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The Oval Bar

#563 of 1,894 Restaurants in Dublin
#617 of 2,094 Places to Eat in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Irish, Fish & Chips, Seafood, 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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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, 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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    Very good
  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good for a comfortable drink

Went for quick drink with friends after the theatre. Comfortable and cosy and good service. Good for a comfortable drink in town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I was here on Thursday 27/08/15, a local man asked could the staff lower the outdoor parasol as sunshine was predicted. The staff grumbled about it and the man told them not to bother if it was too much trouble, reluctantly they lowered it and we had a few hours of beautiful sunshine, then a rain shower came and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We went for food to this bar over the weekend. There was one member of staff looking after our table and she could not have being less friendly. after waiting for 15 minutes we had to ask for menus. We then had to ask her to come back to take our order. The table that we were sitting at still... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We we're told they served the best irish stew?.Nice place authentic in look, the stew was OK. But would say if you are there you could try,but would not go out your way. 19 July Sunday would rate visit good not great everything pleasant but not memorable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Went for quick drink with friends after the theatre. Comfortable and cosy and good service. Good for a comfortable drink in town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We sat upstairs and had a great view of Dublin. Drinks were relatively inexpensive and the service was outstanding. They helped us with restaurant reservations and suggestions as well. Did not eat here, but the food looked good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We were walking down O'connell street heading back to our hotel when we spotted this gem tucked around the corner! We were more than satisfied! The service was great, the food fantastic and the price was more the reasonable! Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We found this pub on our walk to O'Connell St. We were thirsty, so we stopped in. What a nice surprise! Quiet, friendly people. We had 2 Guinness. Had a relaxing time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My husband and I went here specifically for the stew. We heard that is was amazing. Well, it was!!! I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. The flavor was mmm! The service was very fast and friendly too. Highly recommend!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This place is a real find,staff friendly&attentive to everyone,lots of locals use it,the food is very good and wholesome and quickly served,the place is a real surprise,outside on the paved area,or the floors above or the inside bar.

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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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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Irish, Fish & Chips, Seafood, 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?