Restaurant Reviews from Mad4goodFood

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 27

Member Since: 21 November 2008

Last Visit: 01 November 2012

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The Woolshed Baa & Grill restaurant

Parnell Street, The junction of Jervis street and Parnell street., City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
61 reviews

Reviewed 04th August 2010 ( visited 31st July 2010 )

I love going here and usually do as a pre theatre snack. the atmosphere is great, the staff are very friendly and the cost is very reasonable. The food is standard pub grub, nothing more so don't expect 4 star food. But those wings! the best I've tasted. Every night they have some entertainment also which is great fun. and their pitchers of cocktails for €15-20 are lovely
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La Gondola restaurant

51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Average
17 reviews

Reviewed 01st January 2010 ( visited 01st January 2010 )

This used to be a favourite restaurant of mine and my fiancé. However we have not been there in about 2 years. We are usually very impressed with the service and food. Today we visited the restaurant and my opinion has been drastically changed. Their early bird special has very little to offer either garlic bread or veg soup as starter and either pizza or Bolognese as a main for 9.95 per person. Upon arrival to a fairly quiet service we were seated by the window and left alone for 10 minutes without an offer of a drink. When the waitress came to take our order I had to repeat my order 3 times as her English was appalling. We decided to go with the early bird special 2 garlic breads and a pizza and Bolognese. The garlic bread was overcooked. My fiancé had his bolognese served before my pizza which I had to wait an additional 8 minutes for. The bolognese couldn't be described any more than meat flavoured puree and the pizza was entirely soggy. The food is cheap but not worth the money you pay and Celine Dion on repeat is not the best atmospheric music for dinner... I will not recommend this establishment to anyone and will not return.
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Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant
1 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Stopped in for lunch before heading back to Dublin on the train. Food was lovely, atmosphere was great and bar staff were very friendly. The cost was reasonable too for the amount of food we got. 4 beers and two mains for under €40. ye can't go wrong!

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City Bar & Grill @ The Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
1 Ormonde Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

We stopped in to have a quick bite. The atmosphere was great, staff were very friendly. We ordered "hot" wings which were not very hot at all and the crab cake was delicious - apart from the piece of crab shell in it.

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Key Largo
1/2 Canal Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Went here for dinner. The bruschetta was lovely, fresh and very tasty. I know nacho chips have a tendency to break but it seemed as though they dumped the end of a bag onto our plate as nearly all the chips were tiny pieces and was very hard to eat, otherwise I did love the flavour of the chips as they were peppery. My husband had a chicken burritto which he was not impressed with as it didn't taste very Mexican and had a sauce that tasted very like the seasoning on the nachos. The carbonara was a tad overcooked so it had a slight scrambled egg flavour to it

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

WOW. That about sums it up. Went here for lunch and was pleasantly surprised that, even though it is possibly the fanciest restaurant I've ever been to, lunch was very reasonably priced. 3 course meal for €25. The food was exquisite and the waiters were fantastic. The atmosphere is really relaxed and the décor is fresh and bright. Definitely on my list for next lunch out.

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

Went here on Saturday evening with a group of people. We all had a fantastic time. The food was delicious and the staff were very attentive and friendly. I'll definitely go back again

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Deep
12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Went here with 3 others two weeks ago. The staff are very friendly and atmosphere is brilliant. We had a mixture of tiger prawns and seafood platter to start. all items were delicious and perfectly cooked. For mains we had the stone bass, seabass and both wee amazing. I will definitely go there again and will recommend to a friend. I would advise to watch your step as the tiles are slippy which inst a friend to those in heels!! :)

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The Waterside Inn
Opposite Howth Yacht Club, Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

stopped in for a quick snack on Saturday. I was surprise that they were doing two €10 deals - traditional fish & chips and steak & chips. We opted for something less filling but the general consesus of those eating around us was that the meal deal was delicious. The pub was packed with Saturday diners/drinkers so the atmosphere was great. My hubby had the calamari which was light and crispy - they know what they are doing! and I had the garlic prawns. the only downside was the garlic prawns are boiled then added to a garlic sauce/soup. It would have been alot nicer if they were pan fried in garlic to give it that extra kick. All in all its a great experience and the staff are lovely.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

tried this place for the first time with €50 for €25 deal. The atmosphere is great, very busy all the time and the staff were very friendly. The wine was great and the menu options were fantastic. We shared a portion of nachos to start and had a borrito and fajitas for the mains. All the food was delicious, the only complaint i had was with the nachos; they tasted great but under the first layer all that sat in front of me was a massive bowl of crumbs, like they upended a smasked box of nachos.

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

Went here with a special offer. The idea of cooking your own blue steak on the stone was intriguing but I did walk into Cafe Carlo in the past a walked straight back out so I was apprehensive. The Décor is not great, atmosphere was dull and to be honest it really looks more coffee shop than cafe. Apart from that the service was slow, wine wasn't nice and whereas the offer was good value I would not pay the prices they charge regularly

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D'Vine Wine Bar
16 Bachelor’s Walk, City Centre North, Dublin

I'm sorry to say I just stumbled across this wine bar just before I moved out of the city centre. I will definitely go back after work or for pre-theatre dining. The atmosphere is lovely - the venue is intimate and the décor is what you might think an Italian wine bar should typically look like. We ordered 2 brochettes, 2 pizzas and a bottle of wine. The brochettes we delicious, fresh and flavoursome. The pizzas were hand made, thin, mozzarella fresh and the cured meat complimented the flavours perfectly. The wine was great too. Will definitely recommend going here

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Octopussy Seafood Tapas
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Went here on Friday for my finace's birthday meal. The restaurant wasn't what I expected as it is fairly small and there are not alot of tables. however, the atmosphere was brilliant and the food was delicious! We had the sharing platter of crab claw, mussels, king prawns and Gambas, with a side of chicken wings, meatballs and garlic prawns. It was really messy but very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Howth. The bill came to €35 which was very reasonable (we didnt have wine), the staff were very friendly but i did feel that the one waitress wasn't enough to handle the busy restaurant on Friday evening.

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Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant
Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

I went here with a group of 5. they were very accommodating and the manager even stopped by to see if we had all we needed. It's a bit expensive but the food was enjoyed by all

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Baldoyle House
Main Street, Baldoyle, Dublin

I try not to order off the carvery menu and the meat is just dry and many times tasteless. the other items on the menu however are nice enough, Mediocre really for what you pay. If anything is cooked wrong however they are quick to mend the situation. The service is always friendly but the staff need to learn to smile more. The alcohol range is good however beware of the wines you pick as they have been known to sell the finest 5% bottles of cheap local supermarket sparkling wine for top dollar... I always have a good experience when dining here and will keep returning

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Buskers Bar
Fleet Street , Temple Bar, Dublin

After Buskers was revamped it now has a great feel to it. the staff are friendly and the pints are always good. The food is upscale pub grub. everything tastes great and when I go here we usually get a platter and soup and sambo combo. the price is a little high for what the food is but worth it. I definitely recommend people to go here for snack and craic!

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The Woolshed Baa & Grill
Parnell Street, The junction of Jervis street and Parnell street., City Centre North, Dublin

I love going here and usually do as a pre theatre snack. the atmosphere is great, the staff are very friendly and the cost is very reasonable. The food is standard pub grub, nothing more so don't expect 4 star food. But those wings! the best I've tasted. Every night they have some entertainment also which is great fun. and their pitchers of cocktails for €15-20 are lovely

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Had a lovely lunch here. the lunch set menu is quite expensive at €30 per head and that doesn't count the many 'extras' added onto some meals such as steak and lobster. We had paté and risotto to start which were both delicious and left us eagerly awaiting our mains; fish and chips and salmon. The salmon was lovely and the chef was happy to exchange the mushroom sauce to a white wine sauce. the fish and chips were a let down. such an easy dish; overcooked and very very dry. I will definitely go back again as the atmosphere, staff, view and most dishes are great!

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

Went here with my partner and was really impressed. I was a little hesitant when I arrived as the tables and chairs don't look very comfortable. Boy are first impression wrong sometimes!! I had a delicious meal, nachos (which are made from scratch) to start and fajitas for main. absolutely delicious!! There are not that many Mexican restaurants in the City Centre and most of those are not good. Acapulco takes the cake. Will definitely return and continue to recommend friends to go there.

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

I've been hearing great things about Brasserie 66 so last week I went with my partner. We ordered the meatballs (to share) for starter and the seafood combo (can't find it on the menu here and can't remember the name). The starter came and I could not eat a second bit. The meat balls were seasoned too much and all we could taste were the herbs in it. The main was atrocious. We were serving a massive pot with tasteless seafood swimming in a tasteless broth. The seafood should have been delicious - prawns muscles calamari tuna - but I was bitterly disappointed. the only saving grace this visit was the bread, and even that was over seasoned! I will give it a second chance at some stage as everyone tells me its usually good food

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

A wonderful find! I went here on Sunday with my fiance and straight away you get a homely italian feel. It is small, cosy and welcoming. The waiter was very attentive. We ordered a bruschetta to share for starters, I have never had anything like it, each piece had a different topping and tasted amazing. We ordered the prawn and pistachio&potato dumplings and the rack of lamb. The prawns were cooked to prefection and although the dumling were very filling and the texture between the pistachio and potato was a little odd the combination worked very well. The rack of lamb was 'melt in your mouth' tender and the veg complimented in nicely. The house wine was fruity and refreshing. I would definately recommend it to a friend and return many times myself :)

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The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin

I would recommend this eatery to anyone looking for some good pub grub at a reasonable price... The food is homely and comforting. my favourite to get is the fish a chips, server in a (clean) deep fat fryer basket. the chips are the best in Dublin (which they advertise on the windows). the stew is delicious and served with home made brown bread. they serve great homemade burgers and their chick wings are to die for! all in all a brilliant deal offering €5 for starters and €10 for mains, or €13 for mains and a beer.

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

We ate here for mothers day (14th March). i've never been to this place before and was looking forward to some home made yaki soba. Boy! did they not dissappoint! The wine is a little pricey for my liking but the food was devine. between the 4 of us we had Yaki soba, seafood yaki soba, teppan beef teriyaki and chicken ramen. No complains and the flavours were delicious! The staff were very friendly upon arrival and leaving and each one greeted us if we were in ear shot. I am definately going back!!

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

I've been eating in Temple Bar for years now and only recently was recommended to go to Tante Zoe's. I've never been to a Cajun restaurant and was a bit sceptical about going, I needn't have been... The waiter/host greeted us just inside the door of a quaint little restaurant which we immediately liked, he was very compliant, letting us choose where we'd like to sit (it was early evening and quiet). We ordered a lovely bottle of sauvignon blanc (€19). Looking at the menu I did find it hard to choose as the have a lot of options and all are very tempting. We ate from the early bird menu (19.50 each) I order the carrot and Swede potatoes soup of the day which was mouth watering and the garnish of fig leaves was an excellent touch and my partner order the meat gumbo which was tender and extremely tasty. We ordered the catfish goujons and fish cake for mains and both were cooked to perfection and the flavours were perfect. All in all it was a fabulous meal, the service was wonderful and I will certainly recommend Tante Zoe’s to everyone

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La Gondola
51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This used to be a favourite restaurant of mine and my fiancé. However we have not been there in about 2 years. We are usually very impressed with the service and food. Today we visited the restaurant and my opinion has been drastically changed. Their early bird special has very little to offer either garlic bread or veg soup as starter and either pizza or Bolognese as a main for 9.95 per person. Upon arrival to a fairly quiet service we were seated by the window and left alone for 10 minutes without an offer of a drink. When the waitress came to take our order I had to repeat my order 3 times as her English was appalling. We decided to go with the early bird special 2 garlic breads and a pizza and Bolognese. The garlic bread was overcooked. My fiancé had his bolognese served before my pizza which I had to wait an additional 8 minutes for. The bolognese couldn't be described any more than meat flavoured puree and the pizza was entirely soggy. The food is cheap but not worth the money you pay and Celine Dion on repeat is not the best atmospheric music for dinner... I will not recommend this establishment to anyone and will not return.

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

I went to Bull and Castle last night with a friend. as a fan of FXB restaurant i have to say this did nto disappoint. Great beer (served in Steins and Helbas) excellent food. the only downfall is that the servers can bit a little more upbeat. All in all i'd definately go back and would recommend to firends

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

I eat out a lot and visit Luigi's more often than not. the food is always great and the chef is more than willing to meander from the menu if you want to change your dish slightly. the early bird menu during the week is fantastic... i dont think i've ever seen a bottle of wine for 5 quid! YES 5!! and even off the early bird menu the prices are still very reasonable. staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is fantastic. they're only pitfall is that the restaurant is so big and it gets so busy that sometimes it feels like your in the middle of a pub on a match day. They're lunch menu is very nice and the portions are quite big. I recommend the steak, yakisoba, fajitas, tiger prawn pasta, bbq prawn salad and if you are in a messy mood the dungenous crab is lovely

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

My partner and i came across this restaurant 2 years ago and we have gone back a few times. the atmosphere is great, staff are very friendly, service is excellent and the food is always perfect and even though the wine is a little dear you wouldn't call it overpriced. Always an enjoyable experience here.

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Di Bella Cafe
Hogans Place, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here a few times as there is not a lot of choice in this area but i will not be going back. The food is OK for the price but the service leaves much to be desired. my last experience with this place was when i went with a group and the manager yelled at us as there were more than 4 people, refusing to seat us at the two available adjacent tables and got 3 of 7 orders wrong. they will also refuse to make any variation on any dish, even as small as no onion on the steak sandwich. i would not recommend this establishment

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