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Restaurant FortyOne restaurant

Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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28 reviews

Reviewed 27th March 2011 ( visited 25th March 2011 )

Stunning! is the only word that comes to mind for the food on Friday night. This restaurant is an absolute must do for any foodies who read this. The meal on Friday was flawless and the flavours were supreme. Haut cuisine has returned to Dublin.. We all (4) opted for the tasting menu, one choosing the duck for the main course. Service was superb and timed to perfection, no rush or long wait. The wine list was pleasantly varied.. I will be back again very soon. Top marks.. Go there.. I can't do this justice by reviewing the courses.. you have to taste them....
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Restaurant FortyOne restaurant

Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
28 reviews

Reviewed 27th March 2011 ( visited 25th March 2011 )

Stunning! is the only word that comes to mind for the food on Friday night. This restaurant is an absolute must do for any foodies who read this. The meal on Friday was flawless and the flavours were supreme. Haut cuisine has returned to Dublin.. We all (4) opted for the tasting menu, one choosing the duck for the main course. Service was superb and timed to perfection, no rush or long wait. The wine list was pleasantly varied.. I will be back again very soon. Top marks.. Go there.. I can't do this justice by reviewing the courses.. you have to taste them....
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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Farm is a buzzy contemporary restaurant for a night out with friends. And if you like mashed potato you will get enough to fill you. Unfortunately if you look for the fish or meat described beneath that lovely mash you will find little to compare to that in the menu. So my advice is to avoid the "comfort" foods like the fish pie or cottage pie. It just looks good. Starters were fine, the rest of the food seemed OK, though the chicken was dry, the steaks and fries were man sized and the fish main was healthy.. Service was friendly and well paced. Prices? Well we spent about €75 per head.. I can't see another visit in the near future, it just didn't do it for me. There are much better around.

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Suesey Street
26 FITZWILLIAM PLACE, City Centre South, Dublin

Great place to relax with friends or for an intimate evening. The service is friendly and efficient and the food well presented with good flavours. I particularly like the terrace but lately smokers are being banished to one table near the car park. So please fix the canopy guys.. Nevertheless we will return as it's one of my favourites.

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Patrick Guilbaud
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

There is not much to be said about Patrick Guilbaud that has not already been said. It lives up to it's reputation on food excellence and the service was without flaw. Lovely atmosphere and I would highly recommend it. One (very) minor comment is the reception bar area is a little boring and could do with a more contemporary feel. Will be back soon.

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Mulberry Garden
Mulberry Lane, (directly behind the Bang & Olufsen Store), Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Absolutely superb experience from start to finish. The staff were friendly and professional in every way. 5 Star quality. Musician lent to the atmosphere and the garden was a plus. We had a lovely relaxed evening with wonderful food. The food was unusual but worked magnificently. I would highly recommend a visit. I will be back...

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King Sitric Fish Restaurant
East Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

I haven't been here in a very long time and despite increasing good local competition the Kink Sitric still retains it's fine dining charm and service. Food was top notch. The tempura prawns were light and had great flavour and the sole perfectly cooked. All together a good experience and affordable.

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The Elephant's Ear
20 Landscape Road, Churchtown, Dublin

Outstanding restaurant and what a find... Food is great value and different from most suburban fare.Unusual dishes like the superb fish taco's, crayfish salad are just part of an eclectic menu where everything seems to work. A wide variety of fish dishes, duch, beef and lamd.. Something for every taste.. Since it opened a few months ago every meal has been sublime. Flavours are gourmet and the service is friendly and casual. A great place to go with friends where the food and wine is superb and the bill won't break your heart. Highly recommended.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Third disappointing visit to this restaurant.. Despite cosy and inviting surroundings and pleasant friendly staff this restaurant consistently underwhelms.. I was invited to attend a New Year dinner here and thought why not.. Now I'm wondering why? Arrived at 8.45, friendly welcome, good table and surroundings.. By 9.25 service was so rushed we had the mains in front of us.. Why the rush?? Food quality was fair, the starters were good, the soup average, and the main course was dominated by a mixed tasteless mash and extra for string beans.. We had to ask for a break before dessert but even with that the service was over before 11.00 the rest of the restaurant started to empty and by New Years midnight "celebration" consisted of the contents of about four tables.. A disappointing damp squib at €90 per head... If the food quality was better and service properly paced I would not be writing this.. But as this is also the norm based on my experiences so far... Never again..

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

It is hard to fault this restaurant, but unfortunately despite the wonderful food, the attentiveness of the staff and the over the top friendliness and leaving having had a good night; I must take the restaurant to task on several fronts. The food was good and the menu limited but for over €125 per person (inc wine) I expected something special. When I left I was wondering was it the lack of table flowers or candles, or the obvious celebrations at the other tables.. But no, not quite.. My daughter struck the nail on the head when she described the restaurant as "hickey and country". From the clientele and popularity it's clear that this has massive appeal and suited to its market. It's just not for me. This is everything.... except city cool.

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Irish food with a contemporary twist. I can't agree with their own description of "honest fare" though.. On the positives the atmosphere was buzzy and service was friendly. On the negative side it was very expensive for what it offered. The food was interesting.. I can see the chefs talent coming through but it did not translate to the table last night. Portions were skimpy on small plates and sides are necessary.. The pork belly was good but not the best I've had, the lamb pie was also good. Unfortunately the Lamb chop was very bad. 50% bone for €28.. When we asked the waiter he described it as a rack of lamb but what arrived was a fatty chop covered in beans. Starters were expensive and quite tiny. Reminiscent of "Nouvelle Cuisine" without the class. Dessert was a disappointment.. A spoon serving of brown bread ice cream with spiced prunes and three blackberries. Unfortunately the ice-cream was more icy than creamy and the prunes, miniscule. Overall I felt that the theme should be traditional Irish famininesque. Conceptually the menu had merit, and there is room in Dublin for those concepts to be properly delivered, but I'd rather not go back to the Pig's ear.. Because quite frankly they made a pig's ear of it on the night.. ..

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Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill
1 Belmont Ave, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Lovely setting, efficient service, good flavours..Good place to visit with clients and I did notice some family/work parties. I will be back.. but more so as a business venue.. One thing I did notice is the the clientèle seem to be on the middle aged side. I felt positively boyish... unlike it's sister restaurant in the city.

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Osteria Lucio
The Malting Tower, Clanwilliam Terrace, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Absolutely delightful contemporary buzzy restaurant, with an intimate feel. The food flavours were wonderful. The menu looks a little quirky but the dishes work so well. The chef deserves full praise. Also try the warm olives.. Overall a good place to visit with company or friends. Two minor gripes, or "feedback" of where I would like to see some improvement.. The pizza's are just ..OK but not wonderful as the bases are not typically Italian or light enough.. The wine markup is also a little too much. Overall a good place and I will return.

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Brookwood Restaurant
141 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Fabulous steaks, wonderful flavours, great service and atmosphere. Good steakhouses are rare enough in Ireland and some get better press than they deserve but this new restaurant is top notch with a cooking style equal to any NYC steakhouse. The porterhouse is the best I've had in Ireland and enough for two.. Sides were delicious as were the starters.. I hope they do well and are rewarded for their effort..

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

What a disappointment!! It's been a while since I have been here and never taken advantage of the Pre-Theater menu; but I was truly unimpressed. On the positive side staff were as friendly as ever and the surroundings were very nice. The pate was very good and the wine selection reasonable. BUT!!! Is it too much to have to ask to have your coats taken, all I could see were coats and bags thrown on the backs of chairs!! The restaurant was chilly as well, despite a reasonable crowd. But lets get to the nub of the problem.. FOOD.. As I said the pate was good.. The chicken bland and flavourless, with a teaspoon of accompanying equally flavourless sauce; the mushroom risotto was overcooked mush and tasteless.. or rather the only taste evident were the peas.. The salmon, perfectly cooked but no fine cuisine as it sat alone on the plate... It's a quick way of dropping €100 in 80 minutes..Great work if you can get it. I always had a fondness for this restaurant and a relative used to be the chef here in the 60" but I'm finished here. Later I went home and cooked some proper fare... Annoyingly poor standard from an iconic Dublin former star.

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Tony Roma's
25-27 University Road, Belfast, Antrim

Tony Roma's is a family restaurant. Food is Americana style without the US quality. Service is mediocre. If you are into studenty get-togethers or messy family outings this is the place for you. Not for me.

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Delhi Lounge Indian Restaurant
15 Main Street, Rathfarnham Village, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

A distinctly average experience. Spice and dishes were definitely for the western palette and a bit too mild and bland for me. I can't complain too much as it was not that pricey. The owner manager was friendly, though the server was a little disconnected. If you don't have and "offer" or "voucher" which we didn't the price can build fairly fast as they charge for rice etc.so ve careful with sides etc and ask what's included. Good local for friendly get together but not much here for me to want to go back.

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

Il Posto has a fine dining feel about it, white linen, fully dressed tables. I've been here a few times lately, twice this week.. The food is wonderful. Good solid Italian fare as it should be, but a rare find in Dublin. And surprisingly inexpensive, also as Italian food should be.. Good wine list attentive friendly staff.. I recommend you try it, for lunch or dinner..

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Out with friends on a busy Friday night at sundown. Wonderful views and a friendly welcome.. All good so far.. For a restaurant in this price category I expected the pleasure to continue with the food.. The food. Hmmm. perfectly cooked but disappointing. No creativity, no fine cuisine, now wow and miserly portions... The night wasn't a total disaster as the atmosphere was good, lovely views and the company was great..

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Howard Street
56 Howard St, Belfast, Antrim

A Truly wonderful gourmet experience.. 10/10 and a gold star. This chef is fantastic. Fabulous flavours, from classic French and Thai influences. The chef is a master and has produced a mouth watering menu that begs to be tried. The scallops with crispy wontons with the tang of pickled and creamy dressing was a revelation. The lightly smoked haddock was perfect. The crispy beef was outstanding and you must try the gratin potatoes, which has a French onion twist. I think Howard Street have cracked it. I've been here several times since they opened. All experiences were great but this latest one was exceptional. The restaurant was full and loud with conversation and laughter. The wine list is small but more than sufficient with some great choices and they also have a bar service if wine is not your thing.. I'd safely say this experience has placed Howard Street as one of the top places in Belfast. Friendly efficient service. As a foodie I would rarely give all round full marks but this time I couldn't find fault with anything.. Try it..

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Roast
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I eat out a lot and it's wonderful to find great beautifully flavoured food. Roast produces some of the best flavours I've come across in recent times. The chef here has an expert touch and is a supreme saucier. Try the duck confit or to be honest almost anything on the main menu. The only thing I would avoid is the very odd macaroni cheese. It's doesn't work. Having said that I will be back next week. Staff are friendly and accommodating, the atmosphere on a Friday night was happy. Overall highly recommended for a great dinner for two or with friends; and comparatively inexpensive.

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Moloughney's Clontarf
9 Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

I was there for lunch on a Saturday and the place was lively and happy. Which is not only a great reflection of the surroundings but also of the food and service. Some unusual twists on great food combinations; like the back pudding and apple pie is not to be missed. The daub of beef was beautifully cooked and had a very rich French influence. Wines are good quality and inexpensive. Service was efficient and friendly. Overall I was impressed enough to book for next weekend. The resurgence of excellent suburban restaurants in Dublin is fantastic for those of us who want to "eat local" . Well done to the chef and proprietor. Recommended.

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Spice of India
Market Street (Kells), Kells, Meath

Not terribly inviting from the outside but the menu looked good for lunch.. Overall a great little find. Good honest authentic ethnic cuisine. Great service and inexpensive.. As Indian food should be.

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The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel
The Merchant Hotel, 35 – 39 Waring Street, Belfast, Antrim

Of all the restaurants in Belfast this has to be the best and my favourite, and one of the top ten in Ireland. The setting in the Great Room is beautiful. Pre-dinner drinks in the cocktail bar are a must. The taste combinations are superb, presentation is excellent, and there is a great wine selection. There are two tasting menu's which are very good but you need to be hungry.. The three course menu for £26.50 is astonishingly good value and without compromise. Highly recommended for a full and complete evening of fabulousness..

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Shu Restaurant
253 – 255 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Antrim

I've been to Shu several times on the recommendation of Belfast residents and I'm still wondering what all the fuss is about. It is a popular restaurant but I don't think it's the food. Good CRM software gives management and staff a personal touch and the welcome is warm. personal and friendly. Full marks here. Service is also well paced and friendly. Gold star. The restaurant is noisy brasserie style with happy faces all round, mostly well heeled suburbanites enjoying the company of friends. So far so good.. Where the restaurant doesn't do it for me is value for money and the food. Portion control is evident and welcome, if you want to to savour all three courses but the prices reflect a gourmet standard that falls short here. Food is good but overpriced. And what's with charging for bread to the table and one slice of loaf with a liver parfait! Overall I've tried it and will not be back. This is a local haunt for those happy to pay for a personal touch. and a financial touch.. Much better food to be had around Belfast. An enjoyable experience nevertheless. Expect to pay about £50 per head for three courses and wine.

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Good busy atmosphere,service is friendly and very slow and not always accurate, Can be a little too noisy to have a conversation at times. Food was quite good in an American "everything with chips" sort of way. The chicken wings were very tasty, I'd recommend sharing and having them as a starter or have it as a main. Fish and chips and burgers were good, tasty and good textures.. This is not fine dining.. though at the end of the night it seemed pricey for what it offers. The bill crept up quite quickly.. I'd recommend it for lunch rather than dinner. Good venue to meet friends..

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Gochi
13 Dawson Street, Dawson Street, Dublin

This a restaurant for a quick bite or a city lunch break .It's not the type of place you are likely to spend some quality or romantic time with a significant other. The decor is OK but doesn't lend itself to any cosy feel.. Service is friendly and flavours are reasonably good if not true to their origins.. The food is not top notch but quite passable in a fusion way that won't break the bank. Sushi is as good as any supermarket variety and lacks the authenticity of any Japanese influence. Their take on Pad Thai is nothing like a Thai dish (which I've had in Thailand). They tempura was quite good. I will probably not visit again as I'm rarely in the city as it does't offer anything unique. Cheap and ordinary.

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

Fantastic flavours, wine and great atmosphere. The place was hopping when we arrived and the food kept on coming. The tapas portions were a perfect size and every one was full of flavour. Menu's are easy to read and select, so none of the confusion of the Spanish tapas bar. I'd highly recommend it.

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Beeftro - Dundrum
Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre , South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Arrive Tuesday evening, restaurant was not busy but welcome was friendly. Steaks were superb and I would highly recommend the NY Strip. The steaks come with a choice of mashed potato and a sauce of your choice. Both unfortunately could be improved. Wine list was "different" and we chose a good Alentejo red which was perfect. Starters were healthy portions and had good flavour. I got the impression that they are still trying to find their feet and I will definitely go back. It's no American steak house but the steaks are the best I've had in Ireland for a while. The bill for two was €120 inc tip for starters, wine and mains, no sides.. I think the general ambience would improve later on into the evening.. Worth a visit.

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Bourbon Restaurant
60 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Antrim

Lovely food and wonderful friendly service.. Contemporary styling typical of many of the newer restaurants in Belfast. The menu was varied drawing on many influences from good quality Irish modern to Asian fusion. The liver parfait and pigeon were beautifully cooked and presented the Thai spring rolls flavours were perfect, though the dipping cause could be improved. Main of pork fillet was unusual; with a coffee and sherry sauce and mash it was a revelation, and the fish pie was perfect. Good home made desserts gave a nice finish.. And along with a stunning Primitivo made for a great experience.. Recommend you go there with friends. Relaxed and friendly service. Inexpensive..

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James Street South
21, Belfast, Antrim

I've been bringing clients to lunches and dinner here for quite a while now (years), but never posted a review as Menu pages didn't provide the service here. As a business venue it is superb. The flavours are always excellent and the service professional.. (at least until a recent experience) There is a "manager" who needs to be skilled up and she really is a trial, but I will write more of this later.. The atmosphere is very nice and is definitely one of the top restaurants in the province. . The wine choice is good though expensive. A celebratory dinner (without champagne) for six can set you back about £800 if you push the boat out.. Great for a special occasion or an intimate dinner and highly recommended. Lunch value is also superb without losing any finesse. Now back to recent service: I could name names but I won't be too unkind: but Niall please note your "manager/ess" needs to be up-skilled and learn how fine dining service is provided. If I want a buddy or to be friendly I will invite her conversation. It is not appropriate for her to butt into my dinner after the wait staff have already tended us well. And the manner she treats some of your wonderful staff is a crime.. I left a message but got no response. I will be back next month and see how the dinner experience unfolds but the last few times have been awkward.. Final word; fine food and wine is only exceptional when you have wonderful service and surroundings.

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Deanes Restaurant and Bar
36 - 40 Howard Street, Belfast, Antrim

This restaurant can be hit or miss. I've been about half a dozen timed (to be sure:-) and there is always one meal that is a let down. Although the menu is more sophisticated and more expensive it is not as good as their sister restaurant where the atmosphere rocks. Will not rush back.

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Cafe Vaudeville
25 Arthur Street, Belfast, Antrim

I have had lunch here several times and just cannot understand why it's not busier than it is. For lunch it knocks the socks off most of the nearby restaurants as the food quality is of a much higher standard that one would expect for less that you would think. Try it you will be pleasantly surprised.. Yest they have the usual sandwiches etc. This is not pub grub or faux deli eating.. The daily specials are the output of a talented chef .. A nice was to finish a shopping morning.. The wine selection is top notch as well. I'm looking forward to going back soon. Don't arrive too late for lunch or you will be disappointing as they close around three. (Check)

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Deanes Deli
44 Bedford Street, Belfast, Antrim

One of the best restaurants in Belfast. Lively (with live music that's not overpowering) and a great selection of food from across the spectrum. A buzzy place for an evening out with friends or an intimate evening. The staff are very friendly. I loved the place. Good for both lunch and dinner.

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

When I was asked to dinner here I was surprised by the choice as I had a preconceived idea about pub grub and expected nothing more..... I was pleasantly surprised.. the food quality and menu range was very good. It's not the type of place I'd recommend for a romantic dinner or special occasion but it's good honest basic fare. A place to meet a few friends and enjoy an inexpensive dinner and a fw drinks. The wine choice was also good.. Although we had a table overlooking the river the restaurant was decidedly empty so I was not hugely impressed by the atmosphere or the scattering of tables. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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The Arch Bistro
Above the Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

Wonderful food: Great flavours and presentation and very friendly and efficient staff. The food here is far superior than many of the "gourmet" restaurants I've been to in Dublin. Flavours were subtle and food was perfectly cooked. The real surprise is that it's in the suburbs over a pub.. Well worth the trip.. The atmosphere in the restaurant was busy and brasserie style. The only minor gripe I have is the decor. It's a little worn at the stairs and need a more modern makeover. And although I'm a fairly tall person I found the booth seats far too low. With a bit of tweaking this restaurant could rival L'Ecrivan, the food is that good.. I will be back.

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Tavern
Dylan Hotel, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I was a regular here when I worked nearby and lunched here again on Thursday. It is still a great place. The service is typical of a five star hotel restaurant. It was quiet with great surroundings and the food did not disappoint. I'd recommend it for a quiet lunch or business lunch meeting. Pleasant surroundings and great value for five star. The bar at night is also very good. Enjoy.

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The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

If you like good french unpretentious food this is where to go. Fabulous flavours, great friendly service. I was there Friday night and the restaurant was packed, I can see why. The soup.. amazing; duck confit superb; pork.. full marks. There were four of us and we tried as much as possible. Not one dish could be faulted and at €30 for three courses what are you waiting for? The wine list was all French and very good from €22 a bottle for a good sauvignon blanc. My only observation (not even a complaint) the basement got very hot/warm during the night and needs some ventilation.. We finished with great desserts and very happy. Book it..

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Bite - New Location Opening Soon!
29 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Fantastic.. This is what city restaurants in Ireland should aspire to. Buzzy, great food and service and a happy place to be with friends. I can't put Bite into a category as it's on its own. Atmosphere is casual and smart and good humoured. It is not formal or fussy dining. The prawn pilpil was excellent as was the crab and crostini starters. The seared tuna was the best I've had in ireland and the choice of fries was fun and interesting as were the sauces. Portion sizes were just right if you want to function for the rest of the evening and the deserts were very good. The wine list was comprehensive enough without being overpowering. In all, the balance is just right. The restaurant seems a little rambling at first as it is split into three sections, but it works well with the bar in the middle. For those worried about price; for four with two bottles of wine (and the tap water is good) starters, mains, fries and two deserts it was €170 for the four of us. Ronan Ryan was being as attentive as ever and doing the rounds. He has a winner here. Try it with friends..

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Baan Thai (Leopardstown)
Central Park, Block P, Dublin 18, Leopardstown, Dublin

Superb, authentic flavours, great surroundings. What more could you ask for? The menu is huge so if there are more than a few of you, ask for a mixed platter starter, it works out about ten Euro a head but well worth it to sample the various delights on offer. The mains are varied and excellent quality and tend to be around 16-18 Euro. With service expect to pay about 50 per head (excluding wine) though they have some excellent all in meal offers. Try it, you won't be disappointed, a little confused for choice but not disappointed. I scored service a little lower than normal as this I've been here a few times and the staff are a little low powered. Smiley, but little or no engagement or recognition and very slow to serve drinks. It's a minor gripe but noticeable if you're there with guests. Deserts were not bad, chocolate cake and banana fritters were good. Although we didn't have wine the wine list was very extensive with good quality brands, well known grapes and areas. I will go back

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Howards Way (Churchtown)
11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

I've been here many times, mostly for breakfast and more recently for lunch and dinner. Good quality fare at a fair price. Friendly efficient but unrushed service and the coffee refills are a plus for breakfast.. Which is one of the best. The surroundings are nothing special but it is a great meeting place for family and friends. A great alternative to pub grub. Will go back again for breakfast and the occasional lunch or dinner. Good honest food..

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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

Visited with friends last night. Good balanced menu with plenty of choice. Lively restaurant and full until after 11pm. Portion sizes are just right and flavours we good though I have a few minor gripes. Firtsly don't mess with classics unless you're certain it works. I ordered the asparagus with poached egg which also had black pudding and a mustard dressing.. Sounds good but it just didn't work and the mustard dominated the fine flavours of the classic. The lemon sole tempura was excellent but the acompanying mash/dressing was also served with the seared tuna main.. This is laziness. And cold béarnaise? Even though I sound a bit offish I would go back to try more as I do believe there is more talent here than I credit and hope these comments are constructive. €200 + tip for four of us with one bottle of average wine.

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

On a busy Friday night you'd expect restaurants to have a good atmosphere. The restaurant is brasserie style and a suitable haunt for a few friends. I would not recommend it for an intimate dinner for two. Tables are crushed together and private conversation is a no no. The food was OK, not as innovative or that inspiring. I expected better from the chef's pedigree. Beef was good quality and it's difficult to get a steak wrong that you have to cook yourself. But flavours of the sides and accompanying sauces and crushes were bland at best. The truffle fries were a big let down. Heavy soggy chips with tasteless sauce covered with parmesan.. The cauliflower was also disappointing. For stone steak the Portuguese do much better. Other dishes looked passable but overall if I want a brasserie dinner or a steak joint I can think of better. Service was friendly and efficient. I've ticked this box and can see no need, nor have any desire to return. Btw: €100 +tip for one starter, two mains, two sides and three drinks.. (No coffees or deserts) Judge for yourself.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Arrived on time for an 8pm reservation and the place was buzzing. A good sign until the unfriendliness and curtness of the welcome which marked the service for the rest of the evening... Lackadaisical. Menu was big enough though pricy. The set dinner was €33 and mains were mid 20's up. Starters were around ten Euro. Food quality was good. Steak and suckling pig very nice. Caesar salad was tacky. Overall I was unimpressed and at €140 (ex tip) for three starters, two mains, one salad, two glasses of wine a coke and tap water; it was too expensive for what it is. What is it? It's an office bash joint and I will give it a miss in future. Unimpressed..

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Indian Brasserie
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin

One would expect a Monday night to be quite slow but the restaurant was half full and I can now see why. The food was delicious. Two of us had a shared platter and mains with one pilau rice and one garlic nan.. Plenty of food for two. Papadums as dips were served before the starter. No deserts as we were too full. Flavours were fantastic.. in fact is was the best Indian food I've tasted in Ireland. The dishes were quite regional and authentic. Service was well paced and unhurried and staff very very friendly and efficient. The decor is a bit twee. I will be back. Great value. Starters are around €5-6 and mains around €12-14 but there are great deals to be had. Last night they were doing a special for just €16.. Can't beat that. Try it you will enjoy it.

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Fabulous.. Four of us had lunch here and I can't wait to return to sample more delights some evening The flavours and presentation were top notch. Some of the food had to be explained to me as I have more experience of Indian fare rather than the food of Pakistan. There are similarities but I'm converted. The manager was very friendly and you can see he was proud of the restaurant and enjoyed being there... . Try the fish starter wow. Nothing was a problem and there were two menu's to choose from. Highly recommended but don't be afraid to ask and be educated about the food, you won't be sorry. Decor is cosy modern contemporary. Visit with friends and sample lots. Good value..

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

Monday evening is never a good time to rate a restaurant but Wagamamas was busy enough and I have no idea why. Maybe student discounts? As the food fell short in so many ways. Firstly it was bad value. For two starters and two noodle mains and one water the bill came to a whopping €45.. Service was fast, not that friendly and the food ingredients flavours were lost in the overly salted preparation. It may be an age thing but I don't think bad value is cool.. After so many years on it still has the mark of a student haunt which was a surprise... I can't recommend. It's neither cheap, at a euro a minute, nor cheerful.

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Vaughan's Eatery
105/107 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Terenure, Dublin

Dining on a Sunday evening in a pub makes one think of battered fish and chips and crown of turkey.. Not Vaughan's.. The food was fantastic, bistro style and incredible value. I've been eating may way around Terenure and Vaughans was a wonderful surprise. The dining room is on the top floor with white linen dressed tables, Service is friendly and efficient and four of us had starters and mains with a bottle of wine for less that €100 which included a generous and well deserved tip.

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The Lovely Food Co
14 Terenure Road West, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

This is a "Lovely Food Company" I was there with a few friends on Saturday night and all the tables were full. Not surprising really when it came to food. It was delicious. Good solid flavours, well presented with just the right portion size. Chicken with couscous was divine, the prawn salad was exceptional as were the steaks. Don't expect pub grub, there is real culinary expertise here. My one gripe (and it's a small one) is the BP starter. The portion sizes here allows you to consider and have a starter and dessert but some of the starters can be underwhelming. I had the Clonakilty black pudding starter with what was supposed to be with roasted apples etc. Classic combination and the few slices BP tasted fine but it was poor value and could be improved. Nightlights set off the atmosphere in what may not appear (at first) to be the coziest of restaurants. But it had warm atmosphere. This is a casual dining suburban restaurant and great for the after work dinner or a meet with friends. Service is friendly and well paced. We left very satisfied with a bill of €170 (inc tip) for three starters, four mains, two desserts and a bottle of cab sav. Water is filtered and brought to the table.. Go eat there and enjoy.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

I have been eating a lot of Indian food in the UK lately and I found Vermillion very disappointing.. The poppadoms were served with a sickly sweet mango cream and a shredded carrot like mix. The nans tasted fine but were unusually small. The samosas and bhajis were soggy and the dishes tasted fine but looked like mush. The only positives was the service was good. Maybe the chef was having an off day but I won't return. There are better. For four starters, mains, one (expensive) rice a bottle of wine and one side the bill came to €125+.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely restaurant, Top quality food. Portion sizes are just right and the flavours superb. We ate there early weekday evening so it's difficult to judge atmosphere as the restaurant was virtually empty. Staff were friendly and service was excellent and I will happily return. I had the steak and it was one of the best i've had in Dublin for some time.. though the fries were a little tired.. The other main course was the sea bream which was also served to perfection with superb home fried potatoes.. The soup and paté starters were fantastic. The meal was very good value and less than this food would normally warrant. Good one..

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Restaurant FortyOne
Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Stunning! is the only word that comes to mind for the food on Friday night. This restaurant is an absolute must do for any foodies who read this. The meal on Friday was flawless and the flavours were supreme. Haut cuisine has returned to Dublin.. We all (4) opted for the tasting menu, one choosing the duck for the main course. Service was superb and timed to perfection, no rush or long wait. The wine list was pleasantly varied.. I will be back again very soon. Top marks.. Go there.. I can't do this justice by reviewing the courses.. you have to taste them....

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Restaurant FortyOne
Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Stunning! is the only word that comes to mind for the food on Friday night. This restaurant is an absolute must do for any foodies who read this. The meal on Friday was flawless and the flavours were supreme. Haut cuisine has returned to Dublin.. We all (4) opted for the tasting menu, one choosing the duck for the main course. Service was superb and timed to perfection, no rush or long wait. The wine list was pleasantly varied.. I will be back again very soon. Top marks.. Go there.. I can't do this justice by reviewing the courses.. you have to taste them....

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

Great place for good Tex Mex or American style food. Good value. I'm probably doing the atmosphere rating a little injustice as it was quiet midweek and fairly empty. Service was friendly. Good for a noisy night out, not the place for an intimate dinner .

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Christmas week slush everywhere and the Green Hen at lunchtime proved to be a haven with exquisite food very friendly service and a great atmosphere. The food quality is excellent I had a st Agur salad to start and the portion size was just right, the chicken for main course was succulent and worthy of any good restaurant, vegetables and creamed potatoes were perfect. Wine was inexpensive and there was a good choice. Staff were exceptional and I understand from my guest that this was the norm. I will visit again next week and make it a regular city centre lunch venue.. Fantastic..

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

I have eaten here many times and food never fails to please. The portion sizes are just right and the flavours are spot on. It is a good restaurant for a pre cinema dinner or a night out with friends (of few or many) . It irks me slightly to order rice as an extra but I'm just being picky as the prices are not outrageous.. It is what it is: as an up-scale fusion/Thai. Service is quick and efficient, a little too quick if you are out for an evening meal for two but if you are there with a big crowd it is usually timed about right. The atmosphere is what you make it.. I will no doubt revisit.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great little restaurant with a lovely informal and friendly atmosphere. Food is top notch, honest and straightforward. I will go there again and would recommend it for a night out with friends or lunch.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

If the food was as great as the staff it would be a match made in heaven. Unfortunately the food lacks a finesse one would expect for a night out at 90 Euro a head. I may be unduly harsh as it was just a few days before Christmas and I was not hugely impressed with the food. Overall good atmosphere but expensive for a brasserie style dinner..

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

Good restaurant for a quick meal or snack. Food was good quality and service was reasonably efficient. It does suffer from being in the shopping centre as it has a transient airport feel in the place. I can't imaging having a long and leisurely dinner there. I would visit again . They had a jazz singer there on the night but her voice was drowned out by the general clatter..

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Dillingers
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I've mixed feeling about this restaurant. I've been here twice for lunch and there is something not quite right yet with the food or atmosphere. Some dishes are more competent than others and I guess they will get it right soon as they are not open long. Their nachos are disappointing by any tex mex standard. Calamari seemed good and the chicken was just OK. I wish them luck and reading the other reviews it may be better at night. I can't see myself returning for some time.

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

Fantastic restaurant, noisy, friendly and informal with excellent food at a reasonable price. I'd recommend it for lunch or dinner with friends and family. I was so impressed with my first visit last week and went again with a few friends last night and the staff were a credit to the place and the food... yum. . It's typical on many busy city restaurants in Italy so don't expect soft furnishings and polite quiet. This is a noisy happy place where food is celebrated.. The fact that you can buy stuff in the shop is also a plus. Go and enjoy..

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

Wonderful French style cuisine at it's best. Saturday afternoon dining upstairs was very good value. Service is efficient and friendly and unrushed. I will definitely go back. Highly recommended.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

The food experience here is interesting. Some things work some don't. It is a little different and contemporary Indian or Indian fusion if there is such a thing. The early menu is good value but if you miss it, it can work out to be an expensive treat (for Indian food) as the service is very fast and I felt a little rushed. So be sure to pace your courses and drag out the experience. Good private atmosphere. Worth a visit but I'd prefer the more authentic Indian experience.

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Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Good restaurant with friendly service. I've been here twice recently. The food is also top notch. I was there for early dinners so this is not a commentary on night time atmosphere but the staff were attentive and knew the menu well. My only complaint is that the temperature in the contemporary glass section was a little chilly. Would recommend a visit.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Great food and friendly service. The downside is in the decor which falls short of the brasserie style it should be. For the price I would have expected the full package but I would return as the food was good. I recommend a little overhaul of the toilets and decor. With 2 bottles of mid priced wine wine the bill came to €300 for four (no deserts or coffees)...

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Great suburban restaurant for dinner with friends. Good atmosphere and quality food. Service is friendly and efficient. Have a pre dinner drink in the bar upstairs.. Enjoy..

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

Great little spot. Good quality food properly prepared and good value. What you'd expect from a casual Italian restaurant. I've been here several times for lunch and dinner and highly recommend it with friends for a casual eating experience..

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

Bad&Bad = Bad: Bad Food, Bad Value: I did a review of this restaurant in 2008 and sang it's praises.. It was then a good quality casual Italian.. So much has changed since then.. I've been there a few times in the last year, not quite believing the dis-improvement, but now I'm convinced they have lost their way. Example: Early Thursday (5.30pm) I ordered the Antipasto misto as a starter, it was so disappointing to see a staple like this reflecting a miserly kitchen for €11. Poor samples and half it's former size. The main courses were equally disappointing. The lasagne has the taste and texture of wallpaper paste and my colleagues main of of pasta with prawns was laughable. We played spot the prawn!! The portion size was also tiny.. The overall bill was €85 for two starters and two mains and a mediocre plonk. Ie. more expensive than nearby with none of the finesse or style.. or taste. Possibly a bad time I hear you say? No, this has happened too often.. Go elsewhere..go anywhere or just go for coffee :-)

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Seasons Restaurant, InterContinental Dublin
InterContinental Dublin, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Seasons never fails to please the palate. Flavour and imagination makes this the best gourmet experience in town.. Don't expect large helpings but every dish is exquisite. During the summer this restaurant tends to be a little quiet. I've always found that there is a better and cosier atmosphere during the darker months. Service, as you would expect, is excellent and the staff are professional and friendly; talkative if you encourage it and in the background if you what privacy; as it should be. The wine list is extensive and the sommelier is a good guide. The décor and surroundings haven't changed since the hotel opened and it's what I'd describe as American formal which is also comfortable and relaxed.. Although you can expect to pay a bit it's worth every cent for a special occasion or a lift. I always look forward to returning. A truly five star experience.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

On a Sunday afternoon its like a feeding frenzy at the zoo. The food looks good and tastes good but it is stylish pub grub that is overpriced.. e.g. 46 Euro for two mains and two glasses of wine and a small side salad.. Plus unfriendly staff.. Surroundings are nice but Never again.

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

After good reviews from friends I decided to give it a try try.. Great atmosphere and friendly service but the food was surprisingly disappointing. The onion soup passable but was not made from scratch and I can still taste the stock cube.. The pork was overcooked and dry.. Other meals were better with excellent sauces but I can't see myself returning for dinner any time soon. Maybe lunch.. It is inexpensive..

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

The food and service are superb, unfortunately the restaurant lacks atmosphere.. I've eaten here three times in the last three months and its always "cold" and uninviting.. Good for a (pricey) business lunch or dinner.... Not for a romantic evening..

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Good lunch venue. The premises is a little tired but the food is good. No atmosphere, so bring your own.. Staff are polite and efficient and as this is my lunch area I can say that there are more pleasant restaurants in the locale.

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Eddie Rockets (Stillorgan)
Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

The burgers and malts here are great..As a American style diner it's OK for a late night post pub snack or lunch... The bill can mount up though, so it may not be great value if you go for a variety of stuff or if you're there with kids. One downside... Soggy chips seem to be consistent throughout the chain.. avoid. I'd recommend the double burger with Swiss & bacon for a real piggy comfort food treat.. Will continue to go for the burgers..

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Brannigans Dundrum
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

No one expects a fine dining experience from this type of diner but it's reasonable to expect good quality food.. The place had a worn grungy feel to it and it's not that old. Food is bland and doesn't come close to the American diners it tries to emulate and the service is indifferent. Overall a crappy experience.

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

Surprisingly basic.. but not in the best way.. Tuna, Beef and Sole main courses; oysters and soup starters were superb. However presentation lacked any finesse or imagination. The wine list was quite good and the service was top class. On the downside lacklustre steamed vegetables gave a 70's feel to the experience and the crab starter was a distasteful mush with white pan toast..again adding to that 70's feel. I'm glad I went with good company. With the exception of the superb service there was nothing there to make me go back... The Shelbourne menu of old had the wow factor. Sadly it's missing here.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Absolutely superb.. The food was mouth watering and provincial French at its best. Staff were competent and friendly. It is a very busy restaurant but the staff were in control and all meals served piping hot and on time. Highly recommended though I would prefer if they took bookings.

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Town always pleases. As a regular, it's my favourite haunt for a Saturday night. Dress up or casual; whatever you want the occasion to be, from a relaxed dinner with friends or a business night with visitors; you will not be disappointed. Although it's a buzzy restaurant the cellar has a surprising intimacy. Food quality is excellent and whilst the menu is not too big it's varied and interesting. No pretentiousness here. (Though they should bring back the braseola plate!!) Live music/piano lends to the relaxed atmosphere. The service is great and friendly too. For a good night with wine you can expect to spend around €70 - €80 per head. The wine list is a good mix and won't hit your pocket too hard. One tip: Go on a busy night.. Though most nights are.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Great buzzy atmosphere when busy. Recommended for casual and regular dining. Friendly efficient service... good value. The chicken wings are the best in Ireland.

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Chrysanthemum Chinese Restaurant
Unit 1 Old Orchard Inn, Butterfield Ave, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin

This is takeaway food sitting down. Staff are efficient and it's good value. Somewhere to go when you don't want a Chinese at home. The atmosphere is a little quiet and the place is now a little tired but it is good value and has its place.

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Eatery 120
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

This is the type of restaurant you can visit regularly. Inexpensive and informal. The atmosphere is lively and happy with friendly service and good food. The surroundings are interesting and comfortable. A place to visit with friends.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Great way to spend an evening with visitors. Inexpensive good quality food and a show. Service was waiter dependent which was a pity as some had poor English and did not understand (but they were friendly) The show has gone a little downhill but as a first inexperience my foreign guests loved it. Go for the food at the show. It seems to be better than the restaurant. Good value good craic. Recommended .

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