Restaurant Reviews from Ledbowie

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Last Visit: 24 November 2013

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The Orgialla Restaurant @ Oriel House

Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork

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Cuisine:
European

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Good
7 reviews

Reviewed 18th February 2008 ( visited 15th February 2008 )

Just back from this hotel after a weekend break with my girlfriend. Dinner booked for 8pm on Friday, well decorated with some attractive artwork, also lots of space between the tables – so even though it was full, the restaurant felt quiet/private, which was great. We ordered the soup of the day, and smoked chicken starter, both were very good. For mains I ordered the duck (medium rare) and my girlfriend ordered the steak (well done). When they arrived, the duck was overcooked, and dry, and the steak was hard! It was like they had been re-heated. We sent these back, and the waitress was extremely apologetic, and arranged for the food to be re-cooked from scratch. Thankfully we had plenty of good wine to pass the wait, when they came out again they were succulent and cooked perfectly! Overall it was a pleasant evening – thanks to the lovely waitress and attentive staff. The service in fact was top notch, including home-made chocolates on a tray after dinner, the head waitress knew a bit about wine which always helps. The breakfast on both mornings is great too – and a must if you are staying. Food in the bar is also excellent – great deal on a T-bone steak!
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The Merrion Inn Bar & Kitchen restaurant

188 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
40 reviews

Reviewed 06th December 2007 ( visited 06th December 2007 )

I work across the road from the M1 as it is known locally, and frequent often for lunch and or drinks. Its an okay pub, the food is reasonable, fresh and tasty, but a bit over priced €6 for a sandwish with a bag of crisps, no drink or sides. Can be a good spot on pay day though. Staff are good craic.
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Toto Ristorante Italiano
8 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Nice little Italian restuarant on Talbot street. Stopped in last evening with my wife on the way home from work. They had an early bird menu of starter and pizza/pasta with a glass of wine for €14 each. For and extra €7 you could upgrade to a full bottle of wine (it was a Tuesday, so was sensible for a change). Starter choices were fine - Soup/Garlis Bread/Bruschetta/Crostini and the mains was any pizza/pasta dish. Food was good (but not 'special' if you know what I mean?), service was friendly, price was great. It was busy for a Tuesday which is great to see, alas this meant seating was alittle cramped. Otherwise no complaints.

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Angel Park Eatery
5 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had lunch here yesterday, having previously only tried a take away sandwich. The seating area is downstairs; the space is small and was therefore a bit cramped. Right, on to the food. I had the 'Empire State' sandwich which came a lovely baguette, (not cuisine de France, but a proper homemade chunky one). The fillings were very good quality and the accompanying sides were good. Nice little carrot and raisin salad. The plate it was served on was very long and narrow and a little cumbersome, but it did look good :)! All in all pretty good, but pricey for a sandwich at nearly €12 + tip.

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited here with friends on saturday evening for the early bird menu. Its my first time and won't be my last. Firstly it is fantastic value at €23.50 for three courses including sirloin steak. The space inside is well decorated and feels comfortable, and the service is welcoming and very friendly. I had the rissotto to start and it was excellent, followed by the bouillabaisse. I really enjoyed this, it had plenty of plump prawns and other fish. When we finished our meal, coffee etc. it was getting close to the time for the later diners (the early bird runs to 6pm on a Saturday), but the owner kindly offered us seats outside. As it was a nice evening we took up this offer and were comped a round of drinks. This is my book was a fantastic touch in a world where pack 'em in and get 'em out can prevail. The 5 at our table were very complimentary of the food/service and all will be back.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This is an aoutstanding restaurant and they have also trimmed their food prices somewhat. But judging on the service/food we received I would not say they have skimped on either. The greeting we got was great, made us feel really welcome/wanted, and it was never imposing. There are a few choices of menus, the 4-course dinner, the tasting and the vegetarian (which is really just items from the other menus). We opted for the 4 course dinner menu which has a decent choice, but be warned you don't always get what you expect; i ordered a taste of tomato salad and damsons (with various other items in the title I can't remember), but I got a soft tomatoe/basil infused jelly, with very small pieces of tomato and dried damsons on top. It was however very, very yum! All the rest of the food was excellent, with 2 exceptions, my mash wasn't great (slightly over worked) and my wife's rib of beef was not seasoned. The coffee/tea comes with an amazing array of chocolates and cakes..., happy faces all around! Guys, this is worth a try and I would recommend the Irish Coffee to finish your meal, well worth it! However careful on the wine, as it runs up your bill somewhat :) I had this in as 4 stars, but I've just read through my review and changed it to 4.5

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Just back from lunch at Luigi Malone’s, it’s been a while since I was here so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The lunch menu is pretty good, with a generous selection of food for €9.95 incl a soft drink or bottle of water. (Extra €2 for beer/wine). So value wise it’s not bad at all. We had a group of 8 and there were no complaints, I had the club sandwich with fries, which was very good. Top marks for the coleslaw on the side which was yum. My only complaint, and I hasten to add that this applies to most eateries in Dublin, get bigger bread slices. They are quiet small at Luigi’s and struggle to hold the filling. If sliced bread is to be used, please get a large catering pan, or use a bloomer style bread cut in half instead of quarters! The small 4inch by 4inch squares just aren’t big enough folks! Not sure if you wanted a long leisurely lunch this would be the place to go. The girl running around with the headset on was quite off-putting. Imagine a fast food joint in the US and you’ll know what I mean. Just felt like you may be rushed out if someone arrived…..

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

A bit disappointing. The IFSC has no shortage of places to eat at lunch time and the Harbourmaster is always reasonably busy. I decided to give it a try as I was meeting a friend halfway between workplaces! Have to say the menu for lunch is expensive. No main course below €10. In the end I opted for the French Sausage & Mash, my friend had the Club Sandwich. Anyway the sausage & mash wasn't bad, although the red-wine gravy (jus :)) lacked onions and reduction, it had an undercooked wine taste, not the rich deep flavour I would expect when I prepare this at home. There was also not enough mash (which lacked seasoning) to match the gravy. The club sandwich looked fairly standard, but the wedges were impressive. With 2 coffees it came to over €26. This is expensive for lunch, particularly with no drinks (soft or otherwise). Not sure if I will be back.

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Royal Plaza
Meakstown, North Dublin, Finglas, Dublin

We've ordered take-away from here a few times, it's not bad. Good value and they throw a few freebies when you spend over certain amounts. Delivery is also very quick. Never been in for a sit down, seems to attract a less than desireable crowd at the weekends, (can be seen smoking outside the front door) which is off putting.

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The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I left The Port House last night with a smile and a statement that i wish I lived near one of these fine establishments. Great selection of Spanish Red wines, which are my personal fav! Big selection of wel priced tapas! And they embraced the VAT cut as shown by the lack of round numbers on the menu prices! (plus the signs all around the place were a giveaway :)) The atmosphere and decor are spot on, you could be anywhere. Staff are friendly and not obtrusive! We finished our food and there was no rush to leave, even though others were waiting on tables (you can't book a table here). Unfortunately I live on the other side of the city... :(!

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Wagamama Dundrum
Unit G1, Building 12, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

First timer to any Wagamama, and whilst the food is very good (and indeed fresh due to being served as soon as it's ready), I can't say i'm a fan of the service. The idea of starting my food when my wife hasn't gotten hers yet is not really what I want to do. It's a style of service that means someone is always sitting there when others are eating! The Food itself was good though, the side of squid I had was excellent, perfect texture and just the right seasoning. My main of prawns in a coconut and lime curry was good, but light on the prawns for nearly €15. It's generally a bit more expensive than some similar menu’s around, but I haven't tried all their food, so can't compare on that basis. The staff are very friendly, but slightly intrusive, I like being asked that everything is okay, but not every 5-10 mins by 4 different people. Use your O2 treats if you have them and get one main course for free. I'd go back, but only in a larger group so that no-one feels left out on the eating front.

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The Oval Bar
78 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Had some food here on Monday before a gig in the Academy. Not bad, decent burger and chips. Bangers and mash looked great though. Service was fine, prices were a bit steep for pub grub. The pint of Guinness was good, but it still kills me in Dublin having to pay more than €4 for a pint of anything. The quicker they publicans learn the more money they'll make. There is nothing like the sheer joy you get when a pint is less than 4 quid :)!

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Leo Burdock's
Unit 20 Swan Centre, Rathmines Road Lower, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Note this review is for the Leo Burdocks in the Food Hall on Abbey street. Disappointing guys... Small plate = small portions, fish + chips + coke was €9.50. If the quality was good I wouldn't mid, but the chips were greasy and the batter wasn't crispy. I was very jealous when I saw my friends burrito :(!

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Popped in for dinner after the matinee show of Pymalion at the Abbey theatre on Saturday (btw, well worth seeing before the run ends). We had a table booked for 5pm, and it was busy, the head waiter turned away several groups from the door due to bookings etc. Firstly we ordered a bottle of wine and that was decent for a house white. The first course can out very quickly, we put this down to the order – chowder for me and soup for my wife. Obviously these would be ready to go. We took our time, and they were very good, lots of smoked haddock in my chowder, and great brown bread. However the minute the plates were lifted the main course arrived – this was too quick for us, and it was a pity as the food again was very. I had the hake and my wife had the bangers and mash. We had coffees afterwards and weren’t rushed at all. The staff were very friendly and recommended items from the menu and had a good understanding of the food. I really liked this place despite the food being brought so quickly, and I will return. Pretty good value too!

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Tried here on the 'free burger' deal from menu pages. Nice restuarant and the food stands up to the quality of output from the other eateries in the Westbury. Presentation is excellent, staff were friendly, and lunch isn't rushed. Best guacamole ever! Its a bit pricey for burger and chips (€15), but as I wasn't paying this time.....

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Best value in town - early bird/lunch menu is €8.95 for two courses and a glass of house wine (this is drinkable which is a plus :)). I had the salad starter/side which was okay, but my ariabiata was very good. My friends had pizza's which looked excellent, and I was told they tasted very good. I liked the thin bases (reminded me of Trastevera in Rome). I'll come back with my wife some evening soon and try it out.

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Osborne Brasserie @ The Portmarnock Hotel
Strand Road, North Co. Dublin, Portmarnock, Dublin

We ate here on Saturday as part of our overnight stay package. It was a 3 course dinner, with a bottle of the house wine. We have eaten at the restaurant previously and have always enjoyed the food. This visit was no exception, once again the serving staff were excellent. Very friendly and attentive. There is no rush on getting you to finish your meal and we enjoyed a leisurely 2 hour dinner! The food itself was beautifully presented, more like fine dining than standard hotel fare! Tasted great too, I had the chicken liver parfait followed by the lamb ballantine, and my wife had the soup, with the chicken as a main course. All in all a very enjoyable evening and we will return.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

First time to Koh, heard a good deal about the restaurant, and most of it possitive. We had lunch, and the menu is extensive and good value. The food matches the description and is very good, I had the Singapore Noodles with prawns (king and very fresh). Decor in here is decent, and they have a chic cocktail bar at the front which I must try soon!

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Frankies Italian Bar and Grill
42 Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

We booked Frankies on the recommendation from a friend. There were 8 of us and we had the early sitting on a Saturday evening. Firstly the staff were very helpful, and did not rush us despite some of our party arriving late. As its Xmas and we were a group we had the set menu (€30 standard and €40 with fillet steak). There is a good choice, including 1 vegetarian main course, and several starters. I had the buffalo mozzarella, followed by the fillet steak, which was cooked very well; I like my steak rare which can be hard to get in Dublin, great fries too! The complimentary side dishes were plentiful, so much so that we didn’t get through everything! The deserts were very good, and we had no complaints. The restaurant has undergone a decent refurb since its Fitzers days, which is no bad thing. Overall an enjoyable evening.

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Masterson's Steakhouse & Wine Bar
17 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

Visited this restaurant on Friday, after getting a few recommendations, glad we booked a table as it was very busy. The service was friendly and professional from the moment we arrived. Seating was a little tight where we were, (against the wall to the left) but I believe that they are due to open the upstairs which will provide more room. We duly ordered steak, I had the fillet surf n turf and my wife had the beef medallions. The fillet steak was excellent, and cooked perfectly, which is hard to get in Ireland most of the time as I like the steak rare. Very tender and the accompanying sauces were excellent. The chips were nice and crispy, and home made. Decent coffee rounded off a very good meal. Not bad value either! We’ll go again and probably bring some friends.

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Oscar Taylor Restaurant
Island View Hotel, Coast Road, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

We had the carvery in the bar part of this restaurant. Have to say it was very good, large portion, and the cabbage wasn't overcooked, which is a triumph! Might have been the long walk beforehand in the fresh November weather, but this was a very enjoyable dinner. I would re-visist!

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Patrick Guilbaud
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

This was our first time to the restaurant and we had received a voucher as a wedding present. The booking we made was for 8 o’clock and at no time during the meal did we feel rushed, there really is a relaxing atmosphere about the place, from the décor to the service, which is attentive and polite without seeming intrusive. When we arrived we were offered drinks in the lounge and had time to peruse the menus, which included the very extensive wine list. (A word of note, the tasting menu is not available on Saturday evenings.) Having made our choices for food and wine, and finished our pre dinner drink we were escorted into the main dining room. A lot of thought has gone into the design of the restaurant; the tables are well spread out and private. You sit inverted to your partner which is great for chatting etc. The wine and water we ordered were at our table when we were seated (nice touch). Now on to the food, there was a pre starter of Carpaccio of tuna with wasabi paste, this was a first for my wife and she enjoyed it. It was excellent and whetted the appetite for what was to come. The bread was fresh, tasty and beautifully made. The starters of truffle tortellini and crab cannelloni were excellent, some of the best pasta I’ve ever tasted. For the mains we had the roasted turbot with tarragon sauce and the wild mushroom risotto. Now, the only problem with the whole meal – the rice was slightly over cooked, this was disappointing as the flavours were exceptional. The fish was delicious and the sides were well suited. My wife ordered a strawberry desert which was good and I had a cheese board – has to be seen to be believed - 18 cheeses to choose from! There were numerous petite fors after dinner. All in all this is an expensive night out, but if you have a very special occasion I can’t recommend it enough. The patron Patrick Guilbaud came around to say hello and make sure everything was to our liking. Just go and don’t worry about the price!

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Maia Restaurant
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Had lunch here with a few friends here today. This was first time, and won't be the last. Great €10 lunch menu with a selection of panini's, pastas, salads etc. I had the pastrami panini which was very good, their house fries are great. Need to supply mustard as a condement, but otherwise this is an excellent lunch option.

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Nandos (Dundrum)
Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I've been here a few times, and I really like the hot chicken, the portion of chips can be on the small side, but it is a tasty meal. The selection of sauces are great too. The one problem is the price, this is afterall chicken & chips! It is too expensive, which means the overall experience is only good, if the pricing was more realistic, and I mean 30% cheaper it would be great! Pity!

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The Drawing Rooms
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Afternoon tea at the Merrion Hotel, what more can I say? I booked this as a surpise for my wife, as its something we have meant to do for ages. As Hugo Drax said to James Bond "You have arrived at a propitious moment, considered to be your country's (England) one indisputable contribution to Western Civilization: Afternoon tea. May I press you to a cucumber sandwich?" This was everything we expected and more. The food is scrumptious (needs more sandwiches and less cakes), the surroundings are elegant, service is brilliant, there was one girl who seemed to be just looking after myself and my wife for over 2 hours! The art work twist on afternoon tea is very enjoyable and fun (don’t forget to take the cards with you!). They also have a lovely courtyard garden with a novel sundial/statue of James Joyce. But note this is not a cheap afternoon out, might be good to share one between 2!

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My wife and I visited this restaurant on Saturday night. We went for the early sitting at 7pm, as were offered this or 9.30pm by the receptionist when we booked. We were looking forward to the experience; this is a restaurant with a very good reputation, and having read the reviews on MenuPages my expectations were high. Thankfully I was not disappointed. I will start by saying that this is not the best restaurant I have been to, but the service was by far the best I have seen in Dublin. There is not a huge choice on the menu(s), and I believe they concentrate more on quality. I ordered from the €65 set menu, and my wife ordered a main course from the a la carte menu. We received several amuse-bouche between courses, which consisted of a sweet corn veloute, apple jelly with tyme sorbet, and a coconut and chocolate mouse. All were delicious! On to the dinner itself, I had confit of salmon, which was unusual, but really retained the salmon taste, the belly of pork which was accompanied by various other pork offerings, all very good. (Best crackling I ever had!). The desert was chocolate cheery cake. Food was great, presentation beautiful, service excellent and the restaurant itself was very pleasant. We didn’t see the hosts though, and the portions were as you would expect – small…..

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had a group dinner at this restaurant last night, we ordered off the early bird set menu. Its good value at €19.99 for 2 courses, there are 3 choices for each course. I went for the French Onion Soup (of course!) and the beef and ham bourguignon. The onion soup was excellent, very hearty with plenty of cheese and croutons, I was a little disappointed with the stew it was extremely salty, however the beef was tender and the gravy was rich! This a small restaurant and it feels homely, if a little cramped. Great espresso and good service made the evening enjoyable; however I’m not sure I would go back in a hurry. The wine menu is expensive so be careful….

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The Bay Restaurant @ Walters
68 Georges Street Upper, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I had lunch in here with some clients on Wednesday. It was very quiet, which is more a sign of the times than the quality of the food. It was sandwiches all round which were well prepared and very good. The open chicken came on lovely brown bread, and with a very good side salad, the coleslaw and potato salad tasted homemade. The side order of French Fries were lovely and crisp. Not too bad price wise either. Good place form lunch!

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WILDE
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here on the 1st July after seeing the voucher on Menupages (thank you Menupages). This is not somewhere I had heard of before, but being the Westbury I was expecting a good standard. I was not disappointed, from the moment we arrived the service and welcome was exceptional. We opted for the 3-course set menu which is €30 per person, even without the 2 for 1 voucher this represents great value. The choice for all courses is excellent for a set menu and covers all tastes. It is not just the food you get, but the extra’s including a complimentary glass of wine because we booked through Menupages, excellent and endless breads and dips, homemade chocolates. And to top it off all diners are presented with a small package containing the seasoning they use on their steaks as you leave. The quality of the food, level of service and welcome means that we will be back to Wilde! It was disheartening to see that the restaurant was very quiet, however I expect that is due to not many people knowing about it. I would urge anyone looking for a high quality dining experience at reasonable prices to try here! This gets my highest rating so far on MenuPages!

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

We saw the specials for this restaurant on their website and decided to try it on Friday night as we were meeting friends in town. We were sitting at 7pm, and a good number of the restaurants around the area were sparsely populated, but not Toscana’s, they were very busy, with all tables full. This lead to a very pleasant atmosphere, which was helped by our waiter, who was very good; he was friendly, helpful and funny. We ordered from the set menu which gives 2 courses for 2 people and a bottle of wine for €60, with an option to get a desert for €3. I was surprised by the choices on offer, which included steak and seafood options amongst the more standard set menu fare of chicken and salmon. I had the garlic mushrooms to start which were thankfully not bread-crumbed, but came in rich creamy sauce. They were plentiful. For the main course I ordered the chicken and tiger prawn linguini. This was delicious; the tiger prawns were more like langoustines in size and flavour. We opted for the white wine, which was very quaffable and a definite crowd pleaser. My fiancé and I shared a desert which was apple crumble, a bit small but had a nice texture and was warmed through. Coffees were strong!. Two of our party had the steak and it was as good as I’ve tasted in a while. This definitely gets my recommendation, and I will be back.

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I’ve never been to TGI’s before, and fancied something bold on Friday after work. The lure of pints for €4 and cocktails for €5 may also have been a factor. The restaurant is a very American affair and reminded me of the ESPN Zone in New York, New York hotel in Las Vegas. The food is what you would expect, big and bold, with little attention paid to details. It is however very tasty, and the Jack Daniels sauce is excellent. The girl that waited on our table was pleasant and friendly, and she checked a few times to make sure everything was okay. The drinks are good value, but the food is slightly over priced. Good for a night out and big feed, just don’t expect any flair!

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had the set lunch menu here on Sunday, very good value at €20 for 3 courses and tea/coffee. There is a good choice on offer, and the food was very good. Being a Sunday in the run up to Christmas the restaurant was very busy, however there were no issues with service as this restaurant has an abundance of staff. We started with the chicken satay and the duck rolls, both were very tasty, although the duck wasn’t piping hot. For mains we had beef noodles and a spicy prawn phad. Both were tasty and spicey, the king prawns were plentiful which is always good! Deserts were good, especially the choc chip ice cream! Great value, atmosphere and service made this an enjoyable afternoon. Recommended.

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MV Cill Airne Boat Bar & Restaurant
MV Cill Airne, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin

First time to the Cill Airne on Saturday night and it is a great venue. We were in the Blue River Bistro Bar, we had reserved an area for a group dinner. The staff were very helpful when we had extra people and asked for another table. There were 17 of us in total, and there were no long waits for courses. The food was okay, I had the chowder to start, followed by the fish and chips. Some of my friends had the fish too, and it varied in quality, mine was not one of the best pieces, but it was tasty. My fiancé had the sirloin steak and hers was a bit fatty, however the other steak eaters had no complaints. Some of our group were worried that the boat may be rocking, but it was very steady on the night. All in all, the food was reasonable, but not brilliant, the service was very good, and the venue is excellent.

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was here last night for one of the Menupages nights. This was our first time at the restaurant and our first time at one of the arranged nights. And we will be back to both! The night proved a great chance to meet new people and have a great meal. Sinead, the host was excellent. The food at the restaurant was very good, and we couldn't find fault. Wine flowed and the service was the best we have experienced in a long time. Thanks Sinead!

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

My girlfriend always talks about Milano’s, as she goes quiet regularly for lunch, but until Friday I had never been. They don’t take bookings on a Friday for parties with less than 7 people. We had to wait for 15 mins for a free table, so not too bad. There is no early bird special, but we had a voucher for 2 for 1 main course. The restaurant was busy, but the staff were attentive, our waiter was friendly and helpful. We both went for a starter which I can’t remember the name of, but it was risotto rice balls in breadcrumbs. When they arrived, they were lukewarm, and lacked in flavour, as did the accompanying dip. So a disappointing starter, most likely re-heated. On to the mains, we both went for the Romano pizza bases which were impressive, very light and thin, reasonably crispy too. I had the diavola pizza (‘devilishly hot with………’), which was very tasty, but not spicy at all. We ended with the combo coffee and ice cream, which was lovely. Overall, it was reasonable fair, but I did have higher expectations from the Theo Randall backed chain. Also beware the glasses of wine are expensive! I would go back, but just for the pizzas.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

We ate here as part of group of 12 on Saturday. We were booked in for the early bird menu which is €29 for 3 courses, so value wise it is not bad. The restaurant itself was pretty quiet, which I suppose is a sign of the times. We were given plenty of bread whilst we got settled, and it was excellent, good start Eden! There are 4 choices for each course, I opted for the sorreno ham and portobello mushroom, it was light on the sorreno ham, and the portobello mushroom was on the small side. It did taste good, but could have been better. Some of the group had the baked smokies, (smoked haddock in a cream sauce), they went down well. For the main I had the baked cod with butter beans and chorizo, whilst the flavours were okay, there were a few issues. The piece of cod was more like half a standard piece. The chorizo had not been fried, but boiled in the sauce, and was cut slightly on the thick side. The dish could also do with some form of starch, as the butter beans did little to soak up the soup-like sauce. For desert I had the ice-cream which was good. 3 bottles of wine for the table, and a few drinks and the total bill came to €50 each incl the automatic 12.5% service charge. Beware this is added once you have 6 or more at a table. The restaurant is pleasant inside and the service was good, our waiter was friendly and chatty. Looking at the full menu/prices, I would struggle to justify the cost for the food; however the early bird is a good option, the service being the highlight.

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Taco Taco
Unit 19 Epicurean Food Hall, Liffey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Fisrt time trying Taco Taco in the food hall, and it won't be the last. The burrito's were good and tasty, hold together really well which makes for easy eating. Only downside, they weren't piping hot, and I would like mine with a few jalapenos. I'll know to ask for these the next time. Good eats, good value and a damn sight better than alot of other fast food outlets.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had dinner here on Saturday night as part of a group of 12. The restaurant was very accommodating as we had changed our number twice during the day! The food was very good, plenty of bread on the tables, which was great as I had mussels to start! These were well cooked, soft and tasty! They have an extensive array of steaks on the menu as you would expect, and none of these disappointed. I opted for a one of the daily specials, which was a sirloin steak with deep fried aubergine rings. I like my steak rare, and it came as order, the meat was tender and cooked perfectly. One of our group ordered the T-bone steak which was served with a number of trimmings on a wooden board. It was an impressive sight, although he said that the fillet side of the t-bone was on the small side. You can request any size steak, and the base price is loaded accordingly, so the meat must be freshly cut, and not frozen portions! We had a few drinks and coffee to finish, and there was no rush on us leaving, even though it was busy. The food off the main menu here is very good, but be warned it is not cheap!!! The early bird set menu, which serves up to the 7.30pm is good value though.

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Surma
43 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

My friend celebrated her birthday here on Saturday night, so it was my first time at the restaurant. The dining area is small, but they accommodated our group of 15 at one large L-shaped table. The service was good, and they had no problem waiting for us, as some of the party were late. Personally I had the boti kebabs to start, which is a lightly spiced lamb. It was tender and was freshly cooked. For the mains I had prawn Jalfrezi and whilst not as hot as in most other restaurants; was tasty, and there was no shortage of prawns. I suspect however that the prawns were frozen; as they lacked a distinct flavour of their own. Overall the food was fine, decent portions, and in recessionary times good value.

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Da Neros Trattoria
Seamus Ennis Road (Above Xtra Vision) , North Dublin, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times, and visited again for dinner on Friday night. Firstly and as on the other occasions the restaurant was very quiet, this is disappointing, it is a pleasing restaurant and the food is well priced and of good quality. Secondly, there have been a few negative reviews regarding the staff and the accuracy of orders; however I’ve never had a problem on this front. The staff were attentive, and made us feel welcome at every turn. The food was good, steak was cooked perfectly, and the pasta was good. Once again the presentation is a bit sloppy and this must be addressed. This is a small restaurant, the food is good and very reasonably priced, and it is well worth a try. Finglas is an area barren of good (any) eateries, and it would be a terrible shame if more people didn’t start frequenting DaNero’s.

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Old Plaza Restaurant
Unit 20, 1st Floor, The Plaza, Swords, Dublin

Passed by this restaurant on Friday evening and saw that have a new Thai Food Menu since the 1st February, so why not….. We just missed the early bird weekend menu on Friday (it finishes at 7.30), so had to settle for full price fair, but that was okay. This is a large restaurant with a canteen style layout – although the décor is authentic “Chinese”. It would be a great place for a big group, not so good for a romantic couple like us! It’s very bright inside, due to an extremely well lit ceiling, and floor to ceiling windows on both sides instead of walls, which add to the glare. On to the food, the waiting staff were very pleasant and prompt. We stuck to just a main course and a drink, 1 glass of white wine and a bottle of beer. I ordered the Thai Green Curry and my fiancé had the chilli chicken, we felt that the food came a bit quick, so had initial reservations. The curry was good, with plenty of king prawns, much more than usual, although I suspect they were frozen. The chilli chicken was also generous. Presentation of food was good too, which helps. We finished with coffees and the bill was €55 excl tips, which was expensive for this type of food. I would go back with a big group as the dining room is suited for this, i.e. lacks intimacy! Make sure you get there for the early bird options.

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had lunch here on Wednesday last week, it was a late start 2:15pm, so the restaurant was empty, we got the last few minutes of the lunch menu. However the food was decent fair, and portions were pretty good for the price. The naan bread was great! The price very reasonable, 2 courses for €10. The décor is early 90’s Indian restaurant style but is cosy. The service was attentive; so I would go back for lunch, and might try it for dinner some time. I wouldn’t recommend if you were trying to impress someone, but if you were just looking for a tasty Indian dinner, you could do a lot worse.

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ZAO Thai Restaurant
96B Omni Park Shopping Centre, Swords road , North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

Had the early bird here before going to see a film last Tuesday. It’s priced at €19.90 for starter, main, ice-cream and tea/coffee. 6pm when we arrived so very quiet. Waiters were friendly and attentive, but the food was ready a bit quick, which is not always a good sign. Generally the quality was okay, but I would struggle to pay the full price for it. We have a coke and a litre of water which came to €10, so they get you there. All in all pleasant enough, but I won’t be rushing back.

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La Cave
28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here as part of a large group, and we had the upstairs part to ourselves which was great. The wine list was extensive, but was realatively expensive. However they did have a wine I was looking for that wasn't on their wine list! The food was decent without being fantastic, service was a little slow (to be expected in a large group). All in all pleasent.

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Il Corvo Restaurant
98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin

It’s been a while since I was in Il Corvo for dinner, I remember when it first opened, and was one of the better restaurants in this part of the city. The last time I was there, things had deteriorated, so much so that I have not been back in over 4 years. The recent reviews here did little to entice me back. However we were looking to give it another go, and whereas it wasn’t the best meal I have ever had, the food was far from the worst. The service was friendly and helpful, and they had numerous specials on, including a whole Sea bass, which was very good, and it came with lovely chunky chips. My girlfriend had chicken stuffed with ham and cheese, which was tasty, but the ham was poor quality. Coffee was good, the house white palatable! Finished with large complementary shots of Sambuca, and all in all, enjoyable, but some way to retain its former glory!

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Was part of a group eating here on Friday night for a friends birthday. The restaurant was very cramped, and we were placed at tables against the window (in the rear), but as the tables went from one wall to the other it was very difficult for those on the inside to get out, tables had to be moved, etc... Anyway on to the food, I had the calamari to start and it wasn't bad, but the portion was very small, with lots of lettuce, and a little dipping sauce. The main course of Chili Con Carne was very mild for me, and there was no option for a hotter version, very strange for a Mexican restaurant. A couple of the people had the chorizo starter which was excellent. Thankfully the wine was flowing and we had a good time. Finished with coffees which took ages. Overall the bill was expensive, and the experience less than satisfying. I would suggest that they pick either Italian or Mexican food, and concentrate on mastering one cuisine!

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Pacinos
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Well folks, I luckily had a 2 for 1 menupage voucher for here last night because only one of the main courses was worth the money! I've been a few times in the past and always had pasta, which is fine, nothing amazing, but it is reasonably tasty. Last night I had the Jalapeno Pizza which was good, plenty of toppings and a thin crispy base, no complaints there. Alas my other half went for the 10oz sirloin steak..... medium... what she got was not a 10oz steak (it was only about 1cm thick which is terrible) and it was well done, I tried to persuade her to send it back.... but we didn't. The price was over €25 for this. One of the worst steaks I've ever seen in a restaurant. The staff were generally very friendly, but one waitress did take away one plate before the other was finished, which is bad manners! Anyway guys, the rest of the restaurant is fine, the music was good, not too loud and there is a good buzz, (it was busy for a Tuesday night). Stick to the pasta/pizza and you'll be okay. As I said, just well the pizza was free...... My value mark is based on the prices without the voucher. P.s. they do not appear to have embraced the VAT reduction - shame on Pacino's

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Bella Cuba Restaurant
11 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We came here for the early bird menu before going to a concert in the RDS. Food was as always good and tasty however the portions were on the small side. Drunk chicken is a standout, although the chicken with Chorizo runs a close second! They were unable to provide a cake (it was my girlfriends birthday), however they had no problem letting me bring my own. Great cakes from Rolys Café next door! Unfortunately they didn’t have any of the passion fruit and mango tart, which was brilliant the last time we visited! Very enjoyable meal, although the service was a little slow.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Met my brother in the new Ballsbridge restaurant for lunch on Friday, very busy day for lunches, but thankfully we had booked a table. This is basically a burger joint and you get what you expect, the service was pretty slow, so give yourself some time. The variety of burgers is impressive with Venison and Wild Boar on the menu. I had the ‘Holy Moly’ which wasn’t as hot as advertised, but very tasty all the same. The burgers are pretty big and filling. Chunky chips were a let down though, not crispy, and very greasy. Overall it’s not bad, burgers are good, decor is funky, service is friendly but slow (at least the food is fresh). Would go back…..to try the venison burger!

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Popped in here on Friday with a few friends, we had no booking, but were seated after about 10/15mins. Staff were very friendly and recommended the ‘Tower of Beer’, which was 3 litres of beer in a tower with a beer tap at the bottom (you do get glasses). I had been to Captain Americas on several occasions, the last being before Christmas, I was very disappointed that time, and was wary on Friday night. I was pleasantly surprised this time, the food showed a dramatic improvement, as did the service. Great value all round, and recommended for a starting place on a night out.

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We went to Acapulco for dinner before a show on Friday night. Have to say really enjoyed it, not sure what Franp is talking about, I agree, this is not a 5 star restuarant, but its not supposed to be. I had a prawn starter which was tasty, and then the Chilli, which was very good, could have done with a few more kidney beans though. Mexican food is not fancy, and that’s part of the charm for most people, Acapulco delivers on the front, food is decent and reasonably priced too. Service was quick, efficient and friendly.

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Scavilles Lodge
Duncormick, Duncormick, Wexford

My girlfriend’s parents have a house in Duncormick, and we go down for the odd weekend. Normally end up eating in Scavilles Lodge. Being the only eatery in the area, they could skimp on the food quality. This is not the case. Whilst the bar/restaurant itself is not the most comfortable, and it could do with some re-decoration, the food/service cannot be questioned. Good menu, with plenty of options. Decent pint on draught, very good food, friendly service, and good food presentation. Home cut chips too! Should be tried if you are in the area, and don't be put off by the bar section at the front!

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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

Have been to this restaurant a few times, and went again last Friday. We love this place, staff are great, service is attentive, even on busy days. Atmosphere is bustling, but nicely lit so as to be intimate, which is good for this type of restaurant. As usual the food was excellent, exactly what you would expect, and it still has the best pizza in Dublin. You should go here at least once - light on the wallet too!

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

Just back from this hotel after a weekend break with my girlfriend. Dinner booked for 8pm on Friday, well decorated with some attractive artwork, also lots of space between the tables – so even though it was full, the restaurant felt quiet/private, which was great. We ordered the soup of the day, and smoked chicken starter, both were very good. For mains I ordered the duck (medium rare) and my girlfriend ordered the steak (well done). When they arrived, the duck was overcooked, and dry, and the steak was hard! It was like they had been re-heated. We sent these back, and the waitress was extremely apologetic, and arranged for the food to be re-cooked from scratch. Thankfully we had plenty of good wine to pass the wait, when they came out again they were succulent and cooked perfectly! Overall it was a pleasant evening – thanks to the lovely waitress and attentive staff. The service in fact was top notch, including home-made chocolates on a tray after dinner, the head waitress knew a bit about wine which always helps. The breakfast on both mornings is great too – and a must if you are staying. Food in the bar is also excellent – great deal on a T-bone steak!

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Casa Pasta (Clontarf)
55 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

I first reviewed this restaurant in January 2008 and found it to be good value. I was here last Thursday for a family birthday, we had a large group of 15, and they catered for us as well as possible in a small restuarant. Casa Pasta are child friendly which suited us as there were some very young children with us. That is about the best thing about the restaurant. The food was alright, but uninspiring, and the service was friendly but haphazard (took along time to get the attention of the waiting staff, and given the small size of the restaurant I found it strange). They no longer have a set menu, and the overall cost at the end was expensive given (and I hate the term) the current enviroment and the quality of the food on offer. Set menu of €18/19 for 3 courses incl tea/coffee would be appropriate. I will not be back in a hurry.

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The Martello (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

A large group of us had dinner in the restaurant part for New Years Eve; they catered for 17 at two large tables. It was an extensive set menu, and the food was good, if not great, steak was a little over cooked as I asked for medium. Overall we enjoyed the experience and the staff were very good. They didn't rush us out, and even gave free passes for the night club section of the bar. I'm docking this from 4 stars to 3, because the atmosphere was a bit dull, it wasn't full, which was surprising for New Years Eve, and the music wasn't the best.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Classes itself as a gastropub and beerhall. It consists of a restaurant which includes FX Buckley's and a beer hall. Its very relaxed and we were able to reserve a large table all evening. Service was brilliant and I would compliment all of the staff. Good mix of people, and all in fine spirits. Food was good, although if you are not into rare steaks, ask for a notch up on the cooking method - i.e. if you want medium-well done, ask for well-done. Great value too.

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

Have been here a few times, and have reviewed this restaurant in the past. (Giving it 4 and 3 stars respectively). Despite a couple of problems, I always enjoyed it, the food and friendly service made up for some shortcomings. We visited here for my birthday; it was an early booking so the restaurant wasn’t full. Disappointing is the word to describe the dinner, lacklustre service, mediocre food – all a let down, particularly since I had built the place up for my girlfriend who had never been. Starters were fine, and the bread is always good (I like cutting it myself). However my main course of Sea-bass was tragically overcooked, I say tragically because it is such a waste of nice bit of fish; showed little love for their job by the chef or indeed head waiter. The fish was stuck to the bones it was so dry, and the bean sauce was uninspired. The chicken that my girlfriend had was adequate. We ordered coffees and desserts, the coffees arrive promptly, but as we had to make it for a show at 8.30pm, 45 mins (and repeated promises) was too long to wait for dessert, so we cancelled that. A pity, and if this was a report card it would read: Previously competent, must now try much harder, a wasted talent!

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The Merrion Inn Bar & Kitchen
188 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I work across the road from the M1 as it is known locally, and frequent often for lunch and or drinks. Its an okay pub, the food is reasonable, fresh and tasty, but a bit over priced €6 for a sandwish with a bag of crisps, no drink or sides. Can be a good spot on pay day though. Staff are good craic.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Yamamori with my girlfriend, first time to try Japanese for me. We had to wait a few minutes for our table to be ready, but once seated the atmosphere was great. We could see into the kitchen, and there was a good buzz to the crowd, but not too load. Food was great for me, tried sushi for the first time - loved it, my girlfriend had chicken for her main, and wasn't overly impressed as the chicken had been boiled, which gives a much different taste - I finished if for her...definitely go back.

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Indie Spice Grill
Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Have gone to this restaurant a couple of times, always very enjoyable - atmosphere is great. So decided to try it for take out. Indie Spice don't deliver - but we don't live far, and the food was ready for collection when we got there. Only about 15/20 mins. Even better was the food, exactly the restaurant, 25% cheaper, and they threw in a salad and a veggie curry for free. I would recommend this to anyone who fancies a Friday/Saturday night in with a good meal.

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