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La Bodega Tapas y Vinos restaurant

93 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code:

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78 reviews

Reviewed 18th June 2013 ( visited 16th June 2013 )

Came here on Sunday evening with a large group - the staff were very accomodating and friendly. So a major thanks! the evening went really well and the food was amazing. There's so much to choose from, and i cant really even remember what we ordered - needless to say nobody left hungry anyway! I definately remember it being hard to get my hands on the Chorizo al Roja, the Patatas Bravas and garlic prawns. Even with the upsurge in tapas places in Dublin lately, I'd list La Bodega as a clear favourite.
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La Bodega Tapas y Vinos restaurant

93 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Brazilian

Price Range:

Good
78 reviews

Reviewed 18th June 2013 ( visited 16th June 2013 )

Came here on Sunday evening with a large group - the staff were very accomodating and friendly. So a major thanks! the evening went really well and the food was amazing. There's so much to choose from, and i cant really even remember what we ordered - needless to say nobody left hungry anyway! I definately remember it being hard to get my hands on the Chorizo al Roja, the Patatas Bravas and garlic prawns. Even with the upsurge in tapas places in Dublin lately, I'd list La Bodega as a clear favourite.
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Cinnamon Restaurant at Hilton Dublin Kilmainham Hotel
Hilton Hotel, South Circular Road, South Dublin, Kilmainham, Dublin

Myself and the other half came here on New Years Eve as a NYE/Birthday/don't feel like cooking holiday combo and I honestly couldn't have been happier. The 4 course Holiday Menu included a prosecco on arrival and enough choice to actually make it difficult to pick your courses. Also, the 4th course is usually tea/coffee (which is a bit of a rip) but here there was actually a 4th course - starter, soup/sorbet, main & dessert. Delighted. The decor is nicer than your average hotel restaurant, the staff seemed to be genuinely in good form and the food was excellent. My only comment might be that the wine was a touch on the expensive side, but I've come to expect that from Hilton chains. A few drinks in the adjoining bar rounded out the night, again I found it more comfortable and pleasant than your average hotel bar. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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

Came here on a menupages deal, I cant fault the food - the striploin and rib eye steaks were delicious and the chocolate lava cakes for dessert were also really good. Our starters were fine, the empanadas weren't quite what I expected and the same with the mussel chorizo dish. Perfectly nice but probably not the best choices off the menu. The restaurant itself however was way too bright - it felt a little like a canteen or buffet at times and not an 'evening meal' and the decor was nice but nothing to write home about. I don't have a bad word to say about our service on the night but the service we received while making the booking was appalling. I made the initial reservation through menupages, I called the restaurant to confirm but the person I was speaking to told me he couldn't check the booking list and there was nobody there who could. I called back that evening to confirm, having still not received a mail, and the lady I was speaking to told me there was no reservation made for me. The only remaining table they had available that night was in 20minutes time, which naturally we couldn't make. The whole experience was quite frustrating. The food was good, the service was middling (as I say our servers on the night were pleasant, my rating is just tainted by our poor booking experience) The bright lights were a little unsettling, felt very much like a hotel restaurant and the food was good value for what we paid. We have 4 courses for €45 but I think I'd have been a little disappointed had I paid full price. Overall we had a nice night and a good meal once we actually made a successful reservation, but I wouldn't be in a hurry back

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Anar
101 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

We came here on spec on Saturday night,we started with the mirza ghasemi aubergine dish, which was amazing - a very warm, tasty 'comfort food' I had the chicken zeresk polo for main - I'd never had (or heard of) berberies before but the tart flavour was a perfect offset to the chicken and the meal was fantastic. The portion size is a serious amount of chicken, I was struggling to finish it but it was too delicious to leave behind. My companion had the meat ball stew fesenjoon, which was pleasant but not remarkable. The meatballs had a slightly chalky texture and i expected the sauce to be sweeter. We rounded the meal off with the chocolate fudge cake (i can never resist it!) which was unbelievably dense, chocolatey and delicious. The staff were friendly and attentive all night, the service was reasonably quick and the atmosphere/decor was very warm, comfortable and inviting. I will definitely return to Anar, another great addition to Terenure.

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Banyi Japanese Dining
4 Bedford Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We came here on a Menupages deal I bought over Christmas. I have to say I really enjoyed the food, we shared the tempura and the Gyoza starters both of which were excellent. I had the chef selection Ngiri and him indoors had the fired chicken&tonkatsu; sauce, both of which were delicious. Good sushi in Ireland can be hard to find but I was impressed to see that they carried some of the more unusual items - tuna, salmon and prawns are staples and its rare to deviate far from them here, but Banyi have a really good range which I was disproportionately excited about! A few of the sake cocktails topped off the night rather pleasantly, my only complaint would be that they were slow to arrive, and for the price they didn't pack much of a punch. A heavier hand with the sake would go a long way. I'll definately be back to sample some more sushi.

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La Reserve Artisan Brasserie
53 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I've been driving through Ranelagh wanting to come into this little restaurant for ages, so I snapped up the last Menupages deal and was not disappointed. I had the French Onion soup - which is my favourite soup and was excellent. If I had one complaint it would be that it was hotter than molten lava and I had to sit there hungrily watching it while it cooled! The Steak Frites was medium rare with pepper sauce and exactly how I like it. The chocolate tart dessert looked managably small when it came out (after the enormous steak before it) but turned out to be incredibly dense and rich and amazing. I struggled, but I managed to finish it :) The service was excellent, friendly and helpful - but appearing only when needed. It's a very small intimate place, the ambiance and decor is very comfortable - overall it was a wonderful meal and I'll definitely be back

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Gochi
13 Dawson Street, Dawson Street, Dublin

Really nice place, came here for a girls night out in a large enough group. the staff were very friendly and accomodating. I had the tempura shrimp to start - which was amazing! good tempura can be hard to find, but this was definately the best I've had in a long time. I got a selection of sushi for the main, not a vast selection of ngiri, but to be fair it is Ireland, so the weirder stuff wouldn't travel too well!! The cuts were really fresh and good quality so i was impressed all the same. I'm a bit of a sushi addict, so I'll definately be back. My one, minor, pernickity complaint is that the soy bowls were too deep and narrow to dip my ngiri in properly.

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Wrights Cafe Bar
The Plaza, Swords, Swords, Dublin

Came here for a bite before heading to the cinema. All the food went down well - the days special cajun chicken particularly delighted my mum. The 8oz Angus burger was a lot of eating but clean plates were sent back to the kitchen. I had the smoked salmon salad, it was a little smaller than i expected, but the brown bread were good thick doorsteps (as it should be!) so i was still pretty happy. Nice looking place, comfy seats. Good service - although maybe a little too attentive if I'm honest. if you stopped eating to talk the plate was nearly gone from beneath you

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La Bodega Tapas y Vinos
93 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

Came here on Sunday evening with a large group - the staff were very accomodating and friendly. So a major thanks! the evening went really well and the food was amazing. There's so much to choose from, and i cant really even remember what we ordered - needless to say nobody left hungry anyway! I definately remember it being hard to get my hands on the Chorizo al Roja, the Patatas Bravas and garlic prawns. Even with the upsurge in tapas places in Dublin lately, I'd list La Bodega as a clear favourite.

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Harrys on the Green
2 King St South, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with a voucher last night, it's a lovely place and the cocktails are delicious- but you wouldn't want to be thirsty. Service was friendly but exceptionally slow. The food was yummy - and oddly enough came way faster than the drinks. I had the mexican burger, which is a lot of eating - portion sizes are more than generous. The drinks are great - some very unusual combinations, but a good mix of classics to suit all levels of adventurous tastes! but they are expensive though (at least i thought so)

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The Lovely Food Co
14 Terenure Road West, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Came here last night for the Cookery School and was very impressed - it's a little bit tucked away so I never knew the place existed until recently. A hidden gem if there ever was one! The dishes seem deceptively easy to make and were unbelievably good, The 'taster' portions are a good, generous size but I would have had no problem eating the full dish. The savoury scones (chorizo, rosemary and sundried tomatoes) in particular were amazing - I managed to snag one before leaving, intending to eat it for lunch today but it didn't last that long. To be honest I ate it as soon as I got home. I'll definitely be back for another class and for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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Yamamori Izakaya
12/13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I really like this place - the 5 tapas dishes for 30e is a great idea. Each portion is a good size and you can get a great selection of dishes for really good value. I could probably have eaten the 5 plates myself, but then I'm a savage for sushi. The atmosphere is fun and laidback, the service attentive without being all over you. My only quibble is that the drinks were actually quite pricey. Otherwise Izakaya gets a solid thumbs up from me.

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Bella Cuba Restaurant
11 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Came here on the Menupages deal bought just before Christmas, The 5 course meal was ok - a set menu slightly different to the one posted online here. The soup was fine, slightly bland but the potatoes bravas starter was tasty - could use more chorizo though. I had the pork main, which was actually quite nice. Overall the food is fine, nothing special but in line with what you would expect for the price. The Mojitos however are quite weak and way over priced. Which was quite disappointing. The place itself is quite small, smaller than expected and tables are quite close to each other. also it was a busy night, so the waitress may have been slightly overwhelmed but we found the service to be really very slow. It's a nice restaurant, the food is nice, the atmosphere is nice, we had no major complaints. It's just 'nice' - unremarkable and slightly unmemorable.

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Mak at D6
Fields Terrace, Charleston Rd, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I've been driving past Mak for a few weeks now and meaning to stop in, I finally did last night. The food was good - The Char Sui pork buns were very good, authentic I was less impressed by the pot stickers, good, but not great. more like a sausage in gyoza pastry than a proper gyoza. The main (ginger and scallion prawns) were delicious, but I wasn't bowled over by the ice cream - it tasted a bit too frosty for my liking. Wine by the glass was 6.50 - considerably more expensive than we realised -prices aren't marked by the glass and we didn't ask. The bill came in at a startling 90e, 4 glasses of wine, 2starters, 2mains and 2desserts. In all it's a grand place, nicely laid out and the staff are friendly. But for a casual Sunday dinner it wasn't the best value.

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

We ate here on the weekend, to be fair to the staff it was a busy night, but the service was a little flaky - our bottle of wine took a long time to come, we had to ask for one of our dishes and they mixed up the desserts. Aesthetically, I like the interior it looks really cool and cosy - all dark and candlelit but its way too dark - I put my phone on the table then couldn't see it when I went to pick it up! the wine list even has a little torch on it so you could read it (but ours was dead) But the food was great, we ordered LOADS of dishes, prawn skewers, the meat platter, chorizo...all of them were excellent but the chocolate cake dessert was out of this world. It's a fine place - great location, good food but there are probably better tapas joints in the city.

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

I bought the menupages deal a while back and finally got to use it last night. The atmosphere on the weekends is really nice - the jazz band adds a lot. The food is excellent - portion sizes were just right, I was comfortably full but not stuffed. I had the smoked salmon to start, which is nice but nothing to write home about. The hake main was delicious, but the stand out dish was the chocolate melting pot - unreal! The staff are also great - we had to wait a good while for a table and they gave us a complimentary glass of prosecco, which I thought was a lovely touch.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

I bought one of those living social deals a while back for this place and only just got to use it. it was pay €30 for €60 worth of food, it seemed generous enough, but as the mains are a good 25 each, the additional bill for wine, coffee etc was about €60. Better than a poke in the eye, but not as good value for money as you would hope. The food was excellent - I had the gambas to start and the lamb main, the wine was delicious and the service attentive but not all over you. We were there early in the evening, but the atmosphere was absolutely dead. There were maybe two other couples in the back and I almost felt like I had to whisper. Maybe that's just because it was 7pm on a Friday and it picks up as the evening goes on. It really is a nice place though if it can generate a bit more buzz.

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La Bodega Tapas y Vinos
93 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

This is a great place - the sign outside assures you it's real Spanish tapas cooked by Spanish chefs and I would believe it. The atmosphere is really cosy and the wine list is great. I loved the chorizo and chickpeas, I wouldnt normally like either black pudding or scallops but I was coerced into trying these ones and they're actually amazing. Highly reccommended.

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Cinnamon Ranelagh
87 Ranelagh, South Dublin, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I love this place, I've been for brunch, lunch and a few drinks. Ok so the service can be a little slow, but I like the atmosphere, the food is amazing - best lazy Sunday breakfast in the city for my money, and everyone is really friendly.

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Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We were there around Christmas so the full menu wasn't available. There were about 4 menus to choose from where you got little servings of different starters and main courses (about 5 each). This lack of choice might not appeal to everyone, but you get a little of everything and it's all delicious so I didn't mind! The wine, atmosphere and service are all beyond reproach, the only low point is the desserts. But I was stuffed well beyond capacity by that point anyway! Any more food and I wouldn't have been fit to move for a week!!

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