Gallagher's Boxty House, Dublin

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    Gallagher's Boxty House: Irish Grub

    by sue_stone Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Gallaghers is a traditional Irish Restaurant in the heart of Temple Bar.

    We chose this place for dinner as I had read good reviews and the food smelt good!

    It was a busy, friendly place with a big menu and reasonable prices.

    Favorite Dish: We tried the Irish Stew and of course a Boxty, which is Gallaghers signature dish. It is a traditional Irish pancake, filled and rolled with a choice of fillings.

    We managed to squeeze in dessert which was also quite good.

    Oh, and of course washed it all down with a tasty bottle of Aussie Red!

    Dinner at Gallaghers

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    Gallagher's Boxty House: Take a pass on this one

    by Cruefan Updated May 31, 2005

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    I first discovered Boxty in Providence, RI at a great Irish pub called Re Ra which has excellent Boxty, which is a traditional Irish pancake made out of potatoes usually wrapped around meat or poultry. When I was looking for restaurants for my trip to Dublin I noticed a restaurant called Gallaghers Boxty House. I thought great I'll be in Dublin an I like Boxty so I decided to check it out.

    I knew the prices would be high because of the location, but I was very disappointed at the meal. The Boxty was not flavorful, and the filling of beef was equally bland. Saving the restaurant was Seona out waitress. She was very attentive and had a great personality.

    However I cannot recommend this restaurant but that's just my opinion. I' sure there is great Boxty being served all over Dublin , but just not here.

    Favorite Dish: I guess I'd have to say the Boxty.. but it wasn't good.


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    Gallagher's Boxty House: Traditional Irish food

    by jo104 Written Sep 30, 2005

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    We sat downstairs & the restaurant was very busy & fairly hot.
    I ordered an irish potatoe pancake with beef called a beef boxty it was quite filling & I ordered a side of vegetables. Others had various types of Irish stew which comes with a hunk of bread.

    My meal cost Euro 14 + E 3 for the vegetables, steaks were a lot more pricey.
    Wine is fairly expensive with house being Euro 28, drinks bumped the prices up

    Service was ok, although our waiter broke a whole stack of glasses right behind us & one dropped in someones lap.

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    Gallagher's Boxty House: Irish food in Temple Bar

    by Dabs Written Jul 26, 2009

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    After several days of eating pizza and other non Irish meals, I wanted to try some Irish food before I left Ireland and I had remembered seeing good reviews of Gallagher's Boxty House despite it's location in the heart of the over touristy Temple Bar section of Dublin. So I wandered in at a rather odd hour, I think it was well after 2pm, probably closer to 3pm and found no trouble getting a table. The lunch specials, I believe, were served until 4pm and were reasonably priced at 9.95€.

    Favorite Dish: Although there were some nice looking specials on the lunch menu, I had come here to try a boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake cooked on a griddle and served with a filling. I went with a beef boxty, Irish Rump Steak marinated in stout & braised with mushrooms, fresh herbs & horseradish (14.95€). It had a nice flavor but for the portion size I thought it was way overpriced, perhaps a direct result of eating in a restaurant in the tourist trap section of town.

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    Gallagher's Boxty Restaurant: Gallagher's Boxty Restaurant

    by leafmcgowan Written Aug 23, 2010

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    After this amazing traditional Irish dining experience I must say ... I've become a great fan of Boxty! Lovely ambiance, great setting, traditional feel, and friendly staff. The Seafood Boxty was to die for! The pear cider was lovely as well. Right in the heart of the Temple Bar Area ... Gallagher's attracts tourists and locals alike for this traditional dish they are so well known for. A little more higher end priced meals, but certainly well worth it, and tasty I'm sure to be back again. Boxty is a traditional IRish potato pancake cooked on a griddle and served with a filling. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

    Favorite Dish: seafood boxty ...

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    by cazz38 Written Aug 20, 2005

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    You must visit Gallagher's Boxty House at least once while your in Dublin,Boxtys are a traditional Irish food,its a pancake made with potatoes with different fillings of your choice and there really lovely.If you don't fancy a Boxty they serve some lovely Irish stew,steaks,seafood and vegetarian dishes.

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    Gallaghers Boxty House: Traditional Irish food

    by Roggeveen Written Nov 14, 2005

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    A real nice restaurant in the middle of Temple bar street. (a popular tourist area). Don't forget to make reservations, because it's a very popular spot. And I visited outside the tourist season (November)

    Favorite Dish: Lamb Boxty was very nice. A Boxty is a pancake filled with meat and vegetables. They say it's typically Irish.

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    Gallagher's Boxty House: Wouldn't Have Missed this for the World!

    by BeatChick Written Jun 4, 2010

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    Ah, here's another lovely choice for the Temple Bar area - Gallagher's Boxty House! The food was wonderful and it was great to try a traditional Irish dish - boxty!

    Favorite Dish: My dish was the traditional Gaelic Boxty, which is steak medallions marinated in whiskey, rolled up in a traditional Irish boxty (flour & potato) pancake (rather like a crèpe, really) enveloped in a mushroom & cracked black peppercorn cream sauce. Tender & divine!

    My boxty was about 17 euro while Ian's burger was about 14.

    Photos: April 2010

    Gaelic Boxty Burger with Porter Cheddar & Fries

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    Gallaghers Boxty House: A nice "Oirish" Boxty

    by munchie_cat Written Oct 17, 2002

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    It sounds silly, but every time I go to Dublin, it's almost religion to make the first meal here at Gallaghers!
    Boxtys (is that the plural of Boxty?) are kinda like pancakes made out of potatos I think.
    Great food.

    Favorite Dish: Gaelic Boxty. Great wholesome food!

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  • Gallagher's Boxty House: Quite scrumptious!

    by mmatthej1 Updated Jan 20, 2008

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    Fully expected to suffer a rip-off simply because of its location in Temple Bar but FAR FROM IT!

    The boxty's were priced at a very fair c.15E level, so good value for the meals, we thought.

    We had a fairly priced bottle of wine to accompany but there is also Murphys to be had (free pint, if you bring along voucher from their brochure, found in usual hotel racks)

    It's a busy place but waiters are always on the case and there when you need them, tho' not asking the usual inane "are you enjoying it" stuff all the time, thank goodness!

    Liked is so much that we came back, next night!!

    Favorite Dish: We selected Seafood and Vegi Boxtys and were delighted with the amount, quality, appearance and taste of them - we didn't quite know what to expect but found them to be light local pacakes around excellent ingredients, with nice garnish and options for extra such as excellent seasonal veggies and brown bread, which turnede out to be own-baked soda bread - v. good!

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    by DAO Written May 17, 2014

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    If you are in Dublin, this is a MUST eat whether it is for lunch or dinner. This is Modern Irish Cuisine at its best. OK, so what is a Boxty? Boxties are the invention of Pádraic Óg Gallagher, a noted expert on potatoes (really). He developed 3 kinds of originally in Leitrim and they can be found in the border counties of Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh. And here in Dublin! Before I explain the 3 types of Boxty, let me just tell you how nice my experience was. I was greeted by my server who was wearing the official uniform which states “Totally Irish” on the sleeve. I received a warm Irish greeting, was served a cold Murphy’s Stout and my order taken. What arrived was a delicious dish that tasted so good, I made sure the plate was absolutely clean. A real delight!

    OK, the 3 kinds of Boxty and how there are prepared:

    Grated raw potato, cooked mash and flour, kneaded into dumplings, simmered for 12 minutes, chilled and sautéed in a little butter. Served with a sauce of your choice.

    Grated raw potato, cooked mash and flour, kneaded with pure Irish butter and lovingly baked in the oven. Delicious!

    Grated raw potato, cooked mash and flour, made into a batter with fresh milk and slow cooked in a pan until golden brown.

    Favorite Dish:
    I had the super-delicious Chicken & Smoked Bacon Boxty €16.90. They describe it as ‘Free-range Irish Chicken Fillet in a Creamy Smoked Bacon & Leek Sauce, wrapped in a traditional Leitrim Boxty Pancake’. Please note the pancake is savoury (not sweet). I washed down this very filling dish with a cold Murphy’s Stout (recommended by me!).

    Opening Hours:
    7 days a week
    12pm to 10.30pm (ish)

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    Gallagher's Boxty House: great irish food!

    by mkvalya Written Nov 15, 2006

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    the gallagher's is great! we went there for 2 dinners. in the afternoon !!!

    food was great, we had 1 potato cake, 2 boxty , 1 dessert, and 1 irish coffee. beer and water. total price was 60 euro.

    chilly boxty is..veeeeeeeeery chilly!!!!

    chicken+leek boxty was faboulous!

    1st night we were downstairs...a bit too much confusion, but it's ok.
    2nd night we were up...near the big window so..a great people sightseeing ;-) very funny!

    Favorite Dish: chicken and leek boxty ..gnummy!
    potato cake and...
    ...a wonderful warm chocolate pudding!!!

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    Gallagher's Boxty House: Gallagher's Boxty House: good old traditional food

    by call_me_rhia Written Sep 20, 2002

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    Let's be fair: the only place where one can sample this traditional speciallity is at the Gallagher's Boxty House, which is basically your average tourist trap. Then again boxties are so delicious that you really want to go there anyway. The interior. well, it looks like your typical tourist trap. But my advice is to go anyway.

    Favorite Dish: boxties, obviously. A boxty is a sort of potatoes pancake serve with a selection of fillings: vegetarian, with meat or with seafood. Their Bailey's & Brown Bread
    ice-cream is heavenly.

    the boxty house

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    Gallagher's Boxty House: Best Boxtys in town

    by Carino Written Feb 16, 2004

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    We were on the way to try some local food and decided to head to a place in Temple Bar even though we know it'll cost more.

    We chose The Boxty House and it was a very good choice. Waiting time was short (about 5 min.) and the service excellent.

    Favorite Dish: I'd recommend Chicken Boxty as a main dish and Bread & Butter Pudding as a dessert. Don't go for the Guinness Cake, which doesn't taste that good.

    Chicken Boxty cost EUR 12.95 and the Pudding is EUR 5.50. They include a service charge of about 12%.

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    Gallaghers Boxty House: What the heck is Boxty!?

    by KitsyNMoxy Written Apr 21, 2003

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    Gallaghers is in Temple Bar. Any Dubliner will tell you to spend 10 minutes at most in the area before moving on to the "real" Dublin. We'd say you can safely stretch that to an hour or two as long as you spend the extra time in Gallaghers. Great traditional food in a relaxing atmosphere.

    Favorite Dish: Being in a "Boxty House" we didn't try anything but boxty, both times we were there. OK, we also tried the Murphys.... Boxty is a thin soft potato pancake stuffed with beef, chicken, lamb or fish filling. Quick and easy. Make it more filling by adding an order of Champ or Colcannon on the side. If you don't know what Champ or Colcannon is, then we guess you'll just have to go to Gallaghers and find out!

    Boxty is Brilliant!

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