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John Kavanagh (Grave Diggers)

1 Prospect Square Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
+353 (0)1 830 7978
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Ranked #21 of 1,813 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Plainfield, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

My wife and I spent just three days in Ireland in June, but a stop at John Kavanah's was a must on my to do list. After a 3 hr. walk, which should of only taking a half from the Westin because there is another "Kavanagh's" in town, a cabbie dropped us of at the right one. We were hungry... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

After being here a good few times for drinks - decided to try the tapas that we've heard so much about and boy we were not disappointed. Loads of choice, and very fresh - and a complete bargain with the costs. Funny feeling we are going to return again and again...........

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Lier, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A group of us went to Grave Diggers as it was recommended as one of the top things to do in Dublin. We just went for drinks on a Friday evening and the atmosphere was dull, staff neutral, and the bar and lounge not particularly attractive. Worst of all was the poor selection of draught beers - just the usual... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I regularly have a pint (or 2) here on way home from work. It recently was voted in top 50 of lonely planet places to visit. It is without doubt the best pint of Guiness in the most authentic old world bar in ireland.

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Sudbury, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Great old style pub in a quiet neighbourhood...rustic and yet the draught was cold and the plates were yummy. My wife and I shared 3-4 Irish tapas style plates. Def a must visit if in Dublin. And they only take cash!

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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Was recently here meeting friends and they were running a few minutes late but I was at the table at 8pm. They say they serve food until 8.30pm, waitress came over at 8.15pm to ask me to order for everyone as they were finishing up soon. We ordered at 8.20pm and in the whole rushing, waitress came back over to... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I don't usually go for desserts, but was persuaded to try one and was really impressed. All home made! I had the rhubarb crumble and was warned it might need sugar, but it was just nicely tart and served with a choice of ice cream, cream or custard. I had the former. My friend had the apple tart and berry... More

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Cardiff
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We stayed in a hotel in Glasnevin and the owner highly recommended this pub, saying that it is authentically old (not "made up to look old like the pubs in Temple Bar"). One side of the building has been renovated into a bistro-like bar but we bought a pint in the other side, which was a bit shabby, but shabby... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Lovely food, good atmosphere, very friendly staff. There were both young and older people there - all had a good time.

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Harrisburg, PA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

After missing visitor's hours at Glasnevin, my friends and I went into Grave Diggers for a pint to soothe our disappointment. I ended up talking to one of the actual grave diggers who opened up the cemetery for us and gave us a private tour. It was serendipity and will always remain one of my favorite travel memories. Be sure... More

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