L'Ecrivain Restaurant

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

Dublin 2

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289 reviews
4 stars - based on 289 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

CUISINES
Fine Dining, French, Irish, Wine Bar

FACILITIES

Wine Only Veggie options available Seafood available Separate function room available Will accept party bookings Accept major credit cards

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant

ozzyoh
Dublin
65 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th June 2016 (visited 14 May 2016 )

Nice enough place, we were seated upstairs and it was freezing though. Service was good. Value was not - extortionate service charge added to our bill (we only a party of TWO) which added another €30 onto our bill. Portions were small. Was nice to try it given all the hype but wouldn't return.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

kabirysya
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 31st May 2016 (visited 30 May 2016 )

We had tasting menu. Almost everything was very salty and not tasty. Only course that we enjoyed was scallop, it was really good. Also great coffee at the end. Service was good. I would not recommend this reastaurant based on the meal we had.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Spy
Dublin
26 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th April 2016 (visited 30 March 2016 )

Oh dear, how very disappointing. It seems Nouvelle cuisine is very well and truly back at L'Ecrivain. We had visited here before on a 9 course tasting menu which was lovely and great value however, this time around we did a 3 course menu voucher and it most certainly was not worth it. Tiny portions whereby the meat was no more than matchbox sized for both starters (which you wouldn't mind so much) but for main courses too. We both had the pork belly for starter and there was so much soy sauce you couldn't taste the pork. The main courses and desserts were delicious, there just wasn't enough. We both left still feeling hungry. To add to this we knew we were obliged to pay 12.5% service charge (which we didn't mind, service was good and we always pay well for good service) however, it was on the original menu price, not what we had paid. Very cheeky, very displeased and with so many lovely restaurants in Dublin we won't be back.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

munchiem
Dublin
22 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:37%

Reviewed 22nd March 2016 (visited 16 March 2016 )

We enjoyed a lovely meal at L'Ecrivain. We were made to feel special including the added extra of a birthday greeting on my husband's dessert which they had obviously noted from my booking a month previously! Pork belly was great, fillet steak was amazing, dessert was okay! Sallyanne then brought us on a tour of the new Samsung kitchen which she clearly loves!

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Munchtoo
Dublin
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd February 2016 (visited 22 February 2016 )

Everything was perfect. Service, food, wine and atmosphere. Even though it wasn't cheap, it was worth every cent. It was a special occasion.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Foodlover10
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th February 2016 (visited 30 January 2016 )

My third visit to this restaurant will sadly be my last. Having had two enjoyable experiences here before, we thought it would be a good choice for a special occasion - my wife's birthday, but we were wrong. There are some diverse choices on the menu so we thought a restaurant of this stature is a good chance to order something a bit unusual. My wife ordered the pigeon for starter - a bold choice I would have thought but in a place like this it will be great surely? To my wife's horror the pigeon came as a leg piece with the claw/foot (or whatever it may be referred to in culinary cycles) still attached to the meat. It was very ugly on the plate and didn't whet either our appetites. My brave wife soldiered through it and ate what she could. Once the plates were cleared we felt the need to speak up. I kindly asked the head waiter what the purpose of the claw was and he said it was for presentation purposes. I simply said we didn't appreciate it. Some moments later the owner of the restaurant came over and asked if we were enjoying our meal. I told her we didn't like the pigeon starter with the claw. She was extremely rude, defensive and argumentative. In fact her immediate response when I first spoke up was ' oh are you a chef? ' in a sarcastic tone. She told us it was traditional French cuisine and everyone else loved it. I asked what there is to love about an ugly pigeon foot on a plate of food and she said its a talking point for customers and some like to play with it - seriously? Of course we went on our smart phone even before we first complained and googled pigeon starter to find loads of beautifully presented starters - no claws in sight. Having agreed to disagree with the owner, to our disgust she returned to our table half way through the main course to argue her point further. She waved her phone in my face to show me an Instagram picture of a Michelin star restaurant in Galway who served pigeon the same. I found this so unprofessional - I was embarrassed for her! I told her I didn't care what a restaurant in Galway served, I was a customer here and I'm entitled as a customer to say if I didn't like our food. She continued to argue in the middle of the restaurant with everyone watching on. I asked what happened to the customer is always right and she said ' the customer is not always right ' and she was in the business 20 years and knew best. We decided to skip desert and leave. Our 3 course menu at €75 pp was discounted to €65 pp based on us not having a desert, and we were charged for the pigeon, foot and all. That aside the rest of the food was average and bordering on cold. The restaurant is stiff and boring . We were the youngest people there by about 20 years and perhaps that's why we got no respect there. Makes me wonder, what will come of dated places like this in years to come?

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

anneclar
Dublin
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st February 2016 (visited 27 January 2016 )

Such good food, such professional staff, so want to go again! Deserving of the 5* rating.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

angelat222

5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th October 2015 (visited 22 October 2015 )

My husband brought me to L'Ecrivain to celebrate my birthday. We had the 9 course tasting menu & weren't disappointed. The food was fabulous & all the staff were extremely attentive. Looking forward to going back.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Prendj123

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th September 2015 (visited 8 August 2015 )

Awesome. We went there to celebrate an 89th birthday. The Clarkes and all the staff were attentive with every detail. Service was unparalleled. We would highly recommend L'Ecrivain to anyone looking to celebrate a significant family occasion.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

james
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th August 2015 (visited 27 August 2015 )

Modern cuisine in a lovely, laid back atmosphere. L'Ecrivain never fails to impress.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

shawmaryc63
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th August 2015 (visited 25 August 2015 )

We had the 'tasting menu'. It was very interesting and each course was a new experience. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed. The service was perfect and non-intrusive.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

Ivan Thomas
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th August 2015 (visited 19 August 2015 )

Went to l'Ecrivain for an anniversary dinner and had the tasting menu: we didn't go for the special wine per course, but shared a bottle of white -- the menu was all fish and chicken. The staff really couldn't have been nicer, and the food was very strong throughout. No one course that was specially strong, but a very high standard throughout. Negatives? It was a leisurely meal, but even so it was slow, and the bill took a while to arrive. And the bill was big, of course. I didn't like that they added a (significant) gratuity to the bill themselves. All in all, a very memorable and enjoyable evening, with lovely food, beautifully presented.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

tommymadden108

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th August 2015 (visited 10 August 2015 )

Overall a very pleasant food experience. Will return soon.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

MariePB
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd August 2015 (visited 22 July 2015 )

We enjoyed a fabulous evening recently in L'Ecrivan. We had a voucher which allowed us to have the tasting menu at a reduced price. I thought we might not get the same treatment as full price customers but I cannot imagine how anything about the experience could have been bettered! nSally chatted to us a few times to check if we were happy, everything tasted superbly flavoured, there was just the right amount of food. I know full price is very expensive but we decided we must try to save and return. Highly recommended.

L'Ecrivain Restaurant

kincora92
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 31st July 2015 (visited 30 July 2015 )

Fabulous food served by efficient and courteous staff. Pleasant surroundings and good ambience. Excellent value though wines are very expensive !!!

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