“ 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.Tel:+353-(0)1-677-2762 „
I went to Dublin to study english and stayed there for a month. I stayed in a family house and tasted Irish food, traditional dishes, and even chinese food for dinner. For luch, as I didn't knew the city or even a good restaurant, I usually stopped in one of the many Burger King restaurants they have in the city centre. So a friend suggested having luch in Temple Bar and I went there. Easily found this restaurant, with a traditional old fashioned facade that made me remember the historical Dublin photos I saw before arriving in the city, when planning my trip. Inside the restaurant you have a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, completed by a traditional ornamentation with tradtional Irish music. Tradition is everywhere: the wall, the furniture, the music, the food. The perfect place to taste sorts of delicious Irish food. There you can find food for all taste and age as they have a special menu for children. You can also taste a good wine or traditional beer. As food options you can taste from a sandwich to salmon. THe menu offers various options of starters, salads, stews (I righly recommend the Murphy's Beef Stew), Boxty Pancakes (which are tradtional potato pancakes, cooked on a griddle) that can be found in several different dishes, and other food and drink options .
About the price, it's not as cheap as fast food of course but it's cheaper than many other restaurants that don't have such a comfortable atmosphere or such a good food. It values!
It's well-located, offers different menus, has special offers (3 course menus for a special price), it's comfortable, and it's ornamented to make you go back in time. Ideal for tourists or family lunches or dinners.
It's easy to find information about it to and to have a good idea of the price and kind of food, as they have a website. So just put this name in any search website and you'll see the restaurants official website, where you can find photos, access the menus, make reservations, see the restaurant history, read reviews, and access youtube videos.
I enjoyed a lot my experience there and I came back there several times. Hope you enjoy yours too.
A lovely informal atmosphere, The food we had , traditional 'oirish' bacon and cabbage with champ was fantastic. Just what we needed before a night on the black stuff. The prices were still a little high but better than some other establishments, we were in Dublin after all, and we still felt we'd had value for money. The service was also fantastic very attentive but relaxed and our waitres Jane was gorgeous as well (dont think the wife saw me looking). Keep doing what you do, dont change a thing.
A RESTUARANT WHERE FOOD TASTES AS IT SHOULD
Visited Gallagher's Boxty House on 1rst June 2008 for the first time on my first visit to Dublin but I intend to return to both the city and the restuarant as both are well worth a return visit.I had been in the city for a week and had sampled a number of eating houses before discovering this establishment but if I had found it first I doubt if I would have gone anywhere else.
The restuarant is on the Temple Bar and fairly easy to locate .The olde style frontage and waiting area lead you to beleive you have stepped back in time but it is a step your taste buds will remember.
The food is locally sourced , the taste confirms the fact,and from the hand cut fries to the steaks and ice cream all have the flavour that you would expect.
The service was good and the staff had good knowledge of the fare and its source which is a recommendation in itself.
Only disadvantage I could see was the waiting time for a table ,due to popularity,but this was well compensated by the meal.
WELL WORTH A VISIT AND RETURN.
I was on holiday for the weekend with three friends in Dublin and we were walking round the main streets looking for somewhere to eat when we spotted the interestingly named 'Gallagher's Boxty House'. What is a boxty we wondered? we soon found out...
Outside the restaurant is inviting, painted dark green with gold lettering and big windows it looked clean and homely. Inside the boxty house is not all that big but just the right size for somewhere comfortable and intimate. It was nicely decorated with Irish looking things, pictures on the wall etc. It was easy to get service and a table - a nice one, like a booth by the wall. The menu was quite extensive and I liked the sound of lots of the dishes. My friend had steak (as always!) which was cooked to perfection. Of course, I chose a boxty! It turns out they are delicious things,savoury pancakes with a filling. I had chicken and it was beautiful, a nice aromatic sauce, big and substantial with the trimmings on the side, lovely.
The place itself is right in the main tourist spot slap bang in the city centre lively and popular Temple Bar area and is priced accordingly. It was a tad expensive but not more than you would want or expect to pay when on holiday, going somewhere a bit different and special. I like to try places offering specialitites and this boxty is apparently a special dish of Ireland - whole heartedly recommended.
What was particularly nice was the feeling of the boxty house being unique. They even sold souvenirs such as keyrings and t shirts. It felt very olde worlde and cosy with wooden furniture and Irish music. I do believe they have live music sometimes too which we saw advertised while we were there but did not have the pleasure of hearing for ourselves, I can imagine that would really make a wonderful evening -traditional Irish music with your boxty!
The bill was a surprise as they had added on a 20% gratuity charge which we thought was a little excessive, especially considering the service we received was minimal. Our bill was large as we all had full meals with pudding and alcohol, but we did not feel we had been served as such, the waiting staff brought out the food but none spoke much or even smiled. We also had to wait a long time even though it was not very busy. The waitresses were polite enough but it did not feel they really cared or made any real effort. I suppose they know their tip is assured so they need not bother too much to offer great service!
Anyway our Dublin trip was wonderful and the boxty house's food was superb. The only negative was the mediocre service.
Gallaghers Boxty House - Fantastic
I would recommend to all of you visiting the wonderful city of Dublin
The atmosphere is great although we only went in the day for lunch but it looked a greatplace at night too always rammed when we walked past.
The staff were very friendly, very laid back and the food was superb.
Try the beer with red in the title gorgeous.
I had a boxty dish with corned beef and cabbage and parsley sauce on top delicious , my husband had a spicy chicken dish with mustard flavoured mash, wonderful flavours.
You must try the place on a trip to Dublin, Temple bar area is fantastic.
Gallagher?s Boxty House is situated in the heart of Temple Bar, and close to the Ha?penny Bridge. The food is traditional Irish, with an emphasis on stews, soups and inevitably the Irish Boxty or potato pancake which is cooked on a griddle and filled with various fillings. The Boxty House is just a restaurant however, and it is not a place where you would go just for a drink, and so we elected to try it during a lunch time. Although the marketing focus is on ?traditional Irish? the restaurant has become something of a local attraction. It has received plenty of positive press and frequented by many stars. It tends to be a place that tourists will dine in and not necessarily locals, although I am sure that a few do enter its doors. The restaurant is not huge, and has a warm cosy feel too it. It is rather like dining in a big old kitchen, with its fireplaces, oak fittings and unfitted look The tables are shared, mainly in groups of six or eight, so this is a great place to come for the craic, but perhaps not so if you want an intimate meal with your Valentine. When we entered the restaurant we were advised that tables were shared, however they respected the fact that my hubby did not wish to share on this occasion, and we were seated at a six table which was empty. There are a couple of smaller tables too. However when we first walked past the restaurant on the Saturday evening, every seat in the house was taken, and it is inevitable that you will be sharing, so this is probably not a place for the introverted. We elected for the lunch menu, which contained a much reduced selection from the main menu, but at lower costs, with choices starting from 6.95Euro up to 9.95Euro. The lunch time menu also includes a drink, from a choice of Murphy?s or a glass of wine. I am a fussy wine drinker but I found the wine was an excellent choice, and it was a 250ml glass too, so the lunch menu represents good value for money, when compared with the
price of a drink alone in Dublin! The portion sizes were adequate for lunch and not too over-facing. My hubby went for a roast chicken dish which was absolutely delicious. I opted for sausages and mash which was equally as tasty. And we also had a side order of some delicious Irish Soda bread and butter, just like Mother used to make, delicious?! All in all we felt that the meal and the ambience represented great value for money, despite our visit being during the somewhat quieter lunchtime spell. The service was friendly and efficient and the background music was enjoyable too. Note there is a 12.5% service charge added to the total bill. Being an avid reviewer, I did manage to scan the whole of the menu despite only ordering from the cheapie lunch time special sheet. Starters from the main menu include several soups as well as fayre such as pate and clonakilty puddings. The corn chowder soup in particular looks attractive. Prices for starters range from 4Euro to 8Euro. The main menu consists of Coddles and Stews, Boxty, and a steak and grills section. There are also several options for vegetarians including vegetable stews and boxty. There is also a reasonable selection of red and white wines to be enjoyed. All in all, we enjoyed the experience and the food at Gallagher?s Boxty House, and it was unfortunate that we were not able to squeeze in an evening meal when without doubt the atmosphere within the place becomes much livelier! Their website shows the complete menu and the URL is shown below: www.boxtyhouse.ei 20 Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Tel (01) 677 2762 And they do not sell Guinness?
(Before I start, I'd like to point out that Gallagher's Boxty House is actually a restaurant and I've already asked Dooyoo to move it as appropriate). OK, I know what you're thinking - Irish food - it's a tourist trap. And to some extent, you'd be right. But it's a tourist restaurant that does nice Irish food and a not unreasonable price, and the staff are friendly too. Boxty is, apparently, a sort of pancake made from potato. All I know it that it tastes really nice, and it's served wrapped around something else that tastes nice (there's a lot of options - I had a beef and Beamish concoction; my friend had some sort of chicken). The menu's not exclusively boxty, of course, but you'd probably be mad to go there and not at least try it. The restaurant gets busy, and if you haven't reserved you'll want to get there before about 7. Parties bigger than four really must reserve. It's in a busy area of pubs and clubs too, and despite how it sounds the food's filling but light enough to enable you to go on somewhere afterwards - just! It's a really nice place, and if you can get past the 'being a tourist' thing (which you really should), it's a must-visit.