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#224 of 2,152 Restaurants in Dublin
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US$5 - US$16
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Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Soups
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Went there with a tour group last week. The food was poor, though served pretty quickly by very nice lounge staff. However, my interaction with an small, bearded, older member of the kitchen team left a bad taste among the group. There was a brilliant...guitar player there, he said he'd play a song for a couple in the group who had the 51st anniversary. Beautiful moment, but soured by the fact that this one member of staff demanded that we must leave so he could have the table for another group. We would have been happy to move aside and I understand these evenings can be tricky, but his attitude and tone left a bad taste. He also refused to put a dinner down for our couch driver. I've told my tour company not to go there next year.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Avoid this place; they are horribly rude and obnoxious. And the beer prizes dont help to mirage their arrogance. And manager smoke right outside the door; killing his own business; whoever owns this should fire him; and horribly loud loud music did not help either....The worst bar.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time in Dublin and this bar and it’s music didn’t disappoint. Loved seeing a lot of locals as well as other “foreigners” alike. The hired musicians were top notch. The bar staff were attentive and quick. The busing staff were friendly and working the...room. We did not eat here. Just a lot of dancing and singing and of course a few pints and whiskeys thrown back. Definitely need to visit.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We all ordered Irish food and loved it and the live entertainment was so good!!! Loved the place! It was packed but we squeezed in. The beer of course was also really good!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely traditional Irish pub with loads of atmosphere and live music both up and down the stairs. We had our meal in the upstairs restaurant and there was a reasonably varied menu on offer with prices on par with other nearby Eateries. Service was...quick and friendly and we enjoyed our meal. I recommend the Irish Stew which was very tasty. My only criticism is that the toilets are not well located for anyone with mobility problemsMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in for breakfast, arriving just before 11, and our order was taken promptly. We could tell something wasn’t right as the couple next to use were already asking why there had been such a long wait for their food. Our coffee came, which...was nice, but the wait began. 40 minutes passed, and the couple next to us left and warned us that they had been waiting for over an hour and the only reason for the wait had been that the food lift was broken. We didn’t see the waitress for 20 minutes more, and when I approached downstairs she walked away from me. After an hour, we decided it was time to go. The staff were apologetic, when we said we were leaving, but said that the food was ready they were just trying to fix the food lift - why not just bring it up the stairs? Prior to us leaving, we had not had a conversation or an update from any staff about the wait. What irritated us the most was the fact that the manager was sat directly opposite us, and the other couple, for the entire time, doing paperwork and did not think to help / apologise for the lack of service!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 22 May 2022 via mobile

8 of us had great meals upstairs, there is lots of room in a beautiful pub. There was entertainment in the middle of the day.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 21 May 2022

Music and atmosphere were really good, but service was bad, they only took our orden partially, for just half of the group, the other 5 had to wait 30 min or more to order, so we share our starters, to get all the food took...over an hour, and manager actitude was not the best, like they were doing us a favor, we were told they cannot take our order as kitchen was really busy, but pissed me off that they started taking orders from other customers that arrived after us, as I'm writting we have not yet received main dishes for the other half.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 19 May 2022 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere and lovely food. We really enjoyed our visit, much better than most of the tourist traps in Temple Bar

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 16 May 2022

12 for breakfast at 11am. only people in when we ordered but people arriving after us receiving there breakfast (or maybe our breakfasts) before us. Also ordered items not supplied like coffee & fresh orange that were removed from bill once highlighted & toast arrived...after we had finished breakfast. shame cause the quality was goodMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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€6.50 for a pint of Guinness is expensive, €7.60 for a pint of Coke is robbery. Fact.
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The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5