Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

18 Merrion Row, City Centre South

Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Vegetarian

Price Range:

€€

53 reviews
4 stars - based on 53 reviews
Govindas is located on Merrion Row and is known for serving only the most authentic, economically price vegetarian food steeped in Hare Krishna lore.

It serves delicious, nutritious, and filling food in a peaceful atmosphere with soothing Hare Krishna music. In this vegetarian café you have some tasty and varied choices that are always fresh. Favourite dishes are Panir cheese in tomato sauce, simply delicious and perfect for lunch.

Their organic spinach is grown on their farm in Fermanagh. They have a vegetable garden and two poly-tunnels producing fruit and veg. During the Summer months they use some of our own veg in their restaurants.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu12:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunclosed

CAPACITY
42 people

CUISINES
Asian Fusion, Coeliac options, Healthy Eating, Kid's Menu, Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian

FACILITIES

Will cater for children Accept major credit cards Coeliac options available Veggie options available Will accept party bookings Take away service Delivery Service

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Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

superflysister
Dublin
31 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 31st August 2011 (visited 25 August 2011 )

This place serves real comfort food. I went in at lunch time. I ordered a small plate which was 6.95 and i got a little bit of everything. The food was piled high on my tiny plate. The staff were nice and the server gave me a glass of water without me asking which i always think is nice as they are not forcing you to spend extra money. There was a curry dish with broccili and chickpeas, there was a potato gratin dish, a tomato type dish, and some paneer (cheese made from whole milk - delish). There was a nice spice to the dishes but not too hot. I was stuffed for the afternoon, perhaps a bit too much food for lunch. This place has great variety, veggie and cheap food. You don't go here for atmosphere, it has a canteen feel to it. I will go back.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

NeonGirl
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th March 2011 (visited 10 March 2011 )

Being a vegetarian and having heard it mentioned many times, I was really looking forward to trying Govinda's. We went for a lunch and I got the small special which is basically a small plate which they pile high with whatever dishes you choose. I really enjoyed having a variety as vegetarians can be pretty limited in other restaurants. In saying that, as my dining companion noted, all of the dishes tasted very similar. In face, even though I had a bit of everything, it all tasted pretty similar. Still tasty though! It was very quiet on the day we were there so atmosphere was pretty much non-existent. Staff were very nice though and our coffees were served to our table even though it's more of a self-service type set-up. Overall, it's probably worth a visit, especially for vegetarians.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

pdlarsen
Dublin
44 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th January 2011 (visited 15 January 2011 )

I went to Govinda's today for a quick lunch before heading over to the Natural History Museum (aka, the Victorian house of stuffed beasts). It was quiet in the restaurant, so we were served immediately. We ordered two "small specials" which would be more aptly named the "enormous special". It started off as a plate of rice, which then had dal, chickpea and cauliflower, pasta bake, a potato curry dish and a paneer curry dish piled on top. One of these would have been enough for the two of us, so with two and a samosa we had a bit leftover. In addition to the quantity, the food was of an extremely high quality. The samosa was clearly homemade, and was baked rather than fried. The gentleman who served us was cheerful and accommodating. At 6.95 for the small special plate, Govinda's is truly a great value. Will definitely return, and hopefully soon.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

oh!fortheloveoffood
Dublin
75 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th July 2010 (visited 30 June 2010 )

Amazing food! Its all self-service and so there is no long wait usually (unless you order the chapatis or some such) for a plate of fabulously, wholesome food. The staple dal, rice, and paneer dish rock- some of their daily specials can be a bit odd. The drinks and the desserts are slightly over-priced in comparison to everything else they have in there but such great value all in all. I tend to get a takeaway of the €7 plate with a bit of everything on a regular basis- hot food that cheap and healthy is a rarity in this city!

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

Shineyb
Dublin
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th February 2010 (visited 19 February 2010 )

Great food at such reasonable prices, only €6.95 for a small plate piled high with very tasty vegetarian food. Service is also very good with the guys alwyas willing to give you a full description of what everything is.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

sarahk
Dublin
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th February 2010 (visited 1 February 2010 )

I love Govindas. I go there for lunch regularly and get the small special for €6.95. This consists of a plate piled high with really tasty vegetarian food (great even for a meat lover like me) and as much salad as you like. It's a small cheerful place without table service, but the staff are really friendly.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

michellevass
Dublin
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th November 2009 (visited 20 November 2009 )

I have gotten takeaways twice for lunch from Govindas. Today being the second time. I felt like something warm, healthy and comforting and opted for the Vegan meal (as I am dairy intolerant so thought this would be the best option). I received a large portion of rice and two different vegetable curries. I got back to the office and scoffed it down. Both times the food has been delicious and there is something very comforting about it also. Will be a regular lunch choice for me.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

loulovesfood
Dublin
80 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 22nd October 2009 (visited 21 October 2009 )

I usually go to the Govinda's on Aungier Street but was meeting my friend after work and this branch was nearer. Food was lovely and affordable, as usual but the portions were a little mean. Still, we enjoyed our food a lot, can't argue with the price

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

ashy84
Dublin
49 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th September 2009 (visited 6 September 2009 )

As a vegetarian, I am a huge fan of Govindas. It is affordable and you get to try everything there is for under €7 in this branch. They also do great lassis and indian desserts.The atmosphere is very relaxed and the staff is very friendly. Great place for a quick meal while shopping/before going to the cinema, etc.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

RSGE
Dublin
58 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th September 2009 (visited 24 July 2009 )

I love every Govindas! The food is so delicious, even my friends who prefer to eat meat love the food here. The paneer and tofu dishes are cooked in flavoursome sauces with rice (subji) and you get a huge portion for your money and get a variety on your plate. The smoothies are quite heavy but still nice (mango) and they also do lovely samosas. I've never tried a pizza here yet but I'm going to the next time! It's just somewhere really convenient to go where you're always guaranteed nice food with a smile and if you're a vegetarian or vegan. It's cheap, cheerful and very wholesome indeed. Sometimes it's a little confusing when you've never been there before but the staff are happy to explain what the dishes are on offer at the counter.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

iblees
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th September 2009 (visited 7 August 2009 )

It's not a place where you'll take your date to the dinner, but for casual on-the-run vegetarian food, this place is far better than junk food you get in the same price.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

TGS

33 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st August 2009 (visited 18 June 2009 )

Hearty, healthy and good for the soul. Veggie food with a great flavour - I like to think of it as indian food for when I've something on my conscience...... Not high dining, but homely and makes you feel better about life.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

Smiling-eyes
Dublin
20 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th August 2009 (visited 4 August 2009 )

Great little spot for lunch, will always get a seat and will get a feed to keep you going for a week if you want it!! Absolutely delicious mix of food, the potato gratin and veg lasagnes are my favourite dishes but the tofu is always excellent also. I've been eating here on a fairly regular basis for the last year and still dont know what most of the dishes are called, but the great thing is, you can order a little of everything and will always be happy. Great portion sizes, wonderful flavour and lovely staff. Great place for lunch, what more can you ask!

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

superfoodie1
Dublin
25 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th August 2009 (visited 11 August 2009 )

Well holy cow ! Did I visit the wrong restauant today or what? Vegetarians out there - be comforted. You have my sympathy. Now I am not a vegetarian but I am a foodie and a curious one at that. Today I took a walk on the wild side and discovered that the wild side is not for me (unless it's salmon or boar or any other caniverous adventure). How you can classify mush as vegetarian food is simply beyond me. Seemed that the wide variety of vegtables and rice had been sitting there for an age, limp. No very, very limp. Now I do have a good thing or two to say about this place and it is not about the decor either ! The desserts are lovely especially that big ball of yellow stuff (sounds arabic and tastes organic,) and I have to be fair about the staff who are very friendly, bordering on the servile side, which is actually quiet useful in a restarurant. The best part of this place is the bill but then again why should we be asked to pay for what technically is - pure mush.

Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)

Fannie Mae
Dublin
25 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 14th June 2009 (visited 12 June 2009 )

A grand spot for a cheap, quick bite to eat at lunchtime. The medium plate with a bit of everything is great value at 6.95, and if you avoid the pasta, the food is tasty and wholesome (pasta does not improve by being left to hang around keeping warm). Staff are friendly.

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