Restaurant Reviews from Worldtraveller
The Potato Market restaurant
O'Donovans Wharf Crescent Quay, Wexford Town, Wexford
Reviewed 16th November 2008 ( visited 15th November 2008 )A little gem of a place. Had dinner there on Sat night. The food was exquisite - every mouthful was full of flavour. Portions were generous, service was excellent. I don't normally go for risotto but I had one accompanying my fish and it was absolutely delicious. There was only one white & one red house wine, but the white I had was fragrant and delicious. The night we were in was quiet so no buzzy atmosphere, but that was not a drawback - on all the important measures this was a 5 star for me in every category - a first for my MenuPages reviews.
The Market Bar restaurant
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 12th January 2009 ( visited 09th January 2009 )Good value food. Good atmosphere on a Friday night. Service was quite good but no finger bowl was provided with my mussels - though one was brought quickly at the end when I asked for one, this should be brought automatically. Staff kept coming round to clear glasses from our table but never asked if we wanted a refill. Food was tasty and good value - large portions must be massive!
Portmagee, Waterville, Kerry
We ate here on our final night of the August bank holiday weekend and the meal was the best one all weekend - absolutely superb! The menu was very hard to choose from as everything was so tempting. Although there is obviously an emphasis on seafood, as I can get excellent seafood close to home I ended up opting for the pork with mustard sauce as a main, which was really tasty. They were willing to serve the scallop special as a starter and that was wonderful. My husband had a crab plate with crab in various guises, all of which were delicious. I didn't think I'd have room for dessert, but the banana and chocolate bread & butter pudding was just too tempting - and well worth it. Service was friendly and efficient at all times. We had tried to book accommodation here but there were no vacancies. Given our experience we'll definitely aim to stay here another time we're in the area.
O'Neills The Point
Renard Point, Caherciveen, Kerry
We ate here after a long drive from Dublin the Friday of the August bank holiday weekend, as we knew the place doesn't normally take bookings and we weren't sure what time we'd arrive. We were lucky to arrive during a lull, as apparently it had been hectic earlier in the evening, but people were then heading into Cahersiveen for the music festival. We therefore managed to get a table after only about 10 minutes and had a drink while looking over the menu while waiting. The menu is all seafood, but with plenty of choice. Nothing fancy but good, well cooked food and plenty of it. Pity there were no dessert options but maybe that was just as well! Service was friendly and efficient and the welcome was warm.
QC's Seafood Bar and Restaurant
3 Main Street, Caherciveen, Kerry
We ate here on the Saturday night of the August bank holiday weekend. While we knew it would be busy what we hadn't appreciated was that quite a few of the tables are placed such that waiting staff have to beat their way through punters at the bar to serve customers dining at those tables. I don't envy them! We had to wait a while for our table as the place was manically busy - fair enough as it was a festival night on a bank holiday weekend. Our table was booked for 9pm and while our starters arrived quickly enough after we ordered the main course didn't come until 10.30pm and the waitress remarked we were the last table to receive our food. Sadly that comment may have led to what followed - we were given dessert menus but 20 minutes later no one had come to take our order and no waiting staff were in sight. I had to push my way to the bar to ask if we could order and dessert did arrive shortly after. On a positive note all the food was really tasty and the menu was hard to choose from. We both appreciated how busy the place was so were not expecting speedy service, but being forgotten about ended our visit on a sour note. Having said that we'd quite happily go back on a less busy night.
The Pigeon House - Clontarf
11b Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin
We had visitors last weekend and brought them here to try it out, as we'd not been before. We were so glad we did! Delicious food (all 3 courses) and friendly and attentive service. Highlights were the goats cheese & pear starter (scrummy), the well presented pork belly main and the cauliflower risotto (my husband said he'd love to eat it all over again), plus all 3 desserts. Our only small quibble was the music, which was too loud in an already busy and chatty restaurant, but that is definitely a small issue. We had a look at the breakfast and bruncn menus, both of which look intersting. We'll definitely be back.
Dykegate Lane, Dingle, Kerry
After a careful trawl of many of Dingle's eating establishments earlier in the day our party of 5 (Irish, German, Scottish & English) opted to eat here, given the slightly unusual menu and the offering of 35 craft beers. We were not disappointed. To sum up, one of our group told the waiter that "everything that has passed our lips has been absolutely delicious". We got great service all evening and the chef popped to our table a number of times to make sure we were happy with everything. We all had 3 course of absolutely delicious food and our only regret was that we were only in Dingle for one night so will have to wait a while to eat there again.
The Hot Stove
38 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
I came here for a Friday night early bird with a girlfriend. We were so impressed with the food and service that we were making plans to return with our other halves when we were still part way through the meal! The restaurant itself is gorgeous - they have done a great job with the renovation and we were seated near the lovely "hot stove" itself, which definitely adds character to the main room. There were plenty of little touches that made the service stand out from other restaurants. From being greeted at the basement steps on arrival and shown into the restaurant, to having the ladies pointed out to us when being shown to our table, you can tell that service is a priority here. The food was delicious. We each chose different menu options and everything was fabulous. We asked to look at the a la carte menu also and there were some very tempting choices on that. If I have one tiny quibble, it is that servers should not need to ask which person is having which dish, especially for a table of two. If a different person is delivering the food from the one who took the order, it should be relatively easy to record on the order which person is having which option. This is such a small detail, but it jarred a little when the rest of the service was so good. I can't wait to go back!
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
This Greedy Goose has died and gone to heaven! Exquisite food and excellent service. I can't wait to go again.
The Hen House
The Pavilions, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Ate here with a friend after seeing a film one Friday night, so the place was fairly empty as it was quite late when we got there. Friendly service all the way through and it was nice to see they weren't trying to rush us out the door. My friend enjoyed her chicken tenders, especially the buttermilk coating. My duck was lovely, as was the Eton mess dessert - yum. I'm not often in Dun Laoghaire but this place, along with Alexis, is definitely worth a return visit.
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Came here with a Living Social voucher (spend €20, get €50 voucher). Food was tasty and the service was friendly. One small mistake re side order was quickly rectified with an apology. Neither I nor my companion had been before but we'll both definitely go back.
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here for a colleague's 40th birthday lunch. We all had 3 courses from the value lunch menu (3 courses for €25) and everyone was delighted with what they ate. The chocolate brownie was worth the calories, which is so often not the case. Service was friendly and attentive throughout. I have not been here before but will definitely be back.
The Derg Inn
Terryglass, Nenagh, Tipperary
We have just spent a week on the Shannon and ate here no less than 3 times! The food and service were so good that we arranged to take the boat back late on Saturday morning so we could have dinner here on the Friday night and we then also had brunch here after returning the boat on Saturday. Food and service were excellent. The garlic mayo alone was to die for - and as for the Swiss chocolate mousse in a tuile basket - words faile me! We didn't find it possible to fit in 3 courses so choose carefully between starter and dessert. The bill for 5 of us for Friday night, including drinks, was just €155, which was wonderful value for the standard of food. We'll be back, whether on a boat or not.
Kin Khao Thai Restaurant
Abbey Lane, Athlone, Westmeath
Amazing food and great service. Some of the food was better than anything we ate in 3 months travelling in Asia!
McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin
Not been in here before, although we live nearby. Was pleasantly surprised by the size and decor of the restaurant. Service was quick and the food was excellent. Only quibble was that the vegetarian main course left our guest hungry - the fish & meat options were large but the portion size was just not big enough on the veggie option. We will be back again, but I think next time if the veggie main course is too small we'll have to ask for seconds!
Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
5 of us ate here at 11.30pm on a Saturday night. When we had walked past it earlier it was full but there was only 1 other table occupied by the time we ate, which is fully understandable. Food was great and service was quick, friendly and attentive. It was great to find such a nice option at such a late hour - will happily go back at a more normal eating time!
Jade Palace Asian Chinese Restaurant
Upper Main Street, Abbeyleix, Laois
Some friends recommended this place as somewhere to get a good meal on our way back from Cork to Dublin. Service was very prompt and friendly. A surprising number of tables were occupied at 6pm on a Sunday evening and more people arrived as we were eating. The food was good but nothing spectacular. I would be happy to come back here again.
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
Buzzing atmosprhere, friendly staff. The food we had wasn't anything particularly special, but we only had a breakfast and a steak sandwich. Will definitely go back to try the evening menu some time.
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Atmosphere good once the place filled up, with a good buzz. Service fine apart from the usual difficulty getting the bill. Food was good but nothing special. I was disappointed in the chutney with the scallop starter as I had been looking forward to that, but for me they didn't quite work together. I would go back, probably with a group for the atmosphere and cocktails. However you can get tastier Thai food elsewhere in Dublin.
Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I think this is the first time I have given a restaurant the maximum scores on every single measure. The food was divine and service superb, plus the pre theatre menu offers excellent value for this standard of food. A winner on every front.
The Italian Connection
95 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Restaurant was packed, early on a snowy Friday evening. Tables are quite cramped. Food for all 4 of us was good but nothing spectacular. It took several attempts to get our bill as we needed to get to the theatre, though this may have been because staff were so busy. I would go back for good value Italian food with quite an extensive menu.
Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
My friend and I both went for the E25 value meal and everything we ate was delicious. My friend lives in Paris - but still took a card at the end of the meal, which says it all.
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Disappointing. I was so looking forward to this after the rave review in the Irish Times magazine and the 4 positive reviews on here. It started badly when we arrived just before 6 to find the restaurant closed but the menu outside saying "serving food until 10.30", with no mention of start time for dinner. A staff member arrived and when we asked her when it opened she told us 6 and that we should come back in 10/15 minutes (?) even though it was almost 6 already. We walked in soon afterwards as someone else went in and was shown to a table. I was sorry not to see the poached egg/asparagus starter on the menu and nothing took our fancy so we skipped starter. Wanting the sea bass but disliking fennel I asked the waitress whether the fennel ratatouille was on the side (and could be swapped) or was part of the dish. She had to go to check - with a small menu the staff should know these kind of details. The provencal tart I had was totally different to what I expected, being very thin but still very tasty. The potatoes I ordered never arrived, but I didn't bother asking for them given I had changed from the sea bass to the tart. My friend was happy enough with his cassoulet. For dessert I opted for chocolate fondant which was lovely but very small. My friend had the cheese plate, which was cut for him at the table. Even the portions brought to the table were small and what was cut for him was much less than expected given it cost almost a tenner. He had to ask for some more of one cheese as the portion cut was so minute. Also there were no accompaniments like crackers, grapes or chutney, though the same bread we had already eaten was brought when he asked. At the end of the meal, my friend commented that the best thing about it was the Sauvignon Blanc. I don't think either of us will be back.
20 Main Street, Howth, Dublin
Very friendly service, though food was a bit slow coming out of the kitchen. Brie starter is huge! Quesadillas were nice. Thai curry was tasty but the two people who had that agreed there was not enough chicken in it. Good value overall.
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for a team lunch, with 4 out of 5 of us opting for the excellent value lunch menu at €25 for 3 courses. Choice is very limited on this menu but the food is still superb, as is the service. Just watch out for the service included on your bill, even for small parties.
The Mint Bar
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Service was fine. Food was not very inspiring with my new potatoes having no butter to moisten them and my friends chips looking like something from McDonalds (I remember the burgers being much more impressive before).
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Good value food. Good atmosphere on a Friday night. Service was quite good but no finger bowl was provided with my mussels - though one was brought quickly at the end when I asked for one, this should be brought automatically. Staff kept coming round to clear glasses from our table but never asked if we wanted a refill. Food was tasty and good value - large portions must be massive!
Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Ate here early on a Wed night and the place was quiet. Early bird is good value and well worth trying if you like the selection. Food was delicious and the service good. I'm not often in Dun Laoghaire, but I'd be quite happy to eat here again.
Reeds @ Ferrycarrig Hotel
Ferrycarrig Bridge, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford
Woeful, is the only way I can describe our meal in Reeds (in stark contrast to the superb meal we had in the Potato Market the next night). Prices were high for what we got - €12 for a few minute scallops. The pasta my husband had was very average. My steak, described as "prime sirloin" was the low quality you'd expect from a cheap British pub chain. What made it worse was the poor service - tap water poured (and spilled, with no apology) without us asking, though we had asked for a bottle of sparkling / steak served on mashed potato (not mentioned on the menu) though I'd told the waitress I don't like mash / no-one to ask for vinegar for ages (though it was brought quickly when I was able to ask) / cheese served with a spoon and fork, no knife!!
The Potato Market
O'Donovans Wharf Crescent Quay, Wexford Town, Wexford
A little gem of a place. Had dinner there on Sat night. The food was exquisite - every mouthful was full of flavour. Portions were generous, service was excellent. I don't normally go for risotto but I had one accompanying my fish and it was absolutely delicious. There was only one white & one red house wine, but the white I had was fragrant and delicious. The night we were in was quiet so no buzzy atmosphere, but that was not a drawback - on all the important measures this was a 5 star for me in every category - a first for my MenuPages reviews.
Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Came here with a friend (my first visit, not hers) as I had heard such good reports. Our food was delicious, though I could not manage to finish my dessert. The service was excellent - the waitress recommended a more expensive bottle of wine in a very charming way and the extra €8 was worth it. Looking around, a lot of tables had the same wine so the waiting staff were obviously having a lot of success with their recommendation. Toilets were woeful though - cramped, with staff clothes hanging up outside and no toilet roll. Maybe there are separate toilets for customers I did not see as these were definitely not up to standard compared to the food and service. A minor complaint however.
Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin
I went here with my sister after looking for somewhere new in Clontarf on menupages. We were not disappointed. We liked the decor, service was great from the moment we walked in and the food was lovely. Will be back.
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
I ate here with my husband and aunt for my aunt's birthday and we were all delighted with our food - both starters and mains. Service was excellent and the dining room itself is attractive - will try to get one of the boothes next time.
4 Main Street, West Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Ate here with 3 friends, all of whom ate the burgers, which they were very happy with. I had a goats cheese & warm fig starter on brioche, which sounded much nicer than it was. The menu said melted goats cheese but it was more warm and rubbery than anything else. I had the fish special (pan fried brill) which looked overcooked but did taste very nice. Two of us had chocolate brownies for dessert, which were not as nice as brownies should be, so I didn't finish mine. I would give The House another chance, as it is good value, but there are places in Howth which provide much better food than this.
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
Tasty food, quick service and some tables out the back so you can sit outside on the sunshine. Ideal for a quick lunch.
Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Gone down hill since the last time I was there. Although my friends were very happy with their food, my satay chicken starter was nothing to write home about while my pad Thai was ok but used to be fabulous (ie better than any I've had in 3 months travelling around Asia). Service was a bit disjointed - waiter walked away after my friend ordered tap water so I didn't get a chance to order sparkling water while a waitress hovered to take away my starter until she copped that I was still eating it. Maybe an off night because I have always had excellent food and good service here before.
Closed, Cork City, Cork
Small but perfectly formed restaurant, though I agree that the tables near the door looked draughty. Beautiful food, great service. The risotto my husband had was one of the best he has ever tasted. Only quibble for me was that I didn't get a lot of scallops for price of the special I chose as a main course. But I was still nicely full at the end of 3 courses. We were only visiting Cork and we would happily go back here for a return visit.
Howth Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
Small restaurant which is a cafe by day and a bistro by night Wed - Sun. It was very quiet the night we were there (a Thursday). Small menu but with some lovely options. Our food was delicious - all 3 courses for 3 people. Service was nice and friendly, although we ended up going to the counter to pay the bill as it was never brought when we asked, even though we were the only table left by that point. Not a big issue though. We will be back. I recommend the chocolate lava pud.
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin
Have eaten here lots of times and have always had excellent friendly service and fabulous food. Nice views over the Bay if you get a window table. Ate there last night for my father's birthday and the staff were more than happy to accommodate his request for a mild rather than spicy main course - though they did say that all starters are medium spicy. Western style desserts are available, as well as lovely peppermint tea etc. Early bird is particularly good value.
Casa Pasta (Clontarf)
55 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
As previous reviewers have said, the premises are a bit small. However there is enough room between tables, even those backing onto each other, so there is no difficulty getting in and out of your chair. Food was tasty, service efficient and yes, I can definitely recommend the hot chocolate fudge cake (too many of these are not worth the calories).
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
Tasty food, huge portions and friendly service. One quibble though - the chicken liver parfait was pate really, not parfait. I would not have ordered it if I had known.
The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Food was to die for, service was friendly and efficient. Every single course that the 3 of us had was just gorgeous. Have eaten here 3 or 4 different times before and will definitely be back, though service has been a bit slow on previous occasions.
Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great food, great value, good service. Good choice for an Indian meal in the centre of Dublin that's not too expensive.
The Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had a great value and tasty breakfast here before the Six Nations games. Great place for breakfast.
Ivans Oyster Bar & Grill
17 - 18 West Pier, Howth, Dublin
My husband and I brought my parents here for Mother's Day. When I rang to book I was told "we don't take bookings for Sunday lunch". When I said I wanted to be sure of getting in as it was Mother's Day and I would therefore have to try somewhere else they quickly took my booking. When we arrived we were seated in a corner by the windows, which turned out to be uncomfortably hot for some of our party. Also the sun was shining in, straight into my husband's eyes. I was able to adjust the blinds myself, but really one of the waiters should have checked we were comfortable. I would not sit at that table again in the daytime. On to the food. I started with scallops which were delicious, but expensive for just 3 scallops. My husband was disappointed with his peppered squid, as the accompanying aioli did nothing to set off the squid - he would have preferred something spicy. My parents were happy with their crab cakes and goats cheese, beetroot & walnut salad. Mains were much better, though the seafood chowder was rather watery for chowder, though tasty. The fish pies were delicious, with my mother declaring the mashed potato & cheese on top being heavenly, before even reaching the fish below. The lamb was ok, but it might have been better to stick with a fishy option. Desserts were gorgeous - we can thoroughly recommend the chocolate fondant. Service was generally attentive, although we had to wait a long time to order dessert, which was in part due to how busy the restaurant had got by that time. Total bill for 4 inc a lovely Argentinian Malbec and a bottle of water, 3 desserts & 4 coffees was c. €190 before tip.
Giovanni’s Pizzeria Restaurant
3-4 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Dublin
This was buzzing on a Friday night, when I ate with 3 girlfriends to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of the group. Service was a little slow but we wanted to take our time so that wasn't a problem. Food was generally good all round, though my sirloin steak was of poor quality - my friend did much better with her fillet steak. Tiramisu to finish was superb (one friend said the best she had ever had) but as we'd had starters and mains we couldn't manage to finish the big serving between four of us!
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Have wanted to try here for ages and finally got there in early February. Food was fantastic and excellent value, with only a few items on the more expensive side and plenty of choice for the lower cost items. Both of us loved every course we had. Service was very friendly and efficient all during the meal, though we did wait ages to pay after being given the bill and eventually went to the bar to pay. Small quibble though. Will definitely be back.