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About Canal Boat Restaurant
Welcome to the Canal Boat Restaurant! Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal freshly prepared on board, from the finest locally sourced produce. Our eco-friendly, replica Guinness Canal Barge glides silently and smoothly along a beautiful stretch of Dublin's Grand Canal. We depart from Mespil Road (across from the Mespil Hotel) and cruise along a stunning tree lined stretch of the canal, past Georgian houses and under Georgian bridges. Watch as the lock keepers open and close the locks by hand, exactly how they were operated when the locks were first commissioned in 1798. Savour your pre-dinner drinks from our on board bar whilst watching the world go by.
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Enjoy an evening of wining and dining aboard a replica of the 1920s Guinness Canal Barge used to distribute the famous stout beer all over the world. Sit down to a delicious 3-course dinner of traditional Irish dishes and sip on the famous drink as you cruise past the Dublin skyline. Guests can also explore the open top deck and watch the skipper navigate the 200-year old canal locks.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service were both excellent and it’s a beautiful little boat that actually is very well priced. Definitely go up to the front when they go through the lock and watch them operate using the same techniques as a couple hundred years ago....More

Thank RaynH_11
Reviewed June 30, 2019 via mobile

We went on the Canal boat last night as we'd been given a voucher as a gift. The food was tasty enough but certainly not worth €49 per person for a three course meal. The staff seemed friendly enough but a little clueless. There didn't...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 629ingridf
Orla W, Crew at Canal Boat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Dear 629ingridf, We are delighted you enjoyed the food on board. However we are sorry to hear that you felt the cruise was over-priced. Our ticket price is intended to cover the cost of operating our eco-friendly barge, as well as the three course dinner,...More

Reviewed June 20, 2019

This lovely restaurant was right across the street from the hotel I was staying at. The dinner was part of a Trafalgar tour I was a part of. What fun to go down the canal & through the locks while eating dinner! Some folks had...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Linda B
Reviewed December 19, 2018

A Christmas Party that will stay in my mind forever. Forever I tell you. Highly recommend this place! The staff were wonderful, the food was delicious and the cruise itself allows you to see Dublin from a different angle!More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MCDTwoIsNotTaken
MVCadhla, Marketing at Canal Boat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2019

Dear MCDTwoIsNotTaken, Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted to hear you had a wonderful time on board the Canal Boat Restaurant for your Christmas party! We hope to welcome you on board again in the near future. All the best, Canal Boat...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018

When we booked this night out for a meal on a Canal Boat I wasn't expecting what we got. I thought the food will be ok after all how could you create a world class meal on a canal boat? I truly was looking forward...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Richard B
MVCadhla, Crew at Canal Boat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2019

Dear Richard B, Thank you for your lovely review. We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful experience on board the Canal Boat Restaurant. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on board again in the near future. Warm regards...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018

What a fantastic experience this restaurant provides. The Food was amazing and so so good. The service was as good as one could ask for. Book early as this is a small venue "seating for 22" The cruise down the canal through the manual locks...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

My partner took me to dinner on this boat yesterday evening and I must say it out done my expectations. When we first boarded the boat we were told we could sit any where we liked and once seated the attentive staff took orders for...More

1  Thank CELLENH24
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Took a work team here for dinner, there was a group of 10 of us. The food was really tasty, and the staff here are friendly and helpful. The trip itself is about2.5 hours but it doesn’t go far, I’d say 1-2 locks, be great...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Emmatrip76
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

The experience of gliding across the canal was quite relaxed. The working of the locks was interesting to watch. The seating below decks are a bit cramped, but the staff is amazing and the food very good. Lovely viewing area on the top deck. Perfect...More

Thank JSkywalk3r
Orla W, Crew at Canal Boat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

Hi JSkywalk3r, Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear you had an enjoyable experience on board the Canal Boat Restaurant. All the best, Canal boat restaurant crew

Reviewed September 13, 2018

We booked this for our group of 6 many months in advance as a special finish to our 12 days in Dublin. I would love to give it 5 stars, but a couple factors prevent that. Yes, the restaurant is lovely, clean, and nice décor....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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John J
February 11, 2019|
Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
I think you would feel comfortable as a single in this restaurant. When we were there it was a very social crowd and the setup on the tables makes for great conversations with everyone around you. The food was excellent as... More
Simon B
December 10, 2018|
Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you would have an easy time boarding or navigating the boat. their are stairs to deal with.
June 10, 2018|
Response from MVCadhla | Property representative |
Good afternoon Philomena, Thank you for your questions, I hope you are well today. A child ticket is priced at €23.75 and an adult is €47.50, this can be booked directly with ourselves. Many thanks, Lysette