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The Oval Bar

#435 of 1,831 Restaurants in Dublin
#472 of 2,015 Places to Eat in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Irish, Fish & Chips, Pub, Gastropub
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78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 872 1259
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Oval Bar is an authentic Irish Pub situated idyllically in the heart...
The Oval Bar is an authentic Irish Pub situated idyllically in the heart of Dublin City on Middle Abbey Street. Housed within a beautiful Victorian building with most of its period features still intact, The Oval is the perfect place to escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city outside and provides a haven of welcome and warmth for local office workers on lunch, busy shoppers looking to recharge their batteries, visiting tourists looking for the 'Craic' and music, cinema and theatre goers looking for a bite to eat and a drink before or after their show. Once our patrons step inside our doors they experience the relaxed and convivial nature of our charming pub, our Staff are welcoming and friendly and will ensure that everyone's stay is a pleasant one. With over 3 floors of seating and a large function area with its own private bar facilities available to rent we can accommodate any size group. We also have an outdoor seating area for those lazy Dublin summer evenings. Our kitchen serves a full menu daily with Traditional Irish Stew being one of our specialities! The Oval has long been renowned as an exceptional place to watch 'the match', we show all the major sporting events on our wide screen LCD TVs and has also a great atmosphere for pre or post match celebrations for patrons going to and from Croke Park. The Oval - home of the best Pint of Guinness in Dublin!
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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
first time.

This is real gem of a pub which maintained its character even during the Celtic Tiger. the staff are excellent and seemed to be interested in their customers

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
micra03
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ireland
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Manchester
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Just off O'Connell St and with seating outdoors to watch the crowds go by, don't be put off inside by the small busy bar, there's two upper floors for dining. We were greeted and told this as soon as we walked through the door... very friendly. Our waitress was extremely pleasant and super efficient and the food was good with... More 

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ireland
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149 restaurant reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is real gem of a pub which maintained its character even during the Celtic Tiger. the staff are excellent and seemed to be interested in their customers

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My husband had the best beef stew I've ever tasted, and my salad with poached pears was excellent, as was the service. Wonderful old decor, too--I felt as if I were in a place that had hardly changed in 130 years, though we learned that it had been gutted in the 1916 uprising and then rebuilt.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Found this by accident and went back several times. Really friendly little place with a super barmaid who gave us tips on where to go. Spent an afternoon sitting outside in the sunshine people watching and really didn't want to leave. So much friendlier than some of the other pubs we stumbled upon.

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Wigan, England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Drank here a few times with friends over NYE. The Guinness is lovely and the bar staff can serve them at an extraordinary rate. We ate there once, the chowder was tasty, as was the smoked salmon. Service was pretty quick. My only criticism is lack of wifi.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We had the the Oval Bar recommended to us by a local couple in Dublin. The ambience was nice, the service outstanding and the food was great. We especially liked the orange cheesecake. We tried to eat there again but there was a large party reserved for upstairs. So would try again next time!

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Marlton, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We had our last meal in Dublin here and it was great! Atmosphere was cozy and the food was delicious. Great service. Would definitely come here again.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Popped in here for Lunch during the final day of the 6 nations rugby. The pub was showing the rugby (a bonus) and was really busy downstairs. Upstairs, there were 2 large tables of women but it wasn't loud or crowded. We ordered sandwiches (about 4Euro each or 10Euro for a panini which comes with chips) and the food arrived... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Lovely place to stop and have a drink in a local pub. Felt very welcoming and the service was brilliant. We didn't eat here, however, having seen the food I will return to sample it as it looked lovely.

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Dublin, Ireland
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121 restaurant reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is one of those little pubs that, if crowded has little space, though has piles of atmosphere. I personally like this place because there aren't so many tourists come in here, and the local clientele are quite friendly and chatty. Nice typical old school boozer, highly recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 872 1259

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 22
  • Cuisine: Irish, Fish & Chips, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups

Description

The Oval Bar is an authentic Irish Pub situated idyllically in the heart of Dublin City on Middle Abbey Street. Housed within a beautiful Victorian building with most of its period features still intact, The Oval is the perfect place to escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city outside and provides a haven of welcome and warmth for local office workers on lunch, busy shoppers looking to recharge their batteries, visiting tourists looking for the 'Craic' and music, cinema and theatre goers looking for a bite to eat and a drink before or after their show. Once our patrons step inside our doors they experience the relaxed and convivial nature of our charming pub, our Staff are welcoming and friendly and will ensure that everyone's stay is a pleasant one. With over 3 floors of seating and a large function area with its own private bar facilities available to rent we can accommodate any size group. We also have an outdoor seating area for those lazy Dublin summer evenings. Our kitchen serves a full menu daily with Traditional Irish Stew being one of our specialities! The Oval has long been renowned as an exceptional place to watch 'the match', we show all the major sporting events on our wide screen LCD TVs and has also a great atmosphere for pre or post match celebrations for patrons going to and from Croke Park. The Oval - home of the best Pint of Guinness in Dublin!
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?