The Ivy @ Dunboyne Castle restaurant

Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, Dunboyne, Dunboyne

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Cuisine:
European

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36 reviews
4 stars - based on 36 reviews
The Ivy offers an original selection of modern Irish and international cuisine in an intimate, warm and stylish atmosphere. John Nagle, Our Executive Head Chef, has introduced menus which include Ireland’s highest quality produce such as a delicious herb crusted St. Tola’s Goats Cheese Salad, Chargrilled Angus Beef Fillet and Pan-fried West Coast Scallops. The Ivy also provides specially created menus to cater for all dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and lactose free options. The menus are strongly influenced by our Chef's passion for using Ireland’s seasonal and world-class ingredients.

The Ivy is proud to have been awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence in 2013, and to have retained these for 2014.

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.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon6:30pm - 9:30pm
Tue6:30pm - 9:30pm
Wed6:30pm - 9:30pm
Thu6:30pm - 9:30pm
Fri6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sat6:30pm - 9:30pm
Sun1:00pm - 9:30pm

CAPACITY
120 people

CUISINES
Coeliac options, European, Kid's Menu

FACILITIES

Wheelchair Accessible Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Parking available Accept major credit cards Will accept party bookings Separate function room available

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The Ivy @ Dunboyne Castle

RubyB
Dublin
16 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 09th October 2017 (visited 7 October 2017 )

Yum. Had dinner here as part of an overnight spa break package with 3 friends. It was a Saturday night so very busy but had a good atmosphere. We had three courses each. I had scallops, filet of beef and rhubarb dessert. The food was prompt and very tasty. But the steak was cooked perfectly and the mash and jus very tasty. We cleared our plates. I didn't like the dessert at all - very soapy and not much like rhubarb. I should have had the lemon tart. Our waiter was lively and attentive. The only drawbacks would be that the starter was pretty cold and the plates didn't feel very clean.

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ward8486
Dublin
16 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th December 2014 (visited 9 October 2014 )

Had such a lovely evening here. I have eaten here several times before and it never fails to impress!

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eatsoutlots
Dublin
43 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:60%

Reviewed 27th August 2014 (visited 22 August 2014 )

Visited the lobby bar area for some food here on Friday night. Waited 1 hour for the food to arrive and when it did it was far from good. I didn't think you could get a Caesar salad wrong, but it was awful and my partner had fish and chips which he said wasn't great either. We had also ordered chicken wings which were cold. It was a very busy day in the hotel but this is the second time we have been served bad food in the bar so no other chances we will find another hotel to spend our hard earned cash. Service was not good and nobody seemed to notice we waited an hour for our food. We also went up to the bar as we couldn't get any bar service to our table and had to wait for someone to drop down the drinks as we waited that long for service there also. Pity the bar food isn't good as lovely hotel and we used to come here a lot and loved the food.

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elainegeraldine175
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:35%

Reviewed 25th May 2014 (visited 24 May 2014 )

Excellent food and service . Will definitely return again .

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carmon2004
Dublin
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th March 2014 (visited 14 March 2014 )

Overall, I thought the food and service were excellent - I had the goats cheese salad to start which was lovely, then the monkfish risotto which was absolutely amazing. I went for the cheese board to finish, very generous portions, couldnt get anywhere near finishing it. Only slight complaint would be that the food came out very quickly, then at the end when setting up we were using a voucher which had been given to us as a gift - the voucher included a glass of wine each, we had ordered a bottle of wine with the dinner and a gin and tonic to finish and had a taxi arriving so didnt have time to squeeze in another glass of wine. They advised they couldnt put it off the gin and tonic which was fine, we said we were happy to leave it - however, they then realised they hadnt put on the steak supplement and rather than just offsetting it against the free wine added it onto the bill at the end - felt that was a bit unnecessary and took away from a very pleasant evening otherwise.

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antonellaireland
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th February 2013 (visited 2 February 2013 )

This comment applies to the bar side of the eaterie within the Castle - I can't find a separate name or address for it. Myself and my husband dropped in around 13.30 on a Sunday afternoon. There was virtually no space but one table, which we grabbed immediately. There were a lot of people that seemed ready for departure, and that was mostly drinking (alchool), with most of high pitch talk. This in itself was not great, but we decided to stay. However, we had to collect 1 (between 2 people) menu, go back to the bar for the ordering as none of the waiters and waitresses seemed to notice our presence. I asked "Will it take long" for our afternoon tea and I was told "7 minutes". It took half and hour to get our coffee and another 15 min to receive the food. The food was average ok, but none of what was described on the menu. The staff seemed to be tired and huffed about kicking stools and chairs into place, including towards our table with no words uttered for us. Once the time for payment came, we gave our card. The waiter took it away, passed it to another waitress which went to the reception (with our card). She then resurfaced with the hand-held machine and came to our table, again with no smiles or words uttered. When I said hello, I received a forced smile, like if it was midnight and she was fed-up with my funny request. Needless to say, we are not going to get near the place again....

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Superjaytabb

14 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 22nd November 2012 (visited 18 November 2012 )

Went here for lunch last Sunday and was quite impressed. I had a starter of of a duck liver terrine with apple. It was very tasty and quite filling. My main of chicken with lentils was very tasty. My dessert of crumble was nice but the apple was slightly undercooked. The ice cream though full of flavour though. Overall, it was good value for money.

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sunshine2009
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th May 2012 (visited 12 November 2011 )

Went here for a birthday dinner, food was ok but not amazing for the price of the dishes. There is a good atmosphere but the bar was pretty quiet after. Have heard that they have improved since but there are better places in the area for better value

The Ivy @ Dunboyne Castle

davsheen
Dublin
73 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th June 2011 (visited 3 June 2011 )

Was here for a wedding and stayed overnight for june bank holday. Food at the banquet was very good. Service not great though not enough staff on and all seemed to be very junior. Fantastic location and grounds, the gardens are nicely kept. Breakfast the next morning was chaotic though sloppy service huge queues no butter for toast no one taking orders etc. Shame as very nice hotel otherwise with good food.

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andyp
Dublin
14 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:62%

Reviewed 23rd April 2011 (visited 21 April 2011 )

Was staying the castle for the night and 2 of us went for a meal in the brasserie. The food was absolutely gorgeous. I had the salmon gravalax to start which was lovely and my wife had the chicken liver pate with brioche which had me speechless it was that nice. Very delicate silky smooth flavours that you have to give a try! For mains i had the rump of lamb on mash which was perfectly cooked with small lentils adding a fantastic earthyness. My wife had a sirloin steak with homecut chips. The steak was up there with the best steaks I have tasted anywhere. Too many chips was the only complaint...hardly a complaint. We had a lovely bottle of prosecco which was 34 euro. To finish we both had the trio of creme brule which is always a nice finish to a meal. One of mine was ever so slighly runny...but all the same very nice. Total cost was 95 euro and we left a 10% tip as the waitresses were very attentive and very friendly , even if they were a bit over stretched. I would recomment visiting the brasserie even if your not staying in the hotel. I for one will definitely be back !!

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crocket
Wexford
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 13th April 2011 (visited 11 April 2011 )

stayed in the hotel on monday night,rooms were fab but service terrible. We waited a long time on our drinks first of all then it took ages to order our meal. The meals looked very well presented but unfortunately my steak was still frozen in the middle, there were very few staff on and service was very bad. We went back to the bar and on ly 1 member of staff was behind the bar which was very busy as there was a funeral on locally,everyone was complaining they had to wait for a drink, wasnt happy with the food or service.

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yummyscrummy
Dublin
91 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th March 2011 (visited 26 February 2011 )

Dined here on the early bird special as we were staying in the hotel. 2 courses for 20 euro or 3 for 25. We both had the potatoe and spinach soup to start which was lovely and creamy if a little on the cold side. The bowls were not very well filled but as a starter this was not really an issue. Also nice accompaniment of brown bread and rolls. For mains I had the spinach and ricotta tortellini which was the only vegetarian option but the mushroom sauce was very very rich.My friend had the sirloin which I was told was delicious but while he asked for medium rare this was definitely leaning alot more heavily towards the rare side. We shared a bottle of pinot grigio but he asked for a glass of red to accompany his meat....we were waiting on this for a very long time and the meal was almost half finished by the time it arrived. The main concern I would have is that I found not one but two hairs in my dinner. I didnt say it to staff at the time but left it on my comment card upon check out.

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madra1987
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th January 2011 (visited 8 December 2010 )

We ate in the Ivy Brasserie as we were staying in the hotel and dinner was included in the overnight package deal. We had booked dinner for 7.30pm and it was a wednesday night. For a mid week the restaurant was reasonably busy. The staff were friendly. I had pork for starter and my partner had a goats cheese salad. They were disappointing but we both had steak for mains which made up for it. However we ordered a side of veg but the waitress failed to tell us that veg was served with the main meal. I ordered a tart for dessert and was then told they had run out but i was offered the crumble from another menu which I then ordered with custard. I instead got cream on the side and i also ordered a pot of tea which I did not receive. Overall I found the meal to be disappointing.

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tastebuds33
Louth
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st September 2010 (visited 29 August 2010 )

I went to the Ivy Brasserie on Sunday evening with 3 friends and we opted for the Early bird menu @ 24.95 and what a treat ... great selection of starters 3 of us went for the caeser salad and one went for the salmon ..we all had the steak,a supplement of E5.00 was added but well worth it, the steak was fabulous on a bed of spinach with homecooked fries we ordered extras but did not realise that the mains were accompanied with a selection of vegetables and baby boiled potatoes, a selection of 4 desserts where on the menu we went for home made apple crumble which was just beautiful, we had 3 glasses of the house wine at 6.50 per glass and water our bill total came to 154.00 which we all thought was very reasonable for the quality of food we received overall fabulous food, fabulous decor a little quiet, excellent service and staff where very pleasant and friendly

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DeeP
Meath
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 05th April 2010 (visited 24 February 2010 )

Went for early bird menu - €20 pp. Worst value ever. I ordered Cod on a bed of mash for mains, I was told there was no cod left, but offered alternative white fish - presumed it would be served the same way - NO - served in a bowl surronded by at least a full head of lettuce, with, I kid you not, SAUSAGE! Worst meal I have had in ages. Other half had steak pie - watery sauce and no taste. I did see other diners ordering off the a la carte menu and their food looked much better....Will never be back.

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