Restaurant Reviews from valerieolivia

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 36

Member Since: 08 March 2013

Last Visit: 12 August 2015

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The Market Bar restaurant

Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Gastro Pub

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347 reviews

Reviewed 16th January 2015 ( visited 03rd January 2015 )

Gave the Market Bar another chance after my last less than memorable experience. Fortunately we had our usual waiter Sakhi and everything was just perfect. The food was amazing. The wine was nicely chilled. I'm back to being a loyal patron.
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The Market Bar restaurant

Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Gastro Pub

Price Range:

Good
347 reviews

Reviewed 16th January 2015 ( visited 03rd January 2015 )

Gave the Market Bar another chance after my last less than memorable experience. Fortunately we had our usual waiter Sakhi and everything was just perfect. The food was amazing. The wine was nicely chilled. I'm back to being a loyal patron.
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Tolteca Mexican Style Grill
38 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Baggot Street, Dublin

I had the same problem I always do when I go to Tolteca for lunch: loads of Trinity students crowding the tables and not moving along even when they've finished. It's a big space that could be better organized to accommodate more patrons. The large tables are probably meant for many people to share, but ask to have a corner of a table and the response is usually a hard look. The food was good and reasonably priced which is why I go back.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had the vegetarian two item special with Caesar salad. It was good. Not amazing. My daughter was delighted with her kids hamburger. I don't like being seated and told we will have to move tables if a party of four shows up. We had a lot of shopping with us and needed the room a booth provided. I'll go back again, but mostly because it's convenient and my daughter likes it.

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Saison
21 Kildare Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Truly fine dining. I love walking into a restaurant and being treated like an honored guest. The staff were aware we had theater tickets and needed to be out the door by 7:30pm. The service was excellent and perfectly paced. I had the venison which was perfect cooked. We forgot to order sides (would have been nice for to be asked if we wanted anything), but did not walk out the door hungry. I did like that the maitre d' not only understood wines, but got why I prefer a southern hemisphere white to a northern. The ladies room was also nicely appointed. Excellent experience worth repeating.

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VnV at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Very pleased. My second visit to VnV and not disappointed. I do find it a bit pricey, but well worth the money. Be certain to get a table near the windows.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

What an amazing experience! The food was excellent, but that was only a part of what I loved about this place. I had no idea when I walked in the door that I was in for a new experience. I'd never had a Dutch rice table before. Amazing. Just amazing. No clue when I booked that was what we were going to get. So pleasantly surprised. The decor was gorgeous. Appropriately subdued. Nice couch area (we were seated at a table - next time I'll book the couches). The only thing I didn't like was the strong smell of cleaner coming from the restrooms. But - it does mean they are clean clean clean. If you have mobility issues be sure to book a table on the ground floor as the stairs could be a bit tricky to navigate. Will return.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Gave the Market Bar another chance after my last less than memorable experience. Fortunately we had our usual waiter Sakhi and everything was just perfect. The food was amazing. The wine was nicely chilled. I'm back to being a loyal patron.

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Boteco Brazil
6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin

It's just amazing how this little gem of a restaurant has improved since first opening. They've changed the layout and it's definitely to the better. Our waiter Craig was just a doll. The food was amazing. Best of all, it was reasonably priced and well worth the visit. ** FYI - be cautious if using google maps for the location. It sent us in all different directions. Fortunately we're regulars so we know how to find it.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went for a mother/daughter lunch after shopping with my girl. We had a great time. The food was good. I wasn't in love with my pizza, but my daughter enjoyed her meal. We'll be back again.

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TGI Friday (Temple Bar)
19/20 Fleet St, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Miserable. Just miserable. Normally we love TGI Fridays because it is family friendly. This visit was just awful. The music was cranked up so loud the only thing my family could do was either shout or stare at each other in silence. I don't mind if the music is turned up, but blaring and thumping to the point we just want to eat and bolt is not fun at all. The food did not come out at the same time. My plate was piping hot and the food was chilled. This tells me it had been sitting in the window for far far far too long! My husband had finished eating by the time I was served. I really don't see the point of him waiting for my plate to arrive when his is already in front of him. So my family pretty much had to watch me eat as their ear drums were assaulted because they had been served long before me. I did ask the manager and the waitress to turn down the music several times. It would go down for a few minutes, then someone would come along and turn it up again. I don't know anyone that enjoys shouting and eating.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a disappointing review to write. Normally I'm just delighted with every aspect of my visits to the Market Bar. Unfortunately this visit gets a thumbs down. Beginning with seating. I arrived early at 5:45 in advance of my two friends. I've been there before. I know that there can be a wait and we have learned to send an advance party just to be safe in case there is a line. This time there was no line and there was plenty of open seating. The waiter who sat me gave me what can only be described as the stink eye when I told him my two friends would be joining me momentarily (they arrived seven and ten minutes later). He told me I would have to wait for them to arrive. My response was that was unacceptable as there was plenty of open space and I would not be taking up a needed table. He finally sat me after making me promise I would vacate the table by 6:45 at the very latest. I agreed to this (again - not an issue especially when I know it will probably be busy), but I found his attitude in a word sucked. Ask me politely to do anything and I very well might do it as long as it's reasonable. Instead of being treated like a valuable customer, I was being treated like a nuisance that was going to take up his precious table. We ordered quite a few dishes. One arrived cold. I sent it back expecting a fresh plate of food. Instead we received the same plate freshly microwaved, cold on the inside and piping hot on the outside. Disgusting. As for my ratings: Atmosphere gets one simply because I consider being made to feel like I'm unwelcome even when I'm happy to part with my money the sort of thing that creates a poor environment. Food that arrives cold and needs to be sent back then returns microwaved gets one star. When food is sent back the same food should never be placed on the table again. The kitchens screw up isn't my problem. Service is one star for all the reasons above. Value got knocked down because I had to pay for microwaved food.

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The Kingfisher Restaurant, Guesthouse & Apartments
166 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Not happy to leave this review. Normally the service is good (not excellent), but this time it was just abysmal. My friend arrived before me and when I got there, getting someone to come to our table was nearly impossible. It was as if we'd been dropped in a black hole. I'd also specifically asked for no pudding with a substitute of potatoes. I was given white pudding and a normal portion of potatoes. When a customer doesn't want something on the plate, it shouldn't be on the plate. It was just harder than it should have been to get refills on tea and coffee. I'm hoping it was just a bad day. I will be going back. I just hope this experience wasn't a taste of things to come.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I always think it's a bit pricey, but the food is good. Once again my expectations were met. I did feel as if I was being forced out of my table before I could finish my tea as they needed the space, but it won't deter me from coming again.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Once again we went early and were rewarded by being seated immediately. The food was predictably excellent. Will be back again.

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The Kingfisher Restaurant, Guesthouse & Apartments
166 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Probably the best breakfast in Dublin.

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Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Dame St)
50-51 Dame St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The food is good, but it is very very very messy! I asked for a steak knife to cut my burger in half and was given a blank stare. The chips had been sitting for a while. All in all it could have been better, but I had a voucher which lowers my expectations.

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Lemon Jelly Cafe
Millennium Walkway, Jervis Street, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Good all around. A bit pricey, but not out of the range of acceptable for a place like this. Salad with goats cheese was excellent. They were great to our kids.

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Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

a bit pricey and the staff was distracted, but nice food for lunch.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch with a friend. I had a mushroom soup that was gorgeous. The bread that came along with it was worth going back for. My only complaint was the plate of biscuits my friend had with her lunch. They tasted prepackaged. Neither of us were impressed.

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Boteco Brazil
6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin

They've improved since I first visited earlier this year. I came back for a second try. They've really improved. I was impressed. The food was very nice. We were given a tasting platter. The black bean fritters were to die for.

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Lemon (Dawson St)
60 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The crepes were good, but the service and the cost left me cold. Probably won't be back again.

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Frite Haus
87 Camden St, Camden Street, Dublin

Took my son and one of his friends here for lunch and we had a great time. The food was very good (the chips really are worth the trip!) and the wings are especially nice. Messy, but nice! We had the wasabi mayo. The sauce list is a nice touch.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've had mixed experiences at Buenos Aires Grill, but this time it was just amazing. We went midweek for my daughter's birthday. I had a voucher for steaks for four and it was just perfectly cooked. A wonderful birthday meal for a steak lover.

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The Woolshed Baa & Grill
Parnell Street, The junction of Jervis street and Parnell street., City Centre North, Dublin

I went here after a film because it was convenient and the person I was with wanted something other than Eddie Rockets. Very disappointed. The restaurant set up was fine, but the service was sub-par. Our waitress couldn't be bothered and the fries arrived soggy. It was expensive for what we received. The chicken was hard and a bit cool. I think our food sat for a long time before it was brought to the table. Will not return.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here with a voucher for two. I had chicken cooked in a pastry crust and it was absolutely divine. The wine was reasonably priced and the starters were good value. I had a peek in the function rooms and I would love to throw a party in the tent.

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Eddie Rockets (Dame Street)
Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The family meal for four (two adults and two kids) is good value. Otherwise, it can get a bit pricey. I love to bring my kids. It's a good lunch outing for four.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I love the Market Bar. It's good value for wonderful food. My only problems are the noise level when it gets busy and that it is impossible to book a table. Otherwise, it's really a fabulous place to go for some good food and wine.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wonderful all around. Our waiter was charming and they were very conscientious that we had a person that was gluten intolerant with us when ordering. Absolutely wonderful food. The only complaint was that we were sat by the door and some idiot kept banging it against my chair. Not the restaurants fault so does not count against them. Just don't sit in the window.

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Tolteca Mexican Style Grill
38 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Baggot Street, Dublin

I enjoyed my lunch which I ended up having to take to go. This was not what I wanted to do. I wanted to have a seat and enjoy my lunch. Which was quite nice. Unfortunately the place was a mess and the tables were filled with people that had long finished their meals and decided to hang out. This is not the first time I've walked into Tolteca and found the same situation. I understand the management would like to entice students to dine, but allowing them to use it as a hang-out is off putting. There wasn't a place to sit to be found today, but lots of dirty tables filled with wrappers and people that were enjoying having a chat.

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VnV at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This would have been a perfect experience if the management had been able to contain the hen party. What a beautiful restaurant! We had a booth next to the windows which made it that much more worth while. The two waitresses we had were excellent. They answered are questions and were knowledgeable about the menu. The starter of feta was worth returning for again and again. I loved the presentation of my lasagna. I don't normally order the vegetarian option, but this time it was well worth doing something different. I adored my dessert. The friend that dined with me shared the lemon vanilla brulee and the pistachio meringue. The Riesling was excellent. So why not five stars? Whoever the manager was didn't have the guts to tell that hen party they were ladies and needed to act accordingly.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a difficult revue to write for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that I like Buenos Aires Grill and I don't want to have to leave a bad review. I have been to Buenos Aires Grill many times. This is the second time I've gone with a voucher. The sharing platter for two with two glasses of wine was advertised as having a 70 value. I paid 35 for it. What we received was worth 35. Not 70. For the same money we would have been better off ordering off of the regular menu. The fish was overcooked and the meat was grisly. This is not the same quality of food I normally receive when I eat at Buenos Aires Grill. I'm not certain if we received something inferior by accident or if they ordered in a lower quality of ingredients to accommodate the vouchers. Regardless, this food was sub-par. We had also ordered a flank steak that came overdone and chewy. I get that this is not an expensive cut of meat, but it can be done well. What redeems Buenos Aires Grill is the manager. When I voiced my complaints, she listened. We were given desserts after I asked to have them comped. In essence, through her ability to deal well with a customer with a complaint, she has guaranteed that I will return.

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Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The building is lovely, coffee is great, the cake is dry, everything is overpriced and the service is horrendous. Fun for the tourists, but now I know why the locals tend to go elsewhere.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went with a friend to celebrate the end of exams. Couldn't have been more pleased! All around wonderful experience. Highly recommend. The creme brulee is a must order!

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Normally we come in for dinner. This is the first time I came in for lunch with my husband and children. I won't say that I was disappointed, but I wasn't as happy with the service and the food we received as I have been in the past. The chips were cold and had clearly been sitting. Otherwise everything was nice. Not great as with the dinner service. I will be returning for dinner, but probably not for lunch with the family.

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Bollywood Dining
15 Montague St, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for dinner with my friend last Saturday night. We couldn't have been more disappointed. The food was not very nice and served tepid. The wine was overpriced for what we were given. I would strongly not recommend.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

As always the perfect dining experience. We love Dobbins. It's our favorite place to go for a family Sunday lunch.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a wonderful Sunday lunch with my BFF. Absolutely delightful staff that very kindly packed up my dessert because I just couldn't eat another bite. I've been to Dobbins many times. It's truly very special and the food is wonderful!

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