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Chock full of characterful bric-a-brac, The Old Spot sits just a stone’s throw from the sports stadium. It’s a popular place on match days but with two...
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The Old Spot is a classic and timeless Gastropub owned and operated by a young and passionate team. Our aim is to provide delicious food, quality wines, select craft beers, bespoke cocktails and great service in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 25 October 2022 via mobile

Had dinner here last Sat, Oct 22nd after a match in the Aviva. Busy post match atmosphere. We shared ham hock for starters. For the mains my wife had chicken, I had the wagyu burgers. Both were delicious. A nice bottle of red, followed by...an excellently made Negroni capped off the night. Great location for a post match vibe.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 11 October 2022 via mobile

A faultless Sunday lunch with fantastic service. Oysters and Guinness followed by roast beef and the usual accompaniments all executed perfectly. Scalable wine list with competitively priced carafe’s for a glass or two on a Sunday. The orange panna cotta was one of the best...I have ever had and I include Italy ! The welcome was warm my only very small criticism- larger Yorkshire Puddings ! Faultless !More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We are delighted that you enjoyed your Sunday meal with us and we will be sure to pass on your compliments to the kitchen! We hope to...More

Reviewed 8 October 2022

Went twice, first had what is the best chicken breast i ever had. The plate was visually beautiful and the flavours amazing. The mix and combination of the buttermilk mousseline, chorizo salsa and carrots blended so well. The second time went for lunch and had...the burger, once again amazing taste. Finally, the staff, so friendly and welcoming.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit(s!). We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 2 October 2022 via mobile

We came here on a Sunday for brunch. We had the Sunday roast beef dinner. It was a lot of food and it was delicious. The staff were super friendly too.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit, we are thrilled you enjoyed the roast! We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 28 September 2022 via mobile

Just walked in here as was feeling hungry. Despite being very busy they got me a table and service was superb. The food was super and fresh and very tasty. The Main Man running the show is entertaining and that’s an under statement. Great atmosphere...in the place also. Will be backMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 25 September 2022 via mobile

Disappointed that we emailed and rang to request vegetarian potatoes. Only to be phoned on the day to advise that this was not possible. Reservation cancelled. Poor communication.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 September 2022 via mobile

Recently, we researched pubs and restaurants within walking distance of our B & B. This gastro pub looked interesting so we gave it a go. It exceeded our expections. As we enjoy sitting at the bar, we were rewarded by the friendly craic of the...barmen, Darren (sp.?) and Max. The mussels were some of the best I’ve had anywhere. So good that we returned two nights later. Needless to say, we highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. Daragh and Max were delighted to meet you! We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 4 September 2022 via mobile

Wow - everything was fantastic; the cocktails (loved the house cocktail with rosemary), the space (which was intimate but nice and quiet), and the food (cep gnocchi was out of this world) and every staff member was so friendly and helpful. We were only in...Dublin for the weekend but I wish we could go back!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We hope to see you again soon if you return to Dublin! Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 30 August 2022 via mobile

We had dinner here on Sunday for 7 people. The place is nice. Food was good. Vegetables were a bit cool. I pointed this out when paying. I was told it too late to do anything about it. A small reduction on the bill would...have been nice. The wines are very expensive. I found it difficult to find one under 40 euro. The wine we had for that price was average.A glass of non alcoholic wine was 14 euros. Ridiculous. We were charged 81 euro service charge. I queried this and it was a mistake. Tables of 6 or more pay 12.5%. Ridiculous. So a table of 5 pays none. I was offered 26 euro for the over charging. I had to point out this was still incorrect. So I was offered another 10. I took it but was still 50 cent out. I didn’t like the attitude of the manager. I’m sorry but I won’t be returning. There are better places to eat in this area and in Dublin in general for less money.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 15 August 2022

I have no idea how it was so quite . The food was so good. We had looked at the menu and didn’t get passed the starters as they all sounded so tasty . We ordered with lots of sides . Everything was perfect ....The terrine was so soft and seasoned so well . And to top it off it was so reasonable .More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 10 August 2022 via mobile

We had the place to ourselves at 17:30, Wednesday evening. We both had the strip loin steak. It was excellent. The Bernaise sauce was perfect and plentiful. Great chips and fabulous onion rings. All the staff were excellent, though one waitress was a bit overpowering...and condescending, we thought. I don’t appreciate being called “darling” and “dear” by strangers.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass it on to our team. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot...More

Reviewed 15 July 2022 via mobile

Was at the old spot by coincidence for lunch - had the best potato salad ever to go along with a fantastic salt water salmon- absolutely incredible! But it has been their potato salad which really has been engraved into memory! Go there and experience...the best (pub) food of Dublin - btw - they have very nice people looking after you. Absolutely worth a visit!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you The Old Spot Team

Reviewed 17 June 2022

Thanks to some very nice people in the TripAdvisor forums I learned about The Old Spot. Our reservation was on a Sunday so we were able order the roast sirloin of beef. It was great. The meat was perfectly cooked to medium rare.. I have...not had yorkshire pudding in years and while it was not as good as my mom use to make, it was still delicious. The cauliflower cheese was so yummy. It reminded me of mac-n-cheese. Of course the potatoes were equally good. I don't ear beans and carrots but my husband said they were very good. My husband enjoyed our dinner so much that we returned a 2nd time. This time we had burgers. Again our meal was great. On our 2nd visit we were helped by Natalie. She was super nice and friendly. If we are ever fortunate enough to return to Dublin we will go back. By the way don't even think of going there on a Sunday without a reservation. It is super busy.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Loyola Group, General Manager at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot (TWICW!!) and for taking the time to review your visit. We are so happy that you enjoyed both visits and we are very grateful for your feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you...More

Reviewed 12 June 2022 via mobile

Came to the old spot for Sunday Lunch and was absolutely blown away by the quality of the food and service. We were served by Natalie who was extremely attentive, really friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome. We had the ham croquette...and the asparagus soup to start, both were really delicious and the homemade brown sauce was brilliant with the croquettes. For lunch we both had the roast sirloin which was cooked impeccably, pink edge to edge and generous serving of meat. The duck fat potatoes were crispy and fluffy inside, the cauliflower cheese was lovely and the carrots were cooked with star anise which gave them a lovely flavour that really complimented the rest of the meal. We had hoped to have dessert after but were too full to order! However, when Natalie was chatting to us we mentioned it had been my birthday the week previous and she organised a tiramisu dessert with a candle for us to share which was absolutely lovely and very thoughtful. We had strawberry and basil daiquiris and a Tully n’ apple and all of the drinks that came were really good. Could see how well the staff team worked together and everything was so smooth and the service was really 5 star. Great setting, great drinks and one of the best Sunday lunches I’ve had out in a long long time!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Loyola Group, Marketing at The Old Spot, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2022

Thank you for visiting us at The Old Spot and for taking the time to review your visit. We are delighted that you had such an enjoyable and memorable lunch with us. We will be sure to pass on your gorgeous compliments to Natalie and...More

Reviewed 11 June 2022 via mobile

I had a reservation. Was seated at 8:15pm. Ordered drinks and starter and our meals. Drinks came out in 5 min, starter in 10min, almost an hour later, still no mains served. Waitress kept saying 5 more minutes. Finally decided to leave. Host said “we...don’t know what’s going on with our kitchen tonight”. It’s a restaurant, that’s is what you do! Sorry won’t be back.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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