We attended an evening soccer match at Aviva Stadium and decided to stop at Foley's on our way back to our hotel at St. Stephen's Green for a fish and chips dinner listed on their bar snacks menu. We were attracted by the live Irish music (singer with a guitar) who sounded pretty good.
As we discovered, Foley's is really three different establishments. On the first floor is the bar with the live music. That's where we thought we would eat since we were ordering off their bar snacks menu, but the doorman guided us to a very plain, second floor seating area as he said the ground floor did not serve food. He said the third floor was the "restaurant". Unfortunately, the live music did not extend to the second floor. Instead, they had TVs tuned to the news--not what we were expecting from what appeared on the outside to be an Irish pub with live music. A couple of times, the speakers on the second floor started playing the live music, but only momentarily. So clearly they had the ability to pipe in that music.
We ordered a fish and chips combo that was supposed to come with a seafood chowder in what I thought I read was a bread bowl, plus a large bottle of mineral water. The meal was a bit pricey for what it was, but we were planning to share it since we weren't that hungry, so that was okay. However, the combo came with just one smallish piece of fish, a handful of non-descript chips, and a rather thin, unappetizing soup (and no bread bowl). Though the waitresses were friendly and service was decent, we were disappointed in the food and ambiance. Moreover, when walking by Foley's the following night, we noticed that people were indeed eating in the ground floor bar. Perhaps it was just too crowded in the bar the night we went for them to serve food?? When we attempted to pay by credit card, we were informed that their machine was broken and they could only take cash. While we saw a small sign in the window to that effect when we left the restaurant, we were surprised that they didn't make that more clear when we ordered--one can't assume everyone sees the sign. Fortunately, we had sufficient cash.
My guess is that Foley's may have been much more enjoyable if we simply had drinks in the ground floor bar with the music.
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