Restaurant Reviews from CLovesFood

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Il Vicoletto restaurant

5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Ethnic

Price Range:

Good
100 reviews

Reviewed 08th July 2010 ( visited 05th May 2010 )

Suberb food, top notch service, lovely intimate surroundings/atmosphere. Would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to anyone. The manager was wonderfully knowledgeable about the food and restaurants in general and certainly seemed very genuine. He also sent over complimentary limoncello at the end of meal, which although very common in Italy is almost unheard of in this country. Other restaurants take note, this is how it is done!!
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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel restaurant

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
193 reviews

Reviewed 16th February 2009 ( visited 14th February 2009 )

The service in this restaurant was possibly the worst that I have seen in a long time. While I realise that Valentine's night can be busy, in my opinion, an hours wait for a starter is ridiculous. The floor manager's attempt to blame it on ourselves for one of us daring to be in the bathroom when they were about to serve the food was a disgrace. Certainly will not be back ever again.
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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Suberb food, top notch service, lovely intimate surroundings/atmosphere. Would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to anyone. The manager was wonderfully knowledgeable about the food and restaurants in general and certainly seemed very genuine. He also sent over complimentary limoncello at the end of meal, which although very common in Italy is almost unheard of in this country. Other restaurants take note, this is how it is done!!

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First Floor Bar & Brasserie @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin

Visited at lunch time, the restaurant was almost deserted which was disappointing as it meant there was no atmosphere. The staff were very welcoming initially, however seemed to loose interest as soon as we said we did not want any wine and would like tap water. Throughout the meal I had to ask three times for a new glass of water and it was very difficult to get the attention of staff. My food was fantastic, I had the Sauté Gnocchi, Wild Mushroom Fricassée, Parmesan, Rocket Salad and it was truly lovely. My dining companion had the steak which she felt was slightly undercooked but otherwise very good. The dessert was divine. Foodwise I was delighted with the restaurant, the food was well presented, delicious and portion size was very good. The service really let the place down however. Will try it once more perhaps at dinner hour.

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Oscars Restaurant
21 Oliver Plunkett Street, Mullingar, Westmeath

We rang to book our table at Oscars while en route and were told there were no tables until 2100hrs, this was unfortunate as it was only 1845 and we were nearly there! Took a chance on dropping in and hoping for the best and there was a table available. The service was very good, our waitress was helpful and informative. The atmosphere was great, a nice mood about the place. Food was good, my daughter absolutely loved her pizza. I would recommend that the restaurant improve their salad accompaniment. I feel that in most restaurants it is seen as acceptable to throw a few bits of whatever is lying around onto a plate and call it a 'salad'. Restaurants could take some tips from the American or Italian style in this regard, where salad is seen as a major part of the meal not an afterthought. Overall our experience was quite good apart from my above criticism and that fact that we felt the menu overpriced. Would return and perhaps my comments will have been acted upon!! (you never know!!)

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Value was excellent but we did have the 2 for 1 vouchers that another reviewer mentioned. Had the spinach and ricotta canelloni, which is a firm favourite of mine and it was quite good. Unfortunately we were a big group so were shoved right down the very back of the restaurant, bit disappointing as very little atmosphere. Service was mediocre, nothing special but nothing negative to say about it either.

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Service very intrusive and rushed, we were asked eight times in ten minutes if we wanted deserts - we had only been in the restaurant just over an hour. Spoke to the maitr'd who apologised and assured us there was no rush. No staff came near us again. Unimpressed with having to pay for the accompanying sides i.e. noodles seperately (although this seems to be the case in most asian restaurants in this country). Other than that the food was quite tasty and the portions good sized. We were given a terrible table outside the kitchen door even though it had been booked a week before hand and we were made to wait for 15 minutes for the table. Overall not very impressed, wouldn't bother going back.

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Bochellis (Greystones)
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

Although overall our Sunday lunch was not an unpleasant experience, there were too many small annoyances to call this a sucessful visit. The front section where we were seated was extremely cramped with the apperance of tables being literally on top of one another at very peculiar angles. The waiter who took our order was very stand offish but did manage to recommend the chicken stuffed with salmon mouse to my partner who happily complied with the recommendation. Both partner and daughter had mozerella fritters for starters and were very impressed (I wonder how difficult deep fried cheese is to get right). I had minestrone soup which was very over salted but still edible, unfortunately the meat lasagne was exactly the same - another bottle of water please good sir! Service was poor overall with the waitress passing the empty desert plates, which had been moved to the table edge for her convenience, three times. The deserts were, however quite enjoyable although the banoffi had about a half pound of cream on it. Once the majority was removed it was said to be good enough. Certainly would not rush back to this restaurant but at €19.95 for a four course (ahem, fourth course is tea/coffe) it is not bad value for very hungry heads if you are out for a drive or in the Wicklow area.

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The service in this restaurant was possibly the worst that I have seen in a long time. While I realise that Valentine's night can be busy, in my opinion, an hours wait for a starter is ridiculous. The floor manager's attempt to blame it on ourselves for one of us daring to be in the bathroom when they were about to serve the food was a disgrace. Certainly will not be back ever again.

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The Yellow House
1 Willbrook Road, Rathfarnham, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Must agree with the previous reviewer. We used to frequent this pub for quick tasty value for money fare. This is no longer the case. The chips with both dishes were raw, even thought they had the apperance of chips that had been sitting around for hours. The lasagne was simply an enormous puddle of cheese with no flavour. The burger came with absolutely nothing on it i.e. a bun cut in half and a defrosted frozen burger in the middle. The staff member who served us seemed to think it was funny that she new nothing about the menu as it was 'her first day'. Overall extremely disappointing and will not be eating here again.

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The Goat Bar & Grill
Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin

Have gone here for lunch a couple of times and usually have a salad which is good value. Yesterday was the last straw though, the service is terrible, while I was there yesterday I heard four people, including myself, ask where their food was after 20 minutes of waiting. A mumbled apology when the food arrived. Not the place to go if you are in any way pressed for time!

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Marios (Terenure)
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Good atmosphere in this place now - the chairs no longer scream when moved across the stone floors since the renovation. Food can be quite good but I have also had no so good experiences with food here, most notabley an inedible Caeser salad which I had to send back with a grumpy waitress. Have also had both good and bad service here. The last time i was there was a Sunday and each course took a long time and the wine was forgotten about. Overall I like Marios but it would not be my first choice.

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Found the premises to be drafty, the pizza was ok, nothing special at all. Had to ask the waitress twice for drinks and twice for the bill when we wanted to leave. Don't think it was very good value for what we got. Wouldn't bother going back.

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