l'Ecrivain Restaurant

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

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Sallyanne and Derry Clarke's landmark Dublin restaurant is celebrating 25 years in business . L’Ecrivain has won many awards during this time, including its most recent accolades –Best service at the Food and Wine awards 2013- Best Chef of the Year in 2013 and Best Restaurant of the year in 2011 in The Good Eating Guide- Restaurant of the Year 2011 in The Georgina Campbell Guide. L'Ecrivain's own Sommelier, Miss Martina Delaney has also just won Sommelier of the Year 2011. Dublin born Derry trained in the classical French tradition and now combines his unique Irish/French style using the very best of Irish produce from local and artisan producers.
Since l'Ecrivain opened in July 1989, they have had several transformations and now L'Ecrivain is going from strength to strength.

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, Fine Dining, French, 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

l'Ecrivain Restaurant reviews

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dyml22
Dublin
17 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:53%

Reviewed 23rd July 2014 (visited 4 July 2014 )

The food was not good and well below what I would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Very inconsistent. Our bread and amuse bouche was top notch but the Monkfish was like rubber it was so overcooked and there was so much salt on it I couldn't eat it. The rabbit, which is one of my favourite meats, was also overcooked and wrapped in a bacon which totally overpowered its delicate flavour. The cheese course lacked the sweetness of a chutney or jam. It had a little jelly on the plate but there wasn't enough. The dessert, while it tasted good, was extremely heavy for the end of a 7 course tasting menu and I could only eat a bite. It was a chocolate torte. A mousse or something lighter would have been better. The service was excellent particularly from a younger looking waiter who was very polite and professional. The decor in the restaurant was lovely however the smoking area is on the terrace outside the dining area and when abother customer went outside for a cigarette all I could smell was the smoke. Not nice, would be better to ask smokers to go outside downstairs. Won't be going back again nor would I recommend this restaurant. Your money would be better spent elsewhere.

deirdresullivan101
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 27th April 2014 (visited 6 March 2014 )

What an experience, was brought here recently as a guest and all I can say is Wow, the staff, the service the atmosphere, the decor but most of all the food, I have never tasted taste like it. What also impressed me was that it was. Ot as near as expensive as I thought it would be,I will def be back very soon

resurrection79
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:48%

Reviewed 10th April 2014 (visited 10 January 2014 )

We went to l'Ecrivain for a birthday lunch, as someone gave me a voucher for here. The atmosphere was fairly subdued and slightly stuffy, which I find is sometimes the case in very upmarket restaurants. Having said that, the staff were fairly friendly and laid back. We both had the lunch menu (one vegetarian) and the food was top notch. Small portions of course, but extremely filling. The wine list is really good too. It's nice to go for a special occasion, but it is expensive!

resurrection79
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:48%

Reviewed 10th April 2014 (visited 10 January 2014 )

We went to l'Ecrivain for a birthday lunch, as someone gave me a voucher for here. The atmosphere was fairly subdued and slightly stuffy, which I find is sometimes the case in very upmarket restaurants. Having said that, the staff were fairly friendly and laid back. We both had the lunch menu (one vegetarian) and the food was top notch. Small portions of course, but extremely filling. The wine list is really good too. It's nice to go for a special occasion, but it is expensive so the question is whether to go here for 1 meal or to have 3 meals somewhere else!

nerak
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 09th April 2014 (visited 27 March 2014 )

My husband and I visited on Thursday 27 March last, we had the Prix Fixe Menu, as my daughter had purchased it on one of those deal sites. Received a lovely welcome at reception and we had a drink at the bar before going upstairs. I found the atmosphere to be very friendly and efficient even though the restaurant was quite full. I had the salmon for starters and my husband had the rabbit, I chose Lamb and John had the Hake. The flavours were just amazing. Dessert didn't disappoint either, I had the salted caramel and John had the Orange and Passion fruit. As we had finished our wine, we were advised that we could have same by the glass, a nice touch!, but we did anyway. All in all a lovely evening.

MGal
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:13%

Reviewed 03rd November 2013 (visited 11 September 2013 )

Went here for a special occasion. Was a little disappointed - ordered the Ox Tail Carpaccio for a starter and it was completely tasteless. Mentioned it to waiter who looked at me like I'd two heads. A replacement was offered but alternative on tasting menu didn't appeal. Nice meal but probably not worth the expense. Also find the room a little disappointing - would be nice if they could conceal the bathroom door from the dining tables.

Katy26
Dublin
16 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:60%

Reviewed 22nd October 2013 (visited 17 October 2013 )

We went here for a work dinner. The atmosphere was nice but it was extremely quite in the restautant that evening. Food was good, however i had the same main course somewhere else two days later and the price was half that of L'Ecrivain and double the size. The waiter was very proffesional and served us well. I would think twice about paying that much money for the same food i could get somewhere else.

althea94
Dublin
24 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 11th July 2013 (visited 20 June 2013 )

We dined on a packed Thursday. 6 course tasting menu. We'd only been here last month so was thrilled to be back. From our first to our last course, everything was fabulous. Foie gras, faux gin and tonic pallet cleanser. Incredibly cooked fish and to our pleasant surprise, the dessert had all the incredible flavours like our last visit but was plated different. These little touches keep us coining back. Service is wonderful, food amazing 5/5

WalshCJ
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:36%

Reviewed 11th July 2013 (visited 26 June 2013 )

This was my second visit to Lecrivain. The first was out of this world, fantastic service, amazing food and atmosphere. This time was still a great experience but I felt the service wasnt up to their usual high standard, as in we never got an explanation of the food we had ordered or what wines to choose. The food was still so unusual and had fantastic presentation. We had a dining room voucher for the six course tasting menu so maybe that had something to do with it. Plus next time I would request a table in the main room upstairs instead of the side room which was lacking a little in atmosphere.

jeanseb
Dublin
46 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:20%

Reviewed 03rd July 2013 (visited 21 June 2013 )

Myself and my husband went there for my birthday.We went for the 10 course menu including wine which was very nice. I was a bit disappointed in the service as some of the waiting staff were quite rude. One particular member of staff just threw the cutlery on the table and was not very polite. Another member of staff served me a portugese wine in the same glass that I had just finished a spanish wine.I had to ask for the glass to be replaced. Are the wine glasses not meant to be changed between each course!!!! The atmosphere was very elegant and the food and the wine was great but it was quite disappointing that they would have had more wine from the french region as it is a french restaurant. They served wines from all over the world instead. I think we must of had only 2 glasses of french wine for two of the courses. For all those french lovers of food out there I was quite suprised they did not serve a glass of sauterne with foie gras.... which is essential I think. They served a glass of sweet dessert wine instead!!! It was very expensive for what it was and I dont think I will go back there again.

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