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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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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
Great atmosphere and better pub food

Wow I really knew I was in Ireland...first pub we visited, awesome atmosphere, and they know how to draw a pint. They were friendly and the food was above average. A must... The place to go

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Momkram
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Wildwood, Missouri
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Wildwood, Missouri
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Wow I really knew I was in Ireland...first pub we visited, awesome atmosphere, and they know how to draw a pint. They were friendly and the food was above average. A must... The place to go

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Bend, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for tradition Irish food, a good pint with AMAZING customer service, go to John Kavanagh's. The rotating menu also has other cuisines and a great variety. The pub has a great atmosphere and is full of history. During my visits Ciaran Kavanagh was running the show taking orders and giving me excellent recommendations all while making... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Terrific pub where all the locals come to eat. Food was great after a walk through the Cemetery and the Botanical Gardens, but the local characters are great to sit and have a pint with!!

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Far and beyond my favourite pub. Great little boozer with Pints that can't bet. Great old feel about the place, always a great atmosphere in the place

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New York City, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

There's something about the food in Ireland, everything just tastes so genuine and feels as if it's cooked with love. And even though this place has a wide selection of tapas inspired by all kinds of different cuisines, even though they might not all work out taste- and texture-wise, they all hit the spot just right somehow. Maybe I needed... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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
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116 reviews 116 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
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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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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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