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Abbey Tavern

28 Abbey Street, Howth, Ireland
01 839 0307
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Ranked #5 of 30 Restaurants in Howth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $32
Cuisines: Irish
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Night off without the kids .decided go local for a bite , new menu a little old school but keeping our American cousins happy . My better half had the traditional roast beef all the bits , very tasty indeed (gravy not great ) . Mr man orders the fillet steak cooked 2 perfection , prob 2 much going on... More

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear Duigo, thank you so much for your lovely review on trip advisor - we really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted with your comments about the food - we changed the menu about two weeks ago and on the whole the feedback is very positive which we are delighted with. Thank you... More

Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Myself and my boyfriend have been here many times, always after a hike for a pint and dinner on a Sunday. Always enjoyable! They have recently changed chefs/menus and have slightly changed presentation/recipes, which was a little disappointing, service is always great and friendly. Will definitely return for a pint.

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear chatnoir1987, thank you very much for your comments on Trip Advisor. We changed our menu last week and on the whole we have had very positive feedback however I don't think that you feel the same way. I would be most grateful if you would ask for me the next time that you are both in after your hike... More

Orange County, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is where we dined on the last evening of our CIE tour. It took a while to get there from our hotel and we were quite hungry so we enjoyed our dinner and the show. My sister is not big on lamb like me but was still quite happy with her dinner. We did not get to walk around... More

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear CarrieY, thank you for your lovely review on Trip Advisor - I'm happy to read that both you and your sister enjoyed our lamb dish. Hopefully if you return in the future the weather will be brighter and better and you can take a walk around the beautiful village of Howth. Many thanks again, Richard Tobin More

Bonita Springs, Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We loved the Abbey Tavern. Sadly the weather that afternoon was lousy, so we didn't get to fully appreciate the beauty of Howth. The food was lovely, esp the Irish Lamb Stew, and the entertainment quite good. We were glad we went...and the DART was an easy way to get there. I highly recommend it.

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear cece19732000, thank you so very much for your five star review and your personal recommendation. It means to much to us that you enjoyed your visit to The Abbey Tavern and hopefully if you get the opportunity to return, the weather will be better and you will see more of the magnificent village of Howth. We are very grateful... More

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Abbey Tavern is a traditional pub in Howth village, just back from the main esplanade. I've been here a number of times, most recently in August 2014. It is always very welcoming and has a "world apart" feel to it with a mixed clientele suitable for all ages. I visited with my partner and we ordered food. Both of... More

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear How1, thank you so much for taking the time to review The Abbey Tavern on Trip Advisor. We are delighted that you enjoyed your meal and that you gave the food and atmosphere a five star rating. It gives us great pleasure to know that you would recommend a trip to The Abbey Tavern. Our beverage prices are in... More

Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I am a very long time drinking in the Abbey, over 20 years. I have only in the past year taken to writing reviews. The Abbey has a new owner Richard, and I wish him the very best of success it's a great place full of old world charm and comfort. I love the warm fire in the dark and... More

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear Portmanc, thank you so much for taking the time to give your valued opinion on The Abbey Tavern. As a customer for 20 years you are the perfect person to give us the feedback that we are looking for - both positive and negative. Your review is very balanced and fair and your comments have highlighted the fact that... More

Bamford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

For 40 years I had been enthusing about this place to my wife as a place I visited several times whilst on business in Dublin in the 1970s. The atmosphere, the welcome and the show were as I remembered, but our evening was let down by the quality of our main course (over-cooked and dry chicken with not enough sauce).... More

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear BamfordOwl, thank you very much for taking the time to review The Abbey Tavern on Trip Advisor. I am very sorry to read that your return visit with your wife did not live up to your expectations in relation to the food. I am very disappointed that you did not enjoy your main course. I have taken note of... More

bordeaux
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Popped in here for a late lunch after having had to walk out of a more famous restaurant in town due to bad service and rudeness(cough..wrights of howth)and was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and quality of the food . We found a nice table by a window and settled in with complimentary papers,a caraffe of iced tap water with... More

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear BordeauxHerzog, Thank you so much for your lovely review on Trip Advisor. Your kind words are certainly a boost to us. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back again. We have changed our menu since your meal in August and we hope that you will approve of the changes... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I usually never write reviews of places visited but the experience we had here was so good, it's definitely worth a mention! Stumbled upon Abbey Tavern on a rainy day in Howth.. the dance show and band were excellent. Special thanks to Joe who made our evening memorable with his service. Would come back not just to Howth but also... More

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear Krupa D, thank you so very much for your five star review. It is our goal to provide a warm welcome to our customers so it was lovely to get your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us and we really hope that you will return soon. We will pass your kind comments... More

Saint Joseph, Michigan
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Wonderful Pub Grub Selection along with Irish dancers and musicians entertained us while we dined - we sang along enjoyed the Guinness and even got up and dance with the Irish dancers --- This is Ireland!

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RichardTobin, Owner at Abbey Tavern, responded to this review

Dear Patrick D, We would like to thank you for your lovely comments on Trip Advisor. It brings us great pleasure to know that you enjoyed your visit to The Abbey Tavern. We genuinely appreciate the time that you have taken to share your feedback with us and we hope to welcome you back if you are visiting Ireland again... More

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