Restaurant Reviews from MrsMac

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Last Visit: 09 June 2017

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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)

1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Reviewed 09th June 2017 ( visited 05th June 2017 )

Very underwhelmed by this place I expected better in an authenic Italian firstly it wasnt even that busy on a bank holiday Monday so figured would be grand for a spot of lunch. First off I just wanted brushetta with mozzerella and tomato they only did the brushetta with ham which I didnt want like surely all they would have to do is make up the brushetta the same and put chopped tomato on instead all they said I could have was the cheese board. My friend ask for the vege risotto which they didnt have?? so she got the vege ravoli in gorgonzola sauce with me the pasta was burnt and black underneath I've had far nicer dishes. At the start we were going to get a wine but with no dishes available, bad pasta and a waitress who took a families order who came in way after us and was surly to us we just got tap water and left no tip I defo wont be back
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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)

1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
45 reviews

Reviewed 09th June 2017 ( visited 05th June 2017 )

Very underwhelmed by this place I expected better in an authenic Italian firstly it wasnt even that busy on a bank holiday Monday so figured would be grand for a spot of lunch. First off I just wanted brushetta with mozzerella and tomato they only did the brushetta with ham which I didnt want like surely all they would have to do is make up the brushetta the same and put chopped tomato on instead all they said I could have was the cheese board. My friend ask for the vege risotto which they didnt have?? so she got the vege ravoli in gorgonzola sauce with me the pasta was burnt and black underneath I've had far nicer dishes. At the start we were going to get a wine but with no dishes available, bad pasta and a waitress who took a families order who came in way after us and was surly to us we just got tap water and left no tip I defo wont be back
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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)
1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Very underwhelmed by this place I expected better in an authenic Italian firstly it wasnt even that busy on a bank holiday Monday so figured would be grand for a spot of lunch. First off I just wanted brushetta with mozzerella and tomato they only did the brushetta with ham which I didnt want like surely all they would have to do is make up the brushetta the same and put chopped tomato on instead all they said I could have was the cheese board. My friend ask for the vege risotto which they didnt have?? so she got the vege ravoli in gorgonzola sauce with me the pasta was burnt and black underneath I've had far nicer dishes. At the start we were going to get a wine but with no dishes available, bad pasta and a waitress who took a families order who came in way after us and was surly to us we just got tap water and left no tip I defo wont be back

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Andersons Creperie
1A Carlingford Road, Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

Thank you Andersons for accommodating a large group the crepes were delicious I will definately come back again to try more :)

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Da Mimmo Restaurant
148A North Strand Road, City Centre North, Dublin

Went for a meal here yesterday with a friend (advise booking) as was full at 3.30 with only 7 tables. Both pizzas delish a vegetarian and a tino one. We finished with a panna cotta and very tasty pistashio icecream. Fast and friendly service will try pasta next time.

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Morrison Grill
The Morrison, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I had a meal with my mother and cousins here I have to say staff were lovely and accommodating. Service fast and friendly. Delicious baskets of bread and I had a lovely ravoli for mains and a delicious and moorish orange and chocolate whoopie pie. Will be back again

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with 3 friends last Saturday have to say very friendly and quick service. We all had delicious duck/potato gratin, steak/fries and beef bourbuignon with lovely wine, apple tarte and chocolate mousse. The one complaint we all had was that it was extremely hot I know it is a small place but we would have love if the air con was turned up slightly as it would put us off going there for an evening meal in future.

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The Black Sheep (Dublin)
61 Capel Street, Dublin, City Centre North, Dublin

In here last night to get some food before cinema got some nachos not the best a massive mound of them portion size good but a drizzle of bottled guacamole sauce, sour cream and hot sauce was expected the real stuff and more of it. As soon as I ate the top of the tortilla chips half of the rest was left with nothing. I didnt mind too much as the chips were lovely. My friend asked for more topping and they gave it to her and didnt charge for her meal which was nice my other friend had the burger which was yummy. So all and all quick friendly service nice touch on the free nachos but would prefer the real toppings and more of it on the tortilla chips

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Zaragoza
South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin

I went here with my husband and I have to say food, atmosphere and service all top class. We made sure we were starving as we were dying to try as many tapas as possible. We ordered monkfish, chicken croquettes, meatballs, potato bravas, a basket of bread and olive tapinade as well as a San Miguel and a massive glass of delicious Sangria. The service was very friendly and efficient we were meant to go at 9 for the next sitting but they waited till we left at 9.15 no rushing or telling us to leave. I will definitely be back again before the end of the year. The only slight gripe and is is small is maybe a bit more cosy feel would be nice and the new style dyson dryers at the taps are a bit confusing in the toilets.

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

To beat the Valentines rush we decided to eat here the night before. I had booked it a week in advance to confirm a booking for 7pm. A few days beforehand I rang to confirm booking only to be told I had to vacate the table by 9pm now we probably weren't going to be there that long but the fact I wasnt informed at the desk that day I booked annoyed me a bit also I asked on the day I booked if there was onion in the burger to which the guy at the desk informed me there was - reason being my husband hates onion and sometimes there can be onion in a burger mix. When we arrived last night the place was lovely positives- quick, effcient and friendly service, helpings of they lovely bread before our starter, beautiful burger (that I had) very filling. Negatives: The place was very dark could hardly see what I was eating, we got the pre theatre deal as the prices were dear on the main menu and we just wanted two courses, the two Caesar salads were average lots of dark green leaves and I thought not enough pancatta and dressing, My burger was lovely but it didnt have onion so my husband who would have ordered it didnt cos we the guy at the desk told me there was onion. He ended up getting chicken and was still peckish after it if it wasnt for the extra bread rolls and half of my burger he took. There was hardly any chicken on his plate 3 tiny sweet potato pieces the size of a coin a tiny drizzle of the gorgonzola sauce and loads of the pepperata the portion size was way small. I am glad we paid for our mains on the early bird cos there was no way I would pay €22 for a tiny piece of chicken. Service good but if hungry dont bother coming here unless you want to pay a lot of money for a lot of meals

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Bach 16
16 Bachelors Walk, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here with some friends beautiful cheese and meat platters more than plenty for two. The sandwich selection and pizzas looked delicious too. Wine superb and desserts to die for. Service friendly and effcient. Only gripe is it is very small you have to have a reservation as not a lot of tables and only one toilet. I know it's a wine bar but would probably not be able to bring hubby here as no beer but would definately come for lunch again to try out the pizza and sambos.

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Bel Cibo Smithfield
Unit 11 Block A, Smithfield Market Square, Dublin 7, Smithfield, Dublin

I went here with my husband as we wanted a bite to eat before the cinema. I ordered the brushetta and my husband had garlic bread both were lovely not too garlicy. My mains was pasta with mushrooms and italian sausage in a white wine sauce which was filling and lovely. Even though my husband likes his fish and chips he felt there should have been a bigger portion. There was a small ammount of chips in a silver pail and a tiny portion of cod in a metal mini fryer implement served on a wooden board we are both still in the mindset that we prefer our food on plates instead of these fancy thing. All in all though I would go back the pizza looked lovely service was fast and friendly too.

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Moloughney's Clontarf
9 Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

After a long walk on the strand we came here for much needed nourishment. Moloughneys did not disappoint. The service efficient and friendly. My friend and I both had the butternut squash ravioli which was amazing I could have eating a bigger portion of it though as I was so hungry but it was delicious with the sage butter sauce. My friend had a lovely carrot cake with lime cream cheese zest whilst I had a gorgeous Morrocan orange and almond gluten free cake it was moist and flavours were lovely. With two coffees total bill came to about €45 which was reasonable. I will definately be here again as I had my eye on lots of other meals like the beef, chicken and desserts like chocolate and salt caramel tart.

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Rolys Cafe
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

My husband and I went here on a meal deal I have to say the food was lovely. I got a lovely cashel blue, chorizo and avocado salad "minus the avocado!!" I let that go as it was a nice salad, My husband ordered Heineken and got a Guinness and there was a small bone in his chicken burger. I have to say thought the burger was lovely and the chips amazing. His bacon and potato croquette starters were yum also. My mains of pasta with mushrooms and tarrgon and cream sauce was delicious. I would come back again service was quick and friendly and food is tasty and value for money.

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Russos
18 Dame Street,, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was here last night with my husband I had a voucher for 2 starters/2 mains I have to say the food was delicious. I got the trio bruschetta and my husband got the Polpette for starters both were delicious. For mains my husband got a lovely chicken wrapped in pancetta, with roast potatoes, spinach and a cream sauce and I got a beautiful fillet of beef with spinach and sweet potato gratin. The service was fast and friendly and I throughly enjoyed the food I will be back again.

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

Had a meal deal for this restaurant I had never been so was looking forward to it. We both shared the fried chicken and veg gyoza which was tasty. I had the chicken Itame which was a lovely chicken, rice noodles, mushrooms, peppers, onion and bak choi in a tasty green curry and coconut soup. My husband had an equally delicicous chicken katsu curry. The service was friendly and quick and the bill came to €28 for a starter, 2 mains, a beer and sprite. I will be back again.

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Taste of Emilia
No. 1 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I came in here with 2 friends for the first time last Friday we got a lovely seat my the window and relaxed with delicious brushettas, americano coffees and a belini. I got the Sole Mio brushetta which was yummy. I will be back next time to try the meat/cheese platter. Service was quick and friendly.

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

Came here with a group for the early bird menu. There is a good selection on it, we were seated for 6 and on the website you had to vacate by 8. The staff were very good and didnt rush us at all. I chose the hummus and pitta for starters which was delicious and the chicken tagine with olives and potatoes served piping hot. We also enjoyed the delicious white sangria. For 19.90 for starter, main and mint tea it was good value. We adjouned downstairs to the bar and we all had fun trying the Shisha Pipe for the first time. I will definately come back again. The staff/service was quick and friendly.

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with a group of friends last night our table was booked for 8 but we didnt get seated until 8.20 as they were waiting on the last party to leave. We just ordered mains as we had to be somewhere by 10 the staff were friendly but the service was slow we were waiting quite a while for our mains. I ordered the goats cheese wellington as I dont eat steak or fish it was lovely but I thought it was quite dear at €15.95 for a vegetarian dish and no potatoes or chips with it. I ordered a side order of chips there were nice but quite saltly. I think if I was coming here again I would just get the pizzas as they are supposed to be nice. We were upstairs and it was quite cramped with 3 groups and one couple. It is a very small restaurant and on w/ends it does get very cramped I would prefer to come here during the week.

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

This is still one of the best value for money Italians in town. The fact that it has stood the test of time shows how popular is is. I went there for a quick bite before meeting people later. I had the penne gorgonzola and my husband had the pizza margarita with ham both delicious I wouldnt normally order a pizza in a restaurant but I may be ordering one from here I tried some and it was one of the best restaurant pizza's ever. Service was fast and friendly and two mains for €20 ideal, will be back

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Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We got a deal here for the comedy night and two 12" pizzas. The pizzas are the traditional wood fire pizzas we ordered two pepperoni but got a salami and perpperoni (they must have run out but we didnt mind as we like both). I enjoyed the pizzas the service was good and it was value for money the only things that wasn't good was the music was way too loud luckilly it was good music, drink a bit pricey and the place was freezing upstairs, I had my cardigan on and was still cold. Apart from that its a good place for a comedy show and a snack

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The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I was here with a few friends I like the Porterhouse in Temple Bar for a few drinks. I was here for food at Christmas and wasnt impressed with the burger but I was hungry and said I would this the food the benefit of the doubt this time. The service was a little slow and the orders were wrong one of my friends got a half Caesar Salad instead of a full and another girl got a wrong drink, I ordered the Porterhouse Pie but they didnt have any so I went with the pasta instead. It was just ok for €11 I would have expected more flavour, the chicken was bland and bacon fatty with a watery cream pasta sauce. I just ate the pasta, some bacon and the mushrooms. I like Porterhouse for the night as the beers are good but wouldnt rush back for the food.

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with my husband for Valentines and I was delight to know that they were doing the regular menu as well as a special Valentines one. Too many restaurants do a set Valentines menu with mediocre food and rushing customers out as soon as possible. The staff were very friendly and accommodating I ordered the Goats cheese profiterole which was delicious and my husband had the smoked salmon salad starter with a creamy sauce and juicy cherry tomatoes. For mains I had the delicious vege option of pasta with toasted pinenuts, and sun dried tomatoes in a cream and white wine sauce my husband had the corn fed chicken in a lovely butter tarragon sauce with asparagus and baby potatoes. We pushed the boat out and each got a dessert I had a lovely buttery rhubarb crumble and he had the most divine white chocolate cheesecake. Our meal came to €67 with a bottle of wine also. I throughly enjoyed it the service, food and atmosphere. I will come again

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Taste of Brazil
32 Parliament St, Temple bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

My husband and I went here one weekend. We had one of those deal vouchers and thought we'd try it out. I got the deep fried wheat balls for starter and my husband got the cassava balls with minced meat both were delicious. For mains we both tried the roasted chicken breast in breadcrumbs topped with cheese, tomato and mashed potato. We ordered chips on the side along with our two bottles of Brahma included in the deal. The mains came which looked lovely after 10 mins we were wondering where our chips were but we were struggling through our massive portions of mains and decided to leave it I was so glad she didnt bring chips. We left stuffed I would definitely only come here again if im hungry as they give very generous portions. The food was different and tasty.

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

I had been in here at Christmas and had a lovely meal with friends so decided to treat my husband to a meal here. The place wasnt busy so we had our pick of seats and the service was quick and friendly. I had the cheese and potato tart which was lovely but my husband wasnt impressed with his ham and cheese sandwich it wasnt great just bland cheese and ham thrown together and the bread didnt seem fresh. the side salad was paltry. If you are looking for a hot meal and dont like savory pastries I wouldnt reccommond here as it really is only a sandwich/tarts and cake cafe. We didnt get cakes but I can vouch that there desserts are delicious I had the most divine Victoria sponge there at Christmas.

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

I went in here with my Mother and husband on Christmas Eve for some Tapas as an alternative to all the Christmas food that would have been around the next few days. The service was quick and friendly between the three of us we got potatas bravas, spanish omelette, the havana platter of hams/cheeses and a selection of dips/breads. The food was delicious and there was plenty to each to share. I love coming here for either a meal or a casual snack and the price was reasonable also.

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Foam Cafe
24 Strand Street Great, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Went here today with my friends have to say its a lovely little place you would never see it though as it's up a little side street. I had the Caesar Salad which was delicious and my friends enjoyed their smoked salmon and BLT. Our cakes were yummy citris torte and carrot cakke and my friends cheesecake was the best I've ever tasted crunchy and creamy. I thought the service was good and friendly maybe we got them on a good day as to previous reviews I love the quirkiness of it like a mix of 70's kitsch but it works

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McDonagh's Seafood House
22 Quay Street, Galway, Galway City, Galway

I called in here on the way for some lunch I was dying for some of McDonagh's chips having studied and worked in Galway I miss the chips since I moved away. As I approached at midday they were opening up and there was a queue outside already to get in a mix of locals and tourists. I got a takeaway portion of chips to eat down by the Claddagh the chips are amazing real proper chipper chips with loads of salt and vinegar the chips are proper fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Service is prompt and friendly I would recommend McDonagh's as it is a well established Galway landmark

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Il Folletto Restaurant
Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

Had a meal here with my friends during Race weekend I have to say the food is very tasty during one of the busiest Sat of the year in Galway it was essential to book. I have to say it was a little cramped but the staff were excellent as I think they had been short staffed people were still coming in for tables at 10. I had a lovely brusheta and my friend had garlic bread, my friend's pizza was delicious and my carbonara was very flavoursome with a good bottle of house white we were too full to manage desserts. I would come again but maybe during a quieter w/end I wouldn't bring a large crowd here as it is a bit tight for space

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Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
51 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway

I visited here with my my husband during Race Week I was glad we booked the place was heaving. All the time we were there about 15 couples must have come in some turned away because they hadnt booked. Our waitress was very nice and prompt with the service even though they were busy. We ordered 2 beers and Sangria and 4 Tapas the potatas bravas were delicious, along with bread and the juiciest olives ever, we also got omelette and chorizo which was tasty. We treated ourselves to dessert and got the cheesecake and mousse both delicious. We had an enjoyable meal and if ever I am in Galway again I will go there

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Came here with a few of my friends as lived in Dublin for years but never tried here. We booked for 8.45 I have to say there isnt a great selection if you are not a seafood lover like a few of us one girl was vegetarian and was left with an unappetising choice of unadventurous veggie options I had the chicken which was medicore not great. The service was terrible the waitress forgot our basket of bread that we ordered and clearly had not a clue when we asked if they did side orders seemingly they dont do sides?? or chips there very strange one of my friends was starving afterwards also the dinner plates were stone cold!!. The desserts were lovely. Starters all seafood bar soup/goats cheese. Service was friendly but painfully slow and inexperienced. The music and atmosphere was good but if ever I came again I would eat in town beforehand and just come for drinks and food. As the food is overpriced and not that great.

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

Went here for brunch with some friends would throughly recommend it. I had a delicious smoked chicken quesadilla with guacamole/salsa and for dessert had the most delicious milk choc orange jaffa mousse it was a delicious brunch and kept me going all day. My friend enjoyed her smoked salmon with poached eggs and sticky toffee banana pudding. I will be here again to try their other brunch items

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

Great food and service here went with 11 friends got a platter of starters fish cakes, chicken satay skewers, veg tempura, spring rolls, bbq chicken wings and squid. I had a delicious Massamum curry for mains which was yummy the waiters also gave us free bowls of stir fried veggies and noodles. Dessert was a choice of Passion Fruit baked cheesecake or chocolate tart. It was €30 for a 3 course meal which was good value with wine it came to on average €45 which is good for the quality of the food in Saba. I will be back again

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

Have a lovely dinner here today the early bird good value I had the brushetta with cheese/pesto and pasta arrabiatta and partner had the brushetta with pizza margarita with ham. Brushettas were tasty and my pasta with delicious with that extra spice and juicy olives The pizza was a lovely thin base with tasty toppings. The service was quick and friendly and the bill came good value at €30.65 for 2 starters, 2 mains, glass of wine and a bottle of beer.

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

7 of us went to Montys last week and it was a good experience. The service was quick and the staff were friendly. I had the Tareko Sabji deep fried vegetable balls which were very tasty and the chicken babari, a masala sauce with mint and boiled rice. They went out of their way to do extra mild dishes for someone who wasnt used to Indian food and had coeliac friendly food too. We had to leave the table at 9.00 but by the time we sorted the bill and finished our wine it was 9.15 and they were still polite and didnt hurry us. I would go here ago for good service and delicious food.

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

Went for a meal here with my husband as a surprise have to say I heard about it but never got the opportunity to go there. For starters I have the goats cheese and hubby had the Caesar salad both delicious. For mains my gorganzola and walnut ravoli was divine as was my husbands chicken and yummy potato gratin. We went all out that night and each got a dessert I had banoffee my husband chocolate brownie. We were well and suitably stuffed the service and atmosphere was excellent low music, not noisy and a lovely setting. My only slight irk was I would have preferred our dessert to come on a plate instead of in a glass. The whole meal came to €95 for 2 starters, mains desserts a bottle of nice pinio grigio and basket of bread included. I would definately come here again to try the other lovely choices on the menu.

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The Chili Club
Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I enjoyed a lovely meal of minced chicken and onions for starters, yellow curry and banoffee pie for dessert. There was good choice on the menu and I would come back again. My 5 friends enjoyed their mixed dishes of fried potato and chicken patties, green curries and sea bass also. The service was good just a little slow between mains and dessert but that didnt worry me too much as I needed a food break. The room is a little small upstairs you could only fit about 15 people therefore would advise to book well in advance as it gets packed quickly. We enjoyed our night anyway as ended up been there over 3 hours

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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here with a friend and enjoyed my meal a lot. For starters we shared a platter for two including stuffed vine leaves, Satayana, pitta bread, hummas and salad it was tasty and not too filling. For mains my friend got a vege Malaysian curry with brown rice and I got a Juice burger with chips both meals were delicious. We shared an indulgent hazelnut and chocolate torte and two coffees. The meal came to a reasonable €47. Service was prompt and friendly except at the end we were waiting for our bill for a good while in fairness though it had filled up fairly quickly that Sat evening and they were rushed off their feet. My one grip was constantly having to ask for water I drinks loads during a meal and it would have been easily for him to leave a jug on the table than having to call for more 4 times! All in all though I would go back again

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here for my husbands birthday and I really enjoyed the meal and service. We were served a lovely selection of tomato, walnut and wholemeal bread with oilve oil before our starters. I got a lovely salad starter with blue cheese, poached pear and walnuts. My main was a delicious pasta with creamy mushroom sauce. My husband had a lovely gnocci starter with tender chicken with black bean and corn salsa. For dessert I had a lovely summer pudding with berries and my husband had the chocolate mousse. The service was excellent it was a lovely relaxed calm atmosphere with no noise. I would come here again

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The Goblet
Malahide Road, Artane, Dublin

I went here with work crowd for lunch and I have to say as a first timer I was impressed. I got poached pears in red wine with salad and cashel blue cheese which was delicious. My mains was chicken with a rosemary jus greens and mash potatoes the meat was soft and tender and the mash tasty and buttery. For dessert I got a fantastic marscapone and mango mousse with a pistashio biscuit it was a beautiful finish to a lovely meal. Everyone loves their meals which included swordfish, duck, and chocolate cake for 5 starters, basket of bread, 5 mains 3 desserts and 3 glasses of wine it was €169 which was quite reasonable. I would reccommend this restaurant to anyone.

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The Italian Corner
23/24 Wellington Quay, Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went here with my husband last Saturday I was surprised that we got a table straight away at 7.30 as it was quite busy around town. I had the brushetta della casa which was delicious and the carbonara - one of the best I've had in a long while usually the bacon can be fatty the meat was fantastic and the sauce divine not a good meal if dieting!! my husband had the polpette which were tasty and a delicious margarita pizza with ham. Our only small gripes were that we were not offered parmasan/black pepper with our meal but I think this was the waiter as I saw a waitress offering it to another table. And the starter polpette was a bit small. Apart from that the food was good and service friendly and prompt I will go back again to try more dishes on the menu.

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

I went here with a friend my first impressions was a nice atmosphere, roomy, good seating areas and friendly staff. There was a good selection on the menu however as we were not starving we went with two paninis and chips with drinks. The panini selection was good not just the usual ham and cheese choices of chorizo, goats cheese, chicken pesto, brie and serrano ham. I got the serrano ham and emmental and my friend got the chicken pesto together with a huge bowl of french fries and salad. Both orders were delicious and satisfying. Staff were effecient and friendly and was good value for money. I will definately come here again for a full dinner.

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

A group of us visited here last Sat I have to say that the place has gone downhill since my last visit in January 2010. There was 16 of us booked in for 8.00 but we didnt get waited on until 8.45 we didnt order starters as the prices are crazy €8.95 for a brushetta and €10/11 for salads. We had all ordered a mixture of mains - meat, pasta and pizzas 5 plates of soggy cold chips came out first and after 5 mins the meat dishes and pastas came out they charged separate for the chips and they came out way to early everyone was starving so the chips were eaten by the time the meat mains came out. My carbonara was mediocre the pasta and sauce was ok but the bacon was terrible. It was like undercooked fatty pieces of rashers no meat hardly in the dish at all. The pizzas were sloppy. One waiter sent out the wrong pizza and we had nearly all eaten by the time the person got it back again. And another persons steak sauce was cold. Also they forgot to give us a bottle of wine we had ordered. Someone side dish of spinach also came after he has eaten his Calzone The service was rude and not efficient I would prefer to go to a Pizza takeway joint than go to this restaurant again it was abysmal food and service.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I went in here with a few mates after work yesterday evening luckilly we got a table at the end, as it got fairly full by the end of the night. The atmosphere was great really festive with a good buzz in the air. We ordered a few drinks and tapas, service was friendly and prompt. We ordered chicken skewers, calamari rings, salad and patata bravas all which was yummy and moorish. I would definately come here again for a snack or dinner. Its a nice airy place with good service and food.

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Cafe Gertrude
3/4 Bedford Row, le Bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Myself and my husband went here on Sat I dont remember seeing it before so thought we would give it a go. I ordered the goats cheese tartlet and hubby had the garlic bread the garlic bread was ok the same ould french bread with garlic butter anyone could do my goats cheese tartlet was mediocre a shortcrust pastry tartlet with a dollop of pesto, some chopped tomatoes and goats cheese and small side salad with no dressing. I had asked for a white wine spritzer the waitress came with a full glass of wine and a bottle of water she didnt know what it was I explained I wanted some wine topped up with soda. When our mains came (I got carbonara hubby got Margarita pizza with ham) They sent out the wrong pizza no ham they did apologise and the pizza was nice. My carbonara though was just ok they must have just chopped up Dennys ham in it I would have preferred bacon to be honest and there were half cloves of garlic floating aroud the dish everywhere. If they are new I will probably put it down to teething problems and might go back again. Service was friedly but they were painfully slow, food not great and for 7 on a Sat in Temple bar were extremely quiet. The who decor of the place is gloomy especially toilets a few candles, soft lighting, plants and bright paint would lift this place to know end. Also there were typos on the food boards outside if they are new they would new to do a lot of adjustments.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here on a cold and raining day with my friend we were dying for some comfort food and I knew Gotham Cafe wouldnt disappoint. I have the poached eggs with brown soda bread, spinach, bacon and hollandaise sauce with a pot of tea my friend hade the same but with salmon instead of bacon. Eggs were cooked beautifully with a good helping of sauce, crispy bacon and bread. It was a very satisfying meal. Staff were friendly and service was prompt I will be back again for one of their pizzas.

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Cucina
Unit 9A, Kings Court, Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

After a days shopping myself and my husband ventured into this little Italian. We shared a garlic bread which was tasty and filling. I ordered a penne carbonara which was flavoursome with just the right amount of bacon and cream. My husband got a Margarita pizza with parma ham I tried a bit and it was delicious crispy and loads of topping. For a starter, two mains and a beer it came to €38 which I thought was reasonable for good food, nice atmosphere and friendly, prompt serviced I would come here again.

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Rayhoon
8 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here last Saturday with my husband for a quick bite to eat before meeting friends. I got the Penne Carbonara which was delicious and husband got the Pollo alla Rayhoon with grilled chickend and a yummy white wine, mushroom and garlic sauce. It was a bit slow but granted it was full and a saturday night. I thought it was a bit pricy €27 for just two main and no drinks just tap water!. But the food was good.

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Brams Cafe
4 St Aidans Park Road, Marino, Dublin

This is a gem of a place I went there with hubby for a massive fry up, food and staff are lovely and sevice is quick. Just the place to go for good food, a chat or read of the papers on a Sunday

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

I went here with 7 friends one night and have to say the service and food was very good. I got the chicken satay for starters and the yellow curry for mains both were delicious. My friends got mixtures of cashew nut chicken, massamum and green curries. All looked lovely we ended our night with some dessert cocktails I had the toblerone and my only problem was there wasn't enough of it it was yummy! Towards the end it was slightly slow service getting our cocktails but fair enough it was packed, a Saturday and they were making them up at the bar for us to bring to our table. Service was friendly and food was good I will be back again.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here with my husband it was late Saturday and we hadn't book. Luckilly there were tables awailable. For starters we have the beef tomato with pesto and goats cheese and the garlic bread both were delicious. Our pizzas followed Americana and a Margarita with ham, they were thin crispy and just the right size. Rounded off with an Italian beer the bill came to around €37. Service was prompt and friendly with good no nonsense food.

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I went here with a friend on a rare sunny evening it was not packed so we got a lovely seat near the window. I chose from the set menu of starter, mains dessert and coffee for €28 there was a good choice on it. I ordered brushetta which was lovely plump juicy tomatos, olive oil garlic and crispy bread my friend got bread with different vegetarian pates including red and green pesto and black olive. My main was a lovely tagliatelle with garlic, wild mushrooms and white truffle oil my friend had prawns and pasta in a tomato based sauce. The helpings were were just right not too much or too little. We were able to squeeze in delicious pear,ricotta and choclate tart and strawberry icecream with two coffees The bill came to about €63 which was reasonable. The atmosphere was nice, service friendly and prompt and the food was delicious.

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Picasso Restaurant
1 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin

I came here will my husband and father in law as as the menu looked good. I had booked and I was glad I did as the place seemed quite small downstairs upstairs thankfully there was more space. We were given a basket of bread and there were breadsticks on the table which we gratefully tucked into. I declined on a started by my husbands polpette and father in law's marinated seafood starter got top marks. My main my husband had the chicken supreme and father in law had seabass which were enjoyed. I asked for sirloin medium it was huge unfortunately found it very tough I know the longer you cook it can get tough but I could hardly cut it with a steak knife it was a pity as my accompanied potato gratin and veg was delicious. I has wished I had gone for the old faithful carbonara! I finished about quarter of it and I knew the waitress wondered why I didnt it it all I foolishly said there was tood much when I should have complained but she wrapped it up for me and I bought it home for my dog to chew on! Our desserts were lovely Tiramasu and ice cream both tasty. A round of coffees and digestifs of choice ended the evening. On the whole the free pre meal nibble and digestif were a plus as well as friendly staff and prompt service on the downside it is a little expensive, cramped downstairs, and my steak was awful the fact I could hardly cut it ruined my mains.

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