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Tante Zoes restaurant

1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

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398 reviews

Reviewed 14th September 2012 ( visited 12th September 2012 )

I used to love this restaurant. I've probably been 10 times or more. However, on my recent trip I was embarrassed that I had recommended it to anyone. We were ordering from the early bird menu. Limited to about 5 choices per course. My partner ordered BBQ ribs, and was told they were still marinading and would be another 40 minutes! This was at half 6, and the restaurant was starting to fill up. She then ordered the calamari, and they weren't ready either! Which is absolutely ridiculous considering the already limited nature of the menu. I ordered the meat gumbo which used to be my favourite dish. Not any more. It was bland and the meats chewy. Then we stared at our empty plates for a good 20/30 minutes (not exaggerating) before the wait staff decided to take them away. For mains I ordered blackened chicken with a jerk sauce. What arrived looked more like a school dinner. Limp veg, pale soggy wedges, and a very miniscule and not even slightly blackened chicken breast. Worst presentation I've seen in a restaurant. Also the "jerk sauce" looked and resembled a teaspoon of pesto. There was nothing spicy or cajun about this dish. My partner ordered a burger, which was tastier although was definitely lacking the "cajun spices" which it was supposed to contain. We then ordered dessert and coffees at 8 o'clock. The waiter informed us there would be a "couple of minutes" delay when he brought us the coffee. We finally received our desserts at 8:45! Served to us by the chef himself, who had been furiously dinging the service bell to no avail, as the wait staff had seemingly vanished. The desserts were actually delicious though. The waiter avoided us like the plague towards the end of the meal, and he clearly knew we had not enjoyed our sub-standard food and ridiculous wait times. I used to adore this place, and I'm absolutely gutted that it's gone so downhill.
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Tante Zoes restaurant

1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
398 reviews

Reviewed 14th September 2012 ( visited 12th September 2012 )

I used to love this restaurant. I've probably been 10 times or more. However, on my recent trip I was embarrassed that I had recommended it to anyone. We were ordering from the early bird menu. Limited to about 5 choices per course. My partner ordered BBQ ribs, and was told they were still marinading and would be another 40 minutes! This was at half 6, and the restaurant was starting to fill up. She then ordered the calamari, and they weren't ready either! Which is absolutely ridiculous considering the already limited nature of the menu. I ordered the meat gumbo which used to be my favourite dish. Not any more. It was bland and the meats chewy. Then we stared at our empty plates for a good 20/30 minutes (not exaggerating) before the wait staff decided to take them away. For mains I ordered blackened chicken with a jerk sauce. What arrived looked more like a school dinner. Limp veg, pale soggy wedges, and a very miniscule and not even slightly blackened chicken breast. Worst presentation I've seen in a restaurant. Also the "jerk sauce" looked and resembled a teaspoon of pesto. There was nothing spicy or cajun about this dish. My partner ordered a burger, which was tastier although was definitely lacking the "cajun spices" which it was supposed to contain. We then ordered dessert and coffees at 8 o'clock. The waiter informed us there would be a "couple of minutes" delay when he brought us the coffee. We finally received our desserts at 8:45! Served to us by the chef himself, who had been furiously dinging the service bell to no avail, as the wait staff had seemingly vanished. The desserts were actually delicious though. The waiter avoided us like the plague towards the end of the meal, and he clearly knew we had not enjoyed our sub-standard food and ridiculous wait times. I used to adore this place, and I'm absolutely gutted that it's gone so downhill.
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Damson Diner
52 South William St, South William Street, Dublin

I've been here about three or four times now, and every time I've been impressed. The food is delicious, the staff attentive, and the general vibe always pleasant. The wings, ribs, breaded courgettes and fennel bhaji are all tasty. Apart from that, the drinks menu is perhaps an even bigger draw. It's nice seeing various drinks infusing around the bar, and then getting to taste them. My personal favourite cocktail is the Cherry Whiskey Sour. There's some cool touches too - colour changing wallpaper, interesting lighting and the private dining room is so much fun (had our Xmas party there) Definitely my favourite new restaurant in town!

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I've been here twice and both times have loved it. Their menu is great value, and the food is delicious. The staff are friendly and accommodating. One downside is the small size of the place - I've seen them turn numerous people away at the door due to full capacity. Their drinks menu is amazing - great range of lesser known spirits. Their barista really knows his stuff and makes a great coffee. I've eaten a lunch and a dinner here, and I was delighted to find that their sandwiches are as delicious as any of their mains. I'll surely pop back in soon.

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

Words cannot describe what a fantastic meal I had here last night. Great atmosphere - low lighting, nice decor, comfortable level of ambient noise. Lovely helpful staff who, despite being busy, were helpful and courteous. The food was absolutely faultless. My partner had mussels and chorizo in a tomato sauce with bread. I'm not a huge seafood fan but I could've eaten it all myself when I tried it. We shared an antipasto plate which was piled high with delicious garlic bread, olives, 5 different meats, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke, peppers. Not a crumb was left. We ordered a large pizza between us, and I was pondering the logistics of our small table versus a large pizza and two extra plates, when the waitress appeared with two plates with half a pizza on each. Seems a simple thing, but it made our experience so much easier. We had two glasses of house red, and it was beautiful. We never felt rushed, yet everything happened in a timely fashion. The place was packed but never felt crowded. It was my first time here and it most definitely will not by my last. Great for a date, great for a large crowd.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I used to love this restaurant. I've probably been 10 times or more. However, on my recent trip I was embarrassed that I had recommended it to anyone. We were ordering from the early bird menu. Limited to about 5 choices per course. My partner ordered BBQ ribs, and was told they were still marinading and would be another 40 minutes! This was at half 6, and the restaurant was starting to fill up. She then ordered the calamari, and they weren't ready either! Which is absolutely ridiculous considering the already limited nature of the menu. I ordered the meat gumbo which used to be my favourite dish. Not any more. It was bland and the meats chewy. Then we stared at our empty plates for a good 20/30 minutes (not exaggerating) before the wait staff decided to take them away. For mains I ordered blackened chicken with a jerk sauce. What arrived looked more like a school dinner. Limp veg, pale soggy wedges, and a very miniscule and not even slightly blackened chicken breast. Worst presentation I've seen in a restaurant. Also the "jerk sauce" looked and resembled a teaspoon of pesto. There was nothing spicy or cajun about this dish. My partner ordered a burger, which was tastier although was definitely lacking the "cajun spices" which it was supposed to contain. We then ordered dessert and coffees at 8 o'clock. The waiter informed us there would be a "couple of minutes" delay when he brought us the coffee. We finally received our desserts at 8:45! Served to us by the chef himself, who had been furiously dinging the service bell to no avail, as the wait staff had seemingly vanished. The desserts were actually delicious though. The waiter avoided us like the plague towards the end of the meal, and he clearly knew we had not enjoyed our sub-standard food and ridiculous wait times. I used to adore this place, and I'm absolutely gutted that it's gone so downhill.

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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

Myself and two friends went here last night. Cannot remember the exact names of anything we ordered (apologies, but I'm not familiar with Lebenase dishes) but I shall endeavor to describe them. The restaurant is BYO, so we popped into one of the many handily located nearby shops and grabbed some wine. Other tables had beers, so they allow that too. Always good to know! We started with a lamb/pancake thing. Cannot remember the name but the taste I shall never forget - absolutely delicious! I don't generally like lamb, but this would appeal to even the fussiest eater. We then ordered mixed meats - which were delicious and came with salad, hummus, naan bread and dips. Also on the side we got stoned cook potatoes which were equally tasty. We all enjoyed the food immensely, the portion sizes were very very decent, and they were well presented. Service was good, if a little hap-hazard to start off with. The restaurant was packed so that can be forgiven easily. The decor is fun and inviting, although for some bizarre reason they have quite tacky lit posters of their food like things you'd see in a chipper! I understand it's also a take-away, but this detracts rather than adds to the place. It's a cramped restaurant but with a jovial atmosphere and lots of happy customers chatting away. Will definitely be returning soon.

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Bear
35 South William Street, Dublin 2, South William Street, Dublin

Bear specialises in serving the more unusual (cheaper) cuts of beef. The steak is great. Really tasty & cooked correctly. However, they serve these cheap cuts at rather high prices, and the menu is very cryptic for those not familiar with the names of said unusual cuts. The sides are delicious (slaw is beautiful & the million dollar fries are heart-attackingly good) and like its sister restaurant Crack Bird, the sauces are a pricey €2 each for a tiny amount. Decor is rather dark and upmarket, but with no real personality. Seating is cramped and some seats are virtually inaccessible, and you will be seated squeezed next to strangers. We had no problems with the service. Food was delivered promptly and the staff were friendly. All in all, it was a lovely meal but the hype/price were a bit much for me and I may or may not return.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Everyone kept telling me I had to try Crack Bird, so I finally gave in. The chicken is the star (of course) and we got 2 different half chickens. Buttermilk chicken was lovely and crispy, and the soy garlic chicken was perhaps the nicest I've had. I've actually been thinking about it ever since! I now understand why it's called Crack Bird.... We got potato croquettes which were nice, and slaw which was delicious. We forked out a pricey €4 for 2 dips. The whipped feta was delicious, but the honey/thyme one just tasted like honey! We also tried a lemonade which actually just tasted like lemons squeezed into water, so wouldn't bother with that again. But yes, in general the food does actually live up to the hype. Pricewise, the chicken and sides are tasty enough to warrant the cost. The dips/drinks aren't. It is painfully hipster though. A lot of effort has gone into appearing effortless. It's half restaurant/half "scene". And it was a bit hit & miss with the waiters. We were served promptly but the table beside us were trying for at least 5 minutes to attract a waiters attention. They've retained the decor from the Chinese restaurant which half works, although it is very dark inside. Overall, I would definitely go back. Once you know the vibe of the place, you can embrace it or ignore it. But the chicken is just do delicious it makes up for any tiny issues.

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Royal Orchid Thai Restaurant
8-9 Merchants Square, Ennis, Clare

Despite a large group of us showing up unexpectedly, they swiftly got a table sorted for us. Also, they allowed us to partake in the early bird menu despite being 20 minutes late for it (sure way to make any dinners happy) I won't list off all the things we got, but everyone thought their meal was delicious, great value and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The service was polite, friendly and swift. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone seeking thai food in the area.

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Spinnaker Bar & Restaurant
Lahinch, Clare, Lahinch, Clare

Popped in as this place seemed to offer a decent lunch deal (starter and mains for €14) It smelled newly renovated - a mixture of fresh wood/paint. Sailing/boats/port-holes/ropes everywhere - lots to look at. We ordered the goats cheese salad and garlic mushrooms. Both were very tasty and presented well. Then scampi and chips for mains. Again, these did not disappoint. As with most restaurants the area, there was a "pub grub" theme to the food. But they really surprised us with the high standard of it. Place was a empty when we arrived but a few had filtered in by the time we were leaving. Overall, it was a pleasant meal and good value.

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

I'd been told how fantastic this place was by a lot of people, so I had to check it out for myself. Lovely setting amongst candles and the food is unreal - so delicious and packed with flavour. A bit expensive but totally worth it. The only negatives about the meal were the slightly cramped table arrangements, and also our waitress knocked over a glass of water (by accident) which soaked us but she didn't actually apologise! I'll still happily return though.

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Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

First time here but won't be my last. Delicious food - I had the terrine which was recommended to me, and I can see why. And so filling for 7ish euro! Staff were friendly and smiling walking around. The decor is eclectic and fun. We got there around noon and the place was half full, but by the time we left it was jammed. Very happy with the entire experience.

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Frankies Italian Bar and Grill
42 Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

One of the cheapest early birds to be had in Temple Bar, from what we could tell, so we hopped in. I had the soup which was lovely but was only luke warm - but I was famished so wolfed it down. It was very tasty, and it was a shame about the temperature. I had the meatballs for mains and they were fab. My partner had the calamari for starters and loved it, and the burger for mains. For what we paid, we were both quite satisfied.

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Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

Lovely staff, great cosy atmosphere, and the food was simply gorgeous. I had the Dublin Bay Prawns and Rockabill Crab-claws in Garlic Butter, and my partner had the Large Mixed Seafood sambo. Everything was super fresh and tasty. I'm not a local and only came here due to a recommendation, but will definitely be back.

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IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Popped in here with 2 friends Tuesday evening. Place was fairly busy. We got seated at a 2 person table so was a tight squeeze for the 3 of us. Bit of a wait to order. It was busy and looked understaffed. I ordered the platter, as did my friend as she was raving about how much she loved the scampi. When our food arrived there was no scampi on the plate. After waiting 10 minutes trying to catch the attention of the wait staff whizzing by, we finally caught one and told him. He didn't even stop to talk to us, and just said "yeah we don't have any scampi tonight" and walked off. Very rude and not even slightly apologetic. We were all quite annoyed that when the waitress took our order she never bothered telling us. The staff didn't really seem to care. Apart from that, the food was ok. Nothing special but decent enough for the price. Not sure if I'd bother going back - maybe only if it was quiet.

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Franzini's
Frenchs Lane, Trim, Meath

A large group of us ate here today. We had booked in advance, and upon arrival our table was ready and waiting - always a good start. There was a buzz about the place, but not so loud it made conversation difficult. The staff were very attentive and speedy. Despite us making a colossal order at once, they handled it well and we were all served our food at the same time. Dishes were cleared promptly, and with every course we all got fresh cutlery - minor details but some restaurants can overlook such things. The food itself was generally loved - one or two minor complaints, but overall full bellies and happy faces all around.There was an element of portion size control - some starters were miniscule, some were colossal. I had Nachos as a starter, and upon finishing them barely had any room for my main course. Probably my own fault, but they were damn tasty and I couldn't stop. My Tiger Prawns Tempura were delicious but I was sadly unable to finish them off. Desserts, teas and coffees were all met with approval. Nice house wines too. It was tough to find parking outside, which was a downside. Overall, I would definitely come here again.

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The Donkey Shed Restaurant
Newbarn Farm, Old Ashbourne Road, Ashbourne, Meath

I love this place. It's a spacious building whilst still remaining cosy. It's full of character, the staff are lovely and the decor is quirky without being pretentious. The food is fantastic. Nothing super fancy, but they get the basics right. Great flavours and perfect portion sizes. Also the fact that it's as local as possible can only be a huge plus. The setting is great for families - especially those with young children. Getting to explore the farm for free and see the animals is a huge attraction. As for the price? Won't break the bank - a lot of meals in the 10 Euro zone. Another positive.

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Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice buzz about the place. Christmassy feeling in the air. Very busy but we were seated immediately. We started with soup and salads which were tasty and of a decent size. Waiters were lovely, but there seemed to be a lack of communication somewhere. Our dessert orders were forgotten about, because after about 20 minutes our waiter came over and had to chase them up for us. Then there was a size-able gap between when my friend received her cupcake and when I received my tea (about 10-15 minutes after her) However, it was still a nice experience overall - great place to sit and have a catch up chat.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I come here a lot and have never been disappointed. The food is the star - high quality organic fare that tastes homemade. We went for the early bird - mains/dessert. I had the chicken supreme and my friend had the fish pie. Both were delicious and good hearty portions. Then apple pie and meringue for dessert - again, both were fantastic. There's always a nice hum of chatter in the background, and I've never seen this place empty. Staff are a bit hesitant and we were waiting a bit longer than the table beside us on our food, despite ordering first. But small gripes really. We both left with full tummies and smiles on our faces.

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

One of the nicest "All you can eat" restaurants I've ever eaten in. The food is high quality and tasty, the decor is refreshing and I've never left dissatisfied.

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Eatzen Ashbourne
U4 Building 3B, Ashbourne Town Centre, Ashbourne, Meath

I've only ever heard great things about this restaurant and I finally went there tonight. It totally lived up to its reputation. There were 4 of us and we each ordered a different starter and main course, and I would've been happy eating any of the 8 dishes. I literally could not fault the food. The staff were incredibly attentive, quick, efficient and polite. The decor was stylish and classy too. The only downside to this restaurant is that I can't afford to go more often - it's a little pricey, but not incredibly so. Definitely somewhere I will return to, and recommend to others.

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Cafe Manila
74 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

A nice place to try something a bit different. Food was tasty enough and not too expensive. Lots of random offal choices on the menu, as well as pig knuckles!

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

Unlike many reviewers, I didn't experience poor or slow service. The food was nice enough, but I ordered one of the meat/cheese/preserves platters and found the pickled veg a bit much. The prices weren't bad for the location. It's not really somewhere I'd choose to have a dinner though - more suitable for a light snack.

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The Kingfisher Restaurant, Guesthouse & Apartments
166 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

My first time eating here and I really enjoyed the food. The BLTs were crammed full and tasty, the garlic mushrooms and onion rings were really nice, as were the chips. The staff were lovely, and for a Dublin restaurant it was so cheap. Definitely worth a re-visit.

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The Woolshed Baa & Grill
Parnell Street, The junction of Jervis street and Parnell street., City Centre North, Dublin

Handy location for meeting up for a pre-cinema snack. It's primarily a bar though, and the food (whilst different and interesting) is of a pub grub standard. Having said that, it is tasty pub grub and I've eaten here more than once. The staff are all very friendly too.

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Metro Cafe
43 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Had a quick lunch in here. Decided to be healthy (joke) and got "The Metro Special" - exactly the kind of food you'd get in a New York cafe. It was tasty and filling. However it was difficult to find room for my tea pot as the tables are so tiny and cramped.

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La Bucca & Wine Bar
Corballis Demesne, Ratoath, Ratoath, Meath

This was my first time eating in the Ratoath La Bucca. It's the same menu as Ashbourne (not a complaint) and the food was equally nice. The staff were friendly and attentive. My only gripe was the noise levels in the restaurant - very difficult to converse with co-dinners at times.

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Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Ate here with my family recently. It was my first experience with Greek food, and I quite enjoyed it! The staff were nice and the main portions were big (starters were fairly tiny though). I wouldn't rush straight back, but would return again.

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La Scala (Trim)
Emmett House, Finnegan's Way, Trim, Meath

First time dining here. The food was gorgeous - especially the chocolate dessert! 4 of us ate here and we all enjoyed it immensely. Would definitely want a return visit sometime soon.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Ongar)
Unit 35 and 39, Main Street, Ongar village, Dublin 15, Clonee, Dublin

First time visit for me but I would definitely return. The food was incredibly tasty and plentiful. Loads of options on the menu, even for the less adventureous. Good service. The only real flaw was how difficult it is to hear your companions - sound just doesn't seem to travel well inside!

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here for the first time last week. Went around 1 o'clock and was quite impressed by the selection offered on the lunch menu. I ordered the salmon and my co-diner ordered the steak. Whilst the portions weren't huge, there was a nice amount of food. It tasted great and we both got the fresh fruit desserts which were light and tasty.

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Fat Freddys
The Halls, Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

Ate here with a group of friends for dinner and everyone enjoyed it. I got the ceasar salad which was lovely and surprisingly filling. Good value and good service too.

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Lemon (Dawson St)
60 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I got a chocolate and banana crepe here - absolutely gorgeous, if a bit too filling/gooey (not really a complaint though) The staff didn't seem too friendly though, and for some reason the waitress thought we ordered take-away, even though we were sitting down, and was a bit indignant about it when we told her. As a result we had a far messier dining experience than the other customers, who had plates and cutlery.... Bit over priced too.

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Pizza Hut (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown, West Dublin, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

The service was a bit slow today. Lots of people sitting and waiting on tables despite there being empty ones. Took a good while for someone to take our orders. The food was ok, but my pizza toppings were pretty sparse. Handy enough for a quick(ish) bite though.

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Knightsbrook Hotel
Dublin Road, Trim, Trim, Meath

I ate here last night with my family. None of us were exactly overwhelmed. The starters were generally ok, but very small portions and the soups weren't very hot. For the main course 3 of us got the duck and none of us enjoyed it all that much, and none of us wanted to finish it. As my Mum said; "If i hadn't ordered dessert, I would've left the restaurant hungry". The desserts were very nice though. The staff were lovely and very professional - can't fault them.

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

I ate here with a friend for a catch up session, and for the most part it was great. Good service, we both got really unusual yet tasty pizzas, but we felt a bit crammed in. I felt like the couple sitting beside us could literally hear every word, despite the place being quite noisy!

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The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is a lovely little cafe off the beaten track. It's really eco-friendly too, using collected rain water and recycling almost everything. So you feel like a better person having gone here!

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Queen of Tarts
4 Cork Hill Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this place! The food is all prepared right there, and is just yummy - really nice home cooked cakes & desserts. Plus the staff are really friendly and clearly enjoy working there. If it's busy you'll have to queue for seats, and their opening hours could be better but they're only minor issues.

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McLoughlins Restaurant @ Roganstown Hotel
Roganstown Golf & Country Club, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

I ate here last night. It was lovely. The staff were fairly attentive and the food was great. There was a bit of a delay between meals, but nothing crazy. It's the second time I've eaten here and both times have been good.

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

This is a great place to go with friends. Great atmosphere and food, coupled with some nice wine and banter....just great! Plus it's location is just handy for everyone.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I've eaten here a few times, and have always enjoyed the food. I especially love the Dookie Gumbo, and the side dishes to the meals are different, but yummy. There's a nice atmosphere in the place, and the decor is great.

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Big Ciceros
Broadmeadow Castle, (Across from Tesco Stores), Ashbourne, Meath

This restaurant is just one of those nice, reliable places where you can go and order good food at a good price and know you won't be disappointed. It's always busy and the staff are nice and friendly. Always a favourite.

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La Bucca Ashbourne
Frederick Street, Ashbourne, Ashbourne, Meath

This is one of my fave places to eat in Ashbourne. Nice atmosphere, not stuffy, and the food is always very tasty. Always full of families too, so it suits everyone.

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The Snail Box
Kilmoon, Ashbourne, Meath

This was the restaurant I chose for my birthday meal with my family cos it's just fantastic. It has taken "pub grub" to the next level, and the staff are just great and it's just a really nice place. It's always so so busy, so you have to book in advance or risk waiting for ages!

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Jamuna Indian Restaurant (Meath)
4A, Ashbourne Court, Main Street, Ashbourne, Meath

This place is ok. Never eaten in the restaurant, but have had a few takeaways. I waited almost an hour one day, and generally they're not the fastest. The food was tasty but not amazing, and the garlic naan must've had at least 20 cloves of garlic on it (and I am NOT exaggerating!)

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Remos Pizza Take Away
Main Street, Ashbourne, Ashbourne, Meath

The pizzas here are the nicest I've had. The Vegetarian's nightmare is just fantastic! (maybe not if you're vegetarian....) They taste "proper" and you can see the chefs making them from scratch, and they're not the usual soggy mess you might normally expect from takeaways.

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Dragon Palace
Main Street, Ashbourne, Meath

Hadn't been here in years so decided to try it again. Menu hasn't changed much since it first opened. However, the food served is very nice and we all enjoyed our choices. Very friendly waiter who was super attentive (perhaps as we were the only people in the place) The decor/music is still very much what it was 10 years ago. But the food is what's important and you won't be disappointed at the price. I will happily return.

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

This place is quite similar to a certain restaurant directly across the road from it, but is perhaps a little less in your face and more relaxed. Portion sizes are huge, lots of tasty things on the menu and the staff are always cool.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Hadn't been to this place in a few years. The menu doesn't seem to have changed much since my last visit. Got the early bird which actually had a fantastic variety to choose from. My friend had the soup to start, and loved it. I had an antipasta platter which was tasty. We bother ordered pizza for our mains which were quite nice. It was bustling and we did have to wait for a table, but only 5 minutes. The service was very prompt and I could not fault them. Definitely a great place to go if on a budget.

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Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was last here 4 years ago. The interior has completely changed - looks more like a cafe/bar now. The decor is a bit dark now, and there wasn't much of an atmosphere. It was pretty empty but it was a Wednesday evening and not busy in general in Temple Bar. The waitress was super friendly and not just on autopilot, which was refreshing. The food was basic fare - burgers, pizzas, sambos etc. but everything was very tasty. The chips were nice big chunky chips and delicious. We were served pretty fast and our empty plates were whisked away once we were all finished. I'd definitely come back here if I fancied a tasty burger and somewhere quiet to chat.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I ate lunch here recently, and it wasn't exactly great. The waiters took ages with everything (we were sitting for over 10 minutes AFTER picking what we wanted from the menu before they took our order) and the food wasn't exactly amazing either. The table beside us were having issues with the service too, like not getting drinks they ordered. Maybe it was just a bad day!

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Govindas Restaurant (Abbey Street)
83 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I love this place. My friend (a vegetarian) brought me here and I wasn't too sure (I'm a bit of a carnivore) but the food was fantastic! We asked for a mixed plate and there was so much food heaped on a massive plate which cost us practically nothing....fantastic!

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The Brock Inn
Ashbourne Road, The Ward, Dublin

Great place to eat. Really family friendly, the staff are so chatty and you can see that almost everyone there is a regular. The food is simple, honest and gorgeous, and usually heaped on the massive plates. Definitely a great example of how pubs serving food should operate.

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Hard Rock Cafe
12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

The food here is stereotypical American fare - hamburgers, ribs, fried things etc. My friend and I chose the 15euro menu - which you get 2 courses from quite a limited choice. The starter is set - onion rings and chicken wings. Quite tasty though. We both got burgers for mains, and I found my veggie burger quite dry. Also I opted for a side-salad which seemed a bit thrown together. The staff weren't super attentive - we were walked past quite a bit despite being ready to order/our plates being ready to be taken away. Also, when I finished my pepsi I asked for a glass of water, and instead of giving me a new glass, she simply took mine and filled it with water. So I received a slightly brown and pepsi tinged glass of water black. On the positive side, the memorabilia adorning the walls is fantastic and the music is great, if sometimes a tad to loud to easily chat over.

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Flanagan’s Restaurant
61 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This place gets a big fat "OK" from me. It's nothing special, but not too bad either. Only eaten in the restaurant downstairs, but they serve reasonably priced simple dinners (mostly meat, veg & potatoes) The decor could use a revamp but overall it's a handily located cheap place to kill your hunger.

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Sinnotts
South King Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Only ever been here for lunches but wow - great food for so little money! I usually just get the sandwich/chips for whatever pittance it is - was a fiver last time I was there. The sandwiches are gorgeous and massive, and the scoop of chips just goes great with them. It's a simple no fuss affair, but always enjoyable and tasty.

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

Definitely one of the more fun places to dine in Dublin. The seating arrangements take a little while to get used to, but once you settle in you forget about the complete strangers you're sitting beside! The staff take orders quickly, and you get each dish as soon as it's ready, so not everyone starts eating together. It's not a place to linger, and once you finish you're promptly rushed out the door, but that's the vibe of the place, so it doesn't feel rude. The food's fabulous and the portion sizes are just right.

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Maloti
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

I've eaten here quite a bit, usually at lunchtime. There's a great lunch menu, which is really tasty. The only downside is the rather small portions (you might only get 4 chunks of chicken in your chicken tikka) but it's not expensive to order a starter and/or some delicious naan bread too. Obviously, the pricier evening menu provides a larger choice and bigger portions.

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Coachmans Inn
Airport Road, Cloghran, Dublin

When told you're going to a place with "pub grub" you never know what to expect. I went on a Sunday and was amazed by the array of different meals you could get. Everything costs roughly the same, and you only pay for the meat - all the veg etc are free and plentiful. The food was lovely and it tasted like a proper home-cooked meal.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Even though I'm not a huge fish fan and had never tried sushi before, I was told by many people that this was the place to go. I got a platter of various sushi, sashimi & other raw things which looked amazing. The service was great and the place was packed, yet not crowded. The food, whilst ultimately not quite my cup was tea, was definitely a great introduction to the world of raw fish :)

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ZAO Thai Restaurant
96B Omni Park Shopping Centre, Swords road , North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

I've eaten here a couple of times and the food is always amazing and plentiful to boot! Despite there being loads in just a main course, I always end up getting a starter too. The food tastes "authentic" for want of a better word, and even things I wouldn't normally like taste great. The service is pretty good too.

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