L'Ecrivain Restaurant

109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South

Dublin 2

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260 reviews
4 stars - based on 260 reviews
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Dublin born Derry Clarke trained in the classical French tradition in the Man Friday in Kinsale. He came home to Dublin to continue his training under the direction of John Howard in Le Coq Hardi for four years. He then spent 8 years as Head Chef in le Bon Appetit Restaurant where his aspirations were always to open a place of his own.

Derry and Sallyanne opened l'Ecrivain Restaurant in July 1989. They have had several transformations and now l'Ecrivain stands on the site of two old Georgian Coach Houses/Mews in its own charming courtyard.

Over 25 years on, l'Ecrivain is going from strength to strength and has won numerous wards including Restaurant of the Year, Restaurant Wine List and Sommelier of the Year.

AWARDS & PRIZES

We seek out the best establishments in every part of Ireland for inclusion in our guides and, because we work independently and without charging a fee, you know that we can be trusted to lead you to the best places over a wide range of categories. In 1900, André Michelin published the first edition of a guide to France to help drivers maintain their cars, find decent lodging, and eat well while touring. In 1926, the guide introduced the star to note good cooking; two and three stars were added in the early 1930s. The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality. In 1900, André Michelin published the first edition of a guide to France to help drivers maintain their cars, find decent lodging, and eat well while touring. In 1926, the guide introduced the star to note good cooking; two and three stars were added in the early 1930s. The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon6:30pm - 10:00pm
Tue6:30pm - 10:00pm
Wed6:30pm - 10:00pm
Thu12:30pm - 10:00pm
Fri12:30pm - 10:00pm
Sat6:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunclosed

CAPACITY
100 people

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CUISINES
Fine Dining, French, Irish, Wine Bar

FACILITIES

Wine Only Veggie options available Luscious Dublin Bay prawns, succulent oysters, melt in the mouth mussels, mouth-watering mackerel…just some of the delicious seafood you’ll find on menus around Ireland.

Irish people love to eat seafood when dining out; in fact, unlike our European neighbours, we eat more seafood outside the home. Perhaps this is a testament to the quality of our seafood restaurants. And for many visitors, a trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without sampling a few oysters and sinking a pint of the black stuff. Separate function room available Will accept party bookings Accept major credit cards

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant

kevinburns1976
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 28th June 2015 (visited 25 June 2015 )

This place always delivers and it’s the reason I keep returning as well as recommending

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Lecter
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 23rd June 2015 (visited 22 June 2015 )

Myself and my husband went for the 8 course tasting menu last night to celebrate our anniversary. We had a lovely time. All of the staff were very attentive and courteous and the delivery of each course was timely and well explained, not to mention delicious! We were handed the menus on arrival and were then asked if any of the dishes were not suitable due to dietary requirements which I found particularly helpful given that I am expecting at the moment. The waiter asked me for details of the items that I could not have and informed the chef who substituted where needed which was fantastic. An added bonus was seeing Derry Clarke who asked us how everything was before we left. We would not hesitate to revisit again. Wonderful experience.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

shin.ngo
Meath
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 13th June 2015 (visited 11 June 2015 )

We would highly recommend this excellent restaurant. This was our first visit, From the minute you walk in, one will felt the welcoming feeling till the very end of your meal...you will never felt left out...excellent! Very attentive staffs. They are all very knowledgable and excellent throughout. Thank you very much to all that made our visit a very memorable one. Hope to plan our next visit soon.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

sandra.cummins2004
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 12th June 2015 (visited 9 June 2015 )

Food was very nice, service a little hap hazard, no obvious management of the room. Would return again though.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

claremc41
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 12th June 2015 (visited 11 June 2015 )

We visited L'Ecrivain last night for a tasting menu for two using a MenuPages voucher which meant our meal was half price. We had a wonderful dining experience overall. We opted for the matching wines and found Martina, the sommelier, to be engaging and very informative on each of the matched wines. My husband doesn't eat fish and I had advised the restaurant of this fact the day before when confirming the reservation. I told them he'd be happy with the vegetarian alternative to any fish courses. However, on arrival my husband was presented with his own menu with two of the courses replaced with alternatives for him.This level of service was quite simply phenomenal. Our meal, from start to finish, was sublime, the matching wines were superb and service was attentive without being intrusive. We cannot wait to return.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Lucullus
Dublin
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 29th May 2015 (visited 28 May 2015 )

First time dining at l'Ecrivain thanks to the Menupages tasting menu deal. All of the courses on the tasting menu were very good, with the slight exception of the lamb dish, and service was excellent throughout the meal. Drinks (sparkling water, two glasses of champagne, two glasses of Vouvray and a bottle of Gigondas) were not kind to the wallet but all of the wines were delicious and appropriate for the food.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

rhona.oconnor
Dublin
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:57%

Reviewed 28th May 2015 (visited 27 May 2015 )

We had a really great meal in L'Ecrivain last night. The Food was excellent, a well balanced Tasting Menu with a variety of flavours with each course. The two stand out ones were the Foie Gras and the Fish course. If I was to comment (as oppose to complain!) I would say the food could be served on warm plates and be a little warmer. The Lamb dish would have been better if warmer. However all in all it was excellent. The service was very good, especially the welcome!

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

shawmaryc63
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 27th May 2015 (visited 26 May 2015 )

Very pleasant experience. Great variety of food flavours and interesting wines.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

iwhagan
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 27th May 2015 (visited 26 May 2015 )

Sommelier was excellent as previous

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Patricia

3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:15%

Reviewed 23rd May 2015 (visited 19 May 2015 )

This was our first time to visit this fabulous restaurant and it certainly won't be our last.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

ajhow32

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 15th May 2015 (visited 13 May 2015 )

We (a party of 2) enjoyed the 8 course tasting menu (I also had the matching wine). The ambiance was excellent and the restaurant was lively. Service was professional and pleasant if perhaps a tad overly efficient at times. The food was delicious and served perfectly (cooking, temperature and presentation). Some of the flavour combinations did not fit suit our palate (e.g. anchovies & lamb) but that did not take away from the enjoyment of our meal. The scallops were "to die for" and the chocolate dessert was very memorable. We benefited from a Menupages voucher so got outstanding value. Delighted to recommend L'Ecrivain and looking forward to dining there again soon.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

goldenpeter
Wicklow
19 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 14th May 2015 (visited 28 March 2015 )

Ate here on a Saturday night with my wife. We were greeted warmly at the door by the front of house and, after taking our coats, we were shown to our tables on the mezzanine level overlooking the main dining room (with a great view of the Graham Knuttel tapestry). After an amuse bouche and lovely fresh bread to start we moved on to the starters. I had the squab pigeon, which was lovely but the portion was quite small. My wife had the foie gras which was even richer, but equally small. For the main course I had the Fermanagh lamb rump which was perfectly cooked and had very nice vegetables to accompany. My wife had the turbot which really cooked and looked really good. For desserts I had the goat’s cheese mousse, which was an unusual but interesting combination of the savoury and sweet, while my wife had coffee and petits fours. For the wines we asked our very friendly Hungarian waiter Balazs for advice and I must say the wines matched perfectly. This was a very high standard of dining and the high prices (incl. extra service charge which may surprise) reflected that. But it was a very enjoyable experience and at no point did we feel rushed.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Paws
Dublin
4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:37%

Reviewed 13th May 2015 (visited 12 May 2015 )

My husband & I treated ourselves to the tasting menu & were delighted with our meal. All courses were delicious & the staff were both knowledgeable about the food & friendly - a great combination. When we were leaving Derry Clarke came out to say goodbye & to check that we enjoyed our meal. A really great evening!

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

rkatsel

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:15%

Reviewed 09th May 2015 (visited 8 May 2015 )

GOOD FOOD, GOOD SERVICE APART FROM THE LAST 3 COURSES WHEN SERVICE GOT VERY SLOW PRICE FROM MENUPAGES WAS €75.00 FOR 2 PERSONS YET RESTAURANT CHARGED 12.5% SERVICE CHARGE ON €150.00 - PRICE BEFORE MENU PAGES DISCOUNT

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

goldenpeter
Wicklow
19 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 07th May 2015 (visited 6 May 2015 )

We had a wonderful tasting menu at l'Ecrivain on Wednesday (we took the Menupages 2-for-1 offer, great value). We arrived a little early and sat in the beautiful bar area downstairs . Then we went to the stunning dining room upstairs. Service was excellent with each course explained by the waitress. We had an amuse bouche of oyster, then scallops, foie gras, cod, lamb, and two desserts...all beautifully cooked and wonderfully presented. The wine was also very good, though a little on the pricey side. Coffees and lovely petit fours to finish and round off an excellent meal, one of the best I've had in Dublin. and great value!

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