The Irish Village

All the staples of an Irish pub are on offer at the Village. Guinness and Kilkenny flow in equal measures; drawn with patience by well-trained and friendly Irish bar staff 20 Reviews

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An array of food stations with festive specialities and live music from The MapleJacks and DJ Marky Mark. Dhs150 (tickets purchased before December 25), Dhs200 (tickets purchased December 26) (Wednesday)

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All the staples of an Irish pub are on offer at the Village. Guinness and Kilkenny flow in equal measures; drawn with patience by well-trained and friendly Irish bar staff. Rustic wooden furniture is strewn around a vast bar that manages to create a degree of intimacy through the cunning creation of different seating areas. At this time of year, IV, as it is colloquially know, is all about al fresco eating and drinking.

Without counting, it felt like we were supping in the company of around 500 others in the enormous outdoor seating area. A fake Irish village high street façade is a bit unnecessary, particularly when a pleasant view over the mini golf course and pond of the adjacent Aviation Club is a far better direction to rest your eyes.

The compact menu incorporates the obvious Irish stew and a few other local treats. The portions are ample, with the emphasis being on size rather than on quality.

Fresh soda bread and Irish butter were a good start to the meal. Seafood cocktail, served in a sizeable stemmed glass was bland and swimming in pink mayonnaise, but the feta cheese salad was fine. The bangers and mash was substantial and tasty. At the recommendation of our waiter I had the salmon with spinach and leeks, which was excellent; a perfectly cooked piece of fish; a pity about the flabby baked potato (is there anywhere in Dubai where you can get one that is crispy outside and fluffy inside? We are still looking.)

We thought the pub was full when we arrived, but the people kept coming and few were leaving. The Irish Village has the most cosmopolitan crowd of any pub in Dubai. There is a refreshingly relaxed attitude towards who can come and enjoy themselves. This means you will find Kiwis, Ozzies, Americans, South Africans, Asians, Arabs and Europeans. Not so much an Irish Village; more of a global village.

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  • Location: Garhoud, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 282 4750
  • Travel: 31 A Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: lizette on 21 Nov ' 13 at 12:33
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I have been to the Irish Village on 3 occasions and I would definitely not say third time lucky. Although the food is sort of ok, the attitude of the waiting staff leave much to be desired. Unfriendly, they obviously only smile when it suits them. It seems their attitude is "we are doing you a favour by allowing you to eat here. The service is slow, and to say the least arrogant. Obviously the job is only a means to an end for them.

Posted by: D Waring on 07 Aug ' 13 at 15:04
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Have been a regular customer since the place first opened, and living in mirdif it is definitely our best 'local'! I agree with the post above about being chatty with the servers- they really are a great bunch and will be very accommodating as long as you are friendly toward them ... They don't much appreciate having fingers clicked at them or a lack of manners from customers - something that seems to be shamefully rife in this town. Although the food is average quality, the setting and ambience more than make up for it. Still a great place to spend a sunny afternoon with a cold one, enjoying the company of friends and family. The kids love it there.... Grass, ducks, cats & turtles topped off with chips & gravy - what more can they want?

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 05 Aug ' 13 at 09:55
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Old world pub with stone floor kind of feel. Complementing this are the solid wood chairs and tables so heavy, it is a challenge to lift them. Free seating is followed, that is, sit wherever available.
Had the cumberland sausage with mashed potatoes and roast gravy and Kilkenny to go with it. Satisfying meal.
Ideal place for meeting with friends over food and/ drinks.
Total bill AED 91.

Posted by: Robbie Seal on 31 Jul ' 13 at 12:30
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food is good, but a little on the expensive side. I've never noticed rude service. Sometimes a touch indifferent when they were busy, but never rude. I find that if you are polite/friendly, most servers appreciate it and reciprocate. The servers here not only reciprocate, but make it fun. The setting is outstanding and I can't wait for the weather to cool so that we can enjoy the outdoor service with our dogs.

Posted by: James Molloy on 12 Dec ' 12 at 20:36

Hello Jason,
after so many years. I lmost your postcard, concerning
my Franco Irish Group "Tumbleweed". We are a five man group.
Four French musicians, fiddle, two guitars and drums and myself,
Singer yodler, from Dublin.
Our repertoire is Country, Hank Williams, Johnnie Cash, Willie Nelson, John Denver, American Folk Tom Paxton, Irish Ballads,
Dubliners, Whisky In The Jar, Wild Rover, Galway Races etc And
some original compositions, instrumental. I present my concert with
explainations of every song, not too boringly long. We are 13 years
performing and promise and deliver our very best
Sincerely,
James Molloy

Posted by: Mick.C. on 13 Oct ' 12 at 05:15
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Last time I went,2wks ago with a friend over from UK.Went inside and 3 staff in one corner of the bar folding napkins,and chatting.We stood at the other end of the bar, only 3 other people inside and waited for about 2-3 mins to be served.After this time it was obvious that we were invisible to the staff and decided to leave.As we walked out my friend who was behind me was approached by one of the staff, with the comment DID YOU WANT SOMETHING.Never again.

Posted by: diego mateo santos on 07 Oct ' 12 at 21:09
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: aswin on 29 Mar ' 12 at 05:23
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Posted by: momto2 on 02 Nov ' 10 at 05:39
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Went to this bar last night with a group of friends. The waitress was smiley but rude. I'm ok with waiters being down to earth and not too formal but I just felt she was rude and sarcastic (was annoying).

She botched our drinks orders at least 4 times.

The food was overpriced, as were the drinks.

Posted by: russo on 20 Oct ' 10 at 07:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Changing the entance fee policiy @ the last minute, uncool service

Posted by: LK on 20 Oct ' 10 at 05:38
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Before going to the Hopfest/Oktoberfest, we called several times to confirm that there was no cover charge. We were told there was not.

To our surprise and dismay, upon arrival at Irish Village (with a large group of people), we were told there was in fact a cover charge. The staff was quite rude about this.

Furthermore, Irish Village pulled this same stunt last year.

If you like being lied to, then sure, come here.

If not, I suggest you find elsewhere to spend your money.

Posted by: sanjay on 07 Mar ' 10 at 13:50
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

reading one review here certainly made me laugh! i have been to pubs all over the world including irish and never have i experienced such indifferent service anywhere else. some of the staff at IV seem unhappy and stressed out. the ones behind the bar counter especially seem hard of hearing and blind at the same time...and selectively so. i actually love everything else about the place and sorry, the staff are not going to prevent me from enjoying some hard earned food, drink and fresh air.

Posted by: sinead on 26 Oct ' 09 at 10:27
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Reading the reviews I had to laugh. You wont get American style service with the Irish. If you actually talk to the waiters you will find them very friendly and hospitable. The Irish perfer to converse with the guests. So next time try that and I think you will get a better response from them. I actually think it adds to the charm of the place.

I have been a regular here since I came to Dubai and I really enjoy the place. The food I agree is not the best and the selection of lower calorie lighter meals is poor. Not everyone wants to eat heavy carbohydrated filled food so a better selection would be well received. Also a better selection of smaller dishes so you could share among groups. chips and dips is quite a sad selection.

The Irish village is part of the whole century village and Cellar so its quite disapointing that the wine list is so poor.
So upgrade choices for food and wine and you have yourself a great bar.
Prices are higher than most pubs and they could lower them as the place is always full, but I suppose you pay for the setting..

Posted by: andrew on 25 Oct ' 09 at 17:06
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Its a pity the staff at Irish village are rude and couldn't care less attitude. Not sure is they are "trained"to be this way?

Posted by: Karen on 25 Oct ' 09 at 07:29
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Service was terrible....the Waitress, both who came to my table were very rude ...Irish Village better get some customer friendly waiters and waitresses..else they are going to lose a lot of customers!!

Posted by: Hani on 23 Mar ' 09 at 15:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The staff are rude, the food is bad... I just hate it!!

Posted by: Anil Khurana on 18 Mar ' 09 at 04:04
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Paul Gall on 17 Mar ' 09 at 20:58
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

You know exactly what you will get decent pub grub all the usuals from burgers to fish and chips, its not flash or upmarket just good traditional pub fayre, lovely setting and usually a good live music playing which you can sit outside and enjoy.

Posted by: Rolf Laws on 17 Mar ' 09 at 05:09
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Having been a visitor to the Irish Village for nearly 10 years I have noticed that the overall standard of service and quality of food has declined to a point that I no longer use the venue as a place of choice with regard to food. As a place to meet, converse, enjoy the entertainment and have a beverage or two excellent but that is as far as it goes.

Posted by: Paddy Murphy on 16 Mar ' 09 at 08:28
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

"The kitchen serves all the Irish favourites, like fish and chips and weekend fry-ups"

When exactly was fish and chips an Irish favourite?

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