Patrick Guilbaud restaurant
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2Dublin 2 Book a Table Now
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Reviewed 22nd September 2017 (visited 22 September 2017)
First time for me and I expected to be wowed. The service is simply excellent, without being intrusive. From welcome at entrance, to service in waiting bar area, and restaurant itself, it was simply flawless. We arrived for lunch and had a wonderfully relaxed afternoon being pampered in a chilled but professional atmosphere. Now for the food. The amuse bouche was a delicious mouthful of, well deliciousness. Tiny cubes of corned beef, carrot and what I think was a type of frothy creme fraiche - what a delight. My soup described as lentil with smoky bacon, was a fabulously light, delightfully tasty....mushroom soup - well that's what it tasted to me, and I loved it. There were two small ravioli in the bowl, with a filling I simply failed to recognise, I didnt get any taste of lentil or smokey bacon, not that I am complaining. His tuna tartar, was...interesting, in my opinion it was over pickled, meaning there was no taste of the fish whatsoever. Again I'm not saying it wasnt tasty, it just didnt taste of tuna. We both went for the Halibut - these plates were simply excellent - the fish was cooked to perfection, the butter sauce was plate licking good (no I didnt...but you know what I mean) the accompanying carrott puree was divine. The whole plate worked very, very well. The accompanying mash potatoe, while incredible creamy, had just a little too much butter for me, but hey not that we didnt finish it off. Unfortunately we both love chocolate fondant as dessert and neither would yield and choose anything but, so two fondants were delivered. These were the most disappointing part of the meal, very bitter, the additional coco powder covering the top was OTT for both of us, and very little ozzing chocolate, which for me is the definition of a good fondant. The accompanying stout ice-cream, not to my taste on paper, was delightful. Overall we did have a super afternoon, but for these prices, well I'd expect excellence.
Reviewed 08th March 2017 (visited 2 March 2017)
Place and staff lovely but expensive 50 for two glasses of champagne the bottle cost less to buy. Starters ok but small. Main course was a disgrace no taste of my fish which was tiny and came out swimming in something like this tomato water. Terrible won't be back . Bill just over 350 for 2
Reviewed 02nd September 2016 (visited 13 August 2016)
Set lunch here is so worth the money. Second visit and still smiling from my first! The staff are so good, food is a dream and as it was closing the next day for three months am now waiting to book again. Do not have the big bucks but this lunch deal is a real treat once in a blue moon.
Reviewed 12th August 2016 (visited 26 June 2016)
There is not much to be said about Patrick Guilbaud that has not already been said. It lives up to it's reputation on food excellence and the service was without flaw. Lovely atmosphere and I would highly recommend it. One (very) minor comment is the reception bar area is a little boring and could do with a more contemporary feel. Will be back soon.
Reviewed 23rd March 2015 (visited 11 March 2015)
Wow, what an experience. This has to be one of the most exquisite restaurants in the country...absolutely everything we were served looked like a work of art and tasted superb. The staff are so well trained and were very helpful in recommending dishes to some of our party who were unsure. For a really special evening, Patrick Guilbaud is a must try.
Reviewed 20th March 2015 (visited 21 February 2015)
Wow. My vocabulary is not extensive enough to allow me to express quite how much I loved the meal I had here. Dining in the private room with a family group, it's fair to say we created our own atmosphere in many ways, however, it was greatly added to by the wonderful waiting team who met our every need. Everything I ate was sublime from amuse bouche right through to petit fours and for me, the stars of the show were my hake main which was one of the best I've ever eaten and my assiette of chocolate dessert. The food is all picture perfect and exquisitely presented and most certainly goes on to deliver on taste. The selection of wines to accompany it is wonderful and at the end of the evening the beautiful petit fours bring the perfect end to the perfect meal. The service here was absolutely seamless and all were really pleasant as well as being consummate professionals. What a treat. I look forward to returning and will try to find a reason to do so as soon as possible.
Reviewed 22nd January 2015 (visited 19 December 2014)
This is a real treat, I think everyone should try it once. Yes its not cheap but the food, the atmosphere the staff, its simply an experience. Its white linen cloths but its not stuffy and there is people wearing jeans. You have the table for the night so you can spend 5 hours enjoying all they have to offer.
Reviewed 09th October 2014 (visited 4 October 2014)
Myself and my wife ate here for her birthday and had an amazing meal and experience. From the moment you arrive you are treated with a real personal touch and not at all in a pretentious manner. The food is exceptional, not that you'd expect any less, we had the scallops and lobster for starter and the scallops were unreal. The beef main was superb as was the duck and while I had a divine dessert my wife opted out only to be brought a mini birthday cake on the house. It was a really nice touch and done with no fuss at all. It is expensive in comparison to other top restaurants but when you factor in the service and quality it is definitely worthwhile. We'll be back, hopefully soon!
Reviewed 29th July 2014 (visited 26 July 2014)
Ate with my dining club in a private dining room. The service was excellent throughout and we had plenty of time between courses to enjoy our meal. At no time did we feel rushed unlike some other higher end establishments I have dined in. The food was exquisite. I started with a sweetcorn soup followed by monkfish with a cheese plate to end. We then were escorted to a sheltered outside area for coffee and petit fours. The owner came out to see if we had enjoyed and i was delighted to express my thanks in French. Overall an excellent dining experience which I would highly recommend one to try.
Reviewed 03rd July 2014 (visited 21 June 2014)
Fine dining in luxury! Celebrated a friends milestone birthday with lunch last month and the food is exceptional. John Dory has never tasted so good and as I'm not one for sweet desert, the cheese board is a must. When you include wine this makes for an expensive lunch but it is a Michelin star restaurant and fine dining at its best.
Reviewed 02nd July 2014 (visited 4 April 2014)
Amazing. Can't fault it for food or service. The best meal i have ever had. The dining room is very big and open, so maybe its not the cosiest place, but who cares when you're eating food like that! The petit fours were a particular treat, and its nice to meet the man himself, Patrick Guilbaud. He makes sure to introduce himself to all the diners, but ensures its when you're between courses.
Reviewed 16th December 2013 (visited 13 December 2013)
It was an interesting experience and the food was very nice, but I doubt I will return. Firstly, it is way too formal for me - I felt under-dressed in jeans & I found the service, whilst very thorough, bordered on the intrusive. We were the first people in the dinner service & it was hard to have a conversation with so many tuxedo'd waiters just hovering near the table waiting to refill your water glass after every sip. The food was very good although perhaps not matching up to what my pre-conceived ideas of what 2-star Michelin food would be like (suckling pig croquettes and john dory). It was not the best food I have had this year for example. Possibly the nicest things we ate were some of the little extra courses that we didnt know we were getting. Another thing - it seemed a bit imbalanced - 2 small savoury courses followed by lots and lots of sweet stuff (tapioca palate cleanser, petit fours, dessert then truffles with coffee). I would have preferred to eat more of the starter and main, but have less sugar after. Overall, I think it would be a improved by dialling back some of the service and making it less expensive (but am sure that wont happen with michelin stars to maintain).
Reviewed 02nd July 2013 (visited 8 June 2013)
Had the pleasure of visiting for dinner last month. Extremely friendly staff. Lovely bright airy dining room. The food was nice but it would want to be at the prices they charge!!! Nice for a treat for a special occasion. Might try lunch the next time as I believe the prices are more realistic!
Reviewed 18th April 2013 (visited 14 February 2013)
My husband and I went to this restaurant for Valentine's night and I should say it was brilliant... Excellent service, fantastically helpful sommelier. Food was simply outstanding. Highly reccomended for special ocasions and romantic evenings!
Reviewed 13th February 2013 (visited 14 December 2012)
I cannot recommend the fixed price lunch menu enough. At €50 per person for three courses in this 2 Michelin starred restaurant I think it offers great value for money for a lazy afternoon lunch if you can get a half day from work :-)