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  • Average5%
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“hour cruise”(2 reviews)
“hen party”(2 reviews)
Welcome to Canal Boat Restaurant! Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal on our replica Guinness Canal Barge while gently meandering along a beautiful stretch of Dublin's Grand Canal. We depart from Mespil Road (across from the Mespil Hotel) and cruise...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Mespil Road | Dublin 4, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 473 1000
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 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
1  Thank Richard B
Reviewed 8 October 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 7 October 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 23 September 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 19 September 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

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Orla W, Crew at Canal Boat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 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 13 September 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
Thank Dragon69
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

We recently rented out the boat for a 2 hour cruise along the Grand Canal. It was stunning! We loved everything about it. From the staff being so accommodating with the organisation and hosting to the beautiful scenery and the canapés. I would definitely recommend...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JaneWood555
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Took this dining experience with a group of 8 friends, and we were blown away. The trip only goes down two canal stops but the experience was excellent. Make sure to go up on deck for some of the journey, and particularly at the locks....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 380hughf
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Really easy to book through the website, which clearly shows you availability to help in choosing the night you want. Booked for 13 of us from work to attend. From the moment we arrived the staff provided excellent service. When we boarded staff came to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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MVCadhla, Crew at Canal Boat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to send us your fantastic review D8Venturer! We are thrilled to hear that you and the team had such a wonderful evening on board and that you recommend our venue so highly. It was a pleasure to have you...More

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Simon B
10 December 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.
10 June 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
8 January 2018|
Response from MVCadhla | Property representative |
Hello Josie, Thank you for your question, I hope this day finds you well. A child ticket is priced at €28.50 each. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. With warm regards and... More