The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel

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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 349 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.7
Service
4.7
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4.1
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CM
Dublin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in Dublin. Warm, professional service and a delicious menu. Exceptional for client lunches.

BO
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was outstanding, food outstanding, overall great

M
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience with a nice friendly atmosphere and great tasting food.

JG
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great venue been eating here since hotel opened - formerly the Cellar restaurant- worth a visit for a special occasion but it seems prices remain the same all day which makes for a rather expensive lunch menu

b
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I ordered the Seabass Fillet en Pappilotte and was very disappointed. It was quite bland; there were only a few olives, which added no taste to the dish. However, the Blackberry and Apple Soufflé was really outstanding. As a single diner I didn't get much attention from the waitstaff.

AL
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience, the staff were fantastic and the food was superb.

HO
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

for a special birthday treat it was hard to beat. Nice and bright and quiet with loads of room and time to enjoy everything. The food was delicious and interesting especially the vegan choices.

SP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Took my daughter for a late birthday treat and it was so nice to find somewhere that served good vegan choices food was amazing

MJ
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always. Lovely atmosphere and excellent service.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service

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UD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Post Christmas Vegan dinner with friends, lovely should make it a tradition;

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect venue for a Christmas lunch with the family

BM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my favourite restaurants for a special treat! They always make your visit an experience and there is a big choice from the menu and beautifully presented. The staff are friendly and attentive. I will be back!!

E
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious lunch in the Garden Room. I had the Christmas 🎄 lunch and it was served beautifully really enjoyed it as I didn't have to cook it myself! Everything was perfect ambiance, service and food.
We look forward to returning.

CM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful meal, friendly staff and lovely atmosphere.

The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on 18 December 2019

Dear CarmelM, Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent visit to Garden Room Restaurant. I was delighted to read your generous comments about the food and the service you received. It really makes it all worthwhile when somebody enjoys a visit as much as you did. I have already shared your kind words with the entire team here and they all join me in thanking you. Kind regards, Heikki McEvoy, Garden Room Manager

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B
13 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Bit disappointed as food not quite hot enough and prices seem to have risen considerably since last visit. Also our coats were taken to hopefully go into the wardrobe on a hanger but were just left thrown on a chair for the 2 hours.

FL
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The room is delightful and with the soft furnishings keeps the noise level down. The tables were beautifully set with paticularly nice wine glasses. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. The Verdejo we chose, while expensive was delicious. I thought the food was expensive for what it was. The portions were small and while the food was good, I felt it could have been more interesting . Having eaten in Wilde's yesterday the food was a similar price but of a much higher quality and bigger portions. However the overall experience in the Garden Room was good and I would recommend it

CR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone working in the Garden Room couldn’t be more pleasant, we like to make it a weekly visit

m
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The staff were very helpful and attentive. The food was excellent and we appreciated it being quite quiet so we could hear each other. Thank you.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service. No hurry to leave table.
Will be back.

SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place, delightful food, friendly and professional service. As stylish and classy as you would expect in The Merrion Hotel. Highly recommended.

B
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We went for a family lunch after my daughter's conferring. Granny (89) was very comfortable. The service is attentive and professional without being intrusive or pressuring. Calm, spacious and quiet room. Would go again, recommended!

The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel
Responded on 7 December 2019

Dear Bones, Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent visit to Garden Room Restaurant. I was delighted to read your generous comments about the food and the service you received. It really makes it all worthwhile when somebody enjoys a visit as much as you did. I have already shared your kind words with the entire team here and they all join me in thanking you. Kind regards, Heikki McEvoy, Garden Room Manager

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PF
Dublin
13 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the nicest places to eat in Dublin. Staff always welcoming and food excellent. Such a beautiful venue looking out over courtyard. My favorite

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

It had been a while since I dined in the Merrion as I had always enjoyed it, on Monday night I found the standard of presentation of food had slipped.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed our night there. The service was excellent and Allesando was charming. Super wine list and my prawn starter was bang on! Lovely lighting but I was slightly disappointed that the Christmas lights/ decorations were not set up. I saw them last year and was one of the reasons I booked this year. That said perhaps it would have been a little early. We will be back.

K
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent. The food good. Value for money was ok.

ME
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

When I am organising to celebrate something or an occasion the Garden Room at the Merrion Hotel is always my first choice . Afternoon tea , weekend lunch or dinner one evening it is where I know my guests, family and clients will be well looked after from the moment we enter to when we must leave .
Special thanks to Fran our hostess on Saturday .

J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

Given a menu with no prices
Starter very good
My main course tasteless, couldn’t finish it
Sticky toffee pudding stale hard like a week old muffin
Wine very good
Felt very disappointed and ripped off. Would pay any amount for good food

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to celebrate our son's masters graduation. Really fantastic service and a lovely touch at the end when they gave a plate with chocolates and congratulations written on it. Food was lovely and a choice to suit everyone. Lovely atmosphere also. We will definitely be back

DB
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Beautiful room - stunning in fact. An impressive place to bring anyone.

Food doesn't quite live up to the surroundings however. Cold plates and pretty mediocre food.

If the food itself isn't a priority then this is a perfect afternoon.

VO
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everyone at the Merrion hotel were professional, from the moment we arrived at the door, Concierge brought us straight to the Garden Room. We were treated like royalty.
We got seated at our table and the service was excellent. The food was fresh and beautiful. The ambience was plush and so inviting. Finished our evening at No.23, with a nice relaxing drink.
Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. Amazing staff.
We will surely be back for the lovely atmosphere.
Kind regards x

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday experience for my husband was perfect

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time in the Garden Room for lunch. Was excellent. Staff were very nice and very attentive. will definitely be back!

DF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The Black Sole was dry. The Salmon wasn't great either. The duck and the sirloin steak were very good. More effort is required to bring the food offering up to the standard that the room and the staff present.

MS
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I bought an old friend for a catch up as a treat. It is such a nice place. Yes, it is expensive but it is worth every penny for the soft friendly and genuinely relaxed ambiance. This is in a five star hotel but there is none of the stuffiness one can encounter in such places, you just feel welcomed and very much at home. Love it! I'll be back for treats with my daughters and my nieces and my friends.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, comfortable and enjoyable setting, great service.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch. Good vegan options. Lovely for a special occasion.

DD
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was good except food on one plate cold which is never acceptable. We didn't complain as it only destroys ambience of occasion

PK
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sophisticated, calm dining even though there were families there, they were behaved, calm and quiet a reflection of the ambience of the whole experience

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding xxx