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The Oval Bar

78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 872 1259
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Ranked #514 of 1,825 restaurants in Dublin
Price range: $13 - $27
Cuisines: Irish, Pub, Gastropub, Fish & Chips
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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!
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81% Recommend
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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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.

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Baden, Switzerland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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 :)

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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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.

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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

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Zurich, Switzerland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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

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Boston, Massachusetts
17 reviews 17 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

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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

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Dublin, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I visited the Oval bar last Saturday, with a group of friends for a quick bite to eat. As they got off the luas on Abbey street, I seen the Oval nearby and we decided to proceed in. The menu was average but we all agreed on goujons and chips with a couple of mi-wadis. The portions were generous and... More

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Visiting Dublin, wife looking for some good Irish Food. Ran across this as it had some on it's menu. Wife had the "Traditional Irish Stew" with Lamb Shoulder Roast. I had the Beef & Guinness Pie. We both agreed that mine was the better of the two. it was well flavored, good mash, some veggies and we loved the mushrooms... More

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Kilkeel, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

First bar of the evening for us, its a nice place, id visit again, we were just in for a drink, pleasant, friendly enough staff and clean

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