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Ciao Bella Roma restaurant

24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 18th August 2013 ( visited 18th August 2013 )

You know when you imagine your Death Row Meal? Mine would be Ciao Bella Roma's Rigatoni alla Genovese. It's No. 20 on the menu. Juicy pieces of delicious beef, slow cooked with carrots, onions and celery and topped with a shed load of gorgeous parmesan. I don't give a flute about the decor and 80s straw place mats - the food here has never ever disappointed me. I've brought my friends and large groups here and not one person had anything negative to say about the food, ever (except that they were stuffed afterwards!) No, I'm not being commissioned to write this, I just absolutely love their food. Fantastic varied menu as well. And you can't beat their lunch set menu @12.50! I hope they never change. I'll be going to this place as long as it's around and I'm alive.
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Ciao Bella Roma restaurant

24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
260 reviews

Reviewed 18th August 2013 ( visited 18th August 2013 )

You know when you imagine your Death Row Meal? Mine would be Ciao Bella Roma's Rigatoni alla Genovese. It's No. 20 on the menu. Juicy pieces of delicious beef, slow cooked with carrots, onions and celery and topped with a shed load of gorgeous parmesan. I don't give a flute about the decor and 80s straw place mats - the food here has never ever disappointed me. I've brought my friends and large groups here and not one person had anything negative to say about the food, ever (except that they were stuffed afterwards!) No, I'm not being commissioned to write this, I just absolutely love their food. Fantastic varied menu as well. And you can't beat their lunch set menu @12.50! I hope they never change. I'll be going to this place as long as it's around and I'm alive.
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Hungry Mexican Restaurant @ Bodkins Bar
Bodkins Bar, 57 Bolton Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This is my new favourite restaurant in Dublin! It certainly lives up to its name; you need to be hungry before you come here! I had a pulled pork burrito with smokey salsa and it was SO. GOOD. We were given home made nachos for starters and they're the best I've had. The guac and salsa with them were delicious. The waitress was so lovely; efficient, polite and friendly. I can't wait to come back and I will come here for the next group dinner I'm organizing.

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Pitt Bros Smoked BBQ
Unit 1, Wicklow House, Georges St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I. LIKE IT. There's definitely room for some improvement though. The meats that I tried (pork (kinda hot, by the way!) ribs, brisket), although tasty, was unexpectedly dry and the coleslaw is - without a shadow of a doubt - one of the nastiest foods I have ever ever clapped eyes or mouth on; I agree with kpersons on that one. The onion rings, mash, mac n cheese and corn on the cob are top notch. I love the layout and the decor. Single tables along the sides with picnic bench seating in the middle. Think Wagamamas. The music is always great. The staff have always been super pleasant, helpful and attentive. In short - big portions, great value for money, and a free ice cream at the end! Overall pleasant dining experience (but dear God, please change that coleslaw!!)

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IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Yes, so most of my reviews are pretty generous, but not without good reason. The Cafe Bar at the IFI is a little gem. The only problem I've had here is not being able to decide what I want/ food envy! They have a really good selection of veggie options too and their chunky chips (sooo good) haven't changed since I've been going there (12 years). I recommend the Buffalo Wings if you're just peckish and the burger, with everything, if you're about to collapse from hunger (guacamole and bacon - what a combo). Gotta try the Salmon Pasta next! Great atmosphere here too. Lovely place to catch up with friends and nicely casual too. Keep an eye out for their movie & dinner specials.

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

You know when you imagine your Death Row Meal? Mine would be Ciao Bella Roma's Rigatoni alla Genovese. It's No. 20 on the menu. Juicy pieces of delicious beef, slow cooked with carrots, onions and celery and topped with a shed load of gorgeous parmesan. I don't give a flute about the decor and 80s straw place mats - the food here has never ever disappointed me. I've brought my friends and large groups here and not one person had anything negative to say about the food, ever (except that they were stuffed afterwards!) No, I'm not being commissioned to write this, I just absolutely love their food. Fantastic varied menu as well. And you can't beat their lunch set menu @12.50! I hope they never change. I'll be going to this place as long as it's around and I'm alive.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Why did it take me so long to get around to visiting this place for brunch?!! I had the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict and, as I said to my very friendly waitress, it was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Truly gorgeous. I was here by myself and there was a lovely atmosphere. Huge selection on the menu and really good value for the quality and service. You have treat yourself and visit visit!

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

I visited Brasserie 7 with a friend who had a menupages voucher. I was looking forward to visiting the old Rhodes D7 and was happy to see that the interior was just as it had been. However, I must say that I was hugely disappointed with the food. I had the Confit of Pork Belly for starters. It was nice, if a little small, but I did not appreciate the apple sorbet with it. Why would you have a cold sauce for a hot starters? My palate was seriously confused. I had the lamb, which is something I don't usually order. It was extremely fatty - I could eat about half of it. I was absolutely starving after my starter and main!! I had the Banoffee for dessert, which was lovely. I have to say that the staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and kind. It is quite a spacious place, so nobody encroached on our conversation and vice versa. I would come here again, to give it another chance, however I'd try something else. I think they need to step up their dishes a little bit and most definitely give bigger portion sizes.

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

Brasserie Sixty6 has become my favourite restaurant in Dublin! My first visit I took a friend and we had the pre-theatre menu, which was excellent value for money. The second I made use of my menupages voucher. I had the pork and - oh my god - it was just divine. It was one of the most perfect meals I've had. So balanced in taste, texture, size. Just perfect. Highly recommended. I enjoyed this so much that I booked a hen party for 17 girls. Each and every one of us had a brilliant time and finished off everything we could on our plates and I was pleasantly surprised at how excellent the service was for such a large group. Before I visited Sixty6 I thought I might feel a bit out of place but in actual fact, it's perfect for everything - couples, friends, large groups. All I will say is - GET THE PORK!! Can't wait to visit for brunch.

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KC Peaches Cafe & Delicatessen (Nassau Street)
28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

My father and I had an absolutely fabulous meal here, courtesy of a MenuPages voucher. In fact, I felt awful for not paying the full price for the meal, it was that good. I had haddock for starters and my dad had parsnip soup. We both had the striploin for mains. The portions were SO generous! Our waiter was lovely - friendly and informative. We were both so pleased. I am going back here this weekend and will do regularly. I highly recommend KC Peaches for any type of outing and I hope they go a long way!

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

My visit to Milanos was the first time in a long time that I haven't tipped. Went with a friend; I had the Four Seasons pizza (it was ok - anchovy & caper quarter could have done with less ingredients, mushrooms were undercooked, margeurita and pepperoni quarters were lovely). She had the lasagne, which I tasted, and it was delicious. However I didn't tip because the waiter didn't bring a pizza cutter in the first place and then when we asked for the dessert menu it just never arrived. So 20 minutes later we asked for the bill. I remembered afterwards that I had a voucher and when the waiter returned to my table he seemed annoyed that I hadn't given him the voucher when asking for the bill. I wouldn't waste my time or money going here again.

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Queen of Tarts (Temple Bar)
3 - 4 Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin

YOU HAVE TO GO HERE. That is all... Ok well, seeing as you asked. Everything is delicious. There is nothing on the menu that is not delicious. If you're in the mood for savoury, I recommend the Red Onion, Potato, Cheddar Cheese & Rosemary tart...om nom nom nom. For the sweet (if you have room left), it's really what you desire because the selection is huge and everything is delicious (can't stress it enough!). Great for a ladies lunch because of their cute lil crockery. Enjoy it :)

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The Chop House Gastro Pub
2 Shelbourne Road, City Centre South, Dublin

There's nothing quite wrong with the Chop House, but I find their food to be quite... dare I say....well, slightly bland. Absolutely nothing wrong with how it's cooked, they've got that right. I would usually have the steak sandwich, which is lovely and I'd recommend it if you're going there for lunch. Had the rarebit the last time I went, it was "grand" as we Irish like to say! I'd agree with a previous reviewer in that I wouldn't call it a gastro pub. The interiors are lovely but they seriously need to do something with the picture on the front of their menu. I'm no artist but I know it doesn't fit with the place. The staff are grand. Got the food quickly which was great, because we were there for lunch. All in all...it wouldn't be my first choice for lunch in the area and I'll look for somewhere else.

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

This has become my favourite Italian restaurant in Dublin. I simply just wouldn't go anywhere else! The service is faultless, as is the food. I've never had anything I've been unhappy with and I highly recommend the Rigatoni Alla Genovese - unreal!! Usually I'd get bored of a pasta dish halfway through, but never here! There's only one very small thing I'd change about the place, and that's to keep the TV off and maybe get a better handdryer/ towels in the bathroom. But it wouldn't stop me from going. Going with a bunch of girls from work on Friday and can't wait!

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Oh holy....there just aren't words to describe how unbelievably delicious the food here is!! I couldn't decide between the Brie and the Pate so I got both (don't judge me, the kind waitress didn't) and still I couldn't decide which I prefer. Had the duck for mains which was just perfect. The surroundings are fabulous. I've been here with friends, with family, and on a date and I can't recommend it enough. There's a reason why this restaurant is always full.

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

Went to the Japanese Restaurant part of Ten Thousand with a friend on a weekday evening. Firstly, I was really surprised at how reasonable the prices were and, to be honest, I wasn't expecting much because of it. But when the food came - I have never had sushi so fresh, it was truly gorgeous. I had the deep fried chicken with ginger too - it was really fab and lots of it. The service was great, the girls were really friendly and just lovely. We were so impressed that we switched my friend's birthday party booking from another restaurant to here. Looking forward to it!

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I exchanged my menupoints for a voucher here and it couldn't have been better spent. Firstly, it was such a good deal I had to go for it and secondly, the menu looked delicious and it really didn't disappoint. We had the chicken wings with the Sicilian pizza. Dear Lord - the meat just fell off the chicken wings. I'm usually quite picky about them but these were gorgeous. The pizza was the most delicious combination I had in a long time. The waitresses were nice and friendlly and the drinks and dessert menu good and varied. Would highly recommend going here, even if it involves a journey! And I will definitely be back.

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

The only reason I didn't leave this restaurant halfway during my meal was because I was deep in conversation with a friend and because the waiter, despite not being very attentive/organized, was very lovely and friendly. The food, I believe, was really terrible. I had the salmon; the fish was slightly overcooked, the potatoes much too over done and the vegetables undercooked. The tirimasu was more like a cheesecake but the chocolate cake wasn't too bad. I think the restaraunt seriously needs to improve on the quality of food it serves; I have had better quality food from a buffet. I would not eat here again, even if it was the week before pay day and the food was free.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

After having a pretty bad experience with sushi on a flight (NEVER get sushi on a flight people!) I couldn't stomach the thoughts of it for literally years. My pal kept going on about how good it was and how he loved sushi and Yamamori so much, so one day I said - time to conquer the aul fear. Well, Yamamori was definitely the place to do that. Played it safe with some salmon sushi and went adventurous (for me!) with some rainbow norimaki and seafood fatomaki. It was beautiful; very well made, fresh, tasty, and very satisfying. My love for sushi was re-ignitied! I particularly liked the surroundings; I'd gone by here so many times and never knew how bit it was inside. Lovely and bright and spacious. Looking forward to going back for the bento box.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'd been curious about L'gueuleton for a long time, as a friend of mine had recommended it, so I went here on a date. It was a Saturday evening, place was packed and had lovely, chatty, warm atmosphere. Lighting was lovely and romantic too. I had the French Onion Soup (which was nearly a meal on its own!) - it was really lovely. Then the Pork Belly for mains - I want to curse here because I need to emphasize how good it was. However - I don't think the garlic potatoes went well with it at all - they were too overpowering and it would have been much better with some roasties or a spoonful of country veg instead. The waiter was great - really helpful and made a very good wine recommendation. I will most definitely come back and recommend a visit for you too!

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

First time I came here it was with the girls from work on our monthly (pay day!) lunch date. I'd been in Pinxto before and wasn't sure how fussy the girls would be. We got seated in the little "cave" in the basement - it is gorgeous! The lunch menu is unbelievable value and each and every one of the girls loved the food. My favourite is the stuffed peppers. I enjoyed it so much that I came back for dinner the next evening with a friend; the wines are so lovely and really easy to drink. I cannot fault the service at all - each and every one of the staff are friendly and helpful and can answer any questions you have about the food. I really only have positive things to say about Port House - I've seen people looking into the restaurant when I've been passing by and sent them in!! Highly recommended - you HAVE to get the Txistoras!!

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to Hugo's for lunch with the girls from work. Most of us had the steak sandwich and I have to say, on my quest to find the perfect steak sandwich, this has been the best so far!! I really liked the atmosphere and the decor. We were sitting near the door but didn't get frostbitten every time the door was opened - the restaurant was nicely heated. Would love to come back here for dinner and to try the wine list! The sambo was a little bit pricey at €13 but I didn't mind so much as it was really good quality meat and the chips were delicious too. Definitely the place to go if you want to treat yourself for lunch and the Christmas dinner menu looks fantastic! Will definitely be coming back here.

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

Went to FXB for their early bird menu, which is excellent value at €19.95 for two courses. Had the Cesar Salad for starters - very nice but bacon much too salty! Had the bacon chop for mains - it's absolutely delicious, perfectly cooked, gorgeous breadcrumbs on the outside, lovely mustard sauce and the mash is just SO good. They've a nice selection of beer and wines and the staff are lovely - attentive but not too over bearing. I liked the surroundings and especially the little garden out front! Also it was lovely and quiet - I'd recommend it to couples, friends, or large groups like your work crowd or family.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I had been expecting a lot more Les Freres Jacques. I came here with a friend and apart from the awful piano music(!) and one or two things about the food, it was a good dining experience. The service was impeccable and I never once had to call a waiter for anything. I had fish cakes for starters (absolutely tiny) and the hake for mains (the riso pasta accompaniment was, in my opinion, not very nice at all, and far too heavy/rich for fish). My friend had the beef entrecote, which was just delicious. I particularly enjoyed that the waiter showed us what fish was on offer that night, it was of exquisite quality. I ordered from the Table D'Hote menu and although I ordered a tea and passed up on dessert, I was charged for the tea all the same (it's a small thing, but something to note). I found the service fantastic and would tip staff regardless of satisfaction with food, I still find a 12.5% service charge rather steep and quite bothersome, considering it was just a table of two. I might recommened Les Freres Jacques for a romantic meal, if money is no object, and if you are curious to find out for yourself what it's like. However, I have had better food and a more enjoyable dining experience in other restaurants.

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

The only reason I enjoyed eating here was because I was with a good friend. The service is awful - I arrived on my own and requested a table for two, after much chatting in Italian between the waiter and the other staff I was placed at a large table in the corner, beside the disabled bathroom, which EVERYBODY used ALL EVENING. How hard is it for them to lock it or for them to tell everyone on arrival that the bathrooms are upstairs! Really really offputting. For starters I had trio bruchetta, which seemed stale and was burned in some parts. The tomato one was the nicest. Had to add a LOT of balsamic vinegar to the others. Had smoke salmon and spinach pasta for mains which, I have to say, was really gorgeous, lovely balance of ingrediants but hardly any salmon at all!! Was a bit disgusted with this. My friend had panna cotta for dessert, the consistency of which was not right at all, too hard. Gordon Ramsay would have a field day in hear. Apalling service, had to call waiter every time I wanted something. I would only go back if they changed management and put on an early bird. By the way, the prices on the menu here are different to that in the restaurant itself.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Ongar)
Unit 35 and 39, Main Street, Ongar village, Dublin 15, Clonee, Dublin

When eating out it's really the whole dining experience that I enjoy, but I didn't really get this with Jaipur. The staff are fine - not overly friendly, very efficient though. Found the menu to be slightly limited. Although I did have the most beautiful salmon for starters - it was just gorgeous, would have had it again for main course. Had the Korma for mains which was very very bland, the only time I have ever used up all my sauce on an Indian meal! Quite expensive also. I might go back to a different Jaipur restaurant but wouldn't be rushing back to this particular one.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

I didn't know what to expect when coming to Pintxo for the first time but was pleasantly surprised, especially with the menu prices - really great value and leave you with enough to spend on a Strawberry Mojito! I would highly recommend that you try the Txistoras Chargrilled (Chistorra) - definitely one of the nicest sausage I have tasted, really gorgeous. Lots to choose from and really pleasant staff. Nice and chilled, you can sit outside and the downstairs looks quite dark and romantic. Would recommend that you drop by sometime!

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

THE best early bird in the city, FACT! And I had such a good experience there that I would definitely come back anytime and would be more than happy to pay full price. The selection on the menu is huge for an early bird. I had the nachos (gorgeous) and the burrito (REALLY nice). They come out plain (i.e. no garnishes) but isn't that what you want? You get your money's worth and if you go with 20 quid there's plenty left over for wine! Staff very efficient and atmosphere created by a packed restaurant with everyone enjoying their food.

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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)
1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

I visited Il Fornaio before heading to the O2 - we were served very quickly which was ideal. Staff were friendly and on the ball, no question about that! I had the salmon tagliatelli and it was lovely. Wine was a bit on the expensive side!! I would definitely come back here, dying to try the pizza. Try it on a lovely day where you can sit outside.

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

You'll enjoy your food here, that's for certain. Although compared to other Chinese restaurants, I would say this is very expensive but my God do they do nice food. They've one of the largest menus I've ever seen with quite a good variety of dishes. I'd highly recommend their Sweet Chilli Chicken and to have it with their lovely fluffy egg fried rice. Loved the duck also - very hard to get through a main course after devouring that! If you're not sure about going here, head for the early bird. If you're not a karaoke fan then avoid late evenings at all costs!

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Da Vincenzo
133 Upper Leeson Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Go for lunch here once every few weeks. My advice - PRE-ORDER!! We had been left waiting almost 45mins before getting our meals before. The service is a little lacking although has improved considerably. Staff are very friendly and polite. The food is absolutely gorgeous, fresh meat, cooked perfectly, served piping hot. I would recommend this to anybody - couples, parties, families. Just pre-order if you are having lunch!!

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The Kingfisher Restaurant, Guesthouse & Apartments
166 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Perfect for when you're absolutely starving after work or dying at the weekends! I love this restaurant- had forgotten about it until I passed by one day and got delicious waft of chips coming from the take away. Usually have all day breakfast here - unbelievable and great value for money. Had roast breast of chicken one evening and could not get through it! Have never had a problem with the service - waiters/resses are generally very friendly and efficient. We all have bad days at work and it's a pity if one of those affected anyone who left a review. Strongly recommend visiting Kingfisher. You definitely won't be left hungry anyway!

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Little Caesars Palace Restaurant
1-3 Balfe Street, City Centre South, Dublin

It is such a pleasure to dine here. The service cannot be faulted - have been to more high profile restaurants where the staff could learn a thing or two from those in Little Caesars Palace!! Had strips of beef for starters - very tasty and beautifully cooked and Fettucine Alla Paesana for mains. To be honest I couldn't make up my mind about the main course and wasn't expecting much but it was top quality, cooked to a T, delicious ingredients and lovely, light sauce. Ate every bit of the meal which is hard to do with Italian! Bill came to E65 for two people including 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 drinks, tea and 1 dessert. Highly recommended for couples, friends, parties, anybody!!

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Tks thai
132 Lower Baggot Street, Baggot Street, Dublin

Came here for lunch with two friends and didn't even get the chance to try the food. It took 15 minutes for our order to be taken and 20 minutes later our waiter came out to say our food would be ready in 5 minutes. Another 10 passed. People that arrived after us and ordered after us already had their meals. At that stage we had 10 minutes left to eat lunch (if it ever arrived) and get back to the office so we had to leave. Not recommended.

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Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely meal here in Havana. Great atmosphere, really relaxed and pleasant and interesting surroundings. The type of place you would go for a casual meal with friends or even on your own and read a book and hang out. I had the paella which I thought was lovely - quality ingredients. Loved the colourfulness of all the delph and cutlery! Waitress was so pleasant, always smiling and very helpful. I'd recommend dropping by here.

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OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

Slightly expensive for a restaurant in the suburbs but high quality, really delicious food. Beautiful surroundings. Wouldn't hurt the staff to smile a little! I thought they were a bit stiff and very abrupt on the telephone when booking and when greeting on arrival. Apart from that, it's worth it for the food - amazing. Will return here for definite.

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

It's not somewhere I'd go again too soon, much like a motorway stop - would go there only if travelling. Went for my brother's birtday - we were a large group of 20 and waited over 2 hours for a table despite calling days in advance and being assured a table would be kept aside. Host was quite rude (don't know how she is still working there) but waiting staff were very efficient and were great with the kids. Despite being overly hungry and fed up with the wait, the food was good and portions were generous. Wouldn't go out of my way to go there - recommend if during the day/ a weekday and passing by.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love Wagamamas! Such good value for money; never disappointed or left dissatisfied. Portions are very generous and great variety on menu. Love the way the seating is arranged and the fact there is no music - makes for a good atmosphere. Most of waiting staff are great and very friendly - have only come across one rude waiter but was probably having a bad day with the hustle and bustle of the place. Never left waiting for anything - ideal for couples, friends, work colleagues. Something for everybody on menu. You HAVE to try duck gyoza, delicious!

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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The first Indian restaurant I've been to in Dublin. From the outside, I wasn't expecting too much but had a lovely atmosphere inside despite street noise. Very informative menu which for me was very useful. Lovely ingredients. Staff attentive and friendly, wasn't left waiting for or wanting anything. It's reasonably priced too. Would recommend this for friends or small groups.

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Really nice atmosphere and surroundings in this restaurant. Attentive staff and good choice in menu. I went here with a friend just before Christmas. Early bird menu is really great value and provides a wide choice, you can choose any pasta dish or pizza as your main course. I had garlic bread which was dripping with garlic butter, delicious! Then Amatriciana for mains which was loaded with flavour but also managed to be light. Good value for money, recommended for lunch or early bird.

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Metro Cafe
43 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Metro Cafe is another great secret of the city. If I was writing a visitor's guide to Dublin, this would DEFINITELY be featured. It is definitely "friendly to your pocket" as another reviewer put it! I would also agree that the choice does not vary much but I will always return here for their All Day Breakfast. Scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, sweet pancakes and Ballymaloe relish, such a delicious combination. They also have Orangina and a daily selection of delicious cakes. Always friendly service, never disappointed.

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Aurora Asian Cuisine
Unit 5, Block C , Tyrrelstown Town Centre, Dublin 15, Tyrrelstown, Dublin

I went here for part of a hen party. We hired the room downstairs where we all sat around the hot plate and the chef and everything was cooked in front of us! The food was AMAZING although granted it was washed down with a lot of wine. My glass was never empty (an example of the great service), the staff were so friendly and could not have made the evening better. Will definitely return here for a meal for two, regardless of the drive and prices on the menu. It's hard to find a restaurant these days where your experience is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. I think the prices on the menu here are their take away prices though, so add a couple of quid more if you are budgeting for a meal.

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

I will never take a recommendation from the same friend for a restaurant ever again! Visited on a friday night. Upon arrival, our table was not ready as it hadn't been entered into diary correctly. Got table right under stairs, not great. I had fajitas but could not finish them - totally loaded with lime which really put a dampener on everything else in the dish which was quite bland to begin with. Would not visit here again, even if it was for a friend's birthday. Couldn't eat that food again. Bland food, poor table service. Save money and buy a kit from the supermarket, you'll be more satisfied.

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The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Porterhouse menu is perfect for a proper, comforting, fill up meal with a pint. It can be hard to get a place to sit and although (in my experience) the waiters have been attentive enough, they haven't been very plentiful!! So you have to make yourself known to be served. Highly recommended: Beef 'n' Stout. So delicious, great quality fresh ingredients. Always a pleaser, I always come back. Their fish in beer batter is unbelivable too. Well worth the money (reasonably priced). Perfect for the colder months!

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

I revisited Millers recently having visited there some years ago and again, it was a wonderful experience. Fantastic service, waiters/waitresses were attentive and knew what the food was about. Also lovely atmosphere. The pizzas range from do it yourself to quirky but delicious set combinations. The toppings are piled high and trust me, you will definitely need a knife and fork for eating a pizza here! Fresh ingredients and gorgeous dough, great selection, highly recommended.

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

Top notch, quality Spanish food, authentic ingredients and great recipes. Brilliant service, gorgeous sangria, great value for money, always have lovely fresh fish of all types...highly recommended for a romantic meal or sitting down with a bunch of friends or family. Really friendly manager, highly recommended!!

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

This has to be Dublin's best kept secret. The service is fantastic, food is so amazing and such good value for money. I have never been disappointed here. I have never been able to eat steak anywhere else since being here. Highly recommended (out of the dishes I've had) : Fish cakes, Fillet Steak, Jambalaya (unbelievable). A must for anybody.

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