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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitised menus
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Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Brothers, Brendan (chef) and Vincent (manager) set up The Spotted Dog Restaurant in Dec 2017. Our love of food was taken from our mother Sue, and the restaurant derives its name from Brendan’s first efforts at baking, which was to make the traditional “Spotted Dog”.We pride ourselves on our food and service, and we use mainly locally sourced produce throughout our menu, some of it even from our own garden! As well as supporting local businesses and suppliers we provide our customers with a relaxed comfortable and welcoming atmosphere and an excellent dining experience. We provide a wide range of menu options catering to vegetarians & vegans as well as several gluten free options, serving brunch,
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Irish
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just had a lovely meal in the spotted dog. The food, service and atmosphere were perfect. Our first meal out in forever and it was great ... booked again for another night with friends. Recommend this restaurant for food choices and service.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Brendan, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you babakelly63 for taking the time to review and we are delighted you enjoyed your date night with us! Great to be back doing what we love doing!

Reviewed 25 October 2020

Just enjoyed a beautiful takeaway from the spotted dog, gorgeous fresh fish enjoyed by all the family👌

Date of visit: October 2020
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BrendanM2036, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2020

Thank you LeanneSher for taking the time to review, and we are delighted you enjoyed our take on the fish & chip shop!

Reviewed 10 October 2020 via mobile

Fabulous food had goats cheese tartlet & steak cooked to perfection. Staff are so friendly and nothing is a problem. Lovely overhead heaters to keep you warm 10 out of 10 for The Spotted Dog

Date of visit: October 2020
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BrendanM2036, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2020

Thanks maggsmurphy for taking the time to review, we appreciate it & glad you enjoyed!

Reviewed 6 October 2020 via mobile

This little GEM of a restaurant has blown my mind. I was dining here Saturday night gone. Not only do they have a personal touch with their customers but their food is out of this world! Such care and love goes into every single dish...and I for one will be back very soon for more! Cannot recommend you guys highly enough. 5 stars isn't enough 🙌More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Happiness46679, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2020

Thank you Lisa for your amazing review! We are just delighted to read this! We look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 26 September 2020 via mobile

Lovely place I've always seen it but only went in recently with my 19 year old so and we liked it. Weve been back twice in 1 week. Food and staff lovely.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Happiness46679, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2020

Thank you Sherpa260940 for taking the time to review and we're absolutely delighted to hear you enjoy what we do! Look forward to seeing you again soon

Reviewed 19 September 2020 via mobile

Ate here as a family of five, food delicious and cooked to perfection. Portions just the right size and everything is very well presented. Service is excellent and very friendly but yet intimate. Would highly recommend.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Happiness46679, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to review 35adriennem, we really appreciate it and of course, we're delighted to hear you enjoyed what we do, hope to see you all again soon.

Reviewed 16 September 2020 via mobile

After much positive feedback I decide to go there. Around lunchtime, without reservation, after a pleasant welcome in no time they let us sit down. From sandwiches to salads, from hamburgers to egg toast; In short, the menu has a wide choice of dishes and...everyone agrees even vegetarians. The waiter also propose a Special of the day. The food products are quite good, and well matched by a practical and quick way of cooking. Honest price considering the aboundance of dishes. The front of house staff is very courteous and approachable. Even with mask they are smiling, specially the youngest waiter. The environment is intimate, an improvement of interior lights and upgrade of whole decor and the "Mise en place" would bring a touch of liveliness and take off the the floor from the darkness.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 13 September 2020 via mobile

Staff welcoming, excellent food. Best sit down diner place in Dundalk village, Will be back.! The chief is very precise in his work, you can see the passion from the table.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Happiness46679, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2020

Thank you thetripper for taking the time to review and we're absolutely delighted to hear you enjoyed! Hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 5 September 2020

I've always enjoyed The Spotted Dog for lunch. When considering a family takeway this evening I was delighted to see they've expanded to evening meals and takeaway. The meal was packed in front of me when I arrived and everything was just lovely. The dahl...curry was oh so tasty. The children had chicken wings and enjoyed them. My partner had the Chicken buttermilk burger. All eaten. It's always a pleasure to go there. The service is just great and they seem to appreciate their customers.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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BrendanM2036, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2020

Thank you louisepG5303SA for taking the time to review, and for your amazing review too! Yes we certainly do appreciate all our customers and we're delighted you enjoyed your evening takeaway with us! We look forward to feeding you all again soon!

Reviewed 4 September 2020 via mobile

Had delicious food and good coffee! Staff are friendly and helpful. Great care taken for social distancing etc. Definitely recommend it!

Date of visit: September 2020
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BrendanM2036, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2020

Thank you Eva C for taking the time to review and for your fantastic review too! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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5 July 2020|
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Response from Happiness46679 | Property representative |
Yes we have re-opened the restaurant but takeaway still available too. New opening hours Tues & Wed 10-3pm Thurs 10-3PM, 5-9pm Fri & Sat 9-3pm, 5-9pm
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Its a restaurant :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Spotted Dog

Yes, The Spotted Dog offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Spotted Dog offers delivery services.

Yes, The Spotted Dog is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Spotted Dog is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5