Restaurant Reviews from Betty Boop

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Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant

66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Brasserie

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1079 reviews

Reviewed 01st November 2013 ( visited 30th October 2013 )

What more can I say 5 stars. So many visits I can't even begin to count. My 2nd home. Always lovely food friendly staff and great atmosphere. Need I say more.
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Luigi Malones Restaurant

5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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698 reviews

Reviewed 02nd June 2013 ( visited 01st June 2013 )

Have been a long standing customer for many years and popped in last night without booking. Had about an hour wait for a table. We shared a bowl of chicken wings for starters (my fav here) and they perfect. I opted for the burger as mains, tasty and filling, only problem is that their burger buns are of the soft variety so trying to eat (even cut in half) is a problem as they dissolve in your hands and break all over the place so quite messy to eat. We had a lovely waitress but place busy so we left waiting for items ie. jug of water, wine took a while also. Our problem came when hubbies main of lamb skewers arrived. (a fav and often ordered dish). It was tough beyond tough. He told the waitress and she said he could get another one but it would take time. As it was already 10.25pm she suggested something that was already cooked. As he is not a fan of pasta she suggested the roast chicken as that was already cooked. When it arrived (I was already finished my dinner) it was almost identical in taste to the chicken wings so he just could not face it. We asked for the bill, they had taken the original meal off but charged us for the chicken, (the chicken he had not wanted but was all that was ready to go). I did not agree with this so took the matter up with management and the meal was taken off the bill. I dont think it should have been on it in the 1st place, as it was not actually something he wanted and their fault that the lamb was wrong. We have been customers for so long here but I will think long and hard before returning again.
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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

What more can I say 5 stars. So many visits I can't even begin to count. My 2nd home. Always lovely food friendly staff and great atmosphere. Need I say more.

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The Gin Palace
Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Not totally positive of date might have been week before but should have written it earlier and promised it would start with "Top Marks"..... Visited with 3 girl friends for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks. Weather so bad we all delayed and therefore when we went to eat it was just after 8.00pm. The first waitress just said no kitchen closed so we decided to have one more drink and move on. Our waiter was taking our order and when we mentioned that we had only got comfy and it was a shame we had to go he asked why. We told him we needed to get something to eat (by this time it was 8.15pm, kitchen closed at 8.00pm), and he said "quick, do you know what you want?" Had not even seen menu but asked if they did burgers and he said yes what would you like on it? I said anything going, two of the others wanted this that and the other,(all different) one a sandwich etc. He never wrote a thing down but went off and soon we had our orders perfect. Fair play to him. That's the way to do business. As a result we stayed there for the night and all our money went to the "Gin Palace" because of him. If we had listened to the first waitress we would have left hour before. P.s. I love the way they have the Gin Sampler Tray. A great idea.

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McGoverns Malahide
The diamond, Main Street , North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

1st visit on a Sunday evening. We were shown to our table and than basically forgotten about even thought kept trying to catch a waiters eye. Eventually we gave our order and finally got our bottle of wine. The place is very busy with a lot of big family tables so not a place for a quiet night for 2. It felt a bit like an upmarket cafe. We shared a pate and a chicken wings to start.Both lovely but have to say v impressed with the pate. Really tasty. We both had steak for mains and would have been really nice if it had not been on the cold side. I did not send it back as the place so busy. So all in all, nice enough food, service a bit on slow side and ok for a bite to eat but not for a lingering meal.

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Roast
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Our 2nd visit to Roast. The first time the food was nice but they were having problems as one of their Chef's had been taken ill and they were under severe pressure and the service was v slow as a result. Our 2nd visit was the complete opposite. Our waiter remembered us and the table we had sat at and asked us if we would like the same wine. Fair play as I did not remember what we had had until he reminded us. Very nice friendly staff. The food was delish..The amuse bouse much nicer this time as totally to my taste. A smooth pate which I would love to see on the main menu. I had the prawn and pork starter yum..lovely size for the 6 course menu but would like slightly larger if only having a starter and main. Hubbys salmon a nice sized portion. We both had the steak..just what the Dr ordered, the pepper sauce really unusual but v tasty as was the blue cheese butter. The pre dessert nicer that 1st time as a shot glass of fruit coulis with a creamy foam. The 2 desserts lovely but had to say apple pie not really an apple pie but so much nicer. Nearly like an apple danish. All that and 2 perfect coffees. Will def be back again soon. As you can see 5 stars and I think maybe only ever given 5 stars once before.

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The Bakehouse Bakery & Eatery
6 Bachelors Walk, City Centre South, Dublin

A lovely sunny day so stopped by with a friend for coffee and cake. We got a table outside in the sun. They have their food menu on paper place mats on table but not their cake so you have to go inside to check. It's mostly what they call muffins, but really in fact cupcakes. So I went inside and placed my order and we had a few minutes wait.Then one waitress came out to see what type of coffee we wanted. (strong black with hot milk mixed in so basically 2 strong white coffees). No not latte, or or any other fancy chocolate topped creations. While waiting, we got brought someones else's coffee, someones lunch, and someones milk while our coffee went to one table and our "cupcakes" to another. The place is not that big but they seriously don't seem to be able to keep track of the orders. While we sat there the same thing happened a few more times to both us and other tables. A bit of entertainment I guess. I had ordered a glass of water twice and the bill twice and I got the water on the third time of asking when bill arrived. I'm glad I did not order anything that took much time or effort.

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Hartley's Restaurant
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Our first visit and looking forward to it after reading all the positive reviews. Our table wasn't quite ready so they asked us to have a drink at the bar while we waited. I have to say the staff must have a degree in avoiding eye contact as even with polite coughs and excuse mes, it took arm waving and and a quite direct "could we order a drink please' before they took our order and we were sitting right in front of about 4 bar staff. We were brought to our table at 8.30pm. I really liked the atmosphere but would have liked a few mirrors around room as hubby who was sitting facing the wall could not see anything. We ordered one starter between us (chicken wings) and 2 rib eye steaks. A party of 10 arrived beside us and another couple. It was only after both groups had received their starters we wondered why we had not received ours. It was now approx. 9.15pm. We asked the waiter who went to see and he came back saying sorry they had lost our order. We had another 10 minute wait but when we got them the wings were perfect. Just the way we like them. The steaks when they arrived were gorgeous and I really liked the rocket ceasar salad. When we were paying the bill we were offered a drink on the house for the delay. So all in all we loved the atmosphere and food but service a bit dodgy as quite slow and no one waiter sticking with our table but would def visit again.

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Tillies Cafe
18 St Gabriel's Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Have been here on many occasions mainly for breakfast but popped in during week as had missed lunch but too early for dinner. It was one of our "summer" days and we were lucky enough to nab a table outside. Nice to just sit and people watch. We had coffee and cakes and both very nice. A guess a little expensive but a nice treat for a midweek.

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Popped in for a bit to eat on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. The place was buzzing with families and loads of kids running around. I was with my 2 daughters and we decided to share a combo platter to start as it had all our favs on it. But really really disappointed. The chicken wings had not been separated into pieces, so really awkward to eat and they were not at all crispy, the skin was all soggy. The ribs looked lovely but no meat to talk about at all. The onion rings were of the "frozen" variety and the cheese sauce on the nachos very sickly. Myself and one of my daughter opted for burgers and they were generous with plenty of bacon, but could have done with a little seasoning in the mince. My other daughter had a chicken pasta dish but I noticed she only had a few bites. I only found out later that she said the chicken tasted off and she was unwell after. I did speak to the manager and we settled the matter but it has put me off having chicken and even fish out in a restaurant when we are lucky enough to have this lovely weather. So despite this would never have the platter again but burgers basically what it says on the tin. Ps the had no "Corona" only "Sol" a bit of a disappointment.

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Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

1st visit after looking for somewhere totally new and as weather so lovely decided to venture to other side of Dublin to where we live. A lot of steps leading up to the restaurant so not the easiest place for anyone less than agile. We got a lovely table looking out the window but very hot as weather so nice and no way to open the window. We chose the wings and the pate to start and have to say neither of us blown away. Just ok. Hubby had the fish platter but it just looked a bit of a mess all piled up on top of each other in a bowl, no finesse about it. My belly pork (usually a fav of mine) was just a bit on the "strong side" and cut in slices like a roast as opposed to a proper piece of belly pork. We had to ask 2 or 3 times for things like vinegar etc. Just as we were finishing our meal, one waiter ran by with a heavy tray and dropped it on my arm, and it actually hurt quite a bit. He said sorry and then just ran on. This to me is quite serious and I felt he should have double checked I was ok. Thankfully I wasn't drinking from a glass at the time. My husband mentioned it to a senior member of staff and only then did he come again and check if I was ok and seemed surprised I had mentioned it to anyone else and he seemed quite put out. I know it was an accident but just think he himself should have been more concerned when it happened. Won't be making the long journey back anytime soon..

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

Have been a long standing customer for many years and popped in last night without booking. Had about an hour wait for a table. We shared a bowl of chicken wings for starters (my fav here) and they perfect. I opted for the burger as mains, tasty and filling, only problem is that their burger buns are of the soft variety so trying to eat (even cut in half) is a problem as they dissolve in your hands and break all over the place so quite messy to eat. We had a lovely waitress but place busy so we left waiting for items ie. jug of water, wine took a while also. Our problem came when hubbies main of lamb skewers arrived. (a fav and often ordered dish). It was tough beyond tough. He told the waitress and she said he could get another one but it would take time. As it was already 10.25pm she suggested something that was already cooked. As he is not a fan of pasta she suggested the roast chicken as that was already cooked. When it arrived (I was already finished my dinner) it was almost identical in taste to the chicken wings so he just could not face it. We asked for the bill, they had taken the original meal off but charged us for the chicken, (the chicken he had not wanted but was all that was ready to go). I did not agree with this so took the matter up with management and the meal was taken off the bill. I dont think it should have been on it in the 1st place, as it was not actually something he wanted and their fault that the lamb was wrong. We have been customers for so long here but I will think long and hard before returning again.

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Bridge Bar and Bistro
The Malting Tower,, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

!st visit Sat night with menupages voucher. After reading reviews could not wait to try menu. On arrival we were left for standing at the door, so not a great start. Service a little slow but we eventually ordered, Foie gras and Confit of Duck for myself and Prawns Pil Pil for hubby. Both very nice and went down well.We ordered the Porterhouse steak for 2 and I told the waiter I knew it would take time as it was a large piece of meat, but I wanted it COOKED THROUGH and NO BLOOD, NO OOZING 15 minutes later our steak arrived on a wooden platter to "be presented" before carving up. I knew immediately it was still rare and again asked "will this be cooked through and no blood". I was assured yes but as it did not arrive back for another 15 minutes I knew it had been put back on to cook. Well I hate to think what the 1st attempt would have looked like as it was the colour of raw tuna. reddish purple and only seared. The waiter realised and took it back. Literally 1 minute later it arrived back, STILL RAW but slightly drier around the edges. How do you re-cook carved up steak on a wooden board?? Our sides and sauces were sitting getting cold as YET AGAIN the steak was taken back. 2 minutes later and cold sides and cold sauces still with us, the steak arrived back YET AGAIN, now just reddish but very dried up. Asked for warm sauce and our sauces heated in microwave but only garlic butter melted and rest still cold. Gave up after that. If I had not already a menupages voucher with me, so meal already paid for, I would have walked out long before now. We ordered dessert.Went for Waiters recommendation. Baked pears and hubby the cheese board. OMG Mine arrived in a bowl and I won't even say what it looked like, but it was hard but mushy at same time with bits of skin still attached and tasted like smell of air freshner. Cheese board TINY. 3 uninspired mouthfuls of cheese. V bad value.I did let Manageress know of review pending and she apologized with a drink on house.

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Suesey Street
26 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is actually 2 reviews in one. The first about 6 weeks ago on a weekend night. Nice atmosphere and v polite staff. It was never completely full but had enough tables filled for a good atmosphere.A jazz band playing in corner nice touch. I chose their belly of pork (too much of a description to explain) as my starter. Very nice, but very very tiny and way way to expensive for what it is. and that is the one thing I found overall, the starter prices too steep. I had the steak which was nice and I enjoyed that. But the best part of the meal was their Creme Brulee. Heaven in a pot. 2nd visit was on a week night. There was only us and 2 other tables filled and one of them left before we had started eating. There was no music that night so a little unsettling, we felt we had to whisper. Our waitress was a lovely helpful girl who went out of her way to answer any questions we had. Unfortunately the steak not so good this time. I had asked for no blood at all, and it was totally red and bloody. Our waitress did say she would have it redone, but I can never enjoy food if it has to be finished cooking, so hubby ate most of it. That did mean I had room for the Creme Brulee, yum yum. So while I like this restaurant and the service was great, I think I will hold off for a while and maybe go nearer Christmas. P.s. Their Guinness bread is gorgeous and we bought some to bring home.

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Octopussy Seafood Tapas
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

1st visit on a lovely summer lunchtime. We sat outside and it was just like being on holiday. Inside is quite small and all tall tables and stools so maybe more a daytime place than night dining although they are open in the evening and very busy. We had a lovely friendly waitress that was kept extremely busy but nothing was too much trouble if you needed it. We decided to choose 3 items and share. Chicken wings, Cajun prawns and White fish in batter. All were lovely and just perfect for a summer afternoon. A nice bottle of wine to wash it all down. Will be back again for another visit soon.

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Deep
12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

1st visit on a warm Saturday evening.Popped in without a reservation but they managed to squeeze us in. Very buzzy place. Nice if you want tasty food and good conversation. There were a good number of waiting staff and all were lovely, helpful, chatty and willing to help with any decisions. We had chosen a bottle of wine which was out of stock and our waitress helped pick a different one without pushing for a more expensive one. I opted for the chicken wings to start and hubby asked if he could have the starter seafood platter for 2 as his main (and have the mussels that come with it as his starter). No problem at all with that. I had the rib eye with mushrooms and chunky chips. The mushrooms had a really unusual yummy flavour and the steak was delish and has to be said, far nicer than ones I have had in many "upmarket expensive" restaurants. Only 2 slight quibbles, the seating is not v. comfortable. Long benches, slightly too low for the tables that slope backwards so you have to sit on edge to eat your meal, so hard on your back. And their lighting not working properly so a bit too bright as they could not dim. But aside from that a lovely evening and will be back again very soon.

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Il Sorriso Restaurant
New Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

1st visit with 3 girlfriends. 1st impressions, typically Italian with nice atmosphere. Nice friendly little waitress. For starters 2 of us chose chicken wings. Nice big bowl smothered is a spicy bbq tomato sauce. Had to resist going near the bread to mop all the sauce up. My other friend had the garlic mushrooms, ala smothered in a creamy garlic sauce, not deep fried and breaded. All the main meals looked beautifully presented. I had the pork, very nice but very rich as a lot of cheese and so therefore quite heavy. The 2 girls had 2 different chicken dishes that looked yummy and as not much left on plates, I gather they enjoyed them. We had no room for desserts but I would def be back again for a visit and try something different. I like the way they have typical Italian Meat mains as opposed to just pizza and pasta (which they also do). Enjoyable visit.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I have tried on so many occasions to get a table here but there is always a months waiting time so finally managed to sneak in for an early bird this Thursday. 1st impressions, nice atmosphere and polite waiters. I chose the chicken wings for starter, yummy, lovely and sticky and hubby had the salmon. Although he is a fish lover he found the flavour a little "strong" for his taste.We shared the selection of steaks on the stone. Beautifully presented. A great idea. I think they should have this option all evening (even if they have to make slightly more expensive after 6.30pm). The 2 side dishes were packed with flavour. There were a choice of 2 desserts so we chose 1 each. I have to say, both a little disappointed in these.The chocolate soup, just too much melted chocolate, you needed something to dip in it and the brulee was scented with spices that reminded me of a curry. The 2 coffees lovely and strong.So all in all a lovely meal with just the desserts we were not keen on. I also felt that the wine list a bit pricey. They need a few lower priced wines. So I would def return if I could only be patient enough to wait the month for a table.

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

After a girls day out my friend and I feeling peckish and I had a craving for chicken wings and my bezzie fancied an omlette so we figured no better place than E & C as they specialise in both. We got a seat around the corner at back so could not see anything but each other and a brick wall so atmosphere not the best. Very nice waiter friendly and helpful. Could not wait for my wings as they one of my fav foods. Have to say I was disappointed. Nice large portion, but then at 12euro plus I would expect them them to be. Over half the wings were completely black and a bit greasy. Not the best at all. Told the waiter and I was just charged for a half portion. Friend wanted a small plain salad to go with her omlette and it was v plain, nothing special so not impressed with the charge of 6euro plus for just leaves a little onion and tomato. Felt that the overall prices too much for what you get and for the kind of restaurant it is. Won't be Qing up to rush back.

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

1st visit and as a little early for our table decided to have a drink at the bar.We both ordered G&T's. I was then offered a bar menu of so many different Gins it would make your head spin so we decided to try 2 totally different ones (and tasted before adding tonic). I could not believe how different they where and once came with cucumber and 1 with orange. Unfortunately they did not have any "regular" brands of tonic and what they had I really did not like. So while a new experience, I won't be trying again. Once at our table, have to say I found the service a little slow and we were left sitting for quite awhile before getting any attention. We decided to share the Charcuterie board but was not that impressed. Have had far superior in other restaurants. We both chose steak for our main meal and it was v nice and much enjoyed. The atmosphere is v French and while we enjoyed it we have had better French food elsewhere. So while I had nothing bad to say, it was fine, probably would return but not putting on the top of any list.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Our 1st visit and really looking forward to our meal here after reading all the rave reviews. 1st impressions very good, nice atmosphere and music. To start I ordered the Cesar salad and Mr. Boop opted for the scallops. Salad v tasty, lovely sauce, not too fishy as sometimes can be and a good size portion. Mr. Boop not so lucky as although the scallops lovely, there were only 2 and I think one of the most expensive starters on menu. Either cut the price or double what you get in my opinion. Really looking forward to my main meal of Rib eye and Mr.Boop to the Shank of lamb. Asked for medium to well, no blood. The steak looked yummy when it arrived but when cut into was actually rare and the chips dark brown and totally overdone and not really edible. Decided to just ignore the blood and eat, but have to say it was so chewy I could not even swallow it. Mr.Boops shank however was delicious. I would never put up a bad comment without 1st telling the Manager, so I did this and he was totally professional and mannerly and fully of apologies and went to kitchen to speak to chef. (just what I would expect from a Manager) Full marks. He also came back with feedback which I appreciated. We stayed on for a couple of drinks and when we received the bill, the 2 courses which we had mentioned had been removed and our round of drinks was on the house. And just for the fact that he listened to us and took our views seriously I will now return for a 2nd visit and put it down to just bad luck and I'm sure next time it will be a rave review.

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The Yacht (Clontarf)
73 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

This is actually a double review as have eaten here twice in 2 weeks. Like the atmosphere, nice feel about place and waitresses helpful and friendly. 1st visit we both ordered steaks. Steaks o.k. if little chewy. The pepper sauce tasted out of a packet and v. bland. The mash, was literally that, mashed potato with NO seasoning AT ALL. No salt, pepper, butter, cream, ANYTHING. Awful, no flavour at all. The mushrooms etc, v. oily, so did not enjoy this meal. 2nd visit, we decided to just have a selection of starters. My fav. of chicken wings with hot sauce yum. EXCEPT, NOT YUM. For a start, wings were breaded and CREMATED with 1 solo pale wing placed on top. Not a sign or taste of any hot sauce.Actually asked waitress if this was my order and she checked and said yes.Had to ask her to bring me a little of the "hot sauce" so I could dip the wings. Hubbies garlic mushroom and fish starter were v. greasy and all in all we both had heartburn for rest of evening. My Sis left half her chicken curry behind (even though she was still hungry), and when I asked why she said the chicken was v. tough. So while a nice place for a drink, think I'll leave the food alone in future.

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After reading reviews we decided that Chai Yo sounded like a fun place for our Christmas night out. We booked our table over a month ago and requested the smaller table in front of restaurant as advised by friend (as only 3 of us dining). We confirmed with the restaurant (time and table) and then they had to change time. O.K. we went with that. On morning of meal they again rang to confirm the 3 seats needed and we looked forward to our meal.We arrived 5 minutes to appointed time only to find that our table was full (only 2 seats free, and a lady sitting at table insisting she was holding them for friends). It did not seem to matter that I had on 3 separate phone calls confirmed our reservation. The Manageress/woman in charge got giggley and tried to persuade us to eat in main restaurant. NO WAY JOSE.....I had probably passed 50 regular chinese/asian restaurants on way here, so NO CHANCE. The whole idea was the fun of the tempan table. Eventually she squeezed us at the end of one of larger tables stuck in middle of a v.v. large party. BUT ONLY when I put my foot down. IMMEDIATELY, and before we had even opened our menus they were trying to take our orders, like a big rush to get us in and out. A v. small bowl of soup (I use term soup, but it was more like dish water and only about 2deg temp) arrived.I asked if we could have a warm bowl and 10 secs later 3 "new" bowls colder than 1st arrived. We had the mixed meats from the menu, and plenty of chopping, throwing, etc and it was a bit of fun, but as chef cooking for us and then separately for the other party, a lot of repetition. I did say to Manageress I was not pleased and she had only spoken to me earlier that morning and she went all coy and admitted we had booked a long time ago and the table of 9 were a late booking. It all comes down to money.She then and only then offered me a voucher for 10euro (TO USE NEXT TIME,) I think not. We were not even offered a drink on the house. And v. EXPENSIVE. WONT BE BACK.

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Bella Cuba Restaurant
11 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Our 1st visit was also using a voucher. Some people not happy but we actually enjoyed having a little sample of several things. Enjoyed most things but am glad we had the tasting platter as would not have wanted 1 big plate of anything. We actually suggested to our waitress it would be a good thing to have on menu as a regular thing. There is a platter for the starters (bigger than tasting menu) but not for meals. The cocktails lovely but am glad was not paying for them outside of deal as v expensive. And a gin and tonic totally mad price. We enjoyed our experience.

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Russos
18 Dame Street,, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

1st visit and was delighted to see the early bird mentioned on menupages. But it is stated the early bird runs until 9.30pm and then the late bird begins. In fact the early bird ends at 7.30pm. but I explained what was written on menupages and they alllowed us avail of it (There is a surcharge of 3euro if you want steak that is also not mentioned on menupages). I chose the bruchetta. Quite nice but a little salt needed.Mr. Boop had the mixed seafood in batter, v nice but felt the dip needed a bit of a kick added. We both had steak, mine the Sirlion and Mr Boops the fillet. Nice flavours and we cleaned the plates. The only complaint was that we both found the food a little on the "cool" side and the plates were cold. I love piping hot plates so you can take your time. We shared the strawberry pancotta for dessert. Pancotta itself lovely but it had a mint cream with it. V. weird. Felt I should have been eating lamb. The only thing we had that I would not want again. Enjoyable night.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

!st visit. Quite a small restaurant but a nice atmosphere. A little cramped especially trying to take your seat if you are at the wall. I nearly knocked the table and candle over trying to squeeze in. And I don't like the table leg. One large center leg on a round end. There is nowhere to put your feet and you spend the entire meal with your legs twisted to one side. Onto the other matters. We had only just arrived and had been handed the menus and within 1 minute had 3 staff over asking if we were ready to order. At start of meal actually felt a little rushed. But that calmed down and we settled in. Mr, Boop had the Cesar salad to start and I chose the pate. Nice smooth creamy pate, plenty of it but with only 2 tiny triangles of bread. I had to ask for more or else eaten it on a spoon. We both had streak, mine the Rib-eye and Mr. Boops the Fillet. Both lovely and cooked just as requested. They did come with a choice of potatoes and sauce, (on the side) but thought the plate looked really bare and plain. I think a little salad garnish would make all the difference to the appearance and would not exactly break the bank for them. Could not fit dessert but did enjoy the meal. So will return soon.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

My 1st and only visit. Have never been so disappointed in a restaurant (especially one with such a good name). 1st impressions, cramped and dark. A cool evening and we were put sitting beside a window (closed) but it might as well have been open, as there was a breeze blowing through it. We had to keep our coats on the entire visit. Had heard their Risotto was the best around. So chose for my starter. SERIOUSLY, the best. NOT. Mine supposed to have chicken and wild mushroom. A tiny bowl of what looked like (use your imagination), but involves young infants. There was not 1 single piece of chicken and the only mushroom was balanced on top as some sort of garnish. Not a flavour in the world off it. Wallpaper paste has more appeal. AND... the plates were cold, a big no no in my book. I did tell the waiter my concerns, but just got a sorry and a smile. For my mains I had 2 half portions of 2 different pasta. Again, cold plates so meal was congealed by the time it arrived. Even if they had been hot, I'm glad did not have a full portion of either. Although if you had liked them you would still be hungry after as portions tiny but not at tiny prices. Have to say, I'm sorry but really have nothing good to say about this place and def. won't be making as 2nd visit.

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is actually 2 reviews in1 as visited Saturday the 12th and also weekend previous. It is so v. nice to be able to write a positive review actually advising people to visit. Both nights spot on. Hubby's birthday on the 1st visit. He had the "new" spicy prawns. And they certainly did what they said on the tin. Spicy and full of garlic and v. much enjoyed. I had the calamari (a house special) and explained in detail to me. Soaked in milk overnight so tender and delish. Not a rubber band in sight. Mr. Boop had the steak, fine, nice but just steak. But my veal, yum. So v.v. Italian. (The one on the main menu). So full but shared the choc fondent and 2 coffees. Next visit with 2 friends. Even better than 1st time. Again I had calamari (but went with the set menu), hubby had the mixed seafood, friends choices of 1 pate and 1 spicy prawns. All lovely. This time I had the veal on set menu, in lemon and white wine. Beautiful. 2 had the lamb cutlets and 1 the chicken. All empty plates. All the time service is attentive but not in your face. V. friendly and helpful waiters. We shared 2 choc fondents and coffees. We were then offered choice of Italian drink on house. A lovely night, lovely food and service and can't wait for my next visit. My only slight niggle would be that wines are quite expensive and I would like a couple of "not so expensive" ones to chose from and also their steak is a little expensive for what it is. But rest of menu great especially the "set menu".

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

Another lovely visit for a double celebration. Daughter's graduation and her boyfriend's birthday. And both their 1st time at B66. 1st great thing was when waitress asked what we would like, hubby joking said "a pair of reading glasses would be great" (as he had forgotten his) and we were gobsmacked when she actually came back with a pair for him. A great idea. All restaurants should do same. We had a selection of different skewers for starters. Delish. My daughter and I both chose the rib-eye. totally yummy and boyfriend had the salmon and plate was licked clean. Was soooo annoyed could not finish my last couple of chips as was full to brim. Have been to ~B66 so many times but have to say the food the was best I had ever had there. Only downside was as a Tuesday evening neither "A" or "E" there and missed their cheery chat. Catch you nextime guys. But we were well looked after in their absence.

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Pacifico Restaurant & Grill
Marine Court, The Green, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Out for a walk and passing by so decided to pop in. Literally got the last table (beside the door so a little chilly). Friendly staff buzzing around. Loved the atmosphere. They were only getting to grips with a new menu so don't think everything was available (especially desserts). A slightly different kind of Mexican. A little like the Asian Fusion (if you get my drift). Some of the old typical dishes not on menu (like buffalo wings for e.g.) but more a modern uptake on Mexican food. Loved the way all the different types of chillies and sauces explained on menu (in a menu of their own) so you know exactly whats going into each dish. Not particularly a cheap place but nice for a casual/girls night out.

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Hush Brasserie
12A New Street Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

!st visit for a girlie night out. Nice little restaurant. Filled up v. quickly. Lucky we had booked ahead. We opted for the early bird menu. 2 chose the chicken vol-au-vents. Nice enough but pastry a little tough. 1 friend had the monkfish, but she said was a little dry (and I noticed she did not eat much of it). We all had the steak. Fine, but I really missed the fact it was not chargrilled for that special taste. It came on mash with a pepper sauce. To be honest could not taste the pepper and it was quite thin, more like a gravy. Having said that we ate all as we were starving and it filled the gap.We sat there for a good 2 hours but never felt rushed although they had to turn people away.The staff were lovely and friendly. Think thought on the next visit will chose from the main menu.

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

1st and most probably only visit. Had heard this restaurant a little upmarket and special so decided to surprise Mr. Boop for his birthday. All fine to start, nice table overlooking sea. A visit to ladies (toilets themselves fine) but very damp mouldy smell like they had had a bad leak.Ordered starters, v. nice (v. expensive) lobster and crayfish salad for himself and pate for me. Mr. Boop choose the rack of lamb, nice but no more special than anywhere. I had the steak, also nice but just missing something. The mashed potatoes were a disgrace. Literally a bowl of mash, no seasoning, salt, pepper, butter. Tasteless mush. We were debating what to have for dessert when all of a sudden all the staff were out pulling tables apart, dragging chairs around and basically re-arranging place. Also laying the tables with linen cloths (which we did not have). All the diners (including ourselves) just sitting there watching all this going on. One by one people started leaving (also including ourselves) as just did not feel comfortable. Literally felt like they were closing up and rushing you out. We brought this up with the Manager and pointed out people watching this and he replied, oh well we know those people, they are our supplies. HELLO... We are not your suppliers and came out for special night. Not to watch furniture removal. But basically he just said O.K. sorry. Well, won't be back and won't be recommending to anyone else.

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The Cheese Pantry
104 Drumcondra Road Upper, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Our 1st visit to what used to be the butchers shop my mum-in-law used to go to. All the old butchers tiling of pigs etc still on the walls, so quite a quaint place. We were sitting at window which is nice as place quite small. Hubby chose to have the black pudding, sausage, potato and rocket salad. So v.v. tasty. Have tried to create at home but never quite the same. My choice of open ham and cheese sandwich quite ordinary in comparison although nice. We then share the nicest most delicious bread and butter pudding ever. Heaven. A bit away from us but will def. have to return soon for another visit.

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ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

My 1st visit and coming up to Christmas so a lovely atmosphere in and around the restaurant. Lovely the feeling of downstairs but imagine it could be a little cold if not many people booked in. The service was a little slow and trying to catch the eye of a waiter not the easiest of jobs. But all in all enjoyed the night but even thought they had a "million" choices of wine, would have liked a couple of slightly cheaper choices as if we particularly like a restaurant we would often sit the night out over a 2nd bottle if there was no rush to leave the table and the bottles a little pricey for this, But will be back again soon to try now the Christmas rush over.

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Our Christmas meal out myself hubby and a family friend. Had heard good reports about this restaurant so decided to visit. From outside its looks nothing, You would walk past but inside its like walking into a bygone era. Linen tablecloths, quite formal but cosy at the same time as v. small place. Could not believe we were only people in place (bar 2 upstairs) but apparently they had a lot of people cancel due to all the snow etc as had many places. The service was fantastic, formal but in a friendly fashion. You were made to feel special. A glass of Prosecco on the house when we arrived and then a little top up. Olives arrived out while we made up our minds followed by lovely soup. We all chose different starters, all tasty and a little different. A surprise sorbet was also delivered. My only thing would be that my steak was a little dry and I think a sauce of some kind would be nice. (I think a sauce is on the fillet steak) so maybe next time. We were discussing the desserts and wishing we had room, Mr. Boop only one to order, but we all brought a little something to sample. As if that not sufficient spoiling, we were brought a glass of dessert wine also. A really great little place. Have already booked for Valentines night.

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The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Often been here for drinks as like the atmosphere. V. old fashioned feel about place, Quite cosy. This our 1st experience with food. Mr. Boop ordered the salmon starter, 1 little slice and 2 slices brown bread. He could have eaten double. I chose the ceasar salad, O.K. nice enough but nothing to rave about. Mr. Boop opted for the steak and fries while I had the burger and fries. Burger quite bland, edible but nothing exciting. Steak fine, BUT THE CHIPS. Totally limp and greasy, like they were left sitting and then reheated. Told our waitress who said it to the chef, who said "they were fine and nothing wrong with them". So we asked for the Manager. Our waitress came back and said the Manager had said we could take 20% off the bill or have a dessert on the house. We did not want a dessert as still hungry for a dinner and no appetite for a dessert at this stage) and the money was not the point. We had come out to have a nice meal and this was definately NOT NICE. We asked again to see the Manager who then came to speak with us. He made few excuses as why chips were like that, ie end of night (it was only about 8,30pm) oil gone a little cold etc. In the end he took our meals of the bill, but the whole experience of the night out was spoiled. We would have usually stayed and had a couple of drinks, but ended up going home early and getting chips on the way.

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La Cuvee @ Eno Wine Bar
1 Burton Hall, Mayor Square, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

1st visit after reading reviews which seemed good. Our waitress nice young girl on her 1st day so guess she was a little nervous. She could not open wine and then broke cork so had to get a Snr. member to help. Had not the heart to tell her it was the wrong wine but a quiet word with snr staff member and it was sorted quietly.Mr. Boop had the salmon (his fav) as starter. V. small portion with 2 tiny triangles of brown bread (slightly stale and no butter). I opted for Cesar Salad. Just O.K. until half way way through and I'm gagging on a piece of plastic (think maybe from salad bag).Snr. staff v. apologitic. Onto mains. Mr. Boops chose lamb. He said was "lovely". although only 2 and he was told it would be 3 cutlets. Small square of potato so not exactly filling. Hey Guys, how hard or expensive would it be for you to put couple slices of carrot or few green beans on plate, I had the Rib eye. I can honestly say it was 1 of worst steaks I have ever experienced. Had asked for NO BLOOD, but was a little oozy, but decided not to look and just eat. WELL, it was the FATTEST, MOST CHEWY, TOUGH, steak ever. Full of sinewy bits. I cut it up small and tried to chew each mouthful.Finally gave up (and had to apologize to waitress)as the whole steak went back to kitchen but in chewed up lumps on the plate.)Waiting staff were lovely and apologized again and again, its not their fault, they did their best. We had desset and coffee both fine.When we got bill, my meal taken off and desserts/coffee on the house. The only good thing about this restaurant was the lovely staff. Would not return again for the food. Way to expensive (with no side orders included) even if food had been edible.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

1st Visit and we were shown upstairs. (Much nicer atmosphere and lay out) in my opion but only us and 2 other tables. We opted to share the combo starter. O.K. but have had better. The potato skins badly needed salt (and I seldom if ever add salt at the table). Mr. Boop chose the Fajitas (mixed beef and chicken) but was hard pressed to find any beef. 3 tiny pieces and a few pieces of slightly bigger chicken. The whole dish was FULL of mixed peppers. So a bit of a disappointment (although the flavour quite nice if there had been more meat). My choice of the Latino Burger sound mouth watering on the menu, but again a little disappointing for the money. Have had far nicer and again beef in need of salt. Was an alright meal, but won't be rushing back again any time soon as much better options elsewhere.

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

Our 1st visit on a busy Saturday evening along with my Sister and Bro-in Law. The place was really busy with a nice atmosphere. Mr. Boop opted to try their beef in pastry as a starter. Sis and I loved it as (sorry, but it tasted just like an old fashiioned batter burger). Mr. Boop could take or leave and Bro-in-Law hated it. He chose the fish cakes but said they were lacking in any real flavour. Both couples chose the Striploin platters for 2. Steak, chicken, sausage, ribs, black pudding, chips and veg. Loads to share and really annnoyed could not finish it as it was v. tasty. The house red v. nice and the boys tried the "local" beer. My only complaint was that when out for a meal we usually have at least 2 bottles of sparkling water to share but their brand "Vichy Catalan" a Spanish make, tasted totally horrible. It was salty and tasted like "Alka Seltzer" or "Solpadeine". Most of the bottle was left on the table. All in all a v. nice meal and will visit again. But would like a choice of different brand of water.

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

A very busy evening and initally we were offered a high bar table but were moved after we had our 1st drink. A waitress took our orders and I felt she was not listening and asked her if she had everything written down and she said she had. She seemed very distracted so I was a little bit doubtful. We had a good wait then for our food and when it eventually arrived, sure enough 2 of the tapas were missing. One of the head staff investigated and our order had not been written down. She was full of apologies and assured us she would rush them through and they would be on the house. She was as good as her word and about 5 monutes later we had our missing tapas. Could not really say the food "blew me away" thought we did enjoy the prawns. Not a massive fan of cooked peppers, I was pleasently surprised with the peppers stuffed with mince. But I was very disappointed with the Caserole type dish of mixed beans. Very tasteless and watery. An enjoyable night and good atmosphere but would not be rushing back for the food.

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

A really enjoyable meal. Good atmosphere and helpful staff. Both Mr. Boop and I chose Cesar Salad to start. Would have liked a little more bacon on top.YUM. I had the chicken wings and gratin potato for main. The wings were YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY.The BEST in a long time. Mr. Boop said his sirloin steak was the tastiest he had had in years. A lovely BBQ grill flavour. The smell reminded me of holidays. For afters was torn between toblerone cheese cake or a cocktail I spotted that I had had on hols but not many places do it (or if they do they don't do it properly). The cocktail won out and it was PERFECT. The only thing I would say is that the house wine is a little on the expensive side for what it is. It even had a Luigi Malone sticker on it. Got a sudden image of the staff out the back with a big vat mashing the grapes up. But apart from that, CANT WAIT TO GO BACK, even if I only ever had the wings as the visit would be worth it for them alone.

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The Squealing Pig Bar And Restaurant
The Diamond, Monaghan Town, Monaghan

We were really looking forwar to our 1st visit and everything started out fine. Lovely restaurant with a really nice "French Bistro" kind of feel to it. I chose the chicken liver pate to start. Not too strong which was good and a lovely cranberry compote on the side. The sour dough melba toast was not the best as the bread is already rather chewy so when toasted and left to go cold is not that tasty. Mr. Boop opted for the mussels in a wine and cream sauce that he really enjoyed. My main was the Belly of pork, and while nice and tender, was TOTALLY SMOTHERED in a really thick crust of very "Christmas like" spices.The flavour of them went through the whole piece of pork. It was like eating plum pudding, xmas cake and strudel all in one mouthful. My cabbage was totally raw but the potatoes and celeric were fine. Mr. Boops offering of grilled seafood was totally inedible. The mussels (totally unlike the starter) were welded to the shells. The razor shell fish was like a long elastic band that nearly took his eye out when he tried to bite into it. The rest of the fish was not the best and the lemon wedges on the side had obviously been put in a oven to keep warm with the fish as they were hot, cooked, and squashy. His potatoes were also cold. We did explain our worries to management and they DID take the meals off the bill. But its a pity as the night had started out so well and ended on a bit of a downer.

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

Our 1st visit to Dobbins was for my birthday. Never having been before I was a little surprised by its location. You would definately not just happen upon it. We decided to have the early bird as we were going elsewhere when we finished our meal. Not a lot I would particularly choose on the starter list but opted for the smoked chicken salad. A generous portion and Mr. Boop chose the seafood sausage, but a little too strong even for him. However my main of Belly pork was delicious as was his fish dish. We were totally full and only had the desserts as they were included. Both lovely, the brulee and the toffee pudding but could only finish half. The service was fine, there when you needed it but not in your face. My one complaint would be that the place is virtually pitch black. I like low lighting but I could hardly see my food on the plate the place was so dim. They really need a little more lighting.

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Greedy Goose
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

A different way of dining. More like lots of starters rather than true tapas as you get served 1 dish at a time unlike tapas which are usually served together. A bit of a mixed bag. Couple of really nice dishes eg the mackeral and leek was nice and really unusual. Served cold and like a cross bwtween mousse, quiche and scrambled eggs. The chicken and ham v. tasty, The fish and chips yummy but really only 2 large nugget sized bites of fish. A bit TOO small a portion. The samosa was tasty enough but the pastry REALLY chewy so def not 1 for anybody without their own teeth. The 1 dish I would def not recommend is the surf and turf. A TINY portion of meat, approx. 2 mouthfuls and 2 prawns. The shoestring chips are actually only slivers and really only garnish. We had the dessert samosa. Lovely, and the rhubarb which was sharp and nice to share with the sweet samosa. Would try different things on the next visit. Service was very good.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Our 1st visit to Hugos was on our 22nd wedding anniversary. We had a table downstairs as a large party of 50 were upstairs and a bit on the noisy side. Our waitress was very helpful and apologised when we had to wait to give our order as she was busy clearing tables due to the large numbers. The starters were on the fishy side and I chose the queen scallops as had "regular" scallops before and found them ok. I did not realise that queen scallops were much smaller and therefore VERY fishy. Not really to my taste but glad I tried them. Mr. Boops choice was mixed salmon which he really enjoyed. Both starters were beautifully presented. My main of Rib-eye steak was delicious and came with BIG CHUNKY chips. YUM. Mr. Boops main of mixed lamb was equally enjoyed and a lamb spring roll included was really unusual. We finished off the meal with a shared cheese board and 2 espressos. A really enjoyable night and we will return soon.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

OOOh la la. Oui,Oui,Oui. Our 1st visit to this little restaurant with the lovely french feel. There was a bowl of olives on the table to nibble on when we arrived and the bread to accompany it was crusty and moreish. We decided to share the charcuterie platter for 2. Brill choice. Enought for 4 people. Really unusual different things to choose from. Mr. Boop chose the "John Dory" on the specials board for his mains which he raved about. A smallish portion if you were only having a regular starter but ample after the hugh platter. I opted for the "rib eye" asking for it to be cooked with NO BLOOD visible. (as in French restaurants usually get bloody steak even if asked for well done). Well they took me at my word and it was on the slightly charred side (and only half the size of anyone elses due to this fact) but I still enjoyed it.The mushroom and spinach on the side were highly flavoured. Very tasty all in all. We shared the cheese board and it turned out to be a lovely selection with more crusty bread and crackers. The service was great and with all the lovely French accents to listen to, you would think you were in Paris. My only little grumble would be that the tables are REALLY close together and you can hear everything the tables next to you are talking about. So much so that we ended up chatting to the couple next to us rather than pretend we could not hear them. Will def be visiting again soon.

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The House
4 Main Street, West Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Visited the house for the 1st time since it was the home of the old "cibo", Always liked the feel of the place, fairly small and cosy. Really only suitable for couples or tables of 4 in my opinion. Nothing really grabbed my interest on the starter list so we decided to go for the antipasti as the waiter said it was a little bit of lots of the starters. THANK GOD I did not opt for a full size version of anything because I can truly say I would never be tempted to try any of them again, especially one of the fish pieces which felt like a wet slug in my mouth. Even Mr. Boop who does like fish was not bowled over by the selection, and the worst part was no bread was offered. On the other hand, my main of Rib-eye steak was gorgeous. I practically licked the plate and Mr. Boops skate was equally delish. Just as we finished our starters, a group of 14 arrived . (I know it was a great day for Ireland with the Rugby win and all is great with the world) but this group acted like they were reinacting the whole match. Shouting, yelling,jumping around and only short of dancing on the tables.It totally ruined the whole atmosphere of the place. I felt that they should have been asked to keep it down a little as all the other tables were couples. A very limited dessert menu and only bread offered with the cheese board(The bread I would have welcomed with the starter) They dont do crackers which I found v. strange so we did without. Loved mains but could do without the rest. Also waiters dressed in grey t.shirt, denims and trainers. More suited to a N.Y. Deli than a restaurant. .

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SALE e PEPE
The Diamond, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

6 of us visited for my daughters birthday. Nice friendly atmosphere. We had 3 ceasar salads for starters. Very nice (would have liked more) one of the specials (fish) and the prawns. Prawn portion could have been a little larger. I chose the chicken in masala and mushroom (with chips instead of rice) , just my sort of thing. 2 had the different steaks on offer and really enjoyed, 1 had the creamy pasta (but found it a little heavy, but nice anyway). There was one childs meatballs with spagetti and 1 pasta with prawns. Unfortunately this was the birthday girls meal and it let the side down badly.It has no taste whatsoever. (same went for pasta with childs meatballs). When I mentioned this to waitress there were apologies and no problem taking them off the bill. We finished off meal with 2 French coffees, a regular coffee,cheese board,icecream(lovely). Then they brought ice cream with a candle for the Birthday girl and played Happy Birthday. A really enjoyable night.

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Our 1st visit was on Valentines night after reading all the rave reviews and the build up from the restaurant themselves. Lets just say things did not live up to expectations and we were so disappointed that I re-read the reviews posted and came to the conclusion that we must just have been unlucky and we would visit again before I posted my review. Our 2nd visit was a Saturday evening. I have to say that the staff are very attentive and would have absolutely no complaints about them. Our starters were the garlic mushrooms and Cesar salad. Both fine. We both opted for the sirloin steak. Quite nice but a little on the chewy side. The garlic potatoes were lovely and a little different to other restaurants. Their veg is VERY al dente. The restaurant is very long and narrow and the staff have a difficult time getting around. It was also extremely noisy and after a while trying to have a conversation at shouting level gets a bit annoying. We had a much better meal this time but the whole place is a little claustrophobic for my taste.

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McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Have had quite a few visits (more not so good than good) usually because a friend has wanted to go and its near to home. So decided to pop in for a quick lunch. (Would have quicker evening meals out). Hubby chose the chicken wings to start (usually my most fav. thing) Not now. They came served with feathers still attached and crispy from the deep frying. Told the waiter (he did not seem v. impressed) but he told the chef and they were taken off bill. I had the burger and chips (could have sworn they were supposed to come with big chunky fries) but skinny ones arrived. Said nothing as had not time to wait for fresh. Hubby had the chicken with mash but he said the sauce was very watery and some kind of herb in the mash not v. pleasant. He had the brie with crackers and grapes for dessert. Brie and crackers fine but the 11 mixed grapes had been taken off their stems and 6 of them were actually soft and slightly mouldy. They looked silly rolling around the plate and put me off trying the cheese. The 2 coffees were nice (and on the house) but all in all it took over hour and half for a (quick lunch). Food def. not worth it and wont be heading back anytime soon.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Visited for the 1st time on our third attempt to get a reservation. A really popular spot. Very nice atmosphere with extremely helpful cheerful staff. 2 of us chose the bacon salad starter. Really tasty and would def have again. Our friend had the chicken terrine which was full of flavour. We all ate off the "specials board". 2 opted for the veal. Really tender but could not see any peppercorn sauce that was meant to accompany it. It was more like a wine jus. The other chose the fish of the day which was thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. Boop had the cheese board for afters. It was served on a hot slate dish that was supposed to make the cheese more enjoyable. My "homemade" ice cream was a bit disappointing as was a bit on the sharp side and did not taste homemade. The creme brulee was not like a traditional one. It was more like a mousse. Having said that it was a really enjoyable meal that was finished off nicely by 3 French coffees. Will def return again very soon.

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Eddie Rockets (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Have not been to Eddie Rockets in 8 years and now I remember why. Had been to the cinema with the kids and the youngest chose here. First of all is the Qing for half hour outside like first day at the sales. Then its the lick of a greasy cloth on a greasy table. Nothing felt clean. Then, and this drove me mad, Christmas music blaring at top volume although it was 1st January. Surely we have all had enough of Slade at this stage. I don't know but I always remembered their chicken wings being the best thing on the menu so went for them for the sake of old times. But unfortunately my memory must be going as these wings were lukewarm and soggy to say the least. The two burgers ordered were smothered in sauce and the Cesar salad was a bit dry. It will probably be another 8 years before I venture in again.

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Hemmingways
2B Vernon Avenue, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Have passed by this little restaurant on many occasions and have never noticed it. The outside does not do it justice or the fact that they do not explain their their menu better on menu pages. I had always thought it was a deli or tapas type of place but no it is a very popular fish restaurant. And I do mean fish. As someone who "does not do fish" I was pleasantly surprised and finished my meal in record time. 4 of us visited on a Saturday evening. 2 fish lovers and 2 needing to be won over. 2 of us had the bruschetta. Gorgeous but lethal on the garlic. 1 had the garlic mussels (just as well) and one the prawn suppli. All got the thumbs up. We then chose 3 of the specials of the day and all were gorgeous. I was practically licking the plate. The staff are really helpful and I think we will be definitely be back in the very near future.

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Tibor's Bistro
11B Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Visited for the first time with Mr. Boop and as we were a little early and the place a little quiet we decided to have a drink at the bar first. The place has a really nice atmosphere and the bar girl was extremely helpful and chatty. We got talking about cocktails and she showed me different bottles and then went through the menu pointing our things she thought I might like. The place started to fill up so we decided to go to our table. On the recommendation of the waiter I chose the duck starter. Very enjoyable ala "Chinese shredded style" on a nice salad. Mr Boop had one of the fish starters. My steak was delish. Apparently it is marinated in oils and mustard and herbs for a couple of days. A lovely flavour and served with real chips. Mr. Boop opted for the monkfish. It was stuffed and then skewered. Really nice. We had no room for dessert but will be back again soon.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited for our Xmas night out after having them on the "to do"list for many months. When we arrived we were shown to our seats by a really nice girl I think she was the manageress. I chose the Cesar salad for starters which was very tasty. Mr. Boop opted for the other salad. I think it was pear and cheese based. Our friend chose the ham terrine, but unfortunately it had not a taste in the world. There was no problem and it was changed for another salad. We all went for steak, medium to well done. Well, I don't know who's steaks we got but they were not ours. At least I hope that was the case. Mine was still "mooing" on the bleu side of rare and the other two were so overcooked you could use them for shoe leather. Lots more apologies and a little cup of soup on the house while we waited for our new steaks. The soup was delish. Would have loved a big bowl..The steaks arrived but still not cooked to order, but at this stage was so hungry I closed my eyes and ignored the seeping blood. The staff were very apologetic and the atmosphere was good but the food let them down this time. Will try again sometime soon.

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The Quays Irish Restaurant
10-12 Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Popped into "The Quays" for an early Sunday dinner with Mr. Boop. Were seated beside the window looking out over Temple Bar which was nice. Decided to share the "garlic mushrooms" for starter. Nice and garlicky and not overdone. Arrived very quickly so they must have a batch on the go. I chose the "Beef with Guinness" for my mains. Very tasty although did need a pinch of salt (something I never add usually). Mr. Boop Opted for the "Surf and Turf". The steak had that lovely char-grilled smokey flavour. Again the food arrived very quickly so it was lucky that we were feeling very peckish. We decided to share "Apple crumble" with cream and custard for afters. It tasted like home made. Yummy. The only thing was that they do not have a "frother" for making their coffee although our very pleasant waitress did bring me hot milk to add myself. Would definitely drop in here next time I'm back in Temple Bar.

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The Waterside Inn
Opposite Howth Yacht Club, Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Visited The Wheelhouse with a group of "yummy mummies" on a girlie night out. There were 9 of us in total. The "main man" was very helpful and between us we had quite a variety of food. Could only see what my end of the table were enjoying but my starter of "Ribs and Wings" were very tasty. A couple of the girls had the "Brie" (which disappeared fairly quickly and the "crab claws" went down well also. I had the "sirloin" for my mains, but opted for pepper sauce instead of the listed one. (The pepper sauce in erring on the SPICY side of pepper if you know what I mean). Had a taste one of the mummies "Monk-fish" and enjoyed although I don't do fish. Because there were so many of us, we were brought out a selection of the sides to share. The "garlic potatoes" although they looked a bit anemic, were gorgeous. We also had fries, veg, and colcannon potatoes. All this washed down with a couple or 4 bottles of vino. A very enjoyable night. Will be back soon I am sure.

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Franks Kitchen
Unit 72 Block Clongriffin, Baldoyle, Dublin

Had visited "Franks" for a sit down meal when it first opened and found it to be ok. Decided to order a take away last night and have to say will def NOT BE BACK. We were told it would take 5 minutes and thats when alarm bells should have started ringing. When do you get a full chinese meal cooked FRESH in 5 mins. I think it was about 3 actually. We ordered 1 chicken szechuan, 1 kung po beef and 1 special chili. When we got home the only way to tell the difference in them was to check what meat was in which dish (and that was few and far between) as ALL the dishes were FULL of green peppers and not much else. The real gripe is that ALL THREE of the sauces weere EXACTLY the same. NO DIFFERENCE whatsoever. I think they have one big pot of sauce made with all the different meats and PEPPERS ready to throw in at the last minute. Thats exactly what it looked like and tasted like. I have had all 3 of these dishes many different times in many different chinese restaurants (sit down and take away) and never before have all 3 been exactly the same. Will not be going there again.

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The River Cafe
Raheny Shopping Centre, Howth Road, Raheny, Raheny, Dublin

Being a regular visitor in the morning or for lunch, it was like walking into a parallel universe. It was Easter saturday evening and very quiet. There was only 1 waitress as she had been let down with staff that evening. As a result she was trying to do everything herself and that resulted in tables that were half set or not cleared etc. This place I feel is set out more as a daytime cafe and I think in order to switch to a evening eating place they really need to put tea lights everywhere (not just a few dotted on tables). Because this cafe/restaurant in situated in a car park, I feel that they need nice blinds (especially for night time) in order to get a inviting vibe going. Our waitress was very helpful but I just felt the atmosphere was like going to your aunties for tea. The food itself was tasty. Crabcakes (nice and mild) mussels for hubby. He had a streak (lovely and tender) and I opted for the burger (really big and extremely soft and tender). The only down thing food wise were the chips, which were a little greasy and very soggy. I think the overall atmosphere could be improved with the addition of the aformentioned blinds, more candles and better music in the backround.

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The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Visited this restaurant for the first time yesterday evening with the family in tow. First impressions were that it was like stepping into an "old style" type country tavern. Not much spent on frills and all the furniture basic large wooden table and chairs. We ordered a variety of food. Myself and hubbie chose the pate to start. Very tasty if a little difficult to eat as it was served on a small wooden platter and bits kept falling off the edge.(Tried to ignore the hygiene end of things). Two of the party opted for the prawns in filo pastry (A tad expensive for what you get). For mains myself and one other went for one of the days specials. "Fillet of beef on bubble and squeak mash with mushroom sauce". Very nice (even if steak a little on the small side). We both enjoyed it and a bowl of nice veg was included. My daughter chose the surf and turf but was a little put off by the prawns still in shells on top of steak. Mr. Boop chose the mixed fish platter. A generous size which he enjoyed. Daughter no 2 and my son opted for burgers (his the child's portion). Unfortunately my daughters was still very pink so had to go back and be redone. Despite this place being a pub as well as a restaurant, all tables were taken up by diners and we were asked for our table back before we had finished our bottle of wine. Luckily we got the only "drinking table" (Tall with bar stools) and we finished our drinks there. All in all, the food was enjoyable but expensive for the type of establishment it was. The prices were more suited to a "proper sit down with tablecloth kind of place.)

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The Nuthouse
Howth Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

After reading all the really good reviews I was looking forward to having lunch there with Mr.Boop. We arrived and I chose one of the day’s specials "Steak and Onion pie with salad" which sounded lovely. Mr. Boop opted for the soup of the day "Tomato and Basil" and a toasted sandwich. First complaint was when we went to drink from our glasses we were overpowered by the smell of "wet dog". One of my worst complaints in a restaurant (and it has happened in some of the very best). That is the really horrible smell of stale dishwasher glasses, plates etc. It really does smell like "wet dog". The waitress replaced the glasses and we waited. Quite a while actually. The hubbies soup arrived. It tasted just like "minestrone" but without any bits. Just the liquid part. He was finished a good 5 minutes before his sandwich arrived although they were supposed to come together. My pie should have been lovely in theory, but it tasted like it was micro waved as the pastry was soggy and it was on the cooler side of tepid so obviously only got about 5 seconds. The salad (if you could call it that) was basically a bit of very limp lettuce that was a bit on the slimy side and (I think) maybe a bit of cucumber. If the pie had been heated in an oven and the salad a bit fresher it could have been quite enjoyable. Did not have time to send it back as was on the school run and was watching the clock. Do not know what all the fuss is about this place. Maybe I was just unlucky, but will not be booking a table to return anytime soon.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Peploes for the first time yesterday evening for Mr. Boops birthday. The place was full with a good atmosphere when we arrived. We had to wait a short while for our table as we were a little early but had a glass of wine at the bar while waiting. The menu has changed slightly to the one on menu pages so I could not make up my mind and asked our waiters advise as wanted to try some new dishes and not the usual of steak etc. He suggested the "Foie Gras" starter for me (one of the most expensive on the menu at €15.50) but it was a great choice as it was really different and I would definitely have again. Mr. Boop opted for the "Dressed crab" (not to my taste, but he enjoyed it). The bread served with the meal was lovely and it came with a really light Olive oil to dip. I thought the oil was flavoured as it was so nice but the waiter said it was plain. I chose “Rabbit" as my main. A little bland. It was a very small portion wrapped in ham and pastry. The sauce that came with it made the meal. Mr. Boop had the "Monkfish and Prawn" which he rated highly. We shared a portion of "Frites" and a portion of "Potato Dauphinois" which were both lovely. My only concern was when we went to use our glass that had been filled with water, immediately we could both get that horrible "left lying too long dish smell" that always reminds me of "wet dog". But our waiter quickly changed the glasses and brought a new bottle of water. We were too full to have dessert even though I really wanted to try them. As well the only solution is to visit again soon.

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Bay Restaurant
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Have just returned home after a very pleasant lunch in Bay with Mr. Boop. Within ten minutes of us arriving the place was full. As it was lunchtime we did not want anything too heavy so decided yo share the "Bay skewer platter". A mixture of 4 skewers with beef, lamb, prawns and grilled veg and cheese. It comes with choice of greek salad or chips and waitress suggested getting salad and extra portion of chips as we were sharing. We discovered on receiving the bill that the small bowl of frozen chips cost €4.50 which was a total rip off even if the food was nice. We decided to share a dessert and went for one of the specials on the waitresses recommendation. "Baked Strawberry cheesecake". She was right, it was very tasty. The only thing was the portion size was tiny. You could eat double and still want more. Lucky there was a nice scoop of creamy vanilla ice-cream to go with it. The accompanying coffee was enjoyed. No doubt we will be back.

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Courtyard Restaurant
Carnegie Court Hotel, North Street, Swords, Swords, Dublin

Visited for the first time with two girl friends and had the early bird menu. Excellent value for money. We all chose the same meals, "Garlic mushrooms" for starters. Very tasty but maybe a little overdone. The "steak with pepper sauce" was gorgeous. Two generous sauce boats of sauce to share. A lovely sauce with an unusual but delicious extra flavour to it. Steak came sitting on top of bed of mash with roasted tomato. A large bowl of roasted veg and another of roasted potatoes to accompany it all. We then had desserts. One apple pie, one strawberry cheesecake (me)which was really really light and one trifle. The trifle portion was huge but my friend not too keen as thought too much cream which put her off. Two coffees and one tea to round it all off. All that for €25.00 a head (including the usual tip). The only complaint was that we were all driving so could not enjoy a nice glass of wine but will bring Mr. Boop soon and make sure we have a taxi on standby.

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Sandbar
193 Clontarf Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Visited last night, a miserable rainy Saturday. Mr.Boop had booked it after having lunch there a couple of weeks ago and thought it would make a change and not too far from home. I then had a look at the reviews and nearly cancelled. They all seemed so bad. But as I had often found in the past, when a restaurant had some really bad reviews, that I was usually lucky in my experience, so we decided to "go for it". There were 4 of us in our party and luckily we got a nice waiter. Myself and my bro-in-law chose "Cesar salad" (his with chicken) for the starters. A generous sized portion. Maybe a tad too much dressing, but better than the usual of having to ask for more. "Baby Boop" (My sister) kept stealing from hubbies plate as her "bruschetta" was a little on the tasteless side. Mr. Boop had the "antipasti" and again a generous sized plate arrived. For the mains, Hubby and I chose the "strip-loin steak" with a really tasty mushroom sauce. My garlic potatoes were lovely and the veg "Al dente" which I like, but maybe a little too much for some tastes. Unfortunately, Mr. Boops potatoes only saw an oven for approx. 30 seconds as they were totally raw. They brought him fresh, but obviously no garlic potatoes left as he received roast spuds instead (that actually looked lovely) but I was too full to try. Bro-in-law had a lovely looking concoction of "fillet slices with aubergine pieces and roasted peppers" which went down well. "Baby Boop" had a pasta dish (a little under flavoured I think (even thought she asked for extra chili) as usually she never uses salt or adds flavour, but both salt and pepper were getting a good shake). Had no room for pudding, would have loved a coffee but the "boys" decided that would be a waste of "liquid room" and that a "pint" was the way to go. The one complaint I would have is that every time the door opened, you would get a blast of icy air. They really, really need a second door onto street. But all in all, an enjoyable meal.

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Kinara Restaurant
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin

Visited on a busy Saturday evening. Was delighted to see that there was such a good selection of "different" dishes to choose from, and not just the "old favourites". The waitress was very helpful in explaining the different dishes I wanted to try. Sorry I can't remember the actual names, because they were soooo good I want to have them again. The portions were generous and best of all NOT swimming in an inch of ghee. I usually have to soak of the top layer of oil before I can eat Indian food, but this meal was delicious. I can't wait to visit again. The only thing that I would be a little concerned about, is that the tables are very close together which makes it impossible to have a private chat. I could hear every word at the neighbouring tables and they could hear us. But apart from that, it was all good.

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The Phoenix Court Restaurant
Blackhorse Avenue (Over Cummiskey's), North Dublin, Dublin 7, Navan Road, Dublin

I love when I am the first person to recommend and then review a restaurant. Visited on Saturday evening last with 5 others. Nice "modern" type Chinese restaurant. I had the "salt and chili prawns" to start. Delicious. One of the nicest I have ever had. 2 of the party had "chicken satay". I did not try but none was left and they were generous portions. 1 had "salt and chili chicken" which I usually find a bit heavy, but was really tasty and 1 had "aromatic duck with pancakes". We did our "usual" of each picking one dish and 1 for luck and we all shared. The "duck and char siu with honey" was very nice. The "Thai red curry" VERY hot. The combination "hot pot" enjoyable. The "scallops with asparagus" would not be my choice but went down well. Did not get to taste the "chicken and ginger" dish but none left on plate. The "salt and chili craw claws" Yes, more "salt and chili dishes" was lovely, but not huge portion. One person ordered "kung Po" usually nice and spicy but was given "king Do". They took it back and brought "Kung Po", but not spicy at all, VERT VERY VERY sweet. The one dish I would not have again. All in all a good night, with only wrong dish and a slightly tooooo long wait between courses to object to. Worth a visit.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Mr. Boop decided to treat us to our Valentines Dinner here last Thursday evening. I had been looking forward to it all week. A nice looking restaurant with plenty of space between tables. Rose petal (artificial) were scattered on all the table tops. We were advised on our wine (nice choice)and offered a lovely selection of breads. A tiny cup of "carrot soup" topped with foam arrived. Delicious. Wish I had stuck to a big bowl of that with extra bread as it turned out to be the nicest thing I had all night. We both chose the scallop starter. It arrived on plates the size of car wheels. 2 scallops (more foamy stuff)and a strip of bacon (a la bacon and cabbage style, your mammy's Sunday dinner).Felt a bit let down, but hey, still had my fab mains to come. I had chosen the veal on the advise of our waiter. It arrived on yet another car wheel (God help whoever is in charge of washing up), 3 small "swiss roll" style pieces of meat in the middle of the plate. A bit chewy and not much flavour of anything special. Really, really disappointed now as I love veal as a special treat. On the up side, Mr Boops monkfish was gorgeous, small, but gorgeous. Really different flavour and moist. Onto the dessert. As it was Valentines night, there was a set charge of €85.00 per head. When given the dessert menu, it stated €17.00 per person and an extra €3.00 if you wanted cheese. Mr Boops eyes lit up at the idea of the cheese board. It arrived with no choice of cracker's grapes or little extras, just half pack of water biscuits and 5 mouthfuls of cheese. Literally 5 tiny lumps of different cheese. I chose the raisin bread and butter pudding with ice-cream. It was the size and shape of a "dairylea cheese triangle" and the ice-cream was 1 teaspoon. It had the texture of tofu and tasted a little like baby food. I know this place is very upmarket and we were expecting the prices, but we were also expecting something sensational. Somewhere you save for special but deem it worth it. Won't be returning.

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Mulino's
23 Watermill road, North Dublin, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Having been the first person to review this restaurant and give it a glowing report, when I saw that it got a few "not quite" so good ones, I decided to visit again with a couple of family members in tow. Our waitress was a lovely chatty woman and great with the kids. I decided to stick to my original choices from my last visit as I had enjoyed them so much. The pate was fine but the ciabatta bread had obviously been toasted in advance and was tough and chewy. My daughters pineapple and prawn starter was a "little cold from the fridge" and a bit watery. My husbands choice of crostini with goats cheese and salmon was enjoyed. My pizza that I had raved about last time was disappointingly bland and tasteless. I dont know what the difference was this time. My husband gave his choice of steak the "thumbs up". A nice flavour and tender. Unfortunately they REALLY REALLY need to change their chips. They were frozen (most places are) but they were of the variety that you would get served out of a white plastic tray from a van on a visit to "Funderland". My daughter had "Baileys cheesecake" for dessert, very light and mousse like but not the biggest slice in the world. My son opted for the mixed ice-cream. Being an 8 year old boy it was eaten and enjoyed, but definitely not one for the adults and definitely NOT Italian. When "blind tasted" the chocolate scoop tasted just like a weak vanilla. An Italian restaurant should serve a good variety of flavours and a good quality of ITALIAN ice-cream. Changing this and their chips should be their 1st and 2nd things to put on their "to do" list. It would make a huge difference. Am due to visit again in the near future with a group of girl friends and will keep you updated.

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The Orchid Chinese Restaurant
12 New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Visited with my family on a Sunday evening (day before new years eve). Quite busy. Two of us chose the regular platter (there is a deluxe version, just a rib added), which was tasty enough and my husband had the aromatic duck. Although it was nice it was a bit on the cold side (really should be piping hot). We chose 3 dishes to share (ones we had not had before). The first was stir fried scallops and veg. Generous enough with scallops but no sauce and a little bland. The second was Emperor chicken. Unfortunately another dry dish. Chicken with a sort of spicy coating and the third was fillet beef in pepper sauce. A little too peppery. My son found a hair in his noodles but they apologised and offered a new portion. No major harm done and we enjoyed the meal despite the fact the meals we chose would not be favourites. When we were ready to pay we discovered that they had given us our coffees and my sons dessert on the house. A nice touch.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

WHAT A DIFFERENCE from my last disastrous Christmas visit and the following review. On that occasion I swore I would never visit again but last night I was invited to this restaurant once more and was a bit dubious to say the least. But I feel they must have taken my comments seriously (which is exactly the point of menu pages) because it was a completely different experience. Our waiter could not have been more helpful. He checked throughout our meal to see if everything was satisfactory and if we needed anything. There has been a few changes to the menu (which I feel is a good thing, you can get very fed up with the same choices time and time again), but keep menu pages informed guys. These changes were actually to our advantage, as they were all things our table like. Two of us had the "Halloumi cheese" starter, (always a favourite of mine) and one the "trout". My husbands favourite of "lamb" was delicious according to him and I opted for the "Springbok" just for a change. I was delighted with it and the veg that accompanied it. Our friend choose the "steak" and the only gripe was that they don't serve chips. I think maybe that would be a good change to the menu sometime in the future (BUT REAL CHIPS, NEVER, NEVER, FROZEN). My dessert of cheesecake was lovely (they even allowed me ice-cream with it although that's not included on the menu). My husband had the "cheese" and our friend the "Apple Pie" which looked delicious. We finished off the meal with 3 "French coffees" and we finally had our really enjoyable Christmas meal out. I hope if and when we visit in the future that you keep up the good work.

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Kajjal
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Just home from our meal on a cold rainy windy Sunday evening. First impressions of this new restaurant only open two weeks was really good. Lovely decor and nice and warm and welcoming. Only one or two very small gripes. Our tablecloth had a few rather nasty stains on it and the other moan was that although only half full and plenty of other tables for two, we were seated at a table that ran length of room (type that could be pushed together for large party) and so close to couple at next table could hold conversation with them. Ordered the monkfish starter to share. Not the cheapish dish and only 3 pieces of monkfish but really tasty. For mains we had 2 meals to share. (Don't know names). One a sort of meat platter. Really lovely and tender and served with nan bread. The other a beef dish. Nice and spicy (but only 3 pieces of meat in it). Not the best choice if you are a hungry male. As driving did not try the wine list but am sure will be visiting again.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

First thing I have to say is I DO NOT do fish. But as my husband is a fish lover I finally relented and agreed to try The Oar House. When we first arrived we were shown to our seat by a very friendly young waitress. Unfortunately it was behind door and next to doors of fish shop open during day. So it was a little chilly and more than a bit strong on the nose. But it was no problem when I asked to be moved. There were loads of specials on but as everyone recommends the Buffalo Prawns, I decided to go for them. I was not disappointed. The sauce is fab and my husband who had the Prawn pil pil kept sneaking his bread into it. I was persuaded to try the fish of the day (haddock) done in a lovely light crispy batter, served with chips and mushy peas. Really enjoyed it for someone who hates fish. My husband had one of the days specials (which came with a choice of sauces). Could not fit dessert but will definitely visit again. Staff really friendly and I liked the atmosphere.Only thing was there were cold draughts coming at you from odd angles.

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The Ivy House
114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin

Visited on Sunday last for early evening meal. Only l other table occupied as still fairly early but unfortunately football was on and the screen faced the dining area so lots of football fans watching you eat every mouthful and lots of shouting. The place a little on the dark side. Maybe later in evening would have better atmosphere. I had the lasagne. Nice big portion, but a little bit dry. Good amount of meat but not much sauce. Another of party had double portion of kids chicken goujons. She did not need it as portion was huge. Child's would have been plenty.

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Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Used to be a regular at least twice a month and decided to have our Xmas night here. We were told we had table until 9.30pm at time of booking but when we arrived we had not even sat at table before we were told we had to be out by 9.00pm. The waiter stood over us while we looked at menu and we felt totally rushed. Everytime someone took a sip of wine they rushed to fill glass to get you to hurry up and plates were snatched the moment you put fork down despite others at table not finished. As they took the starter plates they put mains in front of us. The staff then stood at counter and watched us eat every mouthful. Felt totally uncomfortable. When they took main plates away we were handed dessert menus and told we would have to order immediately if we wanted anything as they were waiting for table. It was only 8.30pm. I had been looking forward to dessert, coffee, and after dinner drink. After all it was Xmas. In the end we got nothing. We were bundled out and they had reset the table before we even got to the door. Decided I would never visit again but last Sunday had not booked anywhere and was stuck and went in to discover the place deserted. We had starter meze between 2 which was still nice with a few extra chips and olives. The food was fine but the place lacked any atmosphere at all.

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Giovanni’s Pizzeria Restaurant
3-4 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Dublin

Visited yesterday evening. The place was so noisy and full of children. I felt like I was at Pizza Hut. The tables are really close together. So close that you can hear everybody else talking and what they are saying in detail. We chose the crostini with salami which was very tasty. Would definitely have again. The chicken wings were just O.K. Just 4 wings with a tomato type sauce. My husband had the Greek salad for mains. I had the lasagne which was nice enough and a good size serving. I enjoyed what we had but it just had the feel of a fast food place. I think they could make more of the place.

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The Upper Deck duplicate
Harbour Road, Above the Waterside Pub, Howth, Dublin

1st visit to the NEW "El Paso". Have been trying to get in since week 1. Even made 2 booking in morning (through the bar, as it was they who answered phone) only to have bookings cancelled twice through overbooking. Finally on this occasion was told no tables but we could eat at bar no problem so that what we decided to do. (although you can't book bar). UNFORTUNATELY the world and his mother had the same great idea. Only through sheer cheek and actually asking a group of 4 (who seemed to be finished their food) were they moving on and could I leave my no with them to give me a call so I could nab their seats, did we actually get a seat at bar. Finally seated and bottle of wine ordered, got to look round. Nice atmosphere, but more so for groups or families and not for romantic couples as fairly loud. As at the bar, we decided to choose a selection of starters, as easier to eat and I actually hate at best of times only choosing 1 starter (especially mexican). We had the wings, hot and yummy, ribs delish falling off bone. Quesadillas (felt needed a little cheese) and fish goujins. Sooo full after but really enjoyed the whole meal. Will have to get in early in the week next time with my booking.

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

Toscana’s has been 1 of my most fav restaurants for a long time. Typical that the time I go to review it, that it should be so disappointing. We arrived to a packed restaurant, with still nice friendly smiling staff but only a table for 3 tucked under the stairs beside toilets (despite booking a week in advance). As it was a birthday night out we decided to wait 15 minutes to get a different table but it was only for 2 so we were very crushed. The place was so full they had to push lots of tables close together so that we were practically joined to the people next door. I opted for Caesar salad as a starter and my husband for his mains. Have always enjoyed this here but they have changed lettuce (so I was told). It was hard and watery, there was only a dribble of dressing a bare shaving of Parmesan and the croutons were stale. Our friend had a chicken dish but sent most of it back untouched, as it was really stodgy and heavy. My main dish was supposed to be chicken in white wine and tomato but really was just a load of tomato puree on top of chicken. Was really disappointed in night as really really loved this place for a long time. Think they are just too popular now and can't keep up. Think I will take a break for a while and keep watching the reviews.

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Marios Pizzeria
12G New Street, Shopping Mall, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Visited for the first time this evening. The waiting staff were very pleasant and helpful. Shared the wings for starters. Not bad. Nice BBQ with them. Ordered 2 different pizzas to share. Spicy Bol one was lovely. A really nice change. Ordered 2 12inch as from experience of other pizza places, a good 2 inches are usually just crust. I'll know for next time. There was enough to feed 4 if not more as the whole pizza was covered. A really good complaint. We took 3/4 pizza home. Will bring the kids next time.

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Chez Sara Wine Bar
3 Old Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

1st visit to this restaurant. The capacity is quoted as 30 but realistically it only holds about 20 very intimately. The size of the menu reflects the size of the restaurant, both of which are extremely small. We decided on the pate starter for 2 but it was enough to feed at least 4. As it comes as a starter for 1 also this would have been ample and it would have been nice to have been told this. From the very limited choice on the menu I was undecided as to whether to have the veal dish or the beef cheeks and was told the beef cheeks were very tender and not unlike fillet steak. When it arrived there was only 4 bite-sized pieces of meat in a very heavy sauce that I found a bit sickening. The texture of the meat (while tender) was very jelly like and off putting. My friend's fillet steak was very nice but nothing out of the ordinary. Although there was nothing particularly bad about this restaurant there was nothing particularly good either. Average is how I would describe it. I won't be rushing back.

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New Hin Keng
25G Malahide Road, Artane, Artane, Dublin

Oh Thomas. WHAT HAPPENED? Can't believe I could come away so disappointed. Have been to this restaurant so many times that I was feeling like their adopted family, so when my daughter asked if she could celebrate her 18th here we were delighted. The feeling did not last long. When we arrived Thomas (The main man) just glanced up and said 'Oh hi'. We were shown our table and left waiting a good 5 mins for a menu although the place was half empty. Usually Thomas would do a round of the tables to say hello to all (especially if you were one of the crystal glass brigade (The regulars are given crystal glasses). The 1st and only time he came near us, (and not even to check if everything was all right, which it WAS NOT), was when he presented us with the bill and to ask if we would like to add a tip for the girls. Now to the food. We all order one dish each (6 of us) and then share. My husband ordered the Salt and Chilli Prawn and Scallops. 3 Scallops and 3 Prawns arrived on the dish. You would get more in McDonalds. Not enough to all try so I did without. My son ordered the duck dish and 1 very small duck breast sliced into 4 pieces was on the plate, so yet again not enough for all to even taste. My daughter’s chicken chow mein was noodles minus pretty much anything else. Think the chicken clucked over it but never actually made it into dish. The only thing that we all got to taste was the beef and black bean. That seemed to be a more normal size portion. I had delivered a birthday cake to them earlier in day but had to go and remind them to bring it our and ordered our coffee to have with it. Forget about that. We reminded them 3 times before we received it, the cake was long eaten and the coffee was on the tepid side. We did not even get offered a refill. We did get our complimentary drink but when you are reminded to leave a tip it sort of feels like you are paying for it anyway. SO SO SORRY, to have to give such a terrible review for this restaurant as have been here 100's times but don’t know if it is.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After my husband suggested we try here I checked out the reviews and did not fancy it but he persuaded me to give it a try. We arrived on a Sunday evening and were offered a seat at the bar while waiting for a table (by a very friendly youngish waiter). He allowed us to sample a few wines to make up our minds and we only had a 5 minute wait until the table was ready. He was very helpful and friendly and ready to help with any enquiries. The restaurant itself is like Aladdin’s cave and lit only by candles, which had a lovely atmosphere (even if it made menu difficult to read). The toilets are unisex and an unusual mix of frosted glass and cave like brick. Also being used as a sort of storeroom for beer barrels and stacked plastic chairs. We both enjoyed ourselves and the food was lovely. I hope if and when we decide to return that the experience is as pleasant as this one and that it was not a one off. I will keep you posted.

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Golden Elephant Restaurant
Sutton Cross Shopping Centre, North Dublin, Sutton, Dublin

1st visit since they changed names for the 4th time. Initially when we walked in the 1st thing to spot was the table with all the take a way orders and the wall covered in childrens painting. It was a bit like walking into a burger joint although the rest of the restaurant was nicely decorated. We had only been seated 2 minutes and 3 waitresses over to take our order. We had not even had a chance to read the menu. We did order a bottle of red which the waitress forgot which one before she even left the table and then totally forgot about. Finally got it half hour later after asking another waitress. There was a large party beside us with 4/5 young children that were allowed to run around the restaurant yelling, coming over to other tables. 1 table having a celebration with balloons and the children came over bashing them and even took one. Not the restaurants fault but I dont think young children of their age should be allowed in a restaurant of this type so late at night. It totally ruined it for us. We would never bring our kids and let them run riot. We did manage to change tables half way through meal.When we actually wanted to order it took us 10 mins. to catch eye of waitress. We had the mixed platter. The sauce on ribs sickly sweet and the prawns overdone. We chose a duck dish on a recommendation of waitress. OOh big mistake. The sauce was like a big bowl of something I know would not be printed, but the colour of lumpy gloopy wall paper paste and tasted like the smell of a farm (if you know what I mean). The beef and black bean was ok but have had better. Did not eat much as appetite gone at this stage so called it a night and headed home. We left the kids still terrorizing other diners. This visit was actually 19.02.11 but for some reason no saturdays on the menupages calendar so put date before.

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The Abbey Tavern, Howth,
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin

Visited this restaurant for the 1st time this week after looking it up on MenuPages and looked forward to what was on their menu. Unfortunately it was out of date since last September according to the waitress. On menu pages they have a set menu and Al la Carte but actually only have a set menu in reality. Having said all that, our waitress was extremely helpful and did her best to please us. Not being a fish lover, I choose steak, which was lovely, cooked just as I asked. The veg, potatoes etc were very tasty. One of our group had brill and she was delighted with her choice. The duck looked delicious as was the fish of the day special, which was tuna (but as extra charge of €6.00 was a bit over the top). One of the parties had a cheese board, which was a bit on the small side but all in all a very enjoyable meal. A little expensive but I will be back. I LOVE THIS. MENUPAGES TOOK ON BOARD MY COMMENTS IMMEDIATELY AND HAVE NOW UPDATED THE MENU. THANKS.

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OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

First visit to this restaurant and found decoration to be very nice. Service fine and toilets lovely. The food was a bit of a let down. 6 of us at table and found the meat to be tasteless, both the chicken and the beef. Portions good but normally we would clean the plates but on this occasion there was leftovers that no one wanted to take home. Prices not cheap. We have experienced a lot better with both quality and value. Won't be returning.

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