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The Church, Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

Mary Street, Dublin, Ireland
01 8280102
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Ranked #118 of 1,808 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $86
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Church is the 'local' of choice for native Dubliners and welcomes approx 700,000 visitors annually from all over the world who come to experience the culture, atmosphere and friendly service at The Church.The Church has five different settings over four floors. Offering world class cocktails and casual dining is our Main Bar which also offers Live Traditional Irish Music Sundays - Wednesdays and a late bar with entertainment at weekends.The Gallery Restaurant at The Church is set on the mezzaine level of The Church with a stunning view overlooking the main bar. The gallery offers world class food and friendly service seven nights a week from 5pm.The Cellar Bar and Nightclub opens at weekends and is the ideal location for our guests to finish the night and party into the early hours of the morning with Dublin's top party Dj's .Surrounding The Church is Dublin's largest outdoor terrace. Relax over a coffee or glass of wine and dine from our Terrace menu or Barbeque and let the hustle and bustle of Irelands busiest shopping street pass you by as you relax in the atmosphere of The Church. For private functions and parties with a difference The Tower bar is the ideal setting for your special occasion with dedicated staff to ensure you and your guests have a memorable night.
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Dublin, Ireland
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Good food, fast turnaround from order to delivery to the table. Staff are friendly; but very busy. This bar on a decent day or a bank holiday is incredibly busy and will have outdoor BBQs in the summer. Good place for a group of people but pre-booking is needed for groups!

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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A group of 10 of us visited this restaurant because it looked interesting (being a converted church) and they advertised riverdancing. Everthing started reasonably well with a table on the balcony. he service was prompt and efficient. With the drinks we ordered water which came in bottles. Later, other diners were given a free jug of water with ice and... More

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Whitehorse, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went based on a recommendation and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent! Everyone was attentive and made sure our needs were met. It is inside a refurbished church and looks absolutely stunning! The food was very good and if you have a sweet tooth you must try a dessert. The creme brûlée is still talked about! We... More

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Cleveland, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is by far one of the most unique places I've ever been! I'm sitting at the bar in a gorgeous old church with a Guinness in my hand listening to an amazing Irish band playing traditional music mixed with southern rock with Irish dancing every two songs with what has to be one of the best bartenders in the... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Lovely atmosphere. Food and cocktails great. Went with family and all very happy with our meals. Will definitely visit again.

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Staffordshire, England
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102 reviews 102 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

As it was a hot day we enjoyed sitting in the outside area where there was a Barbecue. Staff were friendly. There was 6 of us and we were helped to find a suitable table. Not all of the party ate but those who did enjoyed the food which was well presented and a nice atmosphere throughout.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

I took my friend for a drink few days ago, we tried Galway Hooker and were very happy with the suggestion! Nachos are a nice touch while sitting on the terrace in this warm Dublin evenings ;-) will be back !

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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I have been twice to this restaurant, on both occasions you wait forever to get seated, even when we asked staff twice for a table. The food looks nice but doesn't live up to expectations and very overpriced, much nicer places near by for less. I wont be going back

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Darren_moore, General Manager at The Church, Cafe, Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments we are always happy to receive feedback. We operate a free seating policy in the bar (the main floor) and out on the terrace where customers find their own tables so I am not so sure why you would be waiting to be seated as we dont seat customers. For the gallery restaurant (on the... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I picked the Church for my Wife's Birthday and Boy were we overwhelmed! The welcome from the second that you walked through the door to the sad moment when we had to leave was exceptional. The atmosphere in the Gallery Restaurant is incredible, the staff so, so friendly and as for the food, wow!!! The fillet steak was one of... More

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saint louis park, mn
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My family and I had a really nice lunch at The Church on one of our afternoons in Dublin. This place was a welcome change from some of the more traditional, touristy pubs. We felt like we were mostly dining among locals, and though the meals were maybe a couple Euros more than we would have paid in a pub,... More

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