Chapter One Restaurant

18/19 Parnell Square, City Centre North

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Chapter One Restaurant opened in February 1992 with co-proprietors Ross Lewis and Martin Corbett. It is located in the basement of the Dublin Writers Museum on Parnell Square in Dublin’s city centre.

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OPENING HOURS

Monclosed
Tue12:30pm - 10:30pm
Wed12:30pm - 10:30pm
Thu12:30pm - 10:30pm
Fri12:30pm - 10:30pm
Sat6:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunclosed

CAPACITY
120 people

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CUISINES
European, Fine Dining, French

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rionaclarke
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 09th April 2014 (visited 22 February 2014 )

This boutique indulgent restaurant under the Writers museum on Parnell Street may have a rather austere exterior but that conceals a playfully cool and modern interior and staff you'll never want to leave. Celebrating a family occasion we enjoyed the Chef's Table on Saturday last, we had to wait several months to get a Saturday sitting but it was more than worth it. Truly spoiling ourselves we opted for the matching wines, the Sommeliers generosity in his pouring led to this reviewer being as"delicate" as fine china the following morning but they were truly sublime, pairing sherry with onion broth, vegetables with sauvignon blanc, tapioca with Riesling and beef carpaccio with a Portuguese grape, the taste of Irish coffee dessert would make a Nun sigh, I would go on but at this point in the dining I had to just sit back and enjoy rather than taking notes. The duck was good enough for me to hunt down Donald and Daffy and have them skinned to have it again. The desserts were a small taste of poetry, and even the petit fours are served like something that should be in a gallery. It is worth ordering an Irish Coffee to view the sheer mastery of the preparation. While the food and standard of this restaurant is Michelin there is no pretensions about the staff, they genuinely make you feel as welcome as a warm summers day, and had my party laughing throughout the night. A super night, a real treat, thoroughly amazing experience.

rionaclarke
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 09th April 2014 (visited 22 February 2014 )

This boutique indulgent restaurant under the Writers museum on Parnell Street may have a rather austere exterior but that conceals a playfully cool and modern interior and staff you'll never want to leave. Celebrating a family occasion we enjoyed the Chef's Table, we had to wait several months to get a Saturday sitting but it was more than worth it. Truly spoiling ourselves we opted for the matching wines, the Sommeliers generosity in his pouring led to this reviewer being as"delicate" as fine china the following morning but they were truly sublime, pairing sherry with onion broth, vegetables with sauvignon blanc, tapioca with Riesling and beef carpaccio with a Portuguese grape, and then the taste of Irish coffee dessert would make a nun sigh. I would go on but at this point in the dining I had to just sit back and enjoy rather than taking notes. The duck was good enough for me to hunt down Donald and Daffy and have them skinned to have it again. The desserts were a small taste of poetry, and even the petit fours are served like something that should be in a gallery. It is worth ordering an Irish Coffee to view the sheer mastery of the preparation. While the food and standard of this restaurant is Michelin there is no pretensions about the staff, they genuinely make you feel as welcome as a warm summers day, and had my party laughing throughout the night. A super night, a real treat, thoroughly amazing experience.

garbhan
Dublin
59 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:38%

Reviewed 14th February 2014 (visited 25 January 2014 )

I was really looking forward to this night with friends which had been organised many months before. I had eaten here some years before and knew it was going to be expensive and it was. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff are friendly without being over attentive, however, we were quite disappointed with a couple of things on this night. Firstly in our group of eight, two had ordered a haddock starter and neither of them liked it or ate it. The waiter just cleared the plates and didn't ask if had been ok. We also felt they were pushing the wine a little too much and refilling glasses unnecessarily. I spent most of the first two courses with my hand covering my glass. The portions of Champ which accompanied our main courses were tiny and only one small dish between every two diners. We still had a great night but the cost of a round of drinks, eight four course dinners, a few Irish coffees and wine was just under one thousand euros excluding service. It will be a while before I can afford to repeat this.

Gartan
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 27th December 2013 (visited 27 November 2013 )

Chapter One is the perfect place to go for an intimate lunch or dinner. I am never quite sure how they manage to make dining here such a perfect experience whether you are a couple or a group. The only fault I have with this excellent house is the bar area which can feel cramped when busy but this is a tiny fault because the real time is spent at a table savouring, over a few hours, wonderful food. it is not a place to have a quick lunch but a place to linger and talk and enjoy some of the finest food in Dublin. I love this place and every visit is a treat. Describing the food is almost impossible as each dish is a creation of unique flavours. On this occasion, I want to rave about the chestnut and wild mushroom soup which sounds nice but to taste was truly divine.

gnugent
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:63%

Reviewed 24th December 2013 (visited 3 October 2013 )

I real welcoming experience from the moment we arrived for our early bird. We could not get a evening table it was booked out for weeks. The food was beautifully presented and service of staff is so professional. I found the food to be a little rich for my taste but it is delicious. I had a hot whiskey before I left and did not expect it to be prepared at our table, very impressive showmanship. My only issue was that the tables were quite close and the time between service was longer than I expected. It cost us just over €100 for the early bird which could not be considered cheap but it was worth the experience for what was an enjoyable evening before we left for the theatre. They also offer to collect your tickets so you don't need to rush off to the Gate, nice to know next time we return.

yummee
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:18%

Reviewed 27th November 2013 (visited 21 November 2013 )

Good atmosphere, however felt a little cramped walking through the restaurant to get to our table in the corner. It was also a little chilly (a woman at the table beside us also commented on the draft). Starters and main course were excellent, beautifully presented and filling; I particularly enjoyed the lighter than air smoked potato and buttermilk soup. The dessert options didn't appeal to me so I opted for a cheese plate, there was a good choice as was expected. Overall, it's a lovely restaurant and definitely one I'd return to.

Laure
Dublin
29 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 25th November 2013 (visited 22 November 2013 )

My husband and I ate here for a special occasion, and while we enjoyed the food, we were just a little underwhelmed , given the restaurants Michelin star. We started off on slightly bad footing, as when we never received a call from the restaurant to confirm our reservation, we called them only to learn that they had cancelled our booking! Apparently someone with the same surname had cancelled a booking, so they assumed that ours was part of the same booking. Pretty big assumption! Luckily they were able to accommodate us though. The bar area id very busy, and not really big enough for a busy Friday night. We ordered our meal from the bar area while having a drink and were brought to our table just before the first course was to be served. The food is delicious; I had the tastiest venison, and the best pasta I’ve ever eaten. My husband hasn’t stopped talking about the tapioca (it was amazing)! The only minor criticisms of the food are that, one of the scallops was a little over cooked, and very chewy, therefore not nice to eat. When this was mentioned to the waitress she looked surprised and simply said “oh”. I guess maybe they’re not used to negative comments about the food, but an apology would have been nice. I also wasn’t bowled over by the dessert (blackberries and baked custard). It was nice, but I expected something more flavoursome and elaborate for a Michelin starred restaurant. The starters are quite big, so you definitely won’t leave hungry. The selection of wine is great of course, and there is plenty of choice for less than €50. Mostly the staff are great, very friendly, however we weren’t too keen on the member of staff that just seems to greet guests and have a chat with them. It all just seemed a little insincere, and just about the theatre of a very animated man, rather than to enhance your evening. He also gave us a copy of the Chapter One book to flick through while having a drink, which just felt like he was trying to sell it. Chapter One is definitely more reasonably priced than some other fine dining restaurants in Dublin, but I think I’d rather pay slightly more to eat somewhere else.

Nibbles
Dublin
41 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:18%

Reviewed 12th November 2013 (visited 19 October 2013 )

A truely enjoyable experience from start to fininsh. When we arrived we were seated in the lovely bar area for a drink which was served with yum olives. We then moved to the table where the service from our waiter was excellent as was the advice from the somellier who provied an excellent choice. The food was as good as we'd hoped with all courses being perfectly balanced. the only drawback was is that we were stuck off to the side alcove and not in the main dining area. We will be back, for a special occasion given the cost, but i will be requesting a table in the main area for more ambience.

Tri123
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 06th November 2013 (visited 24 October 2013 )

What can I say! A restaurant experience above all others. "A class act" as one infamous politician once said! Everything from when we walked through the door was perfect. We had some American friends in town for a few days and wanted to treat them and boy were they impressed. The food, the great wine recommendation, the service everything was amazing. Def somewhere for a special occasion but worth every penny! Save up and treat yourself

malcolmlally
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 24th October 2013 (visited 16 October 2013 )

Great experience. Friendly staff and amazing food. We were really looked after.

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