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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: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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
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Best Guinness in the pub and best food next door from fabulous chef Ciaran Kavannagh.step back in time in the old family run Pub, and move next door for the best traditional and contemporary cuisine

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Soniafree7
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Best Guinness in the pub and best food next door from fabulous chef Ciaran Kavannagh.step back in time in the old family run Pub, and move next door for the best traditional and contemporary cuisine

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

First went to the right, then found the bar on the left side. Place had a lot of personality and great prices. We did not eat there, but definitely worth a stop if going to the cemetary!

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Laytown Co Meath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We arrived at this wonderful pub on the 28th for lunch and all I can say is I really enjoyed my meal. I opted for the Tomato and Herb Soup which after a long day was comforting and homely, I then had the crostini and the ham had real dept of flavour that left me completely satisfied. The blonde lady... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Myself and my wife went for a meal of tapas to here only to find the place expensive and pretty rude. The food was OK fairly basic but was charge 80 cent more for blackcurrant in my Guinness on when I questioned this I was told this is correct.

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

Hi Paul We are disappointed to read your comments. We do pride ourselves on offering value for money even if our menu is a small one with prices starting from €3-€7. We are keen to know the date of your visit and we can address the treatment of your query with the team. We do hope you'll visit us again... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you're anywhere near Dublin you need to check this place out. I've been in a lot of pubs in Dublin, and other parts of Ireland, and this place was the best experience. The Coddle (peasant stew) was fantastic, the pints were great, and the people were awesome. It's been in the same family for MANY generations, and has an... More 

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Best thing by about this bar is that there is no tv's or music going on just conversations which give a brilliant character to the place. Not to mention fantastic Guinness

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Galway, Ireland
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26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Went for lunch on 27th April, 2015 on a recommendation. Excellent food in a lovey setting. The traditional decor was beautiful. Friendly staff who were also very charming and witty. Very attentive service. No room for desert, great portions. I will be back!

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Wildwood, Missouri
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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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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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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: Irish, 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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