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John Kavanagh (Grave Diggers)

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1 Prospect Square Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
+353 87 296 3713
Today
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Food is made fresh on the day each day. We don't take bookings or large...
Food is made fresh on the day each day. We don't take bookings or large groups it can get busy so try and come early to 'claim' your table. We have no credit or debit card facilities cash only. We do offer great food at great value in one of Dublin's best kept secrets. Please ask for Ciaran Kavanagh for all food queries.
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden Gem

I have eaten Tapas in the Gravediggers quite a few times and it's consistently good. I brought five friends along this time. Rather than ordering individually we were able to get a selection of everything. The service was excellent and the food superb and great value. Chef Ciaran Kavanagh creates a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Debbie M
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Dublin, Ireland
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have eaten Tapas in the Gravediggers quite a few times and it's consistently good. I brought five friends along this time. Rather than ordering individually we were able to get a selection of everything. The service was excellent and the food superb and great value. Chef Ciaran Kavanagh creates a wonderful balance between food, atmosphere and craic with his... More 

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Fot, Hungary
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

No-nonsense local Irish pub located next to an entrance to the Glasnevin Cemetery. Not in any tourist zone. No music, no sports TV, no craft beer, no fake displays. Not much has changed here since it opened in 1833. The real deal.

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Saw this on Anthony Bourdain Layover, and so glad we made the short trek to check it out. What a gem! This historic pub has been run by the same family for 6 generations. We had a the great fortune to meet and even have a pint with some of the family. We also really enjoyed talking to some of... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The place is welcoming and the decor is traditional. I will go back and spend more time meeting the locals

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Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Staff actively been rude. Had heard so many great things. Don't know if I will bother give it another try.

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Alfreda31, PR/ Social Media Manager/ Hostess at John Kavanagh (Grave Diggers), responded to this review

Hi Mearbhall We are sorry that your first impression of John Kavanagh's was so negative. We are taking your experience seriously and will do all we can to rectify the issue. If you find your way to us again please call in, and myself, Ciaran or Anne Kavanagh will be happy to greet you with a Kavanagh welcome. We all... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

An impromptu night with the girls was transformed! We were stuffed to the gills with gorgeous fresh tapas, every mouthful was delicious. The service was excellent. The waitress was really good, not a bit gushy or hovery but remembered everything. Hugely impressed with the entire night. A definite revisiter!!

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Berlin, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This pub has been family run since the early1800's. Good prices and a classic pub feel. We particularly enjoyed it as part of the grave digger tour.

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Dublin, Ireland
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This has been a haunt of mine for years but last night I had the tapas for the first time and they didn't disappoint. There's a great selection of hot and cold tapas. The mac & cheese was to die for and the garlic bread was so moist and full of fresh garlic. The chicken pakora was beautifully presented and... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

If your looking to experience the local pub make a trip out to Kavanagh for a pint of the best Guiness in town ...... well worth the trip outside of downtown Dublin

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Come here for lunch every couple of weeks and have to say it's a real hidden gem. There is always something new and exciting on the menu and everything is consistently cooked to perfection! The staff here are so friendly and I'm dying to come back to try the tapas

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Prospect Square Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 87 296 3713

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub

Description

Food is made fresh on the day each day. We don't take bookings or large groups it can get busy so try and come early to 'claim' your table. We have no credit or debit card facilities cash only. We do offer great food at great value in one of Dublin's best kept secrets. Please ask for Ciaran Kavanagh for all food queries.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?