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Octopussy Seafood Tapas restaurant

7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Seafood

Price Range:

Good
66 reviews

Reviewed 05th September 2016 ( visited 01st September 2016 )

Excellent Thai seafood curry. Best yet!
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Octopussy Seafood Tapas restaurant

7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Seafood

Price Range:

Good
66 reviews

Reviewed 05th September 2016 ( visited 01st September 2016 )

Excellent Thai seafood curry. Best yet!
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Flux Cafe Science Gallery
The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Regular visitor. The stewp and toasty option is consistently good. \nService a bit erratic. Sometimes prompt. Sometimes really slow. Always friendly though

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The Summit Inn
Howth Summit, Howth, Dublin

Usual brilliant spicy chicken wings. Blue cheese sauce a little runny. Waitress happy to tell the chef.

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The Dog House Blue's Tea Room
The Dart Station, Howth, Dublin

Great location and layout. Dog friendly too\n\nPizzas good. Quesedillas bit crispy but tasty. Nice desserts. Great house red. Friendly service.

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The Summit Inn
Howth Summit, Howth, Dublin

You want great chicken wings? Go to the Summit Inn. Excellent pint of G too.

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

Excellent Thai seafood curry. Best yet!

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The Lobster Pot (Wexford)
Ballyfane, Carne, Wexford

I can only say good things about Lobster Pot. Service. Extremely friendly and efficient. Food. Faultless. Have the black pudding mouse! Chowder very authentic...none of the stodgy nonsense found in most places. Very clean and well presented. One tip, Mr and Mrs Lobster Pot...lose the diddly-aye musak! Looking forward to my next trip.

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Kelly's Resort Hotel - La Marine Bistro & Bar
Rosslare Strand, Rosslare, Wexford

Quick afternoon snack. Excellent crab claws. Not so impressed by the staff vacuum cleaning around us. Very unprofessional.

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

Another great experience in Octopussys. Had one of the specials last night....hake puttanesca. Excellent!

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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

Nice clean dining room. Moderately friendly waitress. Good fish starter. Very overdone steak which was a shame as it was a great piece of meat. Return visit? If I was nearby, probably.

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Ichiman Japanese & Thai Restaurant (Lower Liffey Street)
20 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Friday lunch with a Groupon voucher. Very friendly staff and excellent sushi platter. Clean and nice background music.

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The Vanilla Pod Eatery
The Iveagh Mall, The Park, South Dublin, Carrickmines, Dublin

Best coffee and scone takeout deal in Ireland! If you're around for lunch, try the daily soups. I rarely look at the board to see what the soup is. Never fails to impress.

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

With a World of choice in Howth, we always come back to Octopussys. Consistently good. Try the Hake à la Rosa. Perfect!

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Greedy Goose
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

The usual fabulous offerings from the folk at Greedy Goose. Is been far too long since I was there. I brought a bunch of friends who were delighted with the food and all said it was good value. Service is as friendly and efficient as the first time I was there. Keep it up!

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The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I had the leek and gruyere pie. Highly recommended. A nice spot, although it has the slowest lift in the World! Friendly staff. Quick (but not overly so) delivery of orders. The kitchen staff shouting out orders to the waiting staff is a bit overbearing. Why the shouting guys? Go to a high-end restaurant with more pressure to perform and you don't get the noise. Would I eat here again? Sure! There are some nice lunch offers to try out.

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Radisson BLU Hotel Letterkenny
Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny, Donegal

I stayed in the Radisson on a business trip. The dining room is clean and nicely laid out. The evening waitress was friendly and professional. I ordered sirloin steak which was cooked perfectly (I like rare, so half the time the chef makes a mess of it...). I asked for a side of mange tout but they weren't so good...they looked like they had been steamed too early and left to sit. Not a bad dinner but a bit lazy with the simple things. Breakfast was the standard Radisson buffet fare. There was something not quite right about the smoked salmon. I can't put my finger on it but it repeated all morning. The waitress forgot my coffee until just before I was leaving. Poor breakfast. Would I eat there again? No.

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Spill the Beans!
39 Dundrum Road, Windy Arbour, Dublin

During the working week, we have brekkie or lunch here regularly. The staff are very friendly and make an effort to see people are happy. They can be run off their feet but still look after customers. The food is simple fare but nicely done. It's not rocket science but you can be sure you'll come away with something tasty at a reasonable price. Good coffee and scones in the morning but they really do need to add to the tea choice. I can't tell you how many times we've asked for Earl Grey!

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Beola Restaurant @ Eldon's
Eldon's Hotel, Roundstone, Connemara, Connemara, Galway

Friendly but a little slow to serve. Fish and chips with peas were spot on, although the beer batter could have been a little more "Beery". Scampi was good with lovely fresh prawns. Busy spot. A good sign.

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O'Dowd's Seafood Bar and Restaurant
Roundstone, Connemara, Galway

Average chowder. Watery stuff. Seafood medley for €10.50 was a complete ripoff...three mussels, two prawns, bit of crumbled salmon darn, some non-descript white fish, all smothered in a needlessly strong cocktail sauce. Considering what I have had in O'Dowds before (Excellent lamb shanks, for example), this was a huge letdown.

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Good Things Cafe
Durrus, Ahakista Road West Cork, Bantry, Cork

Recommended by one of the local restaurants which was closed that evening, the Good Things Cafe, was a very relaxed and friendly spot, one which we will definetely revisit. If you like chowder, the fish soup will blow you away. Miss it at your peril! This place is one for those who love a good choice in vegetarian options and those who are happy with fish and flesh too.

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Bay View Hotel
Waterville, Waterville, Kerry

Plus: Decent helpings and friendly staff. Negative: Poor food and dreadful, dark ambience.

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

All in all, a very average meal. Albeit that I was a guest of others, I felt they were short-changed. As you would, you ordered a starter and main course from the menu, waiting until afterwards to decide if you were interested in a dessert. I had the asparagus starter. Nicely done, which is rare enough. Credit where it is due. Main course of halibut was accompanied by fennel. What was the chef thinking? Such a nicely cooked piece of fish with an overpowering vegetable. Lose the fennel! Finally, the dessert...when my colleagues were presented with theirs, I asked the waiter for the dessert menu and then chose the creme brulee. I was told that I should have ordered it earlier! I asked again and was then presented with an Eton Mess. The service, overall, was poor. Waiters lunging in between people in conversation and grabbing plates without so much as an "Excuse me". Would I return? Not spending my own money.

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Bricin
26 High Street, Killarney, Kerry

I know the Bricin to be a venue with great food and atmosphere. I've been there many's a time through the years. However, when you are closed for a period, don't let the phone ring out. Even before that, try to have the right phone number on your website. Wished the place was open tonight on a wet, windy Killarney night. Come on Bricin. You're better than that!

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Jim Edwards
Short Quay, Kinsale, Cork

Visited Jim Edwards with the War Office. We both plummed for chowder, being the choweder-holics that we are. Strangely enough, although not entirely unpleasantly, it came with garlic bread. Why would you put garlic bread with chowder? It already came with some very acceptable homemade brown bread (Not a couple of slices of packet stuff). More importantly, the chowder was pretty decent and had a nice aroma and bisque-esque colour and taste. Bad news, the little bowl of it cost over €7 each. Totally unacceptable in this environment. Knock off the garlic bread and get back to basics! Service was friendly. We couldn't fault it. The decor is a little tired....stained photos of Kinsale, etc. A little effort would bring Jims up in the World.

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Cornstore (Limerick)
19 Thomas Street, Limerick City, Limerick

It's been a while since I ate out in Limerick. There was never much of a choice in the mid-range bracket. Cornstone is a little gem. Friendly service, a nice range of simple but well presented food. We shared a starter of chicken wings. Normally, it's a no-brainer and bland. These were fantastic. Nice sweet glazing with a decent dip. Well done. I had the vegetable curry. Lovely, not too spicey for the more conservative pallets. My colleague had the homemade burger which was a hit. Would I recommend it? Yes!

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

Positive: Good value Early Bird menu with plenty of choice. Even on a cold October Tuesday, there were plenty of people coming in the door. Calamari very nicely done. Decent coffee. Friendly service Negative: Tasteless Keftedes starter and worse Chicken Souvlaki. A bit more TASTE to match the good ingredients and these would have been delicious. Daylight robbery for a 0.75 litre bottle of water at €4.50. Revisit? Yes. I think we should take some of the fish dishes that other reviewers have applauded.

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KC Blakes Brasserie
Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

Visited for a quick bite on Weds evening about 1930. Early bird goes on until 2030, which is a welcome change from the norm. €22 for starter, main course and a glass of wine. We both didn't like the choice of wine so the manager gave us another and split the difference in price. Now that's thinking and looking after the customer. Well done! My starter...soup..carrot and ginger. Sensible helping and very, very good. Main course: Homemade burger. Very fresh but cooked a little rarer than I would have liked. Easily fixed in a couple of minutes by the chef. Thanks! Other starter: Fish cakes..with fish, unlike most restaurants' offering. Tagiatelle carbonara. Nicely done pasta. The only failing was that the staff allowed some spoilt brat to noisily play some sort of Nintendo thing in the room. The parents were obviously too thick to care about others but the manager should have taken them to task. Would I return? Absolutely!

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O'Neills The Point
Renard Point, Caherciveen, Kerry

A fantastic location with a really cosy feel. We got a lovely seat by the window and were able to watch the lights twinkling in the distance. The crab claws pil-pil, either for starter or main course are fabulous. You have to try them. We also had the lightly battered hake, which was delicious. Pint of Guinness €3.90 which is reasonable and a decent half bottle of Marc. de Caceras for under a tenner. The food is very good but about 10% overpriced. Starters for a tenner and mains for mid twenties are prices from the halcyon days of the Tiger! Service was very friendly and helpful but slow. Revisit? Definetely. Recommend? Absolutely.

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

Octopussys is slipping. Food good but not consistently. Wine list is fairly decent with a lovely Porto Vieja. The paela is always good and they do try to vary the menu according to whatever is fresh from the sea. The staff can be very nice one day but extra-lazy on others. When none of the staff acknowledge your business when you are leaving, they can't be expected to get a tip. The extractor system is diabolical. I am tired of the staff apologising for it. Invest! Don't expect your customers to come back and hope it is repaired. Finally, why no cash register? Everything worked out on a notepad...bad!

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Coastal Cafe & Wine Bar
Unit G07 New st Shopping Centre, Malahide, Dublin

Popped in for a lunch snack. Nice little place, if a small bit dark. Decent selection, nice staff. Paninis were a little lame, which was a shame. Good coffee! We'll revisit and try something different as the welcome and service was good. I suspect there are plenty of things on the menu which are hits, as there was no shortage of customers.

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Sneem Hotel
Goldens Cove, Sneem, Kerry

We stayed in the hotel whilst taking a little trip around the Ring of Kerry. It was a stopover point more than somewhere we had on our list of things to see. We negotiated a B&B plus dinner for €99 each. Not bad. Starters: Garlic breaded mussels. The breadcrumbs were too find and formed a mush around the mussels. Not nice to look at but tasty all the same. Main courses:Lamb chops. Very nicely cooked. Juicy and fresh. Sirloin steak equally well cooked with a nice light charring on the surface. This chef knew how to cook meat! Vegetable chef was a different person, we think. The mash was the worst grey, tasteless pulp I have had the misfortune to come across. One of the waitresses was friendly and very attentive and a great ambassador for the hotel.The second one was useless. Cold, careless, obviously annoyed at having to serve guests.

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The Mills Inn
Main Street, Ballyvourney, Cork

The Mills Inn is somewhere I would go out of the way to visit. Even when they bypass the terrible roads, I will go back. The service is friendly and efficent and the place is spotless. The Mills Inn used to set the standard for the best chowder in Ireland. Many of my friends and colleagues agreed. However, it has recently been thickened up with too much flour. The ingredients are there. Heaps of seafood, nicely selected veg. I've written to the Mills Inn to get them to lose the thickening and go back to perfection. Let's see what happens.

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Longueville House & Presidents' Restaurant
Longueville, Mallow, Cork

If you can spend just one night away this year, spend it in Longueville. The food is out of this world. It will chang with the season, but we had the 8 course menu. It sounds a lot but each course was perfectly adequate in size. The duck main course was fabulous. The wine list is very good and reasonably priced. Service is second to none. If you run a restaurant and you're not sure about your service, visit Longueville and learn! Breakfast, for the foodie, is another feast not to be missed. We're going back very soon!

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Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
51 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway

We brought two Galwegians who'd never been to Cava before. From the start to the finish, the service was friendly, helpful and attentive. You could go on for ages about the food as the menu is so extensive. Suffice to say, I've had a surprise every time I've eaten here. Well done Cava! Excellent again.

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

Terrible accoustics, which could be resolved quite simply. I had the "Small" breakfast. Small is right! It consisted of one sausage, one egg, one rasher and something else so small, that I can't remember what it was. It came with a couple of slices of homemade bread which were delicious. The coffee was good, if a little thick. €7.50 for the small breakfast is daylight robbery, however. Service was average. The waitress had to ask our group if we had everything. Surely we are paying the staff to remember the orders. Would I revisit? Not unless the prices dropped along with the noise levels.

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Il Fornaio (Raheny)
55 Kilbarrack Road, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

A regular visitor to this little gem. Try the stuffed aubergine. Perfect! Spotlessly clean and friendly. Delicious tarts to eat in or take away. Il Fornaio will survive the deepest of recessions with this formula.

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

A lovely environment in which to enjoy good food and friendly service. Whether it's outside or in the cellar, you will get a different atmosphere.

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

Four of us visited. Three chose the eggs Benedict which was excellent. I chose the "Chowder", a terrible affair and possibly the worst I've ever had. Lots of creamy liquid with the occassional chunk of some non-descript red fish. Bay's chips were, for me, the sharp knarly bits from the bottom of the frier. An abundant choice of teas and coffees. Try the mint tea. Service was very good. The place is very clean and atmospheric, although people are crammed into every available floor space. Might return. Update since last visit: I emailed Bay to give them some productive feedback. No response. I will not be returning if they can't be bothered to respond to clients.

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Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

One of many return visits. Enoteca deserves its customers. The staff are polite and are happy to recommend a wine if you're not an aficionado. The platters are great and are rarely left with a scrap on them. I've been enjoying this place for years. Go there and just chill out and watch the World go by with a nice coffee or glass of wine.

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

These guys know how to run a restaurant. I have eaten here many times with family and business colleagues and it always impresses me. The food is so well prepared that it's difficult to know where to start. I can tell you that I had swordfish recently and it was done to perfection. One of my colleagues had pork belly, which he said was the best he had ever eaten. The service is consistently good and it's pretty good value. The ambience is cosy and clean. Easily in the top two of Howth's restaurants.

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

This is one of my favourite eateries in Howth. I have eaten here a number of times and it is consistently good. For the cold winters' nights, try the suasage and mash. If you're in Howth for the fish, Deep will not disappoint. The calamari starter is one of the best in the land. Coffee is well made in Deep and the selection of wines is pretty decent. There is a specials menu and an early bird option provides good value.

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

We visited on a cold February weekday evening. We just dropped in and found the place with a few full tables, a good sign. The place was nice and warm and we were seated in a nice cosy spot. We shared chicken wings in tomato sauce to start. The sauce was very well done and not a hint of that rubbish that could come from a tin. The wings were meaty and with very little fat. A good omen of things to come. Number 1 had a Pizza and I had a well prepared Calzone. Both were delicious and not skimpy on the toppings. A couple of Italian beers washed it all down nicely. To wrap up, we had a perfect decaff coffee and a latte. To get a good decaff in a restaurant is not always easy, so well done Giovannis! The service was less than perfect and I often felt like I was getting in the way of the waitresses' night out. Pull up your socks! Everything is very clean and tidy and well maintained. We will be back.

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Okra Green Howth
1 Island View, Harbour Road, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Hadn't visited in about six months but Okra Green has improved in my estimation. The staff are always very polite and offer good, friendly advice if you're unsure what you fancy. The prawns for starters are always worth a punt. Beautifully cooked and nicely spiced. One gripe...please let the punters pour their own wine at their own pace! We won't drop the bottles! Nicely priced and now offering takeaway. Something for a treat some night I think!

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