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The Oval Bar

#208 of 2,013 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, Gastropub
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78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 872 1259
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great afternoon in this tradition Irish ale house. Only drank here but the food did look very nice, as it's only a small place it doesn't take long to build up a great atmosphere - the Guinness is excellent to!

Thank andy m
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited twice during our stay it was that good, amazing food, good old traditional pub that you could spend all day in! Staff are so friendly and polite and nothing is too much trouble! Absolutely loved it and enjoyed a fair few pints of fine Guinness here!

Thank Burdett0107
Bath, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were killing some time before catching the coach back to the airport so popped into her for a last pint of the dark stuff. It was the pint I had devoured with the exception of the Guinness Storehouse and the cheapest I had paid in Dublin. It has a great ambience and the staff were very friendly. I noted... More 

Thank Brian W
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the type of pub I could happily spend all day and judging by the amount of people in there at noon on Saturday last, I'm not alone in thinking this. Service was superb and the food was good. The decor and atmosphere of the bar are perfect and it couldn't be improved in any way. I will definitely... More 

Thank Munsterboy54
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here on a weekend away and could not be happier with my choice of pub. The staff were so welcoming esp Stephen. He was so welcoming and had a good laugh to add to our weekend away. The food was amazing I had the half roast chicken, such a big portion. Amazing food. I could not recommend this pub... More 

Thank Hazel H
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

looking for a good watering hole we found the oval a good selection of beers well looked after nice recommendations from good staff

Thank family076
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From arriving in Dublin on the 3rd Feb we decided to visit the Oval for what was meant to be a 'a few drinks' we ended up visiting the pub everyday of our hols... Derek the Manager is so accommodating and polite. The food was lovely, the pub was clean... definitely be visiting on our next trip to Dublin. Hopefully... More 

Thank Charlotte K
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unbelievable bar with the best looking food an most charming staff. Derek is a god send. Charlotte has fell in love with the place

2 Thank Liam D
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188 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To add my thanks to Stephen for his great service while in here for a late lunch break, we only had snacks and teas/coffees but even so the food was great and reasonably priced. Queried the drinks prices and was told a pint of Guinness was currently €4.85, very good value for a well established Dublin city centre pub, only... More 

1 Thank neilevan
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was tired from walking around all day and wasn't hungry since I had a late lunch, but it was too early to go to my room. Looked up places nearby and this was one of the suggestions. Saw a few reviews about horrible service but decided to ignore those, as I usually do while in Europe. Many times those... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $21
Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, Gastropub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 872 1259
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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