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The Oval Bar

#301 of 1,962 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Irish, Bar, British, Pub, European, 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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Gateshead, England
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690 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the opportunity of watching sports whilst the wives went shopping on around O'Connell Street and were lucky enough to find this little gem just off the main area. When we entered there were a number off screens around the ground floor area, which wasn't a huge area, but no real seats. The bar man was superb. Sit at... More 

1 Thank SteveJacksonnufc
Monroe, New Jersey
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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were walking around O'Connell street and turned down Abbey looking for a place for lunch. We were very lucky to find The Oval Bar. Downstairs it is a beautiful bar with many locals enjoying their lunch and a pint. Upstairs is the dining area. The server was friendly although not very attentive. The food was typical pub food and... More 

Thank BronxWanderer
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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60 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favourite Dublin pubs. Nice and small and they play the news at lunchtime. The staff aren't too social but the beer and food is of great value.

3 Thank Aar0nBNZ
Moncton, Canada
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73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This pub was great, the service was outstanding. We were a group of 9 and they went out of their way to accommodate us. It was very much appreciated! The food was better than an average pub, I really enjoyed it! The beers were great and the atmosphere was fun! Check it out, it's just around the corner from O'Connell... More 

Thank cdkeats
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Enjoyed a lovely pint of the black stuff here. The bar staff were really friendly as were many of the customers.

Thank Shazhill
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Went there with a friend. We ordered the wings, fish and chips and roast chicken. By far, the roast chicken was the best! It even came with gravy. The waitress was so friendly and attentive too!

Thank mary f
Dunfanaghy, Ireland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Visited lunchtime June 16. Food was fine but the attitude of our waiter was totally unacceptable. We were meeting a friend for lunch and had our two year old with us. We tried to keep him amused by blowing up two balloons but were sharply told by our waiter "no more of those in here". Feeling chastised we continued with... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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585 reviews
426 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Popped in for a quick drink on my way to the airport. Located right off O'Connell Street, this place was destroyed in the 1916 Rising and subsequently rebuilt. Good Guinness at €4.75 a pint.

Thank chepaddy
Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

We were only in Dublin for a week, and every day we visited a different pub for lunch and dinner, but The Oval was the only place we went to TWICE. The Beef and Guinness Pie and the Irish Stew were particularly delicious, so much flavour! The service was also outstanding. We were a group of 10 so there was... More 

Thank Ladiitour
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151 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

My first port of call whilst on a trip to Dublin. The Guinness is served with love to perfection. It also turned out to be the cheapest I paid. Friendly staff and located just off O'Connell Street.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$11 - $22
Irish, Bar, British, Pub, European, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
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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