Restaurant Reviews from SiobhanP1

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 15 July 2008

Last Visit: 09 October 2009

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Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe restaurant

Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
53 reviews

Reviewed 09th April 2009 ( visited 09th April 2009 )

I have been coming here since the first week they opened. It was more about wine then than the food. It also was the only place open in the walkway. It has evolved into a great casual meeting place for snacks and or just a glass or two of wine. the wine list changes every so often so you can taste differnt wines by the glass. the cheese plate is excellent and is a meal for two with a large plate. I often come for a glass of wine after work and meet friends. I would reccommend it highly. lunch has more food options like a pasta and bruchette of several kind. Very good prices for what you get and authentic italian. Service...its casual and cannot see why people complain below this is not a formal restaurant and I like the staff there as they are friendly and helpful.
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Il Corvo Restaurant

98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Average
150 reviews

Reviewed 08th December 2008 ( visited 08th December 2008 )

The food is average and quite frankly I am surprised they are still up and running. I have been 3 times but each time it just is pricey, rushed and not great quality Italian food. One past visit we were chancing a table on a sat, got it but told we would have to leave at a certain time but then the service was very slow. Food..I ordered Pepper sauce and this horriffic jellyied sauce came in a sde dish. Its like the sauce congealed and they did not even reheat and turn back to sauce....shame on the chef. The waitress I spoke with was nice and I made sure she knew it was the food not her that was the problem but she did nothing and i asked her to bring it back to the chef and just show him. I don't think she did or hee did not care. You will not survive the next few years with this lax cooking. I think they should re-do the place and menu as it could be a fresh start otherwose I eat better Italian at better prices in Town.
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YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

This is a great deal at 33% off for May. I went for lunch with a Chinese friend and we sat at the var where food goes by via conveyor belt and you pick nd choose small plates. My friend enjoyed the fish sushi and I had a few of the veggie options which were very nice as well. you also can order hot food to order on the menu as well. the plates ate different priuces so you know what you are pauying fro the menu listing. Sparkling and still water and green tea are 1 euro will as many refills as you want. A jar of wasabi and ginger was at each seating area and it was a tasty and fun experience.

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Cafe Cagliostro
Blooms Lane, Ormond Quay, Italian Quarter, Dublin

If you like your coffee this is an excellent place to try it. Good flavour and the location is in Blooms Lane where on a sunny day you can sit ourside and enjot the sun out front. The pannini are tasty as all the food (they are linked to the restaurant across the way). Closest to an Italian city Cafe i have seen in Dublin. Try it!

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Quay 16 Restaurant @ MV Cill Airne
MV Cill Airne, North Wall Quay, IFSC, Dublin

I was here for a 30th Bday in Jan and we had the upstairs bar and finger food. The finger food was actually reallly excellent and many people were reaving about it. Its rare to hear that as most are quite the ame everywhere when it comes to platters. Its a great place for a summers day or evening and i will be back. Service was very nce and attentive.

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Broadway New York Eatery
Unit 6, Custom House Square IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

Pizza was just ok definately not NY style as there would be more sauce. Good value and i never had the pasta so I would come back and try that. Too many places in Dublin vclaim to have NY style Pizza and no one so far has managed it. Cant believe beloww the person who said it came from a fridge pre done. I sawe them making fresh Pizza when I was there so it sounds strange. I think they do this fresh.

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

Its a lovely place and great in the summer outside but I think pricey for the food you get. I rarely eat here and find it a bit bland for the prices. The Sausage at the BBQ outiside is fine in the summer bit it always is slightly more expensive than I think i would normally pay elsewhere. Nothing speacial but nice servcice and lovely beer garden outside

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Ryan's & F.X. Buckley Steakhouse Parkgate Street
28 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

I was so worried when a few years back Ryans sold as it was a lovely old bar and had good food...well its even better surprisingly. The bar food I believe is also supplied by the restaurant kitchen whioch is FXB. The Dining area is tiny upstairs but it is lovely and really cosy. I could see into the kitchen and was amazed how such a small place could produce such great food. For starter i had goats cheese tart which was nice and main....filet steak, mash and veg and i think onions. It was fantastic and the Meat from FXB is always excellent. There have been promoting a sale on wines and special offers i.e. 20-30 percent off some wines which was great value for a nicer wine you may not have chosen normally. Really attentive service without feeling "hassled". If the restaurant is full try the pub...burgers, sandwiches and some items from the upstairs menu available. My husband thinks its the best burger in town and very filling.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I have been coming her for Quite a while. The host is always very professional and friendly and I have popped in without bookings a few times with my partner and they were very accommodating and squeezed us in at busy times. The steaks are great and while some complain about tyhe size in previious posts remember the more welll done the more it shrinks especially fillet steaks. I think the wait staff are very professional and always found this a pleasant experience. I see they have eary birds and a value menu in the window when i walked by recently so i think they are smart trying to be competitive instead of putting their heads in the sand like many other places. Its a nice casual enjoyable place and nice wines!

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

Great and always the same standard. Where else caan you eat witthput a booking on a sat night after 8pm? we could not get a table and were asked to wait 45 mins at Dawson street so we tried Temple bar and were seated straightaway. Pizza was good and the only gripe I have is that in all the restaurants the bruschetta toppings are getting less and less...its like they are cutting back on a small thing to save money. I Hope the standard does not drop as its good value and the servie was very good as well. enjoyable meal

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China House (Parnell Street)
180 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

The food is excellent. I have used them twice for Chinese new year events and they made special food to order and were fantastic and even the pricing they were very reasonable...even a discount for the Chinese new year as a nominal gesture. My friends eat here often as well and I have not heard any negative comments. Go try this for a "real" chinese meal at a cheap price.

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

This is NOT chinese food! While I can see the merit of this place for thise with kids I thought the food was awful and tasted like sauces that come from a jar. 10 f us went before Xmas for a meal and I found the selection limited for vegetarians and all of it was quite greasy with a lot of fried food. its a chinese version of McDonalds to me and not appealing at all.

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

This is a good old standard place that I have been coming to for the past 10 years. While i think the pastas are not great the pizza is what we all come for. The house wine is cheap and drinkable and the pizza always good and consistant. This is not a silver service intimate restaurant but fun with a group or a quick spot to eat in the evening. These are the kind of places that will survive the recession as they are good value, consistant in all aspects and provide quality food. I hope to come here for another 10 years!

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Wallace's Taverna
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I ate here twice in the last two weeks. The wines are excellent but i thik they changed the menu and some of the mnore ecxpensive ingredients/dishes are not onthe menu i had. On both occasions I had an appetiser and starter and loveld it each time. The white wine selecation was different from acrosss the road and i was asking what to order and the waitress said she did not drink white and reccommended a pricier wine. No Way. I choose another and she seemed annoyed. It does not bode well to have someone reccommend a wine strongly and they do not drink it. Weird. I think the seating downstairs can be changed as some are sat in the middle of things in 2 seater tables. I do think there are a lot of staff and they could be more proactive with the customers and chat less with eachother. Overall its my least favourite in that laneway of restaurants but the food is good.

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

I have been coming here since the first week they opened. It was more about wine then than the food. It also was the only place open in the walkway. It has evolved into a great casual meeting place for snacks and or just a glass or two of wine. the wine list changes every so often so you can taste differnt wines by the glass. the cheese plate is excellent and is a meal for two with a large plate. I often come for a glass of wine after work and meet friends. I would reccommend it highly. lunch has more food options like a pasta and bruchette of several kind. Very good prices for what you get and authentic italian. Service...its casual and cannot see why people complain below this is not a formal restaurant and I like the staff there as they are friendly and helpful.

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

I like the food here in general but the comments about service are true at lunch time. I think they can get overwhelmed and need to manage this a bit better. I prefer the evenings as it is less crazy. I normally have pasta but the last time it was not cooked enough...too dente as i think it was rushed. Next time i will piont it out as I ate only half feeling. The antipasti plates are great. Good wine wselection and nice for an outdoor glass of wine in the good weather after work

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I think they had some probs when they first opened but it fills a nice niche in restaurants in the area. Its is cafe style but you can linger outside haaving just a coffee and cake or have a feull meal with wine. I like the upstairs, I think its not bad value for money compared to many other places that price the pasta 1-2 euro higher. Wine is great and I often go for coffee and croissants in the morning and its great coffee. Try the Gnocci its lovely

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is an old school institution. I have been a few times over the years and recently again and I like that I know what to expect. Fab service lively atmosphere like a club and good food that is not too fussy. The Maitre D has been there for years and is the hardest working man he just flies round the floor at weekend. We went on a night without a hop of a table and asked to have a drink at the bar. The lovely lasy at the door came up to us looking horrified after 45 minutes saying oh god did i forget you and we said no but if there was a table going we would love to stay and eat. She was fantastic and got us a table in 20 minutes and thanked us for being honest with her! Nice meal and relaxing old style decor..leather banquettes and a theatre crowd. Go on a special night and just enjoy. I love the steaks and my pal like the prawn starter.

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

I will look out for the kitchen next time but have always found it nice and the food excellent. The staff are very charming and always made our night chatting with them. The Patatas bravas is fab. You can choose canarian s9auce (Spicy) or garlic mayo and we usually get bioth. i love the tortilla and my friend and I get the cheeseplate when we are not too hungry. The wines re lovely and not sure what the other poster complained about maybe the house wine? The wine is too good here to order the house! Its affordable and you can buy bottle to take away minus the corkage which I liked...Not sure if this is the case anymore! Maybe the only negative is sometimes it too dark and I can barely see :-) Go its reasonable, fresh and excellent wine.

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

This is a great cosy place for food not to have a lingering meal. I often get slices take out from here at lunch. Its not traditional Thin pizza but square and tasty. There is always 5-6 choices if types of pizza from veg options to Meat. I love the potato one which i have not seen in a whie so tasty. Its been here for years so that should tell you something. Not gourmet but good home italian food and great prices. Nice to sit ourside in the summer. Small place not for big parties There is probably no more than 10 tables here but I like it. Try it for lunch on a saturday!

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

This I feel is the best location and food of the Milanos chain. They vary slightly I feel, and so does the cooking. Its always the same standard here and better than the other branches. We go most Sundays for lunch and never have a problem getting tables. Its very family friendly and most people bring their kids on a Sunday. Evenings can be tough to get a table at the weekends but often you can order a bottle while you wait and that I liked. Pizza is always good standard and the staff has always been friendly and accommodating won our Sunday lunch visits. I would reccommend over the other branches. Also booking can be made for larger groups and there is a seating area inthe back.

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

We go often for a drink at the bar and I have eaten several times here. You can also get food served at the bar in a smaller menu from the barman. I LOVe the Gnocci with Gorgonzola but its not always on the main restaurant menu...maybe its a lunch dish. Food and service is great but I have one griope. They serve Sirloin steak and no fillet steak but charge a fillet price for it. I find sirloin too tough and fatty. I expected a place like this to have the best cuts. Otherwise always a warm and tasty experience. If its too expensive for dinner try for lunch. beautiful wine selection as well!

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

The food is average and quite frankly I am surprised they are still up and running. I have been 3 times but each time it just is pricey, rushed and not great quality Italian food. One past visit we were chancing a table on a sat, got it but told we would have to leave at a certain time but then the service was very slow. Food..I ordered Pepper sauce and this horriffic jellyied sauce came in a sde dish. Its like the sauce congealed and they did not even reheat and turn back to sauce....shame on the chef. The waitress I spoke with was nice and I made sure she knew it was the food not her that was the problem but she did nothing and i asked her to bring it back to the chef and just show him. I don't think she did or hee did not care. You will not survive the next few years with this lax cooking. I think they should re-do the place and menu as it could be a fresh start otherwose I eat better Italian at better prices in Town.

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

It is the Only true Mexican food I have ever had in Ireland. This place for anyone who has lived in the states and eaten Tex Mex know its real. Even the nacho chips are good. I always go for quesadilla but there is great choice and I would love to see them open a small restaurant eventually. Its worth a visit and go early as the food hall fills up at lunchtime. This is what Mexican food tastes like!

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Peppe Restaurant
31 North Brunswick Street, Smithfield, Dublin

This place has been here a while and I believe is the family of the Manor Chiopper up the road. It great to see these places popping up again. Reasonable prices and good tasty food. Atmosphere is not glam bnut lovely staff and its a cosy place. I had a pizza whoich had excellent sauce and my husbang had carbonarra...done the italian way with egg and very tasty. I reccommend this place and we will sww morw and more of these mom and pop places with the credit crunch doing well I hope!

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

I have been coming here for about 13/14 years when it opened and I still have stood by it. There have been ups and downs over the years and I would like them to expand a bit more on the evening menu as they did years ago with their specials but its still a winner for me. Brunch is nice and leisurely but Dinner is probably the best. We had a meal on a monday 2 weeks ago and they were doing the dinner in the Odessa club on the first floow. Its like being in someones living room and was fun. The food was excellent, friendly service and such a relaxing meal. We had bruschetta and Nachos for startes and fillet steaks for mains. The Veg was excellent (green beens not boild to death and not raw!) I would reccommend for dinner. Wish they would bring back the coffee tables in the basement. It was a fun gimmick and like being in someones house. I took friends from Germany there several times when this was the set up and the loved this kitch atmosphere. Good cocktails too!

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Toffoli
34 Castle Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was told about this place from an Italian friend and it is great. It reminds me of a small place you would find in an Italian city. They have a small work space and create fresh and tasty pizza, antipasti and sandwiches. This is REAL Italian food, thin pizza, grilled courgettes and basic sitting area but that's the fun of it. My friend had a platter made of grilled courgettes and some other tasty treats for a party and I have been for pizza several time. Its thin Italian pizza and so fresh tasting. I hope more places like this pop up in Dublin. Good food and good value.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

I went for Sunday Lunch the 23rd Nov and it was really lovely. There was a set menu and for 24 euro it was really excellent value compared to other rip off restaurants in the area and Dublin in general. I had the started of a tomato salead light and tasty and my other half had Risotto in a filo pastry. sounds heavy and strange but it was wonderful and the saidce very unusual and tasty. Mains - I had pork which I have not eaten for years. I was told by the waitress it was slow cooked for hours and this was very tasty. Overall the staff were so patient and pleasant and and at the end the chef was walking around and when leaving asdked if we enjoyed the food. I was so happy to tell him it was lovely and we will be back soon. The chef used to work at Chaper one and it shows. I also like the idea that the profit goes to a charitable organisation. Go before it gets too booked out!

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

This is not a bad little place if you are in town and want an easy meal. Also I have been with groups and they cater well for this as they have a large downstairs area. Fot a place that operates a large volume of customers they are pretty efficient. Food is good and well priced. Its not Michelan star or the most authentic Italian but I enjoy what I eat. I usually have Bruschetta or Mozzarella salad and a pasta. Wine is fine and there is a range of prices to suit all. Also the portions are not stingy and you feel you spend your money and get a lot for it. Its busy at the weekends and not exactly romantic with the crowds but a nice buzz. Places like this will survive while the horrible food and rip off price places are starting to disappear. I visited many times since they opened and will do so again!

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We booked a group of about 13 here late may not sure which sat and I was dreading going. Thought it was the usual horrible Temple Bar get them in and out fast with awful food....This was NOT the case and we were really pleased. Food came out surprisingly well timed for such a big group. Appetisers were lovely and nice choice...I had the Mozzarella salad, others had Calamari and Prawns…all very happy. For mains I had a Filet steak and it was very nice. Others had the lamb or Duck and it went down well. One mention to the Waiter (Wayne?) he is from China and an excellent waiter than many in Dublin should take a notice of. He was around but never hovered. So pleasant and friendly and at the end we ordered shots of limoncello and he gave us 2 more each That was for ALL of us. Also we were downstairs in the cave part which had nice atmosphere and we had the table for the night and greatly enjoyed this dinner. I love it when a place proves me wrong! This was my first visit and I will go back to see if it’s the same.

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