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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 31

Member Since: 28 November 2007

Last Visit: 06 December 2015

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Italya restaurant

66a Glasnevin Hill, North Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

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Good
19 reviews

Reviewed 17th September 2015 ( visited 15th September 2015 )

So we came back for dinner again. This time we went for pasta and carbonara and chicken, with pizza bread and cheese, and chicken wings. WOW. This was the best Pasta meal I've had in years. The flavours of the sauce was amazing and the portions are very decent. In fact we couldn't finish it all even though it was so delicious, we were stuffed! This place deserves a visit if you love a real Italian dish.
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Rose Garden Chinese Restaurant Finglas

34 Main Street Finglas Village, 1st Floor Bottom of the Hill Pub, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin, Area Code: 11

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Cuisine:
Asian

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4 reviews

Reviewed 02nd May 2013 ( visited 28th April 2013 )

We had been out for the day and decided to have dinner in the Rose garden again but sadly there was a note on the door saying that there has been a fire and is closed untill futher notice.
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Da Neros Trattoria
Seamus Ennis Road (Above Xtra Vision) , North Dublin, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin

After a long week at work we needed some good food and service so we came back to Da Neros. We chose off the Christmas menu. We both had the fish chowder for starters and we both had the lamb shank for mains and of course the Mumm bubbly to drink. The seafood chowder was delicious and the lamb shank was tender and tasty. Compliments to the chefs. They have the X Factor! Service was very efficient and very attentive, friendly, professional and welcoming fom the guy and girl waiters. So overall our favourite new place to eat and excellent food , service and price. And of course we\'ll be back.

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Da Neros Trattoria
Seamus Ennis Road (Above Xtra Vision) , North Dublin, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin

We went here for dinner on Halloween night before going to the Finglas Fright night up the road. Service and food was very good , and we had the Mumm champagne which was very good value for about 55euro . We\'ll be back as they have a good selection of food. And of course the bubbly.

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Hedigans The Brian Boru
5 Prospect Road, Glasnevin, Dublin

We went here for lunch since we just work accross the road. Down the end of the pub is the carvery. It was very busy but we got served quickly. We both had the roast beef with everything on it. Delicious home cooked style meal and flavours. Just like \'mother used to cook\'. Very popular with tourists. We\'ll be back.

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Captain America's Blanchardstown
Unit 40 Blanchardstown, Retail Park 2 Extension Dublin, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

We were out shopping and went here ( Blanchardstown branch) for lunch. Service was excellent from the two lads one with greying hair geled back and the other guy had a beard. It was the best service we\'ve had in a place like this in a while. Our soft drinks were automatically replaced when they saw the glasses emptying. Very observant and attentive. Food was tasty and filling an we were asked how the food was a few times. Excellent . We had wings for starters and cheese burgers and baked potatoes for mains. I made sure both of these guys got a decent tip from us . Keep up that customer interaction.

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Il Corvo Restaurant
98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin

We had been here for lunch during that week so we decided to give it a shot for dinner after seeing the dinner menus . We were greeted by a very friendly country woman and it made us feel very homely. We chose the same window table we had for lunch. I ordered the frizante prosecco. It would have been nice to have a Spumante Prosecco on the menu or some other more bubbly choice as this can be the \"will we return factor\" as Frizzante is not bubbly enough. Anyway I had the meatballs for starters and wifey had scampi. For mains I asked the very efficient waitress could I have a Fruiti di Mare pizza ( not on the menu) and that was no problem for her. She was an excellent host. Wifey loved her mains. The atmosphere was good. We would definitely come back if a Spumante or Champs were added to the menu.

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Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

We decided to give this place a go as we\'ve tried most of the other restaurants along this part of Drumcondra. We arrived early with no booking and was shown a table down the end. There was a page missing from my menu which was a bit confusing for me . We had platter for 2 for starters and I had the mixed seafood and noodles and wifey had crispy duck and noodles. Portions were of decent size and food was very tasty. Flavours in mine were amazing. Service was excellent. I finished with ice cream and rum for my desert. I would have ordered some bubbles to drink but I was disappointed that they only had Frizzante prosecco on the menu . I prefer Spumante prosecco (the more bubbly type) or champers. Anyway I had a few tiger beers reluctantly instead.

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ZAO Thai Restaurant
96B Omni Park Shopping Centre, Swords road , North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

We Decided to have a meal before going to the cinema. We\'ve been here before so it was handy. On arrival we were shown and brought to our table. Wifey ordered the aromatic lamb starters and I went for the Zao combo for 2, and a bottle of the Prosecco. It\'s a pity the Prosecco was Frizzante, the cheap low bubble version ( Wifey had to order the bottle twice its like they didn\'t hear during the first order. ). The prefered bubbles would be a Spumante or Champs and is usually the deciding factor if we return to drink and dine or not. But the waiter did arrive with cooled glasses, which was a nice touch. . For mains we both ordered Lamb Satay and sides of rice and chips . What arrived for wifeys starters was Aromatic duck starters. She said it to the waitress but the waitress shrugged it off. Anyway we were hungry so it didn\'t really matter. Lamb vs duck kind of the same eh?. It would be nice if they supplied the requested water by the jug as I asked for , rather than by the glass. Anyway we were very full from all the food. The meal cost about 100 and something euro. The staff were nice.

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Italya
66a Glasnevin Hill, North Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin

So we came back for dinner again. This time we went for pasta and carbonara and chicken, with pizza bread and cheese, and chicken wings. WOW. This was the best Pasta meal I've had in years. The flavours of the sauce was amazing and the portions are very decent. In fact we couldn't finish it all even though it was so delicious, we were stuffed! This place deserves a visit if you love a real Italian dish.

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Andersons Foodhall & Café
3 The Rise, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

We've been here a few times and its a nice atmosphere. Staff are always very nice and attentive. This time we had a window seat and ordered our favourite Proscecco, after a long week at work. Tapas and food is always excellent. keep up the good work.

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Dall' Italiano
Harts Corner, North Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin

We\'ve been here a few times and its a nice no fuss restaurant. The food is nice. The staff are nice. And the chef is attentive to his food and very hard working. .Prices are good. It would be a nice addition to add the Lunetta Rose Spumante Prosecco to the wine menu as we only drink Prosecco or Champs while dining.

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Dante (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

We fancied a pizza after a day of shopping in Blanch shopping centre. We had starters and decided to try the new Turkish pizza. Very disappointed. Not an exciting tasting pizza more like a pizza with bland vegtables eg. cucumbers etc and and pieces of steak. Anyway it tasted like any cheap pizza you would buy in aldi and then add your own veg and meat. Boring and no flavour. The menu has a tasty sounding food that we will be back for, but We\'ll give the turkish pizza a miss next time.

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Picasso Restaurant
1 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin

After a long week and finishing late from work we went looking for somewhere that opens / serves late. So we found Picasso and arrived at 9pm with no reservation. We were given a table upstairs. We Ordered the champagne to start . The place was buzzing and staff were flying around and very friendly. I had prawns to start and Steak for mains with sides and wifey had dough balls and butter starters and steak to mains. Food was lovely but we could not finish the food, because the room was so hot. Above on the ceiling there was 2 fans on and I noticed the windows were open also , but it felt that the heating was on full blast. Outside there was a cool sea breeze so it should not have been so hot. We usually would have got another bottle but the heat was too much. Menu was interesting, all the staff were so nice, atmosphere is good , so we will deffo be back .

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Italya
66a Glasnevin Hill, North Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin

We\'ve been here a few times now. Its a cafe style Italian eaterie. They do the best pizzas around., And other stuff like pastas and fancy burgers. If ya want a real restaurant type delicious pizza then this is the place. It also has a Bring Your Own Bottle , BYOB policy so that\'s handy. I\'d love to see this place turn into a small italian restaurant / table cloths / candles , music etc at night , it would be a great idea and would be a winner. The prices are very good and the food portions are more than enough. I\'ll be back soon.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this restaurant. The staff are very friendly and remember you face. I love the Mezze dishes. The decor is amazing and authentic. The owner told me it was all specially imported for the restaurant. The same staff have been here for years and years, so it shows the owners must be good bosses. If ya go in on a Saturday night you might see the belly dancer. The music is brilliant. Keep up the good food and service

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Jerusalem Restaurant
77 Camden Street Lwr., Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Continued : so after ordering the starters the waitress came back and said 2 of the starters they had no more left. We are usually given bottle coolers in other BYOB restaurants but NOT here. Our table was for 4 but they took a chair away before our couple friends arrived so no chair when they did arrive. But they sorted it. This happened again later staff took the chair when our friend went outside for a smoke. I knew portions would be small so I\'m glad I ordered some extra side dishes otherwise I would have been left hungry. Floor staff are nice but few for the amount of tables. Also the tables were on \'top of eachother\' which made getting up and outside for a smoke an effort, people had to stand up and move theirs chairs etc. I think I counted 3 staff. Overall the bill was cheap at € 102 for 4 people. Would I go back? Probably not .

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Jerusalem Restaurant
77 Camden Street Lwr., Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

We\'ve been to Lebanese restaurants before like the Ceder Tree, and Damascus gate , so since it was my birthday , decided to give it a go. We booked a table for 9pm. The place was full when we arrived. This was the LOUDEST restaurant we\'ve ever been in with everyone talking / shouting over each other. Not a place to go for a quiet relaxing meal. Service was very slow . Lucky we brought our own wine and our own glasses or we would\'ve been waiting what felt like an hour to be served. The waitress eventually took our order but then came back to say there was no starter that two of us picked

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Damascus Gate
10 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Had a nice meal. Good atmosphere and friendly staff.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wifey and I have been going here for years even when it was called Byblos. We call it our 'second home' and 'our favourite restaurant' because the of the friendly welcome and atmosphere and that the same staff are working here for years and the great food!. It has a real family feeling. It had been a good few months since we'd been here last time . Anyway we arrived at 7.30pm and was greeted by a nice waitress, the last time we saw her she was pregnant. Then one of the waiters, greeted us and brought us to our table. The other waiter, came over to say hello. These guys have been working here years and they always remember and recognise their regular customers. We ordered the Beirut Mezze [a selection of different dishes] and 2 bottles of Forget Brimont Champagne to start. Food arrived quickly and it was amazing as usual. The combination of flavours were like heaven, and the Champagne really complimented the food. The food here is the tastiest and most exotic we know in Dublin. When you enter the restaurant it is like been in a different country because the Décor and music. The belly dancer that comes out dancing to loud Arabic belly dance music is a brilliant themed idea. Keep up the Excellent service. 7 Stars!

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Kung Fu Buffet
Unit 2, Phibsboro Shopping Centre, Phibsborough Road, Phibsboro, Dublin

I was in phibsborough and decided to try this place again. I was there once before shortly after it opened. Great selection of food at a great price. It was about 8.50 euro. The ice cream machine is a great idea and the ice cream was delicious, the same as the ice cream vans. They even had jelly and fruit to add if u wanted. I was tempted to have a slice of the 2 luxurious cakes in a fridge beside the entrance but I was too 'shy' as I had went up for food twice and also had desert. The staff were keeping the food area and the tables clean at all times. This visit was a much better experience than my first visit and Kung Fu Buffet is back in my 'Good Books' and I look forward to my next visit.

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Sizzlers (Louth)
Castle st, Ardee, Ardee, Louth

So we were literally in Co. Louth to see a man about a dog. We were to meet him in Ardee so we parked opposite the Castle. We had some spare time so we walked up and down the road on both sides starting with the Castle side looking for somewhere to have lunch. Nowhere looked inviting even on the side streets. On the way back up towards the car and just about to give up we came across Sizzlers. We had a quick look at the menu in the window and agreed it sounded good. We were greeted by a very pleasant and friendly lady. We were allowed to sit wherever we wanted, so we chose to sit towards the back of the restaurant. The décor is cosy and I liked the sofa and tables idea on the left, and the TV . Food came out fast. I had the fish and chips and a coke, and I cant remember what wifey had but I remember she liked it. The batter on the fish was perfectly done, and perfectly crispy. We tipped the friendly woman in charge and left satisfied. If we are in Louth again we would definitely come back to Sizzlers.

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Nandos Swords
Swords Pavilions, Swords, Dublin

We wanted to find out what the hype was about this place and decided to try it. On arrival we were pleasantly greeted and asked if we were new customers and shown to our seats and the menu explained, and shown where the cutlery and sauces were. We chose garlic bread to start and The meal platter[4 pieces of chicken and 2 chips] and 2 cokes. Food arrived 10 mins later. Garlic bread was , well , just garlic bread. The chicken reminded me as if I went to the local chipper and bought 2 snack boxes , emptied them onto a plate and poured some of the supplied spicey sauce over it. It was very dry. We were not impressed ! So for 4 pieces of dry chicken , 2 chips, and 2 cokes the bill was 27.40 euro! Shocking price for the low quality of food served. We wont be back in a hurry.

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

We had been out for the day seeing the show The Lion King and then was in the area of Georges Street before heading onto the Adam Ant gig in Vicar Street. We wanted something different to eat so decided to try Havana. On been seated I noticed the table top was broken and was like a "see-saw". Great start! Decor was very plain and tired looking. Anyway we both ordered "the special" for starters which was pork belly for 5.25euro and I ordered the Rosemary & garlic Lamb for 14.95euro and wifey ordered the Chorizo Frito [spanish sausage] for 8.95euro. To drink we ordered a pitcher of Sangria [1 litre] for 16 euro. The food didn't take long to arrive at the table and tasted very nice. The way the lamb was cooked reminded me of the food and flavours on holidays abroad which I like.It was nice to see the chef cooking and he is good at his job. The Sangria though was a complete let down, tasting like watered down red wine with fruit added. We were hoping to get a bit of a buzz before heading to the Adam Ant gig and after the first pitcher we felt we had just drank fruit juice. We dont drink regular so we should have felt something. Anyway, giving the benefit of the doubt, we ordered another pitcher [1 litre]. 25 minutes later still no sign of it! The restaurant wasn't busy so no excuse for this delay. So we asked again and it arrived 10 minutes later, but was more watery than the first pitcher. So after 2 litres of Sangria between 2 of us [32 euro], we felt we felt 'stone cold sober'. Very annoying!. Anyway,now it was time to head to the Adam Ant Gig so we paid and left. Sorry, but We wouldn't rush back to Havana to eat in a hurry.

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Rose Garden Chinese Restaurant Finglas
34 Main Street Finglas Village, 1st Floor Bottom of the Hill Pub, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin

We had been out for the day and decided to have dinner in the Rose garden again but sadly there was a note on the door saying that there has been a fire and is closed untill futher notice.

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Rose Garden Chinese Restaurant Finglas
34 Main Street Finglas Village, 1st Floor Bottom of the Hill Pub, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin

Nice place to go if you want a casual meal dressed in casual attire. Decor is very plain and not bright but relaxed. The service by the host was the best we had in ages, she was very informative about the menu, and very attentive at the table and made us feel special. Food was exactly what we wanted, casual, nothing fancy, but tasty. It was nice to have a Tiger Beer for a change, instead of bubbly. It wasn't over busy but it wasn't empty, but it was only 6.30pm. This place is worth a visit if u just want nice casual food and you're not bothered to put your posh clothes on. Top marks for service.We will return.

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Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We were invited to this restaurant to celebrate the wife's colleagues 30th birthday. What a busy place!. Our group table was upstairs. Food arrived and it was flawless. Chairs were placed a little close together hence no elbow room for cutting food! Prosecco was a little flat, I prefer one with a bit more fizz. It was a nice atmosphere and we had a good time. Even better, the birthday girls's husband supprised us all and paid for the whole table!

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Esplanade Hotel
Strand Road Bray Seafront, Bray, Wicklow

We stayed here at Esplanade for the Valentines weekend arriving on the Friday which included 1 evening meal and 2 breakfasts, chocolates and 1 bottle of Prosecco [which we drank in the room before dinner] all for 198 euro.. We used our dinner 'voucher' on the arrival evening. We ordered another Prosecco of the same make at the dinner table because it was gorgeous! The food was also gorgeous. This was the best meal we had in ages. Staff was friendly etc. We will definitely be back. More people should know about this hidden gem of a restaurant.!

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Barracuda
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

We heard about Barracuda and decided to visit over the Valentines weekend. So we booked a hotel and stayed in Bray for 3 days. We requested a quite table online for about 7.30PM. On arrival we were greeted, and invited to have our photo taken by a professional which was a nice touch.. We were then shown to our table. The service was excellent and the food perfect. I had a problem with the Prosecco we ordered, it was as flat as ordinary wine so after the first glass i couldn't drink anymore so I bought a bottle of champagne. The female manager apoligised and said we would not be billed for the Prosecco. Another nice gesture. The decor is very classy and we had a view facing towards the window looking out to the sea. Next time I'll ask for a window seat! We are looking forward to coming back as it was a calm and relaxed atmosphere, helpfull staff with a view that is rarely found whilst dining unless you're on a foreign holiday!

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was my birthday and my brother in laws birthday so my wife and his girlfriend organised a night out. Wifey booked a Bentley 8 seater limo, and the brother in laws girl booked Chai Yo for 8 people. Weve never been ,and as the restaurant was a 'suprise', I was afraid of where we would end up ,as I had heard that 2 earlier in the week venue choices was [1] a pub and [2] a cafe in the middle of an industrial estate. Anyway we arrived at Chai yo for 8.30pm having driven around in the Limo for an hour and a half and drinking champs. We were shown to our table downstairs and the restauant was pleasantly busy. The prawn crackers on the table were tasty.I ordered the Champagne for €80 - But to my disappointment, they had none in stock!!! So I had to opt for a sparkling wine for €40.There was a great choice on the set menu for €17.50 so wifey and myself ordered from that. I had Tempura Prawns for starters and wifey had Prawns in Filo pastry. All ok. No complaints from rest of the table. For mains I had Duck cantonese & fried rice, and wifey had the Duck in honey sauce & fried rice.. Both dishes were ok. Also the waiters sang a birthday song for us which was fun. We weren't offered the included in the price deserts or coffees!! We paid , tipped as usual, and left. This restaurant ia a value for money restaurant if you are on a budget. The food [set menu we had], although tasty, is of ok 'takeaway' 'quality, but for €17.50 what can you expect? Watch out for the 10% service charge added at the end, as the rest of the table only chipped in their €17.50 each and drinks money and went out for a smoke and I was left paying the extra. 10% . Yes We would come back.

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McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

My wife and I eat out a lot and have eaten in some of the finest restaurants around the world, and we know good food and cooking and service etc. Looking for somewhere different, we found Mc Hughs on google, and decided to give them a try.We had no reservation [ about 5.30pm], but luckily they had a cancellation. The Manager /owner? said "Welcome to Mc Hughs" which I thought was a nice touch. We were brought to a table immediately and Menus, Water, and a selection of bread was served. We didnt order wine as my wife was driving, and we were both heading to the gym the next morning. We decided to order from the A la Carte Dinner menu rather than the Early bird menu. Both menus had excellent choices.My wife had Salad of pan fried tiger prawns to start and I had Roast Quail humus and walnut.The flavours were amazing and presentation was excellent. For mains, we both had the Pan roasted rump of Lamb , which came with mash and mediterranean veg and we ordered a side order of green beans as an extra. All I can say is excellent, excellent excellent! The lamb was cooked to perfection. The staff were very friendly and attentive checking was the food ok for us etc and replacing the table water. For desert I had the Strawberries, choc ganache, wow amazing taste and presentation, and wifey had Apple and rhubarb, but she was too full to finish it! We finished off with Americanos coffees.At this stage the restaurant was buzzing and very busy.Total food cost about 84euro We gave an extra 15 euro tip. The chefs working here are excellent at their job, and the flavours and presentation reflect their skill and passion for cooking food. This restaurant surpasses a lot of those so called Michelin star restaurants that we've dined in. I was so impressed with this restaurant that I bought a 200euro Mc Hugh's voucher for my Aunt and Uncle who live close by. We are looking forward to our next visit to Mc Hughs, and will be leaving the car at home and ordering some Cru Bubbley!!

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The Italian Connection
95 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

We've been visiting this restaurant for years. Although the tables are very close together and the place is always busy, it has a good atmosphere.You just dont feel comfortable having private conversations.The food is top class and we havnt had a bad experience ever.Service is also good.Top marks guys.

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Casa Pasta (Clontarf)
55 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

We visited this place last month. The place was very basic, not what we are used to. The food was average.Reminded us of a cheap cafe.We wont be back.

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