Halpin's Bridge Cafe restaurant

Bridge Street, Wicklow Town

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39 reviews
5 stars - based on 39 reviews

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CAPACITY
30 people

CUISINES
Cafe, Casual Dining

FACILITIES

Terraced dining area Will cater for children Take away service Wine Only

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Halpin's Bridge Cafe

pinkprincess
Wicklow
18 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th May 2013 (visited 4 May 2013 )

Really like this place, especially for breakfast on a Saturday morning the prices are very reasonable and the food is consistently good the owner is always milling around and we have always found him to be really nice which does make the difference.

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

epicurian007
Wicklow
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 25th October 2012 (visited 16 October 2012 )

Cheap and Cheerful, Soup and Sandwiches Nice coffee though!

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

emmadec
Wicklow
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 05th March 2012 (visited 3 March 2012 )

We had a fab lunch in Halpin's Bridge Cafe the food was lovely the service was great the Staff are just so nice and the owner Robert is really nice and very hands on would recommed halpin's to anyone that is looking for something lovely to eat and they have the best cheesecake in Wicklow Town

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

Runnerin
Wicklow
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 24th November 2011 (visited 19 November 2011 )

This was my first visit to Halpins in wicklow town and I have to say I was very impressed. The food was really good and the people in our comppany had a selection of salads and wraps which were very fresh and tasty. The menu seems to cater for all and provides a selection of vegetarian and non vegaterian snacks and lunches. I enjoy good quality coffee and Halpins did not disappoint me at all. The staff were friendly and the cafe itself is spotless. Our table was waited on by a very attentive man who made sure we had everything we needed and he even chatted to the kids for a while. Being new to the area I am delighted to have discovered this cafe so soon. Well done to all involved. i look forward to many lunches and coffees in Halpins.

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

mrc
Wicklow
28 reviews

Connoisseur

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 19th October 2011 (visited 17 October 2011 )

We live in Wicklow and have used this coffee shop a few times for coffee and found it fine. How disappointed were we the other morning when we called in for breakfast. On the menu during the week they offer scrambled egg and bacon as the only cooked breakfast. Neither of us like scrambled egg and we asked could we have a poached egg instead. To be told no as it was not on the menu. To add insult to injury we were told that they only did "a full breakfast" at weekends. How hard is it to make a poached egg hot water and and an egg!! The chef was walking around the restaurant obviously not in the least bit busy. we settled for toast and tea. Really disappointing.

Restaurant response:
We never reply negatively to complaints from customers always working hard to rectify problems but in your case I am going to make an exception. I have never been into a restaurant or coffee shop and thought I could order things that are not on the menu but you must feel you are very special That you expect any eating establishment to make things especially for you that are not on the menu. Your the 2nd person in 2.5 years to ask for a poached egg so I don’t think we are depriving Wicklow of the chance to have poached eggs. Everything we sell in the shop is made by our chef and Monday to Friday he Bakes all the pastries, breads, scones and hot specials on a daily basis between 7am and 3pm when he finishes. His time is completely taken up doing that but on a Saturday and Sunday there is no pastry baking done so we do a Full Breakfast menu. We have a large extensive menu catering for most tastes and I guarantee there are things on our menu that no other shop in Wicklow offers so perhaps you should go into them and ask them to make something off our menu (or anyone else's) and see will they oblige. To give us a negative review for the reason you have is extremely petty and small minded. If you had asked why we don’t do Poached eggs or cooked breakfast during the week I would have been quite happy to explain the reason to you. Feel free to get in touch if you know of any restaurants that will cook anything I want that’s not on their menu and I will check them out.

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

LittleRocky
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 17th August 2011 (visited 7 August 2011 )

This is a little gem oozing with charm, character & hospitality. Everybody who works in the industry should visit to experience how it is done correctly by all the staff at Halpin's. If you are lucky enough to nab a seat outside in the sunshine and have a leisurely coffee or soak up the ambience in the comfie corner chairs and read the newspapers/magazines provided while you await your companion, you will never feel rushed. Halpin's supported Operation Transformation and they continue to calorie count food - wonderful. The coffee is wonderful, the hot chocolate divine, the daily speciaIs heavenly, I'm only sorry I can't mention a favourite as I am always torn by the choice myself. I cannot urge you enough to try their famous weekend breakfasts - incredible and such good value! My only regret is that they close at coffee shop hours and don't offer a dinner menu, as I'm sure I don't have enough superlatives to rate that!

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

plymouthchick
Wicklow
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th August 2011 (visited 1 August 2011 )

Read and heard great things about Halpins Bridge from friends so when we took our first ever trip to Dublin, we set a day aside to go to Wicklow to see for ourselves. The cafe is so bright and light and clean - really busy though (but I understand it was a Bank Holiday) After the shock of Dublin city prices, Halpins were a nice surprise - really reasonable and the food was lush - perfect for a big breakfast and then white pudding was not what we were expecting - instead something far nicer, akin to a rosti. The owner made us very welcome and told us about the local gaol/museum and that on this day there was an annual regatta so we weren't lost for things to do. It's not often people take the time to pass on info like this and we reallly appreciated it - would loved to have stayed longer and tried the lunch menu - but I guess we'll be back! Thanks to everyone at Halpins Bridge.

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

Luvgrub190
Dublin
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 26th April 2011 (visited 23 April 2011 )

Having eaten here on our last visit to Wicklow, we headed straight for this delightful cafe whilst on our Easter break. The first day we had the full fry up each, which was piping hot and delicious. The gorgeous pastries were impossible to ignore, and we shared a slice of the Bailey's and malteser cheesecake afterwards which was rich and delicious, and VERY sinful but irresistable. All the staff were courteous and helpful, and we returned the next day for coffee and more cakes, sitting outside this time. All the meals are cooked in the cafe, and the salads, paninis, wraps etc all looked very fresh and tasty. It's a busy place where everyone seems to know each other, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Great value for money too, main courses cost less than ten euros, and come with 3 side salads. Wish we had this coffee shop in Dublin, it's the best! If you are planning a trip to Wicklow town, make sure you pop in and you will not be disappointed!

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

dylanr
Dublin
2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th March 2011 (visited 12 March 2011 )

I paid another visit to Halpin’s Bridge Café, Bridge Street, Wicklow, today. Still the same lovely atmosphere, friendly and efficient staff (all girls today). My partner and I had shepherd's pie, which was accompanied by 3 salads of your choice. We followed it with a latte and a shared piece of biscuit cake! The shepherd's pie was exactly what was needed on a rainy day in Wicklow, good home cooking, extremely tasty. Salads as good as ever, biscuit cake (shouldn't have had it, but who can say no!), a delightful finish to a lovely lunch. Keep up the good work guys, we'll certainly be visiting again soooooon!

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

WicklowE
Wicklow
12 reviews

Newbie

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 14th February 2011 (visited 5 February 2011 )

I have to say that more often than not - when we venture out for lunch in the town - we end up here. The owner and the staff are lovely - and even though the food's not stellar and you can queue to get a seat - we still come back! Good value for money and decent fare! Wish they're coffee was better though. Get rid of Greenbeans and embrace Java Republic or illy!

Restaurant response:
hi Wicklowe, thanks for the lovely comments about the place and staff, much appreciated, and delighted you think we are good value for money, our most expensive main cours is €9.50 and its all made in our kitchen, thats probably the reason we are the only cafe in town with qeues for tables which as owners, we would see as a good sign lol. Sorry you dont enjoy the coffee as thats the first negative comment we have had in 2 years as mentioned in lots of the previous reviews on here, and we use one of Greenbeans top blends. we prefer greenbean to the others and its roasted in Ireland so crates jobs, and when it arrives in Halpin's it has only been roasted the day before. Also we serve the cheapest coffee in town at only €2 for a larger cup than anywhere else. Next time your in please have a chat with me about the cofee and maybe i can recomend more or less shots and try and find something that suits your taste more. we double shot every coffee as standard where most others give a single shot so hopefully we can find something to make it more enjoyable for you. Thanks again for your comments, all, good or bad are greatly appreciated and listened to. We will try harder in the future to change your mind as this is the first review in 2 years that did not get us 5 stars. please let us know if we do that.

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

Delahug
Wicklow
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th February 2011 (visited 3 February 2011 )

I go to Halpin's Bridge Café a couple of times a week. The atmosphere is so relaxing, the food is excellent and the staff are very friendly and make you feel welcome they always have time for a little chat which gives a personal touch. The hot chocolate is a must try along with the home-made soup, there's something different on daily and they all taste delish believe me I've tried them all, to top it all off try their home made scone they're the tastiest I've ever had also the biggest with plenty of fruit. I could write all day about their delicious menu and I couldn't recommend Halpin's Bridge Café enough go sample their homemade dishes yourself you'll find you agree! Well done Halpins keep up the good work your ever changing menu keeps the customers coming back for more.

Restaurant response:
thank you delahug for your fantastic comments, they are very much appreciated and have been shown to the staff and chef. we really appreciate our customers going to the trouble of reviewing Halpin's and your lovely compliments help us keep up the standards we try to set for ourselves. a big thanks too for the 5 *****

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

JenB
Wicklow
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 04th February 2011 (visited 2 February 2011 )

Hooray for Halpins Bridge Cafe!! Every town needs a fabulous cafe like Halpins – delicious food (you gotta try the soups and the desserts, and...), great friendly welcome and always a good atmosphere. The coffee is excellent – my favourite are their frothy cappuccinos – amongst the best I’ve ever had; and Halpin’s have recently started to put calories for the foods on the menu, which is so handy when you’re trying to be good (avoiding the delicious desserts can be a problem however in that case!). Everything is homemade, they use only the freshest ingredients, and one of the biggest problems is choosing from the wide selection of hot and cold foods. If I’m not mistaken, no dish is dearer than €10, so it’s also good value for money. Have to say, I love it, and Wicklow would be a poorer place without this superb cafe – long may it last, and thrive..

Restaurant response:
hi Jenb, thank you for taking the time to review Halpin;s its more than appreciated especially your lovely comments about he coffee being the among best you have tasted, its roasted in Ireland so every time you have one your helping create jobs as well. delighted you noticed our calorie counts in conjjunction with RTE's operation transformation, it has gone down great with our customers and chef Ross says thanks for your lovely compliments about his home made dishes and desserts

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

nicky m
Wexford
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 13th November 2010 (visited 12 October 2010 )

we were very impressed with this great cafe.a great menu great service and we were very happy with the value.the soup we had really hit the spot and kept us warm for hours.as for the coffee well its been a long time since we had great coffe like it.keep up the good work guys.we will see ye the next time we are passing and thats a promise.

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

rambo1
Wicklow
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 12th November 2010 (visited 6 October 2010 )

visit this coffee shop regular. fab atmosphere, staff very friendly. served immediately, food excellant good variety, me and my kids love the hot chocolate. good value for money. look forward to the next visit.

Halpin's Bridge Cafe

Skylight
Wicklow
1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd October 2010 (visited 2 October 2010 )

Halpins Cafe is a treat..called in today for the first time, everything about it was lovely, the pleasant atmosphere greets you when you walk in the door..staff are very efficient and friendly and the food was delicious..I will be back there very soon, highly recommended !! My only gripes with Halpin's Cafe is that my children preferred their cottage pie to mine and I wish I had dined there sooner...Well done Halpin's Cafe, you are a prime example of a great eaterie !!

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