The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar restaurant

53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge

Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

€€

54 reviews
4 stars - based on 54 reviews
Multiple award winning wine bars on 2 levels - Georgina Campbell in 2006 and Bridgestone in 2009. Exclusively imported wines. They regularly organise tasting sessions of their family owned estate wines complimented with a selection of French tapas. They are at your disposal to tailor private tasting evenings for groups.
The French Paradox is located only 5min by foot from the new Aviva Stadium making it the perfect location to have lunch, dinner or even just a glass of wine before or after an event in the stadium.

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OPENING HOURS

Mon10:30am - 10:00pm
Tue10:30am - 10:00pm
Wed10:30am - 10:00pm
Thu10:30am - 10:00pm
Fri10:30am - 10:00pm
Sat10:30am - 10:00pm
Sunclosed

CAPACITY
45 people

CUISINES
Bistro, Breakfast, Casual Dining, Coeliac options, French, Girls Night Out, Healthy Eating, Mediterranean, Tapas, Wine Bar

FACILITIES

Wine Only Wi-Fi hot spot! Veggie options available Allocated smoking area Separate function room available Wheelchair Accessible Delivery Service Coeliac options available Terraced dining area Accept major credit cards

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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

aussiefoodie
Dublin
48 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd March 2015 (visited 20 March 2015 )

What a great find! Great service. Yummy food. Heaps of wine. What more could you want in a night out? Small, cosy atmosphere; tapas style plates of food; vast wine selection and delicious deserts. Congratulations on a really lovely restaurant.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

kikidunne
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 05th March 2015 (visited 30 January 2015 )

i LOVE this restaurant. the food is so good. the cheese and meat laters are so good that i go there and just have wine and the platters. they have lots of lovely salads too. i will say that they used to have better extra bits in the salad like slivers of citrus fruit instead now they have cherry tomatoes. sign of the times maybe. I dont knoe but the wine is lovely. their wines are delicious. num num. we sat outside for a drink while we waited for our table. It gave the night slow feel instead of being rushed through a meal.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

rhona.oconnor
Dublin
8 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 08th July 2014 (visited 26 June 2014 )

My self and one of my pals who was celebrating his 60th Birthday went to French Paradox for lunch. We were greeted and shown upstairs where we were recommended 2 different wines by the glass. Both were spot on for our taste. We then ordered the French onion soup, Fish Pie and the Foie gras du Chef which was just excellent! The service was attentive and professional. We really enjoyed our visit and will be back.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

ann1murphie
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th June 2013 (visited 7 June 2013 )

Minor mix-up with the booking (which was last minute as it was requested at lunchtime on day of Robbie Williams concert in Aviva) - were we upstairs at bar counter or downstairs? As a result we got our own table set up which could have been ours for the night due to a last minute cancellation. We had a delicious bite to eat with some delicious wine and Prosecco. If it hadn't been for Robbie we would have stayed the evening. I have been to two wine tasting evenings there via our sports and social club and they were fantastic. Couldn't recommend the place any higher. It is a little bit of heaven! Visited again Saturday 21st for late lunch - fantastic.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

basilchick01
Dublin
26 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 29th March 2013 (visited 6 March 2013 )

Stumbled across this little French bistro in donnybrook recently and we were pleasantly surprised. One can hardy swing a cat in it as its so tiny. That's the ground floor. Upstairs there is extra seating bit I think they only open in the evening. 3 of us sat around a small table and were served the most delicious French bread. We had an antipasto mixed plate which had a little bit too much salad to make it work. I was introduced to a white Beaujolais wine which I never knew existed. It was delicious! I was able to buy one to bring home too. A lovely quaint place with lots of interesting wines on offer, what more could you want ?

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

tamtoumi
Dublin
23 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th January 2012 (visited 17 January 2012 )

had dinner there yesterday - I was there before but a long time ago. anyway, I obviously have forgotten how delicious it is, otherwise i would have been going more. the fois gras with mango is to die for, and the portion is a great size for 18 Euros. really delicious , i was licking my fingers afterwards. I had that and shared a camamber with my friend- that was delicious as well. Our waiter was very french and very nice and we kept him up till after midnight with no one else in the place except the four of us. he didnt mind at all and insisted we finish our wine before we go. will be going again for the fois gras for sure.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

sueelly
Wicklow
25 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th December 2011 (visited 22 December 2011 )

I really did enjoyed the evening with my friend at the restaurant. Wine was good and my favorite duck salad was delicious. I hope we will be back soon.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

GCB
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 16th October 2011 (visited 14 October 2011 )

This is one of my very favourite places, I love the food, the staff and the relaxed atmosphere. The food is excellent, so much so I'm there nearly once a week! The foie gras should definintely be tried and the confit of duck is always a pleasure. The wine is obviously excellent it being a wine shop and the staff are very friendly and helpful (and a little quirkly which is part of the appeal!).

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

maidan
Dublin
10 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st October 2011 (visited 16 September 2011 )

Myself and my partner went to French Paradox for a cheeky bottle of wine and some food to celebrate his birthday. We had the most wonderful evening it must be said. We were tucked away in the back ground floor corner which felt very cosy and rustic. We had a sharing charcuterie platter, aubergine caviar and the duck salad, all of which were simply divine. The staff were friendly and attentive and remembered our individual wine selections once the intended 1 bottle was long gone!!. Only gripe and its a tiny one is that the area can be quite small so if a group of people are chatting away, it can seem quite loud but a small price to pay for such a wonderful place

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

jeanseb
Dublin
48 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd June 2011 (visited 28 May 2011 )

Was there for our friends surprise bday. This place is fantastic. The 2 and 3 course menu's are great value. The service is great, the staff are very attentive and the atmosphere is classical french. They have an open kitchen and you can see your food being cooked. The wine is fantastic. Everyone must try this place. Jeanseb Dublin.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Piranha
Dublin
49 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th February 2011 (visited 25 February 2011 )

Lunch on my birthday with my family after a visit to Tutenkhamun at the RDS. We had passed this little spot last summer and vowed to try it out. We were not disappointed :-) Seafood chowder, black & green olive tapenades, paté, french onion soup, open sandwiches, saucisson/black chorizo with puy lentils. We had a glass of the Red wine of the month (bordeaux) and a glass of Chateau D'Orangerie (white) followed by chocolat fondant and coffee. My 9yr old requested ' l'addition s'il vous plait' to the delight of the waiter/waitress and other diners! A wonderful lunch experience and looking forward to a return visit.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Spoony
Dublin
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 15th February 2011 (visited 13 February 2011 )

We visited this little cafe/ wine shop on a busy Sunday. I wanted to have the soup of the day that was advertised outside, but when we were seated we were told there was only French onion soup. I had never tried it so I gave it a go. It didn't float my boat. We were given a basket of bread and water on arrival. We also ordered an aubergein dip starter which was quiet nice. Overall I didnt find the experience that great and proberly wouldnt return. I was not satisfied.I found it a little snobby. Sorry guys

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Darstar
Dublin
13 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th October 2010 (visited 30 August 2010 )

The staff here are wonderful, so helpful and knowlegable about their wines. You can't go wrong!

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

Silja
Wicklow
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th January 2011 (visited 22 January 2011 )

I am so impressed with the team at French Paradox for accomodating my flight of fancy on Saturday morning. They were so accomodating that I fear I may have inadvertently eaten the staff's breakfast. Convinced I had read somewhere that FP now do breakfast, we landed in before noon. We were kindly told they didn't do breakfast but to sit ourselves down and they'd look after us. They magiced up fluffy croissants, pain au chocolats and such good coffee. Some of the other nice touches included: -they promoted their neighbour 2 doors down, who apparently does great breakfasts, -they preempted that a bottle of tap water would go down a treat with the coffee. -as always, they listened attentively to customers and gave spot-on wine recommendations. Excellent service like that is win-win for everyone. We went in for a croissant and came out after a lovely breakfast & laden down with wine, saucisson and bread.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

chocolategirl
Dublin
27 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 31st August 2010 (visited 21 August 2010 )

think this has to be of of my fave wine bars in dublin! gorgeous smells hit you as soon as you walk in. perfect place for a few drinks and nibbles with the girls which is exactly what i did 2 weeks ago. the atmosphere is so chilled out and the staff so friendly. i enjoy every visit and look forward to the next!

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