The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel

4.6
283 reviews
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A fresh idea for a restaurant. A less formal affair by a formal garden, a relaxed experience in The Merrion hotel. A restaurant with character, comfortable, with a menu designed for sharing tastes and flavours and whimsical combinations, created by gifted Executive Chef Ed Cooney and his team.

The Garden Room is open all day - for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner, alone or with friends, family or colleagues.


Welcome to The Garden Room and to something different.
What 283 People Are Saying
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ON
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Love this restaurant, however on this occasion the starters was excellent, but the main coarse was very average.

AG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Superb location, excellent service and great food. I'm not usually a fan of hotel restaurants but everything about the Garden Room ticks all the right boxes.

SS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This was my third time in this restaurant and I must say that the quality of food and level of service are consistently excellent. The menu ranges from the traditional fillet steak or rack of lamb to the more refined tuna/salmon/scallops ceviche.
The desserts are always good, but if you feel you don’t have enough space for a full size dessert you can always go for one of the scrumptious petits sucres.
The vegan menu is one of the best I have seen in Dublin so far.
The lovely view on the internal courtyard is matchless in a city where most fine-dine restaurants are located in the basement. I was lucky enough to have lunch in the courtyard on a warm sunny day and I have to say that delicious food and beautiful setting made it one of the most pleasant lunches I ever had in Dublin (even if I was alone).
I will certainly go back.

OK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really well looked after tonight thank you

MO
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal in wonderful surroundings. The quality of food and service were excellent. The menu had great selection and none of our party had a bad meal. The ambience was also wonderful for drinks beforehand as well as in the restaurant itself. It was a lovely evening and hats off to all the staff. They were all extremely helpful and friendly. Bravo..

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The room is lovely and the menu very appealing. However, it was a quiet afternoon and I was disappointed with the table they gaveme for a part of eight - there were nicer ones free closer to the window, the food was only average (steaks overcooked), and the service not as attentive as you might expect - our wine was allowed to run out twice by the server. I was also surprised that for a group this size at this time of day, that no manager approached me to ask how the food or service was....odd for a five star hotel.

KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent meal!! Food was delicious. A little overpriced but worth it if you want to splash out.

OT
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the staff were superb. Would highly recommend it to everyone

CJ
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I decided a friend deserved some TLC and chose here. From the moment we were shown our seats to the moment we left she felt special. Sitting at a table facing the fountain, with the floor to ceiling doors open, it was sunny but we were in the shade. We dined on snacks, then mains. The quality of the food is what you would expect of this hotel. The wine list was comprehensive and we chose one of the cheaper Rose’s which was perfect. The service was attentive, personal and discrete. At no point were we rushed and stayed 3.5 hours. It was worth every cent. I would recommend booking mid to late afternoon when it’s warm. Thank you for a memorable day.

JC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommended, great food and a really relaxing warm ambiance

EG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Felt like I was away with the doors rolled back looking onto the fountain, enjoying the wonderful food and relaxing surroundings. Staff were polite and professional. Dessert was sublime. Will definately be back!

FR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant with a delicious menu. Food was fresh & tasty and service was excellent.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food, beautiful restaurant and perfect service.

JL
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and in such beautiful surroundings. The wine we chose was not chilled enough and that was very quickly corrected by our Table Server. My only negative is that our Table was cleared too quickly and we were interrupted too often during the meal.

EM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Luxurious without being stuffy. Very relaxed atmosphere particularly when the doors are open in the summer Beautiful food and wonderful service. All staff knew their wines and the menu thoroughly.

JM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We shared steak, which was not good quality with a lot of grizzle and fat on it. Not good value and cost euro80

MC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great efficient staff. Seated a nice distance from other customers. Relaxed atmosphere. Food was very tasty meat cooked exactly as we like it. Wine was not the cheapest but worth it. I will be back.

PB
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonder food, wonderful service and wonderful place hold a business meeting.

DH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very pleasant experience for our family events Sunday lunch to celebrate a birthday.
attractive calm and attractive ambiance, open to lovely terrace outside. Lovely staff.

AG
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful private setting. Menu too long though and fussy. They need to simplify it, and add a salad as a mains option like a Caesar salad.

RM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Very disappointed in the set menu. We had a voucher for three course dinner and were handed a set menu. Choice was limited and we didn’t enjoy the meal. Both went for pasta main course, it was very very poor. Surprised at the Merrion.

h
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch at the Garden Room. It was a nice day and the doors were open to the garden which provided an extremely pleasant environment to sit and experience some very good food. Service was attentive and our waiter Jonathan was friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything outstanding as always from food to service to ambience. Highly recommended

GC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great food. Professional staff. If you want to quality chill with good food, calm surroundings and view onto a water feature. This is the place to go.

MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is gorgeous! The staff is so lovely and the garden is as well.

R
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu with many choices.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great dinner, the service is always perfect. The food and the wine is the best in Dublin.

MS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous food, fabulous ambiance and service which is excellent but never obsequious. I loved it, I will be back!

MK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice venue and ambiance .Service is excellent. Very good venue for an occasion. Wines are affordable .

R
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Service was very slow and unresponsive at times. The main course was average but well below the price point. Deserts & coffee were very good. Could not recommend.

JF
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect! Super family friendly service. Our 5 yr old daughter felt a princess. Food was beautiful. Overall really lovely experience

CT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food here at the Garden Room @ The Merrion. I had booked here on recommendation for my birthday and although the table setting was fabulous and the food was to die for the service severely lacked and would not appeal to 5* quality. Very long waiting time for bread at the start and staff forgot many requests including milk/sugar for coffee tea etc, cleared away dinner plates when none of the guests were finished. Waitress seemed to have very little interest in her job and it showed. Disappointing visit as I have dined in the hotel for afternoon tea and was highly impressed.

PH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and my birthday on Friday night. The food was amazing the service was excellent, will visit again next time we are in Dublin.

Paul heading

K
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were perfect however when booking and again when I was called to confirm the meal I told the staff it was my mums 60th birthday and was told they would bring out a small desert to mark the occasion and unfortunately this never appeared. Would have been a special touch. Everything else was lovely

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a meal here for our wedding anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal; food and service was outstanding and a really lovely ambiance. Will definitely return!

DF
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We ordered the c'ote de boeuf. It was very disappointing. Poorly presented. The beef was tough.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous experience, the waiting staff were simply exceptional!

PR
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable night with excellent, friendly attentive service. Food was superb. Dessert maybe lacked imagination but that’s me being picky.

KT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a hidden gem. Staff are very professional. Food is beautifully presented. You can spend a lot of money here, enjoy very nice wine or choose differently and enjoy the ambience for less. Worth experiencing.

H
Manchester
103 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a gorgeous lunch in the Garden Room. Had fish and chips followed by ice cream and coffee. Very high standard of service and quality of food. As it was my birthday I had a complimentary glass of champagne. The staff were so.lovelt and it was a beautiful dining room. I recommend having lunch or dinner here and, if you can a stay at the hotel. You will not be disappointed.

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