The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens restaurant

Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford (off N11), Ashford

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20 reviews
4 stars - based on 20 reviews

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Cafe, Irish

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Wheelchair Accessible Will cater for children Parking available Accept major credit cards Coeliac options available Veggie options available Terraced dining area Take away service Bord Failte Approved

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The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

Iano
Dublin
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 06th February 2018 (visited 6 February 2018 )

WATCH OUT FOR THE 10% SERVICE CHARGE! 2 of us had lunch here today. The food was good, although slow to arrive. When paying, I was told the amount and put a 10% tip in the tips jar on the counter, while my card was being processed. Only when I left did I discover that a 10% service charge had been added to my bill. I cannot remember the last time that I was in a restaurant that automatically applied a 10% service charge, and certainly not in a restaurant of this grade. I looked at the menu online, afterwards, and it is stated in the small print at the bottom. But tips are earned, and if you're going to charge an automatic tip, then don't put a tip jar on the counter too!

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

MartinIrl
Dublin
21 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 08th August 2017 (visited 7 August 2017 )

Lovely on a summers day, very busy. The choice is good and the food fresh. The soup of the day tasty and unusual, the salads and breads fresh daily. A bit pricy buy worth it. Nice place to bring overseas visitors.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

D6smurf
Wicklow
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:42%

Reviewed 31st January 2016 (visited 16 January 2016 )

We go here for breakfast and it is always delicious. Cooked fresh, brilliant coffee, recommended.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

pinkprincess
Wicklow
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th May 2013 (visited 2 May 2013 )

I really do like this place it is in the most beautiful setting, in the summer time its divine just to sit outside under the tree and sip coffee, inside is also nice however the staff are always a bit stand offish and cranky not sure what that is about but the food is really good I have had breakfast lunch and coffee here I am planning to go back and take a trip around the gardens, Will be interested to see if they do the evening meals during the summer again this year.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

birminghambloke
Wicklow
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 29th August 2012 (visited 18 August 2012 )

The food here used to be great here but I went recently an discovered the menu has become mostly vegetarian and the taste increasingly more bitter or acidic, particularly with the deserts. They change the menu about every 3 month so I would avoid it for sometime.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

Dalkeyite
Dublin
31 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th July 2011 (visited 24 July 2011 )

My daughter and into Mount Usher last Sunday. We went initially for the shopping and gardens but were enticed by the restaurant to have lunch. We were absolutely delighted - this restaurant has been transformed in recent times from a mediocre tea room to a fabulous restaurant. The food is superb. I had fish pie for mains and it was tasty, had a great variety of fish and was beautifully presented, topped by fluffy mashed potato and served with salad. My daughter had smoked duck salad - again beautifully presented and the flavours were unusual and delicious. Desserts were outstanding - I had raspberry posset served on a wooden pallet with shortbread biscuit and raspberry sorbet - complete with pansy garnish. My daughter's chocolate tart with orange was just mouthwatering and again beautifully presented. Service was friendly and helpful. Table water served with mint and lemon - great! Homemade lemonade delicious. Just a great culinary experience! We'll be back soon.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

nthside_guy
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st July 2011 (visited 26 June 2011 )

Hi All Went here for lunch and have to say the food was very nice and a bit different. Had the soup and the anti-pasta platter to share. Soup was nice and served with great tasting bread. Anti-pasta platter was nice and just the right amount for two to share. Enjoyable gardens as well And great cakes with the coffee too.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

tiger1

10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd November 2010 (visited 2 November 2010 )

Was here earlier today for breakfast and must say they do a great breakfast. I always go for the organic scrambled egg and bacon with great brown bread..yum and my wife always goes for the Granola with mixed berries, honey and yogurt. With the relaxing atmosphere, lovely staff and good food ,it is well worth a visit next time you are passing.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

fussyfella
Wicklow
13 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th October 2010 (visited 20 October 2010 )

The food in here is lovely and well presented but the service was a little bit slow today, not sure why as it was not hectic, but the prices are crazy in this day and age. i dont care how good a bowl of soup is, its not worth €5.95 and i had a lovely fish pie but when i added chips that brought it to almost €20 for a fish pie with a few chips.... that is absolutely absurd. flash it up with a fancy name on the menu but its still fish pie and chips!!! when i go for lunch i expect a main course to include some veg and either potatoes or chips, this thing of charging extra for sides is starting to get ridiculous. here we have a lovely environment with nice food but way way overpriced. these are night time restaurant prices. Very poor value.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

Gr8taste
Wicklow
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st June 2010 (visited 18 June 2010 )

Visited the restaurant on a sunny evening with 6 others. The menu at first glance was expensive but surprisingly (and with a bit of sharing) the total bill including the 10% service charge came to €220.00 for the 7 of us - thats about €30 each including a bottle of wine between 5 of us ( which was €30 on its own - bit steep). We sat outside as the eveing was bright and warm... only one of us went for a starter of homemade soup but the waitress surprisingly brought us all out a taster of the soup in tiny bowls which was thoughtful and delicious. There were two plates of bread brought out to our table which included both the brown and cheesy bread and we cheekily asked for and were allowed to take the remainder of the delicious avoca bread home in a 'doggy bag'. For mains we ordered the lamb skewers, lamb curry, monkfish, pork belly and three people had the steaks. Each course was served with three pieces of herby pitta bread and fresh salads. The portions were huge which matched the price - ranging from €18.95 - €25.95. We were full by the end of the mains and when it came to dessert we firstly declined but the manager recommended a dessert platter so we opted for that and we shared it amongst the 7 of us. There was more than enough on the dessert platter for all of us. There was chocolate tart, creme brullee, strawberry sorbet and white chocolate sticks, warm chocolate pudding and a yoghurt type dessert - the platter was €13.95. We were surprised at the 10% service charge as I thought these went out in the 90s and hiked the already expensively priced menu up a bit more!!! Surprised that the service charge appears to have made an appearance in a recession!! Service was good and the atmosphere was pleasant and the food was value for money and filling so once you think you are getting what you are paying for I dont mind paying it. Again €220 for 7 fully satisfied people was a bargain in our eyes!!

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

Silja
Wicklow
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st May 2010 (visited 15 May 2010 )

The atmosphere here is what has me hooked on the Garden Cafe. Our treat is spending Saturday mornings there spoiling ourselves with breakfast, the papers, and light streaming in the panaromic window. But the other posters are right-these lazy Saturdays come at a price. No matter what way you cut it, it's just not value for money. We have had visitors the last 2 weekends so together we have sampled practically the entire breakfast menu. The pancakes are definitely to be recommended, the portion is large and they are made with blueberries and served with maple syrup & cream. The granola, fruit and yoghurt, again, is a huge portion -tasty but hard work. I like the way the sausage and eggs come with salad and brown bread but I personally find the eggs too wet. The bacon is real, honest- to- goodnes and probably organic. Bacon is one thing I have to confess to preferring the thin and processed version of.The cheese melt bacon dish seems to be a hit, it looks like it would be breakfast, lunch and dinner rolled in 1. I would go back to The Garden Cafe again and again for the coffee and scones, particularly the pear scones. I recommend the breakfast experience at Avoca -just make sure to get there by 12 and bring the Piggy Bank with you

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

manflick
Wicklow
31 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th April 2010 (visited 7 March 2010 )

As with all the Avoca restaurants the food is delicious here (that's why there are ridiculous ques). However 2 mains, 2 coffees & a chip including tip came to 50 euro!!!! I'm happy to pay this for an evening meal, but for Sunday lunch no way!! Never again. Other eateries do a good lunch for 10 euro- I'll stick to that or home cooking! Atmosphere was okay but the place is a little shabby in places.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

badabing
Dublin
112 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd September 2009 (visited 2 September 2009 )

Nice setting and nice food. On this occasion we only had scones and tea / coffee. I found the prices to be at the upper limit, and with 10% added onto our bill as a service charge, we certainly won't be going back. There are so many restaurants offering great value during these recessionary times, charging 10% service is off putting.

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

Ursy
Wicklow
60 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 01st August 2009 (visited 1 August 2009 )

Just had lunch here and it was excellent. I had the burger and chunky chips which were delightful my husband had the chicken caesar salad with we had a jug of homemade lemonade. Very enjoyable. The portions are big so in that regard its not bad value. Looking forward to trying it out in the evening .

The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens

aranua

42 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th July 2009 (visited 24 July 2009 )

Dined there last Friday night for the first time in the evening having been there often during the day. Lovely atmosphere and ambience to the place. The food, the service were very good too..... Starters had Calamari and Crab Pot - both very good - althought more fish and less salad would be nice. Steak and chunky chips and sea bass for mains - again both were very good. again there was lots of salad on the plate! One ice cream desert, two coffees and a bottle of wine @ €40 resulted in a bill of €135 (including a 10% service charge automatically added!). So on the down side - its expensive and the choice on the menus is limited. Apart from that very enjoyable.

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