken wings came to the table ice cold
  23. N

    Niki

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Service was great. But the food wasn’t great and we had to wait 30 minutes for a drink each time.
  24. CM

    CarolineM

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    I enjoy going to thunder road normally but this 2 hr time limit is not good. We had just ordered a drink and then someone else came over and told us our time was up. I’m afraid this would prevent me from meeting friends there again as it fella like you are been rushed. For this reason I would not recommend the restaurant any more
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great time brought our teenage daughters for the first time to thunder road for dinner, for my husbands birthday and they absolutely loved it! The waiter we had serving us was so nice nothing was to much for him. And so reasonably in priced! loved it we will definitely be back
  26. HS

    HeatherS

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Just disappointed with my experience here. The ambience is great and I loved the American-esque vibe. They were very busy, we were sitting at least 15 minutes before a server came to take our drinks order. Did not think the food was very tasty or good value for money. I had the BBQ pulled pork nachos as a starter and chicken strips for main. Salsa, guac, cheese etc all very bright and artificial tasting. Chicken was just meh, had tastier chicken nuggets cooked from frozen from home. It was very hard to catch any servers attention when you needed them. Bathrooms were also not great, no soap in any of the dispensers.
  27. KD

    KatieD

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely food, great staff and they’re very helpful
  28. LG

    LyndseyG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    It was my first time to visit this place and it will definitely be my last time. The waiter was rude, the food came out before we got the drinks and was left waiting a while for the drinks, the rack of ribs were cold. Overall bad experience. I'd never visit the place again and I surely will not recommend Thunder Road cafe.
  29. B

    Bens

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Andrej was serving us, he was fine during the meal but when it came to the bill he was in a mood, really snappy and was not nice at all.Was very very rude and would hope this is brought up to the manager. Service was nice acceptable at all.
  30. AG

    AislingG

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food at reasonable price, especially the kids' menu. Friendly staff
  31. ST

    SusanaT

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was lovely and the cocktails too. It's not expensive
  32. J

    Jsjs

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would highly recommend Thunder road for food and drinks.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great services and great atmosphere. Will be back. The smash burger was top notch
  34. CD

    ChDMu

    Kerry

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The food was more expensive than it should have been. Portions were small considering the price. Onion ring on top of my burger was stone cold and the burger underneath wasn’t great. Chicken strips were super dense and nachos were like a sea of cheese. Waiter was rude and a little intimidating. Dessert was pretty nice but I’ll never be back.
  35. JD

    JasminD

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The order was done wrong and one of the people from our party had to wait to get her order. Then we were being over charged for the mistake the was made.
  36. NK

    NellyK

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I had an amazing time, good food, good music, great atmosphere over all. I really enjoyed myself
  37. D

    Denp

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good music good food friendly great for group.....
  38. J

    John

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I have had previous experiences with Thunder road were the food was really nice but this time I was left disappointed. The wings for starters was lovely. The zinger chicken strips left a lot to be desired. I wrongly thought that the "zinger" was the chicken, I didn't realise they were just buffalo sauce poured over, which gave me a sickening for the meal. Plus the strips themselves were not as nice I had thought before. The home fries were that hard I don't think my partner and I ate more than 5 between us. Every time we touched them with our fork they were that hard they flew off the plate - uneatable. Thunder road was always my go to place in Dublin, next time I think we will look elsewhere. The service though was excellent.
  39. DD

    DDOYLE

    Dublin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    Some refurbishments needed , we were initially sat at a seat that was broken. Everything is sticky , the seats, the table and the floor. We ordered two cocktails and they were awful. We didn't even finish them because it tasted so bad, which I didn't think was possible with a very common cocktail. We went somewhere else but definitely money wasted
  40. s

    siobhang

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere. The portions are large and the food was amazing ❤️

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Thunder Road Café does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

Thunder Road Café is rated 4.3 stars by 1468 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

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Google Map for Thunder Road Café

52 - 57 Fleet Street Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 A375

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Temple Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Barbecue, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    24 Hour parking attached to the same building - Search Fleet Street Car Park in Google maps

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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