Restaurant Reviews from Sharong
Castle Murray House restaurant
St. Johns Point, Dunkineely, Killybegs, Donegal
Reviewed 09th August 2010 ( visited 05th June 2009 )My husband and I enjoyed another gorgeous meal in Castlemurray. Our first visit was at a wedding last summer. We were there on the first Friday of the month and so availed of the French menu which they do. 4 courses plus a glass of wine for 39.50 is excellent value for the gorgeous food. The menu offered lots of lovely choices. I had Foie Gras to start, the work to prepare this dish must have been huge, the foie gras was set mid centre in jelly and was fantastic. Monkfish main was also beautiful and a really large portion. Fresh veg and a beautiful gratin accompany the mains. Desserts of frozen strawberry mousse and raspberry tart were really good. Can't wait to go again!
New Hin Keng restaurant
25G Malahide Road, Artane, Artane, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 16th March 2009 ( visited 13th March 2009 )Expensive, 45e for 2 mains and 2 soft drinks. Deciding to go for a bite after work on Friday, we opted for Hin ken having heard friends talking about it, I hadn't eaten chinese in a long time opting normally for Thai. We didn't have any starters, just mains and soft drinks, I found it an expensive dinner. Mains are priced at 13.80 to 18 without any side dish. However I couldn't fault the food and the atmosphere in the restaurant was nice, maybe not a good choice for a quick evening bite.
Annagry, The Rosses, Crolly, Donegal
Lovely lunch, attentive and friendly staff. The lunch menu offers a small but enticing menu, mainly salads, open sandwiches. Max €7.50 served with/on gorgeous homemade brown bread. A little grip would be the tea, a single cup in a tiny cup and saucer, no pot. At €2 this is not good value. I would suggest consideration of changing this and giving a pot.
The Blue Haven Hotel
Largy, Kilcar, Donegal
Service......I'd almost say what service. The evening we dined for a family birthday the staff were all young teenagers. I've worked as a waitress myself in the past and I wanted to tell them what the were doing wrong. They are obviously not given any training AT all. Empty glasses, drinks bottles left on the tables. They didn't come to clear after mains. We'd decided not to stay for dessert anyway. A rare steak order was obviously forgotten, given it was rare it should have been ready in 5 mins, however, maybe 15/20 mins later and after 2 enquiries it turned up overdone and dry...as everyone else had finished their mains it was partially eaten. The menu is varied and reasonable. Portions are large. Almost too much chips, veg, pototoes. They really need to give staff training....
Main Street, Donegal Town, Donegal
Always reliable, great food, large menu, good value. The breakfasts are substantial and good value. Service is always really good and friendly. Some staff are there are years which is a good sign.
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Lovely long lazy lunch! We ate in Pichet on Sunday. A first time visit for my husband and he loved the experience. We were seated on the terrace. Service was fantastic without fault. Food was gorgeous, with warm bread with oil and vinegar to start followed by suckling pig and terrine for starters. Yum. Mains of sea bream and crispy chicken.I would have loved mash with my fish rather than the rice but it was still nice. One thing which we didn't agree with is description of potatoes as duck roast potatoes...they are not roasted rather sauted and remain soft on the outside as opposed to crispy as we expected. We will be back but just won't order them again.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
We ate in Bit & Pizzas using our menupoints voucher. They offer 2 courses for 15.90e, excellent choice of main and pizza dishes on the menu. The garlic mushrooms are a must try. Service was really good. Will visit again and have recommended to friends
Grogans and Nannie Murphys Sea Food and Steak Bar
Glasson, Athlone, Westmeath
Excellent food. The menu is quite scattered you may choose from one menu then come across another page with specials. There are lots of enticing dishes. The homemade burger on the potato cake with peppar sauce was the most comforting dish that I had tasted while eating out in a long time. Very attentive and friendly service, the waitress on duty made sure that everything was ok. This is something which a lot of restaurants don't bother to do anymore. The people of Glasson village and surrounds are so lucky to have so many good places to eat.
23 Watermill road, North Dublin, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin
We took advantage of the local village restaurant during the snow which kept us all in. The restaurant was relatively quiet so the atmosphere wasn't great however the food was lovely and there is a varied menu with plenty of nice choices at reasonable prices Service on the night was also very attentive. Bathrooms were baltic...be warned!
ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
A bland soup to start may have marred our visit however the following courses, excellent service and a great atmosphere more then made up for it.
Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Poor service through out our visit will put me off going again. A vigilant manager did his best to compensate for a waiter who was completely ignored those in his section however it was just too slow. The food was lovely, soft drinks at 3.05 each is unjustifiable. €43 for one starter, 2 pizzas and 2 cokes is just too expensive
Italian Connection (Carlow)
Kennedy Avenue, Carlow town, Carlow
I ate in the Italian Connection as part of a hen party. We were one of 3 hen parties in the restaurant on the Saturday, it's really big and easily able to accomodate all of the groups, not sure though that i'd have liked to have been on a romantic night out amongst all the women. We had a set menu but it was by no means limited, with a huge selection from the main menu. As it was so varied each dish was charged separately which I think worked out well. Food was ok but I was so full and disappointed after my start of Brushetta that it just marred what followed. The brushetta is a full 9inch pizza base with tomatoes. Really not what i wanted to see. Having ordered pizza for main, I was pretty horrified to see it. The pizza was good, having been so full with all the pizza bread I didn't have dessert but the chocolate dessert was lovely. The staff and hostess were great and we got a free shot on the way out. I would suggest that the chef reconsiders the brushetta or that the restaurant let diners know exactly how big it is
Ostan Loch Altan
Main Street, Gortahork, Falcarragh, Donegal
Delicious food – my husband and I ate Ostan Loch Altan on both nights of our 2 night break in the hotel. The restaurant was not open as we stayed on Monday and Tuesday night however the bar menu offers a wide choice of options. The first night we opted for what you might say are traditional dinners – turkey and ham for me, roast beef for my husband. My husband had a really good bowl of chowder to start. The main dishes were really big but so lovely that we finished them all. Fresh veg, potatoes and an unexpected portion of chips were delicious. On our second night we had the bacon and cheese burger and the chicken baguette. The burger was lovely however I’d say that there was too much meat in it, some may not mind this however I just found it too much. My husbands chicken dish was in a peppar sauce, he felt that the sauce was as spicy as he would like but was still delicious. As some restaurants in the area don’t offer food during the day in off season it’s great to know that Ostan Loch Altan is there serving their great food from 12-9 daily.
McGrory's of Culdaff
Culdaff, Malin, Donegal
We had a beautiful lunch in McGroary’s. The bar is lovely and the menu offers many nice choices. On the day we chose one of the 2 specials. Both the specials were fish and we opted for the haddock with a side of our choice. Friendly local pub service. Definitely a good option if travelling the Inishowen 100
Inishowen Gateway Hotel
Buncrana, Buncrana, Donegal
We stayed in the Inishowen Gateway on a 2 night 1 dinner package. The dinner as part of the package is a 4 course meal, with an average of 5 starters and mains to choose from. The steak on the main has a supplement. The food was nice, mains of lamb served on a bed of mash was very tasty. There is a very limited wine list. Service is swift and friendly, nothing fancy about the restaurant, people seem to come in and eat quickly before leaving, the dining room just seems to be for the hotel packages with others eating from the large bar food menu.
O'Hehirs Bakery and Cafe
Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal
There is a wide sandwich menu aswell as hot food lunch options. Soup and a sandwich/roll at 5.50 is excellent value with absolutely delicious homemade veg soup. The café is very clean and brightly decorated. Definitely an option for lunch with the potential for some bakery treats for afters.
The Beach House Bar & Restaurant
The Pier, Swilly Road, Buncrana, Donegal
The setting for this restaurant couldn’t be nicer sitting right on the beach. We had hoped to avail of the Early bird however when we rang earlier in the evening to book for 6.45 we were told they had a lot of people coming in at that time and if we could come for 7.15. This was fine with us, however arriving a little early after 7 were were mystified to find only 6 other diners there. We ate from the a la carte menu, to be honest with the lovely choices and very reasonable prices I’m glad that we did. The most expensive starter was 7.95. Fish of the day was the most expensive on the mains at 24.95. The restaurant servers Kettlye Irish beef with both a fillet and sirloin steak on offer. Homemade tomato break was lovely. The wine menu is good with the most expensive wine over 30e. I ordered a deep fried goats cheese starter which came with beetroot puree and beetroot and blackcurrant ice cream was the most gorgeous started I had in a long time. The cheese was beautifully cooked and worked so well with the beetroot. My husband had the rabbit and wood pigeon terrine which was nice. It didn’t come with any bread which I think would have been nice. Mains of duck and Cod were good. My cod dish was on a mixed bean ragout, the dish is served in a bowl which makes it hard to eat from I thought. The cod portion was really big. Each main comes with an additional side order, we both opted for mash and this was beautifully creamy mashed potato. The reastaurant was not really hugely busy however the service does let it down. There were 2 staff originally on the floor, one had gone by the end of the evening. The speed with clearing plates, taking the bill down and then coming to collect the payment was just too slow. It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere but sitting with empty main plates for 10 mins plus is not nice. Eventually we had to bring the bill and card to the bar to pay. It’s a shame to see good food let down by bad service
Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin
On a busy Thursday night myself and 3 girlfriends were delighted to get a table in Siam. As a group we hadn't eaten there before but had individually. We has a tall table out by the bar. Food was gorgeous and plentiful, the staff were really friendly. We had a really enjoyable evening and will be back
The Greenroom Restaurant at Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort
Ballymoney, Ballymoney Wexford, Wexford
We ate in the restaurant of the Seafield hotel as part of a weekend break package. The menu was really nice with lots to choose from. Gorgeous homemade breads to start including a brown pumkin seed bread was lovely. Service during dinner was really good however after mains we were left and unable to order dessert for a long time. The tables by the window are lovely allowing a view over the grounds. The bar menu offers good food also, while a little expensive. Breakfast in Seafield is excellent, they keep the buffet refilled with fresh and hot food all morning. Great choice of fresh fruits, cheeses, hot buffet food. Gold star for breakfast
The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin
The day we read the Irish Times review of Balzac we made our booking and we were not disappointed. The 3 course menu at €25 offers fanastic value with a brilliant selection of dishes. 5/6 starters and mains and 5 desserts. This was our first time in Balzac, it is such an impressive dining room. Dining at 7, the restaurant was fairly quiet then, however leaving after 8.30 it was buzzing and almost full. I ate from the special menu while my husband dined from the A la carte. Food was fantastic. My lemon posset with warm madeleines was fantastic, having had the same thing in another restaurant recently I was really disappointed.. this was not to be the case in Balzac. Fruit in juice added to to the top of the posset was an added extra. Our only point of worry was that the main course which my husband chose from the a la carte was on the bill at €24 when in actual fact it was €16, with service charge at 12.5 this added €9 to our bill. The bill was promptly changed when we queried it, worrying though. This happened to us in another restaurant recently also. Everyone should get to Balzac to try this menu and soak up the great atmosphere in the restaurant. We may try to get back again before the offer ends
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
Having passed Bay every week for the past few years we finally went to try it out. The place was buzzing on Sunday afternoon, we were lucky to get in before all the tables were filled up. We had a seat inside, which was really warm. Staff were efficient and friendly. The brunch menu is lovely offering lots of enticing options. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed with my club sandwich, the chicken cooked on a grill of some sorts was juicy but it must have been a really dirty grill as the chicken was black in parts, they hadn't drained it either before placing on the crispy bread and so the bread turned to mush, I can be thankful that the bread was on the plate otherwise everything would have been swimming. The hard boiled egg had the grey around the yoke (believe due to it been cooled to quickly..not appealing, a freshly cooked egg would have been much nicer. Not all bad as my husband loved his steak sandwich and finished it all, he had planned to have a brownie but was too full. We will go back for the evening menu at some stage, think it was just an off day for the club sandwich.
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
My husband and I dined last night using a voucher we received as a present. We had a fantastic evening, starting with cocktails at the bar where we ordered our food before moving to our table in the main part of the dining room. A pre starter of smoked salmon along with the beautiful bread and fantastic pesto were a great start. Starters of quail for my husband and duck with honey goats cheese and beetroot were so flavoursome. Mains of a hake special and the unusual combination of pork belly and scallops were also lovely. The potato and celeraic gratin was gorgeous. We really had a lovely evening, service is outstanding. Prices are high so it's not a restaurant we may go to often but we will definitely return again. The private booths look great, it would be nice to sit there.
The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
The Westin Dublin, At College Green, Westmoreland Street, City Centre South, Dublin
My husband and I joined 6 friends to dine in the restaurant during the Dine in Dublin week. The menu was execptional value at 25e, the quality and choice of food was excellent. Scallops and gnochhi featured among the most popular starters. One of the group was delighted that they agreed to do her a starter portion of the risotto. Seabass was the most popular main with 7 of the 8 of us choosing it and we were not disappointed. I had to try the banana spring rolls to see what it was like. They were ok but I wouldn't opt for them again. Some earlier comments about the wine prices rang through for us, we found this also. Having chosen a white in the 30s range we found it was not in stock and so had to choose another one, it was more expensive but lovely. It's just a pity that restaurants have such a mark up on wine. I would definetly go back again, the pre theatre menu runs until 8pm each day which is really good.
Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
My first time visit to Fallon and Byrne was a really enjoyeable experience, I loved the big dining room with the high ceilings, the restaurant was busy and had a great buzz but it wasn't too loud or noisy. Staff were really attentive and friendly and the food was gorgeous. I particularly loved the Hake served with cous cous, the flavours were gorgeous. Definetly the highlight of my evening. The wine list includes a choice of a few nice red and white wines coming in under the €25 price.
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I don’t think I ever entered such a welcoming restaurant, it is like it envelopes you once you walk in. The good first impressions lasted all night. Food was superb, everyone had starters and mains, unfortunately we didn’t have enough room for dessert. Starters were goats cheese, mussels, scallops, calamari salad and the duck starter. Which is a number of slices of duck assembled around a lovely dressed green leaf salad. Mains of steak, cod, lamb and salmon could not be faulted. I liked my first visit so much that I have already booked for my second visit!
The Tannery Restaurant
Quay Street, Dungarvan, Waterford
Having heard many good things about the Tannery over the past number of years, I was delighted to read about their ‘Party of Four’ offer in the Irish times in June. My husband, two friends and I went to avail of the offer. We stayed in the gorgeous townhouse, beautiful rooms and the very different unusual idea of breakfast eaten in the rooms. Finding our hot muffins just having been delivered at 2am in the morning was lovely! Dinner was fantastic, we had a bit of a rocky start having to wait 30 min for our table and having 3 starters delivered just to have them taken away as quickly again…however after that everything went smoothly and the dinner to follow blotted any earlier complaints from our minds. Crab Creme Brulee with the sweet and sour cucumber was fantastic. Two of us had this. Quail for my husband was also gorgeous as was the baby leeks, serrano ham and duck egg salad. The little bucket of bread was gorgeous, so much so that we asked for a second one. Mains of steak, lamb and the seafood Bouillabaisse had no complaints. The creamiest of mash lead me wondering if it was so good how bad for us was it. We’re hoping that it was just the olive oil that had it tasting so good and that it was actually healthy. Desserts of cannelloni with lemon curd and warm chocolate mousse were equally as good. Our two friends loved the chocolate mousse. I have been telling everyone about our trip to the Tannery and highly recommending the restaurant. Can’t wait to go back and try it again.
Castle Murray House
St. Johns Point, Dunkineely, Killybegs, Donegal
My husband and I enjoyed another gorgeous meal in Castlemurray. Our first visit was at a wedding last summer. We were there on the first Friday of the month and so availed of the French menu which they do. 4 courses plus a glass of wine for 39.50 is excellent value for the gorgeous food. The menu offered lots of lovely choices. I had Foie Gras to start, the work to prepare this dish must have been huge, the foie gras was set mid centre in jelly and was fantastic. Monkfish main was also beautiful and a really large portion. Fresh veg and a beautiful gratin accompany the mains. Desserts of frozen strawberry mousse and raspberry tart were really good. Can't wait to go again!
Zuni Restaurant & Townhouse
26 Patrick St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Beautiful dining room, relaxed with lots of atmostphere. Friendly and efficient staff. We had a great dinner on a girls night away to Kilkenny, will be recommending the restaurant to anyone going to Kilkenny. Menu offered lots of choices and made for tough decisions. They have at table d'hote menu offering great value with some different offerings than the main a la carte menu. The food was really lovely. We had an early sitting but were not rushed out and were in the restaurant for three hours.
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin
Not having been to Kinara in a year our 2nd visit was as good as the first. This time we opted for the early evening chef special menu. 2 courses plus ice cream for 19.95. Excellent value and gorgeous food. Rice and naan with mains. Service was great. The restaurant filled up quickly. Can't wait to go again
Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin
Wishing to go somewhere with outdoor seating to enjoy the beautiful day on Saturday, a friend a I chose Ten Fourteen. We had both heard good things about it and we were not disappointed The lunch menu is really nice plenty of choice, left us picking between a number of items. I like the fact that they bring the specials board to the table, so often restaurants do not tell you about specials until it is too later. The food was really good. like the review before I had fish and chips which was gorgeous. My friend had the cajan chicken dish which had so much chicken. Good to see that this restaurant doing well.
McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin
Surprised to now read the other reviews some of which are bad. We had a lovely evening, having looked at the menus 2 days previously while out walking we returned, surprised to find it so busy on a Wednesday evening. We ate from the early bird menu 2 courses for €20 or 3 for €24. Two courses were more than enough, smoked salmon and chicken wings to start were lovely. My husband loved the fish and chips, real chunky chips, and lovely fish in light batter. I had chicken with mash, really lovely. We had a fantastic bottle of New Zealand Tussock. Hoping that our next visit will be as pleasant.
The Clock Tower
Fintrabay, Killybegs, Donegal
Consistently good food and very good portions. Pleasant and comfortable bar. Service is generally prompt at the start sometimes after mains are served you can be forgotten about. Prices are higher than you might expect for bar food but the quality justifies them.
1-2 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin
Try it and you won't be disappointed. Had a fantastic meal and evening, sitting in a little table by the window looking onto the canal. Every dish was gorgeous, the brushetta was fantastic as was the panacotta for dessert. Not having been in over a year, I will be returning again very soon.
Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Everyone should try this little gem. Such a wonderful atmosphere, gorgeous food, genuinely friendly staff and great value also. Try it out and you won't be disappointed!
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
Good food, value and service, would go again. Be warned their milder curry, red is pretty spicy!
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Beautiful restaurant and food. Great atmosphere and very attentive service, they do keep topping up wine, so you have no idea how much you are drinking. Couldn't fault anything with the food. Portions are not huge. The lime and honey souffle for dessert was amazing. Definetly worth a visit, price are between 10 -15 average for starters. 25- 35 for mains, so more of a special occassion/treat restaurant.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Swords)
Pavillion Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin
This was my first visit to one of the many burger chains which have appeared, the restaurant in the Pavillions is bright, with a huge number of families present navigation between the tables with childrens buggies is a bit of a nightmare. We were given menus to browse while waiting to be seated. There is a good selection to choose from. I liked the fact that they offer a junior burger and not just for juniors, however the fact that they charge €1 extra for some lettuce, tomato and relish is a bit much. The junior burger goes from a reasonable 5.85 to 6.85. For someone not wanting a huge portion it is a great option, I has to use my knife and fork though as did my husband on the classic burger which he order, it is so tall you wonder where to start. Crispy chips were good. Overall a very pleasant trip.
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Opting to try this restaurant as part of the Dine in Dublin week offer, we booked for 7pm. Arriving the restaurant was quiet this was not the case as we were leaving. 3 courses for 29.95 was great value given the choices available. Approx 7/8 starters and the same choice for mains including Rib eye, Sirloin and Beef Fillet Medallions. Desserts with 3 options were maybe a little limited but by that stage we were more than full. Starters were both good. The mains of rib eye steak and beef medallions both cooked to perfection were gorgeous. Onion rings were homemade and crispy. The restaurant does get quite warm as it starts to fill. Service is friendly and attentive. Worth a try. Then even have a rescession busting steak for €16 Mon - Thur. Hopefully it is some of their high quality meat also.
Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Good food let down by very bad service after mains served. Not having eatne in Siam Malahide in some years we returned for lunch on St Patricks Day, bringing some of our family along. Ordering from the early bird menu that day we were delighted that it we could choose from teh full extensive menu. Starters were nice but with much deep frying even for the chicken wings which ended up dry and crunchy. Mains were delicious and very substantial. From here service just went to the floor. 2 of the 3 desserts arrived, the wrong tea and coffee orders came and the change took ages as well as attempting to get a 3rd cup for tea. The 3rd dessert was totally forgotten and we cancelled it. It's such a shame to be forgotten about as it is your last experience of the restaurant and one which will stay
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin
The fact that I went back her a second time in the one weekend may show that I like it. Great food, reasonable prices, buzzing restaurant and the most amazing mojito ice cream. Great wholesome comforting food. The menu is small but there were so many options which I wanted to try. The chocolate dessert with the mojito ice cream is a must. The cocktails looked great howerver we didn't try any. I shall be going back again.
The Gin Palace
Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Good selection of dishes to suit everyone with daily specials. Average price of about e12.
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
We will be going back! First time visit and we all loved it. Dining with my husband and sister in law for a lazy afternoon lunch. The restaurant was really quiet when we arrived just 2 other tables of 2, however that had changed as we left it was almost full. Not knowing the portions sizes we all went for starters, soup, mussels and greek salad. All of which were lovely. My husband kept eating the pita bread loving it. Mains of Chicken Souvlaki and Stithos Olympus were gorgeous. The homemade chunky chips are devine, not needed at all with the Souvlaki at all given the size of the dish. There was no room at all for dessert this time but I will save some room next time. And before I forget it was really reasonable. 56e for 3 starters, 3 mains and soft drinks.
New Hin Keng
25G Malahide Road, Artane, Artane, Dublin
Expensive, 45e for 2 mains and 2 soft drinks. Deciding to go for a bite after work on Friday, we opted for Hin ken having heard friends talking about it, I hadn't eaten chinese in a long time opting normally for Thai. We didn't have any starters, just mains and soft drinks, I found it an expensive dinner. Mains are priced at 13.80 to 18 without any side dish. However I couldn't fault the food and the atmosphere in the restaurant was nice, maybe not a good choice for a quick evening bite.
Eden Restaurant @ Bellinter House Hotel
Bellinter House, Navan, Meath
We stayed for two wonderful nights in Bellinter mid February. My husband brought me as a valentines treat and oh did we love it. The house is fantastic, so welcoming and relaxing. If you want to chill this is the place to go. We were lucky to be upgraded to the main house and stayed in a fantastic room, wood panelling, shuttered windows, gorgeous big bed. We were on a dinner, b & b package for both nights. Eating in Eden both nights. The first night there were not many for dinner so we were seated in what is the games room. This was a good idea given the number eating. Having heard so many things about the Eden Smokies we had to try them and were not disappointed, they were gorgeous, I will definetly be cooking them at home. I had duck confit, which was ok, not a huge amount of meat but then that's the cut of the bird. Our second dinner was in the Eden restaurant downstairs in Bellinter house, it's a really lovely room. The manager was pretty much manning the place on his own so service was fine to start but as it got busier it was a little slow, however we were in no rush and relaxed over a fantastic wine. Dinner that night was beautiful enjoying salmon and beef carpaccio, followed by fillet steak and pork belly. My husband loved the pork belly. We couldn't fault the food and were surprised to see some bad reviews.
Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Gorgeous food, friendly service, good prices. Lovely presentation of the food, you notice the similar themes for the dressings from their sister restaurant Millers. Arriving at 6.30 we were able to avail of the early evening menu. Which offers 2 course for €18 or 3 for €23. Some of the dishes have supplements but still it is fantastic value. Portbello mushroom and Beef Medallions with the most creamy and delicious mash were my choices and they were fantastic, leaving no rooms for dessert…though. We will be returning. It was nice to enjoy a lovely bottle of St Clair Sauvignon which we had as one of the wines at our wedding last May.
Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Returned to Luigi's after a number of years of an absense on foot of using the menu points offer. It was ok, good atmosphere and the food was fine but we were left waiting for almost 45 mins for our main courses, having enquired about them I think that this prompted the submission of the order to the kitchen, not impressed at this. After eight cocktails were nice. If we hadn;t had the 25e voucher it would have been an expensive evening for just ok food
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Best chocolate cake EVER! 5 of us dined here last Friday, on one of the busiest pre christmas nights in town, the restaurant was the same. Never having been here I was very impressed, small restaurant, dim lighting nice atmosphere. Attentive and friendly staff. It is a pity though that pre christmas most restaurants choose to have set menus. it can be limited for some. I opted for the marinated sirloin, which was fantastic, I'll be going back for it. Beef Cannelloni for main. 1 friend order the chocolate cake and after foolishly offering a taste 3 more of us were hooked it was gorgeous. Good wine menu, I will be going back
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Lovely warm and welcoming restaurant, small room but the tables are well spaced and you do not feel cramped. Excellent service, very attentive. Good value pre theatre menu of 2 courses for €20 with a good choice. My husband however was really disappointed with his Tiramisu. Any restaurant that has it on the menu he has it but this was one will not top his list. I really enjoyed my dinner and will be returning.
Avoca Bar & Restaurant
Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin
Very good food, well presented, however service can be a bit slow
Moll Darby's Restaurant
Georges Quay Kings Island, Limerick City, Limerick
The best dessert plate ever! I will go back again if I am in Limerick just to have it. A group of 8 of us enjoyed a nice meal here. I was happy with all of my courses, the duck terrine to start was not what I expected. It was a litle stack of meat. I had the seabass which was nice but a little oily. A number of the group had the beef and found them overseasoned. Overall it was a good meal in a lovely restaurant
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
It's been about 2 years since my last visit to the Talbot 101. The dining room is much brighter now and pleasant. We were there for 6 and it really filled up within 30 mins. We all ate from the Early bird menu which has some lovely dishes. I had the salmon and crab pate with lightly toasted brown bread and a gorgeous little salad. Some really well dressed leaves. The pate was really tasty. Chicken stuff with pancetta for mains was gorgeous, the sauce with it was rich creamy and so tasty. After 2 very substantial courses there was no room for dessert, although the strawberries with cream and baby meringues looked very tempting.
Hugo's Restaurant at Druids Glen Resort
Druids Glen Resort, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow
Beautiful food, pleasant service. We ate in the restaurant twice over a 3 night break in the hotel. Flynns steakhouse no longer exists, they have added some steak options to the main restaurant menu. The prices are a little expensive but then most hotel restaurants are, the quality of food and presentation was fantastic. Opting for caesar salad on one of the nights, it served in the most unusual way. The pieces of the salad lettuce, chicken, croutons and dressing were all served apart on the plate. This didn't put me off and I really enjoyed the salad. For mains we had the burger and lamb shank one night and bangers and mash and roast chicken on the second night. None of which could be faulted. The portions are generous. We enjoyed some lovely wines on both night, there are a few around the 25 euro mark with the rest more expensive. Service was excellent.
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow
For an Italian restaurant the offer the most bizarre menu for Sunday lunch. We opted for the 4 course menu for 19.95. Good value I have to say. There is a good selection of starters and mains. They offer traditional roast and non Italian food which seemed a little odd. The quality was ok, nothing spectacular.
The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow
Lovely restaurant, great atmosphere. The owner is quite amusing, it's almost more like a hobby than a business. Great food, we ate from the bistro menu in the downstairs part on a Sunday night. Having arrived on time out table was not ready and we had to wait lurking by the door almost on top of another couple who were eating. Felt a little uncomfortable. We did have the menus to look at while we waited and so were ready to order when we sat. The starters list I found didn't have anything which really enticed me. There was however so many items on the mains which I would have loved. I opted for the fish and chips and my husband for the Steak. Both cooked perfectly, beautiful. Service was OK, friendly but maybe lax at times. Overall though we really enjoyed our dinner.
Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin
We were excited returning to Town with a voucher which had been purchased for South which has closed down. Getting at table for 8 pm the restaurant was not overly busy when we arrived. Food was lovely as always, I'm a bit shocked by some of the other reviews. My husband had the Anti pasta plate this time again and I should have had it also, it is just gorgeous. I had a crab croquette...very small and not good value for the 13e price. Mains of duck and hake were fantastic and the portions were really good. The service this time was not as good, they really let themselves down after the mains, however we both had a lovely evening with really nice wine
Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Enjoying the Pigsback 2 for 1 offer here on a bank holiday Monday we had a very pleasant meal. Great choice of main course hard choosing which to go for. For 1 starter, 1 prawn crakers, 2 mains and a bottle of wine with had our meal for 56e, nice to have the 2 for 1 offer. Also, good to see the restaurant advertising this offer inside
Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Clontarf, Dublin
Excellent bar food in lovely surroundings. Good menu choice. Will definetly be going back
Wongs of Clontarf
436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
Enjoyed an excellent meal here. Lively restaurant. No rush with tables like you experience in city centre restaurant. It is expensive enough but I think worth it.
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Enjoyed a lively evening here for a christmas party, we had the 9.30 sitting which was great as we were in the restaurant until after 1. Food was good, service was a little slow but with a group of almost 30 that can be expected. Great atmosphere.
Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Having visited here for the first time in February using a engagement present, we loved the restaruant so much so that we have been back twice more since then. We went for the Pre Theatre menu, which at 35e for 3 courses is brilliant value and a great way to sample the wonder food which they serve. The wine list is great. I would say that to find that we were charged €6 for water was more than a little upsetting, why charge so much, when they ask still/sparkling, I always forgot to say tap water please but will do should I visit again. Also, the bailey's coffee which we had was not good at all, very strong with no a taste of baileys at all. On our last visit there was 6 of us there, 5 opting for bailey's coffees and all disappointed, however one of our group ordered an Irish Coffee and I have to say that the way in which they make it for you at the table is amazing, he said it was the best he had ever tasted also, so I think I'll have to try one next time.
Yo Thai (Mount Merrion)
Kielys Of Mount Merrion, Deerpark Road, South Co. Dublin, Mount Merrion, Dublin
Nice food in a lovely restaurant, plenty of space, I have eaten here a few times and haven't been disappointed. I haven't tried the Teppan section yet but will do at some stage. They offer a good early bird Mon-Thur.
The News Cafe
55 le Road, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin
Want a filling sandwich then go here, they do the best club sandwich and breakfast sandwiches, a must for the morning after cure.
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Great pizza, this restaurant is always busy but I have yet to be turned away. Great place for a quick bit of food. I have always stuck to the pizzas but the other food looks good also.
Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin
Having read some reviews on this new eatery I took my fiancé along for a late lunch on a weekday. We planned to have a sandwich but were delighted to see that we could avail of the dish of the day, which happened to be Shepard’s Pie, served with some lettuce and bread it was perfect. I was lucky and got a bigger portion than my fiancé! His was a little on the small size. Excellent food. The sandwich choice is lovely and the desserts look amazing. We will be back.
Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Peploes Wine Bistro Thoroughly enjoyed our late, long Saturday afternoon lunch here. For a nice treat we went here last Saturday and were not disappointed. We both opted went for a starter and main course. The choice for the mains is excellent with most averaging €17 which is expensive but for the quality of the food was good. The wine list was huge however we found difficulty selecting a not too expensive lunchtime wine. I will definitely go back next time we decide we deserve a treat.
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Enjoyed a beautiful lunch here, quick service and the lunch plate, which they offer, is just lovely and great value.
Little Caesars Palace Restaurant
1-3 Balfe Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Could think of a lot better restaurants to spend my money considering this is just border lining a fast food outlet with full restaurant prices. But if you're into that sort of thing you could have a bit of craic especially with their vast cocktail selection.
Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Wanting some higher quality fast food and in a relaxing atmosphere we ventured here one evening, I will not be running back. While the atmosphere was good and the staff attentive and friendly the food leaves a lot to be desired. The chicken wings were good but my burger was so dry no juice at all in it and it felt like it was sticking in my throat. With the cheapest burger costing around 13 this is not good value.
Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Not having been to Milanos in a few years I went with my husband who hadn't been. It was extremely quiet for a Sunday afternoon. We opted for the antipasta plate between three of us, the plate was light on meat, 2 slices of salami and parma. The bread to accompany it was lovely. Pizza were good but not so heavy on toppings, which is disappointing given that you pay approx 13/14e. 3.30 for soft drinks is just a rip off.... It may be a while before I go back again...
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
What can I say I just love it here...and could go back every week or more no problem. I think I have tried a different dish each time I've been and always see the person beside me having something different again. I finally figured out that one of the dishes, which I was always seeing, was no 40, noodles, veg, chicken and prawns. There is pickled ginger on the top, distinctive pinky/orange colour. At just over €10 this dish is such good value. For desert the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake is just gorgeous. Having recommended it to a colleague who is in Ireland on business, he's been twice a week for the last three weeks and brings new people along each time. I think that's a good enough recommendation! If you have to wait a little while to be seated do, it is worth it.
14 Bath Avenue, Sandymount, Sandymount, Dublin
Having heard good things about this restaurant myself and 5 friends went on Saturday night. It was a great laugh, definitely a place for groups the band were brilliant. The food I have to say was just ok; my green curry had loads of chicken but not even one piece of veg and could have done with more sauce. The mild description on the menu wasn't entirely correct. Having been once I don't think I'd go back, if the band were to play somewhere I would however go see them.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Having heard mixed reviews about Brasserie 66, I decided to go and see for myself. I went there last night with 7 friends, some of which had been before and some who hadn't. On the recommendation of one friend I went for the bangers and mash...hard to go wrong you may say. We didn't have starters, so we did wait a long time for our food and then when it arrived my mash was luke warm... Five of the eight at the table had ordered a dish with mash as the side and they complained about the coldness, however they weren't willing to complain. Think this is due to the Irish nature of never complaining.... However I was and having reported my compliant to our waiter my dinner was returned to the kitchen, I was even more disappointed to have it returned to me again on a hot, hot plate but still with the same cold mash... Had it been put in a microwave for even a min it would have been hot but this obviously hadn't been done. The head lady on the floor did approach me again and I relayed my story that it was cold once again, she offered to take it away again or get me a separate portion but at this stage I was so hungry that I turned her offer down. The did take the dish off our bill...however I would be so reluctant to order or recommend any dish with potatoes with it for fear of the same thing happening again.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Excellent value for food, however their wines by the glass really let them down. Limited choice and very expensive for the size of the glass. Good service, the darkness at first can take a while to get used to. I will be returning to sample more tapas.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Excellent restaurant. Having heard so many stories for friends I was delighted to visit and see that it lived up to all that I had heard. We were a group of 9 girls out for a fun night, excellent location, great atmosphere and beautiful food. This is a very busy spot definitely one to book in advance. I will be going back again. And I've been back again...to enjoy a gorgeous lazy lunch,
FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
Relaxing, unrushed atmosphere. Beautiful food, goat’s cheese starter is beautiful, having procured a mouthful of the prawn and lobster stuffing starter it was amazing, especially coming from someone who doesn't really like prawns! Fillet Migon and Chicken dishes were our main courses and could not be faulted. Extra chunky chips were lovely. Great wine selection..Would definitely recommend it.
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin
FXB's at The Pub. Having tried unsuccessfully to get a table on a bank holiday Saturday we opted to eat from the menu downstairs in the pub and we were not disappointed. Opting for Cajun chicken skewers and prawns they were both lovely. The steaks to follow were beautiful. Tender and cooked to perfection. The extensive wine list is reasonable. Would definitely be going back to enjoy good food in great atmosphere.
Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Baan Thai Ballsbridge...has got to be the best Thai is Dublin Food, service, staff, surroundings are all fabulous. If you haven't been there you have got to give it a try and you won't go home disappointed.
2 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin
Overpriced, messy, bad service...Not impressed with this restaurant. Food was just ok and not worth the price at all. Dirty floors, needed a good sweeping. Won't be going back
Blue Orchid Blackrock
Newpark Centre, Newtown Park Avenue, South Co. Dublin, Blackrock, Dublin
Beautiful restaurant. Lovely room, relaxed lighting. They do a brilliant early bird 3 courses for ^20 euro. Most attentive staff but not intrusive. Definitely worth a try..