Restaurant Reviews from RSGE
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 18th September 2008 ( visited 19th April 2008 )Pacino's is the place to come if you're looking for somewhere quiet and candlelit. The service is good and the food is excellent too. The pizza's are so big they will hardly fit on the plate! The cannelloni is also good, as are the chicken dishes. I always feel relaxed in this restaurant and not rushed in the slightest - great place!
Zaytoon (Parliament Street) restaurant
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 18th September 2008 ( visited 17th September 2008 )Went there last night with 3 other people and was very impressed. I'd heard a lot of good things about this place and you certainly get a lot for your money. It's a fun place to eat if you're in a hurry or just to hang out at with friends for a chat and a bite to eat if you're in town. I had the vegetable kebab and with extra hummous and the vegetables (mushroom, pepper, onion, tomato) had a really nice chargrilled flavour to them and the sauces were nice - not too much, just enough. The bread was also warm and fluffy. Would definitely go there again!
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
A lovely little place which I'd never even heard of before. They have a lot of nice dishes for vegetarians to choose from including samosas, veggie chilli and a yummy ratatouille wrap. You can even bring your own booze! The service is excellent - definitely going back again :)
Rathmines, Rathmines, Dublin
A nice little café hidden back from the main street in Rathmines. The prices for mains are a little steep for a lunch break I think, and all vegetarian options seem to be laiden with cheese. Their starters are nice (soup of the day and a nice vegan salad on request) but also quite pricy. I don't think I will come here again but I'd say if you ate meat it would be a nice place to come for lunch with friends.
Spice of India - South William Street
6 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This place is amazing!! Three courses (starter, main and a naan side) for €9.95 is amazing value for such delicious food. There is SO MUCH to choose from for vegans here, so it's an ideal place for me to come for lunch with friends when I'm in town. Their bahjis, pakoras and samosas are so tasty, and they have vegetable versions of every single curry on their menu. Outstanding value, a real hidden gem!
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin
Such a lovely atmosphere here and friendly staff. Somewhere nice to pop in for a coffee and a small bite to eat or a cake. It does not really cater for veggies and vegans very well, but I've had their soup and bruschetta which have been nice. Their Apple pie is also gorgeous too.
The Beacon Hotel, Beacon Court, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin
I went here last year and have been meaning to go again as it was such a good experience. I went with a friend who knows the staff and they were all very lovely and attentive. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and I love the seating arrangements. We were actually waiting quite a long time for our food, but it was quite busy and there were about 8 of us in our group. The portions were large and we all shared our food as there was loads to go round. I really want to go back again soon as there are so many things on the menu that I'd love to try!
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin
This place is amazing! Really good value and the staff are lovely. The food is gorgeous and there are loads of vegan options. I have been here quite a few times now and have never been disappointed. Their buffets are always excellent and everyone I know who has been here loves it too!
304 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin
Great atmosphere in this place, but very busy so service can be a little slow. It's great to come out with friends for a few drinks and to have a bite to eat. Unfortunately they don't seem to cater very well for vegetarians or vegans, and all there is on the menu is a veggie burger or a veggie curry. Quite basic really, but still quite tasty. Not somewhere I'd really go if I wanted specifically to eat out, but definitely a place to go for drinks and then a bite to eat if you're feeling peckish. The prices are good too!
The Old Orchard Inn
76 Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Rathfarnham, Dublin
I really love the Old Orchard as a pub. It's always so cosy and atmospheric. The food here is hearty and good value, and as a vegan they have catered for me well in the past. I like their bruschetta as a starter, and they have made me up some lovely salads on request. For vegans there is pasta with mediterranean veg available without the cheese and likewise with the roasted stuffed bell peppers. Veggie curries and stir fries are good value at €15 and a decent sized portion. I have never had dessert here so am not sure what they have. It's a fun place to go for food and a few drinks on the weekend with friends.
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
This restaurant excellent value and a great place to eat at the heart of Dublin when out for a day with your friends. The staff are always friendly and accommodating and can veganise some dishes if you ask. The portions are a decent size and it's a great place to come if you like cocktails, and the early bird is such a good deal.
Merry Ploughboy Pub
Edmondstown Road, Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Great place to go after being for a long walk up the Dublin mountains. Really like this place, lovely hearty food and a really nice atmosphere!
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
The food here is amazing! There's SO much of it that even three vegetarian platters amongst six friends really filled us up. The staff are friendly and my only issue is that it is very pricy. I would prefer a menu that you could pick and choose your dishes from, however you are obliged to choose from a set menu which is an array of many small dishes. This is great in a way because you get a taste of everything, but sadly it is just too expensive. If they had a menu I could choose a couple of things from I would go there much more often!
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I came here for the first time this weekend, for my 7 year anniversary with my boyfriend. We had a lovely meal and the staff were very welcoming, attentive and friendly. I had the spinach with olives and spices for starter, which was gorgeous - salty with subtle flavours. This came with three small slices of pitta and a side salad. My boyfriend had the harira soup which was a mixture of beans, chickpeas and vermicelli noodles, which he said was very tasty, warming and filling. This also came with pitta slices. Our mains were quite plain-flavoured, but I liked this as I could tell it was healthy and decent food. I ordered the carrot and pumpkin tagine with lentils. It wasn't much to look at and on first impression I was disheartened that there appeared to be so little carrot and pumpkin, but when I cut it up there was more than I originally thought and it was so tender and succulent. My boyfriend had the chicken cous cous with caramelized onions and sultanas. He said it was quite plain but had a really nice sweet kick to it and it was very filling and the chicken was tender and soft to cut into. There were a LOT of sultanas though, so I would not have liked that myself (well I'm a vegetarian so I wouldn't have picked that anyway!). We had some complimentary mint tea which was absolutely delicious. My boyfriend is not a big tea drinker at all, and even he was left wanting more! I'd definitely come here again (in fact I plan to visit next month with my father to avail of the early bird, for which we got stamps to get a free glass of wine with on our next visit). The atmosphere is great, we had a corner table with loads of comfy cushions, and the staff didn't rush us to leave so it was nice to relax and talk after the meal without feeling like you're not wanted there. I'd recommend it to anyone!
95 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin
I had a very enjoyable evening here with 4 friends the other night. One of the party was late and they were fine about us waiting for her for a good 15-20 mins to arrive, while we nibbled on popadums. The waiters were very attentive and I like the way you are allowed to bring your own drink and don't get charged a corking fee. The food was delicious. I had a chana massala side, a mushroom bhaji side, and shared a peshwari naan and chana pilau. The mushroom bhaji was amazing, very flavoursome and I really liked the chana rice, which I haven't really seen in many restaurants. The peshwari naan was interesting, the filling was bright red in colour and it tasted nice but not almondy/coconutty enough for me. I thought it was excellent value, but my friends, even though they loved their meals, did not get as good a deal because the bowls they were given for their main courses were the same size as my side dishes! My boyfriend wasn't very happy at having to pay over €12 for a very small bowl of chicken in korma sauce. However, I think that the portions are a decent size, and it's nice to come away from an Indian feeling happily full and not uncomfortably bursting at the seams. I would really recommend this place to anyone. It saves a lot of money nowadays to be able to bring your own drink, and if you all get a couple of sides each and share everything I'd say it would be a fantastic meal! We were sat by the door, which was quite cold and drafty, but nobody else on the table was cold so I think that was probably just me being overly sensitive!
Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I love Monty's. I've always passed this place and had never been in so decided to take the plunge a few weeks back with my other half. Nepalese food is quite like Indian food, with lots of bhajis and curries. The boyfriend had the veggie Paneer dish with mushroom rice which he loved, and I had the Navartna mixed veg curry with a Chana Massala as a side. Both were divine and very filling! I am really keen to go back and try so many of the dishes (in particular the Bhaynta Tarkari, the Dhall and the Subji starter). The staff are friendly and it's a nice atmosphere. I have already printed my voucher for a free bottle of wine and hope to return here with my father next week!
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I really like Saba, they have lovely food at a decent price and the atmosphere is great with friendly staff. I love the spring rolls with woodear mushrooms and plum sauce starter, and they can make any of their wok dishes vegan, which is great for me. Definitely a good place to eat with friends, and I like that you can also take out here too.
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I have been here on several occasions - my boyfriend loves Mexican food so we always used to come here for anniversaries and have recommended it to several friends who've all had an enjoyable experience here. The staff are great, but if you're seated upstairs (which is more romantic!) they sometimes forget about you and it can get quite tiresome (and worrying!!) sitting up there thinking they have abandoned you. The food is lovely however. I've always had the same thing here - vegetable fajitas - because it's always been so good. Sometimes it can be a little greasy though. We always share nachos for a starter which are quite filling, but they take a while to serve here so it's good to have something to nibble on while you wait. I've never had dessert here, but once a friend got the deep fried ice cream. It came wrapped in a tortilla which had been deep fried, with the ice cream inside, still cold. I think it had bananas and chocolate with it and I remember it being extremely heavenly... but probably extremely fattening too! This is a great place to come with a group of people, I always have fun here.
Eddie Rockets (Rathfarnham)
Unit 2, Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin
This is one of the nicest Eddie Rockets I've been to. It's bright, cheerful and friendly. I work down the road from this place so have been quite a few times with friends. The veggie burger (it is in fact vegan) is very nice and is a new addition to the menu. I like that you can now add a lot of extras into your burgers for a set price. It can be a little pricey but I'd rather come here than go somewhere else any day!
Ken's - Closed
1st Floor, Bridge Street, Gort, Galway
This restaurant has lovely staff and I have always felt very welcome here. They have a good range of tasty vegetarian dishes, Thai curries, fried noodles and mixed veg sides are delicious. The prawns here are large and juicey and you get lots of them. The crispy chicken is apparently also really good. Will definitely be back again!
Bridge Street, Gort, Galway
A good takeaway with friendly staff. Food here is always tasty and not too expensive. Their curry sauce is gorgeous and the chips are not greasy. Chop Suey is also nice here.
O'Gradys Bar & Restaurant
The Square, Gort, Galway
This is really the place to come if you love carveries. I came here with my boyfriend, his family and my father and everyone had very large portions at great value for money. Only downside is that there aren't many veggie options from what I recall, and whatever they did serve was laden with cheese, which I didn't really dig. But I'm a fussy vegan so I won't let this bias me and I've given it 4/5 because I saw how much everyone else enjoyed it and it was such good value for a huge, hearty meal!
Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)
18 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin
I love every Govindas! The food is so delicious, even my friends who prefer to eat meat love the food here. The paneer and tofu dishes are cooked in flavoursome sauces with rice (subji) and you get a huge portion for your money and get a variety on your plate. The smoothies are quite heavy but still nice (mango) and they also do lovely samosas. I've never tried a pizza here yet but I'm going to the next time! It's just somewhere really convenient to go where you're always guaranteed nice food with a smile and if you're a vegetarian or vegan. It's cheap, cheerful and very wholesome indeed. Sometimes it's a little confusing when you've never been there before but the staff are happy to explain what the dishes are on offer at the counter.
Queen of Tarts
4 Cork Hill Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin
This small cafe is a very friendly place and ideally located for a quick stop when you're in town. The cakes taste gorgeous and look amazing too and the service is warm with a smile. There's something for everyone whether you like savoury or sweet. The portions aren't huge, but are just enough to satisfy - no complaints!
Poppies (Dun Laoghaire)
70 Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Very unusual, healthy food, probably something for everyone! I've popped in here a couple of times while out enjoying the sun in Dun Laoghaire and I always find it difficult to choose what to have and always enjoy everything I end up getting! The atmosphere isn't that great or anything, but it's definitely worth checking out even if you can't stay long and if it's just to grab a snack on the go!
Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
I love the building, but the food here really isn't up to much and seems to be more quantity over quality. There's a good range of food but it if I wanted pub food I'd probably go elsewhere. The staff however are lovely and it certainly is an interesting place to go to eat with visitors to Dublin who want to go somewhere lively and different. I would mostly stop here for a drink with a cake rather than eat a main meal. Their cafe at the front is great!
Brambles Café Bistro
102-104 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin
I go here sometimes for lunch and am impressed with the range of fresh foods on offer. The fish dishes and salads are always lovely and light and their desserts are gorgeous! I'll definitely keep going back, the staff are very friendly, service is prompt and the atmosphere is bright and refreshing for a good lunch.
Kokoro Sushi Bento
19 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I've been to several places like this in London and have always thought Dublin needed a place like this. Sushi is way overpriced in restaurants here and even in many supermarkets, so it's nice to find somewhere where you can pick and choose your own sushi to fill your bento. It's not top quality sushi to be honest (which is what I guess you pay for in restaurants) but it's still very nice, healthy and fills you up. There's a good mix of fish, meat and vegetarian and the prices are great, often getting two large pieces (or 4 small pieces) for between €1.75 - €2.25. I managed to get about 12 pieces and a gorgeous carrot and ginger dip for €8.00 which I was quite impressed with. However I was shocked that one small piece of tofu sushi was €2.00 and had no offer on it, which is very discouraging to vegetarians/vegans like myself. They also have a hot counter which I have not tried. It looks like they have an interesting variety of warm food such as udon noodle dishes and fresh miso soup, but I came here at the end of the day and it didn't look so fresh so I only went for the sushi. I'll DEFINITELY pop back here again when in town and wanting a snack!
China House (Firhouse)
15 Firhouse Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Firhouse, Dublin
This is my local Chinese and I love the restaurant and the takeaway. We mainly use the takeaway though and the food is very good quality and the staff are super friendly. I really love their tofu szechuan, and their chips are lovely and crispy with very little grease. It's always a very busy place but this does not affect the service. I'd recommend it to anyone!
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I've been to Bar Sixty6 twice now and have had two different experiences each time. Both times the food was absolutely amazing - down to earth dishes that were tasty and presented nicely, their chips are lovely and plentiful for a side order, and their fondue for dessert is great fun to have with a group of friends. It's mid-range price and I think you get what you pay for. However, one time I went it was almost empty and we were seated at the back of the restaurant and took forever to be served and were practically ignored all afternoon (after complaining we got our drinks and dessert free though, which was great - helps to have a friend who will stand up for herself!!) and the other time I went was with my dad and boyfriend and it was very busy and loud, yet the service was faultless. I really do like this place and I'd go back again without hesitation. The food is good, the atmosphere is lively and the staff are nice.
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin
I LOVE this place! I went here last week with four other people and everyone is still raving about it! The food is so cheap yet so lovely, no wonder it's so busy all the time and you have to book for an evening meal to avoid disappointment. Everyone in my group shared the antipasto plate for starter which was easily big enough for us all. We all had something different for main courses - I had the black pudding and cashel blue salad as I thought it sounded interesting, and it did go really well together. Even the lettuce and dressing was gorgeous. The chips were lovely too. I tried some of the vegetables from my friend's plate who had the roast chicken and they were just perfect. The bangers and mash, burger and fish and chips were also apparently spot on. We all shared a chocolate brownie and ice cream for dessert as we were quite full. The price was great - one large starter to share, 5 main courses, one dessert, 2 bottles of wine, a whiskey and vodka and two beers for €110!
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I was looking forward to this meal for a long time, based on its excellent reviews. However I was very disappointed. The waitress brought my boyfriend the wrong drink for a start, but otherwise she was friendly and helpful. My starter of pear and hazelnut baby gem salad was not as nice as it sounded - far too much lettuce and not enough pear. The blue cheese sauce however went nicely with everything. My boyfriend's carrot and coriander soup was a bit bland, but he enjoyed it. It was lucky we ordered the breads and dips as the soup did not come with even one slice of bread. When ordering my main course, I was told that they had run out of tofu (on a Monday night?? How could that happen?!). I didn't really want anything else on the vegetarian menu as I wasn't paying €17 for a plate of gnocchi in tomato sauce and I don't really like goat's cheese. I am also not a big fan of red meat. So I opted for the seafood mixed grill and my boyfriend had the T-Bone steak. My grill was very well presented but I didn't like the mussels! The monkfish and scallops were nice though, but I wasn't too keen on the tiger prawn. My boyfriend enjoyed his steak as far as I am aware. We shared the taster plate for two as dessert - nothing utterly spectacular, although the orange chocolate mousse was nice and I loved the apple and blackcurrant crumble. I probably will not go back to Darwin's. The restaurant was nice and warm, contrary to other reviews I have read, but the decor was a bit dubious. The lighting was just right though. Service did take a little too long and it is quite expensive for what you get. Our meal came to just under 100 excluding tip, and we didn't even drink wine and shared a dessert.
Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Tallaght)
Unit A3 Tallaght Cross Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin
Big portions and good value but not somewhere I'd like to eat regularly as it's more quantity rather than quality. The best thing about this place is the cocktails!
Firhouse Road, Tallaght, Dublin
This pub serves lovely food. The place isn't much to look at and really needs some updating, but the food makes up for this. Some dishes seem to be quite pricey but are worth the money. The smaller dishes like the wedges with dips and the soup are great value for money and are very tasty. The bar staff are excellent but sometimes the waitresses aren't too polite but that could be because it's always really busy - I've even seen the place packed out on a Tuesday night with diners. I live round the corner from this pub so hope to go there a lot more now!
24 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Definitely come here for the all you can eat deals one day when you're very hungry! Nice pizzas and a good array of salads to choose from, finished off with as much ice cream as you dare to handle! Service is always friendly and it's a great place to go with friends.
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I came here with a load of work friends and we had a fantastic evening. I like the atmosphere in this restaurant and they served us quickly. I ordered raw tuna for starter and it came on a square plate which was covered in very thin square sheets of tuna which I thought was really unusual and well presented. The sea bass was gorgeous for main course. I don't remember the dessert as I was quite drunk on their fine wine by this point!! Karaoke afterwards was hilarious, I really thought I'd be leaving at this point, but the booths were so much fun - it's great you can sing as a group with people you know instead of standing up in a large room in front of everyone. Really enjoyable evening.
The Hairy Lemon Traditional Pub & Restaurant
Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
One of my favourite pubs to go to for a big hearty meal. I just love this pub in general, it's cosy, warm, quaint and the chairs are comfy. Plus you always get service with a smile. The menu has some great traditional Irish dishes such as the coddle, stew and the bacon and cabbage. The prices are also decent. The baileys cheesecake is gorgeous! I love to go here when it's raining and just sit here, relax, take your time to eat and have a few drinks. Brilliant place!
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I was put off from going in here for years just because it is so small and is always so packed, and you have to go to the counter to order your food, which is a bit stressful sometimes when you can't see what's what and the place is crowded. The food however is totally worth all the hassle! They have also expanded into the building next door now so there's more room to sit down. The tofu fake cheesecake is do die for, and I absolutely love all the adventurous salads (especially the sprouted bean with ginger dressing). The chickpea tagine is delicious and all my friends who have eaten here (whether veggie, vegan or omnivore) have raved about the tasty dishes they've had! They also have a really good cookbook, which I recommend. I really wish I could eat here every day!
Zaytoon (Lower Camden Street)
44-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin
Probably the best place to go for a fast food fix after a night out in Whelan's! If you're willing to pay a bit more for better quality kebabs then this is a definite must. The vegetarian kebab is lovely - most takeaways don't really cater for this and just slump some soggy salad with sauce into the bread for you, but these vegetables are so tasty and the bread is gorgeous. Great place!
Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Wexford St)
22 Wexford Street (Beside Whelans), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I wouldn't normally go for a place like this as I don't like burgers, however, the boyfriend dragged me along for lunch. I ordered the falafels and they were very tasty and the portion was very generous. He was VERY happy with his burger! It's always very busy here and we were lucky to get a seat. Service was quite slow though and I was starting to get worried that I wouldn't make it back to work on time. If you're into burgers then this is definitely the place to come - the burgers are so huge they have to be held together by skewers, and the meat seems to be very good quality and is obtained from local farms.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I thought I'd update my review as I've been here several times now and absolutely love it! The staff are very friendly and attentive, and each time I've mentioned I am vegan they have managed to accommodate me very well without any hassle. There are SO many different panini fillings to choose from on the lunchtime menu. My favourite has to be spinach, sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers, onions and olives. I've also ordered pizzas without cheese and they've made me some lovely salads too on request. Their wedges are nice, as are their baked potatoes with a filling or two of your choice. I highly recommend this place, I come here every time I go to Dun Laoghaire :)
Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I have reviewed this restaurant before but thought I ought to update it as I've been here a couple of times again recently. Juice now do a brunch/lunch deal where you can get 2 courses (or main and a drink) for under a tenner. This is great value for Dublin, but lately I have not been very impressed. The portions were small and the sushi I had was not at all fresh (the rice was hard, as if the sushi was made a day or two previously!). I love their juices - there's one with orange, apple, ginger and lime which is gorgeous - and when you pay full whack for an evening meal you do get a more generous portion and the food seems fresher and is very tasty. However I do remember going here once for brunch and paying full price and my boyfriend's meal was tiny for what he paid. The staff are very fun and attentive though, and the atmosphere is nice. I do think that Juice need to up their game though, because most vegetarians and vegans I know would prefer to go elsewhere for brunch, and there are so many other amazing restaurants in Dublin now serving a variety of top-notch vegetarian meals.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I went here for a late lunch on Saturday and it was so good that I was dying to go back there a few hours later!! There was an amazing selection of tapas - I went with 2 friends and we had 2 dishes each and shared everything with eachother. The patatas bravas were delicious, the calamares was a big portion and very filling, and the choritzo was the tastiest of all. The Spanish beer & stout they serve is good and they have a lovely Victorian lemonade on the menu too. The desserts (vanilla custard and chocolate mousse) were very small but still tasty and not too expensive. The Spanish doughnuts with the chocolate dipping sauce were divine though! It was very atmospheric and quite romantic with lots of candles. The restaurant itself is like a cave! The only bad thing was the service, it was very very slow even though the place was not packed out. The food was actually quite quick to arrive, but the waiters were not at all attentive and took forever to come to the table. Even our drinks took ages to arrive and we were sitting there feeling very hungry and thirsty for a long time while the waiters laughed and joked with other people outside who weren't even customers! I can't wait to go back here again though, there's so many other things I want to try. My boyfriend hates tapas but he loved it there, which really does say something!
Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin
This is a great little place to go for lunch. They have a fantastic salad menu. It's a lovely little cafe with friendly staff and many regular customers. Their soup is also very nice and filling and great value for money. I should really go here more often!
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
This is one of my friends' favourite restaurants and she's Italian so she should know good Italian food when she tastes it! However, after she raved about it for so long my expectations were really high and it didn't really live up to them. The sea bass I ordered came with a really watery white wine sauce which wasn't particularly tasty, and the fish's head with the poked out eyes made me feel a little sick! I think I spent a lot of time picking at the meal around the bones rather than enjoying it. My boyfriend also didn't think much of the cannelloni. HOWEVER, I think it would be unfair to give the place a bad review as I'd need to eat there more. The surf and turf which my friend loves and the chicken wings were very nice... and their tiramisu is GORGEOUS! The staff are friendly and obviously enjoy working there. I would go back again.
Eddie Rockets (Tallaght)
The Square, Shopping Centre Tallaght, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin
I've eaten at a few Eddie Rockets but this one has been the best. It's not a great place but fun with your friends and good to go to for a quick bite to eat and there will be something for everyone. I really love their mash with the gravy boat, this Eddie Rockets does the best one!
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Roly's have a great menu but I found the service unsatisfactory. I much prefer the Roly's out in Dun Laoghaire for the atmosphere / seating / service. However they do cater for large groups quite well. It's rather pricey for what it is - the sea bass was nice but at nearly 30 euros I could have had an equally nice sea bass for a bit less elsewhere and probably a nicer atmosphere and service. The starters are very expensive too. Their desserts are lovely though! Couldn't choose and we all had to share in the end and I loved every one of them.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
This is a very good place to go for Tapas. Three of us went and ordered quite a lot of food, thinking that it would all be quite small portions - we ended up with so much bread at such a tiny table that it was really difficult to eat and very cramped! It was a great atmosphere inside though, the place is huge. I'll definitely be going back again as it's great value and everything was very tasty.
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I love Yamamori! I actually prefer the Yamamori over on the north side to this one, but both are excellent. This was the first Yamamori I went to and my friend told me that the Tonkatsu was amazing and very large and I should try it. So I ordered it on her recommendation and it was indeed amazing! I just couldn't believe how much of it there was either! I loved it so much I ordered it every time I went there and only recently went on to try other things - all of which have been great, especially the noodle dishes and the bento boxes. The ice cream at Yamamori is astonishingly good!
Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin
Had a very enjoyable meal here with friends. The service wasn't as good as it should have been, but they were very busy and it seems to be a popular place. The seating arrangements are good and the view from the windows is great. The toilets were also really nice! I chose to have a mixed platter of starters, all of which were very nice, then the main course of vegetable Pad Thai which was very lovely indeed. The wine list is good too. I'd definitely go back here.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This is more of a fast food place than a restaurant. I used to come here a lot but stopped after feeling much too rushed to be in-and-out. The bench seating arrangements are fun when you're in a large group, but if you just go there with one other person it can be very annoying if you're seated next to someone loud and obnoxious whose conversation you really don't want to hear. The food however is absolutely lovely. The gyosa (deep fried) are delicious with the soy sauce to dip them in. I always have these for starters. The chilli men, yaki soba, yaki udon and zasai gohan are all dishes I can never choose between when I visit this place because they are all as lovely as each other. It's a hard choice! Have never eaten dessert here as things such as a wasabi cheesecake don't really appeal to me that much! The staff are friendly and it's a great place to come with a group of friends before a night out. As I said though, I wouldn't recommend it if you're after a nice meal for two.
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Pacino's is the place to come if you're looking for somewhere quiet and candlelit. The service is good and the food is excellent too. The pizza's are so big they will hardly fit on the plate! The cannelloni is also good, as are the chicken dishes. I always feel relaxed in this restaurant and not rushed in the slightest - great place!
Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
This is the better of the two Yamamori in my opinion, it always seems a little quieter and more relaxed here. The staff are lovely and always make sure you're seen to immediately, although they are very slow at bringing you your bill. You are given complimentary green tea on arrival. Their bento boxes are worth trying - quite expensive really but you can get a taster of a lot of things on the menu if you are unsure of what to choose. There's a vegetarian bento as well as a regular meat eater's bento. The sushi here is lovely as well, although a little pricey. All Yamamori's noodle dishes are delicious and I really like their sake (rice wine) and their choice of beers. The desserts are what I like this restaurant for - the ice cream is out of this world! You must try the brown bread, sesame seed and green tea ice cream... sounds funny, but it's the best ice cream I've ever tasted!
Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin
I've been here a few times now for dinner and a few drinks. The atmosphere is always buzzing and the food is lovely. However, it mostly consists of seafood and is not a good choice if you hate this kind of food! I wasn't very impressed with their one and only pasta dish, but the smoked salmon and prawn dishes are lovely. If you want a really good laugh, definitely visit this pub, it's full of wonderful people and fun music!
2 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin
I work down the road from this place and I LOVE IT. I've had pretty much everything on the menu by now and love to come here even on weekends sometimes for Sunday dinner. The staff are super friendly and very attentive. The atmosphere and beer garden are great. They also change their menu relatively often. The battered smoked cod is wonderful, as are the barbecued chicken wings with blue cheese dip, and I love the lightly fried goats cheese in breadcrumbs salad with ballymaloe relish. Their toasted sandwiches and paninis are very tasty with a wide range of fillings to choose from, and they have a different kind of roast meat every day with lovely vegetables. It's very reasonably priced too.
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin
Probably my favourite Italian restaurant yet. The atmosphere and service are great, as is the food. I have never eaten dessert here as I've always been so full and happy with just a starter and main course. The fish dishes and lasagne are really delicious as is the antipasto starter (bread is gorgeous!). Everyone I know who has eaten here loves it!
Little Caesars of Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham Orchard, Butterfield Ave, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin
As far as a cheap, cheerful Italian goes, Little Caesar's in Rathfarnham is quite a nice family restaurant. The atmosphere and service are good, but I was a little disappointed by the food - seems like I could cook a better bolagnaise myself, and the desserts were not made in the restaurant but brought in from an outside company. It's reasonably priced though and I'd still recommend it. Starters of suppli are nice and so are the salads - chicken caesar salad seems to be drenched in way too much sauce though.
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin
This place is very VERY loud. I've been here a few times and it does depend on when you go. It seems to be popular with really large groups of people who all try to talk over one another. I went with mine and my boyfriend's parents and we could hardly have a conversation with the noise. The service can also be quite rude, which I'm not surprised at seeing as it's so hectic and loud in there. The food, however, is lovely. The antipasto starter is like a meal in itself! I've had seabass and pasta dishes here before and really couldn't complain about anything. Have always left this restaurant full and satisfied - if a little deaf!
Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I love, love, LOVE this little café. All the food is vegetarian or vegan and is very tasty and filling at a good price. I'd recommend trying the subji which is a taster of everything (ranging from paneer to tofu to chickpeas) in excellent sauces with rice. They also do nice spring rolls and samosas and their mango smoothies are delicious!
Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went there last night with 3 other people and was very impressed. I'd heard a lot of good things about this place and you certainly get a lot for your money. It's a fun place to eat if you're in a hurry or just to hang out at with friends for a chat and a bite to eat if you're in town. I had the vegetable kebab and with extra hummous and the vegetables (mushroom, pepper, onion, tomato) had a really nice chargrilled flavour to them and the sauces were nice - not too much, just enough. The bread was also warm and fluffy. Would definitely go there again!