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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill restaurant

51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code:

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240 reviews

Reviewed 11th September 2013 ( visited 30th August 2013 )

If you want good steak and good wine, then this is the place to go. However, it does not come cheap. There are other items on the menu - tuna and chicken, but the steak is the main emphasis here. Been many time, does not disappoint, but I do think it has got more expensive. Was rather surprised to get a booking for Friday night with little notice. Service is professional & friendly.
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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill restaurant

51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Steak

Price Range:

Good
240 reviews

Reviewed 11th September 2013 ( visited 30th August 2013 )

If you want good steak and good wine, then this is the place to go. However, it does not come cheap. There are other items on the menu - tuna and chicken, but the steak is the main emphasis here. Been many time, does not disappoint, but I do think it has got more expensive. Was rather surprised to get a booking for Friday night with little notice. Service is professional & friendly.
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Amuse Restaurant
22 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Amazing Amuse Food was just wonderful, presentation beautiful, service v professional. Had 3 course menu, crab, cod & strawberries as never before. All 4 of us said best meal Ina v long time. Defo Michelin star quality. Can't wait to go back.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Great food & service. Fantastic staff. Was v busy but did not matter. Starter we had seen on website as set Christmas menu was not listed on the night - we asked for it (Roast Beetroot, St. Tola Goats Cheese, Pine nuts, Radish) and we got it,v impressed. most had Sheelin Striploin, Worcestershire Roast Onions, Fries was v good. Desert - Christmas Pudding Parfait, Cranberry Sorbet, Ginger Crumb, Redcurrants, Ginger Caramel was really good. We had a great night, the service was really good. Defo be back.

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Luna
2-3 Drury Street, South William Street, Dublin

Well worth a visit - different experience. lovely interior - very retro New York. Service/Waiter was fantastic, explained menu so well. we shared starter of antipasto. Mains are to be shared - we had 2 between 4, was more than we could eat - beef (v rare). Desert is presented on a trolley - this was the only disappointment on the night. Go for the experience & food.

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Rock Lobster @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Rd, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

First time to visit. Service was good. Food was good, crab to start v light, halibut for mains, they accommodated my request for amends to what it came with. Desert was v good, chocolate torte. Really liked the food but felt it was expensive for mid-week. €100 for two with shared started and desert and 2 mains with 2 glasses of processco. Will go back and try the set menu deals.

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

Great location, lovely inside. We had a table in the front as back had a large group. There are only 3 table here, so no atmosphere, there are 2 private room either side. This suited us as a group of 6 who wanted to chat. Food was v good, all happy. Lamb got great reviews. Prawns for starter were good & generous portion. Ordered hake, got trout, small portion on a bed of mash, not great. Steaks also got good review. The deserts were v good. cheesecake especially. Good service. Were told have to be off the table by 9.30, left after mid-night. Go figure!! Will be back!!!

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Mixed feelings is the best way I can describe my dinning experience. Long wait times, to order & between starter & main. Salmon was good for starter. Had lamb shepherds pie for main, something I would not normally choose. Wish I had not. Was so hot I burnt my mouth, lots of mash, little lamb, v small portion. Dessert of cheesecake was served in a jam jar in a bag!! Was good, although did not taste like cheesecake!! the venison was good according to my friends. Maybe another visit before I cross this place of my list!!

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The Woollen Mills
42 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

A nice change for the better. good buzz, great service, interesting & different menu & good value. Staff really knew the menu and made great recommendations Really enjoyed the food, got a mixed started. had fish for main was good. Wine is good value. Recommend for a change.

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Drury Buildings
52-55 Drury St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A mixed night!! Great service, well informed and attentive. Menu read really well, very interesting mix. However, it did not live up to expectations set. Had a butternut squach, parma ham, riscotta salad. The former was lacking, however, it was tasty. I ordered the T-bone steak. It was very tough, so bad I could not cut it and my plate moved all over the table during my efforts to cut. It was replaced with the medallions of beef with gratin, this was good. We had ice cream for desert, this was good. Overall, found this restaurant disappointing, food just did not live up to expectations and prices are on the high side. The atmosphere was lively. Service is really very good.

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

Not been here in a long time, Service was attentive. Food was really good. We had a mix of starters all of which were good, especially the duck pancakes. Had a lovely prawn dish with rice. Pad Thai was also good. Worth a visit if you like Thai food & good service.

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37 Dawson Street
37 Dawson Street, Dawson Street, Dublin

Well Worth a visit. Service is really good, attentive and pleasant. Food was excellent - had prawns - well cook, plenty of them and presentation was good. Steak for mains, really really good, tender and a joy. Lovely hand cut chips and baby carrots. Duck was good. Desert was white chocolate cheese cake, heard it was good - must have been as did not get a chance to taste any - had pecan pie - good but rich. Nice Argentina Malbac wine - good value. The room is really well done, does feel a bit like 2/3 sections with nearer windows the best area. Whilst we had to be off the table by 9,30 we did get a seat at the bar and the place fill up after dinner as a bar. Will be back - lots here to enjoy.

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Bistro 53
Main St, Maynooth, Maynooth, Kildare

Went for lunch. Amazing value €11.95 for two courses, great choice. Had lovely carrot soup to start and salmon for mains. Both were really good. The A La Carte menu looks really good, really looking forward to going back. Great service, lovely decor, luxury feel. Was v quite, which is a surprise given all the good qualities of the venue. Well worth a visit.

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Cliff Townhouse
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Booked in person whilst passing one evening, there was a reluctance to take my booking as there were two large parties booked for 8pm, I had to ask if we arrived at 7.45 could they accommodate us, to which the booking was taken. Left not feeling too confident. There were 10 of us, table by window overlooking the green. Was a draft coming in, soon dealt with. Service was really good, unassuming and efficient. Food was good, prawns, soup and goats cheese started all got favorable comments. I had the sea trout, was good, but certainly not hot. Many had steak, again good reports. Sides need to be ordered as extras. Wine topped up all evening without once having to ask as was water. This is a good place for a group and service is really good. Price is about what you would expect.

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The Tannery Restaurant
Quay Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

We went on a dinner, bed & breakfast deal - so worth it. Lived up to expectation, which were very high. Great service from moment we arrived. Had a lovely waitress, who was so pleasant and chatted we with on the location. Starters - red onion tarte tatin with goat's cheese, really good, flavours mixed well. Salmon - lovely, simple but good. Mains- had monkfish which was in a sauce that was like a red curry, different and very tasty different and enjoyed. Desert - Blackcurrent souffle excellent. Rooms are lovely, breakfast is in room, just add water for coffee plungers and muffins left on door. Worth a trip.

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Asador
1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Very Enjoyable. Lovely décor, attentive and unassuming service (best I have experienced in a long time replace water, topped up wine, like having own waiter for nigth), new twist & well thought through menu. Starters: seared scallops - fab, prawns - really good, carpaccio - good. All well presented, good portions and everyone loved. Mains - marinated lamb skewers with sautee potatoes. Really good, lamb was really good and red pepper hummas was lovely with it. the potatoes were a bit off, not really sure what the problem was but just not great. Tuna was chargrilled and really good. Lovely night. Only slight blip - we got charged extra main course - this should not happen, billed should be checked before giving to customers. Will be back.

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

A Litany of errors. Arrived at 6.35 for quick pizza - venue chosen by nephew as a treat. Seated near service area, not ideal, kid at next table banged his tin with colouring pencils on table incessantly, was annoying. Once ordered, waited and waited, eventually asked when food would arrive, after checking, told food would be served in 4 minutes as was in the oven. now 40 minutes elapsed since arriving.. Had to ask again. Manager explained backlog etc, really why bother giving excuses. Food arrived, mine was cold, tasteless and burnt. Total disaster. Never going back. Bill was discounted but not enough. We had less than 10minutes to eat to make a movie. Only for Kids.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

If you want good steak and good wine, then this is the place to go. However, it does not come cheap. There are other items on the menu - tuna and chicken, but the steak is the main emphasis here. Been many time, does not disappoint, but I do think it has got more expensive. Was rather surprised to get a booking for Friday night with little notice. Service is professional & friendly.

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Had dinner here on a Saturday night with family. Restaurant is quite small with two private dining areas. Rather lacks atmosphere. Service was friendly and efficient, certainly not rushed or intrusive. We were asked if there was an occasion and this was duly noted as it was marked on the desert plate. Food was good, not great. Thought menu was limited and rather plain. Had smoked salmon to start, presented in middle of plate flat, nicely decorated with fruit around it. Had steak for mains, was a little chewy!! Soup was good. Desert which is normally my favourite course, again was disappointed with choice and it certainly did not stand out. Pleasant, but expected more. (Was a guest who spoke on his phone loudly which was v annoying and lacks respect for other dinner, he was not even dining alone!!)

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Nede
Sycamore St, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Like many I was so excited to try this restaurant and it did not disappoint, indeed, it excelled in some instances. Food - Starters: Langoustines with sourdough toast - Amazing - must have. Perfectly good, fell out of the shells and tasted so good. Field vegetables with light smoked goat cheese - did not look good, leaves looked dead. Nede smokies with wilted green, poached egg, potato crisp & smoked cooley - a bit bland, looked good. The bread and homemade butter (served on a rock, looked fab) were really good, so tasty. Mains - hake this was really really Good, perfectly cooked and tasted wonderful, had with baby potatoes. striplion stake with baby potato, caramelised onions and brown butter vinaigrette - really Good. chicken with pulses - did not look good, heavy on the pulses, tasted good. Deserts - AMAZING - cheese & bread, strawberries & meringue, bean coffee ice cream with soft chocolate cake & toasted barley. ALL were the best I have had in so long. Wine - limited list, had Spanish tempranllio, good value. Service - The BEST in terms of how they handled us, some of our food did not arrive at the same time (were 6). Also we waited longer than usual for food, we were not in a hurry, but were hungry. However, this was handled so well, hats off. Louise came to our table and had a chat with us, apologies where necessary. Front of house was exceptional in how she dealt with us. Her smile never faded. Had a great evening, despite some issues, but the way they dealt with us restores your faith in customer service, because it exceeded any expectations I had. So going back - I loved my food.

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Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant
Ballyconneely Road, Clifden, Clifden, Galway

Had a really good meal here, group of 9. Fantastic value, given food quality & service, the view was truly amazing!!! Set menu is a must. Had duck spring rolls, v good, exactly as such be, some had confit of duck with mango, said was v good. For main the lamb shank was reported to be excellent. I had the cod, again really well cooked and presented. Deserts were good also, although I did not participate, but did managed to taste the warm chocolate Service was excellent as was the wine. Would defo recommend a visit here. Really great value, especially when compare to Dublin!!

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had dinner here, overall good place to eat in town. Had prawns to start - however, prawns were not shelled, was hard work for little reward, taste of sea water was strong. the crab and avocado started was excellent. Had roast cod for main, was really good, perfectly cooked and nice portion. Lamb was also good. Desert was so good, caramelized apple tart amazing, Service was good, nice atmosphere. Worth a visit.

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Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Dined here on a Friday night upstairs in tapas bar. Firstly, the service is really good, attentive and knowledgeable. We were advised to have 3 tapas per person. The pasta tapas was excellent, Pork belly was good, but a bit too fatty.Prawns were good. Food is beautifully presented and is not your normal tapas menu. However, I found it a tad pretentious and not very filling. 12 tapas and 2 bottles of wine was €200. - thought this was a bit expensive given portion sizes. We had a few drinks in the bar after (table was needed back, however, we were not rushed), good atmosphere here. Worth a visit, however, don't go too hungry!!

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First Floor Bar & Brasserie @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin

AVOID - Had lunch here (Mother's Day) on Sunday. So bad in every way. Service - perfunctory, empty plates left in front of us for so long between courses, feedback dealt with in a very off hand way, disgraceful. Food - starts good, fishcakes, soup and scallops. Main - Beef with Yorkshire pudding - former good, latter like rocks, vegetables were totally under cooked. When this was point out to waitress, she was so dismissive (despite having been told same thing by the people at table beside us).Fish dish was cold. At end of meal, bill not given over, rather machine presented, service of 12.5% was included on the bill - this is totally unacceptable, it is not justified in any way, this practice must be stopped. Happy to tip for good service and food, but neither happened here. This is the second bad experience I have had here for Sunday lunch and it is the last ever!!

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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

Went for Sunday lunch, set menu at €22 for 2 courses. Had the starter of fish cakes, which were good, crispy on outside and moist and tended. Soup was also good. The beef roast was ok, too much meat, under done for me and little in the way of sides with a few small duck roasted potatoes and carrots. A nice restaurant, with good service and nicely paced between courses, Worth a visit.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A firm favourite for years, always busy, with good service and good food, which is reasonable. The set price menu of 2 small portions and glass of wine is great value at €15, had bravas (must have here) with chicken salad, both of which were good, and potion size is very filling. Meatballs still remain a big draw for many here. Good service and atmosphere, place was packed by 6.30pm on a Thursday night. With competition across the road, especially Dylan McGrath's new place, the market bar is holding its own and will continue to do so.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A firm favourite venue for good food, service and atmosphere. There is an offer of 2 small tapas with glass of wine for €15, good value. Potato bravas and chicken salad along with meatballs were great. Place was pack by 6.30. Well worth a visit, especially for a large group.

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Bite - New Location Opening Soon!
29 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Firstly, making a reservation - total nightmare, 2 phone calls and 2 emails later they could still not get it right, not good enough. Not told until day of booking that it was a set menu for Christmas. Even asked for credit card number to hold booking. NOT ON. Restaurant - strange layout - 3 areas. we were in the back, though main dining area, kitchen corridor and via outdoor area, was a small space and cold air from open door. At a table for 2, were 3 of us. Food - pil pil prawns for starters good, crab & avocado not good, no taste and watery. Mains - we had hake & cod, fish ok, rest tasteless. Desert - good. Service - whilst there seemed to be a lot of staff, it was slow. After dinner, we went to the bar in outdoor area - ordered a round of drinks 3 times before it came. This area needs work, 2 bins on display behind the bar. Will NOT be back.

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

Even Better than before. Dined here with the menupages deal. Given it was a lovely evening, we asked if we could dine on the terrace and they set up a table for us. (A lot more could be done with this area to bring it upto a better standard and evoke the inside) The food is absolutely sublime. My friend had the quail to start, one was very rare and she did not eat it. I had the John Dory with courgette puree, it was really great, fish had a lovely crispy exterior and was perfect inside. My friend had the lobster (there is a supplement on this dish), it was excellent. Presentation of food is a work of art. Desert was a lovely melange of flavours and was excellent. In my view the food has got better than last year, which is saying a lot. The choice, mix and use of ingredients is interesting, which evoked a hint to Heston Blumenthal. The service as always was excellent,and attentive without being overbearing as some restaurants of this calibre can be. If you love good food, you will really enjoy dining here, note, you will pay for this level of food/service.

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Kajjal
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Had dinner here for the first time on Friday, it was excellent. Food was really good, full of flavours. Shared a behari kebab, portion was plenty for two. was spicy with a lovely yogurt with spices. Had a prawn kharal masala, it was excellent, prawns were melt in the mouth. My friend had lamb rogan, which she said was v good. we had pilau rice and a kishmish nan, both of which were great. There is a featured wine, we shared a glass, it was excellent and good value. Service was excellent, nice space between courses, never felt rushed even though table was required back by 8. The decor is lovely. It was v busy for early on a Friday and having eaten there I now know why. Looking forward to going back.

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The Goat Bar & Grill
Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin

Went for the rugby game on sunday. Found seats in the bar which was a surprise. There is a dedicated eating area at the back, minus the tvs. There was table service, took a while to get a drink, however waitress was apologetic. Ordered a chicken caesar salad, too much bacon, chicken and parmesan, not enough lettuce. Why is this dish so hard to get right. Burger & chips with side salad were fine according to my friend. A lot of people seem to be having Roast of day. Think food is a bit over priced for a pub. Good service and atmosphere.

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

I eat here a lot. Always busy, many times, wait is too long, especially in the evenings. Good food, quickly. Good choice and mainly health, so great place to visit with kids if you want a chance from fast food. Service is always good & helpful. Nice place, good value.

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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant
Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin

Had dinner here on Saturday evening. was v busy. Great service. Nice place, relaxed. Food was good, steaks on hot plates v popular, told was good. Had burger was good. worth a visit for a casual bit to eat.

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Salamanca Fusion
38 - 40 Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had dinner here Friday night with some friends. It was v busy. Service was good once you got attention. Food was not good. Menu is v varied, so not really sure how you would describe the place. Had ribs to start which were cold. Had prawns in coconut sauce, no rice, it was not good, prawns were soggy and it was a bit tasteless with no carbs to soak up sauce. Not expensive, but defo do not go for the food. Others had pasta, and another said her mains was not good. No way going back.

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

Had 2 course pre-theatre dinner, about 80% of menu had supplement, which I find v annoying, either have an offer of don't, but to add a PTS on nearly every dish is not good. Had chicken stay which was ok but did not look good, white with yellow hue. Ordered Phad Thai with prawns, got chicken, was not great, diep is better. Duck red curry was good. Service ok, but would be good to get what ordered (did not have time to send it back). Decor is nice.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Have eaten here a number of time, both in bar and in gallery restaurants. Lovely place. we eat in the bar, had guinness pie, was large portion, overdone in my view, but ok. other main was a salad, which was ok. Service was good, however, it did appear that there was not adequate staff, as waited for service, even the bill!! Worth a visit to view, food upstairs is better and early bird good value, good place for bite before going to the Gate Theatre.

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Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Tried the early bird offer, what a great deal. €45pp, off table by 8.30pm There is a choice of three starters, mains and desert. Had starter of smoked salmon on pancake, it was a v generous portion and it was v good. there was a soup and salad on offer. Mains were 6oz fillet steak, 8oz sirloin stake and fish. Steak was v good, served with mashed potato, spinach and fried onion, generous portions. desert was cheesecake, which was good. coffee was also served, although no petit fours as per menu!! Service as always is good and non-intrusive. bill was presented in order that we vacate table on time, although it did not appear that the table was needed!! Worth a visit, good value, great food and nice atmosphere, it was quite this night

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The Greenroom Restaurant at Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort
Ballymoney, Ballymoney Wexford, Wexford

Stayed 2 nights before Christmas, it was really enjoyable. Hotel was v quite. Had dinner in the bar the first night, excellent quality (burger and prawn salad - easy to get wrong, was v good) and price. Had 3 course dinner the following night, the food was really excellent -michelin star quality - service was good, Had steak which was really good - starter of smoked salmon, beautiful presentation and flavours. courses well spaced out. nice atmosphere. This hotel is a really enjoyable place to go (especially if you get a deal), the outdoor jacuzzi is v relaxing, especially when it is dark. you can even go for a short walk on the beach, lovely views. hotel room is comfortable - we had cracked window and v torn net curtains!!

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Matt The Thresher Seafood Bar and Grill
31/31 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Total disappointment. I picked this place for dinner with friends, was I sorry. Firstly, this place does not know if it is bar with food or restaurant and thus in my view fails in the latter. The food was not good. Spoke to table beside us and out of 8 people only 1 person rated their mains. I had prawn salad, prawns were not good, soggy. (wanted just prawns but was told kitchen too busy to shell). Steak not good, tough and left on the plate, by 2 people. Hake was not great, lacked any real flavour, citrus sauce lacking, potatoes were hard, salad dressing was good. Told the lobster was not good either. Only the dover sole got a good review. Service was really good. We also had another patron come sit with us uninvited who refused to leave, never experienced this before, hence my view on what is this place. In the end we had to get the staff to intervene. Wine list limited, however, was good value. Waiter did good job at recommendation. Thus was not a good night for dinner and felt embarrassed as I had booked. Also not good value for money given food and atmosphere. Some people had a sing song...just what you want whilst dining...not!

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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

My first vist, went for the early bird on a Tuesday night, not too busy. Food was good, had crab brulee and salmon, without peas & bacon, with fab carrotts and mash on the side. service was very pleasant and attentive. really enjoyed and good value. Presentation was really nice (they are all using the slate now!!). Overall v good, will be back. PS - tried to get a reservation for 4th June and it was full, good sign on a bank holiday weekend!!

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A group of 9 had dinner here on a Saturday night. I ate here late last year after it had changed ownership and it was v good. This time, I was disappointed. The place was v quite for a saturday night. The food was not as good, had prawns to start, presentation good as were the prawns. Many had the lamb, which was ok, no where near as good as the last time. Service was good. This venue is so lovely, such a pity to see it so quite and disappointing to see that food standards as not as high as previous. It was good value at €29.95 for 3 courses. Good wine list also.

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Dax Cafe Bar
23 Pembroke Street Upper, City Centre South, Dublin

Go here for lunch, good. Decided to try the wine and taps evening menu. Well its was sooo fab. Great food and wine. The waiter was so attentive and his recommendations were spot on, especially in the wine & port field to accompany the food. salmon, chicken salad and cheese board (did not try myself) were all really good. Presentation was lovely. Portions not big so you can try many. Had desert, lemon tart, v good. Was not cheap, but we did have a lot, equal wine & food!! It was v quite on a Tuesday, so not much of an atmosphere, but this did not take away for the experinece. Service is top class.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here and it was amazing, so so good. All 3 of us had the same choice, prawns in filo pasty with salad and Hake for main. Food was fantastic, presentation wonderful and service delightful. We were offered complimentary coffees as per our first order, this was a very nice touch, so simple, yet never offered, unless from a pot of typically stale coffee, not here. Set lunch menu for 2 courses was fab value at E22. thought it would be dark as in the basement but it was not. Beautiful decor, relaxing yet elegant. there is a room for a private dinner, this would be a really good venue for a speical night out for a large group. This resturant ticked all boxes and I can't wait to go back for dinner.

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The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Had lunch here with 5 friends on Saturday. Tale of two sides!! 4 had the steak, I asked for mine well done (I know, but am Irish!!), was told chef does not like to do it this way as may be tough, said I wanted no pink. Needless to say, came on medium side. Was not happy, quality of meat was good. came with chips, thin and ok, also salad, but I would say a few leafs. View from others was good. One had the mixed grill, this was large and if you are hungry would recommend, mind you they could do with a 'female' version to avoid waste. fish also on the menu. we had desert, cream brule, which had salt on the top and when pointed out to staff, reaction was a laugh!! was not impressed. chocolate mouse was good. expresso was creamy and strong. Tables all high, service good. Wine list limited and did not recognise many, we had rioja which was very drinkable if a little on the light side. I certainly will not be rushing back given many good places to choose from, however, this was not the general view from the group. To each their own...

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The Cellar Restaurant
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A group of 7 spend a night at the Merrion with dinner in the Cellar restaurant included. We had a three course set menu, which had great choice. The bread, OMG, individual loaf shaped and warm..never saw so many ladies eat so much bread with a meal, it was that good. I had a light started of salmon marinated in beetroot, it was lovely, fresh and light. other starters included, what I would describe as 'pizza', i.e. light puff pastry with tomato, cheese and rocket. reports back were good, slightly on the filling side. Many had the lamb, which was a little' Moroccan', mine was not so tender, but enjoyable. Many asked for medium, but little pink was on display. Iit was an interesting dish, tasty and filling. The cod, chips and mushy peas where good, chips were excellent. Desert, well I was pleasently surprised, had chocolate mousse and it was sublime...really. We had the Rioja which was good, did not like the house red, bit too sharp. Service was good, attentive without being OTT. Atmosphere was relaxed, the room was fairly full and tables are not too close. We stayed at the hotel, as part of a package wihich included dinner, bed and breakfast with champagne which was served in the bar (with corkage of course). It was great value for money. The servcie is so 5 star. Breakfast was good, liked the choice. Services was a bit slow. Would highly recommend the Merrion for a deal, everything is fab. and staff are so accomodating.

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First Floor Bar & Brasserie @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin

Went for a late sunday lunch here, having been before and enjoyed. Was a family affair, no kids. Impressions are important especially first ones, and these were no good at reception. The least said the better here. We had a drink in the bar whilst waiting for the rest of the party, we were the only one's there, service was good. To lunch - service a real let down - saw waiters only one when they served main - never again. Weird. Bread was stale, was ages before we got more, and whilst warm, was obviously cooked from frozen. Soup was really good. Mains were nice, from fish to meat. A real pity it was let down by the service. Where did all the waiters come from and disappear back to once main were served.

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BANG Restaurant & Bar
11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was interested in trying this given review and I really like to original version of this restaurant. Went on a Friday evening for the early bird. It is a limited menu with 4 choices per course. Mains were fish, chicken and pork belly. Latter was 'fatty' according to my friend who had it, Fish was fine. Wine choice limited I thought. Service was good, atmosphere was noisy. It was busy that night. However, felt there was something 'missing' here, just not quite sure what. Although we went for the early bird at 6.30, we left at 11.30 after much wine. It is good value for the early bird. Not sure will be back soon, given wide choice on offer in Dublin and good value.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Have eaten here a number of times and it never fails to impress, on a number of levels. Firstly, staff are excellent, friendly, welcoming and accomodating. Secondly, atmosphere, it is always good, but..a small but.. the music is a bit loud for my liking, but guess it adds to the ambience. Thirdly, and most important the food. It is all about steak, and it is amazing. Great choice from cut (3) to how it comes. It is a limited menu, tuna and steak so beware. Starters are interesting and varied, but if you are having steak skip them. Wine list is good, and would recommd the medium bodied rioja, very good with steak. Lastly, expect to pay E50 for main of steak, wine and coffee, well worth it.

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

I have been to this resturant a number of times for dinner. I really enjoy a night here. The food is consistently good, the menu changes which makes returning easy to do. The service/staff is always impeccable, friendly (without being overboard, a fine balance), knowlegable (not always a given as it should be in a good resturant) and attentive. The piano entertainment adds another enjoyable element to a lazy weekday night after an early meal. If you are looking for a venue for a large group as I was last year, I would highly recommend il segreto. The outdoor areas are a welcome addition.

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