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#544 of 2,112 Restaurants in Dublin
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US$7 - US$17
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Irish, Bar, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having traveled a lot over Christmas and spending a lot of money in restaurants like Chapter One - Dublin, Ned in London, and Art Deco in Prague, I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the lunch in The Brian Boru. Their ham cheese...sandwich with potato and leek soup was so tasty. I don't normally leave a review but their lunch is incredible value for money. Only 20 Euros for my husband and myself all in Well done on a great lunch. Congrats to the chefMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2022 via mobile

Good for romantic evening. You can find aria for family event or just sit around bar with friends and watch football. Nice stake, excellent taste and friendly service. Recommend to go

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 12 November 2022 via mobile

The place has no atmosphere anymore, probably one of the only suburban luba to have 24 hour pay and display in their car park. I think their focus is. making money from clamping trather than food and drink. It's a shame.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 25 August 2022

This place going down to hill recently…about food is very disappointing and pricey…about the welcoming and service still the same s…t….the “short manager Jimmy still the same rude and useless pal!!! Avoid this place

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 29 June 2022 via mobile

Over the years we normally dined in Hedigans prior to heading for Croke Park. Carvery was always great and reasonably priced. However last Sunday carvery was discontinued and we had to settle for a set menu. No problem there except for the fact that the...menu was deplorable. Burger this, Burger that and fish and chips which we opted for. Fish was bland/ tasteless. If it wasn't for the tartare sauce I think I would have starved. Grossly overpriced at €17.50 pp. We might do what Kilkenny and Tipperary supporters do in future. A flask of tea and sandwiches! We won't go that far but we will never return to the Brian Boru until they get their act together. We will have something sorted before the semifinal Disgruntled GalwegiansMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 March 2022

Decided to have some food and a pint or two . Food ok good value my wife had pasta and I opted for a burger. Good value . The pub itself has a good vibe But very disappointed with the pint of Guinness. I don't...understand how the Guinness is so bad I would give it. 5 out of 10 a flat tasteless pint. I don't understand how the pint is so bad.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 23 September 2021

Having eaten in the Brian Boru pub many times pre Covid & during the various lockdowns we found that all the traditional dishes are now gone from the menu. We found the options poor, to be honest. The soup of the day was tomato &...was so thick it was like an Italian sauce. My Dad's main course was served with his soup & when he explained that the 2 courses should not be served together as his main course would go cold , it was met with the response " you should have said that you wanted that as a starter "? Food was not great at all.. & although the outdoor dining area is very comfortable the Brian Boru lacks the friendly atmosphere & historical charm it once had.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 8 August 2021

Stopped here for an hour before the hurling game today and very impressed - well run, attentive staff, although some obviously new - and the food very tasty, I had the sourdough chicken baguette with a side of garlic greens - delish The burger was...very tasty as well apparently I’ll be backMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 10 July 2021 via mobile

A rather small issue was very badly handled by management to the extent that customers of 40 years standing vowed never to return to this establishment. Too complicated to explain in a review but I’ll certainly never return to the Brian Boru. Gary, the most...senior staff member we dealt with, has a lot to learn in customer relations, as has one of his staff. The simple option of accepting responsibility and offering an apology remains the best way to handle things when a staff member fails deplorably to read and handle a situation. Deeply disappointing experience, management need to take a long hard look at how junior - and indeed senior - staff are trained and monitored.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 19 June 2021 via mobile

Myself and my daughter were here today for lunch. Staff were great, food was fab and lovely atmosphere. We really enjoyed our afternoon. Thank you

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 17 June 2021

They gave us a drink outside the pub at the barrels and then after a table became available they gave it to somebody else who came after us and then he said he will not serve us anymore there just because we parked outside and...maybe because we are Romanians . We are parking there all the time and we are getting meals fro Yerros and Mizonni Pizza . We only orders non alcoholic beer and as I said he refused to serve us just because the way we look .More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 18 September 2020 via mobile

We’ve visited the Brian boru since the lock down lifted and they have done an excellent job keeping everyone safe and being mindful. Staff lovely and the foods been great. So sad to see another 3 week step out of indoor dining. Hope the pubs...gets the custom it deserves for the effort put in. Recommend for a casual meal and drinks.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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TheBrianBoru, General Manager at The Brian Boru, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2020

Thank for your review Eileen, we appreciate that and we hope to see you again when we're allowed to open again.

Reviewed 16 September 2020

My parents visited your establishment today for dinner. To say they were disappointed, is an understatement. Chicken curry, the portion was very inadequate, the chicken seemed of very low quality and the chips were not edible all for €17. My dad had a steak sandwich,...the size of the ciabatta was very small, the steak pieces had more fat than meat and it barely covered the bread and the bottom of the bread was overdone and not edible nor were the chips (€16.50). This is not acceptable. People will not hesitate to pay for quailty food however in this instance,the quality of the food did not justify the cost at all.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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TheBrianBoru, General Manager at The Brian Boru, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2020

Sorry to hear that Star, we are actually changing the menu and trying to do our best to fix that.

Reviewed 30 July 2020

I have now been here 3 times since it reopened after the Covid closure. The menu has changed. There's now pizza which I can never remember them having. In total I had 3 dishes. 1. The curry - 15 euro. It's extremely bland and the...portion is quite small. It also seems that the rice at least is microwaved. There's very little chicken in the curry. The dish screams low cost, high profit, which is the business model with the food now it seems. 2. The pulled pork salad. I think it's 13 euro. Small portion. Tastes good but again it's a dish that screams profit. A really skimpy feel to it. 3. The pizza. This is probably the best option portion wise, it's a big dish with plenty of toppings but it's doughy and needs to be cooked more. The food used to be much better here but since Covid they have clearly decided to maximise the profit on the food to make the business viable. That may well be the way of the future but it's very noticeable and a little disappointing.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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TheBrianBoru, General Manager at The Brian Boru, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2020

We are sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience at the Brian Boru Jimmy, we are looking to improve that so we can deliver higher quality products and price.

Reviewed 3 July 2020

This was one of my first meals out with friends post covid and all I can say is I regret it. I booked a table for 3 people but last minute 2 other people arrived (that I was unaware of until they arrived). I thought...it might not be a problem however I was absolutely wrong. The manager came out and publicly shamed me for having too many people - I was so embarrassed... This is everyone's first pandemic so we are all learning (not to mention the social anxiety that goes with it!) but you would swear I was after murdering someone! My 2 friends had to leave (completely mortified) and just as they left the manager came back and said they had a table for 5...Probably afraid to lose the business!! My friends were too embarrassed to come back so I quickly ate my bland curry and left. 30 minutes and everyone had a horrible time. I understand people are stressed but there is no need for that type of people management. Will never go back.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Galwayrocks
18 October 2016|
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Response from RedMurphy21 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about a kids menu but I'm sure they could accommodate you and especially when the carvery is on during the day.
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Duane W
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Response from Henry R | Reviewed this property |
Hi I was in there about Easter time and as far as I can remember it was until 9pm. This may only be weekdays but I am not sure about weekends. Knowing the premises and the set up I would be surprised if it was different for... More
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Duane W
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Response from TomB751 | Reviewed this property |
I was there after 8 and they were still taking orders
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The Brian Boru is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5