The Lobster Pot restaurant

9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge

Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Seafood

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41 reviews
4 stars - based on 41 reviews

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OPENING HOURS

Mon12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue12:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu12:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun12:00pm - 9:00pm

CAPACITY
50 people

CUISINES
Seafood

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The Lobster Pot

EllenMary
Meath
6 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th September 2015 (visited 18 September 2015 )

In Ballsbridge at the R.D.S. and went here as we had not been there for years. As we were very early we had the early bird menu which had excellent choices. As usual the fish was very fresh and my husband had the duckling which was excellent. We had lovely deserts and the staff were very attentive. It is as good as we remembered it.

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elan100018297533
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 13th June 2014 (visited 6 June 2014 )

Simply avoid there are so many better choices in Dublin do not waste your money and time - low quality dishes, food cooked badly (prawns over cooked and deserve a place in a trash not on a respectable table), dishes plated badly and with dull look, overall pricey (you get a bill that charge for everything except the oxygen you breath) - avoid !

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giles29
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd March 2011 (visited 22 March 2011 )

I visited and had the early-bird menu. The restaurant feels like somewhere to go for a special meal as you arrive. It continues throughout your stay. The fish was very fresh and beautifully cooked, the deserts were superb. I watched the waiter treating each table differently, he was a chameleon able to provide each table exactly with their needs, whether a couple, a table of ladies or a business person dining alone. Superb. The a la carte looks expensive but the early bird was reasonably priced, especially for the total package received.

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Simc
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 17th November 2010 (visited 16 November 2010 )

Some friends and I went to The Lobster Pot for an early bird last night and really enjoyed it. It's about 10 years since I'd been there and I definitely won't be awaiting as long to return. The early bird menu was excellent value considering the amount of fish dishes on it but it also had enough choice for the non fish eater that was with us. There were a few specials that were available too which was great. I had the tempura prawns with homemade chilli oil to start and halibut for mails and they were yummy. The restaurant has a very homely feel to it and the waiting staff are very friendly and attentive and serve the vegetables etc at the table which means you can control the portion. I would definitely recommend a visit and my friends felt the same.

The Lobster Pot

pizzagirl
Limerick
45 reviews

Guru

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 20th August 2010 (visited 1 July 2010 )

We visited the Lobster pot with family and a family friend. The service was very friendly and the surroundings quaint and cosy. The gentleman waiter arrived initially at the table with a trolley showcasing what they had on offer which I found at the same time a lovely idea and a bit bizarre, but at least gave a good idea what to order. I had the scallops and prawns for starter, which was nice, but not spectacular and certainly not worth the price. For mains we all had fish. My grilled cod with cheese sauce was lovely but again I felt certainly not worth the price. My sister paid the bill for our group of 5 which was almost as much as my monthly grocery bills are normally. Nice place, lovely staff and able chef but seriously overpriced. Would not go again.

The Lobster Pot

arl23
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th August 2010 (visited 25 May 2010 )

My partner and I went here one Tuesday for a romantic meal. The food was delicious we both had lobster and a bottle of wine between us, could not fault the food, but in my experience I felt it was ridiculousIy overpriced. The entire meal came to 140 euro altogether, and we didn't even have starters. I have ate in many seafood restaurants around the country and nothing about this place really blew me away, the service wasn't great either. I wouldn't go back again.

The Lobster Pot

fernandesfitzgerald
Dublin
7 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd June 2010 (visited 14 May 2010 )

This is our first review on this site but we have been eating in restaurants all over Dublin for 3 years now since we moved here and The Lobster Pot was hands down the worst experience we have had. I first heard of The Lobster Pot years and years ago (roughly 15 years ago!) from an Uncle of mine who claimed it was one of the best restaurants in Dublin and so finally after saving for a couple of weeks my fiance and I decided to give it a try. On arrival we were greeted by a pleasant host who seated us. The pleasant service ended there. Three of the older staff who waited on us over the course of the evening were quite curt and disinterested. The food - The starters were average and not worth a mention (they were acceptable in a casual dining early bird menu). We were then convinced to order the special of the day which was not on the menu. This was to be fresh Cod with Prawns in a light white sauce. On arrival this was simple in the extreme and while nice I feel confident I could have russled the same flavours up at home with minimal effort. Prawns? We got three small ones each.We were then asked if we would like some sides of potato and vegetables. Expecting to get a side plate each, a waiter arrived and spooned two table spoons (one each) of pureed carrot and one table spoon each of mashed potato. We could tell immediatley (owing to the dried sides of his serving dish) that these had been microwaved. They did not taste much better.We noticed a waiter a little later with a desert trolley. Only three tables had customers at this point and he returned to the kitchen without offering us our choice. Deflated and defeated we decided to leave and had difficulty summoning our bill. When it arrived we were a shocked. 2 mediocre starters,2 mediocre mains,1 coffee,the bill was 130 euro which included a service charge of 18 euro's! Our one spoon of microwaved carrot and mash cost us 4 euro each! The Lobster Pot is clearly living on past glories. Stay well clearn

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nofastfood
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 21st April 2010 (visited 19 February 2010 )

Went here with the hubby just a week late for a Valentine's treat and it was amazing. The food, the ambiance and the service were all top class. The staff were immaculately turned out, greated us warmly but not stuffily and made us feel very relaxed. My husband loves fish which is why we choose here and he was not disappointed. Im not too fond of fish myself but I gave the pan fried crab claws in garlic a go and they were yum! There was plenty other non-fishy dishes to choose from and our food was delicious. I particularly loved the crepes suzettes done at our table for dessert. While we picked this place as a treat because we heard the prices were a bit high, we have since gone back for the early bird for the hubby's birthday early this month and it was great value so I'd highly recommend it.

The Lobster Pot

shermancta
Dublin
5 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 18th April 2010 (visited 9 April 2010 )

very poor experience ,no lobster at lobster pot surprising and very disappointed

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Siobhanio
Dublin
23 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 05th February 2010 (visited 12 January 2010 )

We visited this restaurant as a birthday treat for me. Originally having intended going further afield, the weather determined our choice in the end. ( It was snowing and blowing a gale!) You ring the doorbell to gain entry when you arrive and the Maitre d' arrives down to collect you and bring you upstairs and takes your coat. As it was a Tuesday night, there were only a very few tables occupied. I couldn't order a glass of prosecco as only available by the bottle so just has a sparkling water. Himself had a beer and we perused the menu and the restaurant itself. We had a nice seat beside the window overlooking Ballsbridge and also more importantly beside the radiator. The waiter informed us that there was no lobster available, after we had both decided to order it. We made our choices of Scallops and prawns in garlic butter for him and Chicken Liver paté for me. The waiter brought the pan to the table and spooned out the scallops and prawns at the table. For mains, I ordered the Coquille St Jacques and he had the dover sole. Both were lovely, but not outstanding. A nice creme brulee for me rounded off the meal. The menu is a bit like time travel, quite dated, back to the seventies in some cases. I felt that the price did not reflect the experience we had, with the bill coming to over €270 for two starters, two mains, one dessert, a bottle of wine (€32) one beer and a bottle of sparkling water. As aforementioned, the restaurant was very quiet with most of the tables unoccupied, and aproaching the end of our main courses, we were the only patrons in the restaurant. We were enjoing a quiet conversation when the waiter showed a party of four men to the table directly beside us, all of whom appeared to be architects intent on talking about sewerage disposal units and grease traps! It spoiled what was left of our meal, particularly as they could have been seated at ANY other table in the restaurant. I wouldn't return to The Lobster Pot as I feel that there is better value to be had elsewhere.

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mcguinnessma
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 22nd December 2009 (visited 18 December 2009 )

Very disapointing after spending alot of hard earned money. Watch out, the price on the menu dosen't match the bill. The chef went home before we were finished. As a result we couldn't get the crepes suzette as we were told we didn't pre-order. They also have a 15% service charge a bit of a cheek in this day i think. I couldn't do anything about that but they didn't get a tip. Not the place to go for that special night out

The Lobster Pot

chompchomp
Dublin
11 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st October 2009 (visited 30 September 2009 )

Early Bird Menu is good value. White linen, tempting desert trolley, a tray of fresh fish shown to you so you can choose a combination of what to eat, and good old fashioned service made this a meal to remember for all the right reasons. The calamari was cooked well. My friend was singing the praises of the duckling. Good wine list. The restaurant is one the second floor with numerous steps so not suitable for those how have mobility issues.

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cname87
Dublin
9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 16th September 2009 (visited 15 September 2009 )

Visited Sep-09 with a colleague. Was very disappointed that there was a very foul smell of my fish. I was disappointed even more by the attitude of the waiter who claimed the fish was fresh but that ' it may be the sauce'. The room is nice and I was hoping to find a good seafood place in Dublin but I won't be going here again.

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gary_x_thompson
Dublin
13 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th August 2009 (visited 27 August 2009 )

Looking for mid-week treat we were tempted into the Lobster Pot by their early bird menu. While the service and atmosphere were great unfortunately the food and value for money were found wanting. The Seafood Chowder was lamentable for a seafood restaurant – while there were some nice bits of fish and shellfish, the body of the soup was insipid. The Cod Mornay and Duckling with Orange Sauce were two solid but not outstanding mains. The stars of the meal were the potatoes and vegetables – really crisp roast potatoes and the celery and carrots were cooked to perfection. Bread-and-butter pudding to finish was adequate. All in all it was a very good home cooked meal. Along with two glasses of house wine, the service charge and some mention of VAT the final bill was 77 euro. Not terrible value for a dinner for 2, but the portions were a little mean and I felt I had been hit with to many extras. The service and the dining room are pure class and I can image that the experience would be much more favourable if we were there for the a la carte and some one else was paying! However with regard to the early bird experience we will not be running back and would not recommend it to a friend.

The Lobster Pot

BECL
Meath
23 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 23rd August 2009 (visited 22 August 2009 )

Myself and the wife eventually got around to going to the Lobster Pot for dinner after it was recommended to us by a Dingle man who doent do fancy foreign food.Great atmosphere and staff were real old school professionals who were pleasant and the boss was a bit of a character. The whole restaurant and service is a blast from the past and reminded me of dining out for my confirmation dinner in the very early eighties. The flavour of the food was fantastic but my dressed crab with undressed salad was small and a bit dissapointing considering the price of €15. The wife had sole goujons which were amply and very tasty. My Halibut main was delicious but I feel it was cooking under the salamander for a bit too long. The wife had duck which was flambed at the table in 80's style and was very nice. Veg included delicious creamed spinach with loads of nutmeg, bland mash and nice cabbage. I was on the dry for a change being the designated driver. No deserts and one not very good espresso resulted in a bill of €160 including service. Very expensive in our estimation as our meal was standard enough.We would have considered it to be much better value if a fiver was shaved of each course. Overall lovely restaurant and staff, good simple and tasty food but very very overpriced.

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