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  • 4.0 star rating
    2/3/2014

    Great pick for Sunday evening watching football. Irish stew was very good. Lamb tender and not too fatty. Veggies well done. Service was good. Lots of locals. Nice time. Saw some of the other mains brought out. I'll sure to come back to try them since they all looked great !

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/8/2013
    1 check-in here

    Great Irish Stew.  Light and delicious.  Wash that down with a perfect draught Guinness.  Nice dinner a short walk from our hotel.  Good crowd in a small venue, and mostly tourists like us.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/5/2011

    I like the Marrion Row area of the city the best.  Very laid back and you would never suspect it was so close to so many tourist traps and chaos.  I believe their motto is "Foley's: for a quiet night out".  It was quiet; barely above a murmur.  

    Foley's served me up a nice shepard's pie in a flaky crust topped with potatoes; actually there were 3 varieties of potatoes on my plate: topping the shepard's pie, whipped with peas, and chips.  I have to say the pie was better that me mum's (shhhh don't tell her).  They gave me both ketchup and vinegar for my chips, which I appreciated as I like both and alternated between the two.  The pint of Guinness did its job.

    I highly recommend this place for a quiet bite and pint and generally recommend Marrion Row for a nice night out away from all the tourists.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/12/2009

    You wouldn't think it would be so hard to match up a pint of Guinness and an Irish stew in a traditional Dublin pub but they are all so jammed it ain't easy to balance scoring these two delicious items and still retain a table to sit down with them at.

    Hence, I bypassed all the fun places on Baggott Street and chose the much quieter Foley's Bar. Odd place, a variety of bars and dining experiences on different levels with equally confusing menus. I chose the restaurant on the middle floor.

    The confusing menu wasn't made any easier to navigate by the candlelight but it was a cozy enough place that I warmed to. I nearly walked out when my waitress showed little interest in my dining experience but somehow another waitress switched places with her and couldn't have been more attentive.

    It was a splendid pint of Guinness, not the best but more than good enough and the Irish stew was surprisingly good, meat a little gristly, just as it should be, the gravy thin and packed with root vegetables. Not outstanding but warming and filling.

    Foley's was fine, not that great a Dublin pub experience but Baggott Street and its fun-packed pubs is a stumble away for a Guinness digestif or two.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/3/2011

    You've got a friend at Foley's.  Nice place to have a quiet drink.  Staff is quick with a joke, or to light up your smoke (just be sure to run outside right away).

    My wife and I enjoyed this place while we waited for our table at Hugo's.

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    4.0 star rating
    23/1/2010

    Cheerful and friendly lunch venue (have not been there in the evening). On three floors and always fairly busy so be prepared to walk upstairs!
    Food is wholesome, good value rather than haute cuisine and the menu not vast, but the service is friendly and the atmosphere very convivial with a healthy mix of suits and jeans.

    Worth a visit for lunch.

  • 2.0 star rating
    7/9/2011

    Tourist trap. The Guinness is good, but the food is very disappointing. We ordered corned beef, side of onion rings, and bread and butter pudding, and Foley's failed to deliver on all fronts.

    The corned beef was a bit dry, sides all under-seasoned (including the horseradish sauce). The onion rings had a nice crispy batter, but some of them were burnt black... The bread pudding was dense and tasteless.

    If I ever come back here (which most likely won't happen), it will not be for the food for sure.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/12/2012

    Good food, nice place especially for the fact you can choose to have dinner upstair in the restaurant or downstairs into the pub. A bit disappointed about the service which is not attentive but in general is a good place in a great area.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/8/2011

    Had two meals here while in Dublin, one dinner, and a traditional Irish breakfast (a lot of food compared to an American breakfast) which I thoroughly enjoyed! Very good food and a pleasant and friendly Irish crowd. Had a nice conversation with a local couple sitting at the table next to us, as if we were having dinner together. Service was a little inattentive,  which was only a minor distraction to a pair of pleasurable experiences!

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/10/2011

    We just dropped in for a glass of wine. Got seats in the window so really pleasant stay. Great buzz (Friday night). Real pub atmosphere. Only negative were the floor staff. Very unfriendly and slow with service. They need to go on the course and learn to smile!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/10/2009
    First to Review

    I love sitting inside the window of Foley's, having a drink and watching the world go by. I was in there one evening and David Walliams strolled past and I nearly fell off my bar stool with excitement (obviously I'm a fan). And I think that Sarah Jessica Parker had a glass of Guinness in there when she was visiting Ireland a few years ago. On the down side the pints are a little pricier than average (a mate of mine refuses to go in there because of that) and the service can be a tad slow at times. I popped in with a friend of mine for lunch the other day and she was waiting ages for her bangers and mash. When she asked a passing waitress if her food was on the way she got something like a grunt in reply. It arrived finally and while she ate it all as she was ravenous she said it was only alright. There's live music sometimes by night and I'm not sure if it's still the case, but they used to raise the price of drink on these occasions, which doesn't seem very fair!

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