35 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South
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Reviewed 13th October 2013
Had heard great things about this restaurant so was dying to try it. We ordered our meal me the chicken and him the ribs but were not advised that they did not come with any sides. Having waited for 35 minutes as the chicken is cooked from scratch, we didn't feel like waiting an extra period of time for sides so decided to forego. Couldn't fault the meat, very tender and spicy but the restaurant lacked any atmosphere and the waiting staff gave the impression of being bored and couldn't wait to get us out. disappointed.
Reviewed 04th October 2013
We walked in on a Saturday evening around 7 and had no trouble getting a table. I agree with previous comments about the noise level-I with with my OH and it's a big table to talk across. We had a sharing rib eye which was beautifully cooked, as we asked. We also shared fries
Reviewed 14th September 2013
Have been here before and adored the place, Million Dollar fries and steaks had kicked ass! .......But, it's gone downhill, MDF raw, steaks nice, atmosphere dead....Me thinks they need to revamp or close as GB and Damson have passed them out..
Reviewed 20th August 2013
Fancied a nice bit of steak so headed along to Bear on a Friday night around 8 or so. We got a seat immediately which seemingly is rare on a Friday night. We ordered the chicken livers and the prawn and sweet potato fish cakes for starter which were both pretty tasty. I loved the chicken livers as they were very flavourful, in contrast my husband preferred the fish cake but I didn't think it packed enough of a punch. We ordered the Onglette to share, medium rare, under the advisement of the waiter and sure enough it was delicious - not quite as tender as he had described but very tasty nonetheless. As sides we got fries and horseradish coleslaw - word of warning get the coleslaw only if you like horseradish as its pretty powerful but then I loved it. No desserts yet but they are refitting the place and getting a dessert chef so watch this space. Nice atmosphere but the music is just a fraction too loud. Especially if you in there as a couple across a relatively wide table and don't want to shout at one another. Would recommend this place for group nights out above a cosy couple dining experience.
Reviewed 23rd April 2013
Had lunch with a friend and I had a minute steak sandwich on sourdough and it was bland and overcooked. Love the space but don't think I'd go back for lunch...service was very slow for a not busy lunchtime!
Reviewed 17th April 2013
This was my second trip to bear previously went for dinner and felt a bit let as the 16oz rib eye steak was taken off the menu. There were also a few small niggling problems but that is expected with a new restaurant and teething problems attached so I said it deserved a second chance. Today I went in for lunch and was very impressed, the waiter remembered me from my previous visit which is always nice. Had the house chorizo, humus and rocket on grilled sourdough topped with pickled red cabbage. Also had homemade lime ginger lemonade and for just over €10 it was great value very quick service and I as I was leaving the restaurant it was starting to fill with diners. I suggest that you should at least visit once. It is comfort food with thought and care. Would definitely return.
Reviewed 16th April 2013
Another brain child of Joe Macken's and partner in Bear current Irish Rugby Team captain Jamie Heaslip! I would imagine it was at the behest of Jamie's input that the portions are so large with a rugby player's appetite in mind. I got the steak and chips when I went in which was excellent value. The non-alcoholic drinks are presented well and taste good to. The interior design is quirky and minimilist but this shouldn't come at the cost of comfort and those bloody chairs are no treat! Worst of all I found the chips were so crispy that there was no real soft potato in the middle of them and the steak for some odd reason was over salted. I am a Jo Burger fan and so I was disappointed to be let down by the food.
Reviewed 06th April 2013
I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant, as I prviously had read some negative reviews. I loved the food here! We shared the mushroom/thyme with toast.I had the feather steak (rare) which tasted beautifully! the fries were yum and spinach/garlic very tasty as well. We also got 3 sauces for a fiver. the chipotle mayonaisse was too spicy for us but the red wine butter and bechamel, again, very tasty. We also shared a nice bottle of chardonnay. Only downfall is that it's quite cold in there. We changed seats because of a bad draft, but still cold. Also the stools not the most comfy, but I will come back for the food that's for sure. Also the sides may add up quite a bit to your bill, but portions are generous so sharing is recommended.
Reviewed 01st April 2013
I really was disappointed with my experience here. The service was good and the staff were very nice. However the meal was drab. The meat was only ok. I expected to be blown away going to a proper steakhouse, but I'm sorry to say it was a major letdown. The atmosphere isn't to my liking, nor is the decor. Pricey too. Not recommended.
Reviewed 18th February 2013
Great place! I love Joe Mackens restaurants, they are always so full of quirky details like the bill coming inside a bullet casing. This place is all about the meat and it is really good. If you aren't into sharing then this probably isn't the place for you because all the food is big. I have eaten here three times in the past two months and the food is consistently good. The million dollar fries (deep fried potato gratin chunks) and the scallop potatoes are delicious, the bavette and the london broil are both great tasty cuts of steak. I would also highly recommend the lamb ribs which are really tender and flavorsome. I have to have the rhubarb lemonade here with a shot of rum, it is amazing! The staff are really friendly and attentive and its a great experience, you really feel like you are out.