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Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey's Point

Lough Eske, Donegal Town , Donegal Town, Donegal

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Cuisine:
Fine Dining

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Great
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Reviewed 26th October 2009 ( visited 19th October 2009 )

We cannot wait to return! The food here was amazing and the service faultless. If there were more restaurants making the same effort this green isle would be full of happy diners. The quality of food coming out of that kitchen is top class, cannot fault it in any shape or form. Rocket & fig salad to start was full of seasonal flavour. Turnip & Clove Soup? Never heard of such a combo and am not a big fan of turnip but we both gave it a try and cleaned both bowls. YUM! For mains I had the angus steak with wild mushroom & blue cheese & a red wine jus. The cheese though a little salty was a lovely addition to the plate- again a combo I had never had before.My partners halibut scored v high on the fish front. The white chocolate panna cotta and fruit crumble desert plates were returned to the kitchen embarassingly clean as well. A memorable meal with great service. Well done HP, looking forward to our next visit already.
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Pizzas n Cream restaurant

Albert Walk, Bray, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
77 reviews

Reviewed 15th February 2008 ( visited 10th January 2008 )

The pizza's here are fab but I dont recommend eating in - if you get a takeaway, you're better eating at home. Service is terrible, wine bottle was plonked on the table (we had to ask the waitress to return to open it never mind serve it!, and no, it wasn't busy). The salad starter had black rotting leaves in it! It's such a shame that the service and atmosphere let's this place down, the pizzas really are fab but I think next time I'd rather eat it at home. V disappointed.
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Mt. Everest of Kathmandu
51 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

After 3 visits I felt I had to write a post about this place. Great food on all 3 occassions with very generous portions. The Special Lamb Chilli dish was my favorite by far and the peshwari Naan is worthy of a mention. The Chef's platter to share is worth a try also.Twice we were offered a drink on the house, a nice touch I thought. Would definitely recommend and will be back again soon for more.

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

This is for the bar food! Absolutely beautiful food, generous portions and great quality. Service was ok, but it was in the bar so given that it wasnt too bad. The place was busy, nice atmosphere. Would deffo try the restaurant next time.

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

Enjoyed a lovely meal here. There was a good buzz in the restaurant, and we we're hurried off our table despite this. The prices are somewhat dear for tapas but the quality is great. This was our first visit and I will deffo go back. Service was good too.

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Very disappointed, good atmosphere but lacking in service and food was just average. We're repeat customers and had enjoyed the fare last time. It's pricey for the food on offer, there is better value around town. The service was probably the most disappointing.

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The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

The few times we have eaten here we left feeling full, hearty and healthy! The only downside is the lack of atmosphere. It's v different from other eateries in the area and I respect their ethos. It's a bit hard to enjoy the short que space to order and then pay for your food before eating. If you can see past all that and dont mind the self service bits the food is worth a visit. Will definitely return again.

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A complimentary mulled wine to start was a nice touch but overall we were not won over by our meal here. Service was ok, it was Christmas week so we were making allowances for the busy period. We werent allowed to choose starters as we were a group of 11 so we had mixed platters to share. The mains were ok and portions were generous. The deserts were probably the winner of all 3 courses. Would I go back, probably not. The cocktails were pretty nice though!

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

As a group of 8 we had booked in for the 6.30 sitting. I had previously dined in the restaurant about a yr ago for lunch and remembered it as being very enjoyable. The dinner however was a little disappointing. The service wasnt great and the 3 course dinner menu somewhat limited. That said, the atmosphere was very nice given the amount of people there enjoying themselves in the run up to Christmas. Would I go back, not in a hurry. I'd maybe try the basement next time as the restaurant experience felt a bit lacking in something. We left feeling it was a bit impersonal given the lack of service we experienced. Food was ok but did not live up to expectations.

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Wicklow Heather
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

Following a lesiurely walk around the Glendalough lakes we called in here for a snack after what looked like a busy sunday lunch period. The restaurant was busy throughout and the food was really very good. Four of us had starters & 3 had deserts teas & coffees. The starters were a decent size and judging by the oohs & aahs from the desert recipients they were scrumptious too. It was a great intro to the establishment and we will in no doubt call again. There is B&B accomodation available which we might avail of next time to enjoy a bottle of wine with a full 3 course meal.

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Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey's Point
Lough Eske, Donegal Town , Donegal Town, Donegal

We cannot wait to return! The food here was amazing and the service faultless. If there were more restaurants making the same effort this green isle would be full of happy diners. The quality of food coming out of that kitchen is top class, cannot fault it in any shape or form. Rocket & fig salad to start was full of seasonal flavour. Turnip & Clove Soup? Never heard of such a combo and am not a big fan of turnip but we both gave it a try and cleaned both bowls. YUM! For mains I had the angus steak with wild mushroom & blue cheese & a red wine jus. The cheese though a little salty was a lovely addition to the plate- again a combo I had never had before.My partners halibut scored v high on the fish front. The white chocolate panna cotta and fruit crumble desert plates were returned to the kitchen embarassingly clean as well. A memorable meal with great service. Well done HP, looking forward to our next visit already.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A quiet Tues night in town and at 2 minutes after the early bird close, this establishment was reluctant to provide us with early bird menus. We suggested there were plenty of other early birds in town and thus were promptly accomodated. The food was scrumptious and the service very good (despite the shaky start). The early bird advertised here on this site is until 7pm but there's a sign outside the restaurant door advising of a 6.30pm finish. It's located in a competitive area of town thus we were surprised at the earlier e.b. finish time. We will most likely return for a second helping. The candle lit alcoves & delicious food lent to a particularly atmorspheric room in which to enjoy the foreign spiced cuisine.

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Fillies Bar & Restaurant
Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Dublin

First time here for lunch and will return. We all had panini's with either wedges & fries and the postion sizes are very good. Downside was the chicken did tast a bit processed, upside was that the prices are reasonable. Friendly efficient staff too.

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

First time here and will deffo go back. Food was scrumptious & wholesome. The flavours of the veg was mouthwateringly good. The place could do with a clean tho, there was bits of fluff/dust falling from the ceiling onto our table from the fan! Luckily it didnt land in our meal so yes, would forgive them this. We let them know so hopefully it won't happen to anyone else and they'll have cleaned down the fans. The food is a bit pricey, but is great quality so wouldnt let that put me off. Worth a visit if you havent been.

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The Tower Bistro
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

3 of us had the early bird- great value. One had pate, one satay chicken & another mussels to start. The chicken was a bit chewy and the satay a bit gooey, the mussels & pate were great. For mains one had steak, 1 a greek salad and I had the sea bass. Would deffo recommend the sea bass. For desert the chocolate toberlerone cheesecake was just delicious, really worth a visit in itself! The wine (house red) was a bit disappointing. The bistro was very busy for a Tuesday night which was a good sign. Would recommend a visit and will definitely go back again soon myself.

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Little Italy Restaurant
21 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Was looking forward to some italian as hadnt had any in a while. Though the food was good here one memeber of staff was so rude I would prefer to have spent my money else where. 4 of us had the meal deal- 2 courses for 2 adults plus a btl of wine for 50eur. This is good value and food was good, but this member of staff almost put us off our food they were so rude. They should definitely think about how the treatment of customers before losing them all.

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Bodega
23 Johns Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

4 of us had the early bird which the waitress kindly offered even though technically we were too late for it. Everything was delicious- best asian meal I've had in some time. The service was brilliant- v nice friendly girl. We almost didnt go in here as it was quiet, am so glad we did. Would deffo go back.

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Knightsbrook Hotel
Dublin Road, Trim, Trim, Meath

Overall our experience here was v poor, but given this site is from a foodie's perspective, I'll leave out the disastrous spa experience and the average hotel room stay. The restaurant food was excellent, the best part of our experience throughout our stay at knightsbrook. The portions are good and quality of ingredients used were also of a high standard. Servie was good too. The atmosphere was a little odd, it was a warm summers evening (after 8 thus no direct sun beam) and yet the curtains were drawn in the restaurant? The bread on the tables was a little hard but all in all, I'd overlook this and give the food the thumbs up. Wouldnt bother with the Spa if I was going again, bad bad bad.

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

We were a group of ten and enjoyed the early bird menu, €12 for a combo of starter and mini mains served together. The food was good, chicken tagliatelle quite dry but the rest was fine. Everyone was happy with their meals. Cocktails at €5 went down a treat too. Would deffo go back.

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Little Caesars (Harcourt Street)
The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch, food was ok for €8.50. The staff were very attentive, and food came quickly which is always a plus in the lunch hour. It was a bit bland though, I will probably give it another go but it wasn't a dish I'd remember. I had the homemade stuffed pancakes with minced lamb.

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

had a lovely lunch here with a free glass of wine, happy days! All 3 of us were more than happy with our mains, the fish & chips light and fluffy, worth a mention. Will deffo be going back

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Bistro Martello
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

We went for the early bird special incl house wine for 65eur. The food was fairly average to be honest, the deserts by far the best course. The starters we felt we could have made ourselves at home, the mains weren't anything special either. The service was very good though, and the house wine really tasty. I dont know if I'd rush back but it was certainly good value if you not looking for anything too special food wise.

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Shelby's Brasserie
73 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

Ate here on Saturday and we were all delighted with every aspect of the meal. From the food to the service, to the wine to the venue itself. If you havent been yet, GO. If you've already been, GO AGAIN! I just hope this establishment surevives the down turn because it certainly is Bray's hidden gem.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

The food here aint bad... but having to cue in a canteen style line and waiting a long time to pay the outrageous prices while the same overpiced food is going cold on the tray will deffo be putting us off a return visit. We went for a lazy sunday brunch but didnt stay too long as the noise levels were just too high. It's v popular with families and was busy enough for a sun morning. Having paid through the nose for the brunch and then being charged another 5euro for 2 more teas which again we had to cue for it was nail in the coffin for us. They cant have huge staff costs given there is no table service so why the food is so expensive is beyond me. I appreciate the quality of ingredients may be of a high standard but 5euro for 2 tea bags and a bit of hot water which the customer has to order/collect themselves? We both found it too dear for what it is and will definatel not be in any rush back.

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Vinos Restaurant & Cafe
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Ate here on Sat and it was scarily quiet, I only hope this place survives as the food and service is great. We both had an early bird, 2 course for 18eur /3 courses for 22 and a decent enough bottle of red. Service was good and I got the impression it would be good even if busy given the level of prefessionalism. No complaints from this visit, will deffo be back for more.

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The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Almost 40euro for 2 mains and a half carafe of cheap wine wasnt the only thing that left a sour taste... I had the steak sandwich: the 'sandwich' was just a large slice of bread which was absolutely saturated in garlic mayo (despite no mention of it on the menu) and the steak was dry and chewy. The chips were ok, but being charged for the pepper sauce was a bit rich I though given it wasnt home made. The dish as a whole was a complete let down. My companion had a goats cheese salad which was ok for pub grub. The service, or lack thereof, was inexcusable. With little more than 7 customers, a 45 minute wait for plates to be cleared was unforgiveable. The one staff that was working was more interested in chatting to her two friends at the bar than serving any customer. This pains me to write as this is a lovely bar and it really should do well. I hope it doesnt close but it's losing all it's custom to its competitor next door. I hope they pull up their socks soon as they wont have many customers at all left if they keep up the current fare.

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Cafe Bar Deli (Bray)
51 Main Street, opposite Town Hall, Bray, Wicklow

I have eaten here quite a few times now and never left feeling very happy. The first 2 times we left disappointed because we were not given the chance to order a coffee or desert, it was not because the staff were busy, I think they simply dont care. The first experience was on a bank holiday and the restaraunt was not overly busy, we were offered neither coffee nor desert and were left with the impression they were more interested in clearing up and going home than serving their customers (it wasn't even late, about 8ish). We waited for our waitress to retrun to our table as we were looking fwd to trying a particular desert, in the end we couldnt attract anyones attention to order it so we just gave up. Similar scenario on the second visit. The 3rd visit was also disappointing service wise, a friendly smile goes a long way instead of the dont-bother-me-now scowls. The food on all 3 occasions was average, some of the pasta dishes were extremely bland- I found myself continually adding seasoning in an attempt to add some last minute flavour. It's a nice place and we were thrilled to see another eaterie open in Bray but I don't think I'll be rushing back. I think giving the place 3 chances was generous to give the place a fair review but I wont be spending hard earned cash here again soon.

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Il Posto
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The restaraunt was fully booked with Christmas Parties and the service was still very good. Food fare qas quite average though. We got the 2 course early bird for 20eur so that was great but had we paid full whack for the food we got I would have been very disappointed. I've had many an italian and this really was quite average. Atmosphere was good given everyone was adding to the Christmas cheer.

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The Bank on College Green
20-22 College Green, City Centre South, Dublin

Have eaten here a few times and the food is consitently good and portion sizes very generous. It was very quiet the evening we were in but the warm fire is always very welcoming. The wine was a bit on the poor side but not enough to put me off another visit. Will just order a different bottle next time! :-)

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The Village
26 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Have eaten here a few times for lunch, was disappointed the last few times but the food yesterday was slightly improved. It was very quiet thus lacked a bit of atmosphere. The service was good though and the food ok. Nothing special but all in all, not too bad.

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

This place is GREAT! Does exactly what it says on the tin... gourmet burgers made from organic meat, contemporary setting, nice wine, what more could a diner want! Thankfully we only had a few minutes to wait for a table, last time we tried the wait list was around the hour mark. Unfortunately reservations cannot be made but any wait for a meal of this kind is worth it. Will definitely be back for more.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Food was very good but VERY pricey for the quality & quantity of the meat served. Wine was nice, as was the service, however we were both disappointed with what we got and what we paid for.

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The Martello (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

I have eaten here quite a few times as it's our local and the service is going from bad to worse with every visit. If it wasn't so convenient location wise, I would not be making a special journey to visit to this place. The food quality is quite food, for pub grub, but waiting over 50 mins for a soup plate to be cleared and then another wait for the main course just takes the biscuit. Forget about being offered a tea/coffee/desert. Staff don't appear to be allocated tables or sections so both waiting and bar staff are running around trying to attend to too many different tables at the one time. Instead of one person knowing what's happening with each table nobody seems to know who's ordered what and who's waiting on what. Venue is great, food is ok, PLEASE

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

Quite disappointed overall. 5 of us in the group, service was poor, staff hovering around trying to take our order a few times even though we explained twice we were waiting for the 5th person to arrive and we would just have a drink in the mean time. Food was ok, high prices for average italian fare. Music was so loud we could barely talk to each other, seriously! We asked twice for it to be lowered. The last straw was when the wide screen TV was turned on for the Arsenal match! Who goes to a restaurant to watch the blinkin football!!

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Heather House Hotel
Strand Road, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

We have eaten here 4 times now and I feel it's only fair to pass on our thoughts. We have only eaten in the outdoors are which they made a fantastic job of following the renovations. As far as food quality goes, it is satisfactory, if I got the same food in the restaraunt I think I would be disappointed. But because it's bar food I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. The service is normally quite good, though on the last visit we waiting 30 mins for a second round of drinks (just 3 drinks), when they didnt turn up I went to order them at the bar, as a result there was an extra round on our bill. An oversight but the wait was very long for just 2 wines and a beer. The menu is v extensive, there's everything from fish n chips, to Thai Curry to Lasagne, it's a real mixed bag. Like I said the food is satisfactory (for bar food only) and the atmosphere is great, casual dining with not-so-bad food. They really transformed the beer garden out front and for that reason, we will continue to eat here in the future.

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

We were here in a party of 8 and I will deffo be going back. The food was a little disappointing for some in the group (the sole was not a hit with one diner) whereas the steak was pure melt in the mouth meat. Over all though the food got the thumbs up, a little poorer quality wise than we were expecting, but good enough for us to feel we would return and give it another chance. The wine was very nice, good choice on the list, reasonable price range. Service was good, though we were reminded a little too often that our table was rebooked for 9.30. All in all a nice spot in a handy location.

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Three Qs
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

We ate here last Friday, had been meaning to try it for some time. The overall meal was just fab, would deffo go back. We both skipped the starters going straight for the main with the intention of leaving room for dessert, not a hope for me and even my partner had no room, a first for him! Needless to say the portions are good, the quality and flavours very high, even the veg was good to perfection. The wine list was short and sweet yet lacking in none. The only downside for me was a waitress who just tried too too hard, and was more annoying than helpful. This is the only negative comment I could possibly make. A lovely evening was had filled with great food and good wine. We look forward to our return!

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

I used to love this restaraunt but it seems to have gone down hill a lot recently, very disappointing as it was a lovely little spot to eat in. All the staff are italian and are really nice. No probs there. The quality of food has significantly fallen however, maybe the chef is off on hols at the moment because the food tastes like it has been prepared by a amateur! Seriously, each course was so bland I was amazed at the change to prior experiences here. I had the special mushroom & gorgonzola cheese to start, no salad dressing, no wild mushroom flavour... very boring dish. For mains i had the Calzone pizza, again, a bland dish tasting of nothing.I would question the quality of ingredients being used, the mushrooms looked and tasted like the cheap pre-cut champignons bought in a glass jar. The ham tasted so processed it doesnt deserve a mention. The mozarella cheese was nowhere to be found. Himself was also very disappointed with his dishes, the meat broth to start was average and the seafood pasta dish was just that, seafood and pasta. No nice sauce, no herbs, no flavour whatsoever. The tiramisu was inedible due to the inch layer of cocoa powder, rendering the diner unable to swallow due to the dry powder catching in the throat. We both tried it and same thing happened each of us. All in all, I am sooo disappointed to be writing this as it's a great little restaraunt, I just hope they return to their previous culinary heights asap as they seem to have fallen to an all time low!

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Cafe Bliss
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

FABULOUS! I only wish there were more places like this. The food is great, the service good and the atmosphere relaxed. I've been twice for lunch and am looking forward to going for an evening meal here soon. The cafe is quite small and there are generally ques outside the door at lunchtime, a clear indication of how popular this place is. Cafe Bliss is a real gem, they even give free slices of garlic bread while you're waiting for your lunch! (and no, I have no affilaition with this place) At last there is an eaterie in the city centre where you actually do get good food for not too much of your money! Like I said, if only there were more places like this!

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Il Baccaro
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went here with 2 friends based on the reviews here. We were all disappointed, the food is very average and the prices are not. The starters were ok but it went downhill from there, the mains were quite bland and portions weren't overly big. It was enough to fill us but I think if I were there with a male he would be looking for a slightly more generous portion. It was quiet too when we were there so we didn't have too much of an atmosphere. All in all it wasn't a dreadful experience but I did think we would have been better off with pub grub rather than paying the price for a very average meal. We won't be rushing back.

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

Have eaten here quite a few times now (at least 6 or 7), both for lunch and for dinner, have not yet had a bad experience! It really is a great spot, always busy though so book early to get a preferred dining time. The atmosphere is great, relaxed but still has a buzz about it. Service is always fab (even when we were there in a group of 20!). Well worth the trip, great value for $$.

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

The food here is just fantastic, the only fault with our experience here to date was the service. Have been here for brunch and dinner and the food really was faultless. It's hard to get a table here so that says it all!

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Solas (Wexford St)
31 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I eat here a lot as I work nearby, the food is always ok, not fab, but it's never too bad. The place quite dark and doesnt look the cleanest to be honest. The music is always loud which can be annoying when trying to chat over lunch. All that said, I tend to go here often as it's so close to work It's nice for evening drinks but I wouldnt be going here for a special meal. Prices are reasonable and the food is ok, does what it says on the tin really.

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Palazzos - Closed
1 Marlborough Terrace, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

We have eaten here numerous times and each time I leave I look forward to the next meal. The service is always great and the food mouthwateringly good. I have eaten here in both small and medium sized groups, have enjoyed the experience on each occassion. If only there were more restaraunts like this as it doesnt cost the earth and the wine bar is a welcome change to the drinking establishments in Bray!

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Pizzas n Cream
Albert Walk, Bray, Wicklow

The pizza's here are fab but I dont recommend eating in - if you get a takeaway, you're better eating at home. Service is terrible, wine bottle was plonked on the table (we had to ask the waitress to return to open it never mind serve it!, and no, it wasn't busy). The salad starter had black rotting leaves in it! It's such a shame that the service and atmosphere let's this place down, the pizzas really are fab but I think next time I'd rather eat it at home. V disappointed.

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