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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge restaurant

30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code:

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Reviewed 10th March 2016 ( visited 06th March 2016 )

Was back here last Sunday for lunch with my husband. Was delighted to see that they had put on a vegan option on the menu, Ive been nagging them for a while about that!!. We started with a delicious roast courgette soup, followed by grilled veg with bean casserole. We ordered some cajun chips on the side. The roast veg were lovely but I did feel it was a little nouvelle cuisine as the tiny pot of bean casserole could have been bigger, we really did need the chips on the side. Beautiful food, beautifully presented and BYOB with no corkage and 12 euro for two courses, excellent value and cuisine.
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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge restaurant

30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
152 reviews

Reviewed 10th March 2016 ( visited 06th March 2016 )

Was back here last Sunday for lunch with my husband. Was delighted to see that they had put on a vegan option on the menu, Ive been nagging them for a while about that!!. We started with a delicious roast courgette soup, followed by grilled veg with bean casserole. We ordered some cajun chips on the side. The roast veg were lovely but I did feel it was a little nouvelle cuisine as the tiny pot of bean casserole could have been bigger, we really did need the chips on the side. Beautiful food, beautifully presented and BYOB with no corkage and 12 euro for two courses, excellent value and cuisine.
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Damascus Gate
10 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

This is an amazing restaurant, my latest fave place to go. The ambience and staff are amazing and the food is simply delicious. i went with my hubbie for lunch and we ordered a mezze between us, we changed one item so it was vegan. it was only 14.99 and ample between too, felafel, hummous, baba ganous, spinach samosas, salad all served up with hot pitta. I love their BYOB policy and no corkage for one bottle and 2.50 for any thereafter. Also, Ive booked my christmas do here for my company as they only charge 2.50 per table for BYOB. The staff are always so helpful and friendly. This is the perfect tonic on a cold winters day for lunch and dinner. Going back very soon.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

Was back here last Sunday for lunch with my husband. Was delighted to see that they had put on a vegan option on the menu, Ive been nagging them for a while about that!!. We started with a delicious roast courgette soup, followed by grilled veg with bean casserole. We ordered some cajun chips on the side. The roast veg were lovely but I did feel it was a little nouvelle cuisine as the tiny pot of bean casserole could have been bigger, we really did need the chips on the side. Beautiful food, beautifully presented and BYOB with no corkage and 12 euro for two courses, excellent value and cuisine.

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Keshk Cafe Restaurant
71 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

New Years Eve, where to go with friends for a lovely lunch without being ripped off on New Years Eve and BYOB, Keshk came answering the call. I had been there before with a work do and was very impressed. I'm vegan so Keshk is fantastic with its wonderful selection of vine leaves, hummours, felafel etc. I had warned my friends that the portions were huge. We ordered 1 hummous and 1 felafel as starters between the four of us. They were wonderful and ample, though I was amazed to find mayo on the felafel but they were happy to bring an extra portion down for me. For the main course I chose stuffed vine leaves, which were deliciously aromatic, juicy and flavoursome. The atmosphere in here is wonderful. The food is very reaonable and there is no charge for corkage. Service was fantastic and even when we were the last people to leave after lunch, we were told to take our time and felt in absolutely no rush. This place is a real gem.

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Il Posto
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Deciding where my hubbie and I should go for our double birthday celebration was a no brainer, it had to be Il Posto. I had sent my daughter Sarah in before Christmas with her boyfriend as I told her it was the most romantic restaurant to go to. She had a wonderful night and could not get over how well the staff treated her and facilitated her. She was literally blown away by the ambience, service and food. An extra bonus was that Il Posto were giving a 20 euro voucher to their gold staff clients for use in January. I had rung in and paid for her wine that night so I happily procured the voucher!!. Going back to Il Posto is like going to a wealthy friend's house and being cossoted in a wonderful dining room. This place always makes me feel that way. When we arrived, Ester was there to greet us. I think its always a very good sign when staff stay in a place for a few years as you know they are being treated very well. We ordered bruschetta for starters which was deliciously crispy and wonderfully garnished. Our main course was rigatoni with mushrooms in a tomato sauce, absolutely devine. As usual, as we are vegan, the staff were so accommodating and we were offered different variants from the menu. We had a bottle of house red and past a wonderful afternoon in this amazing restaurant. This is a full amazing dining experience from start to finished and we berated ourselves for leaving it so long to go back to our favourite ever restaurant. We shall be going back again very soon. 18 e for 2 course lunch in a very exclusive but very friendly atmosphere. Il Posto always blends formality excellently with friendliness and fabulous service and eye for detail. Still the best place in town. I challenge any other restaurant to beat it. I will be waiting.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ive always loved this restaurants and so I purchased a voucher for my daughter as part of her christmas pressie, assuring her it was a lovely romantic place with great food and good service. Well, my daughter arrived with her boyfriend on New Year's Eve. They loved the food, but the waiter was snooty from the onset. After a while he told them they had 10 minutes to leave the table, even though the restaurant was not full by a long shot. He then huffed and puffed when she told them she had a voucher before she asked for the bill. I rang up to complain and the waiter insisted he was being perfectly reasonable and he had allowed them half an hour to clear the table. I knew by his reaction he was not a bit apologetic. I dont think he would treat an older couple this way. Very disappointed to see this attitude in a restaurant that I used to love so much.

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Cafe Bliss
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was back in Cafe Bliss last night with friends. Just the tonic on a horrible rainy Monday. Wanted to meet up with friends but needed to do so on the cheap as its been a long month. Cafe Bliss beckoned with its early bird 2 courses for 9.99 and BYOB no corkage. I had soup for starters, a lovely vegetable soup. It was the only vegan option on their starters and I really think they should provide a few more as they have a good few mains that are vegi and vegan. For my mains I had vegetable chilli, which was absolutely delicious and plentiful served up with a mound of white rice. My friends loved their meals. We sat in a window seat looking out at the rain eating gorgeous food and drinking wine. This is a fantastic venue and incredibly cheap. Well worth going to. I shall be back.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

I was back in this amazing restaurant on Saturday. Seagrass agreed to do a vegan menu for myself and my friends. They are always so accommodating and myself and husband and other friends have had many meals there. However, on this occasion I was going with 8 friends, 9 of whom were vegan. They a choice of two starters, one nettle risotto and one aubergine and courgette dish. For mains we were offered veg stew or a mixed veg dish and a lemon sorbet for dessert. The food was amazing. We brought our own wine and enjoyed 3 courses for 14 euro. This is without doubt the classiest restaurant in town and the best value. Win win all around.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

Was back here last Friday with friends. They could not get over the prices, food and ambience of the place. Myself and my hubbie had vegan options, delicious carrot and chilli soup for starters and our mains were a mushroom, chestnut and pureed parsnip dish with a side order of grilled veg. At 12 e for 2 courses and 14 for 3, this is amazing food at unbelievable price. I'm going back again this Friday with more friends. This is the best place in Dublin by a longshot. It has become my latest addiction. With BYOB added in, its an affordable one. Well worth going to again and again.

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HighCafe Restaurant (Galway)
2 High Street, Galway, Galway City, Galway

Was in Galway for a night last Friday and a friend recommended here. There were only 2 sittings you could book for 6.30 and 9.00. I booked for 9 but asked them to give me a call if there was any seats earlier. We walked in at 8.00 and get a seat no problem. We ordered a felafel sandwich to share to start. it was really lovely, homemade soft felafel and we were going to order a veg cous cous and one tagine for mains but the cous cous had butter in and we are vegan so we just ordered two tagines. These were really lovely. We bought our own wine no corkage, very good value,.lovely place but when I asked for the bill, it was given to my husband and when I handed the money, same thing change was given to him . The bill should be given to the person who asks for it, amazing in 2015 how misogyny is still so strong in restaurants.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

I have said it before and I will say it again – You get more bang for your buck in Portobello. I have been to a few eateries in South Richmond Street over the last few months and I have been amazed at the price,quality of food and good service and many establishments offering BYOB with no corkage. I am tired of paying 25 quid for a bottle of mediocre wine when you can buy a nice wine for 8 euro and bring it with you. It makes a hell of a difference to the price of the meal. With this in mind. I set out with my two good friends Dorothy Murphy and Mary Shiel after a lunch time play in Powerscourt Townhouse for a nice relaxing lunch in Seagrass in Portobello. OK, it has to be said this is definitely the Jewel in Portobello’s crown. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. I looked up the menu online and it looked really interesting. I’m vegan but my friends are not. There were two very interesting vegetarian options on the menu and when I enquired about vegan options, I was told there was no problem creating same. We arrived in the restaurant and there was one large group and another few small groups in situ, which was not bad for 2.30 on a Thursday afternoon. The restaurant is lovely, very elegant and laidback with some nice art work on the walls. We were met by a lovely waitress who had a love smile and made us feel extremely welcome. We were handed the menus. As I said they sounded really interesting.The prices, however, were unbelievably reasonable. 5 euro for starters and 10 euro for main courses, BYOB with no corkage (we brought 2!) and incredibly, an offer for January and February of buy one get one free on starters AND mains. We had bought our own wine so I assumed this offer would not be on the table, so to speak, but still felt it was great value. We duly ordered. I ordered the soup which was a roast pepper soup. Absolutely delicious. Our main courses arrived with just the right time between courses. I had a gnocchi with aubergine, mushrooms, whole garlic and loads of herbs in a lovely sauce. It was fantastic. My friends loved their main courses and again raved about the presentation. No nouvelle cuisine portions here. The atmosphere was wonderful and the staff so attentive. We asked for our bill and unbelievably, they had taken off one starter and one main from the bill. This Is Michelin Star cooking at high street prices. When I think of what so many mediocre restaurants charge for a bland pizza or pasta dish in comparison. Our bill came to 38 euro. We were gobsmacked. Beautiful food at unbelievably low prices, presented by somebody who obviously enjoys the craft of cooking, a fabulous classy restaurant with wonderful staff. I will be back again very soon and so will my friends. In fact, they are telling everyone they know about this place. Get in there quick because this amazing offer for lunch finishes at the end of this month. I cannot wait to go back. Seagrass, South Richmond Street, Portobello (just up from Kelly’s corner). Grab a bottle of wine in the Spar on the corner and head in there. If they added a few vegan options to their menu, I might never leave the place! Absolutely amazing. Highly highly highly recommended.

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Il Baccaro
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Myself and my hubbie were at a film in IFI on Saturday afternoon and happened into Meeting House Square and Il Baccaro, have eaten there a few times before and it was time we went back. We were just popping in for a glass of wine and a bruschetta, but when we arrived in to the restaurant we noticed they were doing a lunch menu. They did not have this advertised outside and I really think they should have because it is excellent value at 7.95 for main courses and 12.50 for 2 courses. The atmosphere is always lovely in here, fantastic feeling of being in a bright Italian wine vault. The mayhem of Temple Bar is all around but you are wonderfully cossetted in this special space. We ordered bruschetta to start which was wonderful, delciously crispy on the bread and moist with the tomatoes, basil and garlic and extra oil left at the table, which all good italian restaurants do. Our penna arrabiata was lovely, the pasta being deliciously al dente and the sauce with a wonderful spicy aftertaste. We will be back,.

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Il Posto
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Menupages have asked me to review my favourite restaurant. There are many restaurants that I like as my numerous reviews will testify, but there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest and its Il Posto. The ambience is fabulous, the staff are always so nice and pleasant and accommodating, no problem ordering off menu and they have given me many brilliant vegan options over the times I have gone there with friends and family. In fact, its so nice, I cant believe I can afford it but with lunch at 16 for 2 courses and 2 course dinner at 22 and byob some days, its fantastic value. It feels a lot more expensive that it is. Its pure class and my favourite restaurant by a long shot.

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Viva
27 Richmond Street South, Portobello, City Centre South, Dublin

I went to Viva last night With a menupages voucher of 17 euro for 4 tapas and 2 glasses of wine. I had rung ahead the day before and made sure we could get 4 vegan options paella listed on the tapas menu and it was stated you could get one made to specification with a 20 minute wait. it looks like a lovely restaurant and I do feel you get more bang for your buck in Portobello generally than nearer to town and it has its own lovely artisan vibe. We arrived in on a cold nite to lovely cosy candlelit surroundings with velvet curtains semi sectioning off the restaurant in places. Our waiter arrived and we ordered patatas bravas and a eg dish and asked to have the paella made up, stating quite clearly "vegetables only". We also ordered a portion of bread. I had also stated on booking "vegan options please". The food arrived down very quickly and we immediately noted there was meat in our paella. When we asked the waiter what it was, he informed us quite cheerfully that it was chicken. We yet again explained that we were vegan. Another waitress arrived down and told us the special paella was not included in the tapas menu (although it was written down in same), she apologised and told us we could have an aubergine dish and she would get the chef to make us up another dish. At this juncture our two dishes were now stone cold. I hate cold food. The bread arrived down and it was just dry bread. We asked for olive oil and were given olives, we asked again for oil. Our other 2 dishes duly arrived, aubergine with a topping - okayis and a very bland lightly grilled dish of just aubergine, courgette and pepper - boring. We asked for the bill and it arrived charging us for 2 portions of bread and olives that we didnt order!. They took them off the bill. Nice place to go if you are not vegi, vegan or ordering off menu.

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Back to Cortinas on Tuesday night for my hubbie and myself's joint birthday celebration. We went along without our 2 daughters and we have had many family birthday celebrations there. Cortinas is a lovely restaurant. It has the right balance of openess and cosiness to the space and the food is lovely. 3 out of 4 of us are vegan and they have a wonderful dairy free and vegetarian menu and also a gluten free menu. We ordered the salsa sampler as a starter which is amazing, a huge array of dips and freshly baked nachos. For our main courses, the 3 vegans decided to share so we had one fajitas, one enchiladas and one soft tacos. All were lovely though my husband mentioned the dishes could have benefitted from a large smattering of mushrooms. I do find fajitas very overpriced at 12.50 but they are big enough to share with 3 huge wraps and loads of veg. I just feel they should do this as a large portion and offer a smaller portion as well. The staff are always lovely. The one guy we always meet has been there for years. A really good Mexican restaurant, probably my fave restaurant in Dundrum. We return time and time again.

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Roshni
4 Olivemount Terrace, Dundrum, Dublin

It was a stormy wet night but my husband and I were doing round 2 of our joint birthday celebrations. Having dined with our daughters the night before, it was time for a romantic meal. A new Indian Restaurant has come to Dundrum and is very conveniently located right across the road from our house so we braved the elements and made our way over. We had purchases a menupages for 32 euro for 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 sides and 2 glasses of wine. Roshni has recently taken over from a previous restaurant and their food is far superior, we have had takeout on a few occasions. The very friendly waiter welcomed us and ushered us over to seats by the fire. We were given popadoms and dips, which were deliciously fresh and crispy. We ordered veg platters for 2 for our starters, which was abdundant and mouthwateringly delicious, 3 starters with salad of samosa, bhaji and a potatoe dish. Our mains arrived chana bhuna and aloo gobi served up with mushroom rice. All the flavours were amazing. The mushroom rice was so aromatic and really enhanced the flavours of the meals. The house wine was lovely and service was impecable. This is a fine Indian Restaurant that is a welcome addition to the area. it really needs to be experienced. They do a fine take out trade but its fantastic to avail of their lovely cosy restaurant and the excellent service. Extremely highly recommended.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with my friend over the christmas. Had not been for a few years and was always intending to go back. I love Moroccan food. As a vegan, there is so much choice and it is such tasty food. We had a menupages voucher, which was excellent value at 34 euro for 2 courses with a glass of wine for two. The first thing I noticed when entering was that all the drapes on the ceiling were gone. I thought this was a shame because I really felt they cosied up the place and added to the intimacy. it is a lovely small restaurant reminiscent of walking into a friend's house for dinner and I love that feeling but missed the drapes. We ordered for starters a lentil dish and mixed peppers. Both were absolutely mouthwarmingly gorgeous. I had a tagine that was the nicest Ive tasted anywhere, awash with sweet potatoe and carrot, deliciously chunky and aromatic. Food is second to none, waitress was lovely and its very reasonable. I just feel the need to up the ante re cosying out the room, the way it used to be.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with friends over the Christmas break. Ive been here on a few occasions and always found it excellent and this occasion was no exception. We went for the lunch deal of two courses for 13.95 and BYOB. The atmosphere is always lovely here, a real feeling of Morocco. We ordered three different starters and shared. Spinach dish, hummous with pitta and grilled veg. All were absolutely delicious. I had the 7 veg tagine for my main course and it was delicious, though I do prefer tagines that are a little thicker in consistency. The staff were lovely as always. We bought two bottles but were only charged 4 euro corkage for one. This is an excellent Moroccan with great deals, fabulous staff and food and a wonderful ambience. A must.

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Platform Pizza Bar
7 Strand Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

We went into the Ocean Bar in Bray on Saturday night. I have been here on a few occasions on our trips to Bray. It is a lovely bar. We had dropped into Platform Pizza next door. Again, we have been there before and it is very good but very busy. We decided to pop into the Ocean for a pre-dinner drink and see if we would head back into Platform later. They were all booked out but had seats free at the bar. Now, I don’t like to have dinner at the bar but I do love their pizzas so had to mull that one over over a pint. We discovered when we went into the Ocean that they as they are actually adjoined to Platform, you can actually order off the Platform menu via the bar, if they are not too busy. We decided to have a pre-dinner drink and share Ocean’s wok fried veg. These are excellent value at only 2.95 and come down on a sizzling platter. After an hour, we decided to stay in Ocean but order from Platform. We ordered the vegan spelt pizza with chargrilled veg. We had had this before and it was excellent. I have also found out since that like many establishments, Platform are now doing vegan cheese. Violife cheese has come onto the market. It is very affordable and tasty and melts very well and so many pizza places are now stocking it. Veganism is growing in popularity as many people who were previously vegetarian, myself included, have realised how cruel the dairy industry is, and detrimental to the environment and human health. Casein in cheese is one of the biggest promoters of cancer (The China Study by Colin Campbell). It’s great to see so many establishments now stocking vegan cheese. We ordered off the lovely pleasant barman in the Ocean and specified vegan cheese. I did think from a marketing point of view, it was very bad not to have this specified on the menu. Nowhere on the menu did it mention vegan cheese. The vegan pizza itself was also described as having pesto on it. When I checked 2 months ago upon same, I was informed that yes it was green pesto and it contained cheese. I told them it would be a good idea to take this item off the menu or to substitute with one of the many vegan pestos on the market. Our pizzas duly arrived and to our dismay, they had no cheese on them. The barman apologised and brought them back into Platform. He returned a minute later and told us that the cheese would be an extra cost. We felt this was very bad form as the error was on their part. Also, I did mention to the barman that it should be stated on the menu and if there is an extra cost, it should also be noted. Our pizza came back a minute later with cheese on top, that was only slightly melted. We told the barman that we had ordered a pizza with cheese and this little bit of unmelted cheese on the top was not what we wanted. He agreed and returned to Platform. They informed us via the barman that they would have to re-make the pizzas. Our pizzas came down a few minutes later and they were absolutely fabulous. They did not charge us any extra either. I just feel the above problem could have been avoided with proper labelling and the menu needs to change accordingly. Platform Pizza is a fabulous addition to the Bray seafront, where most of the dining is in pubs. It’s a really good pizza bar with a great buzz and this is borne out by the fact that it is booked out most of the time. The Ocean Bar is really fabulous with such friendly staff and lovely food. I think this is a great combo and I’m so delighted that vegan cheese has come to Bray. I just hope that my constructive criticism is taken into account and I look forward to returning to both The Ocean Bar and Platform Pizza.

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Ocean Bar & Grill
7 Strand Road, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

THE OCEAN BAR, BRAY We went into the Ocean Bar in Bray on Saturday night. I have been here on a few occasions on our trips to Bray. It is a lovely bar. We had dropped into Platform Pizza next door. Again, we have been there before and it is very good but very busy. We decided to pop into the Ocean for a pre-dinner drink and see if we would head back into Platform later. They were all booked out but had seats free at the bar. Now, I don’t like to have dinner at the bar but I do love their pizzas so had to mull that one over over a pint. We discovered when we went into the Ocean that they as they are actually adjoined to Platform, you can actually order off the Platform menu via the bar, if they are not too busy. We decided to have a pre-dinner drink and share Ocean’s wok fried veg. These are excellent value at only 2.95 and come down on a sizzling platter. After an hour, we decided to stay in Ocean but order from Platform. We ordered the vegan spelt pizza with chargrilled veg. We had had this before and it was excellent. I have also found out since that like many establishments, Platform are now doing vegan cheese. Violife cheese has come onto the market. It is very affordable and tasty and melts very well and so many pizza places are now stocking it. Veganism is growing in popularity as many people who were previously vegetarian, myself included, have realised how cruel the dairy industry is, and detrimental to the environment and human health. Casein in cheese is one of the biggest promoters of cancer (The China Study by Colin Campbell). It’s great to see so many establishments now stocking vegan cheese. We ordered off the lovely pleasant barman in the Ocean and specified vegan cheese. I did think from a marketing point of view, it was very bad not to have this specified on the menu. Nowhere on the menu did it mention vegan cheese. The vegan pizza itself was also described as having pesto on it. When I checked 2 months ago upon same, I was informed that yes it was green pesto and it contained cheese. I told them it would be a good idea to take this item off the menu or to substitute with one of the many vegan pestos on the market. Our pizzas duly arrived and to our dismay, they had no cheese on them. The barman apologised and brought them back into Platform. He returned a minute later and told us that the cheese would be an extra cost. We felt this was very bad form as the error was on their part. Also, I did mention to the barman that it should be stated on the menu and if there is an extra cost, it should also be noted. Our pizza came back a minute later with cheese on top, that was only slightly melted. We told the barman that we had ordered a pizza with cheese and this little bit of unmelted cheese on the top was not what we wanted. He agreed and returned to Platform. They informed us via the barman that they would have to re-make the pizzas. Our pizzas came down a few minutes later and they were absolutely fabulous. They did not charge us any extra either. I just feel the above problem could have been avoided with proper labelling and the menu needs to change accordingly. Platform Pizza is a fabulous addition to the Bray seafront, where most of the dining is in pubs. It’s a really good pizza bar with a great buzz and this is borne out by the fact that it is booked out most of the time. The Ocean Bar is really fabulous with such friendly staff and lovely food. I think this is a great combo and I’m so delighted that vegan cheese has come to Bray. I just hope that my constructive criticism is taken into account and I look forward to returning to both The Ocean Bar and Platform Pizza.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ive been to Dada a few times over the years and always vow to return. Its a fantastic restaurant. There was an added incentive a few weeks ago when menupages were offering a deal of 30 euro worth of food for 15 euro. My husband and I went along. The restaurant is fantastically atmospheric and ethnic and really gives a fabulous taste of Morocco on all fronts. They were also doing a BYOB launch so we were able to bring our own bottle and pay 5 euro corkage. We order the 7 vegetable tagine and the pumpkin and lentil tagine and decided to share both between us. We ware both vegan and always delighted with the options available here, fantastic choice for vegans. Both tagines were absolutely mouth-wateringly stunning, infused with fresh herbs and spices. We were delighted we ordered both dishes for the variety and the taste sensation was amazing. We had purchased a bottle of wine in Dunnes for 8 euro. Our 15 euro bill covered our food, and we paid 5 euro corkage for the wine. I note this offer is currently on, and would highly recommend availing of it and BYOB. its a fabulous restaurant and worth visiting. We shall definitely return again soon.

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Surma
43 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Yesterday I looked up Menupages Dublin Deals and booked The Surma Restaurant. The Surma Indian restaurant was lovely, nice and cosy with lovely ethnic touches and a glass portion of the ceiling with gentle blue light shining down. Candles were lit and the music was very relaxing, nice chilled Indian sounds emitting. I produced my voucher which I had paid 18 euro for. For this small stipend, we were able to order a sharing plate of starters, 2 main courses and rice. Complimentary poppadoms arrived down to our table Having eaten the deliciously light poppadoms accompanied by chilli sauce we tucked into fabulous four starters between us, they were gorgeous. Mains arrived, and we had spinach and potato aloo and mixed veg with rice. The food was so light and flavoursome and great value. We will be back.

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Rotana Cafe Restaurant
31 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, Portobello, Dublin

Another restaurant that pulls me back time after time. Lebanese food has quickly become my favourite and indeed that of all the family too. Since we are vegan, there is so much to chose from and we all love variety. Went there with my girls and hubbie on Sunday for our monthly family meal out. The veggi mezza is only 17.50 for two people and we amend it to vegan very easy. A delcious mix of spinach samosas, vegi ones, vine leaves, salad, warmed thin pitta bread, hummous, baba gnoush, felafel and more. This is a feast for the eyes as well as a gastronomic one. They have a BYOB policy too, which makes it very reasonable to pop into LIDL on the way there. The decor and atmostphere is wonderful too. We will be back.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Ive been here twice last week. I had friends over from UK on Tuesday and bought them there and they loved it. I went back for lunch with my hubbie on Saturday armed with my menupages voucher. The lunch was a very reasonable 10.95 for 2 courses plus mineral water. This is a very classy Italian Restaurant. The food is top class and the service is always good as is the atmosphere. We had bruschetta pomodoro to start, which was divine, the right level of crispiness and not a bit soggy like it is in some establishments with basil and garlic and olive oil, a real taste sensation. For our main course we have vegetarian pizza without cheese as we are vegetarian. Again, this was deliciously thin and stonebaked. It was a horrible rainy day in Dublin but we felt deliciously cossetted in these environs. A restaurant I go back to time and time again. Highly recommended.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Magnifico!!. I booked her for dinner for my daughter's birthday treat. We are both vegan and yes Rustic Stone is normally not a place one would associate with vegan food, in fact quite the opposite. However, through the power of google, I searched for healthy salads and lo and behold Rustic Stone came up. Ok, we wanted some healthy salads but also some nice hot dishes too and this place seemed to provide. We arrived on a Friday at 6.00 and were shown to a window seat. The place was already quite full and the atmosphere was lovely, laidback and cosy. We ordered a variety of salads and bites between us, amongst which were a fabulous of watercress, lettuce, mango and corriander with a fabulous drenching of lime, simply bewitching, crunchy cauliflower colombo florets with coconut milk, so divine, I can still imagine the taste, mashed sweet potatoe and a tomatoe and avocado and courgette and corriander salad. The food was amazing, talk about taste sensations, we were spellbound by it. Service was fantastic and I had rung ahead and said it was my daughter's 19th birthday, so when I ordered her vegan dessert of delicious oat cookie with chocolate and kiwi (only small criticism, should have been more oak cookie and less chocolate), they brought down a plate with happy birthday written in chocolate for her. Unbelievably, the total cost for the food was only 30 euro. I also had 2 glasses of wine with the meal. We are still talking about it, tremendous. I have to admire the owner's entrepreneurship, he opens fantasic venues with amazing food and drink and I believe a Raw Bar is to open up over Rustic Stone soon.This is a fabulous restaurant that is going from strength to strength. We shall return

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Zaragoza
South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin

I booked here to celebrate my daughter's 19th Birthday. We had looked at the menu beforehand and knew there was a great selection of tapas for us to try. It is the kind of place that once you open the door and enter, it captivates you straight away. its busy but cosy, fabulously bright but intimate. Its a really interesting venue. I arrived with my 2 daughters and my husband at 7.00 pm on a Saturday night and it was already quite busy, but its very large and we were able to secure a table. The staff from the onset were so friendly and helpful. 3 of us are vegan and one vegi and there were plenty of dishes we could order. We were also told they could veganise most salads for us. We ended up ordering a delicious array of 9 tapas between us with dishes like rice with veg, black olive and sundried tomatoe pesto on crusty bread, potatos bravas, two amazing salads, one of them had walnuts and apple amongst other ingredients and the other had avocado and olives. All the dishes were extremely tasty and imaginative. This is a fabulous venue with great atmosphere, food and staff. We will definitely be back again very soon. it felt a lot more expensive that it was.

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KC Peaches Wine Cave Nassau St
28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This a fantastic venue. A great cafe with a lot of bustle but with the option to go downstairs to the wine bar if you want a quieter lunch or dinner. You can order off the wine bar menu and sit at a table downstairs or bring your salad or meal and sit on high stools. Upstairs is very large and then there is a mezannine area above it. The salads are amazing value at 4.40 for small ones, 6.60 for medium and 8.95 for large. They also do takeaway boxes. They have an amazing array of salads, brilliant for vegans like ourselves, with loads of cous cous and chickpea dishes and potato salads etc. They also do soya coffees and have their own homemade almond milk as well as a few vegan desserts every day, and I often get a vegan cup cake to take out for my daughter. A fantastic venue with great variety. For me, I prefer it more for lunch than evening time, but I will definitely try the wine bar some evening, for a more subdued relaxed ambience. Highly recommended.

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

I had been meaning to try this place for a good while now but I was always apprehensive about how much vegan food would be available and I have a bit of a phobia about self service and buffets. Turned out, I should have gotten over myself a long time ago, not going here for a few years has indeed been a number of missed opportunities. I turned up here on a Friday afternoon around 1.45, the place was busy, but staff assured us from the onset they would have a table for us in a few minutes, and sure enough they did. We were duly seated and asked had we ever been there before. We explained we had not but our daughter had been in last week with a bunch of her student friends and had highly recommended it, we also said we were vegan and our daughter had informed us that anyone not eating meat got to take 2 bowls instead of one to the grill, which seems very fair as paying the same price as people who are eating meat does not seem fair on any level. She immediately informed us that she could get a part of the grill kept aside for us or have everything cooked from scratch in our own wok. We were very happy with the second option, to be on the safe side. The place was busy and lively but never felt chaotic, there were ample windows to the front of the restaurant where were were seated and the decor was nice and neutral but cosy, it did not have the functional feel of so many buffet restaurants. Everything was very well explained to us, we headed towards the buffet with our bowls, and were informed bowls of rice would be left at our table as well. Any sides or drinks or starters could also be ordered at the table and you paid afterwards, this made for a very pleasant dining experience. We filled our bowls full with many vegetables, courgettes, carrots, chinese leaves, beansprouts, onion, musrooms, peppers and tofu and chickpeas from the buffet, there was also a large tray of noodles, but no rice noodles which I feel would be a great addition to the menu, then there was another section for herbs and spices and then finally, sauces, where all the ingredients were clearly listed. Nearly all the sauces were vegan, amongst which were satay, black bean and sweet chilli. Even though the place was very busy in the peak of Friday lunch, there were no major queues and the service area was nice and compact. We arrived at the cooking area and the chef had already been informed by the waitress that we needed a separate wok. We were told it would take a few minutes. Whilst we were seated at our table, another waitress came down and told us everything would be ready shortly. The staff really were exceptional and showed great efficiency and pleasantness during the busiest part of the day. Unbelievably, one trip to the buffet was only 5.90, there was also an all you can option for 10 euro, but I personally could not even eat everything from the one trip, given that we were allowed two bowls. We decided to order a side of popadoms with dips, which were also very good value at 2.50 and a glass of lunch wine each, again very well priced at 3.50 per glass, with strong berry overtones and a decent glass too. Our food arrived down, freshly cooked, piping hot and absolutely delicious. This place is pretty amazing. I'm sorry I left it so long to go here and I was heartened to see so many people just having the veg option. It was wonderful to have such a filling healthy tasty lunch right in the city in a lovely atmosphere with very helpful staff for an unbelievable price of 5.90. We shall be back.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Odessa was hip before Dublin even knew what hip was. Today being Good Friday, I had to go somewhere for a nice lunch and wine, the archaic laws of the country do not allow such in general on good Friday with a few loopholes like traveling on boats, trains etc. Odessa were allowing people to come in for lunch today with BYOB. The restaurant is lovely and has retained its hipness without ever dating, their upstairs bar is also lovely and my daughters have been at parties in their rooftop bar. We arrived there today and perused the menu. I had phoned ahead and told them we were vegan. On their menu, 2 out of their 4 main courses are actually vegi, this restaurant always reminds me a little of 102 Talbot in its imaginative descriptions and presentation of food, you are salvating on the paper long before the plates arrive. Whoever devised the menu obviously has a strong imagination and a love of food, it reads a lot more expensive than it actually is. When we arrived, the waiter, with a glint in his eye, said "ah the vegans". We do like to make an entrance!. He sat us at the window seat and informed us that the chef could do a vegan tagine. I know tagine to be a type of Morrocan stew. Just to give you an idea, here are the two vegi options: The Odessa Vegetarian Nut Burger, Homemade Tomato Relish, Ilcheser Smoked Applewood Chese, Dill Pickle, Beef Tomatoes, Fries Lightly Smoked Quesadilla, Sour Ceam, Hakaoenos, Guacamole, Salsa, Tequila Dressing. Our tagine duly arrived with pitta bread on the side and a side order of steamed long stemmed broccoli, green beans and asparagus. The tagine was absolutely delicious, so aromatic with wonderful flavours of cumin and corriander, a wonderful array of vegetables and apricots, very Morrocan, with cous cous infused with veg, spices and sultanas. It was amazing. Sitting in a window seat looking out on the Stags Head where I used to drink with my friends in my teens and twenties, I marvelled, yet again, at how amazing Dublin City is. For all the wonderful places I have been and there have been many, there are still loads more to try (which reminds me must check my lotto numbers!). My only gripe and its a small one is that the tagine on the menu was priced at 10 but it was actually 11 and the side orders priced at 3 but were actually 3.50, I think its time to change the prices on their menu. A wonderful restaurant and bar that has only gone from hip to hipper. Odessa will always have a strong place in Dublin's heart and I for one cannot wait to return.

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Il Posto
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

There are a lot of casual Italian eateries around the town. However, this is a bit different, its a more upmarket establishment but affordably priced and the food is excellent. Its located on St Stephen's Green, with a few seats on the outside and a restaurant in the basement. The architecture all around is amazing and nice wine bars and restaurants are located on this lovely part of the green. The minute you walk inside past all the awards into this elegant white tableclothed space, you know you are walking into a stylish quality restaurant. They have been offering a 16 euro 2 course lunch for a long time, which is quite remarkable, but now it has been even more affordable by the addition of a BYOB policy with no corkage on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. My friend was home from UK visiting and our other friend took the day off work so the three amigos wanted to head out for a day out. Finding somewhere good that is not expensive is my forte, needs must and all that, so I came armed with 2 bottles of cheap stuff so many restaurants charge about 25 euro for basic wines, so this is a big plus and really makes a difference to the bill at the end of the day. We were greeeted as we came in by a very friendly and helpful hostess. I had checked ahead that they had a vegan main course of Linguine with veg and corriander pesto. I mentioned that I was vegan and they said they could amend dishes to suit. This was wonderful. I ordered the carrot and corrinder soup to start and my friends had 2 different salads, which both were ample with much rocket, which I adore, and they said were delicious. My soup was really beautiful, extremely flavoursome as food is when it was not weighted down with dairy products. There was a fabulous aftertaste. I could have also had a salad. We were given bread and oil, whilst we were waiting for our starters. In addition to the linguine there was also a mushroom, pea, spinach and chive risotto, which the chef said could be made vegan. No nouvelle cuisine here. My risotto arrived and it was a very large portion and absolutely delicious, the chive really gave it a kick and has given me a great idea for when I'm making my own risotto again. I often try and copy meals I have in restaurants with different variants of success. I thought this was a very imaginative risotto and I will definitely endeavour to duplicate it somewhat. My friends had some of my dish and thought it was lovely. Both friends were delighted with their meals. One elected to have an apple crumble for dessert. The price for 3 courses is 20 euro, which is still excellent value. The atmosphere was so nice and relaxing and although it is in a basement, there is still ample light coming in from the windows and you can still see the world going by on the green. As we were sitting down chatting and complimenting the meal, the waitress appeared with a vodka lemon drink for the three of us. This was really lovely. I have also been here for dinner. Monday was obviously quiet, I have been there for Friday lunch when it is extremely busy, but we had a wonderful chilled out lunch. This establishment, superior quality imaginative food and wonderful staff, ambience and atmosphere, all come highly recommended. Three of us went back the other night for the early bird which is 20 euro for 2 courses and 25 for 3. We managed to get 3 different vegan meals, a mushroom and truffle oil risotto, a spinach and asparagus risotto and a rigatoni with vegetables and hazelnuts. We had our starter outside in the sunshine overlooking Stephens Green and our main course inside in the beautiful luxurious restaurant. The staff were amazing, the food was mind blowing. This is the best Italian Restaurant I have ever been into in Dublin, in fact, anywhere in the world. This is pure class at affordable prices. I cannot wait to return. Highly highly recommended.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this place and its the nearest Dublin is ever going to get to Harrods. I brought my friend here yesterday, who was over from the UK, visiting her sick dad and I wanted to bring her somewhere special in between hospital visits. Ive been going here for years but I like to look at an establishment through new eyes, so I watched in delight at Dorothy’s wonder at this fabulous venue. The minute we walked in, she compares it to Harrod’s, she fell in love with the fab food hall and the amazing array of unusual vegetables from red bananas to white courgettes. I then took her down to the basement to the Wine Cellar and Bar and she was amazed. But, I saved the best till last, I walked her upstairs to their beautiful restaurant. The setting is so beautiful, effortlessly elegant, pure class. She immediately bemoaned the fact that she had jeans on, I told her it didnt matter, they would not kick us out!. Beautiful white tableclothed tables overlooking some of the most amazing architecture in the city, starched clothed, but not in personality, beautifully turned out waiting staff, who are always so friendly and helpful. This place feels like you need to re-mortgage to have lunch here but happily, this is not the case. There is a beautiful olde world style elegance, I always feel I’m walking into a previous era but with every modern convenience. The manager seated us at a window seat. Dorothy took her time drinking the place in. I had rung and enquired about vegan options, and the manager happily informed me that they had a vegan menu, yes, not a vegetarian but a vegan menu, joy oh joy, the world is copping on, my daughter had an amazing vegan meal in the Shelbourne a while ago, that was the envy of all her friends. After he seated us, he informed me he had also included the vegan menu. Its these little things that make a restaurant stand out, I was very impressed. There was also a vegan salad on the main menu. Unbelievably, lunch in this establishment starts at 6.50 for lights, 7.95 for starter portion pasta dishes, which I have always found ample and 11.95 for main courses pasta, with platters at 9.95. The Vegan Menu is as follows: Mixed Vegetable and Tomato Soup Roast Beetroot, artichoke avocado and mixed leaf salad, parsley and Lime dressing ******************* Mixed Bean Cassoulet, courgettes, slice aubergine caviar, mixed peppers, basil and pinenut salad, plum tomato sauce Wild Mushrooms risotto, toasted walnuts, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, chive dressing ********************** Fresh Fruit Salad Seasonal Fruit Crumble Cranberry & Mulled Wine Crumble I ordered the Mixed Bean Cassoulet and it was absolutely fabulous. We had a bottle of red. There was also a portobello mushroom, green bean and spinach salad with toasted pine nuts and thyme dressing on the main menu. I really was flumoxed, not used to having so much choice on a menu. The atmosphere is just amazing, this place has to be experienced firsthand. It really is one of the best places in town, my only minor crib is that there was not the option on the vegan menu for regular or large portions. I absolutely applaud Fallon and Byrne for making such an effort with vegan options. The staff are always so pleasant and attentive, our wine was topped up as was our water. We felt truly looked after. We were given complimentary fennel and tomato bread and another white bread before our mains arrived and we asked for extra bread, which duly arrived. The bill for two mains and a bottle of wine was 50 euro. This is an outstanding restaurant right in the heart of Dublin City that has given Dublin and Exchequer Street a major lift. More than highly recommended. Go and experience it for yourselves. If you want to feel cosseted and well fed and looked after by wonderful staff in an amazing atmosphere overlooking the city’s most beautiful buildings, this is not so much a lunch option as an amazing dining experience that assaults all the senses and will leave you feeling sated long after you leave. Pure joy.

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

I used to go to this restaurant years ago but for some reason, I haven’t been in a while. I love Lebanese food and since Ive gone from vegi to vegan, I have realised that most of their vegi dishes are also vegan. I knew they were doing a lunch special of 10.95 for mezzes (similar to tapas, lebanese style) and 9.95 for starter, main course and mineral. myself, Sarah and John headed into the Lebanese. Sarah had never been to a Lebanese restaurant before and indeed when they were younger, we always went to Italian, so Im very happy now to try different ethnicities with them. I make tabbouleh and she loves felafel, but I wanted her to have the complete dining experience. The Cedar Tree is a lovely restaurant, very atmospheric, with mosaic designed tables and wall murals, Lebanese music playing and very friendly helpful staff. The three of us opted for vegi mezzes and John and I ordered a glass of house red each. We soaked up the atmosphere whilst waiting for our food. The music was lovely and we were able to enjoy the paintings on the wall, it reminded me of being on holidays, we felt transported to another country during the time we were there. Lunch duly arrived and was presented beautifully. Our plates consisted of baba ganoush (blended aubergine dish) samosas, hummous, taboulleh and felafel lightly drizzed in a sesame sauce, this was accompanied by a basket of warm pitta bread, which was more than ample, between the three of us. The staff were extremely pleasant and efficient and the food was amazing. The samosas were not the normal common gardener variety, but deliciously crispy and infused with spinach, mouthwateringly delicous, the tabbouleh was wonderfully garlicky and the hummous and baba ganoush so delicately flavoured. The felafel was fresh without a hint of dryness, that a lot of felafel has. We scooped these into the warmed pitta bread and washed it down with the house red, which was a beautiful wine and very well pric

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Indie Dhaba
21-26 South Anne Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I discovered this new restaurant on here last night and after perusing the menu decided it looked interesting and decided to go in with my husband. Even though its only open 6 weeks it was booked out and we only secured a reservation because we were just going in for an hour. We arrived at this South Anne Street venue and made our way the basement. The restaurant is spacious but cosy and plays lovely music. The manager and alll the staff were lovely and helpful. It specialises in Indian tapas, all their small plates are vegi but most can be adapted to vegan. We received great recommendations. Our first tapas arrived, small round pieces of bread infused with potato and a small teapot with scented water to add toi them, mouthwateringly delicious. We ordered 6 tapas and rice and some light bread, they duly arrived and I was so sorry that I did not bring a camera to capture the colours and textures, a work of art. We proceeded to tuck into rice laced with cranberry, baked okra, tiny poppadoms with fresh chutney, Vegetable skewer, baked yams with a spicy sauce on the side, all washed down with a bottle of house Merlot. We were in taste sensation heaven. All the found was light and delicate with nothing smoothered in sauce. The staff were fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing and the bill came to a very reasonable 55 euro. If you are going out for an Indian Dublin you have to try here. Highly recommended,

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Little Caesars Palace Restaurant
1-3 Balfe Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Little Caesars is a lovely Italian restaurant with outlets in Harcourt Street and Chatham Place and Terenure. Their lunch special is excellent value, with starters and desserts at 2.50 and main courses at 6.95. Since we have gone vegan there are a lot of Italian Restaurants we can no longer go to because they have dairy in their pasta and pizzas. Little Caesars uses all fresh pastas so they do contain egg but their pizza bases are vegan, so we were able to order a vegetarian pizza without cheese. I have found the addition of black pepper and chilli oil more than makes up for the lack of cheese. There is always a very pleasant atmosphere in the restaurant and the staff are always courteous and helpful. It has now become a tradition for my family of four to head there on Christmas Eve afternoon for a nice bustling christmas atmosphere and waiters who will sing along to various christmas songs with the clientelle. The day we went in was a rainy Friday afternoon and it was a very pleasant break from the dismal weather and the bustle of the city. A lot of places doing lunch specials let the side down by keeping their wine prices high, but Little Caesars amend their lunch time/early evening menu accordingly with a glass of house red selling for a very reasonable 3 euro per glass and 12.50 per bottle. Their pizzas are lightly based and delicious with an abundance of fresh vegetables. Highly recommended for quality, atmosphere, friendliness and value, with a main course plus a glass of wine coming in at 9.95. Check it out, one of the best value Italian Eateries in town. This offer is on from 12 – 5 Monday – Saturday.

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Headed in here last Friday for their 2 course meal + wine for 9.95. Was expecting something quite pedestrian, given the location and price. However, we were very pleasantly surprised. We were seated to the back of the restaurant in a nice bright area overlooking the liffey.. There were 15 main courses to choose from and a few starters. There were even 3 mains choices for us vegis. We both choose bruschetta as a starter. The bread came down lightly toasted and warm with an abundance of chopped tomato, basil and garlic. It was mouthwateringly delicious. Our main courses of vegetarian burritos arrived. The vegetables were very generous stuffed into the burrito, which was struggling to encase them. This was accompanied with a very tangy spicy sauce, absolutely gorgeous, no nouvelle cuisine here. The lunch menu also provided for extra glass of wine for 3 euro, so of course, we had to be bold and have another one!!. This deal is Monday – Friday 12 – 4 and at the weekend’s the deal still goes on, but the wine is extra. Fabulous place, highly recommended, cant wait to go back.

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

Must be the best value in town, had lunch here today, 7.99 for main course and glass of wine. I had bean stew with a mould of rice and side salad washed down with a lovely glass of house red. Hubbie had brown rice with tempeh and vegetables. Was not very full, which I couldnt believe because the food and wine were fantastic and as a vegi I was like a kid in a sweet shop cos I could have anything on the menu. Defiinitely will be returning on a regular basis.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

popped in on Friday with my hubbie for our lunch. We are both vegetarian and Coppinger's menu is rather carnivorous. However, we did spot a baked aubergine option, small portion 6.50, large 10.00. The place has a great atmosphere and it was buzzing on Friday lunch time. It is modern in decor but nice and bright with a large window to the front. Our baked aubergine duly arrived. it was very nicely presented with rocket leaves and tomatoes. The 6.50 portion was ample for lunch time. It tasted lovely but after a few bites it was a bit bland. We had a nice glass of house red to wash it down and ordered a side portion of fries, which were delcious. Very nice restaurant but would need more veggie options.

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

Well, as part of my commitment to beating the recession and finding quality restaurants that do lunch with wine for under a tenner, I set off with my hubbie to "research" Chez Max for Friday lunch. I have always liked the look at this restaurant as i pressed my nose up against the window and gawked in but this was the first time I actually went into it. Its a lovely intimate little restaurant with a dstinctly French feel from the outset. We ordered two vegetarian tartines, which also come with wine and coffee for afterwards, all for 10 euro. We thought the tartines might be a bit on the bijou side, but no, the only thing bijou and compact was the restaurant itself. The tartines arrived down on a long rectangular plate that was brimming with food with a large quantity of green salad with onions and tomatoes garnishing same. The tartines were delicious, courgettes cut so finely and grilled along with succulent sundried tomatoes, peppers and slivers of garlic. The salad was fabulous with just a hint of olive oil. All the food was delicately flavoured and delicious, accompanied by a nice glass of house red. When our meal was over, we ordered low fat decaf cappucions. French music was playing lightly throughout the meal. Honestly, I could have spent the afternoon there. Another fantastic place with great value, I have to say Im enjoying my research!.

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

What a welcome addition to Dundrum. Went to Cortinas last week with my hubbie and daughter, had been there before when it opened and loved the ambience, the bar to the front, the decor and of course the mexican food. Went back again last week and we ordered vegi tacos and enchiladas. The food was even better this time, a lot more substantial and more imaginative, a fabulours range of veg in our meals. We washed it down with a lovely wine. They also give you refills on your nachos. It is extremely reasonable with great food and atmosphere and lovely staff, Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Pacinos
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with my hubbie and kids armed with our menupages vouchers. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating and I thought there was a great feeling of comraderie between the staff themselves. Three of us orderd pizzas and one ordered pasta. The waitress also offered us the option of kids menu pizza for the kids, even though one of them would be over 12. I thought this was nice. The food was delicious and the ambiance and decor really nice. There was a large window open to the front, where ice cream was dispensed and it gave the place a lovely airy feeling. Only fly in the ointment was when we went to pay the bill, we were using 2 menupages vouchers (as previously agreed) and this was queried. However, when I told them that we had been given permission to use two, they hononoured same. I think it would have been fairly pricy without the vouchers. lovely staff, lovely food, lovely place but prices need to come down.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Still one of the trendiest bars in town. I love this place. Drinks are a little more expensive than other places but it is worth it. Ambience and decor are terrific. I love going in here for a pint with my husband and getting my girls muffins from their deli style stand, a great idea in a city centre pub.

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Lemon (South William St)
66 South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Love this place, had a delicious spinach and cheese crepe here today whilst my daughters opted for the sweetier nutella and banana crepes, great place for a quick bite.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Have always loved Odessa, its just a little bit special. I love going downstairs and sitting on the comfy couches. Had a delicious spinach filo tart there, very nice but I felt a little bit expensive, house wine was also great, will try some starters next time, brilliant ambience, feels more like a private club.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Hubbie and I decided to have a bite here before a comedy gig. We didnt want to spend much money so we opted for the wine bar rather than the restaurant. We had four starters and a few glasses of house wine. Again, as a vegi found the food fabulous and the choice great and affordable. Highly recommended.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Absolutely amazing, on a grey day, we headed up the stairs of El Bahia restaurant and landed in a small piece of Morrocc, or at least that's what it felt like. As vegetarians, I find Morroccan food great. There were a number of different optioins on the menu. Hubbie and Idecided to go for the 50 euro for two menu, 6 vegi starters with bread and cous cous and and bottle of house wine. The food was delicious, the variety amazing and it was all so healthy, lentils and aubergines etc. that it was virtually guilt free, apart from the bread!. Fabulous place, great atmosphere, food, service and value. We will be back.

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Teddy's Grill & Ice-Cream Parlour
Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

A nice new addition to the Pembroke District in Dundrum, had dinner there yesterday with my hubbie and daughters. Good value menue with most pizza and pasta dishes a tenner each. 3 of us had pizzas and one had the penne arrabiatta. All were delicious as was the house chilean wine, reasonably priced at 18 euro. lovely staff, good service, nice diner style but intimate enough at night with candles etc. Wednesday night outdoor films are going to be on outside Teddys all summer so the outside space would be good for this too.

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The Blackwater @ The Walter Raleigh Hotel
Youghal, Youghal, Cork

Really lovely hotel in Youghal with very nice staff. Drank the local brew beer here for 3.40 and our kids really enjoyed their french fries, returned here a few times as they had a pool room and were very family friendly, definitely worth a visit.

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Lannigans @ The Quality Hotel Youghal
Red Barn Youghal, Youghal, Youghal, Cork

typical 3 star hotel, very expensive, 24.95 for 2 courses and 29.95 for 3 courses. As vegetarians, we were very disappointed because there was no choice and the same predictable penne pasta was on for the duration of our 7 night stay. Ate in restaurant once, totally bland soap and penne pasta, unimaginative, over-expensive food.

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Coast @ The Quality Hotel Youghal
Red Barn Youghal, Youghal, Youghal, Cork

Was actually pleasantly surprised by the Bar Food here during our recent stay. Hubbie and I ordered the roast veg omelettes, which were gorgeous and were served with chips and salad and my two daughers loved the vegetarian pasta dishes. lovely view of the sea but a lot of noisy little kids, not great for us now with a 15 year old and 13 year old not nosh good.

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The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a great 10 euro pizza here recently. I generally go to the Parliament Street Porterhouse but gave this one a go, the beers are definitely noticably different than other bars. There isnt a chemical aftertaste, taste very organic and their food is nice.

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Davy Byrnes
21 Duke Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Another old pub that has not changed in years, ventured in the other day after an absence of many years and was pleased to note the atmosphere was still the same, the right side of buzzy without being too hectic. Just had a glass of wine on this occasion but the menu looked good and food smelt delicious so will try the lunch very soon.

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The Mint Bar
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The Westin is a real jewel of a hotel on this side of the city. I have had drinks and coffee in the Atrium Lounge on many occasions but decided to drop into the Mint Bar today with hubby for lunch. The atmosphere is lovely and you can feel nicely cocoonned from the busy street outside. I had bruschetta which was delicious and garlicky and my husband had the vegetable spring rolls. He loved the spring rolls and I had a taste of same and concurred. A great little spot for lunch or drinks.

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Village Cafe
Rathmines, Rathmines, Dublin

In an everchanging world, the Village Cafe has never lost its charm. Had lunch there recently and the vegetable soup was still so hearty and delicious and great portion. Its such a cost place inside with great outside space for the rare warm evenings. With its wooden benches and delcious home cooked smells, its the kinda of cafe you will linger in and read your paper rather than just fly in for a quick bite. The food and atmosphere have always been first class with friendly staff. A cosy little haven.

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Mother Reillys Restaurant
The Uppercross Hotel, Opp Tesco, Rathmines, Dublin

This is undoubtedly the nicest pub in Rathmines, a lot more plush and homely than most. There is a nice bar area and to the back cosy snugs and a dining area. We usually sit in the dining area while we are eating because its lovely and bright and adjour to a snug afterwards for a drink. The good is lovely and reasonably priced and we often just go in and get a plate of fries for the kids and a drink for ourselves, lovely warm ambience with great staff and the few screens dont take over the place, halleluia!!

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Not somewhere I would have ever thought of going because Im vegetarian but my 12 year old daughter who is also vegetarian loves this place and often goes with her friends. I took her to lunch the other day and was surprised by the amount of vegi options availlable. She had miso soup and potato dumplings. She loved her lunch, the portions were good and it was very reasonable, next time I might even venture to have lunch myself. A great little spot for a quick bite.

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Douglas & Kaldi Terrace Cafe and Restaurant
Level 2, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

A great addition to Dundrum, especially if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the centre but still stay in the centre!! It looks quite unobtrusive from the outside, but once inside,ask for a window seat and its bliss. The decor is beautiful and relaxing and the staff are very nice. I met my friend here for a glass of wine and she had a capuccino, my daughter had a lovely dessert of ice cream and cookies. We were salivating a little looking at the food going by as it looked delish. They do great value in house wine. I promised I would return for lunch and will do so with hubbie tommorow, great spot.

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Eco Pizzeria & Restaurant
50 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

Had lunch here on our way back from visiting friends in Gorey, my kids ordered the margarita pizzas and my hubbie and I had vegetarian. The pizzas were gorgeous, very large and well cooked and there was a great buzz in the restaurant. Definitely go back the next time we are visiting our friends in Gorey.

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Ruairi Maguire’s Bar & Organic Kitchen
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin

In a word, horrific, to describe this place as a traditional pub, dont go in expecting thatched roofs and coal fires and friendly staff. Its the ultimate SPORTS BAR, horrific. I went in two weeks ago with my husband and daughter. There were screens EVERYWHERE, even in the snug. I mentioned to the Bar Man that it was a really bad idea, that it allienated a huge amount of clientelle and with such an expensive menu, people would want to eat in more comfortable surroundings. We asked for kids menu but they hadnt got one yet. We ordered chips and dips, which were fine. I went in a week later and the screens were even more oppressive, echoing and blasting all over the place. it was full of single men, barflies, gazing at the screen, no families, one couple came in and left shortly afterwards.

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Cobalt Cafe
16 North Great Georges St, City Centre North, Dublin

Fabulous place, truly unique, with restaurant, bar and a great venue for plays. Going back here on Saturday night for a play. Was at a friend's 30th Birthday Party here recently and it was brilliant. It has the feeling of an old Parisian Cafe and at night it has fabulous plays and cabaret acts on. Enjoyed listening to Camile O'Sullivan's singing here on many occasions. If you are looking for somewhere different in the heart of Dublin, this place is it.

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McCloskeys
83 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin

Definitely the best pub in Donnybrook. McCloskeys has a large bright area at the back and a lovely beer garden so it isn't dark and dingy like so many old pubs. Their lunch is very reasonable and their sandwiches are delicious.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I have passed by this place so many times and eventually ventured in to meet friends last week. It has a great atmosphere and their mediterannean pizza is one of the best I have ever tasted. The waiting staff are very cheerful and efficient. Highly recommended

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The Strand Seafood Restaurant
Dunmore East, Dunmore East, Waterford

Have had drinks inside and outside the Strand on our hols for the last two years. There is a great buzz inside the pub and outside it has the most perfect view of the beach. Have not ventured into the restaurant yet as it always looked so expensive and we are a family of vegetarians so Seafood restaurants do not usually lure us in. However, I note they have a vegetarian option so we will probably eat there this year. A fabulous place to sit outside on one of those rare sunny days

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Azzurro
Dunmore East, Dunmore East, Waterford

A lovely new restaurant in Dunmore East. We went here a few times on our holidays last year and I suspect shall be returning a few times this year. The atmosphere is lovely, its housed where the old ship used to be in a lovely atmospheric setting on corner of the road as the road follows down from the beach towards the town. Pizzas and pasta were delicious and a great choice of wine, but as in everywhere in Dunmore East, too expensive for casual dining.

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The Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant (Waterford)
Lower Village, Dunmore East, Waterford City, Waterford City, Waterford

Nice place, but my criticism of the Spinnaker is the same as my criticism of the entire resort of Dunmore East, WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! I love Dunmore East and will return there for the third year in a row, but a vegetarian pasta bake in a pub for 16 euro, get with the programme lads, and yeah, if you could do something but pasta for vegetarians and really I think there should be a cap of 10 euro on vegetarian main courses.

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Haven Hotel
Dunmore East Waterford, Dunmore East, Waterford

There is a strange shambolic beauty about this place, more of a Walter Matthau than a Brad Pitt. The place looks like it could do with a good old refurb but its also a really family friendly place with a terrific games room and a kids playground to the back. The restaurant is nice and airy with seaviews. Kids menu is good. The adult menu, like everywhere in Dunmore East, is way over-priced. I had a vegetarian curry, which was nice but way overpriced at 14 euro. We ended up in the Haven for drinks with out kids and their friends every night of our Dunmore East holiday last year and I would think this year is going to be no exception.

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La Gondola
51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I was hankering after my previous holdiay in Dubrovnik today, dying to sit outside a nice cafe bar and have a drink but all I could hear was "traditional music" blaring out of Temple Bar Taverns. Then we came across La Gondola. We asked would it be possible to have a beer outside and the very friendly waitress replied "of course". We sat outside and read the Sunday papers whilst we sipped our peroni - ah yes, I was back in Dubrovnik for a while!!. I noticed that their lunch special was very reasonable at 7.95 for a pletothora of pizza, pasta and salad dishes and a fab 12.50 per bottle for all of their wines. Ironically, we had had 2 for 1 vouchers for dinner elsewhere in Temple Bar, which actually worked out more expensive. We left La Gondola promising to return for lunch and we will.

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Always loved the Italian Quarter but hadn't tried this establishment until recently. Had lunch with my hubbie and kids and it was lovely. Its a little more formal than the other eateries in the quarter but just as friendly. Hubbie and I had bruschetta and girls had penne pomodoro. Food was very tasty and service was wonderful. Lunch menu also good value.

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Cafe Moda
192 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

I remember when this eatery was a beacon of trendiness in down-at-heel Rathmines. I happened up it the other day after I left my daughter off and had some time to kill. I ventured in for a parsnip soup. I had visions of something thick and hearty arriving, as I made my self comfortable in the window seat. The soup arrived down and I knew by looking at it I was not on to a winner. It was insipid, anaemic and watery looking. I took one spoonful and noted it was also warm. I asked for it be heated up. Looking back I should really have left at that point. It arrived back warmer but still ghastly. I had to put copious amounts of black pepper in to glean any flavour out of it. I went to the bathroom before I left and noted the floors were very old the whole place was seriously in need of a refurb. Such a pity, they still had their games room on this level down a few steps and another level up, great layout but hadn't seen a paint brush for years. Also, a TV was on with a match playing in the background!. A terrible decline from its glory years. Awful

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La Peniche @ RIASC
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

What a fabulous way to spend a good Friday. Boarded cruise at 2.30 and had drinks on top deck. About an hour later we were brought down to the bottom deck for lunch. The atmosphere was fantastic and there was a great mix of clientelle. The only fly in the ointment being that our names hadn't been booked in even though I had booked through menupages. However, we were accommodated. Downstairs, there was a fabulous vibe. A delcious basket of bread arrived before our starters. Our starters were uniformly delicious, really fresh tomatoes with buffalo mozarella, mushroom vol-u-vent and garlic bread. After our starters, we had the option to go up on deck for a few minutes. It was great to get a bit of air and the sunshine was glorious. We headed back down for our tortellini and wild mushroom tortellini. This was really fresh and delicious with a gorgeous sauce. Despite the fact that we were right beside the kitchen, there was no clattering of plates or screaming!. We had a lovely bottle of spanish wine with our meal. We finally docked at 5.30 so it was a real full afternoon experience. Staff were lovely. Even with the menupages voucher, the meal was quite expensive but definitely worth it.

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We Cook It
Palmers, Golden Ball, Kilternan, Dublin

I love this place. Its the nearest you can to a country pub whilst still being in Dublin. We go to it from Dundrum and the 44 bus takes you all the way there. Great atmosphere with great food and a little slice of the country thrown in. Highly recommended.

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

This restaurant is fabulous. The atmosphere is fantastic and the decor is so unusual. I love it because they have a great range of vegetarian dishes. The staff are lovely and they never rush you so its a great place to linger over drinks after your meal. The braised aubergine is to die for!

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Russells
60 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

Russells is a great pub. Always a good fun atmosphere with great staff. The Barman is good fun and writes mad slogans in the window to the entertain passers by. The food is really nice and with the fosters at 3.75 a pint and gin and tonic at a fiver, its also great value for drink.

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Stil Bar
Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a very welcome addition to the Hilton Hotel. The old bar here used to be a little lacklustre and staid but since the addition of couches and the new cocktail bar, interesting lighting and barmen who think they are Tom Cruise, its a really fun place!!. Staff are very nice and they have music on a couple of nights a week. Their cocktails are really good and my kids love their fries. Really nice place right beside the LUAS.

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Er Buchetto
71 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Er Buchetto is a fabulous little Italian in Ranelagh village. If you want a quiet romantic meal, don't go there as the tables are set very close together. Their paninis are delicious and they do very good specials, one of my favourites is caprese panini with soup and capucino for 9.99. Their homemade soups arre the most delicious I have tasted anywhere. The staff are great and even when there appears to be no seats, they manage to fit you in somewhere. A really authentic Italian experience. This place always cheers me up and reminds me of holidays in the sun!

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Comans Rathgar
2 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin

If you enjoy the smell of carvery and age, go here. If you dont, go elsewhere!! Dropped in here when out for a Sunday walk and only for the fact that my kids were moaning that they were tired, I would have gone elsewhere. We ordered them kids pasta dishes, which really were miniscule. I don't get Rathgar, it has the name of being posh but really its the most boring place on earth and Comans is the cornerstone of it.

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Tulsi (Dundrum)
4 Olive Mount Terrace, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

This restaurant is directly across the road from my house. We used to get takeout from there before it became a restaurant a few years ago. Now, we occassionally go to the restaurant as well. The staff are very nice and friendly and always offer us a free drink at the end of the night. The food is nice but a little predictable. Their poppadoms are not fresh, which I always find a little annoying. The restaurant itself is quite small but once inside it has a nice intimate atmosphere. Overall, the food is dependable but not inspiring.

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

My 11 year old daughter persuaded my husband and I to take her here for lunch on Saturday. She had previously been with a friend and told me the kids meals were delicious and very good value!. We decided on this occasion just to partake of beverages in the form of large bottles of Japanase beer at the reasonable price of 5.95. My daughter had her kids meal which was friend sweet potato with rice and curry. She loved it and I noticed whilst I was there that they operate a lunch menu Monday - Friday with main course and small beer for 9.95, we left with a definite promise to return for lunch. Not a place with a romantic meal because its all larged benched seating but definitely a good place to go with friends for an informal lunch or dinner or a family meal.

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The Alamo Restaurant
22 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

A really buzzing little Mexican restaurant with great food and friendly staff. I was put off this restaurant when I looked in initially because it looked a little to casual dining for my liking. However, once in, its a very intimate fun little restaurant with great portions.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is by far the best branch of Milano in Dublin. Its just the right size and not industrial sized like some of their branches. My husband and I enjoyed their vegetarian pizzas, you pay an extra 1.50 for thin crust and it is so worth. The house wine is lovely and reasonably priced.

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C Central Bar @ The Camden Court Hotel
The Camden Court Hotel, Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

When this placed opened first, it looked really cutting edge, reminiscent of celtic times with a lot of tree-like decor liberally splattered all over the place. However, I went in lately and the place is looking a trifle tired. Enjoyed a sandwich and a pint but I think its time for a bit of a refurb!

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

Lovely little intimate Italian, great to find a place like this just off Grafton Street. The food is lovely and most of the main courses are around 10 euro, which is excellent value. I had their spaghetti dishes which was gloriously enhanced with chillis and oil, realy lovely. A great little place.

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The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Most unexpected, walking around a part of town that I do not enjoy being in, we came across this little gem. The church is a fabulous space, old church inside and lots of eating space outside, I imagine you wouldn't get a seat in the summer. We just had drinks on this occasion but really soaked up the atmosphere and will definitely be back for lunch.

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Il Baccaro
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is a great little place, it is in a vault like setting in Meeting House Square Temple Bar. However, there is plenty of light coming in so it never feels claustraphobic. It is such an authentic italian experience. You really feel cooconed in this restaurant. I often meet friends here for a bruschetta and a glass of wine, fabulous place.

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Thomas Reads The Oak
Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Have always loved this pub and was wandering around town last week before dinner and decided to drop in for a cappucino. I can only drink decaf cappucinos and the barman had no problem making up same. We sat looking out the window on Dame Street and sipping delicious cappucinos. A great spot with a real theatrical atmosphere. Although the decor has gone a bit faded, still a lovely pub.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I don't like the way this restaurant has been fitted out. Its a rather awkward layout with a large wooden partition in the middle that really looks out of place. I think gingham table cloths and subdued lighting would have worked far better here. I have had their paninis at lunch hour and they are deliciously fresh and good value at around 4.50. I did mention to the owner from the onset that there was a school nearby and it woud be a good idea to have an after school special, this never came to be. The menu displayed outside does not include their panini menu. The evening menu looks quite expensive and I certainly would find this place too cold and atmosphereless for an evening meal. There are also a few TV's constantly spewing out Italian recipes, which adds to the monotony of the place.

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

The food has gotten progressively more expensive over the years and I do find 12.95 for some main courses very expensive for the type of restaurant it its. The food is lovely but the place is very cramped and functional and I certainly wouldn't rush back.

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Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Salad plate very good value at 4.95, though I do find the food in general here very carbo-laden. Haven said that, my husband loves it so its all down to taste.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had a lovely lunch in this restaurant. Their lunch menu is very good value at 8 euro for most main courses and their penne arrabiata is first class. Great venue opposite Dublin Castle. Highly recommended for lunch.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had a lovely lunch in this restaurant. Their lunch menu is very good value at 8 euro for most main courses and their penne arrabiata is first class. Great venue opposite Dublin Castle. Highly recommended for lunch.

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Botticelli Ice Cream
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Took my two daughters and their two friends here today after a meal. My husband had suggested we get them a dessert in the restaurant but I thought it better to vary things and take them to a geletaria. The girls had a medium tub of ice cream, which basically was two scoops for 3.80 and hubbie and I had delicous lattes. The girls were very happy with their ice creams. The waitress was so nice. I told here she could have a bit of piece when we were leaving but she said it was nicer to have the kids there. A very nice place and very nice stafff. We will be back.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Got a voucher off a friend for here. Not a place I would normally even think of going to because I'm vegetarian. However, having sampled the wild mushroom tart with colcannon and cabbage, I would definitely go back. The food was gorgeous and the staff were very friendly. The restaurant also has a great atmostphere.

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

Nice tapas but like their sister restaurant Bar Pinxto, could do with more vegi choices. Very centrally located but a little bit cramped for my liking. This street has definitely become one of the trendiest streets in dublin in the past few years.

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Sohag Tandoori
2 Mahers TerraceDundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Used to go here a lot when I moved to Dundrum first. Food was fine, typical Indian, nothing new or original. However, the owner at the time was quite intrusive and used to come over and tell us all about the branch he opened in Limerick. We are friendly people but we dont get out on our own as a couple much because we have two daughters, so I didn't like spending my Saturday night talking to the owner!. Anyway, we didn't go back for years and went back with some friends last year. Nobody was impressed by their meal, but I heard it has changed management so must head back again.

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Smokey Joes
9 -13, Dundrum Main Street, Dundrum, Dublin

Funny little old restaurant run by a very strange man. Went in here one sunny day with my kids and ordered paninis without smoked cheese. I hate anything smoked and he told me he could substitute smoked with ordinary mozarella. The paninis were lovely and came with crisps and salad and good value and 4.50. A few weeks later I went back with my husband, when I asked him for the vegi option without smoked cheese, he looked disappopinted and told me it was not possible. So we left, and that's the end of Smokey Joes for us. Can people who hate people please stop opening restaurants and do something behind the scenes!!

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

Hi, visited here with my hubbie last friday. Have to say from the onset, I am vegetarian and hate fast food, so it was a funny choice for us!. However, I am also curious and like trying out new places so in we went. I liked the idea of ticking of what burger you want, toppings etc. However, I was a little bemused that the burger without a bun was more expensive because it came on a bed of lettuce. The bed of lettuce was indeed large enough to sleep on. I found the atmosphere a little cold and the furniture bog standard. They could have added more colour and comfort to the place very easily. Our vegiburgers arrived with ample toppings of olives, fried onion, roast peppers and tomato. You could also order the cheese you like. We decided on a glass of wine with the meal as they dont do beer (bad mistake not doing beer in a burger joint). The wine came in a non-wine glass, which really puts me off. Our burger was lovely and wine was nice, but I have eaten in far more exlusive restaurants on a Friday afternoon for the same price.

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

Ate her with my hubbie last Friday. I had been in here years ago for dinner and found it nice but quite stodgy. We decided lunch might be a better option. We arrived in on Friday at 1.00 and and ordered to 5.95 lunches, which were excellent value, washed down with a bottle of corona each. Both being veggies we ordered a veggie tostada and enchilada. Both were gorgeous. We also decided to have a side order of nachos supreme. Very nice lunch, lovely staff and great prices.

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The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Dropped in here with hubbie and kids on Sunday with the sole purpose of feeding kids and watering ourselves. Kids had chunky chips, which were so delightful, we felt obliged to sample a few. Hubbie and I decided to go for the sample tray of lager, which is basically 3 small lagers for a fiver, thought it was a great idea. The beer tasted so pure, you could definitely feel the lack of chemicals. We will be back.

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Il Posto
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was taking my friend Joan out today to celebrate her pregnancy, so after a catch-up coffee, we headed for Il Posto. She said she had always wanted to go there but it looked so expensive, she didn't think she could afford it. Indeed, when you walk into Il posto I had the feeling that this place was too expensive for me, except I had checked their menu on menupages. The decor is fabulous, understated but classy, with bottles of wine surrounding the walls, which for some reason always makes me feel cossetted and secure!. It was O'clock and there was a family and a few sets of business people in situ. After perusing the menu, we decided to skip starters and just order main courses and a glass of wine. I ordered a penne arrabiata, there was a pomodoro on the menu, but the waitress assured me it was no problem to make up an arrabiata sauce, Joan ordered a tagliatelli with a creamy sauce, these lunchtime prices were a very reasonable 10 and 11 euro respectively. When our meals came down, we were both very glad we didn't order a starter. The portions were ample. I bit into one of the most delicious arrabiatas I have ever tasted with a lovely smattering of roast garlic throughout. We were offered tasters of our glasses of wine, we were both very happy to proceed with same. The meal was delicious. The staff were wonderfully attentive without being intrusive, our waters were topped up the minute the last drop went down and when I got to the end of my wine, the waiter asked me if I would like another glass. We were actually so comfortable in the restaurant that we stayed until half three. When the bill arrived, it was an unbelievable 40 euro for two main courses and four glasses of wine. A top class restaurant in every way. We have vowed to come back for early birds with out partners and we will, very soon.

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Cafe Leon
Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

What a lovely addition to the Dublin scene, a real little slice of France. Had coffee and pastry there with a friend last week and I thought the atmosphere was fab and the food delish.

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Bruxelles
7-8 Harry Street Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I don't know if its the statue of Phil Lynnott outside or the memory of going to Sunday jazz sessions here many years ago, but this place always makes me feel nostalgic. Ended up here on Thursday afternoon with a friend for a glass of wine. There is a large menu of mainly "Irish cuisine" but we didn't avail of same on this occasion. There was a great mixture of tourists, students and all walks of life really. A really nice pub for an afternoon drink.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Met here with a friend on Wednesday night. We were going for the early bird which is 3 tapas and a small glass of wine for 12 euro before 7. However, due to a mix-up, my friend ended up in the wrong restaurant and we missed the early bird. When I looked at the menu, I was surprised at how few vegetarian options there were. Normally, in a tapas bar, I am spoiled for choice. In the end, I decided to go for a mix of vegetables with chimichanga cheese, spanish omelette and grilled veg. All of the dishes were lovely. I washed this down with a large glass of wine (6.50 for large and 3.50 for small). The place is nice and it really is suitable for a quick tasty bite, not somewhere you would linger. Right, as a general footnote, I have to add if staff are hoping for a tip a smile and being friendly would be a really good place to start. The waitress didn't look too happy from the onset and the requisite smile was certainly missing. We had to ask for water twice and the second time, I was asked if it was "just water" I wanted as if somehow it wasnt worth the inconvenience. We also had to ask for the bill twice and my second large glass of wine manifested as a small and had to be changed. Food is very nice, service is haphazard and staff need to engage more. I accept it was very busy but even allowing for that sour faces and slapdash service are not acceptable.

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Brewbaker Coffee Shop
22 South Fredrick Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a coffee here with my daughter today and I ordered her a cookie. The waitress was in the middle of making a sandwich when I walked in and she asked me in a quite lacklustre fashion if she could help me. I said I wanted a chocolate chip cookie and she repeated it after me "You want a chocolate chip cookie" as if it was an accusation! I ordered my decaf low fat cappucino and my daughter had cookie and milk. It was very reasonable at 5.95 for everything and its a nice place on a lovely street, shame about the waitress!

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Went to here today with my daughter for lunch. She ordered a slice of margarita and I ordered a bruschetta with mozzarella and tomato. She was delighted with her pizza slice. I had a taste and the sauce was delicious. However, when my bruschetta came down, I was amazed at how minuscule it was. It literally was a slice of Vienna roll style bread with some mozarella balls (not heated) and a sliver of basil and a few pieces of tomato. I have to say I thought it was a disgrace for 4.85. The atmosphere is lovely and I really like the cramped Italian feel but would advise you to get a 3.50 pizza slice or something else rather than the bruschetta. Went back here last Saturday with my daughters and husband. We were going to feed the girls and have cappuccinos. The girls order a slice of margarita and a slice of basilico. We sipped our coffees and looked longingly at their food. We finally relented and ordered a patate pizza slice. I was interested in trying this because it sounded so unusual. It was gorgeous, an unlikely combination of mashed potato and fresh rosemary. It was really lovely. The pizza slices are great value at 4 euro each and the intimacy of the place was so cosy on a Saturday afternoon. Highly recommended.

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Bettystown Court Hotel - Closed till May
Bettystown, Bettystown, Meath

I just returned from a two night stay in this hotel with my husband and children. I have made a point over the last few years of not going to hotels that are less than 4 star because as vegetarians, the food we are served in 3 star hotels is usually dire. On Good Friday, we dined at Howards Restaurant. For starters hubbie and I had a cauliflower soup. It was delicious, just the right amount of spice and cream mingled with very crispy croutons. We had an ample plate of continental breads delivered to our table, which complimented the soup delightfully. My children had breaded garlic mushrooms, which were succulent and served up with a lovely fresh salad. For main course hubbie and I had a leek and pepper tartlet, garnished with a delicious sauce and served up with a lovely combination of vegetables, turnip, carrott, broccoli, cauliflower and an sauted potatoes. We orderd a shiraz wine and it was really smooth and had a delcious berry aftertaste. I don't eat dessert so I passed my selection of ice-cream to the children. My husband had apple pie with creme freche, which he described as gorgeous. The restaurant itself has lovely high ceilings with a purple hue on the curtains and walls. It was really comfortable and airy, unlike a lot of hotel dining rooms that can be really stuffy. Highly recommended.

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Relish
5 Bayview, Bettystown, Meath

I just returned from a two night break in Bettystown. We were eating in our hotel the first night and wanted to try somewhere different on the second night. A cursory glance around Bettystown didn't net any obvious choices. I was actually afraid that were going to have to resort to eating in the Funfair Restaurant. However, a bracing walk down the main street revealed "Relish". I decided to go in and have a coffee and check it out for the evening. The minute I walked into the restaurant, I was taken aback by how truly lovely it was. The sea views were fabulous and as I sipped my delicious cappuccino and watched the waves beating against the wall, I knew I had found a real gem. The cappuccino was deliciously frothy with real chocolate, but this restaurant had a lot more substance than froth as the later dining experience was about to reveal. From the onset, the owner was so friendly and accommodating. I informed her we were all vegetarian and she assured me she could provide my children with whatever they wanted. We returned to the restaurant at 6.00. It was well decked out in candles and the atmosphere was so cosy. We ordered two bruschettas for starters, to share. They were absolutely delicious, dipped in pesto with succulent fresh tomato, basil and garlic and plentiful enough to share. My children ordered pasta with tomato sauce and a ciabatta pizza with black olives. Chips were also produced for them to share. Hubbie went for a delicious stir fry which was exquisitely flavoured with ginger and Soya. I had a roast vegetable penne dish which arrived garnished with garlic bread and fresh Parmesan in a bowl. We washed this down with a delicious Shiraz. The girls shared a chocolate fudge cake and we very boldly decided on another glass of wine. I just didn't want the night to end. Even though the restaurant was very full, the staff were so friendly. The waitress enquired as to how we had come upon the restaurant and the owner came over the talk to us. I was so impressed by the energy.

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TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Have been here with the kids and hubbie because the kids meal was good value. However, it is way too small. The last time I went in I asked for a decent portion of pasta for the kids, however, a miniscule portion came down. Its hillarious because they are giving industrial portions to the adults and the clientelle don't look like they need it but giving very small portions to the kids. Have just had drinks here with my husband as the food wouldn't appeal to me and like a lot of these places, very overpriced for the basic carbo menu it is.

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Kielys of Donnybrook
22 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin

Always found the staff very friendly and accommodating here. Your never sitting down long when a waiter arrives. My one big grip about the place is that its always so dark. The curtains are always pulled across and I can't understand why. Had toasted sandwiches there with my kids and hubbie at Christmas and it was very pleasant. They also do the nicest Tia Maria coffee I have ever had.

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The Hairy Lemon Traditional Pub & Restaurant
Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice little pub with a great atmosphere. Loads of nooks and crannies and a welcome change from all the large sports bars. Have only ever had drinks there so cant speak for the food, but a real cosy little place.

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Noticed lately this place is now closed during the day, which I think is a bit of a shame. It was the one place around town you could get a seat on a busy Saturday afternoon. A great place to meet friends for drinks because they have a lot of big tables and comfy seats.

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Dakota
South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Nice and trendy but a little on the dark side. This is another one of Dublin's amazing little streets. I had wine there and the kids had fizzy drinks but definitely the bill was a lot more than usual. Haven't eaten there yet but if the drinks bill is anything to go by!!

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Busyfeet & Coco Cafe
41- 42 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

This is a great little place day or night. It's fully licensed and they serve draught beer, I definitely think this is the way Dublin is going and I hope more cafe bars follow suit. I love wine but my husband likes the option of a beer so this suits all. Have had coffees here during the day whilst the girls have enjoyed large muffins and have sat outside with my husband in the evening sipping beer and nibbling complimentary olives. A great little spot. Back to Busyfeet today with my daughter for a bowl of soup. I think this is one of the best cafes in town. We had delicious potato and leek soup served up with wonderfully fresh tomato bread. The staff are always so nice no matter how busy it is and there is a lovely relaxed but happening vibe. It started me thinking summer is coming, most drop back some night for a beer and a cheeseboard. Great menu, great staff, fab place.

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Bia Bar
The Drury Court Hotel, Stephen Street Lower, City Centre South, Dublin

Always thought it looked a little seedy on the outside but after venturing in a few weeks ago, was pleasantly surprised. What made us venture in was the 2 pizzas for 14 euro offer. The pizzas duly arrived. We shared a roast vegetable and a margarita between four of us and there was ample. However, the pizzas were quite doughy and tasteless. It was a busy day and maybe the staff were a bit rushed. That being said, it’s a pleasant place and we will try again.

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

Great for kids, dreadful for adults! I love the atmosphere here and the kids meal is really good value, however, I wish they would up the ante on the food, it's deep fried carbohydrate ridden prison fodder!

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Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I love this place. Took my mum here for lunch last week and she couldn't believe how nice and how reasonable it was. Bruschettas start at 2 euro. Myself and my eldest daughter got a delicious Mediterranean bruschetta with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes for the princely sum of €3.50 and Mum being the only non-vegi had a ham and cheese bruschetta which she thoroughly enjoyed. My youngest daughter ordered soup, which arrived in a huge bowl accompanied by doorstep bread. I had a cappuccino, mum had tea and I finished with a glass of wine, and the bill came to 25 euro, best value in town.

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

Fabulous place, very atmospheric and reasonable. I usually meet friends here for tea in the evening and have a bruschetta, which is very good value at €6.50, and a glass of wine. It's one of those places that really reminds you of being on holidays. A fabulous Mediterranean vibe.

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O' Callaghan Hotel
No 1 Merrion StreetMerrion Square, City Centre South, Dublin

Maybe we caught it on a bad day but it really didn't feel like a four star hotel. We had drinks and the kids had some chips, service was fine but the place was quite noisy and it didn't feel at all intimate or relaxing.

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Samsara - No longer serving food.
36 Dawson Street, Dawson Street, Dublin

Great place. In fact, this street is definitely one of the nicest in Dublin for good cafe bars and restaurants. Have had vino here and read Sunday papers, a very pleasant hostillery.

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Pizza Hut
24 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

OK, another sacrifice. I wanted to go to the Italian Quarter, but my kids were complaining of the weight of their schoolbags on back, so off the Luas and into Pizza Hut. They ordered the lunch time buffet. Actually, its fascinating to watch the amount of teenage boys putting copious amounts of pizza on their plates and then refilling same five minutes later. I ordered the salad bowl. Ok, I love salad but for some reason, this salad always feels like chewing the cud. Its totally tasteless, they did say they had some more surprises added to the salad bar, ok, their were some kidney beans and cous cous, but I think some curried chick peas and maybe some rocket and sundried tomatoes would be in order. The kids were happy with their buffet and I felt obliged to order a glass of wine to wash down my meal. Hopefully, I wont be returning any time soon.

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Saints & Scholars Lounge
35 Abbey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

If anyone over 65 is looking for somewhere to meet like aged people, I would highly recommend this hotel. Popped in for a coffee last week and the blue rinse brigade were out in full. Its really old fashioned and quaint and in a world that can be very youth obsessed, its nice to see somewhere that caters so well to over 60's market. However, I don't feel I will be going back for at least 20 years!

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Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Very nice place. Went here with my daughters a few weeks ago after a workshop in the museum. I just had a cappuccino and the girls had a milk and a muffin. Its nice and big and airy so you are not elbow to elbow with the rest of the clientele like you would be in most city establishments at lunch time. We have vowed to return for lunch the next time.

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Flanagan’s Restaurant
61 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Booked here on last Saturday for a meal after the treasure hunt. My kids love this place. I don't share their enthusiasm but it was kids choice. We arrived rain sodden after abandoning the same said treasure hunt and were seated by the window. The decor in the place hasn't changed for years, and in this case, that's not a good thing. The kids meal is still really good value. The girls got a decent sized pizza with a side portion of chips and a drink for €5.50. My hubbie and I went for the lunch special, which was starter, main course and side dish for €11.90. This was also good value and the food was nice. I just think this place needs a total makeover and needs to be warmed up a lot. It still feels very like a cafe.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Great buzz in this place and now they have added on a wine bar upstairs all the better. We stumbled into the wine bar last Saturday after my kids drama class, in order to avoid the match, it was only after sitting down for a few minutes, we realised there was actually a private function on!! Pity nobody thought to put a sign on the door. Have eaten in the restaurant and I have to say their omelette's are delicious, especially the roast vegetable one.

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The Goat Bar & Grill
Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin

Poor old Goatstown, a lot of overpriced houses and a "village" with very little amenities. The Goat was always a dreadful pub but now that it’s a Super Sports Bar, it’s really skanky. Definitely gone down in the last few years, have met friends for coffee there lately but would avoid it at busy times due to the large screens and the armchair footballers.

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

Ok, this pub is very near me and it’s quite nice during the week. I absolutely hate it on Sunday when all the tattooed carvery crowd drive in from wherever and order copious amounts of food and sit munching with their extended families. Although it’s a pub, they look at us crooked when we order fries for our kids and just drinks for ourselves and you’re elbow to elbow with the people at the next table. OK during week, avoid on Sundays.

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Overends Cafe
Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin

Airfield is a great place and I used to go here a lot with my college friends when I was studying in Dundrum College a few years ago. The cafe was always a bit chaotic and there was a distinct feeling that the staff were less than happy with their lot. They have nice salads, quiches etc. but its pricy enough, that being said, avoid Sunday and Saturday afternoons and if you can pick a sunny weekday afternoon and enjoy afternoon tea on the terrace, its fabulous.

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

This is a great little restaurant. Had a meal here with my husband one night. Felt strange when we went in because the place seemed so small, but we need not have worried, the food was delicious, the service was excellent and it’s much cheaper than most of the Indian restaurants I have been to. Highly recommended.

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Meghna Tandoori
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

OK, had a very strange experience in this restaurant. I booked it one night because it had been highly recommended by a neighbour. My husband and I are both vegetarian and love Indian, so generally when we go to a restaurant, we order a few side dishes, for variety, instead of two main courses. We ordered three side dishes here and the waiter came back and said the manager had said we HAD to order one main course. I was quite shocked and pointed out to the waiter that three side dishes were actually more expensive than two mains! Anyway, he was immovable. We ordered two mains, really I was so disgusted at the attitude, I can't recall how they tasted and I have never been back to this restaurant and never will!

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

I love this place. Its really cosy and brimming with cheeses and olives. Have only been during the day but keep meaning to try it at night. The food is lovely and fresh and my children tell me they have had the best chocolate biscuit cake they ever had here. Just wish they would do decaf coffee though cos I can't handle caffeine.

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Ashtons GastroPub
11 Vergemount, Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Myself an my friends in the gym turn up here occasionally simply because there is parking and it's near the gym. The salad bar is very basic and if you ask for some lettuce with your salad, you are actually charged for a full portion! Was in there a few weeks ago with a few friends and ordered coffees, the waiter came down about five minutes later and asked us if we could pay now! We thought it was very strange but then again, it is in keeping with the general attitude of the place. Nice views, pity about the attitude.

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The Wicked Wolf
2 Main Street Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Whatever happened to the Wicked Wolf? It used to be a great little spot with lovely views of the sea and nice food and drink. The last time I tried it, it was very run down and they weren't serving food. Just hope it improves in the future.

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

Great little oasis in the midst of the chaos of Dundrum. I like it because it does a great kids menu and also does a lot of snacky type food, but I have always had a lovely gnocchi there are lunch time. Very reasonable and particularly good on a nice day when you can sit out on the balcony terrace and get great views of the city, and its reasonably priced.

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

Nice trendy bar in the middle of Blackrock, where so many of the bars have seen better days. Their pizzas are delicious and come with an ample amount of pesto and garnished with salad. They have a great selection of drinks including a really good cocktail list. Fun place day or evening.

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

Think this must be the cheapest place for tapas in Dublin and its in such a central location. The tapas prices start at about €3.95 and go up to around €8. My hubbie and I usually share about 4 tapas between us and a bottle of wine for the very unprincely sum of around €40. Great atmosphere too. I never tire of this little gem. I still think this is the best value in town for tapas and great space and atmosphere. I have tried other tapas bars lately but went back to Salamanca with a friend recently and I have decided to look no further, when I want tapas this is the place to go.

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

Very nice restaurant with loads of space and room to hang your coats when you go in. Ate there recently with my husband and have to say the vegetarian starters were amazing. Our main courses were pretty predictable, nothing too exciting so think this could be improved on, but a great atmosphere and you never feel rushed here.

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No.27 Bar & Lounge
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Absolutely stunning, was so glad to see such a wonderful refurb to the Shelbourne. The last time I went in there I really felt like I was going back in time as the horses and carriages trotted by the window and the staff were so polite. It’s a great bar. Can't afford to eat in it, as the sandwiches alone were out of my price range but have had coffee, very pleasant.

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Pizza Stop
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Great little place with a really good Italian atmosphere, right down to the table cloths. I love the pizzas because they are so thin based and tasty. One of my kids favourite spots too. A great little find just off Grafton Street. Last Sunday was a horrible rainy day. Myself and kids met hubby in town and we decided we had to find somewhere really cosy and cocooned to eat it. After drinks in the Central Hotel, we walked down Grafton Street and I thought where better to go on a rainy night than the lovely cosy Pizza Stop. We arrived in at about 8.30 and we got a table. The place wasn't that busy but within half an hour, it was almost full. The kids kept saying it felt like they were really in Italy, which is always a good feeling. The pizzas are still excellent value at around 10 euro and the base is so thin. I love the way the chili oil and black pepper are delivered to your table, as well. My kids had death by chocolate and ice cream, whilst we enjoyed our wine. The atmosphere was lovely, the price was great and for a few hours, we forgot we live in such a rainy city.

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The Atrium Lounge
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is great, have had coffees and wine here on many occasions. I love the way you can sit down and all the hotel rooms are around you. It’s very strange and different. It’s a pretty quiet place but great when you want to get away from the mayhem of town.

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The Bailey
Duke Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Still like to pop in here on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon for a drink. Great little place but think they could get with the times and do a food menu.

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The Mezzanine Coffee & Bar
Bewely's Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Going to this place for years. Was so upset when it was due to close. Glad it stayed open and retained its decor. Met a friend there recently for an early morning scone and coffee, very pleasant, especially as we managed to secure a window seat and watch the street entertainers outside. I did feel it was a bit much to be charged extra for my decaf cappuccino, its €3.24 for a regular capo, which I do think is excessive.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Good place but I have to be in the mood for it. It does have a rather cavernous warehouse feel but it never gets stuffy and good place to meet a crowd. Great selection of tapas and the nachos come highly recommended. You can quite often sit along side other people at the end of a very large table, not somewhere to go if you want an intimate night out.

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

I rarely cross the Liffey only to go to the Italian Quarter or Lott’s!! It’s a lovely pub and quite a surprise in the middle of this horrible shopping thoroughfare. The decor is beautiful. I haven't eaten there but have had a pint with hubbie on a Saturday afternoon and met friends for wine at night, when a piano player was in residence. Great spot.

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The Silk Road Cafe
The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a fabulous restaurant in the middle of the wonderful Chester Beatty Library. The atmosphere is amazing and the food so authentic. I had a mousaka here at lunch time recently whilst the children were in at a workshop. Great place with fabulous reasonably priced food.

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Toddys Bar & Brasserie @ The Gresham Hotel
O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I was pleasantly surprised at this place. I really thought the Gresham had had its day because the last time I was there a few years ago, it was really awful. However, we stumbled in here before Christmas as we were taking the children to Great Expectations in the Gate. We ordered coffees and the children had fries. The atmosphere was rather more grand than the last time and considerable renovation has taken place in the hotel. The staff were efficient and friendly. Definitely will be back.

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

Great little place that hasn't changed in decades. Its quite bright and noisy so I would never think of going there at night but love it for a late lunch or early tea. Went there with the children recently and they ordered the kids combo, this is a main course with ice cream and a drink. Take care to read the menu carefully because some people order everything individually and it costs a lot more money. The lunch time is great value, I think it goes on until 5. My hubbie and I had penne arrabiata with garlic bread washed down with a glass of wine for the very unprincely sum of 8.90. great value place that takes you way back in time. Walking around town last Sunday with my hubbie and two grumpy children, we were wracking our brains to see where we could feed our children and have a thirst quenching pint for ourselves, and suddenly it hit us, The Bad Ass. Their children's menu is great value at 7.95, which includes a main course, drink and ice cream. We had a couple of pints and just shared some nachos, although it is worth noting that there extended lunch menu is available on Sunday and great value for a main course with wine or beer for 9.95, beats the socks of the rest of Temple Bar for cheap and cheerful.

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

This is a great place with a brilliant atmosphere. What I really like about is that they change the menu very often and the vegetarian options are always excellent. I really think other restaurants could follow suit instead of offering the usual penne pasta rubbish. Had a beautiful vegetable and filo pastry dish whilst my husband went for a curry. We had hummous, salad and pitta for starters, all part of the early bird menu. A great and unexpected find in Talbot Street

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Taco Taco
Unit 19 Epicurean Food Hall, Liffey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

I have to say I love the whole concept of the Epicurean Food Hall. I love Mexican but do find it quite expensive so it was nice to fall upon this place. Went with my hubbie and kids lately. He and I ordered a veggie burrito and a veggie taco respectively, whilst our more conservative kids had nachos. The food was really lovely and felt a lot more authentic than expensive Mexicans I had eaten in. Obviously, the whole place has more of a fast food lunch time ambience than a restaurant, but would highly recommend for a cheap delicious lunch.

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

Went back to Luigi’s two weeks ago with my husband and kids with my Luigi’s Voucher. I have to say this is a great voucher because there are no conditions attached and you get a 25 euro voucher for 3000 menu points. We decided to go for the lunch special, which is great value. My kids love the kids menu at 9.95, because it includes main course, drink and ice-cream. The kid’s pizzas are also a good size and it is a meal that you can take kids in the older range (ie. mine are 10 and 12) to. Myself and my husband ordered off the lunch menu, we had pizza and it includes wine or beer for 11.90, I availed of beer and he availed of wine. I have to say the wine is a better bet because the glass would cost 6.90 on its own and the beer is only about 3/4 pint. It was a lovely meal and the voucher really made it very reasonable. Back to Luigi’s on Paddy's Day. OK, I know we have been back a lot lately but the 25 euro voucher is great because of the lack of restrictions. The Monday - Wednesday options suit singletons but we really can only go out at the weekend, I wish more restaurants would follow suit! Anyhow, we booked for Paddy’s Day and landed there at 5. My kids predictably went for pizza, pasta and ice cream and drinks. We decided to share the vegetarian fajitas. These are ridiculously highly priced at 20 euro, but really they are big enough for two. They were delicious and chick peas, tofu and basil had been added since we last sampled same. This made it a very nice vegi meal, and of course the usual condiments of cheese, guacamole etc.. We decided to order some cocktails and I had a delicious brandy Alexander, not too creamy with a really decent tinge of brandy. My husband enjoyed his long island tea. We will return.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had passed by Saba many times and I always thought it looked like an interesting place. Myself and my husband went there a few weeks ago. We are both vegetarian and were delighted with the wide range of dishes to choose from. I went for a vegetarian noodle dish, whilst he picked a curry based meal. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed it. My only one comment would be that it isn't a place you linger in, we were asked a few times what we wanted to drink initially and I did feel a little under pressure. I would think it’s a great place for groups of people but not so good for couples, unless you want to eat and run.

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The Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the few places in Dublin that hasn't changed for years. Used to go here with my drama group 20 years ago and went back with my husband recently. It still has the same atmosphere, a little packed but a great atmosphere. We both had vegetarian boxty and a bottle of red wine. The boxty was delicious and I realised I hadn't tasted anything like it in years. Great place, wont take so long going back the next time.

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First Floor Bar & Brasserie @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin

Well, I rang in last week to request an early bird menu be emailed to me. The receptionist assured me she would send it that night. I'm still waiting! I rang back again and couldn't get an answer so I gave up the ghost for the moment. I could never afford a meal there at full price but had heard the early bird is good value. Perhaps I will get there sometime soon. Anyway, undeterred, I met my friend in the Harvey Nichols Cocktail Bar on Thursday Night. There was a chocolate promotion on, which we totally ignored as were both trying to be good. Anyway, it brought an additional atmosphere to the bar. We ordered some nice malbec wines, which went down very nicely, but they did cost 7 euro a glass. My friend or I had to go to the Bar each time we wanted a drink as there seemed to be little or no table service around on the night. However, as I warned her, if you go to the bar, they will then offer to send you down your drinks and charge 10% service charge. It has at the end of your receipt that this is optional, I think this is cheeky under any circumstances to charge service charge on drinks, but when you haven't even got the service!! Its quite funky at night but boring and austere during the day. Its quite a small place, so get there early if you want a seat. Finally had lunch outside Harveys Cafe last week. Even though it was a hot day, I had a hankering for soup. My daughter and I ordered potato and leek soup. It arrived down in the most aesthetic looking turrine and was piping hot, just the way I like it. The soup was deliciously flavoursome and abundant. My only gripe was that the bread accompanying it was a sultana based bread, which I certainly don't feel went with soup. I asked for a different bread and tomato bread was duly delivered. One of the nicest soups I have ever had.

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Bellamy's
Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Lovely pub, spotted Gabriel Byrne hanging out there last Christmas!. Very cosy with coal fire etc. Did try to eat there, this Christmas Eve, but for some strange reason, they weren't serving food and were closing early.

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Kielys Of Mount Merrion
Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin

Oh god, would they ever do up this place? Its in the middle of trendy Mount Merrion and opposite a playground. I would be far more likely to have a Sunday stroll and a drink in Kielys if it wasn't so dark and dismal. Food is okay but the place constantly smells of carvery and looks like it has been trapped in a time warp for several decades.

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The Stillorgan Orchard
1 The Hill, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

Really nice since they refurbed same. Love the thatched cottage effect and was glad to discover the short cut from the cinema to it. Have been here in the evening for drinks and sandwich and coffee during the day. Good food in a nice bright cafe bar with a considerable beer garden.

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O'Sheas Clonskeagh House
Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

O'Sheas is a lovely pub with really friendly staff and a variety of menus. They have a lunch menu, evening menu and a carvery on Sundays. Have had sandwich and a pint there on a few occasions and have always found it really nice.

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The Rockfield Lounge
Wyckham Way, Dundrum, Dublin

Bit of a watering hole that has endeavoured to get the sports yobs in. They succeeded very nicely as the last time I was there a fight broke out between a few drunken lads. A pity really because they have a good menu and actually do a very good kids menu, which my children have enjoyed in the past. Its beside the Luas and the enormous amount of apartments in the area, I think its such a pity they have it marketed at such a low level.

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Smyth's of Ranelagh
75 - 77 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Nice bar with very friendly staff and they certainly do the best toasted sandwich in Ranelagh, which comes with ample amounts of yummy salad. They also have a nice beer garden, if you are in the mood of inhaling copious amounts of smoke! My only gripe would be that its a bit dark during the day and there are too many televisions showing football, but that's my gripe about pretty much every pub in Dublin

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Birchalls
129 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

My heart nearly skipped a beat whilst they were doing up my lovely Birchalls. Ok, the place did need a refurb. but I was terrified, they were going to wreck its character like they have with other pubs in the area. I needn't have worried, the place has been refurbed, but kept its old world charm. I particularly like the mix of people in this bar, from students to people in their 80s. Definitely, the best pub in Ranelagh, they serve basic toasted sandwiches too, which can be hard to find in this panini laden market.

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Toast
Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin

Surprisingly nice little place in the middle of downtrodden Rathmines, where it is hard to find a hostelry that isn't dark and dingy. Went there for lunch recently. Staff were very efficient and friendly. It was very cosy and inexpensive, definitely one of Rathmines' better options for pub grub.

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Bistro Martello
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

Lovely place, nice and bright and airy with a lovely view of the water. Have lingered over drinks here on a cold Sunday afternoon. Good menu, not overpriced and really buzzing place.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (Sandymount)
11 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

A very welcome addition to Sandymount Village, which has been lacking in restaurants and drinking establishments over the years. Very nice place with friendly staff and lovely bruschetta.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here with the family on a menupages voucher. Its a lovely place, clean and bright with candles lighting on the table. We ordered of the value menu which was 2 courses for 15.99. To be honest, I dont think that's great value. We had a mixture of starters from garlic mushrooms, garlic bread and salad, they were all delcioous particularly the mushrooms. The pizzas are 10 inch and with the average pizza coming in at 15 euro, I think they are way too expensive. The pizzas were lovely but I felt a little thick. The staff were very nice and we had a house nice wine. I would'nt have come here without the vouchers as the prices are way to high for a pizzeria and I think should be amended accordingly.

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Frango's World Cuisine
Level 3, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Very good value in pizza and it does a whole host of other foods, but you kinda have to know the score or you can be left queuing at a few different counters. Its quite busy but the further you go away from the centre of the restaurant, you can find some quiet spots. The cheapest bottle of wine is 10.95, which is really good value. Usually go here with the kids and they can choose from smoothie bar or ice cream counter afterwards. A place to be avoided at lunch time unless you enjoy mayhem and balancing trays.

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Winters Bar
Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Winters is a nice bar and a welcome addition to Dundrum, which is not known for its trendy bars!. I have had a drink here on a number of occasions. Have also had lunch, which is good value and you can choose from paninis, baguettes etc and get them made up fresh. The booths by the window are nice but there aren't a whole load of seats and the place fills up quickly. Overall, a nice place with good value food.

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Brannigans Dundrum
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Went to Bennigans when it opened first and I was totally unimpressed by the food. It was somewhere for our kids to eat and ourselves to have a drink. The last time we went the kids got a very doughy pizza and it turned them off. However, a few weeks ago, I returned with the kids and they had changed their pizza (to a processed pizza!). The kids were happy with this and it was accompanied by chips. I just had a glass of wine because I cannot bring myself to eat the type of carbo-laden 'prison' food that is on offer for exorbitant prices. However, I noted that on Monday and Tuesday nights, kids eat free with a full paying adult, which is quite a good deal, if you're into that sort of food.

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Went to this restaurant a couple of months ago, when it opened first. Its in a lovely setting and the restaurant is set over two levels. We were seated at a lovely window seat. My only fly in the ointment with all Thai restaurants is the fact that we are vegetarian and you have to watch for hidden things like shellfish etc. in most Thai dishes. We ordered our vegetarian meals and then I double checked that there were no fish or meat products involved. The waitress informed me that our VEGETARIAN meal contained fish sauce. We asked for it without fish sauce and I called the manager over. He was very nice and informed me that Thai people are vegetarian but usually eat food with fish sauce. I informed him that the meals were listed under Vegetarian in the menu and therefore should not contain fish sauce. This is a stress I could do without when I visit restaurants, having to double check everything. The food was gorgeous and its a lovely place. Its not cheap but my main gripe is the hidden ingredients in the 'vegetarian' dishes.

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Sufis Cafe
45-50 Lower Stephen Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Lunch special is excellent value and the food is very nice. I sat outside this venue during the summer with a glass of wine watching the world go by. Its a great place for lunch or dinner or a summer evening drink.

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The Cellar Bar
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A great little place with loads nooks and crannies. Have only had a pint there as we did attempt to order the kids menu but lunch was over and the dinner menu hadn't yet started. Find that a little limiting as you have to try to remember the exact times that they serve food. However, we shall returnn.

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

One of the few restaurants in Dublin that hasn't changed for years. The menu is good and there is a good buzz, its one of my daughters favourite places to eat. Nice food, good menu and OK prices

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

A great little place with a really authentic Italian feel. Be warned though, pizzas are definitely big enough to share. Its small so it can get a little stuffy but I love the atmosphere and food. A very cosy, comforting Italian in the middle of Ranelagh village. Went back with my husband last Saturday night. Considerable renovations have taken place in the restaurant and I have to say its all for the better. Downstairs has been opened up a lot and there is a brand new floor upstairs. I said in my last review it was a bit stuffy because it was so small, well, it certainly is a lot more airy now. Food was still lovely, though I think they should give you an option of a large pizza or medium as their pizzas are very large and pricy enough. That being said, we could have shared one with a salad. We both had vegetarian pizzas and they were delicious. We washed them down with a bottle of reasonably priced wine. Although, we were out with out our kids, it was nice to see children there after 7, unlike a certain Italian Restaurant in the village that has put an embargo on same! I noted that they are also doing a lunch time menu, so this restaurant is going from strength to strength. The staff are great fun and like to joke around a lot, without being intrustive. A great little spot

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

I really used to love this restaurant. I have very happy memories of meeting my hubbie there after a hard days work and sharing a pizza and a beer. Many years later, the restaurant has expanded and so have the food prices. The owner never seemed that keen on kids and I berated him when my kids were younger about the fact that he had no high chairs in the establishment. Now, there is a rather foreboding sign on the outside, advising potential customers that children are not allowed after 7.00. I think this is disgraceful in a family village. I went there last year with a crowd of friends for a friend's 50th birthday. Even though I have been going to Marios for 18 years and there was a big gang of us, there was no offer of sambucas on the house or anything else at the end of the meal. It was so different in the old days. Alas, Marios has now become a fond memory, the food is still good but overpiced and their attitude towards children is disgusting.

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

This is my favourite of the Little Caesars Restaurants. Have gone in on Friday lunch times with my kids and although very busy, staff are always very reassuring about the fact that they will get you a table shortly. Their lunch menu is excellent value and I adore their penne arrabiata. A great place for a quick, cheap lunch but not somewhere to linger at lunch hour as it is so busy.

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

Milano is a good addition to Dundrum. They have a kids menu, which is very inventive with babucinos to end. It includes dough balls, main course, dessert and babucino. They only problem is its too small for children over I'd say the age of 6. I think they should give the option of two kids menus and charge more for older kids. I was there recently and they have added a thinner base option to their pizza for an additional 1.50 charge. We all opted for same and it was well worth the extra price. A lovely meal.

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Al Boschetto
2 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I tend to end up in this restaurant once a year. Myself, hubbie and two kids stay in the Herbert Park Hotel and venture across to this restaurant. We were there on Christmas Eve this year. The atmosphere is always a little subdued. We arrived early last orders were at 7, given the night that was in it. Actually, it was rather strange as the whole of Ballsbridge seemed to shut down early on Christmas Eve. We all had pizza. There is no kids menu. The food is only OK. 10% service charge is added on and the staff stand waiting for a tip, which annoys me intensely, as you cannot have both. A very basic eater at D.4. prices

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

I love this place. Great value, earthy Italian food. Very busy at lunch hour, and lattes can arrive a little on the coldish side. Love it in the early evening, had a penne arrabiata recently with my husband, and it was delicious, and great value at 9.50. The house wine was very reasonable, at 15 euro. I highly recommend this eatery. Was back here recently with a friend, tried to get a table at 7.30 on a Thursday but it was full but he took our mobile and we went for a drink and were back here by 8.00. I still think its a great place with lovely staff and the best value in town. Had their delicious minestrone soup, which is a meal in itself, served up with bread and a glass of wine to wash it down. Great spot and wonderful prices. Went back here last Saturday night after dragging my hubbie to see Sex and the City. Was a little concerned because the movie wasn't over until 7.30 and I was afraid we wouldn't get a table. However, as there were so many people sitting outside, we were able to get a seat inside. For starters, we ordered one portion of vegetarian breads ( all of their starters are big enough to share ). These warmed breads arrived down with a variety of pates, pesto, black olive, sundried tomato and houmous. They were gorgeous. We then both followed with penne arrabiata. Their arrabiata is a good sized portion and very good value at 9.50. I am tired of restaurants that charge 16 euro for basic pasta dishes that would satisfy the appetite of a very large bricklayer!!. The arrabiata had enough oil without being saturated and was delicately garnished with parsley and full cloves of garlic. We washed this down with their very good value house red, priced at 15 euro. The starter, main courses and wine came in at 44 euro, other restaurants should definitely take note.

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

I went to Dante on New Years Eve, because, surprisingly, most of the restaurants in Dundrum were closed. Dante is usually quite quiet, but there is always a good atmosphere there. I went there with my husband and two children, and we all ordered pizzas. They were excellent value, at under a tenner each. They were lovely and light, and flavoursome. The staff were very efficient. It is a great place, I just think that they should work on the decor a bit, to make the place a bit more inviting. Went back here last week with hubbie and kids. It was ironic really because we were looking for somewhere cheap. However, the place was empty at 6 so we ended up going for an expensive drink in a nearby bar (I know I can't mention names!!) and then onto Dante at about 7. The place was still quite empty but there was another couple in situ. We ordered bruschetta for starters. These were tiny and I felt overpriced at 5.75. My husband and I had penne arrabiata, which was lovely and the girls had pizzas. The main courses were very nice but really, there is no atmosphere in this restaurant and they really need to cozy it up if they want to get the punters in.

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Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I went to this restaurant with my husband last saturday night. I rang ahead to check if they had an early bird. Their early bird is not active on Saturday and Sunday nights, which was disappointing, but on perusing the menu on this site, I noted that the food was good value and there were some very good reviews. On entering the establishment, I found it to be very cosy and the lighting was excellent. It was quite empty and 6.45 on a Saturday night and I think they perhaps should re-think their early bird options. Our starters of onion bhaji and vegetable samosa were very fresh and delicious. We ordered four vegetable side dishes, which were very nice, if somewhat predictable. After our meal, we were given hot towels. When we asked for the bill, it arrived down with after eights and we were offered a complimentary drink. I was particularly delighted at this turn of events because I am a bit psychic and I informed my husband if we were offered free drinks, it was a sign we would move to our dream house in Ranelagh within six months!. We sipped our sambucas and the bill with a bottle of wine came to a very reasonable 54 euro. I thought the ambience was lovely, staff were very polite and attentive and the food was nice. I just feel they could up the ante a little on the food front to give it an extra edge. Overall, though, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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