Restaurant Reviews from Butterfly123

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No. of Reviews: 29

Member Since: 12 May 2009

Last Visit: 04 May 2011

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The Dining Room restaurant

35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
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173 reviews

Reviewed 10th November 2009 ( visited 07th November 2009 )

I have been here before and decided to bring six of my friends here for my birthday, as I am fan of the food and atmosphere. It did not fail. The food (especially the wood pigeon and crab creme brulee starters) was fantastic (and at €25 for three courses, real value!). The desserts weren't as well received but overall great food. The wine complemented the meal well. We did order cocktails before hand and were disappointed as they were all laced with alcohol, to the point they could not be finished. Service was good, not too rushed and all courses arrived together! The restaurant was not full but there was still a good atmosphere despite the few accidents with waiters dropping plates during the night! I will return.
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The Dining Room restaurant

35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
173 reviews

Reviewed 10th November 2009 ( visited 07th November 2009 )

I have been here before and decided to bring six of my friends here for my birthday, as I am fan of the food and atmosphere. It did not fail. The food (especially the wood pigeon and crab creme brulee starters) was fantastic (and at €25 for three courses, real value!). The desserts weren't as well received but overall great food. The wine complemented the meal well. We did order cocktails before hand and were disappointed as they were all laced with alcohol, to the point they could not be finished. Service was good, not too rushed and all courses arrived together! The restaurant was not full but there was still a good atmosphere despite the few accidents with waiters dropping plates during the night! I will return.
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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Overall very impressed! I struggled to get a reservation for months and was delighted that the restaurant lived up to its reputation! The early bird, 2 courses for €20, is fantastic value. The haddock risotto was perfectly cooked and the flavours worked so well together, the cod and chorizo main was also thoroughly enjoyable. Both were good portions. The cheesecake dessert alone is worth going back for! Great atmosphere, and surprisingly busy for a Tuesday night. The service was also efficient and friendly. My only gripe would be the wine list. The cheapest bottle was €22.50 (a beautiful Chardonnay), but we did feel that a cheaper option should be on the menu!

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I hadn't been here before and the atmosphere was great, the restaurant was really busy all evening. However service was really slow, it took ages to even order a cocktail or to get the bill, the staff were rushed off their feet and looked it! I had the Pho Bo for main wwhich was tasty and we had the dessert cocktails, would def recommend the toblerone!

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Overall a good spot for a Thursday night. The upstairs dining area is beautifully designed. The service and value were great and as it was quite busy there was a lively atmosphere. We had the dine in dublin menu, 3 courses for 30euro, super! Started with the goats cheese and the liver pate. The pate was good and well presented, the goats cheese was pretty tasteless so a bit disappointing. But the main course redeemed the menu as the plaice was fantastic. The white chocolate mousse was ok, nothing to rave about. The only other fault was that the recommended wine - a rioja reserva was not available. However really enjoyable night, will be back!

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The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Visited The Butcher Grill for an early dinner and would recommend it to anyone. Great atmosphere, very cosy and the service was fantastic. Staff couldn't have been more helpful, even advising on parking! The restaurant was full and while the tables are close together there is still an intimate feel to the place. We had the gambas to start, very tasty, and shared the cote de boeuf which at €45 for two is very reasonable for the quality. We had a bottle of red, and two teas with a bill total €91, it was a bit steep, but will definitely be back.

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

Very impressed with this restaurant. The atmosphere was great, and the food and service couldn't be faulted. We had the hake and the cod, both perfectly cooked, the bread and butter pudding is worth another visit on its own! The chips were a bit cold coming out, and the waitress forgot to bring a couple of things we had asked for but otherwise will definately be back! Perfect location for a midweek dinner at a great price

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with work and thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was great, restaurant was busy so there was a good buzz. Food was fantastic, the scallops as main were fab and the christmas pudding and ice cream was amazing, just the right portion. Also the seeded bread was really good. The risotto to start was good but had the look that it had been sitting out for a while. Only complaint would be the service. We were seated and essentially left alone. We had to request drinks rather than being asked. Drinks order was messed up and slow. When they eventually took or order a lot of menu items were unavailable. Also the wine service was poor. Otherwise nice restaurant for a treat!

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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

What a fantastic experience! We went here for my birthday and reserved the private room upstairs looking out on the canal! Gorgeous room, wonderful views and thats before the food! The tuna starter was fab, presentation was impressive, mains were filling and very tasteful. Would recommend the goats cheese or tune to start and the scallops or partridge for main. Only complaints were the cold and when we went to order a taxi there was a bit of a delay due to a mix up on the restaurants part. We requested a people carrier and they ordered a 4 seater by mistake. If I was the restaurant management I would have offered a round of drinks while we were waiting. That said overall great experience and great value for money.

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Herbstreet
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

LOVE this place! Went for Sunday brunch, great atmosphere, service and food at a good price! Sat outside with a stack of pancakes, eggs benedict and bellinis! How much better can it get! Will be frequenting here again!

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Recommended by a friend, I was unfortunately disappointed. While the atmosphere and feel of the restaurant was great the food and servicew were poor. Given the restaurant doesn't take reservations I was also surprised to be told that they would require the table back by 8.15 when we arrived at 6.45pm. We had the seabream and the sausage. The seabream was fine without being anything special, the sauce and juices were v oily. The sausage was a mess of ingredients and just didn't work. We left more than half of it on the plate yet the waitress didn't bother to ask why we hadn't finished it. Despite the restaurant wanting the table back at 8.15 we were left alone for over 20minutes before we had to ask for a dessert menu. At this stage we had been served by nearly every waitress in the place. The dessert was the highlight of the meal, pear and prosecco.Would not recommend and would not visit again.

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

V disappointing. To begin with the entrance to the restaurant down a side street and up to the second floor was already odd. Unusually I was asked to confirm the mobile number when we got to the restaurant, this was after confirming name and number in party. We did get a nice table in the corner of the restaurant which was a bit quieter as it was busy, I don't think I'd fancy sitting in the middle of the restaurant. The service was poor, we were given v little time to peruse the menu before a server came to take the order, and throughout the meal we were served by nearly every server on the floor (rather than have a server per table as would be the norm and lends itself to tipping). Furthermore their manner was very poor, one particular staff member actually placed both hands quite close to the centre of the table and leaned in on top of us, incredibly off putting and poor manners. The food was average, nothing special, we both had a beef dish which was described as having selection of veg with it and was served with one or two beans. The beef was v good quality. However for €18 for an average beef dish, plus €3 - €5 for rice/chips, I felt the price was quite high. We had ice cream and a cake for dessert, nothing special. Would not recommend and would not visit again.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Great experience! I had heard good reviews about this restaurant and it didn't fail. We had the haddock and cheese to start, both v tasty, and good portion size. We both had the fish of the day and again really good portions, and the fish was perfectly cooked. I should also mention the bread, beautiful selection and quality. Add a bottle of red and tea, at approx €100 not bad value. It was busy enough and we had reserved the table in the window, perfect setting. Will definately visit again!

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

Great restaurant, perfect for a special occasion, bit expensive for anything more casual. They did have an early bird but while the price was very good, the offer was so poor not one of a table of four found anything appealing so we all stuck with the al la carte. Lamb was ok, bit too fresh, mussels were great and steak was also very good. Desserts were good, especially pear and apple cobbler. Service was spot on. Will visit again.

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Moloughney's Clontarf
9 Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Went here for lunch/dinner yesterday. We were seated downstairs but noticed that a couple had vacated a table on the terrace so asked to be moved. The staff were very accommodating and moved us upstairs. Lovely setting with the weather being so good! We had the fish plate and the risotto, both very good and with prosecco and juice the final bill was very reasonable. Will be visiting again!

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

We didnt have a reservation but were lucky enough to get a table. We had the scallops, chorizo and peppers, potatoes and the goats cheese. For dessert we had the crepes and the gateaux. The food was all really good, good service and nice setting albeit a bit loud! I would recommend for a girls night out. My only reservation was the price...for the above and jug of sangria the bill came to nearly €90, I wouldn't advertise as cheap eats but will visit again!

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Castlemartyr Resort (Franchinis)
N25, Castlemartyr, Cork

Big improvement since previous management. Beautiful dining room with great views of the grounds. Only dining option was a set menu at €65 per person. Was disappointed as we were not that hungry and were really looking for maybe a mains and dessert. To start we had the terrine (average) and the mussel risotto(v good), both good portions. We then had a sorbet, which had been left in the freezer so long it was rock hard, and was more like hard work than a palette refresher. Mains we had the seabass and the vegetarian. The seabass was a tiny portion and the veg was overcooked. We had the berries and the pear for dessert, both were fine but for a grand total of €130 for food alone the standard should be higher. Re the service we had to laugh as the amount of times we were interrupted to see if everything was ok by one of the waiters was a joke. It is sufficient to ask once or twice during the meal, not twice during each course!

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had heard a lot of v positive comments re Trocadero so decided to take a friend as a treat. The service was v poor, even on entry we had to approach staff rather than the other way around. Getting staffs attention in general was difficult and the seating was cramped. I had the mushroom risotto as main and for the price, the portion size was tiny! Would not visit again.

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

V disappointing. Looks great since the refurb (but may be more suited to a night club feel with the tiled pillars!). The queues for the carvery were ridiculous and at the price should really be table service. Would not go again for food, maybe drinks.

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

Amazing fish! Great atmosphere and a really warm welcome! Good quality at a good price! The two seating early bird is very good value! Will definately be back! Only disappointment was the dessert!

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Fahrenheit Grill
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Decided to try the Early Bird so made a reservation for 1830 on the Saturday. The restaurant was empty! It did start to pick up towards 1930 - 2000 but we felt like we had to whisper it was so quiet! They didn't even have background music on! We both had the two courses for €19.99, which is great value. We ordered the goats cheese to start which was delicious, and just enough, both had the steak for main (It did have a €3 supplement but was worth it). Steak was served with veg and potatoes in little serving pots, adding to the presentation. The service was ok but initially when it was very quiet you had the feeling that they had nothing else to do other than hover and wait until the second you put down your fork, I had to tell the waiter twice I had not finished! As soon as it got busy of course you couldn't get attention at all. I would have also expected a higher standard of wine service. After opening the wine at the table the server continued to pour nearly half the bottle into each glass. In a restaurant like this I would expect they would be familiar with the level you should not exceed in a red wine glass. Coupled with having missed the glass and spilling wine on the table, and wine down the side of the glass (without apologising or offering to clean up) the service let the restaurant down. We finished with a great fudge cake (the portion was more than enough for two) and went for cocktails in the residents bar. Overall the food was good, but the service really put me off, I might try the pub grub next time.

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

Recently moved to Clontarf and happened on Tibor's last night! Lovely setting, nice atmosphere, even though there was only 3-4 tables occupied. We were there at about 1930 and were offered the early bird, 3 courses €24.95, great value. We were also given a list of wines which were reduced as they only had a few bottles of each left. Food was very good, mussels and pate to start, rib eye (which was a bit fatty but cooked to perfection) and pork for main, Poached pear and abble crumble for dessert. The crumble was v good, I wouldn't order the pear again, it was served cold and there was a mound of cream served with it. However overall was v happy and will visit again.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

As part of a corporate group we had dinner here last Wednesday. I had never been here and was impressed overall. Jackets were taken at the door and we sat at the bar for pre dinner cocktails. Although a small area, sitting in front of a large open fire sipping cocktails was very cosy. I can't remember the name of the cocktail, but it was passion fruit with white chocolate, Yummy! Overall food was very tasty and good portions, I had the duck, beetroot and goats cheese to start, scallops for main and poached pear for dessert. Presentation was lovely and service was good. I liked the tables in alcoves, we were seated in the middle of the restaurant which was a bit off putting as you could hear everyone elses conversations and the waiters kicked my chair by accident everytime they passed. Service was fine, but we were rushed when we were sitting at the bar to order, three different staff members came to take our order rather than the one server per group idea. Would visit again.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

We went here for an early meal after the rugy match on Saturday. It was approx 1730 so we didn't expect the restaurant to be busy. We were welcomed, seated and given menus etc promptly. We were not in a rush but my god did we feel in a rush after five minutes with up to three different staff approaching us to see if we wanted to order/wanted drinks to the point that we were unable to talk without being interrupted. Appalling. Remaining on the issue of service, once we had ordered we were all but ignored, empty plates left for unacceptable length of time, had to order coffee twice and had to really try to get a waitresses attention when we wanted to pay. At this point I was really shocked as she realised we were paying with card she all but ran off shouting something at us over her back about the terminal. Shocking. On the plus the food was good (rib eye steak, and sea trout) as was dessert (choc and hazelnut tart). Atmosphere was ok, live music was too loud in the restaurant, you could see people straining to hear each other. I have been before but not sure if I'd go again after my experience with service last night.

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here to celebrate my birthday. I heard very positive comments on the food but was a bit disappointed. We had the Italian meats sharing platter which was fine, plenty for two people but nothing special. For mains we had lasagne (which was v good) and the goats cheese and chorizo pizza which had far too much cheese on it, I could only finish half of it. Creme Brulee was very good, Bourbon icecream was again only ok, and was sitting on a bed of chantilly cream, which was really unnecessary! Wine was v good. Service was average, when we finished a course the plates were left for lengthy periods before the waitress cleared them away. The atmosphere was ruined by the musician who played the entire night. He was only a few feet from our table and we could not hear eachother speak, thankfully he took a couple of breaks during the night. Overall fine, but would not visit again.

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

Great spot! Have been hearing about the infamous chicken wings for months and finally got around to tasting them myself! V impressed! Good food, wine and service, maybe a little over priced for casual dining but a great place to go with friends for a relaxed, chilled out dinner. We were lucky we went early (about 1800) so we weren't waiting and got a great table looking out on the street, some people were really waiting minimum of half an hour! I will go again, as I'd be interested to see what the rest of the menu is like!

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Cafe Cairo - Dublin
Pearse Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here for a celebratory lunch on a Saturday. The design of the cafe is beautiful, really different. However the food and service was appalling. No champagne/prosecco available by the glass, no wines by the glass (only those 1/4 bottles). We were the only table in the whole restaurant, no music was on giving the area an almost eerie feeling. No one was present to welcome customers and we were seated nearly 15minutes before anyone came out to give us menus (old and dirty!). The Food was incredible basic, we both had pannini style sandwiches which were complemented by nearly a whole bag of crisps on the side and a leaf of salad. Very poor quality.Would not recommend or go again.

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here before and decided to bring six of my friends here for my birthday, as I am fan of the food and atmosphere. It did not fail. The food (especially the wood pigeon and crab creme brulee starters) was fantastic (and at €25 for three courses, real value!). The desserts weren't as well received but overall great food. The wine complemented the meal well. We did order cocktails before hand and were disappointed as they were all laced with alcohol, to the point they could not be finished. Service was good, not too rushed and all courses arrived together! The restaurant was not full but there was still a good atmosphere despite the few accidents with waiters dropping plates during the night! I will return.

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Al Boschetto
2 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I ate here with a friend the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend so it was busy. However I could not get over the appalling service we received. I have eaten here before and found it to be as described, cheap eats. We waited 20 minutes for our order to be taken, cutlery was produced as an after thought, and no pepper was offered with the main course (pizza, and penne with courgette and shrimp). I ordered a glass of Chianti and was brought out what could only be described as vinegar in a glass. Having pointed this out, and requesting an alternative, nothing was brought down and no apologies made. Waitresses spent the night avoiding eye contact with patrons making it impossible to even remind them about one glass of wine. V disappointed. Furthermore, the wine was proudly displayed on the bill, which had to be sent back, so we waited another 20 minutes just to pay.

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

Usually like this spot so suggested it for dinner with a friend. Very disappointed. The service was incredibly slow, We had the salmon to start, which was fine, nothing special, I have the fish of the day (plaice) which was bland, the veg was over cooked and in general it was just tasteless. We were offered desserts on the house but really for nearly €80 per person for 2 glasses of wine, one starter and 2 mains it was more then a little over priced. And to top it off we had to wait nearly fifteen minutes for the bill. Not sure I'll be recommending this again.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Had been looking forward to visiting this restaurant and was very disappointed with the reality. The service was appalling, staff were far to informal, with one staff member actually crouching down at our table and putting his elbows on our (small) table and proceeded to chat to us at one point. The food was average. Starters were fine, nothing to write home about. Mains were again fine. The steak while perfectly cooked had so much pepper coated on it that it was too spicy to eat. This was not highlighted at any point by staff. I left half my steak uneaten and was not asked as to why by any staff. The highlight of the mains was the side dish of mushrooms. The desserts were again fine. Eton mess very sweet but nothing different. Wine was good also. However for the price (approx €75 per head) it was very poor. Would not recommend and would not visit again.

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