Arkle Bar & Restaurant

Straffan Road, Maynooth , Co. Kildare, Ireland, W23 C2V1
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Restaurant food from 17:00-21:15pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Arkle Bar & Restaurant

Indulge in our new Arkle Bar & Restaurant, the elegant lighting and plush seating provide the ideal setting for all that desire a refined dining experience and fine wines.

Enjoy the finest in contemporary Irish cuisine, choosing from a diverse range of options:
• Seafood
• Steak
• Signature Dishes

Sourcing the freshest and the high quality produce from our local suppliers, patrons can expect the best Maynooth has to offer seven nights a week.

On weekends, enjoy live piano music while you make your way through our extensive Drinks Menu created by our Arkle Mixologists in house.

Cuisine: Seafood, Bakery, Cocktails, Dessert, European, Fish, Irish, Locally Sourced, Steak, Vegan, Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian, Vegetarian Friendly
Dress Code: Smart Casual, Business Casual, Dressed for Dining
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Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Bistro, Cocktails, Locally Sourced, Piano Bar, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
Dress Code: Dressed for Dining,No Sport Shoes
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Visited On Sunday, 14 February 2021

Excellent food, service was brilliant, Staff are really excellent from check in to the restaurant and the barman was very friendly and excellent ! Overall great experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 December 2020

Had a very relaxing family stay

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Beautiful Xmas meal thanks

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Visited On Sunday, 20 December 2020

Had a gorgeous meal at Arkle Bar on Sunday night, but bar food it was not! Pleasantly surprised to find it was an absolutely gorgeous meal of a really high standard, two quality starters and main courses, the chicken dish was presented so well, and the trio of desserts was just delicious, the cheesecake was the best dessert I've ever tasted! Service was top. And credit also due to the bar man as the cosmos were out of this world. Can't recommend enough.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. All covid restrictions were followed and as a result a safe and positive atmosphere was felt.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

We had a very professional and attentive waitress called Amy who looked after us so well! Food was gorgeous and staff were very welcoming and attentive to our children also. Covid precautions all in place so we felt very safe!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

First time in the Arkle restaurant but I have stayed in the hotel many times. The service from the staff was excellent and they were all extremely polite. The decor of the restaurant is wonderful. The dark navy and gold colours really matched and give the space a feeling of opulence and luxury. Unfortunately this is we’re the opulent and luxurious feelings ended. I had high hopes for the food when I looked at the menu but what was described on the page and what ended up on a plate in front of us were worlds apart. Our starters were forgettable with my prawn dish being chewy and lacking flavor. My wife’s chicken karrange tasted like it came from a frozen bag of breaded chicken fillets. The sauce was watery and lacked any flavour. Little did we know this would be the highlight of the meal. Our mains were an over cooked piece of fish on bright green mash which lacked any flavour of the spring onion after it was named. There was a wilted whole half cooked springs onion on the plate which was so out of place we initially thought they had erroneously left on the plate. There was also what can only be described as wet lettuce, which consisted of two warm wilted pieces of lettuce leave sitting in green water. I still have trouble figuring out what this accompaniment was supposed to be. I ordered the steak which was too well done for the medium rare I had requested and came with two burnt onion rings and frozen chips. The dessert was a no choice trio of macaroon, cheesecake and chocolate brownie. Macaroon was tasty, cheesecake lacked any flavour and the brownie was dense and cold making it difficult to enjoy. I wish I could say that the food was the low point of our meal but what we were subjected to during our time in restaurant was so inappropriate, unprofessional and uncomfortable it made our evening unbearable. The issue we had was the chef constantly screaming and berating his staff in front of the whole restaurant. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand working kitchens are a high pressure environment. In my younger days I worked in one. I know that chefs demand high standards from their staff and need to raise their voice to get attention or action from their team. However this type of behaviour is totally inappropriate when the kitchen is an open and central to the restaurant. Every word the chef said could be heard, from his abuse of young wait staff (Poor Ciara got an earful for asking a question while picking up an order), to his crass obnoxious instructions to the other cooks on his line. This behaviour in front of paying guests is unacceptable and completely unnecessary. It’s one thing to run a kitchen like that in the back of a restaurant away from the public but to carry on like that for the entire restaurant to hear was inappropriate. I wouldn’t mind but even for all of the abuse and pressure put on his team the food was still subpar and you could taste the sourness of the chefs energy and lack of enjoyment from the cooks in our food. It was clear that orders were rushed and that the food being sent out was not being made by people that enjoyed working in a kitchen and who could blame them having listen to their bosses for 90mins. It was such a shame as the restaurant itself is a wonderful place to be and the service is impeccable but all of this goes to waste when the chef isn’t competent enough to offer a high standard of food or a comfortable environment in which to enjoy it. My experience was so bad it’s a story I will tell for many years to come and it will always taint any decision I may make about staying in the hotel again the future.

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Visited On Friday, 18 December 2020

Staff lovely, food good, could be a little warmer , service was poor at times, long waits between courses, then you had to remind staff about drinks orders, butter cutlery, teas etc

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Visited On Saturday, 12 December 2020

Had requested to be seated at table next to another group who were joining us for dinner during our stay. We were initially put into 2 different booths and eventually put sitting behind each other, not ideal. The reservation was made with 3 babies in mind but this did not seem to be considered as to where we were placed. Restaurant was relatively quiet at this time and for the duration of our booking so I feel we could have been accommodated to be sat at tables next to each other.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 December 2020

The service was excellent, atmosphere fun, warm and keeping with the HSE guidelines. The food was nice, affordable and catered to all- prawns in particular were delicious. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 December 2020

Food 10/10 staff very nice xx

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Visited On Friday, 11 December 2020

We had an exceptional afternoon tea with you at Arkle, staff were lovely, food was lovely, the afternoon tea was so generous already planning who ill take next, we had a lovely quiet corner where we could chat. Really can't wait to go back

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Visited On Thursday, 10 December 2020

Look the staff were nice and the food was ok but it felt very... uncomfortable? I was asked 3 times in 4 minutes if I would like another drink and the menu on the hotels website is not being served. We wanted a drinks list- only got a wine list. The bar said they weren’t serving the cocktails they published on the website.... the 4 course menu on the website was also not available. It just wasn’t what was advertised

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Visited On Thursday, 10 December 2020

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Visited On Thursday, 10 December 2020

My Daughter and I had a lovely four course meal in the Arkle Restaurant. The food was of very high standard and beautifully presented. The staff were so friendly and looked after us very well. We had a really great evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 December 2020

This is my 2nd time dining here and have to say the staff ,food and service were excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 05 December 2020

I thought the food was delicious, the staff were very attentive and service was quick. Felt very relaxed and safe as staff were clearly adhering to Covid rules. Would definitely recommend

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Visited On Friday, 04 December 2020

Excellent steaks, lovely desserts, starters a bit expensive. Nice atmosphere, great service.

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Visited On Friday, 04 December 2020

Food was excellent last night atmosphere was good. A very enjoyable night out. Highly recommend the ankle restaurant.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 October 2020

Staff ware very welcoming and made a extra effort with the kids,so a great evening was had by all. Plus voted best mash and best brownies ever by the kids lol

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

We had Amy looking after us and Amy was very good to us and friendly with the kids. We had lots of attention from the bar staff also, very comfortable experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

Excellent ambiance and friendly staff.

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

No issues all good.

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

Food and drink fine,just lacks atmosphere

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Visited On Saturday, 26 September 2020

Staff was superb and extremely efficient and accommodating

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