Restaurant Reviews from Owleretta
La Peniche @ RIASC restaurant
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 09th May 2011 ( visited 07th May 2011 )What a lovely evening this is. It's so much more than a meal out. We were booked for the early sitting, so before and the meal and whilst you wait for the guest to arrive we were seated on deck with a glass of wine whilst we watched the world and ducks go by! You then go below for the meal, a lovely quaint area, very cosy. I had goats cheese to start with cannelloni to follow. He had soup and wild boar sausages. With both had the brownie to finish and all washed down with a couple of bottle of Pinot Grigio! It may not be the best meal you will ever eat, but I would certainly recommended this night out, it was tasty good food in a unique surrounding. With extremely helpful and pleasant staff. Probably best suited to couples, as it is quite a close cosy setting!
Buenos Aires Grill restaurant
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 27th September 2011 ( visited 16th September 2011 )We went here on the Menupages deal and had a very enjoyable evening. The staff were lovely, from the greeting at the door through to the service received from the two waitresses. Previously I was weary of eating here due to being a vegetarian, but there were several options for me on the menu, and I really enjoyed my meal. I had the Empanadas to start and the Halloumi Cheese as a Main, and then to complete the cheese feast the cheese board! My boyfriend tried crab for the first time to start and opted for the large t-bone main! I think despite the size he would have liked a few more chips and veg to accompany it, but was happy with his meal. We shared a bottle of wine with the meal and we were more than happy to pay the few little supplements on the meal, we were very pleased to have availed of this deal.
Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Both being fans of Thailand and the cuisine, the Menupages deal was a must. This cosy location, although a little crowded does create a lovely atmosphere I think. The deal enabled us to pick off the full a la carte menu which was excellent value and great choice. He had the mixed platter and was pleased to try some previously untried dishes, I opted for the spring rolls, and then we had a cashew nut & vegetable main and a green curry with rice to share. We weren't mad about the desserts, but at that stage we didn't really mind, as we had eaten enough! Finishing off with coffees and the only supplement being a bottle of wine it was a great meal out with very efficient and friendly staff.
Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We went here on the Menupages deal and had a very enjoyable evening. The staff were lovely, from the greeting at the door through to the service received from the two waitresses. Previously I was weary of eating here due to being a vegetarian, but there were several options for me on the menu, and I really enjoyed my meal. I had the Empanadas to start and the Halloumi Cheese as a Main, and then to complete the cheese feast the cheese board! My boyfriend tried crab for the first time to start and opted for the large t-bone main! I think despite the size he would have liked a few more chips and veg to accompany it, but was happy with his meal. We shared a bottle of wine with the meal and we were more than happy to pay the few little supplements on the meal, we were very pleased to have availed of this deal.
The Step Inn Stone-Grill Restaurant
Stepaside Village, Dublin 18 , Stepaside, Dublin
Despite living in the area over a year I had never eaten here. I'm glad I now have as I would certainly return. Despite the kitchen closing in about 3 minutes, the staff sat us down and happily provided menus, we ordered promptly and opted for just 3 main courses. 2 went for the famous steak on the stone steaks, and being the veggie I picked out a goats cheese salad. The salad was delicious, great sized portion of cheese and salads, including delicious pine nuts and wholemeal bread; washed down with a lovely bottle of red wine. The room is very nice, quite dark and intimate without seeming stuffy, it suits a night of good conversation and food. Although I didn't pay I know that the bill was deemed very reasonable for the quality of food and service received.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
We shared a belated birthday meal here during the week, a little bit quiet being mid week, but still a nice soothing atmosphere. The staff were very friendly without being too intrusive. We both had garlic bread with cheese to start, which was lovely, a really generous portion but way too good to leave any! I can never go to a restaurnat with pizza on the menu and not order pizza! I had the Pepperdew, there were some lovely original pizza ideas on the menu. The other half opted for a more meaty pizza. We shared a bottle of white wine and were both far to content with the two courses to think about a dessert.I would most certainly return here, it was very enjoyable meal.
The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin
I went here for a birthday meal with a friend, we went early to avail of the early bird menu which was good value. I had the mozzarella salad to start and risotto with hens egg for mains. Both served on a slate and both were really lovely. My friend opted for the crab and the steak to follow she was equally delighted with her choice, we shared a bottle of red that was really good and much more reasonably priced than I expected I must say. Not being a dessert person I had an extra glass whilst she opted for the local rhubarb & coffee to finish. The atmosphere despite being early was lovely and even though we were an early bird sitting there was no hurry on us to finish, all the staff we came in contact with were excellent, and I would have no hesitation recommending this restaurant, we actually felt like we were out in town for a meal, not dining locally.
La Peniche @ RIASC
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
What a lovely evening this is. It's so much more than a meal out. We were booked for the early sitting, so before and the meal and whilst you wait for the guest to arrive we were seated on deck with a glass of wine whilst we watched the world and ducks go by! You then go below for the meal, a lovely quaint area, very cosy. I had goats cheese to start with cannelloni to follow. He had soup and wild boar sausages. With both had the brownie to finish and all washed down with a couple of bottle of Pinot Grigio! It may not be the best meal you will ever eat, but I would certainly recommended this night out, it was tasty good food in a unique surrounding. With extremely helpful and pleasant staff. Probably best suited to couples, as it is quite a close cosy setting!
The Living Room at The Residents Hotel
Bridge Street, Ashbourne, Meath
We had lunch on the Sunday here, the menu was quite limited, I don't know if this was due to the fact it was Easter Sunday maybe. I had breaded mushrooms with a side of chips and he had a roast with mash (1 roast potato!) and some veg. He really enjoyed his meal, I felt mine was just good, but not great. The bill with 2 drinks came to under €25 so that was ok. The service was good, all the staff we encountered were very helpful and polite, like the poster below I have to agree that the ladies toilets should be looked at. They take away from what is otherwise a well decorated venue.
Unit 1 High Street, Ashbourne Town Centre, Ashbourne, Meath
After a long weekend and just before the dreaded journey home we decided to fuel up on a pizza! There wasn't very many places open in the town so we were delighted to find Juliano's and they were offering their Early Bird Menu - which was even better. We opted for the 2 courses for €15.95 (I think). Garlic bread / chicken wings starters and 2 pizzas for main. The price did escalate a little with the cost of a few soft drinks, that added nearly an extra €10 on the bill for 4. But the service was great and the restaurnat very clean and airy. It is certainly somewhere you would drop into for a casual bite that won't cost the earth.
Main Street, Ashbourne, Meath
On our journey back from the race course our taxi driver recommended Dragon Palace as a good place for dinner - and he was right. We had a main course with rice / chips on the side and a bottle of wine for €50 and given the quality of the food it was great value. Sometimes when eating out the rest of your night can be a wash out due to feeling over full from too much rich food, no problem on this occasion we were both able to venture out for more drinks later on! We both had curry (chicken and vegetable) and the sauce was especially good. I have to also give a special mention to the waiter, extremely friendly without being too over the top and he made the meal all the more enjoyable!
Casa Pasta & Pizza (Donnybrook)
3 Eirpage House, Donnybrook Road, (Opp Rugby grounds), Donnybrook, Dublin
Group of 5 of us went here on Saturday evening to re fuel after a busy day of sport watching! We skipped starters and I opted for a pizza with goats cheese which was delicious and I ate the whole thing! The rest of the party had a selection of other pizzas and pasta dishes and everyone seemed very pleased. I wasn't mad about the wine (pinot grigio) is was a bit caramel tasting for me, but the person who ordered it loved it - so that was ok. We finished off with a selection of coffees again no complaints. It worked out with a tip to be about €26 so great value. The service just right, attentive but not too much and as it was about 8pm on a Saturday the atmosphere was good too. Mix of couples and groups of friends all looking and sounding very content. I would certainly return.
Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin
My boyfriend went here last month and hasn't stopped going on about how marvellous Nandos is since, so before the cinema last Sunday I went with him to see what all the fuss was about. I was worried as a veggie it would be all chicken, but there were two main course choices (served 3 ways each) plus several tasty looking salad options. I had the bean style burger in a bun with 2 sides, peas and chips. He had chicken, and we shared a garlic bread and bottle of wine. The meal was about €50, very good value for what we received, we were well fed but didn't feel that stuffed we'd of snoozed in the cinema! Th restaurant itself is well decorated and has a lovely warm atmosphere, its a bit squashed at the entrance when you are waiting to be seated, but not the worst. I would most certainly return, I'd love to try one of the salads, but it would be difficult not to have the same again as it was so good!
Tritonville Bar & Terrace
Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Road, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
We stayed here just before Christmas to make sure that we wouldn't be stranded in town as a result of the weather. It was a pleasant stay, nothing fancy, but what we required, and all the staff we encountered were very helpful and polite. Before heading out we had a bite to eat in the bar and couple of sandwiches with chips and drinks. The presentation of the sandwiches on the wooden boards was very nice, and the salad in the sandwich was good a step above the standard iceberg lettuce and sad tomato most cheese and salad sandwiches contain! The price of the Bulmers gave the other half quite a shock, but I suppose that is to be expected given the location. I would recommend the Sandymount Hotel for anyone looking for a no fuss stay in Dublin for an event.
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
An unplanned visit after an attempt to Christmas shop. 3 of us called in and put our name down for a table, and popped over the road for a drink. When we came back we were seated promptly and browsed the menu. As you can imagine at that time of year in Dundrum it was very busy so there was a nice atmosphere. We all had bruschetta or garlic bread style starters, all were delicious. I had the Goats cheese pizza, which on ordering money is donated to an Oxfam appeal, I felt that was a nice extra. One of us opted for Pasta and that also got the thumbs up. We shared a bottle of white wine which was a lovely addition to the meal. There was a slight wait to get the attention of someone for the bill, and in the end we did have to got to the desk to pay, however this didn't spoil a nice casual evening out.
harbor bar and grill
dun laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
We stopped in around Sunday Lunch time for a quick bite. We both had the soup and sandwich, the soup was especially delicious and the home made brown bread that accompanied it was so good. The sandwich was just a standard toastie, and to be honest I would have been more than happy with just the soup and bread. I was suprised at how quiet it was on a Sunday Lunch time, but it was a cold day and I suppose there is quite a bit of competition in the area for a local lunch spot. No complaints about the service, staff were very helpful and friendly, however I was sad not be able to have a glass of rose, but the white wine substitute wasn't a disappointment.
118 Kilmacud Road Lower, Stillorgan, Dublin
I had a quick lunch here on a Friday with some work colleagues. We all ordered something different and overall the feedback was very positive. I had a goats cheese parcel on a bed of salad, which was delicious. The waiter who served us was very efficient, it was busy and he was very prompt with menus and orders. He also was very friendly and generous with the post meal chocolates! I think it worked out about €10 per head, and there was an option of a complimentary coffee after the meal if we wanted it, a nice touch, all in all a nice Friday treat when escaping the office for a spot of lunch!
Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
Food wise you always know what you are going to get at a Milano's reliable menu and for me always a tasty Pandana pizza! Location wise this branch is worth a visit on a sunny day for the outside seating, its like you are on holidays, sun shining, glass of wine in hand and the outside surrounding you. Like other reviews have said, Milano's is a little pricey for their wine, and it really does bump up the bill, but on this occasion it was well worth it! Our waitress was lovely, she advised us on some excellent choices, and was most helpful and friendly, however, we were over 3 hours in the restaurant due to the time it took between courses and receiving the bill! Not her fault, it was a busy day what with the weather, but I think an extra member of staff would have meant an easy nights work for her, and a quicker meal time for us.
Kandu Catering @Sandyford House Cafe Bar
Sandyford Village, Sandyford, Sandyford, Dublin
Came in to watch a match and sample the new menu. The other half had the steak with plenty of sides and I opted for one of the pizzas. The pizza was huge and I struggled to get near to finishing it, it was delicious though! I normally opt for wine when here, but I fancied a beer for a change, which was excellent. I'm also informed the Guinness is very good. As usual the service was great, all the staff here are extremely friendly and always happy to help! This is a great spot for lunch or after work drink and a bite to eat, it also is a popular location for Sunday lunch.
Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
We ate here as a large family group, it was my first time here, and I left most content and more than happy to recommend or re visit. Garlic Mushrooms to start were just great, and I only wish I had some bread to mop up all the lovely garlicy sauce at the end! I followed up with pizza as I find it impossible to order anything else when pizza is on the menu! It had a perfect thin base and fresh tasty ingredients on top, really good and not a slice left. We were quite a mixed group and the menu catered for everyone, and the staff were helpful and very accommodating, even in their vocal talents for the singing of Happy Birthday to one of our party! On a return visit I would love to sit outside with a huge glass of wine and watch the sea whilst eating more pizza!
Palmers - The Golden Ball
The Golden Ball, Kilternan, Dublin
Headed here for an afternoon bite, was my first time here and I was quite taken with the place, had a country feel to it, and the outside looked like it would be nice on a sunny day. I had deep fried brie & Cheesy potatoes, couldn't really get any unhealthier! And I couldn't finish the brie as a result of my cheese over load, it was a lovely Friday treat! The other half had a burger which seemed to be served in a pitta bread, he didn't seemed concerned, however it was a little messy to eat it would be fair to say! I did find the staff a little over attentive, asking if we needed drinks, more food, desserts every couple of minutes, when after work on a Friday all we wanted to to do was wallow in the weekend joy! I would definitely return, if not for cheese (not too much for a veggie on the menu) for a few after work Friday drinks.
Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
We had lunch here on Saturday and it was excellent value, and a great way to start a Saturday afternoon. The staff are exceptionally helpful without being too over bearing and the food is great value, and a healthy a sized portion to set you up for a boozy afternoon :) We ate from the lunch menu, which has less choice, but offers great prices, and with a bottle of wine on top and a MenuPages voucher it worked out we spent €20 - really excellent value and would definably see us return and recommend.
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin
After hearing about this restaurant from many people over the last year or so I finally made my first visit. There was a group of about 8 of us, and we all left suitably fed and watered. I think it was an excellent choice for my male carnivore companions, they made several visits to the buffet and returned equally pleased with each trip. I was a little disappointed with the vegetarian options, very basic choices of either fairly plain noodles or rice, which was a shame as Asian cuisine has so many excellent vegetable based dishes. The ice cream machine was a nice end of meal treat and as someone who doesn't usual have a dessert I had to see what all the fuss was about, it was delicious. I would certainly visit again, but probably in a similar situation, with a group before hitting town, rather than a sit down, long meal & chat type of dinner.
Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
The waitress that served us was great, she was honest about which drinks were best value, and didn’t rush us despite it being a busy Saturday night. The food itself was probably best described as average, but then again, it was exactly what we required and expected, so no great disappointment there. We ordered 2 burgers, one veggie and one bacon & cheese. Within what seemed minutes of the order being taken the food arrived, that always seems a little unnerving, you expect at the very least a 15 – 20 minute wait for food on a busy Saturday night, surely? The drinks were over priced, again, expected so not too worried about that, it was one of those foodie experiences that served a purpose, but will soon be forgotten.
The Leopardstown Inn
Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin
Ate here before Christmas, despite being local I had previously only ever had a drink here. The bar menu is more than adequate and there is a nice selection available. I opted for the one of the specials, it was a veggie ciabatta with brie and roasted vegetables, and it was really good. The other half went for the burger, no great shock there, and he was equally as satisfied with his meal. It was a cold night before Christmas, and the atmosphere was warm and very seasonal, it made for a lovely evening. The girls that served us were great, efficient but not too obvious, if I had any complaint it would be the ‘heavies’ hurrying you up at the end of the night. I know it is a drinking establishment primarily, but they do seem to be a little on the gruff side, and not really in keeping with the ambience of the place.
Blackglen Road, Sandyford, Dublin
We stopped off for a quick bite, whilst in the area a couple of toasted sandwiches and a drink each. One with cheese, tomato & onion and one ham & cheese, both were served with a plain side salad and a handful of chips. The food was cheap and cheerful, and was exactly what we required at that moment in time. I wouldn't consider the venue somewhere for a Sunday treat, more a quick stop off when hunger strikes. Having said that, there was a far more comprehensive menu available should we have required it, the more traditional Sunday Carvery / Lunch affair. The service was very attentive, although there weren’t too many customers in the pub at that time. I just wanted to update my previous review to give some well deserved praise to the Indian cuisine on offer. I ate here for a second time, and opted for the Indian Menu, the food was exceptionally good, especially given you are in a Pub. I had a couple of side dishes with a Naan bread, and was given poppadoms and dips whilst I waited. The flavour of both dishes was great, with just the right amount of spice as not to destroy the wonderful taste. As before the service was excellent, and the meal was great value, I would certainly recommend the Indian menu. I also saw quite a few deliveries going out whilst I was there.
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Visited the restaurant last night to celebrate a friends birthday and I was very impressed with all aspects of the Exchequer. Not really a massive selection for the veggie to be honest, but that does tend to be the norm in most restaurants! The mushrooms on toast deserve a special mention they were really very good and I would have had a double portion for a main meal if given the option! My rating for service would be a little lower if not for the excellent host that really went out of his way to make us feel valued diners, when we entered the restaurant he steered us in the right direction at once, and towards the end of the meal he told us to relax and not to worry about the giving the table back, whilst delivering a lovely dessert platter with candles to the birthday girl, its fair to say he went the extra mile.
Amerta Chinese Restaurant
Clifton Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin
A large group of us ate here on a Thursday night at quite a late hour. We ordered multiple starters and main courses from the all you can eat a la carte buffet. Two people from the group ordered a couple of new dishes to experiment with, unfortunately neither dish was to their liking, but there was absolutely no issue with leaving them, so I did not experience the 'having to eat everything' rule! The food couldn't be described as fine dining, and it isn't the best chinese I have ever had, but it is great value for a cheap bite. The atmoshere of the restaurant was very nice as were the staff, the only issue with the service would be how the starters arrive on large plates all together, rather than one for each, meaning that in our case one person ate 2 other peoples starters without realising! That said, it was no problem ordering more. A cheap no frills chinese, with nice staff and pleasant surroundings.
Hodson Bay Hotel
Roscommon Road, Athlone, Westmeath
I was here for a private function so the meal was from a set menu. However, we had no complaints, the caesar salad was worthy of note especially. The setting of the hotel is really special and adds to the atmosphere if drinking in the conservatory area. I can't comment on the value of the meal, only on the over all cost of staying, which was average. We found all the staff to be very pleasent during our stay, and I would definetly visit again.
Green Dragon Well
Unit 13, Killiney Shopping Centre, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Having heard positive things about the Green Dragon, I decided to pay a visit as a Friday treat, and the glowing results were fully justified. We had 2 Two Course Meals with sides, and a bottle of wine for €60; this was excellent value for money given the quality of the food, and the generous portion sizes. On top of this the restaurant was clean, comfortable and boasted professional attentive staff, without being over bearing. By the time we left it was about midnight, yet we felt under no pressure to vacate. Repeat visits are guaranteed.
Taste Italy @ Hotel Kilkenny
College Road, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Stayed in Hotel Kilkenny for the Bank Holiday weekend and the Hotel is really lovely. Great decor, excellent staff and the weekend special offer of accommodation, lunch voucher and 2 evening meals was excellent. The only thing that let this down slightly was the menu in the restaurant, obviously you expect it to be somewhat more limited than a full A La Carte menu when the Bank Holiday is on and guests are taking advantage of the meal offers, but as a Veggie there was no listed vegetarian option for a main meal. The staff did accommodate my request by offering to make the pasta dish without the chicken, so it was all fine in the end, but it can be a bit wretched when all you want to enjoy a quiet meal and not be made to feel like you are kicking up a fuss and the sterotypical moany vegetarian! To have the non chicken option listed on the menu would have been so much simpler for all parties I felt.
Langton House Hotel Kilkenny
69 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
I ate from the Bar menu on the Bank Holiday weekend, the menu was pretty standard bar food, I only had a sandwich, which the staff accommodated my request for a non meat variety, it was cheap and cheerful, exactly what I needed. I was reliably informed the burger was very good and also had the desired effect. My main gripe would be related to the service, the staff were very pleasant but actually getting served was no easy task. Naturally the Bank Holiday meant it was busier than normal, but it wasn't packed by any means, in fact the day before when trying to order 2 drinks we waited so long we left and went else where.
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I really loved my meal in Salamanca. Not only was the food and drink top notch, the atmosphere and staff were equal to the meal. Despite the fact we were a group of 5 and we didn't sit down till well after 10 at no time did I feel we were being glared at to finish up or hurried in anyway. As most people do when eating Tapas we ordered a couple of dishes each and shared, and as a veggie its always refreshing to feel that I have a choice when the menu is put in front of me, too many meals out end up as a mushroom risotto or a penne and tomato sauce experience. My personal highlight was the pan fried green beans in garlic, I would never have previously thought I could get so passionate over a green bean!
Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
It made for a pleasent suprise to actually be suprised in a postive way when being handed the bill. 2 large main meals, side orders & a bottle of wine for €50. Food was excellent, and there was nothing to complain about with regards to the service. Mao Cafe makes an excellent first point of call on a Saturday night.
The Boardwalk Bar and Grill
Lapps Quay, Cork City, Cork
My experience here is a million miles from that described in the previous reviews. A group of 7 of us ate here on Saturday, and it’s hard to find fault with anything about the evening. The food was marvellous, and as a veggie I was as pleased with my meal as the steak eaters were. The service was exceptional; our waiter was attentive without being pushy and couldn't do enough for us. We had an early sitting for dinner and as we were finishing up the restaurant was getting busier and busier, to the point an extremely apologetic Manager asked if he could buy us a drink in the bar in exchange for vacating our table, this was most unexpected given we were ready to leave at this point, and there was no need for him to offer this to us, it was a very much appreciated gesture.