Ruairi Maguire’s Bar & Organic Kitchen restaurant
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14Dublin 14 Book a Table Now
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Reviewed 24th November 2010 (visited 7 November 2010)
Cheap but not so cheerful. The food here is just okay, not bad-not good. It offers nice privacy, tucked away beneath hamleys though but wouldn't go back in a hurry.
Reviewed 05th July 2010 (visited 3 July 2010)
This is a nice bar for having drinks, but the food was awful, despite being organic! I had the goats cheese bruschetta which had loads of chilli in it for some reason, my partner had the steak snadwich which wasn't great, and the chips were hard on the inside and soggy on the outside. The onion rings were the only saving grace. Will return for drinks and the good bands, but not for food.
Reviewed 23rd June 2010 (visited 21 June 2010)
Have been here a few times and have had mixed experiences. The staff are great, really chatty and helpful but the food has been hit and miss. Most recently, I had bruschetta and chips for lunch. The bruschetta was ok but definitely missing something. The chips were horrendous and tasted like they had been cooked in oil that hadn't been changed since the place opened. I could only bring myself to eat four of them. On the plus side my lunchmates were really happy with their choices of open sandwiches and beef lasagne so maybe I just got unlucky. Have been here on nights out too and found the wine selection great if a tad overpriced.
Reviewed 17th June 2010 (visited 15 April 2010)
It's not a good idea to visit this restaurant when a football match or sporting event is on tv as there are screens in all areas. Have visited a few times and found the staff friendly but depending on the night you visit it could take a while to be served!!! Food was very nice on each visit.
Reviewed 22nd May 2010 (visited 21 May 2010)
treated myself and the girls to a meal out, food was ok, not great but they had that covers band again last night,navison or something like that, really off putting listening to them while trying to enjoy meal,please no more rubbish music in house and try and improve the salads, bland bland bland
Reviewed 26th April 2010 (visited 29 March 2010)
Lovely pub but terrible food. I went in here with my friend for a drink, bite to eat & catch up. It was a Monday evening so there was hardly anyone in the place... to be expected. There were noisy televisions on roaring out TG4 rubbish or RTE noise in Irish. I can speak some Irish but it was just noise coming out of the speakers which was really ruining the atmosphere and distracting to say the least. It's like a sports bar gone horribly wrong. If you're going to have TV on at least put something suitable on. We asked for TV in our area to be turned down but the girl (very helpful/friendly) couldn't turn one down without the others and seemed to have been told to leave them. Anyway that aside, the pub decor etc is very nice, although not traditional at all but lots of cosy seats and areas. Both my friend & I had caesar salads and they were disgusting. The lettuce was not crispy at all, bacon was fat square pieces that you would not eat willingly, even the croutons were a funny colour and texture. It was very disappointing and I don't think I'd bother going back.
Reviewed 26th December 2009 (visited 19 December 2009)
I went here with my wife and 2 kids after shopping in DTC, We sat in the snug which is very cosy. the staff were nice, very friendly towards our kids, we got offered colouring pad & crayons, which was a nice touch. I had the homemade burger which I would highly recommend and a generous portion. My wife had the marinated chicken which was tasty. When we were leaving the kids also received lollies from the waitress which they were delighted with!! I would also like to come back here to check out the night life!
I have been here a few times on Saturday Nights with friends, the place is full and they have a great band called Soundcheque. A great bar and great atmosphere.
Reviewed 09th December 2009 (visited 5 December 2009)
In a word, horrific, to describe this place as a traditional pub, dont go in expecting thatched roofs and coal fires and friendly staff. Its the ultimate SPORTS BAR, horrific. I went in two weeks ago with my husband and daughter. There were screens EVERYWHERE, even in the snug. I mentioned to the Bar Man that it was a really bad idea, that it allienated a huge amount of clientelle and with such an expensive menu, people would want to eat in more comfortable surroundings. We asked for kids menu but they hadnt got one yet. We ordered chips and dips, which were fine. I went in a week later and the screens were even more oppressive, echoing and blasting all over the place. it was full of single men, barflies, gazing at the screen, no families, one couple came in and left shortly afterwards.
Reviewed 30th November 2009 (visited 28 November 2009)
This is a new pub/restaurant just opened in Dundrum TC (below Hamley's). Decor etc is excellent, and it provides a good pub option in the shopping centre (which it needed). It is afflicted by the Dundrum malaise i.e. over-efficient Aircon, but maybe that's just me. Sat night c 8.00 there was still plenty of space in the pub - good for us but I think disappointing for them. Also, they only serve food up to 8.00pm, so my companion and I were the last to have our order taken. They turned several customers away after us. This seems to be because the pub wants to attact a younger crowd after 8.00, with DJ etc. I really think they should extend food orders to 9.00 at least. Food itself was good - a lot of "organic" marketing talk on the menu, and everything was very well flavoured. Unusually for an Irish pun, the portions are quite small. I had their chicken breast, which was served on rosti spuds, with a tasty sauce for a main course - it was very good, but I've had larger starters. My partner went for the burger, which was excellent - homemade, great flavour, with good accessories, including very good home made fat chips. We had a coupld e pre-food drinks and a bottle of very good rioja (just €25 - very cheap for DUblin). Total bill was just €56. This would be 5 * value if the portions were just a bit more generous.