Bear restaurant

35 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South

Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Steak

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77 reviews
3 stars - based on 77 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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OPENING HOURS

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

CAPACITY
60 people

WEBSITE
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CUISINES
BBQ, Paleo, Steak

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi hot spot! Allocated smoking area

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Bear

stevehenderson.henderson17492186
Dublin
3 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 24th April 2015 (visited 16 March 2015 )

Tried the flank and the rump, but actually thought the cheaper rump was better. The fries are great, really tasty but the "million dollar fries" didn´t do it for me, would suggest one portion to share for a table. Only drawback was the high stool seating, quite awkward and uncomfortable. Overall very good though

Bear

Blanch
Dublin
37 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 19th March 2015 (visited 15 March 2015 )

Had the Sunday brunch menu. Minute steak was cooked to perfection. Will be coming back for the evening menu.

Bear

lizzyr
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:47%

Reviewed 26th January 2015 (visited 26 September 2014 )

amazing steak at reasonable prices and love their homemade lemonade, mixed with rum in a jam jar=delicious!

Bear

dawn.e.norton
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:45%

Reviewed 29th December 2014 (visited 27 December 2014 )

Unimpressed overall. Starter prawn and ginger sweet potato cakes. Good portions, 3 cakes, ate one only. Not my taste. Medium feather steak for main. Very fatty. Not rested long enough, swimming in pool of blood. Served alone. Side orders essential. Million dollar fries delicious but v expensive. Sauces come like chilled sticks of butter in parchment paper. Odd. Dessert was not available. Cheeseboard consisted of one blue cheese and one Brie/Camembert with crackers. Poor selection. No quince/cheese jam. Waiters unfriendly. Uncomfortable seating. Cold, had a cardigan but was still freezing. Would not recommend

Bear

FoodieGirl89
Dublin
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.

Bear

vladimir.dotsenko
Dublin
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.

Bear

garthvadar43848281
Galway
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.

Bear

gahancs
Dublin
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.

Bear

grublovers
Kilkenny
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.

Bear

foodlover1133
Dublin
43 reviews

Guru

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.

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