The Irish Village

In the winter months, the sprawling pond-side beer garden takes on a life of its own, as residents and tourists alike descend upon its benches for the craic 20 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2007

If the Irish ever put a man on the moon, the chances are he’ll open a pub there. The ubiquitous theme pubs have already taken on a familiar look all over our planet. But while The Irish Village hardly stands out from any of the billion other Irish hooch houses from Dubai to Derby, it’s not a bad option if you’re looking for a pint, a nibble and a crowd to enjoy them with.

In the winter months, the sprawling pond-side beer garden takes on a life of its own, as residents and tourists alike descend upon its benches for the craic. Inside there are plenty of screens showing football, and a profusion of nooks and crannies to enjoy the boot-filling pub grub. Start with the juicy mussels or the spring rolls before you investigate the hearty fish and chips or tasty boiled bacon and comforting creamy mash. None of it will get Gordon Ramsay flustered, but it will soak up the pop while you bemoan your team’s ineptitude on the box.

If your lads are on the receiving end of a lashing, console yourself with a school dinner-style ginger pudding or an unusual chocolate bread and butter pudding. With hefty portions and worryingly swift service, no wonder it’s a hit with visiting celebrities, not least a refreshed Frank Carson, who on his last visit could be heard hollering ‘two boiled eggs’ at fellow drinkers. It’s the way he tells them, apparently.


By Time Out Dubai Staff

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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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