Restaurant Reviews from Fitzstew

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 21

Member Since: 10 March 2013

Last Visit: 21 March 2018

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant

39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
355 reviews

Reviewed 10th March 2013 ( visited 05th March 2013 )

We went here for the early bird and it was fabulous! The portions were very generous and they were complete; no need to order sides. The staff were very friendly and dealt easily with a few special requests. The guy singing is also a nice touch (even though he is slightly out of tune and didn't know the words).
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La Belle Fontaine restaurant

85 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Bad
10 reviews

Reviewed 11th March 2013 ( visited 24th February 2013 )

Mixed review of this place. The owner was lovely and very accomating to special requets but I feel they'd be better specialising in one area rather than trying to cover all angles.
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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

I always held off eating in Café Novo as I thought it would be lifeless due to the fact it's associated with a hotel; I was wrong. I ate there on a Saturday night and the place was hopping; it was great. I'd heard the portions were small but I had fish and chips and there was too much (I didn't eat one of the pieces of fish); my husband had the burger and chips and again there was plenty in that. Everything was fresh, hot and very nicely presented. I also sampled a few of the cocktails and they weren't your normal watered down cocktails; the downside to that is they took ages to arrive so ended up coming with the food. I'd recommend Cafe Novo if you want a not too fussy meal out in somewhere with good music and a bustling atmosphere.

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

I totally forgot what a gem this place is; we ate on Bank Holiday Monday evening and the place was hopping. It was great the early bird was available even though it was a bank holiday; some places treat bank holidays like Sundays and The Churchs early bird is only available Monday to Friday (17:00 - 19:00). There was a nice selection on the menu and it was really great value for money; one of the dishes available on the early bird was €16.95 if you ordered off the regular menu!!!!!! The portions were perfect and the quality of the food was quite high. Unfortunately the service wasn't great. The waiters were very accommodating and friendly when they were at your table but it did take longer than needed to get simple things like drinks, to clear the plates after the meal and to get the bill. I certainly wouldn't let it put me off going again though; the live music was a nice touch too and really helped create a nice atmosphere.

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

I went here for a family meal to try and satisfy various taste buds and it worked; there's great variety on the menu. The pizzas were all freshly made but you would need to get some sides to go with them for variety. It's great to be able to sit outside although some of the heaters were broken which was a shame. If you're looking for a quick bite or a semi decent place to bring kids, this is it.

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The Bailey
Duke Street, City Centre South, Dublin

There's great variety on the menu at The Bailey and it's a great place to visit when the weather's good but the service really lets it down. In one way it's nice that you can sit there all day and not be bothered but you have to wait ages for your food to arrive and you're better to go to the bar than wait for the table service. I highly recommend the salmon on Guinness bread; it's fresh and great value for money (€10 and it includes chips and a salad).

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

I was really surprised by Johnnie Fox's. I always thought it would be a tacky tourist venue but I'm happy to say, even though it's cluttered with memorabilia, it's traditionally Irish. I visited with a foreign friend and enjoyed explaining the pub was done out like a traditional Irish farm house. The food was beautiful and the portions were decent; again I was surprised the prices weren't ridiculous due to it being a tourist destination. It's a pity there wasn't a Hooley Night on even though they're advertised as being on seven nights a week but there was afternoon music which was good. The service is the main thing that disappointed our group; it was terrible. The waitress had to apologise to a number of tables and it got to the stage where people were just being delayed and getting crabby. The other thing I'd suggest is visiting the toilet before you arrive as they stink.

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Howards Way (Churchtown)
11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

I chose Howards Way to meet a friend for a catch up so it was ideal for that. We ate outside and it's a nice touch they have blankets on the chairs in case it gets nippy. The staff were attentive and the food was nice but it's a bit pricey for suburbia. The food arrived out quickly, was made fresh and was well presented. It might be nice if they validated parking for customers though.

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

A beautiful setting with lovely food but only value for money if you're there for the set lunch menu, early bird menu or brunch. Unfortunately there was an issue with some of the meals in our group but the issue was rectified straight away with no quarrels and the staff were apologetic. If more was done to get people into the restaurant or more background music it may liven the place up a bit but overall an good venue for brunch with the girls at the weekend.

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The Millbar Bistro @ The Millrace Hotel
Bunclody, Bunclody, Wexford

Lovely restaurant with fantastic views; ideal for a romantic meal or private event. We ate from the fixed menu and, while lovely, it was a bit safe. The portions were generous and the waitress was attentive.

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Jo'Burger - Town
Jo'Burger Town, 4/5 Castle Market, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Finally I got to try Jo Burger and I wasn't let down. The choice is amazing and the quality of everything is second to none. I had the beef burger with a rasher and egg on top (complete with yummy "Jo" relish) and, even though it was awkward to eat, it tasted fantastic and I left feeling full. The service does let the place down (15 minutes to get our order taken and, when the food did come, it was given to the wrong people) but overall it was a great experience and I'll definitely go back one of the nights the DJs playing.

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

Really disappointed that Siam Thai have changed their early bird menu. It used to be simple; you could choose anything from the entire menu until 19:00. Now they've come up with a rather condensed version for the early bird and it's not appealing at all. It may be they've gone with dishes they've considered to be most popular but they're actually quite limited; three of us dined and found it hard to find anything we really liked and I had to give my meal back because it wasn't as described. The service is still rather slow which is a pity since they tell you they need the table back by a certain time. The atmosphere is still great but, due to the changes they've made, I won't be going back.

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

As always, the atmosphere and the staff made our visit to The Dropping Well. Even though you're sitting near the bar area you don't feel it as the restaurant's like its own world. The food is delicious although a little dearer than other pubs. Highly recommded for a group booking or a casual meal.

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Excelsior Oriental Restaurant (Rathfarnham)
106 Nutgrove Avenue, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Really nice meal here. The price of the early bird (3 courses for €16, 7 days a week) and good reputation of the take-away drew us in and we weren't disappointed. The quality of the food is great, the portions are generous and the service is very good. It's a pity this place isn't as busy as it used to be as the atmosphere's a bit quiet but overall a nice experience.

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

Great little find and an ideal location if you're going to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre! The early bird is excellent value but you would want to be into modern food to enjoy this place. We were in and out in 90 minutes but didn't feel rushed at all; would definately go back.

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The Leopardstown Inn
Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

I tried lunch here and it was good although a little over priced (e.g €4.95 for a slice of cake). The option to get a half portion of the carvery is great; hot sandwiches seem to take forever though so I had my dinner finished before my friends panini came out. Tasty food and a nice place to do lunch overall.

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

Really good atmosphere and a great selection of food and cocktails but the service was slow.

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Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

This is my second time eating in FSS; the first was in the tapas bar and this time I visited the restaurant. While the atmosphere is great, the food is far too overpriced for what you get. The mains don't include any side dish (the main dish I had was €25) so you need to add €7 onto the cost of your main to equal a meal.The service is very slow so prepare to be there for the night. Over all the place is good but the tapas bar is much better value.

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La Belle Fontaine
85 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Mixed review of this place. The owner was lovely and very accomating to special requets but I feel they'd be better specialising in one area rather than trying to cover all angles.

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Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

We tried Roly Saul on Valentines night and it was beautiful. The atmosphere is great and the menu has great variety although the pre theatre menu timings can be quite confusing (especially since other places in Dundrum just operate a very simple "all night every night" policy). There are great views of the centre or you can choose a very private table; the best of both worlds. The only downside was the service. There was too long a gap between each course and teh clearing of the plates and our server was miserable to whole time. Other than that; highly recommended!

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Morilles Bistro
The Yellow House, Willbrook Road, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Really nice restaurant and great value for money. I know a few people who aren't keen on the decor (modern yet comfortable) but I think it compliments the food wonderfully. The service is amazing, even if you're there for the early bird and the portions are nice and generous.

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Restaurant FortyOne
Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely place for a special lunch. The menu's a little limited but you're not rushed in any way and the service is second to none. The staff on reception could be more helpful, especially since this is a private members club so most non members don't know the layout of the place. Perfect for a special occassion.

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

We went here for the early bird and it was fabulous! The portions were very generous and they were complete; no need to order sides. The staff were very friendly and dealt easily with a few special requests. The guy singing is also a nice touch (even though he is slightly out of tune and didn't know the words).

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