Queen of Tarts
Mon-Fri 8:00 - 19:00
Sat 9:00 - 19:00
Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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- Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
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88 reviews for Queen of Tarts
86 reviews in English
Review from Christie B.
Ever had a transformative experience that you will remember for the rest of your life? Well, going to the Queen of Tarts was one of those experiences for me. This is a cafe with infinite charm and beauty, where you will be surrounded by truly excellent desserts and delicious and satisfying lunch items. I had a lemon meringue tart and coffee on my first visit, and I haven't had anything to match it since then. The tart was excellent with a huge peaked meringue on top, flaky crust, and lemon custard that was the perfect balance between tart and sweet. Add to that the rich cream served with it, and the fantastic coffee and I can say that this is one of the best dessert experiences I've ever had. I went back later for lunch and had an excellent ham and leek tart, and tried fruit tarts and a slice of cake on subsequent visits. Truly, I can't rave enough about this wonderful place. On my last day in Dublin, I went and blew my remaining 50 Euros on desserts. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Review from Nick F.
A nice place to have breakfast. There were so many different cakes/tarts to pick from it was a hard choice. I ended up having the Bailey's chocolate chip cheesecake. It was good, but a little plain for my liking. I would definitely go bad to try some of the other choices.
One thing to note, this place has table service (not order at the counter). A lot of the people coming in (including myself) were confused about that.
Review from Eugene P.
- 35 friends
- 72 reviews
Huntington Beach, CA
Ten pounds for a slightly above mediocre tart and a salad.
I usually have more to say on places, but I really don't have too much to say here. It's the same restaurant experience you can find in almost any town in the world- a quaint, cute, local cafe that serves slightly above average food and earns itself an overall solid reputation among the gentry.
If you've seen your fair share of restaurants, you've already seen Queen of Tarts.
Review from Cindy L.
- 40 friends
- 69 reviews
All of the study abroad students that I've spoken with have all stopped in at the Queen of Tarts, so it just seemed wrong that we didn't stop in as well, even if we did have a really big lunch. Actually, it's best not to come into a shop starving.
Anywho. As it was raining, we tried to get ourselves into someplace dry. And this place was quite full, but the waitress gave us menus to look at while we waited. This place is really small though, so it was really awkward for us to stand around, and we definitely got in people's way. But thankfully, a table was freed up not too much later. Other than the size (which isn't such a bad thing, if anything I think it gives a certain charm, definitely a cozy setting), the overall decor of the place really reminded me of a small cabin, for tea. I don't think that makes sense. But it did, and it was a good thing! I've obviously never been to a place like this before.
We went on to order our tarts. And cookies. And a brownie. And they were all wonderful. I believe we had the chocolate, pear & almond tart, a chocolate pecan tart, a cookie & brownie. All of which came with a little side of cream. There were so many other things on the menu to choose from, but we had to practice self-restraint and order a couple. If I were in Dublin again, I'd come back to try some of the other items, and plus it's just nice to get out of the rain for some dessert in this charming little place.
Review from Josh W.
- 127 friends
- 354 reviews
New York, NY
Review from Heather H.
It smells so good in here, I couldn't help myself and grabbed a raspberry cheesecake tart to go. I wish I could have stayed but this location is teeny and I didn't see a way for my baby and I to get comfy, but I understand there is another roomier location around the corner.
Stop in for a tea and cake during off hours (if they have any). Queen of Tarts is super cute.
Review from Claire P.
Delicious scones! And there is usually a choice of 3 types at least. The full irish breakfast is really good too.
Staff are lovely. The only negative is the tight space, but as long as you are willing to squeeze into a small table it's grand!
Review from Ash O.
Review from Emilie A.
At this point I have to remove yet another star.
I have been avoiding the Queen of Tarts, but it's difficult since I live so near. My friends often get their cakes to bring to my place and I occasionally get their lunch special to take home.
When it comes to cakes, I really cannot remember the last time I had one that wasn't stale. I'm pretty sure they are letting them stand there for much longer than they used to. The result is dry, stale, hard, tasteless and hard to swallow without tea. The same goes with the piece of bread that comes with soup: never had a fresh piece. I used to love this place and I would really like to see it go back to its previous standard but with the amount of tourists flooding the place everyday it seems it won't need to for a while.
The lunch specials are usually fresh although they should warn people when using coriander in the soup.
To end on a positive note, the staff is always friendly and efficient, the atmosphere ever so pleasant.
Review from Rashel W.
We dropped in here en route to a friend's of a Saturday morning, looking for some pastries to bring along. The place was tiny & lovingly decorated, with the smells of buttery goodness wafting in the air. Naturally, the place was rammed with people squished into their seats, & the waifish lady behind the counter visibly relaxed when we said we just wanted pastries for takeaway.
Into an ornate little blue box went a scone, a cheesecake tart, a brownie, and a plum tart - that oughta do. I gave her a little over a tenner for the lot, she tied it with creamy white twine, and off we merrily went.
It wasn't very carefully arranged on the inside, with a bit of cheesecake filling on everything, but it was so delicious we didn't really care. Gorgeous.
Review from Jennie C.
This location is a little small so don't be surprised if they ask you to go to the other location. I got here at 3pm and right after loads of people started showing up and getting turned away.
I ordered the fresh orange juice, coffee, bacon/cheddar/potato/tomato frittata, and toast. The frittata was really good but what surprised me was how AMAZING the toast was. A little bit of butter, and a little bit of the amazing strawberry jam = heaven. I ended up eating all my toast and needing to take part of the delicious frittata home. The frittata was seasoned perfectly and wasn't too dry (which was my fear); it's lined with potatoes on the bottom and the top has yummy tangy tomatoes. The fresh orange juice was indeed fresh, and very refreshing.
I couldn't resist...and ordered a slice of the Queen Victoria sponge cake. It is good but honestly after a few bites got to be a little heavy; I really recommend you order this to share.
Very happy with the food and will definitely come back! :)
Review from Nadia A.
This place is the hidden treasure in the heart of Dublin.
First, the variety of tarts is really great. I tried plum tart and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever had.
They have special soups and sandwiches. I tired their special sandwich with arugula, brie, figs and almonds. This combination was absolute killer!
What I love about this place is their coziness. The place is small but perfect spot for a cup of tea from those nice painted pots with some nice peace of cake or tart.
This place also offers a great brunch. I only looked at the menu and it already makes me hungry. I am coming back for the brunch next time when I am in Dublin.
Review from Jasson S.
- 7 friends
- 86 reviews
The place is fairly small but it is hands down the best breakfast we had while in Dublin. Their staff was sweet, knew their items inside and out, and answered all of our questions.
Their Smoked Irish Salmon breakfast with scrambled eggs and brown toast was great and I especially liked the the chutney they served with it... however that wasn't the best part. Their scones are simply amazing. They tasted unbelievable and they are served with butter, cream, and jam.
My girlfriend and I also wanted to try one of their tarts but after breakfast and splitting a scone we couldn't eat anymore. :P
Definitely coming back the next time I'm in Dublin!
One side note, they also have a larger location in the Temple Bar area if this one is full.
Review from Chia-Fen Y.
Review from Mahad M.
Stopped by here twice because of the recommendation of Hazel M. And I am glad I've. The place was crowded and we could not find a seat both times we were there. A very small bakery/breakfast diner that felt very homey and intimate the way every mom and pop shops and diners do. I love mom and pop shops which is why I was intent on getting a seat when we came here but It was a full house both times. I grabbed the Apple Crumble to go both times. Definitely one of the few places on my list to grab a seat at next time I am in Dublin.
Review from Bernadette R.
- 4 friends
- 33 reviews
I've visited both Queen of Tarts in Dublin, and I didn't sample the cakes/tarts in this particular branch, instead I had a roasted vegetables with homemade humus sandwich.
For seven euros fifty I was expecting something smashing. But what I received was probably worth around four euros fifty. The filling was nice, but nice really isn't good enough for the amount of money you're paying. The sandwich was additionally let down by the bread. It was supposed to be granary bread, but it was similar to the sliced brown bread pan. I also found that the sandwich quickly turned into a soggy mess while I ate, and the salad at the side was just bland.
The interior was beautiful though. Wicker baskets full of apples, and jugfuls of flowers surround you. Porcelain plates dot the wall and the tables are pushed together, making it feel cosy not cramped. The cakes seduce you while you eat, and you feel like you're caught in a scene from Pride and Prejudice.
Overall, they certainly are not the Queen of Sandwiches, more the Lowly Servant, so would not recommend for a healthy lunch, but having sampled a pie in there other store, I would say they certainly live up to their name with respect to their desserts selection!
Review from Sessa G.
- 1 friend
- 26 reviews
What is there not to love about mismatched Victorian tea cups, red cast-iron tea pots, little tables & cushions and good quality nibbles? Nothing, my friends, not a darn thing. Q of T delivers a transportive experience from the rush, rush paper cup coffee shops of Dublin.
Locals tend in the morning; somewhat loud, harrying touristy types later in the day.
P.S. to you touristy types; please don't come here looking for greasy pub style full Irish breakfast or anything of the sort. Come here if you are quiet, well mannered, scone - tea - granola - smoked salmon & eggs, read a book while eating or quiet convo with friend type. Please.
Review from Sherri S.
Delicious breakfast. Everything is fresh. Polite & quiet
Yumma cafe mocha.
This was the only place I had breakfast outside of my hotel. My hotel breakfast was included, and although it was great to try different samplings of Irish breakfast fare for free, the day I wanted to venture out and pay for breakfast, I am certainly glad I chose this place. Directly across the street from the Arlington Hotel (Temple), it was a short walk in the ran...a few steps.
I enjoyed my smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which were so fresh and fluffy I almost didn't want to eat them. The plate was beautiful.
The pastries are all made in house at the second location of the Queen of Tarts and the chefs walk the delights over personally.
Good coffee and delectable sweet treats. Enjoy!
Review from Mary B.
- 2 friends
- 3 reviews
On my way into work the other morning I decided to get a scone to bring into work. I ended up leaving with a raspberry scone and a piece of Victoria sponge cake. Oh my..... so delicious. I will be back for a lot more....
Review from Tracy A.
We wanted a light lunch and Queen to Tarts delivered. Its a charming little spot on Dame Street. We liked the cosy feel and sweet service.
The soup was tomato bisque with lemongrass and ginger. It was very good. Of course we had to try a baked good. The blackberry and apple cobbler was quickly devoured. The fresh cream? An amazingly perfect ending.
I would definitely recommend!
Review from Mayur A.
- 3 friends
- 53 reviews
San Bruno, CA
Very quaint once you get inside, but quite easily found on a main street. Very good latte and scones, I believe I had the raspberry. There's a wonderful street view and a subtle charm to places like this. I was quite taken by this place as I first explored the streets of Dublin.
Review from Karl S.
- 70 friends
- 75 reviews
Best cakes anywhere in dublin, the coffee is good too.
Last time i was there though there was annoying woman on the phone talking over everybody in there, when i say everybody there was8people, so the noise level was low....
But i really enjoyed it.. its a great spot.
Review from Annie L.
- 3308 friends
- 1039 reviews
I heart pancakes.
I got the buttermilk pancakes with caster sugar on top and a teasing assortment of strawberries that beckoned me like a unicorn in the clouds... No I am not tripping, I am just referencing the legendary Care-Bears, they hypnotised me like a kid on crack. That somewhat vague comparison is a homage to these pancakes.
They are the best pancakes I have EVER tasted. I lived in pancake land otherwise known as the US of A. Nope they don't got the pancake crack, but these folks have got it going on.
Two of your finest frisbees of fatty milk & buttery flour. Not too big, moist, succulent, syrup portion just right.
Drooling on keyboard right now... Even the risk of electrocution will not deter me from writing, this is a Biblical message.
Eat the pancakes before you kick the can.
Review from Laura N.
Oh hello heaven, thank you for opening up your pearly buttery gates for me this fine Sunday morning!
Clearly Queen of Tarts is made with the same ingredients that clouds and rainbows and dreams and Candyland and CareBear Stares are made of -- and it is edging dangerously close to that coveted "favourite spot in Dublin" position.
A quaint country kitchen style eatery that has piles of fresh fruit and veg nuzzling up to its much more sinfully delectable cousins: Tarts, scones, cakes, muffins, pies and everything perfect and delicious that your drool-factory senses could ever desire. Even something as 'boring' as oatmeal was phenomenal. (The apple compote, strawberry garnish and fresh maple syrup didn't hurt). Service was quick and as sweet as the powered sugar on top of the pancakes.
Considering it takes me over an hour to commute across London to my favourite brunch spot, that €15, 50 minute Ryan Air flight to Dublin is becoming easier and easier to justify...
Review from Maire B.
As a cake tourist I see good cake as a reason to travel to another country and I expect a certain something from the professionals... I'm so often let down... so many cake shops don't even bake their own and care more about the look of the cake than the taste... queen of tarts is differents... even their scones make me want to cry with joy! They bake their own here and you can tell. They also do some nice savory bits too. if you're looking for good cake this is the place to go in Dublin.
The shop is tiny... so if you're looking for a sit down with your cake there's a branch just around the corner with more seats. And it aint cheap, but why spend 4 euro on a crap slice of cake when 6 euro gives you a little taste of heaven. A must for any cake tourist!
Review from Tara W.
Review from Alexandra M.
- 73 friends
- 413 reviews
Went here for breakfast and the food was great. My friend got smoked salmon and eggs which came out in one of the best presentations I have ever seen (it also came with something like salsa which neither of us liked or thought went well with the meal). I got carrot cake which was one of the best I had ever had--and a massive piece at that!
Fresh squeezed orange juice--I don't know what else to say about that.
My only problem was the size of the place and the lighting. The tables were very cramped and I had to apologize to at least 3 people when I got up to go to the bathroom. For the lighting, when the sun was out it was fine but once the clouds came in it was almost like we were eating in the dark.
Review from Grainne M.
I was a little disappointed unfortunately. I think I was expecting too much. Went with a friend for girlie cake meet-up on a Sunday. The cakes looked fabulous and the poky café is really endearing. We stared at the ample menu for ages before she decided on carrot cake and I picked chocolate fudge cake. The carrot cake was fine-a bit dry. I thought chocolate fudge cake would be sure to make me happy. It was only average though. The sponge was quite dry and there wasn't much fudge. Some chocolate ganache was smeared on the sides which helped a bit, but there wasn't enough to save it. The cream portion was a bit measly too-it might have helped to moisten it.
I thought I might not be giving them a fair trial so went to the Cow's Lane branch a few days later and got a take-away slice of chocolate pecan tart. Again, just average. Think they should probably do pecan tart and/or chocolate tart-combining them adds nothing. The lemon meringues did look really good though. Maybe some other time!
Review from Andrew C.
- 12 friends
- 46 reviews
Queen of Tarts was the single best experience on our trip to Ireland and that's saying a a lot, because we have many, many fond memories of this wonderful country.
It was March and the soup was perfect, warm and inviting. The tea was delicious and the tarts were amazing. The whole place was great: the owners, the funky decor and even though it is a small place we did not feel cramped nor did we feel rushed to leave.
We would go back in a second and have often joked about catching a flight just to have some tea.
Review from Denis C.
- 8 friends
- 33 reviews
Some go for their food, some go for the atmosphere, some go for their cakes, some go for its original layout, some go for its reputation... well, I personally go for all of these reasons.
The Queen of Tarts are definitely showing the way of how great food, lovely interior layout and a good hint of humour can make the perfect recipe for a perfect brunch.
Their goat cheese and their salmon tarts are succulent, their chocolate fudge cake and apple crumble are to die for... well, the reputation it has build throughout the years is more than deserved!
Review from Amber L.
The potato, red onion and cheddar tart was so amazing we had it several days in a row! The apple crumble tart with fresh cream was delicious and the atmosphere is adorably quaint and cozy, especially compared to the busy bustle of the Dublin streets.
Queen of Tarts is an absolute gem-if only there were one in the states!
Review from Alison C.
- 119 friends
- 379 reviews
If I had to choose the most beautiful food in Dublin, it would be anything from Queen of Tarts. I've never seen such lovely, glistening little tarts. In fact there is an entire deli case full of perfect little cakes and baked goodies that look almost too good to eat. This food should be in magazines--and probably is.
I was impressed that Queen of Tarts serves real breakfast as well--especially when their obvious strength is the bakery. They dont have many options but there is a meat one, a veggie one, and a fruit/yogurt bowl. For the price I thought they were great deals and of course they arrived at the table picture-perfect. All the breakfast is served very Frenchily (sic) with sprigs of this and a sprinkling of that to garnish. Perfect sunny-side-up eggs alongside perfect potatoes and perfect roasted veg. The best was the fruit/yogurt bowl that a friend ordered: A huge bowl piled high with the freshest of mixed fruits and slathered in tart yogurt. Healthy, beautiful, and delicious breakfast food? Thanks Your Majesty.
As a warning--you might not want to go to this location if you have 3+ people in your group. The seating area was obviously meant for couples so our group of 3 had to pull up a chair and sit halfway in the aisle. It made for a lot of scooting whilst eating which was a little annoying. I heard there is another, larger location though.
Review from Erica L.
- 13 friends
- 34 reviews
New York, NY
Breakfast at Queen of Tarts was my very first meal in Ireland and it set the bar way up there. I had a blueberry scone and some coffee and OMG everything was perfect!
Blueberry scone was delicious and not too sweet and the jam and butter it came with were divine. I have never had better jam. Seriously. I was tempted to buy a jar of it to eat from as I walked around Dublin but that would have been strange. The server was also super friendly and sweet. It came to about 5-6 euro for coffee and scone, not sure if that would be considered costly in Ireland but price sounds about right to a New Yorker. Only the conversion from dollar to euro sucks.
Review from William M.
This is such a lovely place, the baked goods are wonderful.
When I walked by on my way somewhere at the time, I wished I could have stopped and waited as there was a bit of a line, but the next day I found time to stop by. Wow, am I glad I did!
This place rocks, and should not be missed, period. You will be so glad you ate here. Enjoy!
Review from Sarah D.
On one of my last mornings in Dublin, I decided to take myself out for a nice Irish breakfast and I came across the Queen of Tarts. Inside it is a small, cozy place that makes me feel as though I am eating at my grandparents' house. Their tarts are absolutely lovely, and I especially liked it because you really don't find tarts served in most Canadian restaurants -it was a real treat!
I hope to someday go back to Ireland with my husband, and I will definitely bring him to the Queen of Tarts.
Review from Kasia D.
Be still my heart!
Absolutely delicious! Scrumptious!
My husband is Irish and we first stumbled upon this place when I was visiting a couple years ago as it came highly recommended. I was not disappointed. The food was mouth-watering. The tarts we tried were flavourful, and the lovely array of salads they came with were to die for. When I returned to Ireland for our wedding a few months back all I could fixate on was "queen of tarts! queen of tarts! queen of tarts!" - okay, maybe it wasn't quite that dramatic, but you get the point. The food was once again, delicious. The place is very cozy, and the service is friendly. It's a bit on the pricey side for what you're getting, but that would be my only complaint (if you could call it that). I still give this place two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Cannot wait to go back on our next trip over!
Review from Joel B.
- 27 friends
- 10 reviews
Rock Hill, SC
This is a great place to grab a treat or enjoy a coffe/tea/breakfast. I hear there is a cafe that has more space just down the road - but the ambiance of this location is perfect.
I enjoyed a breakfast here, had the smoked salmon which was very good. The entire place could probably only fit 15 people comfortably, but most people came and got a treat of some sort to-go.
Personally I liked sitting for a while, service was great and the food was tasty - will come back soon to try a cupcake or two!
Review from Bridget R.
- 64 friends
- 455 reviews
West Chester, PA
As I live so close to the City Centre, I live in hope; now that the second location of Queen of Tarts is well and truly thriving, maybe now I can get a quick seat in the cozy original shop that made this bakery famous.
The brain child of two Dublin sisters who went all the way to the US to train as mistresses of all things yummy, Queen of Tarts on Dame Street has always held a sweet spot in my heart.
From the fairy tale shop front to the cozy mismatched furniture inside, the charm and delights here are close and comfortable. Your tea arrives in sweet rose-spattered crockery. Your crumbling tart, scone or dense chocolate cake rests its laurels on a frill of paper doily -a perfect last look before being gobbled.
Elbow room is dear and the lines are still long, but that's what lends real magic and charm to the Queen on Dame Street. The short-on-space, big on taste nature of this ideal little cafe makes every visit feel like a discovery!
For those who don't have the luxury (or patience) to wait for one of the 8 or 10 tiny tables to open up, scoot straight over to Cow's Lane. But if a good book is under your arm and you've got a whole afternoon ahead of you -wait by the stands of fresh scones and keep your eyes peeled for that perfect table... it's well worth it.
Review from Swati B.
- 104 friends
- 234 reviews
I walked into this shop and I swear I thought I went to pastry heaven!!!! I couldnt believe the variety and the amount of pastries they had on display..how was I only going to choose JUST ONE?
If i had found this place on day one I would have made it a point to come here every day (and probably gained 10 lbs with it). I only wish they had a pastry/coffee shop like this in Chicago...DEFINITELY STOP BY HERE!
Review from John M.
Note: all my recent vacation in Ireland Yelp reviews will have the same 1st paragraph preamble, for just the review itself skip to the 2nd paragraph.
On a whirlwind 2 week vacation to Ireland, the girlfriend & I tried to see & experience absolutely as much of this incredible land as we could. We did not accomplish every last activity we wished we could have on our rather ambitious itinerary. Nonetheless, we did discover a land of numerous stunning & magical wonders. We did see a land of unending natural beauty. We did learn of a land with a monumentally long history of trials, tragedies & triumphs. We did get to meet many kind, humorous, warm & generous people. Our vacation to Ireland was just 2 weeks, but that was time enough to know this is a land easy to love & a land to be sorely missed.
From our 1st stint in Dublin, the girlfriend & I had heard glowing recommendations for Queen of Tarts quite a few times. There seemed to be a consensus that this was the place to get the best sweets/ desserts in town. Back in town & wrapping up our own walking tour of Dublin on our last day in Ireland, we made sure to stop by to try some of the highly acclaimed goodies.
Expectations were very high. Queen of Tarts is a cute little shop. Service was courteous & inviting. A bounty of treats were on display & everything looked temptingly delicious. After much contemplation, the girlfriend chose the Victoria Spongecake & I got the Chocolate Fudge Cake.
Even with the bar raised very high, Queen of Tarts surpassed the mark with 1 of its cakes, but fell just a little short on the other. The Victoria Spongecake was light & moist sweet sublime perfection. To my taste, however, the Chocolate Fudge Cake wasn't quite packing enough chocolate fudge richness. It was still really good, but not up to the level of the Victoria Spongecake.
With our sweet tooths sated, the girlfriend & I could board our plane to home the next morning assured that we did not miss the sugary decadence of Queen of Tarts. To soothe a seriously sweet tooth in Dublin, go to Queen of Tarts looking for the absolute very best of sweets/ desserts & maybe, just maybe, find it.