Restaurant Reviews from Ariff R

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Member Since: 24 November 2007

Last Visit: 21 July 2015

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Pacinos restaurant

18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brunch

Price Range:

Good
283 reviews

Reviewed 14th January 2011 ( visited 09th January 2011 )

Came with the bf on a quiet Sunday afternoon for a quick bite to eat. Place was quiet but had a really good vibe - love the decor and hence the ambience, hats off to the proprietor. We used our O2 treat voucher, I had Pasta Italiana and the bf had Margherita (O2 Treat only on pasta and pizza). No complaints with the food, certainly makes a change from the run-of-the-mill Italian. Service was brisk, but not pushy and waitress was helpful. All in all was a great experience - will definitely come back.
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Tante Zoes restaurant

1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
398 reviews

Reviewed 03rd December 2007 ( visited 27th November 2007 )

Was brought here by a friend, without reservations, but was promptly shown to a table. Ambience was ok, not to my liking: the furniture and decor speaks nothing Creoleoan, let alone French-influenced. But the service was tip-top and the food, simply divine! I had the Plantation Cheese, which was recommended by the waiter, was just right and most of all, sumptuous. Had the blackened chicken and I was expecting a burnt chicken, but to prove I know nothing about food, it was everything but burnt. I also had a taster of a friend's Jambalaya - perfectly spiced! All in all, a great dining experience!
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The Parnell Heritage Pub and Grill
72-74 Parnell Street, O'Connell St, Dublin

Popped-in with the Bf and the Reluctant Banker for pints after Granby Park. We went up to the roof terrace, which was nice. Got famished and had the nachos - pretty promising for a pub and portions were huge! Certainly will be back to try other items on the menu.

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The Counter Suffolk Street
20 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We didn't have a booking, but were offered to sit at the bar, which we did. Within 5 minutes the 3 of us were shown to a table. Food was good as far as gourmet burgers go. All of us went for the burger+pint deal. My server didn't ask how I like my burger cooked, but it arrived just the way I wanted it. No other complaints. Highlights include the Crispy Onion Strings - to die for! Will definitely be back!

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Came back for a second time for a birthday dinner with a large group of friends. Had the day's special which was Linguine with scampi and artichokes. Scampi was fresh and artichoke was grilled to perfection - almost flawless. Sauce was lovely and tomatoe-y and not greasey at all. Shared a selection of starters - highlight was the mini mozzarella balls. It was creamy with just a nice bite and the beef tomatoes were rich and tasted like tomatoes - not watery like other places. The squid rings were to die for, crunchy on the outside and melt in your mouth in the inside - lovely and fresh, not overcooked at all. Selection of deserts were alright - the profiteroles looked like it was made in-house but the millefueille left a lot to be desired for. Only complaint was hubby's margherita pizza which was swimming in melted mozzarella - but that's a matter of taste. Service was prompt and informed - the waitress picked the right wine for our meal. The gents were flooded - which requires attention. Overall a great experience and definitely would come back again.

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Pacinos
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came with the bf on a quiet Sunday afternoon for a quick bite to eat. Place was quiet but had a really good vibe - love the decor and hence the ambience, hats off to the proprietor. We used our O2 treat voucher, I had Pasta Italiana and the bf had Margherita (O2 Treat only on pasta and pizza). No complaints with the food, certainly makes a change from the run-of-the-mill Italian. Service was brisk, but not pushy and waitress was helpful. All in all was a great experience - will definitely come back.

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Came with the Banker, hoping to grab a quick dinner. I had the steak, which was cooked to perfection, accompanied by one of the best roast baby potatoes I've tasted this side of Blighty. I was well chuffed with my food. The Banker had a margherita pizza, which he rates as mediocre. On first impression the dining room appears small, as there seems to be more tables and chairs than it needs - there are a few non-functioning chairs. We were a little puzzled why our wine was not poured at the table, but did not take it up with the management, as it turns out that the only waitress they have in the cafe is the receptionist of the hotel next door, who is on a work placement with the hotel. Charming.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nothing beats pizza cooked in wood-fire oven. Cafe Topolis knows this and executes their pizzas well. Great value, great location, great service and even better food!

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Olesya's Wine Bar
18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for the Wine tasting - this establishment has a potential to be great, but it is on the pricey side for value. We tasted 6 different (all mid-range) wine, 3 whites and 3 reds. There were some cheese and meat platters included with the tasting, including some breads and dips. All in all, I think the €40 price tag per person leaves a lot to be desired for.

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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

Came here with a big group for a birthday meal. Service was prompt, if a little lax. Food is very good for value and taste good too - very impressed with the option to go regular or large with my pizza, which not many authentic Italian pizzeria offers anymore. I had the Sweet Chili Prawns and was not disappointed with my adventurous choice. Atmosphere was relaxed and very child friendly.

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Came with the boyfriend on a Friday after work. We had very nice cocktails, at a very competitive price, at the bar before we were shown to our seats. Our waitress was very attentive, knowledgeable and not pushy, providing a very relaxed but prompt service. I had the steak which was cooked to my liking and accompanied very nicely with tomatoes, mushroom and chips that me and the boyfriend agreed to be one of the best we've had. The boyfriend had the Irish Cheese plate, which he thoroughly enjoyed with a very good choice of Chilean white wine recommended by our waitress. We had been seated by the windows overlooking Clarendon St and felt comfortable in this central yet secluded establishment. The ambience, decor and vibe complemented our meals very well, providing a wholesome dining experience. Will definitely come back to try out the menu and will definitely be telling our friends of this place!

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The Italian Corner
23/24 Wellington Quay, Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Came here with my boyfriend and 2 friends for a late-ish dinner, hence we missed the special offers. Service was prompt and efficient, even when the place was full - which is quite a feat in my books. All of us had pizza and there was not a single complaint, but only praises for our dishes. We had a bottle of very nice white wine to accompany our meal and it was a good choice for a house wine. You can't fault it's central location and the atmosphere was very vibrant but calm enough for intimate conversations. The icing on the cake is the good value we had for our dining experience here!

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Came here for the early bird menu, as my boyfriend wanted Italian but I wanted some Spanish/Mexican cuisine instead - handy for us this establishment serves both! Boyfriend had the Garlic Bread and Pasta, while I had the Gambas al Pil Pil. We had Prosecco to accompany our meal. My prawns were cooked to perfection with good balance of flavours. The boyfriend's Pasta was al dente. The location was very central and the atmosphere was very conducive for a table for 2. Service was prompt and efficient. All in all we had a great experience here and would definitely come back.

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Sufis Cafe
45-50 Lower Stephen Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I have never ever ever, not even once been disappointed whenever I'm in Sufis. I love everything on the menu, especially the cheesecake. I think I'm their only patron who actually takeaway their variety of cheesecake in a doggy bag.

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Soup Dragon
168 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I love this place - the food, concept, service... everything! Soup Dragon is one of those little gems that Dublin has that should be an institution on itself, if it isn't already. My favourite is the Thai Chicken and I always get the biggest size. The bread that comes with is great too! The jugs of water with fresh mint (I think) added when I was there is a great accompaniment to the soup. Seating can be scarce but it never puts me off. Worth walking this far and waiting this long on the queue. Keep up the good work guys.

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Saagar Indian Restaurant
16 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I decided to take away some food here instead of eating in, so won't comment on the atmosphere or service. But as for as quality comes, it offers one of the tastiest and unique Indian food I've ever had. Good value for its location.

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Queen of Tarts
4 Cork Hill Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I have a weak spot for Queen of Tarts, and I don't even have a sweet tooth. Everytime I walk into this place, seating is always scarce (not a bother though) as I always walk out with a very very big takeaway bag. The choices of tarts and pastry are endless. Needless to say I sampled every single one of them. One of the few places that I know I'll always come back for more.

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Penang
11 & 11A Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here very very late one sunday evening (as they were about to close) but we were ushered in and most importantly not rushed through our meal. I had the Fried Rice which I find to be tasty, but not great. Our waiter was very attentive and accommodating.

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Pizza Hut
24 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The appeal of this place is its location and you know what you're gonna get out of the food - no nasty surprises. Great place for good food for a big party of people.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Went with the boyfriend 2 weeks ago for dinner - it's our second time here. We were just dressed casually and a little bit apprehensive that we would be turned away, but to our surprise we were treated just like any other customer, which is great. The service was very attentive and accommodating, which tally with our first experience here. Had the duck leg confit which was scrumptuous. Will definitely come back soon.

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

Great place for weekend brunch while people watching. The outdoor sitting area is a gem for smokers like me. Fast becoming my all time favourite.

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

Easily one of the best fish and chips in Dublin. Not a month goes by without a takeaway from this place, if not more. Comes highly recommended!

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

Many a times have been a saviour after a night out around Camden St, Harcourt St. never let me down.

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Eddie Rockets (South Annes Street)
7 South Annes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the places fast becoming my favourite to grab a quick bite after shopping.

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Eddie Rockets (Parnell Centre)
Parnell Centre, City Centre North, Dublin

My review of other eddie rockets notwithstanding, great place for before or after cinema food for its location.

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

You get what you see, just like any other eddie rockets chains around the city. Great location for american diner grub though. Will definitely be back if in the mood for american diner experience and if I'm in the area.

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Madina Desi Curry Co
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Great few halal restaurant in the northside of city centre. The ever extending menu keeps calling me back to this little gem.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here for dinner last week with 2 friends. I must admit the menu is quite appetising and yet more on the plate. Service and ambiance good. Will definitely come back to see if it's changed.

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Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I like this restaurant for it's location. Apart from run of the mill menu, the ambience is ok. Handy for the night in town after.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I just cannot fault this establishment - best food in town! Came here with the boyfriend for a romantic meal and wasn't disappointed. Was shown to our table immediately and service was impeccable - attentive without being overbearing. I had the duck with a very hot and spicy sauce (very much to my liking) and the atmosphere is very intimate enough for us to have a private conversation. Will spread the word about this place and definitely will come back for more!.

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The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Me and the boyfriend have always been taken by this conversion to a restaurant. The ambiance and atmosphere added to our great dining experience. It wasn't too busy when we came here for our anniversary and despite the cavernous size of the establishment, it was intimate and romantic enough for us. Highly recommended!

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The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went for a few drinks here for my flatmate's birthday and we ended ordering some food, as the menu looked appetising and we really enjoyed the atmosphere here. Yes it's pub grub, but accompanied by draught beer it's an altogether amazing experience.

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

The quirky but tasty pizza toppings available made Millers an interesting experience. Came with my flatmate for a quick dinner and our tastebuds were not disappointed. Service quick and prompt, our server were very helpful. The wine list is something to behold, so was the decor and ambience. We took away another pizza - we were that impressed!

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here for a friend's going away and must say the staff are really hospitable, accommodating and attentive. Our party of 6 soon grew to 10 so extra tables were added, no questions asked. Food wise, it isn't 100% Japanese, but with a small percentage of fusion dishes. Extensive sushi, ramen and grill is most welcome, with no bias towards any. Complimentary green tea is a treat! Extensive wine, beer and sake menu. The difference in prices, but not food portion, definitely made it worth your money to go for lunch. Try it! You won't regret it.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Went with the boyfriend, as per usual. We had the Garlic Pizzette, which was really nice, different and mostly appetising. I also had the Connemara Lamb, which I must say was bland - such a waste of good organic lamb. It's a personal hallmark for me, that if I have to reach out for S&P, something's amiss. The ambiance is ok, but decor is a little hit and miss. At the end of the day, its main appeal is its philosophy of organic food. Burgers I find a little overpriced, but the main courses is worth every penny. Family is welcomed as it appeared during our visit.

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Flanagan’s Restaurant
61 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I love this place! Great location, wide and varied menu, simple yet delicious food and it doesn't burn a hole in your wallet!

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Brunos
Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

I was disappointed with this restaurant. The boyfriend and I had the early bird menu, chicken wings as starter and risotto as main. The food were lazy with flavours and quite pricey.

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Pizza Stop
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Little gem of an Italian Restaurant. Packed to the brim on most nights - greatest testament to it's worth!

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Little Caesars (Harcourt Street)
The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the best Italian in Dublin. Its greatness lies in its simplicity.

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

I really like the canteen style tables, you can sorta squeeze in. Despite the extensive menu, the Traditional does it for me. As with its sister on South William Street, your clothes may smell of crepes if you eat it. Another great shopping break spot!

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went with the boyfriend for dinner, service was prompt, waiter was friendly, food was great, though the boyfriend didn't like his starter of garlic sourdough bread (or fancy garlic bread, as he calls it). I had the Firecracker Prawns, which was done to perfection, except that the last prawn I had was mushy, as it wasn't fresh anymore. Minor problem. We found the ambience i.e. lighting, noise level and table positions wasn't suitable for a romantic table for 2. As echoed by other reviewers, it is more suited for groups, as the noise may be described as 'lively'. All in all, it shouldn't stop you from coming for their famous cheesecake et al.

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Lemon (South William St)
66 South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Extensive menu might bamboozle patrons, but regulars like me and the boyfriend always know what we want. Favourite place to grab quick lunch and weekend brunches

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Keogh's Cafe
1-2 Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Best place to take-away a Sin-bag (variety of muffins, scones, quiches, tarts, pies etc) to go with a cuppa!

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Run-of-the-mill Indian food restaurant, though from my experience the proprietor and the staff are proud of it. The Mango Lassi is a personal favourite.

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IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Kudos to the chef/s here! I have tried almost everything in the menu and none has disappoint me so far. Personal favourite is the Signature burger, with special mention to the accompanying chips. I have often brought visiting friends here ( mainly to impress them on how cultural Dublin can be) and all of them were charmed by its location, ambiance, service, quality and value of the food. Many a times when me and the boyfriend are stuck for a place to dine and couldn't be happier to pop into the IFI. Keep up the brilliant job guys! The outdoor/smoking area is a gem as well.

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Hard Rock Cafe
12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

A lot of negative experiences are associated to this place, but as far as American diner grub goes, I think Hard Rock has done well. Though they could do with more waiters at busy times.

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Govindas Restaurant (Abbey Street)
83 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

My ultimate favourite for a vegetarian restaurant. I particularly liked the pick-and-mix style with the dishes and the fruit yoghurt drinks. Highly recommended if you fancy healthy food on a sunday afternoon to offset the bingeing from the weekend.

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

Great atmosphere! Love this cosy little gem of a tapas bar. Great location too.

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

The only reason I come here over and over again, is for their chicken wings. Service is always good, staff is friendly and helpful. I also covet the window tables.

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Eddie Rockets (O Connell Street)
O' Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Great for after a night out. Staff here are really friendly, Only problem is that, of course, the food.

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Eddie Rockets (Baggot Street)
33 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Baggot Street, Dublin

Only ever go in to take-away the malts. In my humble opinion, that's the only thing with great value here.

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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It proved me wrong as I thought that it will be a disappointing dining experience, as it is such a refuge from the bustle of the street outside. Good food, great location, great service and the Sambuca is very much appreciated.

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The only other favourite vegetarian restaurant in the city! This place is faultless in all aspects!

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Charlies Four
8 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great only because it opens late. A favourite haunt for a come-down after a night out.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the few places in Dublin that serves great american burger. Cocktails selection is varied and original as well.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Great place to sit down during the day and soak in the ambience and decor.

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Bruxelles
7-8 Harry Street Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great place for after-shopping sit-downs. Highly recommended!

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Came for farewell dinner with a group of friends. General consensus with them when it comes to quality of food, selection of wine, service and atmosphere is that this place is a gem!

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Botticelli
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Cheap unpretentious Italian food, great value!

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Big portions! I'd especially recommend Chilli El Diablo, sets your taste bud on fire!

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Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great location! You can watch the going-ons on Parliament St and Temple Bar as you eat. Simple menu, great taste!

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came with a group of friends, I had the Seafood Ramen which was great. Service was prompt, menu varied, atmosphere fantastic.

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Rustic menu that reminds you of home sunday roast-esque warmth and atmosphere. Reserve to avoid disappointment, and specify where you want to sit, the window tables needs early reservation.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Was brought here by a friend, without reservations, but was promptly shown to a table. Ambience was ok, not to my liking: the furniture and decor speaks nothing Creoleoan, let alone French-influenced. But the service was tip-top and the food, simply divine! I had the Plantation Cheese, which was recommended by the waiter, was just right and most of all, sumptuous. Had the blackened chicken and I was expecting a burnt chicken, but to prove I know nothing about food, it was everything but burnt. I also had a taster of a friend's Jambalaya - perfectly spiced! All in all, a great dining experience!

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

Went with 2 friends for dinner and banter, management is very friendly towards casual diners. Had the usual tapas must-haves: patatas bravas, spanish meatballs, mussels etc. Weren't that impressed with the ambience, but then again we were just casual dining, so it suits us fine.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Went here for my birthday with a group of friends. I had the Tiger Prawns; must say that the woodfire made a whole lot of difference! Loved the atmosphere and ambience, but a bit too pricey. But won't keep me from going back for a special occasion.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Loved the atmosphere. Were here for lunch with a date. Food looked and tasted healthy (which won me points, as the date was very health-conscious when it comes to food). Can get very busy sometimes, expect queues and disappointments.

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My friends and me went here for lunch and we had a great time. We wanted to find somewhere quite, cozy and different, while walking around starving, trying to find some quality grub. We were a little apprehensive, but what we were looking for in lunch, we found it here. Chez Max ticked all our boxes. Can't remember what my friends had. I had the chicken, which was so yummy, done to my liking, just as I expected it to be.

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