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Casa Pasta (Howth) restaurant

12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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129 reviews

Reviewed 04th March 2013 ( visited 02nd March 2013 )

Came here again with my wife, it had been over a year. It was great to see the revamp, the place looks great. Much more light, airy and doesn't feel as cramped as it used to. The new menu is great too, thoroughly enjoyed our meal, both opted for the Little Bites breads with hummus pesto and bread sticks. We both had fish based pasta dishes which were delicious with lovely fresh clearly local catches. Desserts and coffee left us both very satisfied after our lovely long walk pre dinner. Will definitely not leave it a year until our next visit, excellent value early bird options, no skimping on portions and excellent food.
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Casa Pasta (Howth) restaurant

12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
129 reviews

Reviewed 04th March 2013 ( visited 02nd March 2013 )

Came here again with my wife, it had been over a year. It was great to see the revamp, the place looks great. Much more light, airy and doesn't feel as cramped as it used to. The new menu is great too, thoroughly enjoyed our meal, both opted for the Little Bites breads with hummus pesto and bread sticks. We both had fish based pasta dishes which were delicious with lovely fresh clearly local catches. Desserts and coffee left us both very satisfied after our lovely long walk pre dinner. Will definitely not leave it a year until our next visit, excellent value early bird options, no skimping on portions and excellent food.
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Umi Falafel - Dame St
13 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Fabulous spot tried for the first time early yesterday evening with the better half. Fantastic falafel, the tabbouleh salad is excellent. The staff are very friendly and helpful and everything is fresh. Great place for a bite to eat and will absolutely return. Well done to all concerned.

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The Old Punchbowl
116 Rock Road, Booterstown, Dublin

Went here with my wife and my mum to treat mum for her birthday. It was surprising quiet for a Sunday lunchtime. The service was excellent, the staff couldn't do enough for us and the food was very good too. Mum had a steak and has been raving about how good it was since. Will definitely return as it's very close to our house.

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The Kwam Suk- Royal Thai & Oriental Restaurant
The Smurfit Clubhouse, The K Club, straffan, Straffan, Kildare

Went here on Good Friday with my wife and some good friends as part of a weekend away for a friends wedding at The K Club. We were all looking forward to it as two of the party love Thai food. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. Because The K Club is a 5 star complex so we expected the prices to be a bit higher which would have been fine if the food had been worth it. Whoever the chef is clearly has a heavy hand when it comes to salting dishes. Everything we were served was pickled in salt. The food was beautifully presented but far too salty which was a huge let down. At ~€35 a head for a starter and a main course, this is simply just not good enough. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting The K Club, stick to the options within the hotel.

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

Went here with my wife on Saturday evening as we'd been saying we'd try it for ages and we were not disappointed. We both opted for the early bird which at €14.95 for 2 courses and tea/coffee is excellent value. Both had the bruschetta with lashings of salad (go easy on the dressing next time though please). Herself opted for a veggie linguini and I had one of the pizzas. Excellent flavour, lovely fresh ingredients and double espressos to finish. We will definitely be back, the staff are very friendly, it's a cute little place with a lovely relaxing atmosphere and exceptional value for money.

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Casa Pasta (Howth)
12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin

Came here again with my wife, it had been over a year. It was great to see the revamp, the place looks great. Much more light, airy and doesn't feel as cramped as it used to. The new menu is great too, thoroughly enjoyed our meal, both opted for the Little Bites breads with hummus pesto and bread sticks. We both had fish based pasta dishes which were delicious with lovely fresh clearly local catches. Desserts and coffee left us both very satisfied after our lovely long walk pre dinner. Will definitely not leave it a year until our next visit, excellent value early bird options, no skimping on portions and excellent food.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

I really don't understand why so many people have had bad experiences at Jamie's. However, I must admit I was concerned that being the first one in Ireland, it wouldn't be a patch on the UK restaurants having visited a few of them in the past couple of years but I'm delighted to say I was proved entirely wrong. My wife and I visited last night for dinner and it was fantastic. We both tucked into The veggie plank, the artisan truffle salami board, Italian breads and the olives on ice. All delicious and glad we only got one portion of each between us as there was plenty to satisfy us both. Gorgeous bottle of red alongside which unlike so many other restaurants, was served at exactly the right temperature. We then shared a large wild mushroom panzerotti which was divine and again plenty for us both. Topped off with tiramisu which had gorgeous orange shavings on it to offset the sweetness and the JI Brownie with raspberry sorbet for herself alongside a double espresso for me and an espressotini for my wife, we were stuffed to the gills and thoroughly satisfied. The server was fantastic, authentic Italian and couldn't have been more helpful and courteous ( a lot of places could learn from Jamie's for customer service). All together a fantastic meal, lovely, relaxing and a great night spent for our wedding anniversary. Will absolutely be back time and time again.

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SkinFlint
19 Crane Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Visited yesterday evening with the better half and some friends who had been before. What a fab little place. Excellent pizza, brilliant value and some unusual yet delicious topping options. Love the lemonade served in the mason jars! Om to the nom folks, keep it up :)

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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here last night with my wife as we had been in for a good long while. Have to say it was excellent. We both opted for the early bird option which at €16.99 for a starter, main (including rice or naan) and coffee or tea is fantastic value. I went for the Sheekh Kebab followed by the Prawn Garlic Chilly with a Garlic Coriander and Onion Naan while the better half had Vegetable Pakora and then the Lamb Roganjosh with rice. All were very tasty and we enjoyed them immensely. Then we both had a nice coffee to finish. Nice touch is not being charged extra for a flavoured naan and we both loved the orange coloured walls. The staff were friendly but not over familiar which can often irritate us in restaurants. Will not leave it so long to return, a great little spot to enjoy decent Indian cuisine without feeling like you are being fleeced. Well done to all at Diwali.

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Have been here a few times and have always enjoyed the food It is an excellent quick filling meal if you are on the move in the city. It's possibly the best fast food Mexican option I've had in the city. The only thing that lets it down is that things like rice for a burrito should not run out at lunchtime! The staff need to adapt to their clientele a bit on this one and actually be prepared as it is clearly a very popular venue at all times of the day. It is excellent value for money, very tasty food and well worth a visit.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here yesterday evening with the better half as we've been talking about trying it for ages but hadn't gotten around to it. We were not disappointed. Whilst herself had the GBK Veggie Pattie with add ons, I opted for The Wellington Beef also with add ons. We both shared the fresh rosemary sprigs and sea salt fries (delicious) and enjoyed a huge glass of ice cold diet coke each. Many other venues could take note here and not charge crazy prices for a tiny bottle of same. All in all the food was excellent, cooked to perfection. The service was prompt and attentive but not over bearing like many other places and we sat outside enjoying the rare Dublin evening sun! Does exactly what it says on the tin and we will most certainly return when we want to enjoy a nice casual meal in a relaxed environment.

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

Decided to give this place a try again with the better half after our last visit. have to say, we won't be in a hurry to return!! There are things we would excuse as it was St Patrick's Day, but overall we were very disappointed. The staff were their rude selves so nothing new here! The side dish we raved about last time the pureed spinach was in a phrase 'thrown on the plate' and the portion was about half the size of the one we got when we ate here last time. Main courses were mediocre at best. The calzone the better half had was predominantly salty despite being filling. I opted for the king prawn based penne dish and was not impressed by the entire 6 prawns in the dish which also was predominantly salt flavoured. Other than tap water, this 'salty disaster' cost us EU33 which is totally over the odds and much better is available elsewhere. We had to ask for water!!! Really, this should be a given in restaurants! Not in a hurry to return as there are much better places to eat in the city and not be ripped off!

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

Ate here with my wife on Saturday evening on a recommendation from one of her colleagues and wow, outstanding. Firstly we managed to bag a table in the Opium Room on the top floor, so fabulous atmosphere immediately. Propped up by many cushions, we perused the menu for a good while before deciding on sharing Rijst-tafel 2 "Komodo" and the Vegetarian Rijst-tafel. The food was absolutely delicious, very varied and was possibly a bit more than we needed but we tucked in with gusto and did our very best to clear all offerings. Enjoyed a laze on the cushions to wash our meal down with double espressos, also excellent. Will absolutely be back, great place for all occasions and amazing food and attentive staff.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here last night for dinner with my better half. We have been saying we'd like to try it for ages and finally bit the bullet. Have to say, we were not disappointed. We shared several tapas plates. Herself had the lamb which was succulent with a gorgeous slightly spicy sauce. I also had the Calamari which was some of the best I've ever had, perfectly cooked. The restaurant is a very popular place so I would advise going early as I don't think there is a table booking system. I don't often opt for desserts but the almond pie was outstanding and an excellent double espresso rounded off the meal nicely. We are both looking forward to going back and trying other dishes, sooner rather than later I suspect.

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Burritos & Blues
2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had a quick lunch here today as its close to work. Opted for the chicken burrito which was pretty good although the server got the order wrong and gave me the regular refried beans instead of the black beans but I think he was new so that was minor thing. Only complaint was the music was too loud. I appreciate that it is a themed eatery but there is no need to deafen the customers! It is great for a quick, tasty and filling bite to eat and I'll definitely go back.

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Manifesto
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Went here on Saturday night for a friends birthday dinner. Had heard great things about the place so was looking forward to it. The little baskets of bread were a nice touch prior to ordering. I had the Tagliere Del Buongustaio for a starter which although it was tasty enough, I could have created it myself for a fraction of the cost. It was a bit steep at €11! For main I opted for the Capricciosa pizza which was pretty good on flavour. The thing that let it down was it was soggy in the middle and not cooked properly. My wife and I shared a Sicilian Shiraz which was not too shabby. Granted it was a Saturday night so it was very busy so little things could be excused but we weren't even asked if we wanted coffee or tea after the meal and had to harass the staff to get black pepper provided during dinner. Some of the others in our group appeared to really enjoy their meals but I have to admit, I felt for the price it was a let down.

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Ravi's Kitchen - duplicate
174 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Went here last night with the other half and some of her work colleagues. The food was excellent as was the service. The only thing that let it down was the extreme heat in the building. We had to open a window to get a breath of air. The Set Menus are excellent value and could probably feed two despite the fact that they are just for one. I would recommend the sushi platter and the beef teriyaki was excellent. Dessert was a green tea tiramasu which was really good. Will definitely be back to try some of the other sushi options.

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Michie Sushi (Ranelagh)
11 Chelmsford Lane, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Got a take away from here last night with some friends and I have to say it was fantastic. I had the Tuna and Salmon Combo, friends had other dishes. Great price, excellent food, portion size really good and pretty quick on delivery too. All in all, we were very chuffed with our choices. Will absolutely eat from here again and recommend it to anyone I know who like sushi.

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Lemon (Dawson St)
60 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here this morning with the better half for breakfast. Have to say I was very impressed. We both opted for the Crispy Breakfast deal which was great at €7.55. Lovely crepe and really good coffee. Also like the fact that you can have an extra shot without an added charge. Nice touch. The staff are super friendly and extremely efficient, the food is very good and we will definately make it a venue of choice for breakfast in future. Can't believe it has taken us so long to try it.

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

Went here for the first time for a friends birthday dinner on a Satruday evening. There were 6 of us and we were seated quickly and orders taken efficiently. Food was very good quality.I had the Crab and Mango Rolls followed by the Yellow Prawn Curry both of which were very tasty. All told it was a very enjoyable evening, the staff were very attentive but not over the top and the drinks menu was excellent, something for everyone. Everyone enjoyed their choices immensely. My only complaint is it is a little overpriced in the evening for what you actually get but all of the points above has me giving it the thumbs up. Will definately be back, probably for a leisurely lunch in the first instance.

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

Went here on Friday night with a big group of friends. Was my first time and I wasn't disappointed with the food. The food is very good, had the regular bento box and apart from the miso soup (which tasted like extra salty tuna brine which to my mind is not its normal flavour), the rest of the selection was excellent. I think everyone enjoyed their food and drink choices. Two things let it down though, the service is a bit slapdash (can sort of excuse this as it was very busy on a Friday night) and they really need to address the heating system in the place. We had to ask 2 or 3 times to have the blast of air con turned off and heating on over our table. Makes for a more pleasant dining experience when the room is not freezing. Will go back but probably not on a Friday night.

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Bonga Korean BBQ
52 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here on Saturday night for a friends birthday. There were 8 of us in total and have to say enjoyed it a lot. We didn't go for karaoke (although maybe next time) but we all enjoyed an all you can eat buffet for €21 per head with lots of choice and very tasty. Will definitely go back.

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Taste Of India (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Have been here a couple of times, most recent visit was last night and have to say the food was throughly enjoyable. Both my partner and I chose from the early bird menus, she had the vegetable samosas and I opted for the Aloo Chaat. Both dishes were lovely. For main course I opted for tandoori makhan chicken while she had the lamb jalfrezi. Both delicious again. The only downside to this restaurant is the price which I think it a little steep but if you want to enjoy good Indian food, it's worth a visit. Will definitely be back.

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

Have been a fan of the venue for a number of years now. The staff are lovely and the food is generally excellent, especially the pies. My wife and I went here last night for a bite to eat after work. We both opted from the steak sandwich. I have never really had cause to complain about the food before, but for a chain owned by FXB, the meat was very poor quality.The steak was at best chewy. This was the case for both of us and we were very disappointed. At €14.75 for a sandwich, this is really not acceptable. I will of course be back but I'll never order this dish again, I'll stick to the pies.

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The Brazen Head
20 Lower Bridge Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A bit lost as to why people are saying it's expensive. Compared to other pubs, it's around about the same as most. The quality of food is the best I've had pub grub wise. The beer garden is excellent, the heaters might be a bit too good!! A group of us had a bite to eat and drinks here last Friday night, and I was impressed by the quality and quantity of food provided on all counts as well as the Guinness. No complaints at all amongst the group. Will go back definitely.

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Bakers Corner
Kill Avenue, Kill O’The Grange, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here yesterday evening after a stroll for a bite to eat. Food was fine, it's standard pub fare for the most part. It's exactly what you would expect, tasty enough though. The beer is good too and more reasonably priced. Do like their outdoor seating area too, the only let down was the behaviour of the kids that were obviously there with parents who didn't care what they did. Will return but may avoid going when rugrats are likely to be about.

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

Went here yesterday with a group from work for a late lunch. Have to say was very impressed with the food, the French Onion soup is great and I then had the goat’s cheese salad. A lot of the group had the mussels and all agreed they were excellent. The cheese platter for dessert was shared amongst a few of us, again very good. Washed all of it down with a double espresso and was ready for a nap. Will return at some point and sample some of the other dishes. The staff were very nice to us too and all told it was a very pleasant couple of hours spend on a Friday, it could almost have passed for being in a Parisian cafe.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on Tuesday the 3rd for the first time with some friends for Dim Sum as an excuse to skive from work for a while. Have to say was very impressed with the food, the service was fantastic and I almost had to be rolled out for over indulging. Have the Ha Gau (Shrimp Dumplings), as they are fabulous. Am going back ASAP and taking the better half.

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

Still one of the best value places to eat in the city that I've tried. The better half and I went here for lunch yesterday. The 2 course 9.99Eu menu is excellent and the South Street Pizza is still fantastic.I opted for one of the pasta dishes which was very tasty and was a good portion size. The garlic and chili oil dips they provide with the pizzas are fantastic. We both had double espressos which while they were very good, were overpriced at 3.25Eu a pop in my opinion. That said, that would be our only complaint. Excellent value, good simple Italian good of decent quality and the staff happily wrap up your leftovers to take them home. Service is excellent also. Won't leave it so long to return and recommend South Street to anyone.

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

Have eaten here a number of times, most recently was Saturday June 16th, took my mum in the afternoon so we had the brunch menu. Have to say, I've never tasted gammon as salty as the one she ordered, wow it was terrible, literally pickled. The frittata was lovely but way over priced for the portion size. Very disappointed this time around. Also, the service was very slow and considering there were only about 10 people in the place and plenty of staff who just didn't seem at all interested. May not return but if so I won't order either of these dishes.

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P McCormack & Sons
67 Mountown Lower, Monkstown, Dublin

Live quite close to McCormacks and it is exactly what it says on the tin, good pub grub. Portions are very generous and the conservatory at the back is lovely to sit in on a warm day. They also do a lovely pint of Guinness to help you wash down your meal.

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Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Fantastic value for money and if you like kebabs (I've only eaten in there sober too) then I thoroughly recommend the Doner meal. Great place for a filling meal on the move.

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

Went back on Saturday just gone for breakfast/brunch with my wife who had visited a month or so back with her sister for the same reason. Had a fabulous very tasty fully cooked breakfast with olive bread toast and coffee from the Cornucopia Originals section of the menu as did my better half. Excellently done, prompt service and well worth a visit. Left happily sated in digestion land. I'm neither vegetarian nor vegan, but the food is fabulous and kudos to the chefs and staff for an altogether fantastic place to eat.

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Sinnotts
South King Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Great place to go if you want to have a filling lunch, usually take my mum here when I meet her for lunch as she always enjoys it. Have never been for dinner but can safely say for 10Eu you get a cracking lunch.

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Have eaten here twice and have to say I'm a fan. I love the fact you can create your own dish and there is something for everyone from the boldest palate to the most conservative eater.

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Joels Restaurant
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Ate here with an ex and her mother (not that they made it a bad experience) and found it over-priced for what is essentially greasy spoon food. Also the kids running about and generally bad service didn't enhance the dining experience at all. Wouldn't recommend it unless you want to pay over inflated prices for very average food and be driven to distraction during your meal by kids running about.

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

Ate here a while back with two others and it is very over priced and the service is dreadful. The food is reasonable quality but not as good as other Tapas restaurants I've been in. Subsequently, I haven't been back.

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The Stage Door
11/12 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Great coffee here and for those with lactose issues, soya milk is provided which is rare in the city.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Another grand place in the city to grab a quick bite to eat although the thing that lets it down is the service, varies from annoyingly attentive to sadly lacking.

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Casa Pasta (Howth)
12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin

Always a good place to go for an impromptu meal if out walking in Howth, recommend the bruschetta, their humus is gorgeous too and any of the salmon based pasta dishes. Can get very busy, booking is advisable. Never had a bad meal here so always happy to return.

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Hard Rock Cafe
12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

In a word, DREADFUL! Nothing like American cuisine at all, food was bland and over-priced. Not returning.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Service here is dire, took far too long to be allocated our table after we had booked it and the service once seated wasn't good either. Considering the size of the place, there was no real excuse for it. Plus the staff were quite rude too. Food was good but very over priced considering the portion sizes which were very small. My partner said the wings were better than most in the city, but no one seems to know what hot wings really are here in Dublin. Won't be returning as considered it very bad value for money.

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

Wagamama is always excellent value for money, the food is great and the staff are super friendly and very efficient. Only downside is the fact that the place just is not big enough and is almost always packed very fast so can be a little cramped. Have been in Wagamama abroad too and am equally as impressed. Great place to go for dinner before a night out.

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