The National Gallery Cafe & Restaurant
Merrion Square West & Clare Street, City Centre SouthDublin 2
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Reviewed 22nd April 2012 (visited 18 April 2012 )
The Gallery cafe is always busy, so I tend to go mid-day, pretty much once a week, every week. The reason I go so often is the soup. The soup is always incredibly tasty! I have never gotten a bowl that I didn't think was delicious, but here's a tip for soup lovers in Dublin- if you happen to arrive on a day they are offering vegetable soup, tell them to hold the croutons, because they will put them on automatically, and even if you are crouton-mad, you will NOT be mad about these croutons. If they are not blisteringly hot and searing your taste buds off, they quite frankly, taste quite horrible. I am an ardent fan of the butternut squash soup, and you will receive a delicious roll AND a slice of soda bread- good value for under a fiver. However, the rest of their menu is not great value. The quiche and salads are particularly overpriced.
Reviewed 10th December 2010 (visited 5 December 2010 )
went in on Sunday to see the Metsu show - hadn't been to gallery in a year, joined queue in downstairs "big" restaurant because upstairs was closed. Busy caffe and service very slow. While waiting watched several people bring dishes back to the counter to get them "re-heated" or changed - this put me off, as did the bad canteen food on display, so ordered a cappuccino only. My cappuccino had milk in it and a substance that may well have been coffee. I don't know or care what went wrong, The National Gallery management should simply have intervened and shut the restaurant down, until some skilled staff took control of cooking and serving. Disgraceful.
Reviewed 02nd December 2010 (visited 2 December 2010 )
Went here for the first time today and was pleasantly surprised. I went for the seafood medley which I was at first wary of because I'm quite picky about meat, fish, etc. But it was lovely! The accompanied vegetables were just perfect and the different types of fish actually worked really well. Lovely sauce too. Was a really filling meal. Not cheap but well worth it.
Reviewed 18th December 2009 (visited 27 November 2009 )
I used to meet friends here quite a bit for lunch and had heard it was under new management. Unfortunately, I think the standard has dropped quite a bit. I got a three bean stew as did my friend, with a side dish of vegetables. The stew was OK, quite bland but the problem was the vegetables. I think they might have been kept on the hotplates too long as they were were a bit tasteless and rubbery. The salad on offer was not at all tempting and didn't look as if too much care had been put into its preparation. The desserts were not tempting either and looked a bit sloppily made. Usually it's difficult for me to turn down dessert but I found it quite easy in this case. As always, the staff were very pleasant and helpful and I do like the atmosphere of the place but sadly the food was a let down.
Reviewed 11th August 2009 (visited 3 August 2009 )
Great spot for lunch. The food is fresh and home made, reasonably prices and service is quick. Great selection for salads.
Reviewed 29th May 2009 (visited 28 May 2009 )
I eat lunch here regularly, and it's quite good. Most dishes are around a tenner, but there's a good selection of vegetarian food, the mains come with side salads and vegetables, and while packed, you can always get a seat. The dining area has very high ceilings and is bright.
Reviewed 06th May 2009 (visited 29 April 2009 )
I was in here for lunch recently with a friend, i had visited a few months previous and there was a marked improvement. The food was absolutly delicious, and great value for money. I had the salmon and my friend had the seafood dish - AMAZING! Very friendly service, nice touch with the complimentary tea and coffee refills. I will definitly be returning. HIGHLY RECCOMMEND, looking forward to the new restaurant.