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Les Freres Jacques restaurant

74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
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175 reviews

Reviewed 22nd January 2015 ( visited 19th January 2015 )

We went back here again this week for the early bird and also the half price on full bottles deal that is on at the moment. Had the monkfish which was really nice. Must try to get back here soon before the place closes.
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Les Freres Jacques restaurant

74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
175 reviews

Reviewed 22nd January 2015 ( visited 19th January 2015 )

We went back here again this week for the early bird and also the half price on full bottles deal that is on at the moment. Had the monkfish which was really nice. Must try to get back here soon before the place closes.
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Fahrenheit Grill
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Went here last Saturday with my mum for dinner. Throughout the meal we noticed a couple of things which we found unusual. Mistake 1: Ordered one glass of wine when ordering meal, wine arrived in time for main course, not starters. We were then informed by a girl in a suit that we would not be charged for the wine. Mistake 2: Confirmed with two different staff if we ordered the venison could we get it without mushrooms. The mushrooms came on the plate. Mistake 3: Young waiter placed side order in front of my mum so if she hadn’t held her own main plate it would have fallen off the table. Mistake 4: One waiter asked if we wanted coffees and as we were about to reply another waiter came along and said something to him and he left the table. The second guy then asked if we wanted coffees to which we replied we were about to order them but he walked off. We were then told the coffees would not be charged. Mistake 5: For some reason my mum’s chair was kicked three times by passing staff. During the evening another customer passed behind her without any kicking. Obviously mistakes 1 and 4 were acknowledged by the staff. The other mistakes are just bad or no training. The food is ok, nothing spectacular. The staff in Knights Bar and on reception are friendly and courteous but sadly the restaurant staff need to learn a bit more. The description of the restaurant says it is “regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Dublin”. Perhaps that should be amended to read otherwise as there are “finer’ restaurants in Clontarf, never mind Dublin.

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We went back here after a break of about a year as it is in a convenient spot. The front of house staff are lovely and friendly. Ordered wine and the young female waitress finally after a bit of a struggle managed to open the bottle at a counter type thing away from our table. Unusual – as we thought wine is always opened at the table. Food was fine but had to enquire as to whether our sides were coming as no sign of them. Some other waiter brought the sides. There was only two at our table but same young female waitress was about to clear the table thinking I was also finished when another waiter gave her a push to move her on. Also noticed her stretching across a table of 4 to serve them. Sadly, this female waitress was the only part of the evening that we didn’t enjoy and, on reflection, we thought she not really 5 star hotel standard. The lads in the Horsehoe Bar beforehand seemed to be better trained !

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Mint Leaf Indian Restaurant (Drumcondra)
157 Lwr Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Bought a voucher for here ages ago and went for the first time last night with Mum. We were there early (6pm) so it was fairly quiet. Food was lovely, waitress very helpful in explaining what was hot and spicy and her recommendations. Would definitely go again as its on the way home. Only suggestion would be to get rid of the carpet in the ladies - its not very hygienic !

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We went back here again this week for the early bird and also the half price on full bottles deal that is on at the moment. Had the monkfish which was really nice. Must try to get back here soon before the place closes.

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

Standard food, nothing special. Would be good for groups as the tables for two were only separated by an ice bucket width. We didn't stay for dessert. Nice tables outdoors.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Just as we arrived, 3 "regular" kids were put on the next table. We got another table down in the Garden Room section. Much better. Tasty food with good choice for voucher deal. Friendly and attentive staff most of the time, apart from the 20 minute break before our mains arrived. Despite that we would still go back again.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had another lovely early bird here recently. Service excellent, food excellent. Like the previous poster said if you haven't been here then definitely try it out as soon as possible.

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Downstairs Restaurant
Gilbert & Wright, Hollybrook Park, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Went here for the first time with a voucher. Although it is in a basement its still really bright and airy. Food was lovely - starters were goats cheese and crab mayo followed by pork and chicken. Not a huge menu but lots of choices. Presentation was excellent almost fine dining standards and service was precise and professional. Would definitely return.

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Smyth & Gray's Restaurant
1A Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went to Smyth & Grey with a voucher to spend €60 on food. Having made a reservation, when we arrived we were offered the first table at the door. We asked to be moved so we got the last table by the kitchen. There was one other table taken in the restaurant at this time. The young male waiter was friendly enough and took our order. A waitress then arrived with a half bottle of wine. After a while and a lot of hacking she managed to open the bottle saying “at last”. We felt the same way. The food itself was fine, nothing startling or exciting. Steak cooked medium as requested. Beef cheek as expected. No thank you or goodbye from staff. Wouldn’t be in a rush to return here at all and glad we didn’t pay the full price.

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Unicorn
12b Merrion Court, Merrion Row, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to the Unicorn on a deal. Sounded good at the time. When the voucher came through it appeared the three most expensive mains were off limits and no drinks were included. The food was only ok with plenty of lettuce coming with all the dishes. The waiter decided I could actually have the veal but I may as well have skipped it too, it was dry and boring. The 3 choices of desserts were on the early bird menu, two with nuts or crème brulee. Restaurant seemed busy and staff were nice. Definitely more European than Italian. We won’t be rushing back.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Went to Rolys on a Menupages deal. This was our second or third time there and we got the same table as before so didn't see any more of the place. Staff were good and food was very nice. Its quite a big restaurant so fairly impersonal so wouldn't be our usual choice. Menu was good with plenty of choices. Didn't see the wine list as wine (no choice, only Santa Rita) was included in the deal. Maitre d was friendly and chatty on the way out! Would probably return with a voucher but if you are looking for buzz and atmosphere maybe go on a match day!

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

We left a review here during last year when this restaurant was up in our favourites. Unfortunately, that has changed since then so I’m updating that review. We used to be regular customers but following two meals, in the one week, both of which were of a lesser standard than before, we are taking our custom elsewhere. Firstly, my pizza was burnt! I’m not sure how an Italian restaurant can burn a pizza but it managed. The following visit I asked for a fillet steak, medium-well done. When my steak arrived it was pink inside. I sent it back and then the outside was burnt. We were charged the full price for both these meals which we thought was a bit unreasonable. We have since heard a rumour that there is chef problems but this is simple, standard cooking! In our opinion, if you want a family day out with your kids or Sunday lunch with the folks then go ahead but for anything special or serious, save yourself the bother and go elsewhere.

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Picasso Restaurant
1 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin

Myself and my mum went here recently to check out the new ownership / new menu / refurbishment and were very impressed with all three! The menu now has daily specials and chef specials both of which are regularly changed. The main menu is also slightly changed but the prices are a lot cheaper than before. We had tasty hot bruschetta while we were trying to decide what to order. There were so many choices we thought we would need a few visits to try out everything we liked the sound of. We decided on soup and goats cheese to start followed by chicken and veal. The mains came with a tasty selection of fresh veg and new English scallop type potatoes. Both our meals were so enjoyable we decided to stay for dessert – we chose mixed Italian ice cream and profiteroles. We then had coffees. There is also a new extensive wine list with a lot more choice. The background music was, surprisingly, Il Divo! The bill was around the €70 mark which included wine from the half bottle range and was a lot cheaper than we expected. The staff are really friendly and know the menu inside out so any queries are easily answered and explained. The owners are also there and from what we could see both are hands on owners and not just there for show which also impressed us. We will definitely return as soon as we can and would highly recommend Picasso to others.

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WILDE
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Last Saturday we went to Wilde for our second recent visit, having enjoyed it thoroughly a few months ago. This time was so different. Firstly we were given a table in front of the door and under the cold air conditioning. The door was closed at our request and the aircon turned off. The place didn’t heat up until we were leaving. Our starters were fine, nothing remarkable. Twenty (20) minutes later our mains arrived – Duck and lamb. Both were only lukewarm. The chips we had ordered as a side were hot and tasty. We decided rather than wait another 20 minutes we would eat the lukewarm food. We didn’t finish either dish and left half of it behind. Nobody came near us during our mains to ask if all was ok, despite the table next to us getting two visits. When the table was being cleared the waiter then asked if everything was ok (which it obviously wasn’t). He then got his manager over who offered us complimentary desert / wine / cocktail / coffee. After such a wait for mains we would have needed to book a room had we ordered desert. We took the complimentary coffee, got the bill and left. Sadly, we are in no hurry to return to what used to be a really nice restaurant.

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Noble House - Malahide Rd
Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Malahide, Dublin

First visit here after years of Dame Street and food is as good as ever. Really nice surroundings and the boss is ever so friendly. Would definitely return soon.

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

I read the review from missy1986 and noticed that she didn’t enjoy this restaurant but did enjoy her “meal” in Eddie Rockets! Need I say more!! I’m lucky enough to live close by to Il Corvo and go there regularly for a bite to eat, sometimes with a friend, sometimes alone. My favourite starter here would probably be the Irish smoked salmon with cream cheese which is delicious and light so there’s plenty of room for mains. I normally would have one of the many varied tasty pasta dishes although I have had the fillet steak which was melt in the mouth and cooked exactly to my order with garlic butter on the side or all over (whichever you prefer). I have also tried the veal, pork, chicken dishes and pizzas and enjoyed them all every time. I think maybe once in the last year I got mushrooms in my dish which I had asked not to have. As soon as I mentioned it the tall assistant manager/waiter guy took it away and a fresh dish was prepared for me, without the mushrooms. I was very impressed with this as it is a busy restaurant and cooking me another dish was probably not on their plans that night. This hasn’t happened me ever since. On special occasions I have had homemade Banoffi which, in my opinion, is the perfect finish to an Italian meal. There’s an extensive wine list and the staff have, many times, happily recommend a wine if I’m are not sure which wine I prefer. All the staff that I have met have always been very helpful and friendly to me. Another thing I noticed in Il Corvo was the manager/owner guy actually there on the floor. Normally, the owner is never seen in a place but this guy is regularly looking around at all the tables making sure all the customers are happy, sometimes even serving customers himself. From my extensive experience in restaurants that is not in the norm so when I see him there its very nice to see that there is a personal touch. Well done so far Il Corvo and here’s to many more enjoyable meals.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I have become addicted to this place. My first visit was with my boss for a celebration meal. We were seated upstairs and had a lovely meal. More recently myself and my mum have it on our calendar at least once a month, sometimes more. Each time we go the staff are terrific and the food is so fresh it almost swims to your table. We are hoping to go again this weekend and yes it is a bit more expensive but you are being fed well, being looked after well and still in a city centre location so worth every cent.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Finally got to this place. Tried to book three weeks previously and was told this was the first Saturday available. Discovered its much bigger than it looks from the outside. Got a table 'on the run' and opposite the loos so had waiters and customers passing very closely all night. I ordered the tuna - medium - is what was recommended. It came out medium alright but only on the edge. The middle was pink - couldn't eat that. Mum ordered the chicken and was happy enough. As someone else mentioned the accompanying veg is just a garnish and in our case a different variety of asparagus each! So yes definiately order a side of veg per person!. Staff were very friendly and efficient and one lovely waiter amongst them who when he saw I didn't eat the tuna said I wouldn't be charged for it!. Prices were same as most city centre restaurants. Would definately go back and order the tuna well well done (probably shock the chef but there you go) !.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

Myself and my mum had our first Eden visit last night for the early bird menu before going to the Olympia. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the food was excellant and the staff were exceptional and very friendly. We had already heard good reviews from Eden regulars and have just confirmed all those positive comments. The girl who served us knew we had an 8pm deadline and ensured we had enough time for desert and coffees after our mains. Another plus for Eden is when you see a manager/owner from another city centre restaurant having his dinner on his night off in Eden!! We're both looking forward to our next visit when we intend to have more time to enjoy the place without having to rush off. Well done Edeners!.

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Noble House
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely food, friendly staff, only off putting thing here is the smokers blocking the doorway.

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