The Red Onion restaurant
74 O'Connell Street, Limerick City
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Reviewed 14th August 2012 (visited 12 August 2012 )
Two of us went here for Sunday lunch and were disappointed. To start with I got a table facing the toilet door with a hatch beside the table where the used dishes were constantly being put into even though there were several vacant tables in the main body of the restaurant. The prawn starter and spare ribs were delicious, my beef was great but the chips in the sole dish were undercooked, hard and inedible. The desert platter was passable the only thing we ate was the chocolate brownie to share, and a rasberry sponge, the ice cream and vanilla dip were tasteless and we left them. Coffee was good with free refil. Service was excellent, parking outside the door and the starters were about the only thing I could recommend, With so many fine restaurants nearby I wont be returning.
Reviewed 14th August 2012 (visited 12 August 2012 )
I had a pleasant meal with family Sunday Lunch.Good variety on the Menu .What impressed me most was the service great staff .Also wines reasonable priced.Will call again.
Reviewed 31st January 2012 (visited 27 January 2012 )
I visited this restaurant with a group of friends and everyone in the group was so disappointed with the meal and the service. We got to the restaurant at 8.00pm and ordered off the a la carte menu. By 9.00 we still haven't got our starters and it was 10.10pm before we got our main courses. One person in our group had to send her meal back to the kitchen as she couldn't eat the steak. The only dishes that tasted ok were the fish dishes but most of the group had chosen meat dishes and were so disappointed. The service was very poor and no reason or apology was given for the delay in service. Noone in the group will be returning here again. It was so disappointing as we had been looking forward to having a good meal in a new restaurant.
Reviewed 22nd January 2012 (visited 21 January 2012 )
Tried this restaurant following a friends recommendation- a disaster from start to finish. Table was alongside a boiling hot radiator which they were unwilling to turn off but moved us to a "quieter" table - Not so quiet as we heard the full volume conversations of the staff at the nearby barista bar. There were no vegetarian options on the a la carte and when asked, the waitress told us there was stew, curry or tagliatelle. She was unable to fully describe the dishes. We ordered stew and lamb. The stew consisted of potatoes, mangetout and carrots in a bowl of watered down tomato sauce - horrific! The lamb, ordered medium, came well done & very tough. My side order of veg, which the waitress said was to follow, never arrived & nobody checked on us throughout the course of our mains in order for us to complain! When I did inform the waitress, she appeared totally apathetic. The single desert option (not very a la carte at all!) consisted of 4 tasters to share. 3 of these were a pannacotta, an icecream and a mousse in shotglasses. We were told it was cheesecake but a few loose biscuits in the base of a glass topped with mousse does not a cheesecake make! Far too many creamy textures on one plate. There was a piece of rocky road too, which was like a stone. The pannacotta had a desiccated, aged, rubbery top. I can only imagine that the plate came straight to table from the fridge. When the bill finally arrived, the waitress said that the veg dish was rung up as the chicken dish. €19.90 for a bowl of veg in broth! No amends made for not receiving my veg side order either. Told the waitress we were not willing to pay that amount. She came back with the veg dish now at €14 and my €2.50 coffee on the house in lieu of no veg! Bill total €72. Totally ignored once the credit card had been zipped through. We passed two chatting waitresses as we made our own way to retrieve our coats that they had taken on arrival! No goodbyes on exit. Poor food. Poor service. Avoid !!
Reviewed 14th November 2011 (visited 10 November 2011 )
Fabulous venue, really cosy. I was surprised at the variety in the set menus. I ordered Risotto for starter and had sole for main. Both were excellent.My parter had the black pudding starter and beef. He enjoyed both immensely. For desert they gave us a platter of 4 desserts to share. The waitress was very attentive but not in a pushy way. I would hugely recommend a visit for high quality good value food.
Reviewed 02nd November 2011 (visited 29 October 2011 )
This was our first visit to the Red Onion and it will not be our last. The restaurant atmosphere was lovely and relaxed, perfect for a romantic dinner for 2 or a night out with friends. The service from sraff was excellent - attentive without being over bearing. And last but not least - the food, I have to say it was one of the nicest meals we have had in a long time and was certainly value for money. Looking forward to our next visit already.
Reviewed 10th September 2011 (visited 31 July 2011 )
Couldnt wait to try this place as had heard a lot of good things, we opted for the 4 course set menu €30 each, there was 4 of us.. Place it self was quiet, about 4 of other tables were in use, very intimate place quite cosy. We were given complimentary Soup and Bread before our starters which was nice, the starters and main were lovely couldnt fault the food. Deserts thou were a shared platter which for that cost each I thought we should have got our own selection each. We had 2 bottles of wine also. We had been given a late sitting and were last ones in the place, we kept getting watch checks from the staff and were constantly asked if everyone is okay (they meant hurry up). We then paid cash each and were short changed by a €10. When we said this to the waitress she said oh yes ill get it for you now,there was no sorry about that or anything. She just put the €10 on the table and said thanks?? We had actually been planning to leave that €10 euro as a tip but then decided against it. Such a lovely place esp for couples and great food, Staff attitude would make me not want to return.