Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

48/49 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar

Dublin 2

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11 reviews
4 stars - based on 11 reviews
Ideally located in Dublins Temple Bar, the Merchants Arch is an ideal spot to stop off for a bite to eat during a shopping or sightseeing trip.

With food served 7 days a week and with a mixture of live traditional Irish Music, contempary and classic hits to keep you entertained. We invite you to come and relax, sample some of our traditional Irish dishes and drink some of the finest beers and whiskey's from Ireland and around the world.
We show all televised big sporting events from GAA, Rugby, Golf and Soccer (just to names a few) on 7 HD big screens.

Enjoy light bites to a 3 course meal in the downstairs bar, or ascend the breath-taking stone stairway to the buildings rafters of our newly renovated restaurant which boasts spectacular views of the River Liffey and the world famous Ha'penny bridge.

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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
Sun12:00pm - 9:00pm

CAPACITY
100 people

CUISINES
Pub Grub

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Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

dublinlady2
Dublin
91 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st August 2011 (visited 20 August 2011 )

I read a bad review of Merchants Arch for dining on a Saturday night here on menupages and I hoped things would be different for my 40th birthday party which i had arranged months ago with the owner of the restaurant. Sadly everything went wrong in the kitchen and the food never arrived. There was a major delay in the kitchen and the food would have been over an hour late arriving anyway, but for some reason the food order for three platters of finger food got cancelled (without checking with me) and the kitchen closed and the only food my guests got was cake which I had brought myself. I was thoroughly dissapointed and I definitely will not be returning. it is a good spot for a drink and a bit of music, but Merchant's Arch do not have their act together with food, and for this reason its not a good spot to organise a party. Not recommended.

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

clandonnagh
Dublin
42 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th March 2011 (visited 4 March 2011 )

have been here a few times and have had good experiences every time - found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. the restaurant itself upstairs is just gorgeous - love the decor - really spacious and roomy. food has been tasty and satisfying every time and always makes me look forward to my next visit! the pub downstairs is nice for a drink after too!

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

Sineadb01
Louth
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st February 2011 (visited 18 February 2011 )

I have never had such an awful experience while dining. There were 6 of us up in Dublin for the night. I read the reviews on this site and thought it looked great, never was I so wrong. There was just one set menu, 3 courses for €25.00, seemed like good value.No chicken in the CHICKEN ceaser salad. Soup was cold, some food unavailalble, including the only vegetarian dish on the menu. 4 people ordered steaks, 1 rare, 2 medium and 1 well done. 3 arrived and we werent even asked who ordered what, they were just thrown in front of us, again all plates were cold. No vegetables with this, just onion and mash. My husband asked for pepper sauce and one other person was still waiting for their steak, 20 minutes later the 4th steak arrived along with the pepper sauce for the food that at this stage was cold and unfinished.Each steak was grizzly and tough and inedible, my chicken dish had a burnt taste off it and the so-called red wine jus was like a lumpy gravy that had been stuck to the bottom of a pot for hours, even the mash tasted burnt, again this was inedible ... 2 hours had passed and we didin't even have dessert, at this stage we just wanted to leave and so we asked for the bill. A waitress came over with a bill which was for the wrong table. Finally, the manager came over and apologised for the service saying they were having a "Bad Night" that doesn't cover the bad food!! We refused to pay the full amount, the manager was quite understanding and mortified. The worst place I have ever experienced, put a total dampner on the rest of our evening...

Restaurant response:
Hi Sinead I remember the night in question and no words can express my disappointment in how your evening went. I am not in the business of making excuses but we did not have our kitchen team in place that night and things did not go to plan. We now have a completely new team and can assure you if you ever decide to return i would be only to happy to ensure you have a good night. Once again I am really sorry your evening was not one of favourable memories and as Manager of the restaurant you have my sincere apologies. Regards Patrick

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

mcgettrb
Dublin
14 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th February 2011 (visited 13 February 2011 )

Had a really good experience at this new restaurant. The atmosphere is lovely- huge ceilings, decorated well, with lovely views of Ha'Penny bridge. The 4 course meal- starter, main, dessert, and coffee/tea for 25 euro is a great deal. The desserts were the nicest part- great selection and very nice. I thought the fisherman's pie was an okay main. My husband's dish came without the mash and this mistake was immediately rectified and it was explained there were new chefs. Great service and lovely atmosphere and the food was decent.

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

Plummy
Dublin
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th February 2011 (visited 3 February 2011 )

This is place is amazing! I have been a few times, unfortunately I have yet to make it up to the restaurant, but the lower bar is great and relaxing. I have had the cheeseburger, steak sandwich, lamb stew and the sea bass special. The steak and burger were great, nothing surprising, but a strong classic. SO much of it for a cheap price! The lamb stew was surprisingly spicy with the cumin, but was a nice change from the usual stews served in temple bar. The sea bass has been far my favourite. It was served on Basil mashed potatoes that had me and my friend fighting over the last bite. The hollandaise sauce was nice and light and I nearly licked the plate. Drinks are what are expected in Temple Bar, but the service is fantastic. Always friendly, and when I didn't know what to order (too many choices) they were a great help! I strongly recommend. The majority of dishes are only 10€ and the breakfast is nice and cheap!

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

teacher1
Dublin
15 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th February 2011 (visited 22 January 2011 )

I came in for a pre-movie dinner with my friend. It was quite early so not many diners, which was to my advantage. We were given a wonderful view of the Liffey and the Ha'Penny bridge. The staff, including the manager, was very attentive and we were given menus and served immediately. My friend and I decided to share a starter of spicy chicken wings and I had the fish and chips to start (with a side of mushy peas). My friend had the sirloin steak sandwich. Needless to say there was nothing left of either of our meals and we were thoroughly stuffed. The food was cooked well and of excellent quality, the service was impeccable, and the other choices on the menu were tempting. When there is very little pressure (i.e. the restaurant isn't very busy), it's a wonderful experience. I would definitely go back again and look forward to trying the new menu.

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

Yummy2011
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 13th January 2011 (visited 12 January 2011 )

Tried the Merchants Arch last night for a bite to eat after work. Staff were very attentive and the food was good value for money (delicious chicken liver parfait). We had a lovely table overlooking the Ha'penny Bridge, very relaxing atmosphere which made us forget that we were in the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar. This type of restaurant is long overdue in the chaotic Temple Bar area. I have recommended to all my friends and am planning a return visit soon!

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

Scorpio29
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 13th January 2011 (visited 12 January 2011 )

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to people. The restaurant itself is very nice, the service was excellent, the food was very good and it was good value. I'll be going back!

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

stkenny20
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th January 2011 (visited 21 December 2010 )

I visited the Merchants Arch in the week leading up to Christmas. The snow was having an effect on public transport so town and the reataurant was quiet. There was a very good value Christmas menu (€25 for 3 courses all evening I think) on with plenty of choice. The wine list was pretty decent with good choices under the €30 mark. I had a very nice chowder to start that had a nice balance of smoked fish and wasn't too creamy. For main I had a tasty good roast chicken. The service was friendly and the room very appealing but the music brutal. I'd an enjoyable experience and will return, hopefully there will be more atmosphere next time.

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

tez

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th January 2011 (visited 7 January 2011 )

Good location,close to Temple bar yet far enough away to be relaxing. New restaurant,evident maybe by the lack of clientele in both bar & restaurant. Good choice of menu's in both bar and restaurant. We opted for the restaurant with a 4 course meal for €19.99. Food was surprisingly good (considering the cost). Chicken parfait and deep fried chilli squid for starter, 10oz steak (€6 supp) and pork & apple bangers & mash, finished off with apple crumble with creme d'anglais and coffee. Would definitely return. Above meal plus 2 glasses of wine = €57. Only downfall was that the restaurant was not very busy and was quite cold for 9pm in the evening. Heat was on, but such a big area to heat.

Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant

kopking13
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th January 2011 (visited 7 January 2011 )

I found a wee gem! The Merchants Arch Bar & Restaurant has been taken over & completely revamped. The bar downstairs is decorated to an old world style very tastefully done.Good pint of Guinness & a good bar menu.Or you can take the fantastic spiral staircase to the restaurant which is decorated to a completely different more modern style with fantastic ceilings.The menu is very varied with something for everyone. For two of us we got 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 dessert, coffees & a bottle of wine for E66.00. The food was excellent very high standard, well presented. The staff were very pleasant & efficient All in all most enjoyable, will definitely return again. Check it out for yourself. Excellent value.

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