Restaurant Reviews from SJ

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Pavilion Restaurant @ Herbert Park Hotel

Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
European

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Great
4 reviews

Reviewed 16th April 2007 ( visited 16th April 2007 )

This is a lovely hotel. Very classy without the crassness of other five star hotels. I took my husband here for his 40th as a surprise. We had a lovely early bird, which was great value. Last time I checked they no longer were doing the early bird, which I think is a shame. It’s also very popular for Sunday lunch with its buffet.
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Brannigans Dundrum restaurant

Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Average
161 reviews

Reviewed 25th March 2007 ( visited 25th March 2007 )

Absolutely dreadful and expensive also. Myself and my husband used to go their with the kids because we were able to order a pitcher of beer and just let the children eat. The odd time we share fajitas which were very mediocre and overpriced at 18.50. The kids used to get pizza but the last time they went there, the pizza was so doughy and deep pan, they couldnt eat it. Very overpriced carbohydrate laden junk!
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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I purchased the menupages voucher on Sunday 30 euro worth of food for 15 euro. I then realised that it said you must order off the A La Carte Menu at lunchtime and they were also upping the price of corkage with this "deal". The vegan tagine we were getting was 9.50 at lunchtime price but 14.50 with the voucher so we were already down 10 euro plus the extra euro on the wine. Also, we had to order a main course each. The place was not exactly hopping on Sunday so I feel it was very foolish of them to impliment so many restrictions. I asked the waiter for the bill but he handed it to my husband, the type of casual misogyny that is really annoying. The food was lovely, the voucher is worth it for evening but not for lunch hour. The waiter practically threw the bill, no tip. Food is lovely and atmosphere is very nice, they need to cop on regarding the above.

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Caffe Amore by Luli Montana
59 South Great George Street, City Centre South, Dublin

On a rainy Saturday before a visit to a relative in hospital, husband and I decided to try and find somewhere nice for a bruschetta and glass of wine. We happened upon Caffe Amore. This is a lovely new Italian restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere and staff. We ordered mixed bruschetta and when we told them we were vegan they informed us they actually had vegan mozarella cheese, a real plus. Our bruschetta was beautifully presented on a platter, four pieces of mixed bruschettas, one with olives, one with tomato, one with vegan cheese and onions and another friend onion and mushroom piece. They were fantastic, abundant and succulent. The staff were so helpful. We will definitely return again for a pizza. This is on 3 levels in Georges Street op Hogans and is a real find. My only one quip which is the same for a lot of Dublin restaurants, wine way too expensive with house wine starting at 7 euro for a glass. You should be able to get a glass of house for a fiver. Great venue though. Will return very soon.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have passed by La Maison in Castle Market and thought it looked so beautiful. I purchased a deal before a friend arrived over from UK for 60 e worth of food and drink for 29 e. I was a little dubious as I am vegan and French restaurants are not known for their love of vegans!. I need not have worried, I rang ahead and when I arrived, the waiter had a list of vegan options available for me. The ambience in this restaurant is truly wonderful. We were seated near the window looking out on my favourite part of Dublin, the best spot to people watch. For starters, I was given a beautiful salad, very nicely garnished and sauted. My mains was a lentil ragu dish which was both hearty and flavoursome. House wine was fantastic. I really hope La Maison start to put some vegi and vegan options on their actual menu. Fantastic visit. I will be back.

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Dante (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Dante is a lovely little restaurant, its part of TGI, but feels very different. The food is certainly a lot better and the pizzas are very reasonable. Staff are exceptionally helpful. I do feel it’s a pity they don't offer a kids menu though. Still, well worth going to.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Decided to cash in my menu points here two weeks ago. Went with the hubbie and kids. OK the kid’s menu is ridiculous it was basically a wrap with a sliver of tomato sauce and cheese and they charged 7.95 for it! All kids menus should include a drink and a scoop of ice cream, its short sighted of restaurateurs not to realise this. Myself and my husband ordered one veggie fajita and one veggie enchilada. We always order two different dishes and then share. The veggie enchilada was delicious, the fajitas on the other hand were so boring and unimaginative, down came a hot plate of peppers and onions, no sign of cashew nuts or green beans, sweetcorn etc. and dare I suggest a few quorn pieces. The service was very slow. I think we complicated their lives by giving it two vouchers; this is not against the rules is it? Anyway, we asked for the bill on a number of occasions and when we finally got it, we ended up paying at the till as nobody seemed bothered to come back for the money. I do feel Mexican restaurants in Ireland are generally overpriced and stodgy, and this fulfilled the stereotype. Its is a lovely setting just past my beloved Italian Quarter and the restaurant is bright and inviting. A little bit of imagination is in order and stop serving up fast food type dishes for 15 euro a pop.

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Kitchen
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely little restaurant, the staff are very friendly and its very cosy. Their pizza and pasta dishes are lovely. A great lunch spot.

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Birchalls
129 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

OK, if you're over 35 and are wondering where to head to for a pint in Ranelagh at night, head into Birchalls. It’s a pub that really comes into its own at night. I love the mix of people and the fact that at 46 I actually feel young in the place! It has a great buzz and a lovely old bar feeling. During the day, it is a little sterile. We have had sandwiches there and they were nice though I berated them for charging 1.50 for a glass of milk! It is being refurbished at the moment; so I hope they make it cosier without ruining the lovely old world bar feel.

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Ballinteer House
Ballinteer Avenue, Dublin 16, Ballinteer, Dublin

Have memories of going here with my kids for lunch after shopping in Superquinn, Ballinteer. Happily, I discovered the joys of internet shopping and haven't been back since. A dreary little watering hole that offers very basic food, great one for the "lads".

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Ashtons GastroPub
11 Vergemount, Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Ashton's pub is in a lovely setting in Clonskeagh. There are large bright windows and cosy couches throughout with lovely views of the river. The owner is quite strange and can nip into the car park quite unexpectedly in order to assist you with parking, even when the car park is virtually empty! It's an expensive enough pub and takes itself a little seriously. That being said, the staff are first class and will help you bring your tray to the table and provide cutlery etc. I have only ever had salads there and they are a little lacking in the imagination. Even though I usually try to mind the carbs, I invariably end up with a potato salad and perhaps a tomato salad as a result of the lack of variety on offer. Cappuccino is three euro so it is quite price. However, their little bottles of wine are delightful. I would particularly recommend their red rioja.

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Winters Bar
Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Nice bright bar, just what Dundum has been crying out for. Good atmosphere, paninis, wraps very good value at lunch time and staff always very friendly.

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Village Bistro at Tonic Bar, Restaurant and Club
5 Temple Road, Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin

Very nice bright bar with a good atmosphere. Have tried pizza here, which came adorned with rocket. Very nice. Worth a return trip.

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The Terrace
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely hotel. Very elegant and relaxing. Have only ever had cappuccino or beer in the Terrace. Its expensive but worth going and nursing a drink. Staff are extremely nice and someday I hope I can afford to eat here!

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Pavilion Restaurant @ Herbert Park Hotel
Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

This is a lovely hotel. Very classy without the crassness of other five star hotels. I took my husband here for his 40th as a surprise. We had a lovely early bird, which was great value. Last time I checked they no longer were doing the early bird, which I think is a shame. It’s also very popular for Sunday lunch with its buffet.

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The Lotts Cafe Bar
9 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Will only cross the bridge for two reasons, this place and the Italian Quarter! A lovely little pub. The decor is bright and sunny but old fashioned as well. Food is nice and great place for little snacks. You would never think the horrors of Henry Street were only a stones throw away!

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A very unusual large warehouse-type space off the Georges Arcade. It’s a great place to go with a big gang of people, as there is loadsa space. Also good for families. Tapas are nice and reasonably priced.

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

Live very near here but hardly ever go it. Particularly hate it on a Sunday when the carvery crowd are there. Its so packed and so expensive. Would much prefer to go to a proper restaurant. Have only ever had drinks there and the kids have had chips. Don't think they like kids much, not allowed sit with parents on balcony etc. and the staff eye them warily if they move half an inch. Overpriced, over packed and unfriendly.

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Sohag Tandoori
2 Mahers TerraceDundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Not too sure. Used to eat here a lot when we moved to Dundrum first but the manager used to always come over to us and engage us in conversation. OK, its nice that he was friendly but when you only get out once a month without the two kids, well really, we would have rather be left alone! Food was nice and I hear it’s under new management so maybe its time to give it another chance.

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Sheehans Cafe Bar
20-22 le Road, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

A nice bar in a village that is surprisingly low on same. Food is lovely. The atmosphere is great.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I still return to this lovely little restaurant time and time again. I hate large plates of food and have a low boredom threshold so Salamanca with all its little tapas dishes really suits myself and my husband's taste buds. It’s very reasonably and the food is consistently good. It’s always very busy but a great atmosphere. Great place to go before the International Comedy Club as its only a hop and a skip away.

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The Rockfield Lounge
Wyckham Way, Dundrum, Dublin

The last time myself and my family were here on a Sunday afternoon, the atmosphere was positively charged. The lads were out in force and indeed a fight broke out. I think this kind of bar that sets itself up as a sports bar and invites the neanderthals to drink themselves to violence, deserves the clients it gets. Had been there on a previous occasion and my children ordered off the kid’s menu, which was very good. However, as previously stated, it has set itself up as a certain type of pub and I certainly would never darken its doors again!

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Mother Reillys Restaurant
The Uppercross Hotel, 26-32 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Rathmines, Dublin

Whenever we venture into Rathmines for a bite, this is the place we go to. The pub has a lovely cosy atmosphere that distinguishes it from the other cavernous pubs in this location. The food is good. We have tried their vegetarian taster menu and it is very nice. There is a nice bright restaurant, which also has an upstairs or you can hide in one of the many little snugs dotted around the place. A great little find.

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Monsoon (Stillorgan)
4-5 The Hill, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

Monsoon is a great little restaurant. Myself and my husband went in here one night and felt we had ended up in an aunt's sitting room! The place is small and the decor old fashioned but it is so cosy and the staff are lovely. We had a fabulous meal and it was much cheaper than most Indian restaurants we had been in. It has its own vibe and certainly worth visiting.

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Yeah, Milano's is good enough but there is something missing. The menu is quite limited as it’s a bit pizza heavy. Okay, they do some unusual pizzas with egg etc.. But I have always found the service consistently dreadful. They do not have a kids menu so it makes it quite prohibitive for us to dine there as a family. Maybe, it’s just too big. I get exhausted watching the staff flying up and down the stairs, maybe that explains their grumpy attitude!

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Michael's Italian
57 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin

This is a fabulous little cafe, very cosy and inviting. The deli sells gorgeous fresh food whilst the cafe serves delicious meals. Had coffee and a panini with a friend there recently and of course we had to buy some food on the way out as well. I believe they are open at night too and I certainly intend taking my family there for a stroll and dinner during the summer months. The kids can also play in the new playground nearby. A beautiful unusual little cafe that has to be experienced to be appreciated.

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Marios (Ranelagh)
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I think I am correct in stating that my husband and I are the only couple to have had their wedding reception in Mario’s! Yes, 12 years ago this September we booked out the restaurant for our wedding. Since we moved to our first flat in Ranelagh 16 years ago, we have been going to Mario’s. Its a lovely restaurant and still retains a lot of the original staff. The food is consistently good but I have found it has gotten pricier over the years. The recent refurbishment is lovely but the humble penne arrabiata is definitely over-priced at 12.50 and they have recently put up a sign stating that no children are allowed on the premises after 7. I understand if this just applies to young children but friends have been turned away with their civilised well behaved 12 years old. I think as Ranelagh becomes far less flat land and much more family orientated, this is quite a shame. Overall food good, but gone too pricey and they need to relax their children policy a little.

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Maloti
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Maloti is a lovely restaurant. It’s fabulously spacious and room to hang your coats etc. so it doesn't get stuffy like other smaller restaurants. They do an all day 16.99 menu, which consists of starter, main course and naan or rice. The food is beautiful. Its delicately spiced and very well presented. I found the staff to be very nice and friendly and it’s a great place for a leisurely meal in comfort. Highly recommended.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Another great find in the middle of Temple Bar. They have very good lunch deals and a great kids menu. My eldest is 11 now and some places with kid’s meals are just too Spartan for her. Herself and my 9 year old were having a Christmas Dinner Party this year so we invited both sets of classmates here. We booked in advance and were given two enormous tables in the basement. The children had the whole basement to themselves. The food was fantastic and very reasonable. The waitress was fantastic and literally at our beckon call. The kid’s menu includes a drink and ice cream. They also serve the best nachos in town. Consistently good.

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L'Officina by Dunne And Crescenzi (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Was so happy when this restaurant came to Dundrum having indulged myself previously in their South Frederick Street branch. Not only is the food gorgeous, but it is also located outside the centre with lovely views of the water feature, so you feel you can breathe. I met a friend their a few months ago. The friendly dark haired waitress recommended wine to us and remembers us every time we come back (which we do frequently!) and even remembers what wine she recommended. Not normally prone to indecision, I find in this particular restaurant, I find it hard to make a decisions because there are so many delicious vegetarian choices available, my favourite is probably bruschetta but also lovely salads and chunky minestrone soup and so reasonable. We need more restaurants like this where staff are friendly and helpful, atmosphere is top class and value is amazing. It gets my top Italian eatery vote.

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Little Caesars (Harcourt Street)
The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Somehow this is my favourite Little Caesars. Ate here with my children recently on a Friday lunchtime. The place was packed but the staff assured me they would have a table in 10 minutes. Even though the place was extremely busy and the staff were literally run off their feet, they were very efficient and friendly. True to their word, they did. The lunch special is fantastic value at 6.95 and I had a lovely arrabiata whilst my daughters enjoyed the pizza. A great lunch special for the price of a humble sandwich elsewhere. I shall return.

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Le Panto Restaurant
Radisson SAS, St Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Oh God, do I have to relive the agony. Christmas before last, I persuaded my husband it would be a good idea to have Christmas dinner in the Radisson and stay overnight. I had been in touch with the chef prior to this because we are a vegetarian family so obviously Christmas meals can be a bit dodgy. Anyway, after many emails it was decided the kids would have pizza and we would have lasagne. We arrived at the Restaurant and when the headwaiter checked our names, he said 'vegetarian family' and we were not given any menus. I asked the waiter for menus to check the soup etc. Our soup arrived down cold. My husband who drinks thinks luke warm even agreed, so it must have been bad. When I politely asked for the soup to be heated, I was given a filthy look. By this stage, I was quite stressed out, our main courses arrived and it was lasagne for everyone. I informed the waiter that we had ordered pizzas for the kids and he arrived back waving one of my emails in his hand and disputing what I said! The lasagne was absolutely dreadful. The children’s pizzas arrived about half an hour later and they were made of puff pastry. When I informed the waiter that our children didn't like same, he snootily informed me that this was the most authentic Italian recipe. NEVER AGAIN.

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La Pizza
14/15 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

O.K. not my kind of place. The ambience fits in a little too well with its less than salubrious surrounding of our wonderful main street. Still, I have bought my children here on occasion prior to the cinema as they serve slices of pizza and they have been very happy with it.

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La Paloma
17B Asdills Row, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This brings back memories. It was the first time myself and my husband had ever explored the idea of tapas and we were not disappointed. I loved being able to buy small little dishes and explore the taste sensations, far nicer than a big plate of food that you get bored eating half way through. We tried omelette, paella and salad here and are definitely due to go back for another tasting.

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Kielys of Donnybrook
22 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin

Kielys is a friendly little pub and a great place to go for a sandwich. They also have a carvery lunch that I have never tried. I had one of the best Tia Maria coffees that I ever had there this Christmas. Definitely going back for more! However, its really rugger bugger place so during matches, I avoid it like the plague.

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

OK, I'm vegetarian and hardly ever go here. I find the food so unimaginative and bland. A friend of my husband invited a crowd of us to his 20 wedding anniversary celebrations here a few years ago and I remember feeling sorry for him because the food was so bad. It reminds me of a carnivore’s idea of what veggie food is.

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been going here for a number of years. It’s a nice dependable Indian restaurant with a good value early bird menu for 14.99. This street has taken on such a renaissance over the last few years, it has certainly become one of my favourite streets. The restaurant is small but cosy and the food is good.

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Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Absolutely the best Indian restaurant I have ever been in. The staff are so nice and attentive but never in your face. Your water is discretely topped up throughout the duration of the meal. My husband and I had an early bird there recently. It was priced at 20 per head for a selection of starters (veggie or carnivore) and a main course accompanied by rice or naan. I love Indian but normally find it too filling because of the amount of oil used. This food was so fragrant and light, it could have been a rare perfume. We extolled the virtues all through the meal and will definitely return.

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Howards Way (Churchtown)
11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

I don't really get this overcrowded over-rated coffee shop. I met friends their one day allegedly for lunch. I had warned the friend that I was bringing my two kids. When we arrived at the restaurant, I realised that there was very little on the menu for us as vegetarians. My carbohydrate-addicted friend suggested we could all eat a plate of potato wedges. At this point we adjourned to a nearby pub for a sandwich.

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Heather House Hotel
Strand Road, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

My family and I have stayed in the Heather House Hotel when we have gone to Bray overnight on our 'holidays' from Dublin! It’s a lovely clean hotel and quite a nice change from a lot of the hotels and bars in Bray that haven't found their way out of the 70's. The bar does lovely sandwiches and snacks and the restaurant upstairs has beautiful views of Bray accompanied by very delicious pizza.

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

Nice little restaurant. I love tapas, as they are a real taste sensation without filling you up too much. Myself and a friend had an early bird vegetarian tapas plate here recently. It was very nice. The restaurant isn't exactly wild and exciting but a good little place to pop into when you just want a few nibbles before starting your night proper.

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

OK another place that hasn't changed in years. The food is lovely and very reasonable. The staff are great, particularly the waitress, Lorraine. She is always so friendly and helpful. Pizzas are gorgeous, wine is nice and atmosphere is first class.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Just gorgeous. Always feel I am actually in Italy when I go to this place. As a vegetarian, I am delighted with their choice of food. I particularly love their bruschetta, minestrone soup and their arrabiata. Great value and I love the fact you are surrounded by wine!

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

Great little restaurant though quite bustly and cafe style. The food is gorgeous and nutritious and very clearly labelled gluten free, sugar free, wheat free etc. so fab for anyone with allergies. It’s not a place I linger in though because it’s usually very packed. Highly recommended for a healthy quick lunch.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My kids love this place and I feel a sense of nostalgia towards because I used to hang out of the bar drinking cocktails here 25 years ago. However, I have to say the food is absolutely dreadful. Even when I have ordered the veggie burger without the bun and with salad, it still comes down so deep fried, it’s drowning and accompanied by a litre of coleslaw. We have reached an accommodation, our children eat their food and we drink their drink!

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Cafe Mimo (Dundrum)
House of Fraiser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

I mentioned this restaurant in my Cheap and Cheerful Guide to Dublin Eateries published in the Independent last year. I think it is great value and I really love the fact that they also do cheap kids lunches so everybody is happy. The menu is great because you can get a full meal but they also have a huge range of snacks when you are not so hungry.

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Brannigans Dundrum
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Absolutely dreadful and expensive also. Myself and my husband used to go their with the kids because we were able to order a pitcher of beer and just let the children eat. The odd time we share fajitas which were very mediocre and overpriced at 18.50. The kids used to get pizza but the last time they went there, the pizza was so doughy and deep pan, they couldnt eat it. Very overpriced carbohydrate laden junk!

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

Yes, its noisy and dated but I still love this place for the odd lunch. It’s wonderful to find a restaurant that has not changed in years. The lunch menu is great value at 8.50 for a meal and a choice of beer or wine. The kid’s menu is also very good but make sure you order the kids combo that includes ice cream. Its far better value.

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Antica Venezia
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I had an Early Bird in this restaurant with my two daughters a few months ago. We ordered an Early Bird. I didn't feel it was very good value. We all enjoyed our starters. The children had pizza for their main course and really enjoyed same. I ordered penne arrabiata. It was very tomatoey and not the usual olive oil and chilli experience I enjoy. I wasn’t very impressed by the prices or the quality of food. I wont be returning.

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Al Boschetto
2 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Myself, my husband and my two daughters (aged 9 and 11) ate at this Restaurant lately. I scoured the menu beforehand and was surprised to see that the prices weren't very inflated for Ballsbridge. In fact, they were cheaper than Ranelagh restaurants. My husband and I ordered bruschetta for starters and the girls had garlic bread. The bruschetta was deliciously garlic and soaked in olive oil and basil. For main courses, my husband and eldest daughter ordered pizza and myself and my youngest ordered penne arrabiata, my favourite Italian dish. When the pasta arrived, my daughter took one bite and her eyes started to water. I took a bite of mine and couldn't believe how incredibly spicy it was. We are both used to arrabiata but this was uncomfortably loaded with chillies. I changed my daughter’s pasta for pizza. They charged me for the more expensive dish, which I felt was unfair because the pasta was inedible. I really should have sent back my own. It’s a lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere but I definitely wouldn't order the arrabiata again.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

My husband and I had a pre-theatre meal in 101 The Talbot lately. Unfortunately, we ended up rushing the meal as we were waiting for friends who are always late and made the mistake of waiting for them to arrive before we ordered. The Early Bird I felt was pricey enough for two courses at 21 euro. As vegetarians, we were delighted with the choice of vegetarian food on the menu. We ordered a humus and butter bean starter accompanied by pita and salad. These were both delicious. We ordered two filo pastry Mediterranean vegetable dishes. These were fantastic and I would have enjoyed them more if we weren't in a rush. The restaurant itself is very big and a little warehouse-like but has a great atmosphere. Even though it was very busy on the night in question, service was very good. I would certainly return but feel they could lower the price of their Early Bird a little.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

I went to the Punjab Balti House last night with my husband. We arrived at 6.30 and the place was already buzzing. Our waiter was from Nepal. He was very friendly and informative. We started our meal with the usual complimentary poppadams and dips. These were deliciously fresh and crispy. Our starters were vegetable samosa and bhaji. Again, these were deliciously fresh and succulent. We ordered three vegetable side dishes to share as our main course. I love food piping hot and really enjoy the usual Indian practice of having a heated utensil under the dishes. This is not done the in the Punjab. As a result, the food went cold very quickly. The side dishes were fine but nothing spectacular. The wine was really beautiful. It was a Chilean wine called Botalcura and it was so dense with berries and beautifully smooth. Our waiter informed us that he had the job of tasting the wines as most of the staff are Muslim and so abstain from alcohol. There was a great atmosphere and wonderful service. I just feel the side dishes were nothing outstanding and should have been heated more.

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