Bear restaurant

35 South William Street, Dublin 2, South William Street

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64 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.


Mon12:00am - 12:00am
Tue12:00am - 12:00am
Wed12:00am - 12:00am
Thu12:00am - 12:00am
Fri12:00am - 12:00am
Sat12:00am - 12:00am
Sun12:00am - 12:00am

60 people

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BBQ, English, European, Irish, Steak, Steak


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4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

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.

17 reviews


Credibility Score:34%

Reviewed 25th March 2014 (visited 5 March 2014 )

Seemed to be a slow night and the service was a bit lazy. Steaks to share definitely best option to share. Presented cooked as ordered which is always a pleasant surprise when one orders steak! Menu a little restricted, even for a steak joint.

16 reviews


Credibility Score:35%

Reviewed 26th February 2014 (visited 16 January 2014 )

We had high hopes for this restaurant but the service is really poor. The staff had a great knack of ignoring eye contact! Plus they seemed quite unfriendly. Maybe it was just a slow night and they were bored. When we did get served, the steak was good but not much more than you would find in a good pub. Also, the draught beer selection is spartan but the bottle based craft beers were great. I don't think we will return due to the service.

1 reviews

First Timer

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Reviewed 04th February 2014 (visited 2 February 2014 )

Went to Bear for Lunch last Sunday, food was good, got the steak sandwich which was nice and the homemade lemonade which was lovely but the service was atrocious, there were 2 floor staff on and we must have waited 15 mins to order. Also waited another 15 mins to be brought down a desert menu which never arrived. I wouldn't mind but there were only about 3 other tables occupied in the restaurant. Overall an ok experience. Food was good but service leaves a lot to be desired!

4 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:31%

Reviewed 03rd February 2014 (visited 25 January 2014 )

Went here with hubby and another couple for a meal. We opted for the shared steak. The portion was huge and was cooked perfectly. We recieved a free bottle of procecco which we weren't expecting. Service was prompt and the waitress advised us on what to order. Glad we took her advice. Overall a great meal and we will be back.

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:21%

Reviewed 27th January 2014 (visited 25 January 2014 )

Went to this place on Saturday night with hubby and two friends, and was very impressed! We booked online after hearing it was lovely, and were given a great table right by the window. As soon as we arrived we were told there was a complimentary bottle of Prosecco as Jamie Heislip had renewed his Leinster contract! We didn't order starters and went straight for mains which wer amazing! and the side orders are to die for...million dollar fries are a must...and selection of dips and sauces just top it all off. Yum! Also they do really nice lemonades (vodka optional) served in cool little jars...would definitely go back.

21 reviews


Credibility Score:42%

Reviewed 22nd January 2014 (visited 19 November 2013 )

Nice but not amazing. Food was so so accross the board, none of us were blown away. Service was fine also but nothing special, this place could and should do much better.

48 reviews


Credibility Score:87%

Reviewed 06th January 2014 (visited 22 December 2013 )

Enjoyed lunch here just before Christmas, Hubby had a steak sambo and I had the rosary steak. The lunch menu was good value and I really enjoyed my steak and fries, very tasty. Service was satisfactory. We sat in the window, people watching in the bad weather. All in all enjoyed the experience would like to come here for dinner some time.

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 14th December 2013 (visited 12 December 2013 )

Was really looking forward to going here but was very disappointed. Service was poor and we were reminded 4 times that our table had to be vacated by 930. They were out of rib eye steak when we arrived. Steak we got was small and sides were not great. Steak was quite tasty but I have had better. Also quite pricey for what we got. Disappointing

45 reviews


Credibility Score:95%

Reviewed 13th October 2013 (visited 3 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.

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