We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Oval Bar

78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 872 1259
Improve this listing
Ranked #528 of 1,845 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: $13 - $26
Cuisines: Irish, Pub, Gastropub, Fish & Chips
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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!
Write a Review

99 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
York, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We first spotted the Oval from the LUAS heading past O'Connell Street and went for a quick pint because of the 1916 connection. The staff seemed friendly, and the menu looked to have some good traditional fare (unlike most of the more modern restaurants we found ourselves in), so we returned the next day for dinner. The Irish stew was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Salo, Finland
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Very nice and cozy small bub next to traffic street, very very very nice bar-tender who teached us the word sláinthe (or something...) good prices, good place to sit down and relax

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My boyfriend and I stopped in there for a drink in the afternoon. Ours glasses were filthy, the bar counter was sticky, the draught taps were dirty, the floor was sticky and the grumpy red haired lady behind the bar barely smiled.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

A buzzing pub on a Sunday, the eve of the GAA semi-final. Great food (Irish Stew) and beer served promptly. The service was relaxed and the staff excellent. Great atmosphere. If you are looking for a pint and an eat...you could do a lot lot worse. Recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Baden, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Very nice staff, fine kitchen - my first real irish stew - the wine list could be a bit larger, but what else: fresh guiness :)

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We love visiting here especially my husband.Handy for when you have finished shopping and need a beer and a sit down.They have an outdoor seating area which is great for people watching.All the bar staff are efficient and friendly but I do like the dry humour of the chap with the moustache.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The food was poor, though it is reasonably priced compare to other places. Chef ran out the door since 8.30. No desserts available. Place was pretty dead for a summers night. After I complained the food was poor, the staff were pretty nice about it and did not charge for it. Shame the food was a let down, granted it's... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zurich, Switzerland
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is one of the most icon of Dublin bars. It was part and parcel of the journalist's hangout. It is a quant and nice pub with a long history. It must be visited. As zou are there look and ask about it's history. Many a most famous Irish journalist hung out here waiting to be called for a story... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Boston, Massachusetts
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Before we were married, my husband took me here because I had never been to Ireland before and I wanted to have a guinness in a proper pub before I went home. It was the first week we had ever spent together so with all the nerves, I had built up quite an appetite. We stopped at the Oval bar... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Quaint bar with very pleasant service. Set out over three small floors it is a bit of a pain to have to go to the ground floor to reorder. I'll be back though

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Oval Bar also viewed

Dublin, County Dublin
Dublin, County Dublin

Been to The Oval Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Oval Bar, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing