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Silk Road Cafe

#199 of 2,000 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Chester Beatty Library | Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 407 0770
10:00 - 16:45
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Sun 13:00 - 16:45
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:45
Sat 11:00 - 16:45
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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170 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

My aunt brought me here for lunch and tour of the museum and wow it was great. A selection of really great middle eastern food to fit the theme. The staff was very helpful including helping my wife navigate from allergy issues which normally would have been very problematic with ME food. But everything turned out great. Even if you... More 

Thank David M
Leuven, Belgium
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Gezellig plekje, volop tussen de locals. Lekker eten waarmee je zeker een dag toekomt, aan democratische prijzen. 11,95 euro voor een volledige maaltijd, 6 euro voor een "half bord" (dat eigenlijk overeenkomt met een gewone maaltijd). Cousy place, with a lot of locals (didn't see much tourists). Good food at great prices. A full meal costs 11.95 euro, and you... More 

Thank Latika1111
Hong Kong
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429 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Great cafe inside the Chester Beatty Librrary premises, Various meat/veg dishes, salads. Good value and friendly.

Thank TempleofPeace
Dublin, Ireland
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88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Had a really lovely afternoon tea in the Silk Road. It had a middle eastern theme and makes a nice change from the usual scones and sandwiches. We ate everything which was served to us and we also had a glass of wine which was part of our deal. The fact that we had purchased the Afternoon Tea on a... More 

2 Thank spurs12
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34 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I bought a voucher on Groupon or living social for afternoon tea. It included glass of wine each and exotic afternoon tea. I went on a Friday afternoon with my niece. I had booked a table for 2pm when we arrived at the cafe it is very pleasant and has lively seating area out in a sheltered court yard. There... More 

Thank Jambacy
Albury, Australia
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393 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Firstly let me say the Chester Beatty Library is Fantastic! Especially if you watch the video introduction downstairs first so you get the context of this tremendous collection. We had lunch first at the Silk Road Cafe which has a middle eastern style of food. It is a casual, move past the choices and pay at the end affair. You... More 

Thank PamAlbury
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Must be one of Dublins better eating experiences in part due to uniqueness of food and situation in treasure that is Chester Beatty library,it is very like restaurant in Guimet in Paris in this respect The buffet/canteen layout combined with poor communication of staff are a disappointment----the lack of a menu card,expectation that a poorly laid out blackboard is sufficient... More 

Thank therealdeadbird
Enniscorthy Ireland
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We had the chicken cooked in lemon and yoghurt it was Devine! The staff are so nice. The coffee was lovely and next time we are going to try the lovely pastries !

Thank josiebyrne
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Great for veggies there are plenty of choices in hot and cold foods. I went for the veggie moussaka which was nice but I found it too starchy as it was loaded with potatoes. I wish I went for the falafel and salad. The salads I tried (tabouleh & red cabbage) were fabulous. We had baklawa and coffee after but... More 

Thank Erudite13
Brooklyn, New York
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We loved our middle eastern vegetarian lunch Affordable and tasty. Nice to eat in the museum patio too

Thank ATINA157

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$16
Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
13:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 16:45
11:00 - 16:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Chester Beatty Library | Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 407 0770

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?