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The Oval Bar

#237 of 1,979 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 872 1259
9:00 am - 1:00 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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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious little place, perfect for taking your time enjoying a pint of Guinness. Great to visit with friends. Absolutely adored it.

1 Thank Susan Emily D
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on our first day in Dublin as wanted a nice warm meal, I opted for the soup of the day which was leek and potato and came with a big chunk of bread and my partner had scampi and chips we both had a drink too, quite reasonably priced really good food and really pleasant and friendly staff.

1 Thank Naomi-Jane S
Crawley, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner last night, great service and good food, our server was very good and recommended some good whiskys. Worth a visit

1 Thank Fatdome
Wells River, Vermont
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81 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great place just off the main drag. Didn't expect this to be a little gem. So much history about this place during the Easter Uprising - pictures all over. So much atmosphere. Plenty of room - 3 floors. Clean. Great service. Great food - get the Beef & Guinness Pie. Didn't go away hungry! A nice break... More 

1 Thank Dorothy31359
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely old Irish pub. There's an upstairs area with more seating. Our meal was one of the best we'd had and good prices too. I looked around and all the meals coming out looked delish.

1 Thank karen h
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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503 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't be put off by the crowded bar at ground level, walk beyond and look for the stairs, plenty of space and top class waitron service. Local dishes, Irish stew and the Guinness Pie were first class. Very busy from lunch onwards but a great venue for drinks and meals.

Thank Spithead
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

The Oval is just off O'Connell St. We had a late lunch (3:00pm). We sat at the down stairs bar that had a great Pub atmosphere. The bar keeper was a great older Irish Lady. I ordered the lunch special Roast Beef with mashed potatoes gravy and vegetables. My wife had Lamb Stew. We both loved our lunch. Great Place... More 

Thank paper333
Basseterre, St. Kitts
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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

On our recent visit to Ireland and after the overnight flight from the States we took a long walk into central Dublin and headed to the Oval Bar for a late lunch. Built in 1820 and on the route of the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, we enjoyed the cozy inside and noted they had a nice outdoor seating area... More 

Thank William S
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Good food at reasonable priced. The pub itself has a nice atmosphere... definitely worth popping in for a pint and a meal if you're in the city centre.

Thank Tara M
St. Helena Island, SC
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97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

For our last night in Dublin, my husband wanted a Beef & Guinness pie (with his garlic allergy, this can be tough) but we found an excellent one at The Oval just off O'Connell St. . With nice puff pastry, mashed potatoes plus veg, he really enjoyed the tasty gravy of this beef and mushroom pie. I opted for a... 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, British, Pub, Gastropub
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, 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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