l'Ecrivain Restaurant

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

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French

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196 reviews
l'Ecrivain Restaurant
Sallyanne and Derry Clarke's landmark Dublin restaurant is celebrating 22 years in business . Its latest accolades are- Best Restaurant of the Year 2011 in The Georgina Campbell Guide and Best Restaurant Overall in Ireland Portside Media's Good Eating Guide to Ireland 2011. 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. This restaurant is informed informality at its best, is very stylish and yet set in comfortable surroundings
*Cuisines* Fine Dining, French/Irish, Seafood, Steak, Lamb, Poultry, Vegetarian, Wine Bar/Piano Bar.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu12:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun12:00pm - 9:00pm

CAPACITY
120 people

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CUISINES
Fine Dining, French, French, Irish, Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian, 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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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
10 reviews

First Timer

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
15 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:28%

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.

althea94
Dublin
24 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:50%

Reviewed 28th June 2013 (visited 7 May 2013 )

My partner and i dined here for my birthday, 6 course tasting menu. We were very excited to come here as we always are and it was fantastic. The staff are amazing, really informative and friendly. Amuse bouche is the best i've ever tasted, Parmesan with mushroom and onion jelly. Starters we had foie gras terrine. Mains were Pork Belly and my partner had the Hake. Dessert was just stunning, I had the chocolate blood orange. I can't say enough good things about the food in this restaurant. It never disappoints and I try things i wouldn't normally like as I know it's gonna be amazing. Highly recommended

Laure
Dublin
29 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:40%

Reviewed 08th April 2013 (visited 5 April 2013 )

My husband and I ate here last Friday night, having made the reservation 4 months ago. It was a special occasion, so we were really looking forward to it, but unfortunately we were left a little disappointed by both the food and service. We started off the evening with a drink in the bar which was lovely, the bar man was charming, and it was nice to listen to the pianist as we looked through the menu. We were then brought upstairs to our table. We were seated on the mezzanine level, which I much prefer to the main room; however our table was seated right beside the area where the waiting staff came to get menus and cutlery, so we felt a bit disturbed by this, as cutlery was dropped a few times. I guess even when you book four months in advance it doesn’t guarantee one of the better tables! However, the restaurant wasn’t full on this Friday night. When we sat down we had to wait a few minutes for menus to be brought to us again and our order to be taken. Now while this isn’t a huge problem as we didn’t want to be rushed and were quite happy to take our time, but we actually felt that they may have forgotten about us as it took so long. We had also already ordered our wine in the bar and were told that it would be ready for us when we got to our table. Our waitress was lovely, very friendly and checked on us plenty throughout the meal, without being overbearing. The food was good, but definitely not as good as expected. This was our first time in a 1 star restaurant, having eaten in 2 star Patrick Guilbauds recently. I didn’t expect there to be such a huge difference between 1 & 2 star restaurants. I also felt that I have eaten in other un-starred restaurants much better than l’Ecrivain (e.g. James St. South in Belfast, or Volt in Berlin). The breads provided were delicious, no complaints there. While the menu sounded delicious, the food didn’t live up to it. My husband had hake to start which was beautifully cooked, but totally overpowered with the over pickled olive tapenade. I had the pigeon, which was cold (well room temp maybe) and came with a quails egg that was cold too. I couldn’t eat the cold stringy skin on the pigeon breast either. However the hazelnut puree was absolutely delicious. Maybe the dish was supposed to be cold, but I would have preferred it warm at least, maybe I should have asked our waitress. There was also a bit of confusion with the waiting staff as they brought us another tables mains by mistake at first. They apologised and there was no harm done, but not exactly Michelin star service. For mains I had the nicest piece of monkfish I’ve ever tasted, beautifully cooked, however I didn’t enjoy the other things it came with, and didn’t eat them as everything was overpowered by a very tangy, vinegary mayonnaise like puree. My husband had lamb, which itself was delicious, but the accompanying things were just too bland (parsnip puree) or overpowering. We decided to go for dessert which was by far the least impressive dish. I went with coconut meringue and exotic fruit. It was ok, the meringue was nicely flavoured with coconut, but the cream was too thick for my taste and the fruit and jelly just didn’t have enough flavour. My husband had his favourite, lemon tart which was too bitter. The highlight of the meal, was the sorbet between starter and main. It was lime, cucumber and chili flavoured and it was so good! In fact a bowl of that for dessert would have been perfect! The wine we chose was from the more affordable sommelier selection, but it was a very good wine. So even though the wines start at around €40 a bottle, I think you can be guaranteed that they are all good wines. Portions are also quite generous, especially the starters. We were a little surprised that 12.5% service charge was automatically added, and we felt a little awkward when paying as the lady (maybe the sommelier, as she took our wine order) who brought us the card machine didn’t ask us how our meal was, and said nothing and just stood in silence as we paid! Something tells me that this isn’t normal for l’Ecrivain though, so maybe in a year or so, I’ll give it another go, and hopefully I’ll be impressed next time.

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