Bear restaurant

35 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South

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73 reviews
Bear is an old school grill and a collaboration between Jo’Burger Ltd, the company behind successful eateries Jo’Burger, Crackbird, and Skinflint.

Bear seats 80 total across two levels with some shared tables and a bar on the upper level. The huge front windows overlook the ever-busy junction of South William Street and Chatham Street and are lead counterweighted so they can glide fully open. Inside, burgundy and white painted walls offset high shine copper ducting, reclaimed wood ceilings and salvaged cast iron radiators. Quirky artwork and feature neon lights complete the look.

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Mon12:00pm - 11:00pm
Tue12:00pm - 11:00pm
Wed12:00pm - 11:00pm
Thu12:00pm - 11:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sat12:00pm - 11:00pm
Sun12:00pm - 11:00pm

60 people

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BBQ, Irish, Steak


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7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:75%

Reviewed 02nd December 2014 (visited 29 November 2014 )

Went here with foodie friends after hearing good things. The place totally lacks atmosphere, and there was table beside us full of drunks screaming and shouting, downing shots (6.30 in the eve)- felt like I was in a pub with footie louts. When we commented about the noise to waitress, she replied "what can you do?". Great consideration for all other diners. We waited 25mins for menus and drink order to be taken, and the staff weren't helpful or informative when we enquired about the unusual cuts of meat. I was told the rump was the leanest, mine was tasty but my partners had several rinds of fat running through the entire steak. It was inedible, and he returned it refusing another. The onion rings were totally over seasoned, like a mouthful of powdery Parmesan, yuck. We ordered 10 sauces to try...only the peppercorn was any good. As for the house gravy ....tasted like oxtail soup mixed with ketchup. Awful. The fries were lovely, the millionaire fries were good also but not worth €7.00. Overall very disappointed, won't be returning.

4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 30th November 2014 (visited 25 November 2014 )

I went there for lunch with a friend, and the food was absolutely wonderful. Excellent steaks, most enjoyable sides, very pleasant home made lemonade. I will certainly be back.

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 19th October 2014 (visited 18 October 2014 )

Poor service / ok food. Steak was ok, sides okay as well. Staff (bar 1 guy) were rude and unhelpful. After we finished eating we planned to have a cocktail before leaving but were told by the staff (in particular 1 pretentious staff member) that we had to leave our table and take our drinks outside onto a terrible wee terrace by a busy road with no heater (which we weren't too keen on). Apparently there is a time limit on tables which nobody tells you about until you finish eating. In short they were very rude in how they managed the situation, saying there was a queue for tables when we could see there wasn't. In short okay food but terrible staff - I will never go back and would strongly warn people against this place as the steak doesn't make it worth the visit. Be interested to see how long it stays open for if they treat their customers like that.

10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:47%

Reviewed 19th September 2014 (visited 18 September 2014 )

I went to Bear yesterday upon recommendation by menupages reviewers and was extremely disappointed. I took my dad for a pre theatre dinner and the steak he ordered was terrible (rosary cut). The sides we had were wonderful. My steak (feather steak was grand). Upon finishing the meal our waiter asked how the food was when my dad (a butcher) said his steak was terrible-tough and very difficult to eat (as evidenced by his plate). He normally doesn't complain. The response from the waiter was 'that's that cut of steak'. We paid and left. The place was pretty much empty between 6 and 7 and frankly now I know why. Poor steak is one thing, but the lack of customer service was another.

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:25%

Reviewed 08th July 2014 (visited 28 June 2014 )

I recently ate here in a group of six and we were all excited to try some unusual cuts of meat. The menu naturally left us with one or two questions. However our waitress was extremely short with us, even sharply asking one of our group 'what do you normally eat when you go out?'. To this we probably should have cut our losses and exited but we persisted, most of us ordering the rib eye and some simple sides so as not to invite her wrath again. The steaks were well seasoned and cooked if not a little underwhelming for what you might expect in a steak house. The 12% service charge, for appalling service, included in the bill came as the final blow.

43 reviews


Credibility Score:42%

Reviewed 19th June 2014 (visited 18 June 2014 )

Went there after read good review of the place, ordered sweet potato as starter and lamb rib and grill chicken for main, with million dollar chips as sides, it was not good, was really looking forward to tender juicy lamb and got fatty instead. Service is not the best either; even the place was mostly empty. Maybe is greasy trendy food for the 20st.

31 reviews


Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 16th June 2014 (visited 3 May 2014 )

I have eaten here a couple of times and enjoyed it. The steaks are very flavoursome and seasoned perfectly (in particular I like the rump steak). The parmesan coated onion rings are also delicious. I recommend this place for groups of friends who want a good quality steak meal at a decent price.

23 reviews


Credibility Score:32%

Reviewed 26th May 2014 (visited 11 May 2014 )

Great food, a little unhealthy but a nice treat to cure what ails you on a Sunday afternoon! Had a mammoth t-bone steak with the million dollar fries, portions enough to feed a small nation but I wasn't complaining, service was great but it was a little quiet, perhaps due to the time of day (early Sunday evening). Would return for sure, as there's a lot of mouthwatering prospects on the menu that I wish I'd had room to try!

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:30%

Reviewed 29th April 2014 (visited 29 April 2014 )

I decided to bring my Husband for his birthday. It was lunchtime and we could immediately see there is a staffing issue. Less than half the tables were full, two staff available, both staff were looking like they were under pressure. There was no smiles or welcome. We were made wait for a table with no apology for the delay. I didn't mind waiting. The issue is this: staff are completely unmotivated. There is no conversation from the waitress when she took our order. Our food arrived, minute steak and 9oz sirloin with fries. Very underwhelming. The slaw is bitter. Paid the bill and no communication from the waitress at all at the till. Won't be recommending or returning to Bear. Really disappointed to have spent €40 on two steaks and slaw. No drinks. Felt upset that I had brought my husband their for his birthday.

4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:30%

Reviewed 26th March 2014 (visited 19 February 2014 )

was really looking forward to dinner here with my other half, as a friend recommended it, but left feeling confused and annoyed. its a big space which was quite loud, staff need to be trained in customer service as they were borderline rude. we ordered two steaks medium rare , one came medium well the other rare, sent one back 30mins wait for another, we nearly walked out no apology and charged full price.will we be back? I doubt it.

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