The Cellar Restaurant

The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South

Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

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66 reviews
4 stars - based on 66 reviews

The award-winning Cellar Restaurant is situated in the 5 star Merrion Hotel on St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Executive Chef, Ed Cooney, showcases the best of local ingredients in a cuisine that is modern and creative, yet distinctively Irish in this first class restaurant. The Cellar Restaurant serves both lunch and dinner at affordable prices for impeccable food. It is known for its friendly and helpful servers and The Cellar is an ideal spot for a group dinners and special occasions giving you a fine dining experience, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

AWARDS & PRIZES

Most star-rated hotels have their own restaurants and these are inspected by the AA. As with independent restaurants, rosettes from one to five are awarded annually to hotel restaurants for the quality of their food. Not all restaurants receive an AA award, but will generally serve enjoyable food. Good Food Ireland is an industry driven food tourism organisation which was established in November 2006. Many good food operators in a cross-section of establishments all around the island from restaurants to accommodation, pubs to food shops to cookery schools wanted to be recognised and endorsed for their commitment to using Irish, local and artisan food produce. They wanted to share experiences and be cooperatively marketed to the domestic and international tourist. Agriculture and Tourism, two vital economies for Ireland have so much in common and are yet so far apart. Through Good Food Ireland the industry from both these sectors share a common belief and come together as one. Good Food Ireland brings you the visitor or domestic consumer what we believe is the only way to get a true taste of Ireland. Ireland's Blue Book is a simply divine collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles and Restaurants. Located throughout the country these charming boutique hotels are some of the most stylish and unique places to stay in Ireland. These hotels and country houses are ideal for mid-week and weekend breaks and those seeking romantic hideaways.

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OPENING HOURS

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CAPACITY
70 people

CUISINES
European, Irish

FACILITIES

Will cater for children Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Accept major credit cards Coeliac options available Will accept party bookings Bord Failte Approved Member of Restaurant Association of Ireland Wi-Fi hot spot! Caters for Weddings.

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The Cellar Restaurant

Bluefoot
Dublin
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th February 2016 (visited 26 February 2016 )

My friend and I ate lunch here yesterday. The staff were so attentive and friendly and made us feel very welcome. My starter of Rocket, pink grapefruit and avocado was lovely, my main of rump beef was cooked exactly how I like it, it was tender and the jus was delicious, but the dessert was simply the finest I have ever had! Pear with chocolate, It was superb! The wine list was extensive and the French Pinot Noir was the perfect partner for my meal. We finished up with coffees. We really enjoyed the whole experience and felt the lunch menu was excellent value for money. Will definitely be back.

The Cellar Restaurant

Kathy Bannon
Antrim
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th March 2015 (visited 16 January 2015 )

I went to the Cellar for a family member's birthday and we were all very impressed. The restaurant is lovely and intimate and the staff are all wonderful. I had a super food salad to start followed by the salmon and everything was really tasty and fresh. Really lovely surroundings too, the hotel is beautiful. Would certainly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.

The Cellar Restaurant

geelongman
Dublin
26 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th February 2015 (visited 26 February 2015 )

Very good location, tasty decor, good sort of wines but food was a bit disappointing, quite plain, was not presented well.

The Cellar Restaurant

molly.o-neill
Dublin
60 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th November 2014 (visited 27 November 2014 )

Ate here for a family occasion yesterday and it met all of my expectations. The food was top class and the restaurant itself is beautiful and welcoming. I'd love to go here again closer to Christmas it's just the perfect place for a special meal out!

The Cellar Restaurant

Dyl
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 29th October 2014 (visited 25 October 2014 )

This restaurant is lovely and cosy when you enter it. The staff are lovely and very efficient. It is a little on the pricey side but nice for a special occasion

The Cellar Restaurant

lildevil
Dublin
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th April 2014 (visited 16 April 2014 )

Ate here with a group for a special occasion and it was a nice experience. The table had the 'house menu' which is 3 courses for €39.95 incl tea/coffee. To start I chose the crab broth which was lovely and fresh, slightly lacking on the crab flavour in the broth itself. For main the Pork Chop with black pudding sausage roll was delicious very nice plate of food well balanced. For large groups they do vegetables and potatoes for the table which were really nicely cooked. Dessert was the least favourite course of the evening unfortunately. I had the passionfruit parfait with coconut sorbet which was nice but nothing spectacular at all. Having dined here for lunch before I was quite disappointed with the fact they offer the same dessert on the evening menu...something which should be reconsidered. The waiter looking after our table was lovely but one guest was constantly forgotten about when wine was being served. The bread brought to the table looked extremely appetising but the brown bread was very dry. Two slight issues but they affected the overall enjoyment of the night. The manager on the night didn't come across to the group as being as friendly as the waiting staff we encountered, maybe he was having an 'off night' but surely you should lead by example. Overall a good experience, but left feeling slightly disappointed.

The Cellar Restaurant

acorcora
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:60%

Reviewed 14th April 2013 (visited 13 April 2013 )

We had just a main course and dessert. We had Seabass, Ribeye steak x2 and extras were honey roasted parsnips, truffle and parmesan fries and carrot & parsnip. We had no complaints food was excellent. The desserts were a combination of indregients rhubarb, strawberries, yoghurt, mango & chocolate to name a few which tasted fantastic cannot remember the names of the desserts and they do not have them on their sample menu on menupages but I am sure you will find them if you visit. Our first visit and overall a wonderful night.

The Cellar Restaurant

mdb6000
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th August 2012 (visited 22 June 2012 )

Definitely one of the best and nicest restaurants in Dublin. The food is always outstanding and the service is class. They are also very good if you want to bring your child out for dinner. There is never an issue in relation to children and when they need to leave the place. They have always fulfilled extra food requests without a problem. This place is certainly worth every cent you spent. You can go there to celebrate a special occasion with you family but also to spent some romantic time with your loved one.

The Cellar Restaurant

wicklowfoodfans
Wicklow
19 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 17th May 2012 (visited 27 January 2012 )

As we were lucky enough to receive tickets for OperaTheatre Company's Coffee Cantata which was put on in the Merrion Hotel and the Cellar Restaurant was offering a special value coffee inspired menu we decided to treat ourselves. We booked for 2 adults and 1 child and were hoping there would be something on the menu our daughter would eat - we need not have worried the waiter assured us on arrival she could eat from a children's menu or they could adapt the set menu. We were seated immediately we arrived in this beautiful cosy restaurant, we were offered drinks while looking at the menu - the menu offered lots of choice and everything had an interesting coffee addition - hmmmm. I chose the salmon starter while hubby had the beef carpaccio both excellent! For main I had the corn fed chicken and hubby the rack of lamb both were absolutely delicious perfectly cooked with the most divine flavoursome sauces. Daughter chose the merrion fish & chips which she declared to be 'amazing'. The service throughout our meal was spot on attentive without being intrusive. there was a huge wine selection and the waiter was very helpful in making selection. Our desserts were divine light and sweet and so fresh. Cofffee afterwards was lovely with lots of refills. We really enjoyed our meal here and would definitely recommend.

The Cellar Restaurant

Indiefoodie
Kildare
44 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th December 2011 (visited 10 December 2011 )

Nice restaurant, lovely hotel, nice staff but a real lack of imagination when it comes to vegetarian dishes. I was offered a starter as a main course and it came as the same size as the starter, I know as my partner had it to start. I was given other choices: risotto, aubergine stack or cannelloni - nothing I haven't made myself so I settled for the goat cheese on a bit of pastry (galette).His main course selection was a rib eye steak served with fries, portobello mushrooms and greens, he said it was excellent. We choose ice cream for dessert as nothing else appealed, I could tell the brand of ice cream so it was a bit of a let down, I would have hoped that this calibre of hotel would have home made ice cream. 1 coffee, a bottle of wine later, it was less than €100 for the two of us.

The Cellar Restaurant

pmcgarrity
Dublin
20 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 05th September 2011 (visited 7 August 2011 )

Had a wonderful evening here in a lovely diningroom with a tasty menu. The food was excellent and there was a large choice of wines. The steak was especially good and very reasonable in price for a top Dublin restaurant. The hotel staff were attentive and vert accomodating. Looking forward to returning.

The Cellar Restaurant

Tomail33
Wicklow
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd June 2011 (visited 2 June 2011 )

Wow, this was by far the best meal I have had in a long, long time. The Cellar Restaurant is a really nice setting. The menu is simple and had plenty on it. The bread that comes to the table is a meal in itself, mini loaves that are fresh and gorgeous. Firstly we were brought a taster, pork cheek in a cube of asian spices, with pickled vegetables - I'd have loved more! I had the spring salad with feta to start - it was fresh and light. Others had the prawn ravioli and goats cheese mouse, I think mine was the winner. I had lamb for my main, and wow, wow, wow - it was a treat to eat it. The goats cheese mash was lovely and fluffy and the meat was tender and tasty. The fillet steak looked impressive, as did the duck and sea bass. We didn't have desert, but I was tempted, there was a great choice. I will definitely be going back. The early bird menu looks great, and good value. I can see why President Obama choose the Merrion!!

The Cellar Restaurant

Tomail33
Wicklow
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd June 2011 (visited 2 June 2011 )

Wow, this was by far the best meal I have had in a long, long time. The Cellar Restaurant is a really nice setting. The menu is simple and had plenty on it. The bread that comes to the table is a meal in itself, mini loaves that are fresh and gorgeous. Firstly we were brought a taster, pork cheek in a cube of asian spices, with pickled vegetables - I'd have loved more! I had the spring salad with feta to start - it was fresh and light. Others had the prawn ravioli and goats cheese mouse, I think mine was the winner. I had lamb for my main, and wow, wow, wow - it was a treat to eat it. The goats cheese mash was lovely and fluffy and the meat was tender and tasty. The fillet steak looked impressive, as did the duck and sea bass. We didn't have desert, but I was tempted, there was a great choice. I will definitely be going back. The early bird menu looks great, and good value. I can see why President Obama choose the Merrion!!

The Cellar Restaurant

Meganpoint
Dublin
47 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:70%

Reviewed 07th March 2011 (visited 5 March 2011 )

A group of 7 spend a night at the Merrion with dinner in the Cellar restaurant included. We had a three course set menu, which had great choice. The bread, OMG, individual loaf shaped and warm..never saw so many ladies eat so much bread with a meal, it was that good. I had a light started of salmon marinated in beetroot, it was lovely, fresh and light. other starters included, what I would describe as 'pizza', i.e. light puff pastry with tomato, cheese and rocket. reports back were good, slightly on the filling side. Many had the lamb, which was a little' Moroccan', mine was not so tender, but enjoyable. Many asked for medium, but little pink was on display. Iit was an interesting dish, tasty and filling. The cod, chips and mushy peas where good, chips were excellent. Desert, well I was pleasently surprised, had chocolate mousse and it was sublime...really. We had the Rioja which was good, did not like the house red, bit too sharp. Service was good, attentive without being OTT. Atmosphere was relaxed, the room was fairly full and tables are not too close. We stayed at the hotel, as part of a package wihich included dinner, bed and breakfast with champagne which was served in the bar (with corkage of course). It was great value for money. The servcie is so 5 star. Breakfast was good, liked the choice. Services was a bit slow. Would highly recommend the Merrion for a deal, everything is fab. and staff are so accomodating.

The Cellar Restaurant

bleu
Dublin
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th January 2011 (visited 27 December 2010 )

We were invited to eat here by friends just after Christmas. The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived but did fill up later. However, the room itself is rather soulless and awkward to get around - we were seated right at the back. The chairs seem very low compared to the table height which was disconcerting. The service is supposed to be silver service but is not sufficiently professional to be so. The personal opinions of the staff, when not invited, were intrusive rather than friendly which is obviously how they were intended. We were also left searching for service on a couple of occasions. The food sounded interesting but some of it was startlingly expensive - black sole for €47 was the opener (and most expensive item) on the Main Course section of the menu. The Gravadlax was delicious although accompanied by some redundant and unpleasant potato salad shaped as a quenelle. The Calamari was pretty awful on all fronts: the batter was heavy and overseasoned and they were served with a vast amount of sweet tomato sauce. Unpleasant. The salads were fine. The Seabass main course was good but nothing special; the steak was reasonable if a little tasteless as were the quail which came with an ill-assorted array of vegetables, one of which was inedible. The Turkey and ham could have been served at any 3* hotel carvery in the land. Surprisingly the dessert was excellent. The wines were a bit young and over-priced. Not a meal I would have happily paid for and not a rerstaurant I will return to.

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