Out of the Blue restaurant
Waterside, Dingle, Dingle
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Reviewed 01st November 2017 (visited 29 October 2017 )
beautiful tasting food 8 scallops as a main course book this restaurant fast its a must 10 out of 10
Reviewed 11th August 2014 (visited 16 July 2014 )
Hands down the best seafood chowder in the land
Reviewed 03rd September 2013 (visited 13 August 2013 )
We ate here when we saw the sign "No Frozen Food, No Chips". We ate on a Tuesday evening and the place was full. We had the oysters and mussels to start and it was only fabulous. The main of sea bass and turbot duo was delighful and the haddock was truely amazing. They had a menu chalkboard as the menu is set depending on the catches that morning. We really enjoyed our evening and would definately return. It isn't cheap though would be the only thing to note.
Reviewed 28th July 2010 (visited 25 July 2010 )
This was our second visit to OOTB and we loved it and will return. The food is REAL food and simply and freshly prepared and served. For main course I had the brill which was substantial and jcooked to perfection and my partner had the monkfish kebabs which were delicious. The wine list is interesting and well priced and the service was excellent. We love the quirkiness of the decor (let's face it it is basically a shed)and atmosphere- the paintings are great! The place is small so if you get a table in the outer area it can be a bit of a squash! It's not cheap but for such fresh tasting food it's worth it!
Reviewed 09th June 2010 (visited 9 June 2010 )
This was recommended in the Irish Independent last weekend so off we went for lunch today. The restaurant looked like it was open so we went in and asked for a table. We were told narkily "don't do lunch". We asked when they were open and got "for dinner only". No “hello, have a look at the menu, would you like a reservation”. If those monosyllabic, grumpy replies are the norm I don't know how they keep customers. Needless to say we won’t be going back for dinner. Such a pity as it did tint our view of Dingle and I'm sure tourists feel the same when they get that type of response.
Reviewed 03rd November 2009 (visited 24 October 2009 )
A group of 7 of us went for dinner in Out Of The Blue over the bank holiday weekend. Couldn't do a table for all 7 so had one of 5 and 2 next to each other. Fair enough. Staff were friendly enough - didn't come across as bad as some of the other reviews were suggesting. I had the oysters followed by the scallops (cooked perfectly). Both were fresh and very tasty - but the main portion was a bit small. Cost for meal for 2 (2 starters, 2 mains, 1 desert and 2 bottles of wine) was €150 including tip.
Reviewed 17th September 2009 (visited 24 August 2009 )
I had heard much about the food OOTB. And as far as the quality of the food goes, its reputation is well deserved. Starters and main courses (fish only) are superbly cooked and using the finest ingredients. Could not fault the food. That said it is expensive, and as for the attitude of the wait staff - oh dear. I have rarely come accross such a sullen and offhanded crew who were so up themselves. I won't be back
Reviewed 27th July 2009 (visited 23 April 2009 )
Horrible Loud Music, very VERY customer unfriendly waitresses, we came with 4 adults and 2 small children, we were told the restaurant was full until a different waitress nodded to the first and as by miracle we were let in and guess what? the place was half empty. we had to wait ages and ages and ages for a drink to come . The waitress was clearly annoyed by us, our youngest was making baby sounds, i.e. trying to talk but not knowing the words yet, she was constantly walking by and ssshhhhing him. It made us feel very uncomfortable. the food was nice enough but very overpriced for the amount you get . I was glad our ordeal was over en left the place hungry.
Reviewed 21st July 2009 (visited 19 July 2009 )
Was in Dingle over the weekend and Out ot the Blue was recommended as the best seafood restaurant in town. We called in at 4:30pm but had no problem getting a booking for 8pm. The place looks like a shed outside but the previous comment about it being a shed inside is very unfair. It has a quirky feel but if you look closely you will see it is actually well constructed and insulated. I had Chowder for started and my wife had Mussels. The chowder was really nice. A slight Aniseed flavour to it actually worked really well and brought out the flavour of the fish (and I normally hate Aniseed). The mussels were nice but at times the garlic overpowered the flavour of the mussels. For main course I had Scallops and my wife had Pollock. The Scallops were fantastic. Fresh and perfectly cooked. The mango sauce went well with them. The Pollock was huge and very tasty. The only let down on both dishes was the non-fish aspects. Mixed salad (like you would get out of a bag in the supermarket), grated carrots, two baby potatoes and some boiled broccoli. Nothing wrong with it but really for €27 a bit more thought could have gone into what to serve with the seafood and how to present it. Still for the seafood aspects alone Out of the Blue is a must on any visit to Dingle.
Reviewed 06th July 2009 (visited 6 June 2009 )
Oh my god what a fabulous place to eat. I was holidaying there with family and had read that this place was a great place to eat in terms of food but was put off by the "lucky you get a table remarkds" but while out for a walk on the harbour at lunch time we spotted it, yes its a shed and not fancy in the slightest but dont let that put you off, it has a very relaxed atmosphere and way about it..stating on the chalk board outside "open at 5'ish", "No Chips". It doesnt have a set menu and basically what comes in off the boats is what is cooked that night.Not a full bar, just wine. The food was top rate, I have never tasted sea food like it. We had oysters for the table which my 15yr old son really enjoyed (his first experience). The majority of us had the chowder, it was lovely, not the best I've hadbut still lovely. Myself and sister in law had the pan fried scallops on a bed of mash for mains, oh lord I have never seen scallops so big and my favourite was they left the coral on, thats the best bit, they were served in a burban type sauce, divine!. My son had potatoe & herb crusted pollack and loved it while it wasnt as flavoursome as the Scallops it was still lovely. My mam had the smoked mackerel, no complaints, she didnt leave a morsel. My brother had the haddock three ways. All our dishes were top rate and absolutely suberb. Desserts were just as nice. It has to be the nicest meal I have had for a long long time.Will definitely return.
Reviewed 04th April 2009 (visited 1 April 2009 )
eating in a shed no thanks ,my wife and i thought that the restaurant could seat 30 people , when we arrived there was a table right inside the front door ,and there was 3 people squizzed onto it we were shown to the only other part of the restaurant at the back it had aluminium sheeting for roofing and was small and cold , my wife said lets try a bottle of wine and some fish cakes ,to see if we would stay or not our wine was perfect but our fish cakes were burnt on one side we left !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed 07th January 2009 (visited 27 September 2008 )
This is simply a special place, as they say all good things come in small packages. It states seafood only/ no chips, if there is no fresh fish - the restaurant remains closed so i was expecting a delicious plate of seafood and we were not disappointed. Oysters & lobsters greet you at the front door in a large tank and so do the friendly staff. Our table was in a small brightly coloured room filled with paintings and instead of flowers in vases on the table, seafood cookbooks were left lying about creating a relaxed feeling of anticipation. We shared Oysters - perfect, we decided to have black sole and turbot. This is the kind of seafood we fantasized about having on our trip. The plate looked and tasted wonderful. You must visit "out of the blue" if you love top quality fish. As we left we noticed it was fish restaurant of the year in 05, it still lives up to this accolade. Just to warn you it closed for winter.