Thornton's Restaurant

1st, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, 128 St Stephen's Green, City Centre South

Dublin 2

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88 reviews
4 stars - based on 88 reviews
Thornton’s Restaurant has received a Michelin star every year since 1996. It was set up by the renowned chef Kevin Thornton. Thornton’s is a part of the Fitzwilliam Hotel, and is situated at Stephens Green, in the centre of the buzzing Dublin 2 area. Thornton’s Restaurant provides culinary excellence to every guest, immersing them in a sensory experience that lingers in the memory long after the meal.

AWARDS & PRIZES

In 1900, André Michelin published the first edition of a guide to France to help drivers maintain their cars, find decent lodging, and eat well while touring. In 1926, the guide introduced the star to note good cooking; two and three stars were added in the early 1930s. The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality. In 1900, André Michelin published the first edition of a guide to France to help drivers maintain their cars, find decent lodging, and eat well while touring. In 1926, the guide introduced the star to note good cooking; two and three stars were added in the early 1930s. The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality.

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OPENING HOURS

Monclosed
Tue6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wed6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thu6:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri12:30pm - 10:00pm
Sat12:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunclosed

CAPACITY
80 people

CUISINES
European, Fine Dining, Irish

FACILITIES

Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Parking available Accept major credit cards Coeliac options available Veggie options available Seafood available

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Thornton's Restaurant

helenoreilly86
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd February 2015 (visited 20 December 2014 )

Had a wonderful time at this restaurant on the night I got engaged! The service was excellent from start to finish. I enjoyed Chef Thornton coming out and explaining my starter! The food was delicious down to every detail. The chocolate spelling congratulations at the end of the meal was a very thoughtful extra!

Thornton's Restaurant

sdiesel77
Kildare
43 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th January 2015 (visited 13 December 2014 )

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin. The quality of food is just amazing, the wine selection is great. The desserts are unfortunately not as good as the rest of the courses, they are still very nice but definitely not at the same level as other courses. As said in multiple reviews, the only complain is about the design and the atmosphere, it is totally outdated and the restaurant needs an URGENT revamping.

Thornton's Restaurant

ozzyoh
Dublin
65 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 14th May 2014 (visited 10 May 2014 )

Went here to celebrate hubbys birthday. Our first time in a Michelin star restaurant, however we have had nicer meals in other restaurants - the food was lovely but we weren't blown away. Service was very good, apart from the fact they got our bill wrong....twice!!

Thornton's Restaurant

sueelly
Wicklow
25 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 22nd April 2014 (visited 19 April 2014 )

We went for Saturday lunch to celebrate my son’s Birthday. Everything was just perfect! Really good food and wine.

Thornton's Restaurant

Harry Roberts
Dublin
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 24th July 2013 (visited 25 April 2013 )

Restaurant: Thorntons Restaurant Went on a Saturday had a problem with the booking firstly, didn’t like the 2 seater table between windows asked to be moved, food was lovely but didn’t get enough, wine was great but expensive, as was everything completely overpriced, the area is so boring needs to be revamped, we were told they took only one sitting this is a complete lie, when we were nearly finished we were asked if we wanted to move outside and be able to hear all the stuff that goes on in the kitchen, anyway no way were we moving where upon we observed the sneaky way they moved and emptied tables and filled them asap, honestly it was like Piccadilly Circus a complete stroke , no wonder they lost their STAR.....never again, we rang and complained as above and were told we would be contacted ....we are still waiting...

Thornton's Restaurant

Silja
Wicklow
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 30th June 2012 (visited 2 June 2012 )

Agree with other posters that the room lets the restaurant down-the big, round tables are a bit like being at a wedding but then again you're definitely not cramped up against other diners. We went for lunch which was a good value way to try the Thornton's experience. We were impressed that the hype about the food here is justified and also by the lack of pretension, the attention to detail like 'Happy Birthday' chocolate slabs being sent out with dessert because they had noticed us toasting birthdays and Kevin Thornton working the room. Between us we tried all the starters, the quail winning the award of most impressive.Rabbit and lamb were enjoyed for main course, the plates all beautifully arranged with the chance to savor different cuts of meat together. Desserts tasted even more sublime than they sounded on the menu and I would return for the coffee and petits fours alone. Can't wait to try Thorntons for dinner

Thornton's Restaurant

RockyD
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st April 2012 (visited 20 April 2012 )

We went to Thorntons for a special occasion and we chose right as it was abundantly delivered to the highest standards. A good location on Stephens Green. Surprisingly small restaurant but very friendly and informative staff. The decor is a bit drab and atmosphere is more geared up for business types but this does not take away from the amazing food. We had prawns for starter and Brill for main with chef tasters of John Dory fish (before starter) and Brulée (before desert) We expected fantastic food and we got it. Portions slightly small, but a great choice from the bread basket (go for the walnut bread) We will definitely be going back!

Thornton's Restaurant

kannerush
Dublin
14 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th March 2012 (visited 17 March 2012 )

I like to splash out once a year on a completely extravagant meal for a celebration; and this time I chose Thornton's as the destination restaurant this year; based on all the critical acclaim on this website and many others. I am sort of astonished that none of the reviews I managed to read before now have pointed out the fact that Thornton's is very poorly situated in a below par hotel, with incredibly generic four star hotel decor and ambience! You do not pay €450 for a meal for two and expect to feel like you might as well be eating in a Hilton chain restaurant. The food was good (thankfully), yet you have the pleasure of playing a lot more for it. Basically, I would far prefer to eat really good food in a really good atmosphere to feel like I've got value for my hard earned cash. Kevin won't be getting mine again I'm afraid.

Thornton's Restaurant

sdiesel77
Kildare
43 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th February 2012 (visited 24 February 2012 )

Second time we re going to this restaurant and it was again AMAZING !!! We decided to give a try at the Pre Theater menu and Wow ! It's a great value ! 47€ for this kind of food is almost unreal ! The service was perfect with a very nice staff and the food exceeding our expectation ! Definitely my favorite Dublin restaurant ! :-D

Thornton's Restaurant

Indiefoodie
Kildare
44 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 11th February 2012 (visited 8 February 2012 )

Had a lovely lunch here during the week with some friends. There is a 3 course lunch special for €25, very reasonable and they have a seperate vegetarian menu. A great basket of breads is brought to keep you going before your starter arrives and the staff return throughout the meal to offer bread - the portions are small so you do need it! Starters and main courses were great, excellent flavours in dainty bites and presentation was special. The ceremony of this place is part of the pleasure!

Thornton's Restaurant

althea94
Dublin
24 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd December 2011 (visited 25 November 2011 )

We dined here last week, we had a last minute early bird menu and the restaurant was happy to oblige. The staff were fantastic, after being seated we snacked on bread rolls and they came around a few times which was great, with compliments we had Smoked Mackerel and Cucumber ice, delicious. Would of had The Mackerel as a main it was so good. Next I had the Scallops, followed by Beef Cheek on a bed of Pearl Barley. Amazing! Can't wait to go back

Thornton's Restaurant

BlueFinnTuna
Dublin
27 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th October 2011 (visited 8 October 2011 )

We opted for the pre-theatre menu. A real dining experience of haute cuisine. Every course has at least 4/5 elements and the flavours burst in your mouth. Only complaint being main course portions are on the small side. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Kevin Thornton himself came out and spoke with each diner, impressive..... The restaurant recently kept it's Michelin Star and I understand why, it is an amazing experience ideal for a special occasion

Thornton's Restaurant

clipperisland
Dublin
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 10th October 2011 (visited 9 October 2011 )

Setting is lovely, staff are excellant, a real treat. Had the pre-theatre meal. Ordered the scallops in truffel sauce for starter. It was really amazing. One of the best starters I have had. Partner had quail which she loved. When my main lamb arrived I was dissapointed with the serving size. 3 small pieces of lamb was pretty much the extent of the main. It tasted great but I wish it was a bigger portion. Partners cod was also on the small side. After the starters we were really looking forward to the mains so the small portions were a dissapointment as a visit here is not cheap. However the quality was very high. Deserts were surprisingly large and exceptional. I ate a lot of the lovely bread which was offered at each course and Im glad I did as otherwise I would have left hungry. Keep up the great cooking but please increase the main portion size or I will not be returning for a treat unfortunatley.

Thornton's Restaurant

sengmana
Dublin
25 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th July 2011 (visited 8 July 2011 )

Dined here with a friend one Saturday afternoon. There were 2 lunch menus, one for €25 and the other for €49. We opted for the dearer one as there was more choice. We were served warm, delicious bread and a cauliflower soup with 2 shavings of truffle. The soup was creamy and very comforting. For my starter I had cabbage and bacon. I was a little disappointed with this as the cabbage was quite stringy. It was served with pea sorbet which I did not like at all. Really wierd taste. For my main I had rabbit. From what I remember there was rabbit cooked three ways including rabbit terrine which was my favourite. The kidney and liver was also served on the plate which I did not enjoy. My friend had the Wicklow lamb for main and it came served with some sort of tongue, we think it was sheep tongue and sweetbread which is something to do with the pancreas part of the sheep. My friend did not enjoy the tongue or sweet bread at all. We were a bit disappointed because it seemed like the restaurant was trying to cut costs by serving different animal organs instead of the more expensive cuts of meat. Dessert however was lovely. I had a raspberry pastry with chocolate sorbet. It was light which was just perfect for a lunch dessert. My friend had the coconut creme brulee that I had a taste of and was just as delicious. I would not be rushing back to Thornton's to be honest if they continue to serve animal organs in their food. For €49 per person for lunch, it is not acceptable.

Thornton's Restaurant

Irishtweety
Dublin
60 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th July 2011 (visited 16 July 2011 )

The pre-theatre menu is fantastic and it is available on Saturday evenings too. Thornton's is steps ahead of its closest competitors in terms of offering the pre-theatre menu at weekends and also in terms of spacing... The tables are well spread out so you can enjoy your evening without eavesdropping on your neighbours.... The staff were genuine and very friendly... We were treated to smoked turbot with pea puree and a cucumber sorbet as an appetiser... The fish was served in a little glass which had the lid removed on serving to release the smoke... I had the Bacon and Cabbage Terrine with Pea Sorbet & Poitin Sauce to start which was really tasty.... I then had the Loin of Rabbit, Carrot Purée, Rabbit Terrine,& Valrhona Chocolate Sauce for main and finished it off with the Selection of Irish and European Farmhouse Cheeses - unlike many restaurants there was no supplement for the cheese board. My friend had the Slowly Roasted Quail with Summer Baby Vegetable Leaves, Szechuan Pepper and Thyme Sauce to start followed by the Fillet of Atlantic Black Sole with Parmesan Crust, Courgettes and Parsley Purée and an absolutely devine Lemon Tart with Cassis Sorbet for dessert.... There was also a fabulous selection of home cooked breads and as it was my friends birthday we got an extra dessert - two mini platters of various chocolates & madelines etc. The pre-theatre menu is €45 and worth every penny / cent! Wine started from €37 a bottle... The food was absolutely amazing (well – the cucumber sorbet is an acquired taste but I will forgive them for that!), the service was excellent and the portions very generous…. It is definitely somewhere I will go back although it deserves a special occasion

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