dining cruise

Three courses,
two hours, one memorable journey

Glide and dine on Dublin’s leafy Grand Canal, passing through historic 225-year-old locks and bridges along the way

7:50

7:50

Our evening cruise runs from 8pm to 10pm - with boarding from 7:50pm onwards.

Mespil Road

Mespil Road

All cruises depart from and return to the canal jetty on Mespil Road.

2 hours

2 hours

Your journey will navigate the charm of the Grand Canal during a wonderful two-hour experience.

€67

€67

The fare of €67 includes a freshly-prepared three-course meal by Chef Kevin, and a glass of wine or beer.

See What Our Diners Say

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Gopi Kannan
December 26, 2023
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Qbert
December 10, 2023

I would put 10 stars for atmosphere if I could. I celebrated my birthday here and it was the best decision ever. Thanks everyone for organizing such an amazing opportunity.🔥🔥🔥😍😍😍

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Dorothy Mc Pears
December 3, 2023

The most magical experience. The food, and the staff was the best, very friendly .

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Raul Castro
November 3, 2023

It's delicious, it's delicious!!!

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Karl H.
October 13, 2023

I recently had the pleasure of dining with a large group of colleagues in the Canal Boat Restaurant. From the very start of arranging the event, Jaya and Nicole were very helpful and efficient and this followed through on the night. On the night of our event, the food, the service and the atmosphere, were exceptional. Special thanks to Kevin the chef, who made sure the food was delectable and perfect for a group of our size. I will definitely be back.

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nicole matus diaz
October 13, 2023
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Mike Sowsun
September 15, 2023

I was totally surprised at how good this experience was. The food was just outstanding as was the service staff. I did not expect such great food on such a small boat. The 2 hours went by very quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The boat goes through a tunnel and a lock and then back again. Make sure you go topside during the lock transit as it is very interesting. There was a crew of 8 who took very good care of all 18 passengers. Special thanks to Captain Dan, and all the rest of the crew.

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Eva Rooney
September 7, 2023

The canal boat was a really great experience, the setting is like no other and the crew were so lovely and welcoming. The food is amazing. I highly recommend the canal boat cruise.

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Mairead Rooney
September 5, 2023

Twice we have dined on the canal boat. For starts the setting is uniquely charming, original and you get a chance to appreciate the canal boat experience with your appertif on the deck as you move along the canal. On both visits, dinner was delicious, a nice variety in the menu, and the staff are warm and efficient.

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keira carroll
August 26, 2023
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Melonie P
August 25, 2023

Very good food, great entertainment and a wonderful experience!

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C B
August 8, 2023
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Deirdre R
August 5, 2023

A delightful experience. Relaxed, soothing. One minor issue - some drunk men on the banks as we returned - very hostile. Of course not the fault of the restaurant. Staff on the boat were also very good!

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Julian Ruiz
August 1, 2023
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Ehud R.
July 23, 2023

In one word: underwhelming. The vibe is cool -- dinner on a boat! -- and the servers are all kind and professional. However, the food is bad value for money. For 57 euro, you get a 3-course meal without drinks. In any other restaurant, you'd expect top-of-the-line dishes. But here, it was ... plain. To be more specific: -- starter of "smoked salmon tartare" was very basic in flavor; -- main of roast beef was plain, and although the portion was fair, more meat and less potatoes next time; -- cheesecake was lacking in Bailey's flavor (why?!). Bottom line, unless someone else pays for your meal, I would advise against booking this place.

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lee harvey
July 15, 2023

What an amazing evening all the crew were lovely food was amazing would definitely do this again.

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Meg Powers
June 23, 2023
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vineet paulson
March 4, 2023
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Max
October 25, 2022
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Sasa Marusic
July 10, 2022

Nice restaurant settled in the city center in canal. Good food offer and not to expansive. Food was nice but not to spectacular that I will remember canal boat. Biggest problem is staff without no experience but they were managing and the worst thing nobody care how to show them. I know everybody are short with the staff but teach them how the business should operate don't just hire them.

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Paul Macdonald
October 28, 2021

So beautiful in Dublin 4

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Mariano
August 28, 2021
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James Connon
June 25, 2020
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Disco Mark
December 28, 2019
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J Zefran
December 19, 2019
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Reggie
December 19, 2019
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Regier Kunkel
November 5, 2019
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Evelyn Moran
October 28, 2019

Bit disappointing.

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Tero Hirvensalo
October 11, 2019
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Kevan Turnbull
October 11, 2019

Had my Solo Birthday dinner here on 11th October 2017. Great Host & food excellent. Enjoyed cruising down the Canal & Locks.

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Joanna M
October 8, 2019
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Ryan O'Reilly
September 28, 2019
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Liron Newman
September 26, 2019

Easiest escape boat ever! :) Food was good but not amazing. You spend 2 hours floating on the canal. Not really exciting. The distance you travel (back and forth) can be walked in about 10 minutes, just to give a sense of how slowly you move.

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Naoise Tyrrell
September 25, 2019
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김정화
September 22, 2019

운하를 배를타고 보는건 특색이 있었어요 우리가 간날은 비가와서 배 위에서 별로 있을수없어 아쉬웠어요 음식은 리뷰가 좋아 갔는데 한국인 입맛엔 음식이 전체적으로 짭니다 물을 많이 먹게되요 그외는 이색적인 경험이었습니다

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Darragh Cunningham
September 12, 2019
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Paul Fitzgerald
September 7, 2019
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Tracey Dunkley
August 31, 2019

Definitely worth the money really enjoyable for all ages.

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Anthony Keville
August 30, 2019

Food and staff are amazing, had a fantastic evening. Would well recommend

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Pauline King
August 30, 2019

Excellant staff service friendliness. Food was excellent so well presented. Highly recommend and will definitely revisit again.Overall a wonderful night.

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Javi
August 24, 2019
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Colleen Meehan
August 21, 2019
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Donna Chaney
August 11, 2019

Food was good. Fun experience.

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B. O'M
August 8, 2019

Wonderful evening with first class service 👍

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m. antkiewicz
August 5, 2019
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Waldfreundin
July 24, 2019
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Nathalie Doorn
July 12, 2019

I booked a 2h dinner for two with my girlfriend that was supposed to have started at 20:00 but we had to wait for another person that was late and we ended up leaving the Dock 20:40 the food was good but because of the delay we couldn't do the whole itinerary because the cruise had to be over by 22:00. The captain was nice and clear about the info he gave, the staff was ok. I feel that if we would have left at 20 it would be a different experience.

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Mike Crawford
June 28, 2019

This dinner cruise on the canal was great! Food and service was excellent, great way to end our Holiday.

Qbert , December 2023
I would put 10 stars for atmosphere if I could. I celebrated my birthday here and it was the best decision ever. Thanks everyone for organizing such an amazing opportunity.🔥🔥🔥😍😍😍
Dorothy Mc Pears , December 2023
The most magical experience. The food, and the staff was the best, very friendly .
Raul Castro , November 2023
It's delicious, it's delicious!!!
Karl H. , October 2023
I recently had the pleasure of dining with a large group of colleagues in the Canal Boat Restaurant. From the very start of arranging the event, Jaya and Nicole were very helpful and efficient and this followed through on the night. On the night of our event, the food, the service and the atmosphere, were exceptional. Special thanks to Kevin the chef, who made sure the food was delectable and perfect for a group of our size. I will definitely be back.
Mike Sowsun , September 2023
I was totally surprised at how good this experience was. The food was just outstanding as was the service staff. I did not expect such great food on such a small boat. The 2 hours went by very quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The boat goes through a tunnel and a lock and then back again. Make sure you go topside during the lock transit as it is very interesting. There was a crew of 8 who took very good care of all 18 passengers. Special thanks to Captain Dan, and all the rest of the crew.
Eva Rooney , September 2023
The canal boat was a really great experience, the setting is like no other and the crew were so lovely and welcoming. The food is amazing. I highly recommend the canal boat cruise.
Mairead Rooney , September 2023
Twice we have dined on the canal boat. For starts the setting is uniquely charming, original and you get a chance to appreciate the canal boat experience with your appertif on the deck as you move along the canal. On both visits, dinner was delicious, a nice variety in the menu, and the staff are warm and efficient.
Melonie P , August 2023
Very good food, great entertainment and a wonderful experience!
Deirdre R , August 2023
A delightful experience. Relaxed, soothing. One minor issue - some drunk men on the banks as we returned - very hostile. Of course not the fault of the restaurant. Staff on the boat were also very good!
lee harvey , July 2023
What an amazing evening all the crew were lovely food was amazing would definitely do this again.
Sasa Marusic , July 2022
Nice restaurant settled in the city center in canal. Good food offer and not to expansive. Food was nice but not to spectacular that I will remember canal boat. Biggest problem is staff without no experience but they were managing and the worst thing nobody care how to show them. I know everybody are short with the staff but teach them how the business should operate don't just hire them.
Paul Macdonald , October 2021
So beautiful in Dublin 4
canal boat Cruise & Cuisine Dublin
An evening to remember
An evening to remember
Get a taste of the Grand Canal as you float along one of Dublin’s great waterways, enjoying freshly prepared dishes using locally sourced produce. Enjoy a drink up on deck and engage with our friendly crew as they operate the canal locks - just as they did 225 years ago when the canal first opened.

Join us for an evening dining cruise every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from April to October, with occasional openings on other days. Contact us to inquire and secure your booking.

Book your table

Join us for an evening dining cruise every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from April to October, with occasional openings on alternative days. Reach out to inquire and secure your spot.

FAQs

Will I get seasick?  

No seasickness is possible on our canal trip due to the calm water and our 48-tonne barge’s smooth, slow cruise with silent electric motors.

Can I eat dinner out on deck?

As there are no tables outside, full meals are not recommended on the deck, but in good weather, customers may enjoy dessert outside. Drinks can be served on deck as desired.

Does the journey include any stops?

No, the jetty is the only place where passengers can embark and disembark.

Can we cater for all dietary requirements?

Yes, we cater to all dietary needs; however please inform us in advance as all food is freshly prepared in the same kitchen space.

What are the depths of the canal and locks?

The canal has an approximate depth of 1.2 meters.

The locks have an approximate depth of 5 meters.

How long is the barge actively cruising during the Dining Cruise?

Our Dining Cruise runs from 8pm to 10pm, departing 15 minutes after the start and returning 15 minutes before the end.

Is there a toilet on board?

Yes, restroom facilities are available for your convenience.

Have a question?
Feel free to reach out – drop your query below, and we’ll promptly respond.

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