Govinda's - Abbey St

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83 Middle Abbey St, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin 1

Hare Krishna vegetarian Indian food in the city centre. Uses dairy but not eggs. Usually 2 vegan dishes. Makes fresh bread. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Juice bar, Delivery, Catering

48 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

Can't go wrong here - Edit

Tasty and good value. Good vegan options. Very casual atmosphere.

Pros: good value

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Good Indian Food - Edit

First of all, Govinda's is covienently located in downtown Dublin, close tothe GPO Luas (light rail) stop and the O'Connell Monument.

The food is presented in a heated display. You tell the server want you want and they plate it for you.

We were two people and ordered the medium plate (€9). We simply asked for a little of everything. Additionally, we ordered a soup, which came with bread and butter. The medium plate would be sufficient for an average meal, hungrier patrons can also order a large plate (€15). Sharing the medium plate and a soup was sufficient for the two of us. I've upgraded a photo of our meal to the site.

When we arrived at Govinda's around 18:45 for dinner, we were disappointed to learn that they had run out of their only tofu dish, which apparantly was vegetarian but not vegan.

The food was good, although fairly repetitive. It seemed that most (all?) of the dishes incorporated the same curry spice. Adding to this was the fact that all the different dishes were crammed onto one plate, eventually becoming one mixture. While the soup also had the same curry flavor, it was thick and very tasty. All that said, since Godvina's is a Hare Krishna restaurant (so no onions, garlic, leeks etc), the food good and felt authentic.

Cold tap water is available, but you need to ask the staff for a glass, and they are relatively small. Soft drinksare available for purchase.

Overall a good place for a meal in downtown Dublin, but if you can move about the city or have time, better vegi options exist in my opinion.

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Super tasty - Edit

Love this place, have been here so many times. It's simple but super tasty, staff is very kind. Love their pea soup. The buffet is great and the price is the best you can get in Dublin.

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Super nice, super tasty! Great value!!! - Edit

I've never seen nicer people than those serving customers in Govinda's. The variety is great, the vegan options are colorful and tasteful.

I ran into some discount later too. Because they've ran out of tofu, I only paid half price for my meal! 5€ for a hot, fresh vegan dinner in Dublin? Who heard about this? :D:D:D

Pros: Very nice staff!, Great food, many options!, Cheap!

Cons: The place looks a bit old, and is sometimes dark, It's not always clear if they're open

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Nice place! - Edit

Small yet tasty menu. Very cheap, I paid only 5 euro for mix main dishe. Lovely Indian music with quite atmosphere.

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Delicious - Edit

Delicious, copious, satisfying. Friendly staff, pleasant atmosphere.

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cheap and tasty - Edit

We found this place by chance and it surprised us with very low prices and tasty vegan food. Even though in the evening only 2 dishes left ;)

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bon et économique - Edit

Des places simples et réconfortant, épicés mais pas piquants.

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Barato & Tranquilo - Edit

Comida variada, estilo hare krishna (india, un poco picante y muy sabrosa)
Puedes elegir plato pequeño, mediano o grande y llenarlo con un básico (arroz integral o blanco en mi visita) más otras opciones del dia: verduras estofadas, tofu con salsa de tomate, estofado de patata con pimientos... Además siempre en el menú una sopa con pedazo de pan con mantequilla/aceite.
El plato pequeño es bastante generoso y con la comida te dan un vaso de agua de cortesía. 13,75 dos platos pequeños más pan.

Pros: sabroso, económico, opción para llevar

Cons: nada!

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Bargain! - Edit

Came on recommendation with a huge group from my university which they accommodated well, as several different dietary requirements (vegan/lactose intolerant/halal). Personally I thought the food was great, but some of the people I was with were clearly taken aback by the casual canteen-style service, and if the only curry you've ever had it a korma, it might not be for you as you typically don't get a huge range of choice. Would definitely go again if I was back in Dublin, especially since I'm typically on a budget!

Pros: Budget friendly, Interesting, Accomodation

Cons: Canteen style

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Okay food, bad hygiene - Edit

I chose to go here as the rating was 4* but was very underwhelmed. The food was alright, nothing great. The restaurant itself wasn't clean.

Pros: Mostly vegan, Fast

Cons: Unhygienic

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Great value - Edit

Govinda's is a informal place with good food for a low price and most of it is vegan. The decor is full of hare krishna paintings, but that didn't really bother me. Would definitly eat there again.

Pros: most of the food is vegan, nice staff, good tastin

Cons: Decor

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Okay place - Edit

Only ate there once. The food was okey I found it slightly overcooked.

Pros: 7.5 for a large take away.

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Very nice and affordable - Edit

Great food at an affordable price, and everthing except for a few options is vegan. Highly recommended: we came back for seconds!

Pros: Almost exclusively vegan options

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Best vegan place on Dublin city centre - Edit

Nice place near O'Connell Street with a plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The food is delicious and the staff are very friendly. The small plate is a big deal

Pros: Vegan options , Delicious food

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Perfect! - Edit

Popped in on a rainy day but there were no tables available so opted for takeout instead. Got 2 of the large vegan takeaways and 2 samosas. Everything was sooo tasty, just what we needed after getting in from the Irish weather!

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Simply delicious - Edit

We have been to a lot of Govindas around Europe and this was one of the best one. There is both vegan and vegetarian choices, the desserts looked amazing, eventhough we were too full to eat it. Big variety of dishes! Definitely to recommend

Pros: Taste, Friendly staff, Price

Cons: No cons

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Delicious!!! - Edit

The food is so tasty and it's amazing value for money.

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so much good food! - Edit

My boyfriend asked for the medium sized plate of vegan food and when we saw how much was being piled onto that plate, we decided that a samosa and the medium plate of food would be more than enough for the 2 of us. We were right! We were so stuffed. The food was delicious! Medium plate and samosa was 11 euros total. And the place was busy with people who seemed like regulars which means that people must be stoked on that restaurant. Made me happy to see a veg restaurant so busy. Most of the dishes were vegan and the staff was super knowledgeable about which dishes were veg and which were vegan.

Pros: affordable, great selection of vegan food, yummy

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Tasty Filling Vegan Food :) - Edit

Went with my sister, a non vegan.
She ate the vegetarian options and said it was nice!
Good tasting food that doesn't cost a fortune :)
I do wish they'd had more vegan options other that 2 lentil curries but it was still great.

Pros: Good Value, Friendly

Cons: Wish they'd have more vegan options

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If you're vegan and you're hungry clap your hands - Edit

Heard good stories about this place and deceided to visit whilst on a rugbytour. Took an omni rugbymate and we both ordered a 'medium' plate that was so filled it nearly kipped over.
Delicious variety of vegetables, chick pea curry, some tofu and other nice treats over great rice. Some say nothing special, well for that price I wish I could eat it every day.

Btw, my mate finished his plate before me ;)

Pros: Cheap, Loads, Tasty

Cons: Staff were pretty 'dull'

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Loads of lovely food! - Edit

I just finished my first meal here and I'm delighted! Got the small plate and a samosa (9€), and I'm absolutely stuffed. Most of the mains were vegan except for two. The tofu was delicious. I'll be coming back next time I'm in Dublin.

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-10

Pros: Cheap, Huge portions, Lovely, peaceful interior

Cons: The plate overflows with the food, Had to keep getting up to refill my glass

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No frills but good and plentiful food - Edit

Ate twice here during my visit in Dublin. The food good and plentiful. Prices are reasonable too. Highly recommend if looking for good vegan/vegetarian food

Pros: Quantity , Prices, Food

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Quiet place with good food right in the city centr - Edit

During our trip @Dublin we went to Govinda's a couple of times. The staff is really nice, friendly and helpfull and the food is tasty. There are about four different main dishes where you can choose from but you can also do a mix of all four of them, which I really liked. Three of four of them were vegan which was good.
We tried all the salads too, they were basic but good.
For the vegetarians I strongly recommend the Fudge Nut pie which was delicious.
As a vegan desert there was the apple pie which was okay.
The Hare Krishna music gives the place a relax ambiance which is unique in the middle of the city centre.
All together: strongly recommended!

Pros: Big portions, You can have a mix of all plates, Very friendly staff

Cons: A bit cold

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good value and inexpensive - Edit

We both had the vegetables with rice and there was a lot that vegans could eat. It was very filling and cheap. The staff were lovely too.

Pros: cheap, vegan options , filling

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Good food in relaxed atmosphere - Edit

Simple but good food. Dishes are really inexpensive and yummy!

Pros: Cheap, relaxed atmosphere, Vegan Choice

Cons: Simple, Self Setvice

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Nice restaurant, a lot of vegan options - Edit

There wasnt much to choose from, but most foods were vegan, I got a take-out with a bit of everything, I really liked it, it was delicious. They also had a vegan dessert. The takeout cost me about 7 euros

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