Cavistons Seafood Restaurant
59 Glasthule Road, Sandycove
The menu is selected by head chef Noel Cusack on a daily basis and is subject to the day’s catch of the Irish fishing fleets. In this way, freshness, excellence and customer-satisfaction is guaranteed. The cooking like the highly experienced and friendly front of house staff convey a passion for food, wine and hospitality which make the whole experience special and unique. For a culinary adventure par excellence, dine at Cavistons Seafood Restaurant, where the atmosphere matches the food.
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Reviewed 23rd February 2014
Hubby and I felt like having fish for dinner (read: I really wanted fish and he had to go along with the idea:) so we decided to go for a walk to Dun Laoghaire. We were in Cavistons once before and the fish was splendid so I chanced it by ringing the restaurant on the day... It is a very small place and they do only two seatings per evening: one at 6:00 and one at 8:00pm. Luckily for us the 6:00 o'clock seating is not as popular as the later one so we managed to get a table. It is a really nice and cosy place but you do not feel cramped. We were one of the first to arrive for the seating so we also got served pretty quickly. Before you get to pick your starter a basket of fresh bread arrives with butter and an olive and sundried tomato pesto which is a delicious appetizer. We picked chargrilled squid, from the specials menu, for a starter to share and it was absolutely perfect! With chili, coriander and garlic olive oil it was mouthwatering... If you take two portions you could definitely have it as a main (I will surely consider it the next time if it is still on the menu)! We followed with turbot and hake again from the specials board and both fish were really nice, tender but meaty and cooked to perfection. I found 2 bones in my turbot fillet but this is not a surprise, as my luck has it I always find a bone even in fish fingers! We finished with a glass of black muscat and a strawberry panna cotta... I must say I couldn't move after all that! This restaurant is highly recommended to all seafood lovers! The fish is always very fresh and done perfectly. The downfall is the pricing (a bit on the high side) and the fact that you only have two seatings to choose from and usually have to book in advance.
Reviewed 07th October 2013
Great selection of seafood available here. Lovely restaurant but the staff seem a little un interested. Overall though I would go back. Love the daily changes.
Reviewed 23rd April 2013
Ate here recently for a mid-week lunch. The place was full, lucky we booked, with a nice atmosphere and staff were very friendly and efficient. The breads were delicious as was the hummus dip it came with, a nice change from butter. Crab cakes for starters were very tasty, could have done with more crab though! All three fish mains, cod, turbot and haddock cooked to perfection. I found the butter sauce which accompanied the turbot a bit rich, which took away from the flavour of the fresh fish, Ill ask for it on the side next time. Quite pricey, but they do have a deal of two courses for 18.95 with a choice of two starters and two mains. Sauvignon Blanc the nicest I have tasted in a long time. Great place to go for a treat.
Reviewed 06th August 2012
Had a really lovely lunch here - we only managed main courses and a few glasses of prosecco and a lovely fragrant sauvignon. We were served with good bread and a little (very nice) hummous when we arrived. My salmon was cooked to perfection (a rarity in Irish restaurants!) and a generous portion - lovely sauce and I enjoyed the accompanying new potatoes and salad - simplicity can be good with great ingredients. My sister's scallops were very good and again a very generous portion - I loved the turmeric sauce that came with them - a beautiful colour and a really nice mild turmeric taste (turmeric can be bitter if overdone, especially the fresh root)... Spouse had black sole meuniere - really lovely and lots of it... We found the staff very friendly and nicely informal - but very efficient - this created a nice relaxed atmosphere, coupled with the fact that it was the 1.30pm sitting so no distraction of people coming and going in what is a small space, and it gave a nice clubby feeling eating lunch all at the same time with a small group of other diners. I know it is a little pricey - but I think worth it for the quality of the ingredients and very good, simple but not unsophisticated cooking, and the very nice atmosphere.
Reviewed 19th January 2012
First time to try this restaurant and as I'm not a huge fish lover was just going along for the celebration of a friends birthday. What a great little place - and it doesn't stink of fish like I'd imagined. It's comfortable and the service was friendly. I had the Cod which was mild and really flavoursome accompanied by a lovely salad and potatoes. The wine choice was alright if a bit pricey.
Reviewed 09th May 2011
I went to Cavistons on Saturday afternoon for lunch. I had been looking forward to it for weeks. I purchased a deal from foodies.ie and I was dying to use it. The food lives up to its reputation, good fresh fish and seafood. You could nearly taste the salt water from the fish it was so fresh, delicious simple food, portions are generous, and fish is cooked to perfection. Best seafood restaurant in Dublin by far, expensive but worth every penny.
Reviewed 27th April 2011
The husband and I treated ourselves to a late lunch today and found a parking place easily just around the corner on Link Road. It took only a few minutes to take our seats in Caviston's. I like the casual bistro-style decor and although I can imagine that you might be a bit too close to your neighbours for comfort on a busy Saturday night, we were fine this afternoon. (The toilets are on the "bijou" side, too.) Unfortunately, I was a little under the weather, so wasn't up to giving the menu the full attention it deserved, given that we were belatedly celebrating our anniversary. We opted for the special menu. While waiting for our first course, we were given a small selection of breads and a rather cloying dip. For starters the husband had queen scallops with warm salad and a slightly sweet sauce that "lacked sharpness". I yielded to the temptation of the crab claws with lots of melted butter and garlic. The husband's arteries went into spasm when he tasted one but I just wolfed them down. Delicious. For his main course the husband had John Dory. I had a tiny taste and despite my blocked nose could get a faint scented taste from the fish (saffron?). I thought it was pleasant but the husband thought the fish slightly overcooked and the sauce too heavy. My main course was king scallops, served in a creamy Dijon mustard sauce and presented in a large cockle shell. I quite liked them; they were tender but had been seared a little too long. Burnt flakes spoiled the sauce in the cockle shell, while the sauce on the plate was edible. The husband chose the chocolate marquise for his pudding - too rich for my tastes - while I went for the blueberry and almond flan. Gorgeous. The service was a little slow sometimes, but the waitress was effusive in her apologies for the burnt scallops and didn't charge us for them. Three courses and a glass of house wine each, a coffee and a tea came to about €75. Despite my quibbles, I would go back.
Reviewed 16th September 2010
excellent evening. delicious fresh food, great service and not as expensive as I had expected. Will definitely be back. soon.
Reviewed 18th August 2010
I had my third visit here on a recent Saturday evening. I would certainly say that the key to a really enjoyable meal here, lunch or evening, is to book the last sitting, as we did. The other sittings can be a bit rushed. Still, hats off to the staff, who were able to give my lady companion and I a glass of wine outside even while they cleared the tables from the last sitting. The meal was good as ever. My grilled fresh sardines would be hard to beat and the tuna loin was very good. My companion enjoyed her prawn salad stater but thought her main course a bit overdone, as were the spuds. We shared a really brilliant crumble. The Chablis was good too, though I was surprised to see wine from that region in a screwcap bottle. Overall, minor quibbles apart, it was very enjoyable and I hope to go again.
Reviewed 18th July 2010
Superb. We wen here for the lunch special - 2 courses for 12.95 or 15.95 with a glass of wine. The offer is available at noon and although early was definately worth the drive across the city. The restaurant is small inside but there was enough space between the tables for privacy. The staff couldn't have been nicer and the choice of 3 starters and 3 mains was great. The "meal deal" also included sides of beautiful potatoes and salad, The portion sizes were great and fish gorgeous, We finished off with a spot of shopping in Cavistons deli next door. We're planning a return trip already.