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Joels Restaurant

Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 22

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257 reviews

Reviewed 23rd November 2013 ( visited 15th November 2013 )

Dined here on a Menupages deal voucher which was €17.95 for two course lunch for two people. We both had chicken caesar salad for starters and potions were generous and they were truly delicious. For main I had the roast beef which was really lovely except for the gravy which had a weird tang to it and although I found the beef a little dry and would normally ask for more gravy, didn't on this occasion as I didn't like it. My friend had Lemon & Tarragon chicken which she found very nice. It was very quiet and there was no hurry on us to leave. Would recommend
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Joels Restaurant

Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 22

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
257 reviews

Reviewed 23rd November 2013 ( visited 15th November 2013 )

Dined here on a Menupages deal voucher which was €17.95 for two course lunch for two people. We both had chicken caesar salad for starters and potions were generous and they were truly delicious. For main I had the roast beef which was really lovely except for the gravy which had a weird tang to it and although I found the beef a little dry and would normally ask for more gravy, didn't on this occasion as I didn't like it. My friend had Lemon & Tarragon chicken which she found very nice. It was very quiet and there was no hurry on us to leave. Would recommend
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Setanta House Hotel
Clane Road, Celbridge, Kildare

Had a voucher for 2 steaks, sides + glass of wine for two people for the newly refurbished Celbridge Manor Hotel. This was a Thursday night so it was very quiet when we arrived as we had an early booking for 6pm. The steak, chips and pepper sauce were delicious. We decided to have a dessert and asked for the dessert menus. It was some time later when the waitress returned and asked if we had decided and was very apologetic when we pointed out that we were still waiting on the menu. The poor girl was the only waitress on and several tables had filled since our arrival. Overall the food was very good and the hotel looks stunning. Would recommend but they could do with another waitress.

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O'Sheas Irish Restaurant
23 Anglesea Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Dined here on a menupages voucher €25 for sirloin steak + glass of wine for 2 people. Was very surprised that as soon as I arrived, as I was being shown to my table, before my friend arrived that I was asked how I wanted my steak done. When I said I’d like to wait until my friend arrived, the waitress just left without asking if I wanted water or my glass of wine. When my friend arrived, the waitress asked how she wanted her steak and so we ordered but were not offered a menu for starters. The steak was a very generous portion and was delicious but the pepper sauce was not the best. The restaurant is quite small and you feel like you are dining in someones front room and the decoration is lovely. Again, we were not offered a menu for dessert which makes me wonder that they are not getting the most from their promotion.

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The Blazin Grill Steakhouse and Seafood
Belgard Square, Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin

Dined here with 2 friends. Thought it would be quiet as it was a Wednesday night but there was a 50th birthday and they said they were booked out with junior cert bookings so there was a lively atmosphere. Our mains order consisted of a steak which comes with deep-fried onions, mash, french fries and peppercorn sauce, 7oz chicken fillet with chunky chips and veg and Grilled Hake Fillet served with truffle and spring onion mash, roasted tomatoes, asparagus and basil pesto. I asked for no onions with my steak but it came covered in onions which was probably to cover up the fact that the steak was tiny. Having said that it was lovely as was the mash but the fries were burnt. My friends chunky chips, although very few, were light and crispy. For dessert I had originally thought I’d opt for the raspberry cheesecake which I had seen on the online menu but on the menu in the restaurant, they had a new addition of a chocolate and caramel pyramid with crème Anglaise and berries which I was told the caramel would ooze out of the centre when cut into so had to try it. I was so sorry I didn’t stick with my original choice as nothing oozed anywhere. In fact when I cut into it all I could see was a lighter caramel coloured stripe but the consistency was the same as the chocolate mousse which was quite dense so would not recommend this. My friend had the cheesecake and said it was delicious. While the food was good, the service was very slow and the staff are apathetic. One girl asked us how our mains was but was already two tables away from us by the end of her sentence not giving anyone a chance to answer. When I told her of my disappointment with the dessert, she just said “Oh I’m sorry” and walked off. Also any seating at the windows are couches so you have to sit forward to eat with no back support.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Dined here on a menupages deal - €25 for 3 courses for 2 people. My friend had chicken and sweetcorn soup and I had BBQ ribs for starters. She enjoyed her soup but my ribs were burnt. For mains, I had chicken curry while she had the Chow Mein special. Portions were generous and were really tasty. My friend had the pineapple ice-cream while I had a sumpuous toffee dessert which I thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, we had a lovely meal and I would come back even though my ribs were burnt

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Dined here on a Saturday night with a friend using a €29 voucher for €60 food and drink. A table near the window became vacant after we were seated and we asked to be moved which wasn’t a problem, but at the end of the meal, my friend realised that she had not taken her leather jacket to the new table but when she checked at the first table it was not there either. My friend asked another waitress, who took the time to check if a jacket had been handed in and thankfully it had been. Quite upsetting and no help from first waitress so took half point off service for this.I had the Supreme of Chicken which is served with basil mash, carrots & mange tout and comes with both gravy and pepper sauce. It was truly delicious and the portion was just right. My friend had the Warm Crispy Chicken Salad which consists of strips of crispy chicken in breadcrumbs with a mixed salad tossed in a light sweet creamy tomato dressing which she would recommend. We were able to use some of our voucher to get some cocktails which were on special offer at €4.95 which was great as often you can only use on food. The atmosphere was buzzing and would definitely return.

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Tamara Restaurant
Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght Town Centre, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

I had dined here recently so brought a friend here for the €10 lunch. My friend had the crispy chicken which she said was delicious. I ordered the chicken curry as I had really enjoyed it on my last visit but was very disappointed. Although it was just as tasty, the portion was tiny, about 5 small pieces of meat and was lukewarm. As I was still hungry,we both had dessert and although they are the frozen desserts, they were delicious. I would prefer the option to pay full-price for a decent portion than be left hungry with the €10 option.

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

Dined here on a voucher with a friends on a Saturday night so restaurant was busy enough but this meant service was very slow. We were ages waiting for someone to take our dessert order. As we had a voucher, we were limited to steak, chips and sauce which were lovely but portion of sauce was very small. Restaurant is lovely and bright with the large windows and very clean. Would definitely return but not in the foreseeable future.

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Tamara Restaurant
Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght Town Centre, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Dined here with two friends on a Wednesday night so restaurant was very quiet, only one other table occupied. Portions were very generous but beware of the different menus. I was charged for rice and when I queried this was told that my chicken curry did not include rice as I had ordered off the wrong menu for it to be included?? They did take this charge off the bill so I was happy enough. They only had one fresh dessert as they said all others are frozen which was disappointing but would go back for the curry as it was delicious. Both of my companions agreed with me.

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Café Oasis
54 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin

Dined here with a friend on voucher deal (€20 for 3 courses + tea/coffee). For starters I had spicy marinated buffalo wings which were tasty but very small portion. It looked like one wing split in three. I would not have been happy if I was paying the €4.50 for this dish. Note with voucher you were not allowed the salad starters. For main I had the penne pollo al funghi and again while it was lovely, I had to search for the minute cubes of chicken. When it came to dessert, we were told that they only had 2 slices left of pear and apple pie so that’s what we had to have. Not even a bowl of ice-cream as an alternative. It was very nice. All in all portions are small but tasty and the fact that you can bring your own wine and corkage is free is a really attractive option. It is a lovely clean restaurant and staff are very friendly. Would recommend.

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The Waterside Bar & Bistro
Ninth Lock, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Dined here with 2 friends on a very quiet Wednesday night. There were less than 10 people in the pub. Our server informed us that nobody told her that there was a booking and that we were lucky it wasn't the Wednesday before as she had been very busy. They have an early bird option of 3 courses for €15.95. Two of us ordered the chicken and ham and one ordered the chicken caesar salad and chips. Our server returned to tell us that they had no ham left so we could have the dish without ham or order something else. I changed my order to the beef and asked if I could still have some stuffing. We all received very large portions and were given separate plates of stuffing and veg to share. I asked for a doggy bag to take away the left-overs as we were unable to finish. We all enjoyed our meals, my beef was delicious as was the stuffing and the chip I took from my friend. Two of us partook of the profiteroles which were served on a bed of cream which was a bit too much and the third had banoffi which looked like it was two portions. All in all portions more than generous and very reasonable. Would recommend and would return.

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The Olive Tree Restaurant
The Plaza Hotel, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Dined here on a Dealrush voucher - 3 course meal for two & bottle of wine for only €44 so can't beat it for value. I had caesar salad for starters and my friend had the salmon & noodles. I should say I thought I had ordered Caesar salad but it was Chicken Caesar salad and the portion was generous enough to be a main course. I had ordered chicken for main with mash and veg and my friend had the duck and we both were struggling to finish as the portions again were generous but we found room for the glorious toblerone cheesecake yum yum. The layout of the restaurant is very impressive - you get the feeling of being in a courtyard in a faraway country so has a lovely ambience. Really enjoyed and would recommend.

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Quay 16 Restaurant @ MV Cill Airne
MV Cill Airne, North Wall Quay, IFSC, Dublin

Dined here on Menupages voucher before the theatre. We told our waitress that two of our party would be late but to go ahead with our order as we were going to the theatre and that the two latecomers were not. We got our starters, during which the other two arrived, but were left waiting for our mains. When we asked, we were told that they were waiting on the two latecomers!! I know in ordinary circumstances, this would be acceptable but not after being told that we wanted the six people going to the theatre to be served. The food itself was delicious and the portions were very generous. I had the chicken stuffed with black pudding and it was lovely. I asked for the raspberry cheesecake without the white chocolate sauce and explained that I don’t like white chocolate. It arrived without the sauce but covered in shavings of white chocolate?? As the room was quite cold when we arrived, we asked if they could close the window behind us. We were told we could move to a different table as they window was broken. All in all the food was delicious and the voucher was excellent value but need to up the maintenance on the ship or not open until the summer months and listen to the customer.

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Joels Restaurant
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Dined here on a Menupages deal voucher which was €17.95 for two course lunch for two people. We both had chicken caesar salad for starters and potions were generous and they were truly delicious. For main I had the roast beef which was really lovely except for the gravy which had a weird tang to it and although I found the beef a little dry and would normally ask for more gravy, didn't on this occasion as I didn't like it. My friend had Lemon & Tarragon chicken which she found very nice. It was very quiet and there was no hurry on us to leave. Would recommend

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Joels Restaurant
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Dined here on a deal voucher which was €17.95 for two course lunch for two people. We both had chicken caesar salad for starters and potions were generous and they were truly delicious. For main I had the roast beef which was really lovely except for the gravy which had a weird tang to it and although I found the beef a little dry and would normally ask for more gravy, didn't on this occasion as I didn't like it. My friend had Lemon & Tarragon chicken which she found very nice. It was very quiet and there was no hurry on us to leave. Would recommend.

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Bar 52
52 Middle Abbey Street,, City Centre North, Dublin

Eight of us dined here, all on vouchers, which in itself was great as so many restaurants restrict the number of vouchers you can use at one time. 6 of us were on chicken wings, steak and chips and a beer and 2 on steak & chips and a bottle of wine. The waitress, after serving the six portion of chicken wings very kindly offered two potions to the two who did not have a voucher for them free of charge. Our beer was a choice of whatever beer/cider you wanted, again never experienced this leniency in options on a voucher so we were very happy with this. The service was excellent until we had finished our pre-paid courses and then we had to request the dessert menu and again were left waiting for someone to take the order although the restaurant had cleared out somewhat. All in all, a very enjoyable experience and definitely would recommend

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The Harbour Master Restaurant & Bar
Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin

Dined here on a voucher €19.50 for two mains + two sides. We both ordered the chicken curry which came with rice and as our deal included 1 side, I asked for my curry to be half & half to be told that they couldn't do that and I would have to get the portions separate?? The curry was served in 1 bowl, with the rice in another on a platter with the chips in yet another container! The curry was delicious as were the chunky chips but could not finish. Would definitely come back.

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An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

When I rang to book a table for 5:30pm I was told that the restaurant does not open on Wednesday but that same menu was available in lounge. Dined with two others and were served quite quickly at the start as it was busy but not packed but as other diners arrived the ONE waiter was run off his feet and didn't even have time to clear tables before new diners took them. We had to ask several times for glasses of water. I had the joint of the day, which was bacon and cabbage which was delicious. One other had the lamb shank and the third had the chicken caesar salad and both thoroughly enjoyed their faire. The portions were very generous - I had three slices of bacon. The dessert was a letdown however. We all ordered the Baileys cheesecake but could not taste anything never mind the Baileys. We felt that if you had been given it with a blindfold and asked to taste, you would be unable to tell what dessert it was meant to be. We did enjoy the night, but desserts need major overhaul and they need some more staff. Also couldn't understand why the restaurant itself was closed when it was so busy and waiter had to carry food a longer distance from the same kitchen.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Dined here on Menupages voucher (€39 for 2 courses + glass of wine x 2). When I was asked if I wanted Red/White wine,the waitress walked several feet to the counter and then returned to ask me again as she said she had forgotten what I had said. My companion ordered the French onion soup but was unable to eat as it was dense with no liquid whatsoever. When waitress took away, she did not even enquire as to what was wrong. We both had steaks which were nice but nothing spectacular. I had the sticky toffee pudding and although it was lovely, it would not entice me back in a hurry. The background music was too loud and not very relaxing.

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The Winter Garden Restaurant @ Red Cow Hotel
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22, Clondalkin, Dublin

Dined here on a Menupages deal (€20 for €40 worth) on a Friday evening at 7pm. Restaurant was very quiet - only one other table occupied. We both had the steaks which were served on mash with veg which was delicious and although we were tempted with the desserts on offer were too full. As a few more people came in, we had to wait some time to ask for our bill but all in all it was a lovely evening.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Decided dine here as early bird 2 course meal was advertised as €14.95 with €4 extra for a glass of wine. Very little choice for starters so asked if we could have dessert instead for the early bird but were told that we couldn't. We got the chicken & broccoli pasta dish in white wine sauce but had to send out a search party for the chicken. I reckon we got 1 fillet between the 2 of us and 1 broccoli floret each!! The "dessert" was tiramisu or 2 scoops of ice-cream so we passed. As we didn't quality for the early bird option, my glass of wine went up to €4.95 and our main was €13. A very expensive plate of pasta. Will not be returning.

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The Lotts Cafe Bar
9 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Dined here on deal for steak on stone for two people + bottle of wine for €30!! We did not have a booking as we didn't know what time we would get there and arrived just after eight and were told that it would be 10-15 mins wait which we were find with. We were not long waiting at all. We both received a large piece of steak, chips and 3 sauces, whiskey, pepper and garlic. The steak was delicious but the chips were a major let-down as they were hard and crispy like those leftovers in the bottom of a chip-pan. Would have gotten a five if chips had been edible but service was excellent.

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Barracuda
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Dined here early on a Saturday evening so availed of the early bird, 2 course €20/ 3 course €25. My companion ordered the Barracuda wings for starter (chicken wings in chilli sauce) but as I did not have a starter, the waiter constantly hovered and as soon as he put down the last bone, the plate was nearly snatched from the table! He said this had made him very uncomfortable and was trying to delay last wing as he did not want his mains to arrive immediately. I was going to order the Roast chicken supreme, potato and chorizo Fricassee, leek sauce for my main but was told that the chorizo would be mixed through the potato so changed this to the Braised lamb shank on a bed of champ, roast vegetables and jus. The lamb was very very dry. It tasted like it has been left in the oven too long and I just got mash not champ. My companion ordered the steak which he said was good. I got the mandarin cheesecake while he got ice-cream for dessert. The cake itself was lovely but the orange sauce on top was far too sweet. All in all, I will not be rushing back. The views are wonderful and it's great that they allow you to appreciate them will full length windows but don't sit near the servers station as you feel like you are constantly being watched to hurry up and finish.

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The Long Stone
Townsend Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Tried to book here on menupages but received an email telling me that it was declined. Rang the pub and organised to dine here @5pm on a Saturday evening. 11 of us arrived and our drink orders were taken and then ALL our course orders (Starters, Main & Dessert) and not a pen or paper in sight. The starters arrived but one person was left out and after sitting for a considerable time, she decided to go downstairs and wait at the bar until her starter was given to her. The mains started arriving and 3 people were left out. In fact the remainder of the group had finished their mains and these 3 people had still not been served! Our server told us that their orders had been given to other diners by mistake! It was such a pity that the service let them down so badly as the food was delicious and very reasonable. I had the chicken curry which came with rice and side portion of chips between 2 people and it was lovely but portions were far too big. So big in fact that I was unable to order my favourite course, dessert, which as it turned out was a good thing as they only had 1 option left. The menu is far more extensive that is on here so go to their facebook page to see full menu. Our server was very apologetic for the service problems. I would go back and hope that service has improved because the food would be worth it.

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TGI Friday (Temple Bar)
19/20 Fleet St, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Dined here with a friend on a Friday (early evening 4pm) yet there was a great atmosphere already - turned out TGI Temple Bar was celebrating their 1st birthday. Staff were in costume and were very friendly. Food was good value but service could have been better especially as they were not very busy. I had a frozen cocktail for dessert which was delicious. Enjoyable experience. Might not rush back for the food which was just ok but would definitely go back for the cocktails and atmosphere. As we were about to leave, we were given a voucher for a free cocktail to celebrate their birthday which was a lovely touch.

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Bar 52
52 Middle Abbey Street,, City Centre North, Dublin

Dined here on menupages voucher deal for 2 steaks + bottle of wine. Our waitress seated us under a very loud speaker and told us she would be back to us. We moved to a different table where we could converse and when she came back, she opened with "I found you" although it was a small venue and we had only moved 3 tables?? She then asked us what we wanted to order and when I said our voucher was for steaks she said that some vouchers were for 2 courses and was I sure (I had already given her my voucher on arrival). My companion stated that if we to order 2 courses we would have to have been given a menu. Our waitress then got us two menus and went off to check the voucher. On returning she agreed it was for two steaks. After our little hiccup, our steaks arrived a little under what was ordered as there was blood on my plate. I had ordered well done. The steak however was delicious and we decided to stay for dessert. My companion asked for the Tiramisu but was told this was not available. I had the Bailey cheesecake which was lovely but would have preferred real cream instead on canned cream. All in all an enjoyable experience as was great value for money but probably won't be rushing back.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Dined here with 4 others on a voucher deal - €39 for 3 courses + bottle of wine which was excellent value as all main courses are over €20. For starters I had the BBQ spare ribs (or should I say rib) but it was very sweet - not at all like bbq. My friends had the fish cake and were very impressed. For main I had the blackened chicken which comes with spicy wedges veg and two sauces but the wedges were far too spicy. One diner asked if she could get chips instead as she couldn't eat the wedges as they were too spicy and she was accommodated but as they were obviously trying to get the chips out to her in a hurry, they arrived only half-cooked. The desserts were disappointing as those we wanted were not available, although this was a 6:30 sitting! 3 of us opted for the Key Lime Pie which was very very sweet and although at first glance was disappointed with the tiny portion was glad when I tasted it. One of our party commented on the tiny portion and was given a second one at no extra charge so while service was good, music was too loud for conversation and we had to ask for it to be turned down. All in all restaurant was really lovely and clean but food is very pricey and spicy.

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The Grand Central Cafe Bar
O'Connell Street, O'Connell St, Dublin

Nine of us dined here on a Saturday evening at 6pm. Four of us were on vouchers which entitled us to 2 courses + tea/coffee for 2 people for €20 but even without the voucher the meals were reasonably priced. No matter which main was ordered, everyone was very happy with their choice. I ordered the half roast chicken, not expecting an actual half a chicken but that's exactly what I got. When it came to dessert, I got the best Sticky Toffee pudding I ever tasted and I have ordered in on many occasions. The service was excellent and the waiter even automatically deducted 4 mains, 4 desserts and four teas/coffees from bill regardless of whether the person with the voucher had had them or not ie. I did not have tea/coffee but he allocated it to one of my party so they did not have to pay for theirs which was very considerate. Would definitely recommend.

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The Lotts Cafe Bar
9 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Dined here on a voucher deal for the steak on stone and was not disappointed. It was a large piece of steak (had same option in other restaurant in Dublin and portion was tiny), large home-cut chips and 3 sauces, whiskey, pepper and garlic. Actually didn't need to have a voucher as they do a deal all the time for steak on stone for two people + bottle of wine for €30!! One of our company is a celiac and when she told the waitress, she was told that they have a separate menu which she was delighted with. Staff were very nice and service was very good. Will definitely return here and highly recommend a visit.

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The Roost
Leinster Street, Maynooth, Maynooth, Kildare

Dined here on a Saturday night with three others and the first thing that we all noticed was the great selection on offer. One in our group is a celiac and when she asked about options, the waitress basically listed the menu options and told her she could have those without the sauce!! She ordered the stir fry and was happy with that. We ordered the roast of the day, which was turkey and ham with stuffing, veg and gravy and the portions were huge. I could not finish mine and unfortunately had no room for dessert which I had been looking forward to as the choices were so good. The service for the desserts, tea/coffee was very slow but we were told that they were catering for a 21st upstairs and would deduct the cost of the dessert, tea & coffee to apologise for the delay. We all left satisfied and would recommend this pub for food and atmosphere alone.

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The Restaurant At The Schoolhouse
2-8 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Nine of us dined here and the main comment was that there were no potatoes included with main course. These you had to order as a side and of course pay €3.50 extra for. The portions, when they came were big enough for 2 to share but unfortunately we did not know this before we ordered. We were told that they had no oysters, then we were asked if we wanted some, then they had to go and check if they actually had any and finally they did have some. The chicken was cooked beautifully and those who had the fish dish were very happy with them but the lady that ordered the burger was not impressed and did not eat it. They did offer her a replacement dish but she turned this down. Very little choice for desserts which were a let-down. I ordered creme brulee which I didn't think you could get wrong but it was served on a saucer type dish which meant there was far too much of the sugar coating and almost no creme. A couple of our party ordered the apple pie and said it was wonderful. The service was very slow but the venue was really lovely with an open fire (actually gas but very realistic). 2 course menu was €22.50 / 3 course €24.95 with both including a drink in the bar afterwards. We did enquire if we could have our drink with out meal but were told that this was not an option. All in all a nice meal but wouldn't be running back to try again. We did stay on for the music which was a guy on guitar who was good but crowd very sparse and floor service was very good.

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The Parnell Heritage Pub and Grill
72-74 Parnell Street, O'Connell St, Dublin

Eight of us dined here on a Saturday night and were very happy with our food. Staff were very nice but service was slow. Food was very reasonably priced and very nice. It's basic pub grub done well. Those of us who cannot resist dessert had the sticky toffee pudding and this was really tasty although there was a fruit coolie on the side which didn't quite go with it. We were seated behind the bar and although there was no speaker that side, when the singer started we could hear fine but then a 21st party upstairs started up and we had the music from there coming down the stairs also so we had two major different musics at the same time. Other than that we had an enjoyable night.

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Returned here with the usual voucher for Steak on Stone, chunky chips & 3 sauces for 2 people but boy has this restaurant gone downhill. Service was very bad - only 1 person on so everybody left waiting for at least 30 minutes for each course. Chunky chips no more - got miserable limp greasy skinny chips which were luke-warm so had to heat up on the stone for the steak. For dessert we ordered toblerone cheescake as I previously enjoyed this but even this has suffered. It was tasteless apart from the tiny piece of toblerone which they couldn't mess up. All in all very disappointed and will not return.

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Bianconis Restaurant at The Damer Court Hotel
Castle Street, Roscrea, Tipperary

Dined here as part of a voucher deal which included dinner, B&B, bottle of wine and pitcher of beer with a friend. The service was excellent. Staff could not do enough for you and were very friendly. Food was delicious and potions were generouos. Would definitely recommend.

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McGrattans Cafe Bar
Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Booked group dinner here on a Saturday night for 21 people. 5 of us had bought voucher deal for €45 for champagne on arrival + 3 course dinner + bottle of wine for 2 people but when I rang for cost of others joining us without vouchers they very kindly said that they would match the price so that each person paid €22.50. Meal was delicious. Service was excellent and feedback from everyone was brilliant. Would recommend.

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Browns Barn Bar and Kitchen
Citywest Exit, Citywest Bridge N7, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

Six of us dined here having bought voucher for Steak on the stone and chips for €10 each. Steak was soooo tender and service was very good. Excellent value and desserts delicious too. They run other deals which are available on their website

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Elwoods Bar and Grill
Forster Court Hotel, Forster Street, Galway City, Galway

Staryed in hotel on 9th & 10th March on a voucher which included dinner in Elwoods. As soon as we arrived we had lunch in the bar which was very reasonable and very tasty. There was meant to be four of us but 1 person was unable to make it so the hotel said that the person sharing with her could use the second dinner voucher on the 2nd night. The other two of us enjoyed our meal so much on the 1st night, we decided to dine there again with our friend and were not disappointed. Wonderful food and very friendly staff. Would definitely recommend and in fact were given a discount voucher for a return visit which we will definitely use.

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The Hanora D Restaurant
The Lucan Spa Hotel, Junction 4A, N4, Lucan, Lucan, Dublin

Dined here with 8 others. Four of us had bought voucher for overnight stay and the rest were ordering off the menu. This was organised without any fuss and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Would definitely recommend

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Il Fuoco Café
6 Chatham Court, Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Dined here with 7 others. Four of us were dining on coupon deals and the other four were having the 3 course meal @ 15.95. When booking, this menu was only 13.90 and when this was queried, they said they would forgoe the service charge. As it was, we were all so happy with our meal, we didn't mind the increased charge. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend

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Anvil Bistro Restaurant
Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin

Three of us arrived a few minutes early for the evening menu but were told we could be seated anyway but were just left at the table with nobody offering to get us a drink, not even a water although it was not busy. Food was overpriced and was just ok but when far better restaurants are offering better value for money, will not be back.

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Quay 16 Restaurant @ MV Cill Airne
MV Cill Airne, North Wall Quay, IFSC, Dublin

Dined here with 11 others. We booked the early bird €20 for 2 courses / €25 for 3 course. Service was excellent. Wasn't too gone on starter, pea soup with smoked chicken,but main of cornfed chicken was delicious as was forest fruit cheesecake. Everyone was impressed with meal and surroundings. A great sucess. We had agreed to vacate our tables by 7:30 and when we were still there at 7:50 (enjoying company too much to notice time) we were very politely reminded. We moved upstairs to bar and stayed onboard for several hours.

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Milano (Cork)
8 Oliver Plunkett st, Cork City, Cork

Decided to try this restaurant as had heard good things about Milano in Dublin but was very disappointed. Menu choice was very poor if not into Pizza. I ordered chicken but spent most of the time searching my plate for it!! My co-diner ordered the pizza and enjoyed it. Service was slow and staff not friendly. Found it quite expensive too. Would not go back and to be honest we ended up eating take-out later as we wer still hungry.

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The Orgialla Restaurant @ Oriel House
Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork

Dined here with two others and went for the meal deal which included bottle of wine which was great value. The portions were very generous and we thouroughly enjoyed every course. The staff were very courtious and would definitely recommend.

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White Horse Inn
Ballincollig, Ballincollig, Cork

Dined here with two others having been rcommended to us. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Menu has a good range and they have a recommened beer with each dish. They also have a daily special which is excellent value. I had the turkey dish which was €11.95 and could not finish it all as portion was so generous. Would definitely recommend to others.

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Ate here on voucher deal for €29 for two steaks on the stone, chips and three sauces + bottle of wine. Service was excellent. The steak was delicious and we both went for Toblerone cheesecake which was to die for. This was my third outing here and would definitely recommend. They regularily run promotions so great value to be had

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The Bracken Grill Steak & Seafood Restaurant @ The Bracken Court Hotel
Bridge Street, North Co. Dublin, Balbriggan, Dublin

Stayed here as part of a deal for overnight stay and 3 course dinner which in itself was great value. Service and food were excellent. We had 3 of our party who failed to show and staff were very understanding. Five of us all agreed that potions were very generous. I was unable to finish my main course and asked if I could just have some fruit for dessert as I was so full and I was given a beautiful array of fresh fruits which I shared with one of my companions and yet we still couldn't finish it. Nicest meal I've had in a while and couldn't fault a thing. Would recommend very highly.

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The Old Mill Bar And Restaurant
Old Bawn Road, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Went here for the Sunday carvery which is a bit on the expensive side compared to its competitors. Service queue moved fairly quickly but had to stand waiting to be served at till as only 1 person on. Had to ask for water but food was fine. Lots of children running amuk. Quite large portions but can opt for half portion though not at half price, more like 3/4. For price alone whould probably not go back as would expect a higher standard of food for cost.

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Joels Restaurant
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Visited here with 8 others for the girls nite out menu @ 19.95 which includes starter, main, mini dessert platter and a glass of fizzy wine and live music. We had a wonderful time, food was excellent as usual and service was very good. When we finished meal, we asked if we could be moved nearer the singer and we were accommodated even though this meant going to a table which had been set for the morning. Great value, great atmosphere. Will be back.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Having had a previous positive dining experience here, I organised for a group of 30 people to back for the early bird menu offering 2 courses for €14.95 + 12.5% Unfortunately, 9 of our group did not turn up but staff were very gracious about this and even re-arranged tables to suit. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal which is great value. Would definitely recommend.

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Dined here with 27 others for the early bird. Starter was lovely. Main was very small and only 1 veg. Portion was so small had room for dessert so was really looking forward to sticky toffee pudding. It was cold and hard - unedible and I wasn't the only that had this problem. Those that ordered the eaton said they got very little meringue or in several cases none. One of our group asked at bar for change (so they put pay their portion of the bill) and was told to ask at the meal cashier, where they promptly told that it wasn't a bank!! You would think they would appreciate getting 28 people in January and make them feel welcome. Won't be back.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Attended here in a large group (approx 40) at 5pm. Although it had been booked in advance, they could not cope with group. Only 1 person to take food orders. A number of people ordered fish and chips and waiter came out calling "Fish and chips" but there was only fish on the plates - no chips. They were left waiting about 10 minutes before the chips arrived. They did say that the fish was lovely but was very unhappy not to get full dish together. We had to keep asking for knives, forks and napkins as none of these were supplied in advance of bringing out food and then they'd bring a glass with 5 or 6 sets and we'd have to ask for more. All in all, food was nice enough but service was very poor. Will keep to only going here for drinks.

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The Mercantile
Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Arranged to go here in a group of 12. Agreed set price menu was 3 course for €19.95, however, when we got there, they gave us a menu with separate prices. When I enquired if they had given us correct menu, we were told that the 3 course would be €21.50. While €1.55 is not much, it was very much the principal of them changing what they agreed in advance. As we were a party of 12, we were not in a position to change venue on a Saturday night. Eventually they agreed to honour their previous arrangement. The food was delicious and the service was very good. All in all would recommend but get in writing and special arrangements.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

A group of 18 of us headed here pre-opera in the NCH on October 9th. When booking for 5pm (the earliest time available) I was told that we would have to vacate by 7pm as they would have a second sitting after ours. I confirmed that this suited our group as opera commenced at 7:30pm. However, on the night we had to call over a waiter and ask them to take our order as we feared we would be late. 1 waiter took a drinks order and when a different one was sent with it, he walked past our table twice although we called him to say that it was our order. While the food was lovely though nothing exceptional giving the expense, I would recommend going when you can relax and spend a lot of time between service. As it was, we had to rush our food, again ask for the bill explaining again that we had to leave in a hurry and literally run up the road to NCH. Not very pleasant way to end your meal. Restaurant itself is really lovely and there is a really nice smoking area outside.

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

Sounds like a really great idea. Buffet where you can try all different dishes but dishes available are far less than what is on the menu. Some of the starters were cold and othes just luke warm. Not all dishes were named and very few sauces available so left with plate of dry food. The only saving point was dessert - the cheescake was so light and it was the only thing I went back for seconds of. Unfortunately one of its selling points for dessert - the ice-cream machine was not working. All in all it was ok.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a Saturday at 5pm with 6 others. Our table wasn't ready when we got there so were told to sit upstairs but had barely sat down when we were called down to our table. The Apres Work menu was what had brought us there as it was advertised as 2 courses for €14. I presumed this meant I could order starter/main or main/dessert for this price but that's not how it works. You order 1 thing from the starter, 1 from main and 1 from sides. All three are brought in separate bowls at same time. The portions are very small. One of our party went for the main menu instead of this cheaper option as was told that she would have to wait 45 minutes for pork chops to be cooked! All agreed that food was delicious but that you'd really need to go for main menu for normal portions. Waitresses seemed to only be part-timers as they dd not know the dishes as my meal was almost dumped in my lap with several fries dropping everywhere - as they were overdone I wasn't too unhappy. Dessert was really delicious so all in all a nice experience.

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Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant (Near Dublin Zoo)
30-32 Parkgate Street, Parkgate Street, Dublin

Went here with four others and went for the two course option for €24.95 which includes a steak option. Everybody really enjoyed the food. Portions were generous and service was very efficient. It was one of the girls birthday and I was allowed to bring my own cake which was duly plated and presented and our waitress even went to the bother of getting some candles. Would definitely go back.

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Two of us dined here before theatre and availed of the two for one offer. We ordered the chicken with champ and bangers and mash and were deligted wth both. The chicken dish had a breast and leg which was very generous when the total for both dishes was only €14.95. Would definitely reccomend a visit. The bar and niteclub is also well worth a visit. Could make a whole night of it.

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Ristorante Romano
12 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Six of us dined here on 15/01/10. Restaurant is basic but we were comfortably seated so looked forward to our meal. We all ordered dishes with pasta which was like rubber as if it had been overcooked. My chicken dish, Pasta Il Pollo, had a lovely sauce and it was such a pity that such a basic thing in an Italian restaurant as pasta let the dish down. Two people did have a desert but the overall impression was disappointment. Prices were reasonable enough if food was good but will not be returning.

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The Quays Irish Restaurant
10-12 Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had lunch here today with a friend. We both opted for the €10 lunch menu. She had the fish and chips and while the chips were a little on the overdone side, she said the fish was excellent. I had the beef stew with mash and thoroughly enjoyed it. We sat for some time after our meal and nobody rushed us to leave. Will definitely re-visit.

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Wallace's Taverna
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Dined here with 9 others. We were seated for some time without anyone offering to organise a drink or to take our order. We had to ask someone to come and take order and request drinks at same time. There was no bread on table and this was only brought out after starters were served without butter. The restaurant was uncomfortably hot but then when they turned on fans, which blew a cool breeze around the room, we had just gootten out main course and these were cold in no time. I had the spaghetti bolognese which was basically a plate of pasta with a sprinkling of tasteless meat on top (jar of Dolmio has better flavour). My dessert, which was listed as "home made" passion fruit consisted of a tart filled with cream and a minute piece of fruit served with a large dollop of ......cream. Will not be returning.

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

My only coplaint really was about the menu. It is printed on a dark orange and the descriptions are in very small writing. Add the dark lighting meand it is very hard to read. And that's just the food one. The one for drinks would require a magnifying glass! Having said that the six of us that dined here enjoyed our meal. It was good value for money - no frills.

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Charlies Four
8 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Seven of us visited here and while it's pretty plain, the most important thing, the food, is excellent. Everybody enjoyed their food which was very cheap. I had breast of chicken and fried rice with an orange for €9.80. Now, where would you get that? Would definitely go back again.

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had a really great night here. Atmosphere really gets you going - not for anyone looking for a quiet meal with lots of conversation. Food was lovely, reasonaby priced. Staff very helpful. The only complaint I'd have would be the lack of waiting area and the fact that you have to wait when the table you booked is not ready for 1/2 hour later.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited on a Saturday night in a group of 8. We originally booked for 7 and when needed to add an extra person at last minute, were told that they had no other table that the one allocated to us, which was a round one and if were ok squeezing up, it was ok with us. This was acceptable to us. We had been told that if we didn't arrive withing 15 minutes of our booking that we would lose our table, so when some of us arrived 10 minutes early we had to stand aroung waiting on our table as there is no waiting area. Anyway, once we got seated, we were serves by a very stressed waiter, who when we asked for a jug of water told us he couldn't leave us the jug as he had only 2 jugs. Once we were served, however, we had a very enjoyable meal and by the end of the night he had calmed down and actually smiled. There was no rush put on us to vacate our seats, which was appreciated. We had 8 main courses, two bottles of wine and a glass of beer for €202.20 (€25.20 each) which was reasonable for city centre.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

We went to Eden on Friday 25th May. First impressions were good when a friendly waitress came to look after us. As we were ordering wine for the table and time was taken up with this, the delay with the starters wasn't so noticeable and everyone enjoyed them when they arrived. But alas, two hours after arrival and we were still waiting on our main course and nobody came to explain or apologize for the delay. It certainly was not worth waiting on and was poor to mediocre. My particular dish, Guinness Stew, was so overdone it was like leather. We rounded up the bill with a small tip and were questioned on this! I explained why and we were offered liquors to appease us. Too little too late, I'm afraid.

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