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Silk Road Cafe

Chester Beatty Library | Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 407 0770
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (43 reviews)
“baklava” (19 reviews)
“moussaka” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 16:45All hours
Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Chester Beatty Library | Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 194 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us ate here as part of our Ireland Austria soccer match day. Firstly I had to ask what dishes there were as there as no menu up explaining them. The service was poor and my dish was cold as it had not being...More

Thank gerardine e
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taking a break from the treasures of the Chester Beatty Library, we had lunch at the library’s Silk Road Café, where the culinary arts students clearly took the daily specials (choices of lamb, chicken or chick pea stews and tagines, plus side salads) seriously. My...More

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Had lunch here recently. Nice surroundings, in same building as great museum, and within Dublin Castle. Self- service. Had tasty lamb main course, Middle Eastern-syle stew. Dessert less good, but possibly chose badly (chocolate biscuity thing).

Thank irishuscouple
Reviewed 13 May 2017

I hadn't been here for a while and had forgotten how fantastic their middle-eastern food is. However, even the great-looking moussaka and stuffed peppers couldn't tempt me when the Silk Road's amazing salad was available. In my opinion, this is the best salad in Ireland....More

Thank traveltripper1
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

The good- food was delicious, great choice of meals. The bad- food was luke warm The ugly- the man who served us was impatient as we were deciding on what to have. He gave us a hard time for rescheduling our booking as we had...More

Thank Corrie6
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Fantastic little cafe serving superb and healthy food. A great range of delicious salads and main meals. Very busy during peak times and the process of lining up to pay for your meal after you've been served at the counter means the food can go...More

Thank McStark
Reviewed 24 April 2017

This cafe is located inside the Chester Beatty Library and has a cheerful vegetarian menu. Souple, salads, sandwiches and all reasonably priced. I had curry lentil soup and it was delicious!

Thank Lorelei M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We stopped in during our visit to the Chester Beatty Library for some much-needed caffeine. The latte was great and so were the baked goods! They also have tons of great looking Middle Eastern food, so this would be an awesome place to stop for...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I had no idea this place even existed until I found myself at a conference in the Chester Beatty library. Lots of choice for a hot lunch, mediterranean style foods, which I love. Kofte, Hummous, Bean Salads and Moussakas, that sort of fare. Good coffee...More

Thank MonsieurleBlanc
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Absolutely awful. We had the exotic afternoon tea...the warm food was OK but the cakes were stale. Coffee was cold and waaaaay too strong. No one came over to us once we were served to make sure we were getting on ok.wine was like vinegar......More

Thank Lydia D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 17
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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