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The Merry Ploughboy

#138 of 1,979 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub
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Rockbrook, Edmonston Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
+353 1 493 1495
12:30 - 21:30
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 12:30 - 21:30
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked a show and dinner here for a birthday. We were the only Irish people at the show as every one else seemed to be American tourists. Which is a bit of a shame that us Irish seem to miss out on a lot of our own culture. Anyway the food was excellent and the traditional Irish music, dance and... More 

Thank David M
Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our last night in Ireland, and it was our "farewell" dinner (we were an alumni group, on a 8-day bus tour of Ireland), and I must say the organisers chose well. The food was good, but the entertainment was fantastic. Great music and great Irish dancing. They did not mind us taking photos and videos, and we took... More 

Thank Alex280546
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5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dismal food. Crab croquettes were mostly potatoes. Main course had sea bass which was not fresh, over salted risotto was inedible, frozen vegetables? Partner had burger which he described as tasteless and soggy frozen chips. Won't be back.

Thank Joan r
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food - great food, I had the chowder which was packed full of flavour and seafood followed by the beef which was delicious and fell apart and to finish a classic hearty apple pie. I was really impressed that when catering on mass (over 30 People on my table) so much flavour was packed into the food. Entertainment - the... More 

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Hillsboro, United States
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60 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the evening with Friends at The Merry Ploughboy and we had such an enjoyable time. A few months ago as we were planning a trip over the Thanksgiving holiday, we googled places that serve Traditional Turkey Dinners. The package included shuttle pick-up, Set dinner and traditional Irish music and entertainment. The meal was delicious and included all the traditional... More 

Thank Allan K
Dublin, Ireland
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Merry Ploughboy is always a fine place to visit with a wonderful cosy interior, great food, great pints and great music particularly over the weekends. Well worth the trek out of town or on the way back from exploring the nearby mountain trails.

Thank ShannoRun
Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right from word go, the people running this Venue were friendly. From the lady who greeted my friends and I at the door, to the people serving our meal , the entertainers and finally the lady who ordered our taxi home. The meal was superb. Plenty of choices on the menu and considering there must have been about 300 people... More 

Thank Julia M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyable day time pub grub traditional Irish food ideal after a visit to hellfire club great day out

Thank colin h
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I came in a bit late for lunch but had the pumpkin and sweet potato soup with brown bread, a side of chips and a coffee. It was really nice and great service even though the bar man seemed to be serving on his own.

Thank Beatlejuice22
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

A Great lunch there today with the wife and kids. Excellent service and value for money. Thank you and see you again.

Thank Iain R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$41
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Gastropub
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 - 20:00
12:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 21:30
12:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rockbrook, Edmonston Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 493 1495
Located at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, the Merry Ploughboy is a destination gastro pub. Being a proud member of "Good Food Ireland", the pub offers the best of Irish food produce which includes a variety of specials to choose from each day along with Sunday roasts at the weekend.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?