Restaurant Reviews from badabing

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Reeds on the River at Courtneys restaurant

Main Street Lucan, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin, Area Code: West Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Fish

Price Range:

Good
99 reviews

Reviewed 10th October 2014 ( visited 06th October 2014 )

Very enjoyable evening with the Menupages voucher. Food was very good and well presented. Would have no problem recommending it
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Green 19 restaurant

19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
318 reviews

Reviewed 26th October 2015 ( visited 09th October 2015 )

Never fails to please. Very casual, good food for those on the go. Staff are always attentive, chatty and always happy to please. It's great to see that they keep their prices reasonable. A firm favourite.
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Gourmet Food Parlour Malahide
Gannon Park, Coast Road , North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Very nice and well presented food. No cheap ingredients here. The staff are competent and friendly and made our visit a very pleasant one.\nWe will be back

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Green 19
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Never fails to please. Very casual, good food for those on the go. Staff are always attentive, chatty and always happy to please. It's great to see that they keep their prices reasonable. A firm favourite.

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Bison Bar
11 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My first time here and I had the full rack of ribs, but be warned there is a lot of eating on them. They were delicious with a fantastic smokey flavour . Onion rings and chips on the side and you are ready for a sleep. The service was good, friendly and fast. The pint was cold and creamy. Will I be back, of course I will but I think the half rack will do next time. Well worth a visit.

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Corfu Greek Restaurant
12 Parliment Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The staff couldn't be any friendlier if they tried. I went in for lunch and it was quiet, so it's not fair to judge on the atmosphere. However the food was really tasty, and a starter, a mains and a soft drink for ten euro it's worth a visit.

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Terra Madre Cafe
13A Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Nice authentic Italian restaurant with no frills. The menu is limited but the food is very well prepared and presented. Portions are certainly not over sized and the starters are expensive. They should change this, It's a nice change from the Italian Restaurants that cater for the larger crowds. We had a very pleasant evening and I look forward to returning.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

You are made feel very welcome here. The value on the Menupages deal is very good. It's good food , good service and well priced. I would recommend it, and by the way a Pint in Vaughans bar across the road washes it all down very well indeed

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DeVille's Dalkey
25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Mediocre at best.The service was about the best thing I could say about this restaurant. The food is above Dublin City prices and a bear bug with me is when you have to order sides to complete a proper dinner. 26 Euro for a steak without veg etc is too steep. My dish was oily and reeking of Garlic and it was melted onto the bowl. . The fries and onion rings were overcooked. The fish dish was the best and this wasn't anything to write home about, once again served without veg. There was no bread served with the starter of french Onion soup. So overall I wouldn't be rushing back. If DeVilles was in Dublin City Centre any French restaurant would beat it hands down. Would I go back, em no thanks.

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KC Peaches Wine Cave Nassau St
28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Burr it's cold here, and I'm not only talking about the premises I'm talking about the food as well. Similar to other reviewers the portions are quite small. However here are a few tips that they should take note of. 1. Plates should be warm not cold as served to us. 2. The food had to be sent back because it was cold. It arrived back a full 10 mins later. 3.When asked for Tea, it shouldn't be served with a Tea bag in a chipped mug with a cheap plastic spoon. Really our meal was a comedy of errors. The only good part of the evening was the jazz music. It was a poor dining experience and although I enjoy the upstairs section,even though they have recently hiked up their prices, I most definitely won't be returning to The Cave downstairs.

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KennysVesey Arms
7 Main StreetLucan, Lucan, Dublin

Kennys is one of three pubs within 100 yards of each other serving food in Lucan. So to stay in the game the food has to be good and reasonably priced . The menu caters for all tastes with dishes like curries, steak , burgers ect. The food is freshly made and service was good and friendly. I would recommend Kennys as a decent place for good pub grub.

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Camden Kitchen
3A Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

What a great little spot. I had my mind set on eating here for some time and it didn't disappoint. The food is seasonal, well cooked and well presented. Nice buzzy atmosphere and no nonsense approach. No doubt that the chefs are a competent bunch. I will be back,

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KC Peaches Cafe Dame St
54 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I didn't enjoy my visit one bit. The food was poorly presented, it looked like it was under heat lamps for far too long. When I purchased mine I found it to be cold. The seating area inside the door is totally unsuitable as overtime the door opens the wind would take you out of it. Overall a disappointing experience and one that will make sure that I don't return. Kc Peaches on Nassau Street is far superior.

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Reeds on the River at Courtneys
Main Street Lucan, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

Very enjoyable evening with the Menupages voucher. Food was very good and well presented. Would have no problem recommending it

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Noah & Co
Liffey Valley SC, Font Hill Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Great food, especially the Superfood salad. Everything fresh and well presented. Only negative was the size of their side salad but apart from that it is a great place to go to for lunch.

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Carrolls Gastro pub
1-2 Demense View, Main Street, Lucan, Dublin

Very popular with the locals but expect to wait for your food on weekend nights. The wait could be up to an hour. We found the staff very nice and pleasant to us. The food when it did come was fresh, and very tasty. It's pub grub at the end of the day so keeping that in mind I would recommend a visit.

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Brambles Café Bistro
102-104 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin

What a let down. For the first time in years of going to restaurants we had to send our meals back because they were served cold. The pepper sauce had a skin on it because it was lying so long. Meals were replaced, Once again the steaks were over cooked, sauce tepid and the chips were reheats. Service wise the lady was doing her best, there was not enough staff employed. One girl serving about 30 customers, is what I call understaffed. It's a pity because the decor is nice, but if a chef cannot get steak and chips right on two attempts then it's not worth eating in. We are very easy going diners but on this occasion Brambles fell way short of the mark.

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LimeTree Cafe
Kilmainham Square, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin

Food good service slow but a revamp of their breakfast menu is read. Imagination required urgently

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

Its quite amazing how The Donkey shed gets so busy. I have visited there a good few times. The food is excellent although expensive enough. The service can be a bit slow but that is down to shortage of staff rather than any individual as they are all so busy. Hopefully with the new extension going on that will be sorted. Nice place and I think I will become a regular.

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Kilkenny Restaurant & Cafe
1st Floor, 5/6 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Possibly the best value for breakfast in Dublin. The food is top quality and reasonably priced. I have dined here at lunch time but found it to be on the high side when it came to value. They should consider lunch specials, e.g. soup and sandwich deals. However they are packed every day so I guess they don't have too. Great food overall.

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The Table - Portobello
2 Portobello Rd, Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

Great little spot overlooking the canal. Food excellent and reasonably priced. We had a voucher, great deal overall a good experience.

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Bon Appetit
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

It's a real pity. I hate getting the feeling of being ripped off and thats what you get when you go to Bon Appetit. At 60 Euro per head for their dinner menu I think that it is reasonable to expect some potatoes and veg to be served with the main course. Nope, this is all charged as extra. The food is good and very well presented. The service charge of 18 Euro added to my bill is excessive. I am always a good person to tip but when the choice is taken from you it leaves you with the feeling of "We will get every last cent from you". Tea and coffee is charged at 4 euro each. I think that I have said enough, only one more thing, We won't be back. I was not surprised that there were so many empty tables. Come on Bon Appetit get your act together and stop ripping valued customers off.

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

After 102 reviews it's time to say goodbye, My final review is our meal at Bloom Brasserie. The food was perfectly prepared with fresh ingredients. My duck starter was tasty but very small in size, and not worth 10 Euro, my girlfriends walnut salad was good and much better value. For mains the steak was decent and sea bass delicious served with a good portion of roast potato. The added cabbage and chorizo was too small a portion, the deserts were delicious particularly the home made ice cream and a very good coffee wrapped up a most enjoyable meal. Prices should be looked at. Thats it goodbye Menupages.!!!!

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Very nice food with rather large portions. The service was very friendly, and the pint was top notch. The menu is well priced and has lots of choice. The place itself is rather big and draughty, I would think that it is far more suitable to large groups than couples. Enjoyed the visit

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Noshington Cafe
1A Washington Street, City Centre South, Dublin

It takes a lot for me to complain in a restaurant, however I did just that when asked how my meal was. I pointed out that I was disappointed as there was a lot of inedible twigs(more like branches) in my salad. The manager sympathised and told me to mention it the next time that we were in and she would make amends. So on our next visit we were asked again by the same lady was everything ok, we agreed that it was, the food was a bit better this time around but no offer of a coffee or discount to make up for previous bad experience, although she was well aware of it. Also I would like if they installed some type of fly zapper as there seems to be a lot of flies around, and the cakes remain uncovered at the counter. Overall having visited Noshington on three occasions I feel that their customer service is lacking to put it mildly. I wont be going back.

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Tiesan Cafe
Harrington Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A Cafe for a sunny day. !! We visited Tiesan today, The space inside is very limited and only seats about nine customers. There is plenty of room outside providing it is sunny. The menu is mainly sandwiches on focaccia bread. Well presented and tasty. The food here is expensive, eg the full breakfast is 11 Euro , and they follow the trend of other local restaurants by not including tea or coffee in the price. This in my book is a black mark against them. The service was fair but the whole place lacked atmosphere. A few smiles from the staff would go a long way. The boss had the special which was an omelette priced at 8:50. Nothing to write home about. Would we go back, em at a push.

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The Boathouse Cafe
Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin

Beautiful location, when the sun is shining, but the service is extremely slow. They desperately need to organise themselves. The prices are high, eg all cakes around 5 euro. The kitchen staff were not wearing gloves while preparing the food and watching one of them stuffing grated cheese into his mouth while making a sandwich for a paying customer was rather off putting to say the least. The jury is out on whether I would go back.

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Caseys at the Brooklane Hotel
Brooklane Hotel, Kenmare, Kerry

Pub grub at restaurant prices is what you get at Casey's. Portions are small and the food is considerably overpriced . A breast of chicken on mash is 18 Euro, A fillet of chicken burger at 16 euro is dearer than anything that I have paid in the centre of Dublin. I asked for the bill four times and eventually just went to the bar and paid. Overall a poor performance on Casey's behalf.

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The Studio Cafe
54 Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Nice location for a cafe, but thats where it ends. The food is very average and lacks any sort of imagination. The bagel special of pineapple and ham was very average indeed, a slice of processed packet ham on some pineapple, need I say any more. The side salad which accompanied it lacked taste, imagination and substance. The coffee was bland. It's a pity but my visit to The studio was like a journey back in time. It could be so much better.

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The restaurant was just about empty at lunch time which was a pity. The service is professional and courteous. The food was well presented and reasonably priced. They set a good standard, pity we were the only ones there.

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The Birdcage Cafe
Avoca Rathcoole, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Great wholesome food and very competent service. However the prices are at the limit of the upper end of the scale. It is always busy so they have no need to drop their prices, but coffee and a scone at six euro makes it a pricey place to drop into. I really enjoy going to Avoca but two lunches for thirty euro is expensive.

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

The service makes this place. The food is nice, different and rather spicey. Would'nt be rushing back.

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Rathsallagh House
Dunlavin, Dunlavin, Wicklow

Simply the best. I have reviewed near to 100 restaurants in the last 3 years or so, and Rathsallagh is simply the best. The food is fine dining, service excellent and everything else that goes along with it. This is how it should be done. Irish food as good as it gets

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

Whilst Indian food would not usually be my preferred choice, the food service and value is very good at Vermillion. There is plenty of choice on the menu and the waiters are extremely polite and offer good service. The restaurant is decorated exceptionally well and the toilets are spotless. I would recommend a visit to Vermillion.

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Hobarts
Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

Good food, friendly staff and fair prices. Hobarts was a winner for me.

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

This really is a mixed bag. We liked the food although portions are on the small side. Starters of chowder ( too salty) and pasta were nice. Their bread was delicious but we had to ask for some. Main courses of steak and Cod were very tasty. we ordered a side portion of grilled veg which was very small.The deserts of sticky toffee pudding was the onlly dissapointment. The pudding was cold and only a small amount of toffee.... it should be smothered !!!. Service was very prompt, the background music is quite loud and really the wrong choice. Tthe staff were great. Used my hi - life diners card which saved me 30 Euro on the bill. Nice evening overall

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Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin

Comfort food, served by competent staff. The fish pie got the big thumbs up. The waiter who was more than friendly gave us free desserts due to an extended wait for our starters. Thinking on his feet and was well received. Don't expect Michelin stars and you wont be dissapointed . One small gripe portions are a bit on the small side.

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The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Be Careful when you go in here..... You might not want to leave. It is cosy, warm and welcoming.The service is particularly friendly. The food was reasonably priced and very tasty. With the fire blazing, you just might stay longer than you want.

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The Tap
The Tap (Inactive), Kilbride Street, Ashford, Wicklow

The signage is very deceptive on Romany Stone, when traveling along the N11 you have to look twice to see if it is a Coffee shop. We went there today and were pleasantly surprised. The menu is quite varied and offers good choice. I had the homemade soup with is served with a small pan of hot brown bread. Delicious. The customers next to me were complimenting the scones as "the best that they ever had". Staff were friendly and cleared off tables quickly, there was a nice buzz about the place.I would have no problem returning .

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The Grafton Lounge
Unit 2, Royal Hibernian Way, Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Really enjoyed my visit to The Grafton Lounge. The food was well presented and fairly priced. It was early afternoon with a good few people coming and going which gave the place a cosmopolitan feel to it The staff were efficient and pleasant. Would have no problem returning.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Very quiet on the night that we visited, however the service was spot on and food well presented and tasty. It would remind you of comfort food, eg breast of chicken on mashed potato ect. I had the brushetta and duck which was accompanied by red cabbage with ham through it. very tasty all round. would go back if it was a bit more lively.

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Bibi's Cafe
14b emorville avenue, South Circular, Dublin

You will do well getting a seat in Bibi's, not only is it popular it is really small. It is very tastefully decorated It seats about 12 persons with extra seating outside. The service is excellent, there were six staff on the day I visited. The food is delicious, fresh, and a little bit expensive for lunch. I had a salad plate comprising of three salads, roasted aubergine with yougert, sweetpeas with hazelnut dressing and pearl barley with wild mushroom. As you see not your ordinary salad. This was priced at 12:50, a little steep. When I added my two cups of coffee the total was 17:50. Steep for lunch.The flavors were delicious . It is a pity that the place is so small but I was glad to have chosen it. I will definatly go back.

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The Step Inn Stone-Grill Restaurant
Stepaside Village, Dublin 18 , Stepaside, Dublin

Really enjoyed my visit to the stone grill. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, and cooking your fillet steak on the hot stone adds to the atmosphere. Overall a very pleasant dining experience with great food, a winner all round.

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

A real warm buzzy restaurant that is worth a visit, particularly on Thursday or Sunday's as there is a very good Jazz band playing on those nights. The food and service was very good, and was overall a very pleasant dining experience

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase
Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

The food in La Dolce Vita is quite good, flavoursome and well presented. The service is fine as are the prices........ all the ingredients are there for a good restaurant, except one The Atmosphere, there is none. Maybe it was because the place was empty,or the lighting too bright but it was more geared to a Sunday afternoon lunch rather than an evening meal. Think I will stick with the city centre for now.

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Idlewilde
20 St. Patrick's Road, Dalkey, Dublin

Far too expensive for what you get. When your charged Ten Euro for a panini with a bit of side salad it's no wonder that the place is empty. Everything on the menu seems overpriced. Definatly wont be returning, much better value elsewhere

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

You won't be disappointed with a visit to Darwins. The food is presented well, tasts great and plenty of it. Perhaps the veg needs some consideration, but meat wise it is second to none. the service is warm and friendly. The tables are a bit too close, but don't let that put you off what should be a very enjoyable meal

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Good spot for casual dining. Sitting outside beside the pond is nice on a sunny day. Food is mediocre, My chicken salad lacked both chicken and imagination, and my daughters pizza was just about ok. Overall a lukewarm dining experience. Would'nt be rushing back.

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Lemon (South William St)
66 South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Sorry to say that I was'nt impressed with Lemon. Maybe it was because it was near closing time, but I found the creps bland and tasteless, It's not cheap. The chairs are uncomfortable, and I find that there is far better value and surroundings elsewhere around town.

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Nonna Valentina
1-2 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin

Yes there is a difference !!! Being a sister restaurant to Dunne and Crescenzi, their food is quite similar. However the service and ambiance in Nonna Valentina is far better. It is picturesque sitting by the windows watching the swans on the canal. The food is top class Italian, and there is plenty of it. The service is spot on and there is no doubt about it that we will be back in the not too distant future.

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

Nice spot for lunch, the food is very tasty and well presented. Service was fine if a little over attentive, my other half did'nt seem to mind the endless charm coming her way. The value is very good, if anything good has come out of the recession it is value like you get here with the quality assured.

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Bianconis Bistro
232 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

"Never Again" Thats what I thought about returning to Bianconis as I was pulling a foot long hair out of my soup. It's rare that I felt so uncomfortable in a restaurant. The service is cool and distant, the selection very limited and for the food, well the soup was nice if it had'nt got someones hair in it. The menu is overpriced, make no mistake I for one won't be back.

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Da Neros Trattoria
Seamus Ennis Road (Above Xtra Vision) , North Dublin, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin

If you can eat the full breakfast here, you will need no other food for a week. There is enough in it for two adults. The omlette which I had for breakfast was fresh and tasty, and with coffee and fresh brown bread all for a fiver, you would go a long way to get such good value. Worth a try

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The Ormond Wine Bar
At Capel Street Bridge, 6 Ormond Quay Upper, City Centre North, Dublin

"Top marks for food" but it really is a puzzle as to what the Ormond Wine bar is???.It seems to be a mish-mash of a few different styles, arty cafe, restaurant, games room, We decided to give it a try last night keeping in mind that it is newly opened. The table beside us had 12 people playing board games, Screaming kids included, there was some great music downstairs which was drowned out by the piped music.... you get the picture and this was at 9pm. The french onion soup was ok, but served with only a drizzle of cheese. My steak was delicious, however surprisingly when I asked for a steak knife I was told that they don't have any. Most surprising was when we ordered tea, a mug was put on the table with tea bag in it.... no they don't have tea pots. And Finally... the toilets are unisex. So there you have it, good food at good prices, the rest including the service is all over the place. From now on it will be strictly daytime dining.

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Brambles Cafe - Dundrum
Level 2, Dundrum, Dublin

The best apple strudel that I have tasted outside of Austria, and with very nice coffee to go along with it, my visit to Brambles was very enjoyable. The food on display looks great, and the staff run off their feet. A popular place indeed

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Busyfeet & Coco Cafe
41- 42 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Good food and really good coffee at reasonable prices. The side salad could have done with a bit more imagination, however the friendliness of the staff made up for it. Looking forward to a return visit

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

The nearest thing that your going to get to the New York style diner, Good food at a reasonable price , no fuss with the service, and reasonably priced. Good Enough for me... Now wheres the COFFEE !!!!!

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Quite simply, Overpriced,lacking in atmosphere and staff that need training. There is no Lunch menu and prices at lunchtime are just too expensive for what you get. A mains of a breast of chicken on lentils at 20 euro without veg, fries is poor value. There is no option of soup as a starter, and all other starters are from 7 euro upwards. A set priced lunch would go a long way, but 60 Euro for two starters and two mains means that I will eat elsewhere rather than return.

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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue
Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

Really nice place to have lunch. Lovely food, well presented, staff very friendly and overall a nice dining experience. Prices are at the top end of the scale, which is a bit of a pity. The lunch menu could be more reasonably priced with each main course around 15 Euro. Michelin starred restaurants are supplying three course lunches in the centre of Dublin for 20 Euro, The Fern House could do a lot worse than follow their lead.

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

No complaints about the food, it was tasty, fairly priced and well presented. The boat is decorated to a very high standard and is very comfortable. it really is a pity about the atmosphere, because the night we visited there was none. what a pity because it could be a real romantic spot to go for a meal to.

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The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford (off N11), Ashford, Wicklow

Nice setting and nice food. On this occasion we only had scones and tea / coffee. I found the prices to be at the upper limit, and with 10% added onto our bill as a service charge, we certainly won't be going back. There are so many restaurants offering great value during these recessionary times, charging 10% service is off putting.

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Bates Restaurant
Main Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum, Wicklow

Top marks all round for Bates and their staff on my visit. We dropped in for lunch (booking advised) and were pleasantly surprised, We had their homemade soup to start with delicious bread. For mains a delicious piece of hake perfectly cooked and presented and roasted chicken. Hot chocolate pudding and ice creams to finish off a very nice meal indeed. Usually with restaurants this good the portion size suffers and what you get is small, but thank God not here.Unfortunately it is a bit out of the way from Dublin, but the food and the service certainly brightened up another rainy Autumn's day.

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Taste Food Company
South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Good food, very friendly service and not bad value either. I reckon that they serve the best chips in Dublin. Their deserts could come up a notch as they are a bit bland but overall happy enough to drop by again.

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Louies Bistro
20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

'As Good As It Gets" sums up our visit to Louie's bistro. The food, service, and decor is very good indeed. The menu is favorably priced and the staff are very warm and friendly. The restaurant and upstairs area is very thoughtfully decorated with no expense spared. A real treat, I hope they do well.

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

"I felt that I was on set of a Harry Potter movie," the way the tables are laid out. However having said that the service, food and atmosphere were all good. Throw in the voucher from Pigsback.com and you get good food at a reasonable price. Don't expect to discuss anything too private or those sitting beside you just might join in. Now wheres my broom gone. Must fly !

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

"Adequate at best" is how we found Pinocchio Cafe. I felt that I was sitting at a restaurant in Dublin Airport waiting for a Departure flight. The Lights are far too bright, no music, no candles, and flat screen TV's around the walls promoting their cookery courses. Oh sorry I forgot the tables are facing the kitchen, so you have a wonderful view. The Food is quite simply over priced for what you get. The starters go from 10 euro right up. The fillet steak which I ordered was cut to ribbons and served with a few roast potatoes. My girlfriends pasta dish was expensive and tasteless. The side salad which we ordered was an absolute disgrace, it was a small plate with lettuce , half a tomato and some onion with no dressing. They charge 4 euro for this. Desserts were about the best part of the meal, and with coffee the bill of 83 Euro was excessive. Pinnocchio is more suited to a lunch time trade. It is far from the best Italian in Dublin. I have eaten far better food for a lot less elsewhere.

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Green 19
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

When you see a restaurant this busy then it's always a good sign. We had to wait about 15 minutes for our table. Green Nineteen does simple food , very well at very reasonable prices. What more do you need. Service is good and pleasant, no problem going back.

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

"Great food, Great place, But...." Lennox cafe is the only restaurant where, when you order a full Irish breakfast, it does'nt include Tea or coffee. This is a pity because with the breakfast priced at 9:50, it brings it up to 11:70 when you include coffee and for breakfast in a cafe even as good as this one that is just too expensive.The food, service and decor are top notch, and I would go as far as saying that anyone thinking of opening up a cafe should visit Lennox to see the standard that should be set. It's a nice treat to go here..... but Tea and Coffee should be included.

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Tiffanys Diner
255 Crumlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin

Best Warm Chicken salad in Dublin. Full of Flavour and decent ingredients. Their daily specials are very good. They have recently introduced a loyalty card scheme which is proving popular. Worth a visit.

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Kudos (Liffey Valley)
Clarion Hotel, Dublin 22, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Average food at a high price. Thats what I felt after having lunch at Kudos. Their stir fry's are probably better value than their sandwiches. I ordered a chicken and mayo sandwich and coffee. the half cup of coffee arrived 10 mins before the sandwich , and when it did arrive it was poor enough. Certainly at E 6:95 I would expect a bit better. Lunch for two came to 30 Euro. One thing for sure We wont be returning.

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Woodlands Restaurant @ The Glenview Hotel
Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Wicklow

We decided on the Glenview for Sunday lunch. Overall the experience was poor. The food was just about fair, tepid and not very much of it. At 14 Euro I would expect better. The hotel is geared for and indeed caters for a lot of older diners. There was plenty of them there and I have no problem leaving them too it. The grounds are nice and it is a good spot to bring your elderly parents too, but for me, no thanks I won't be back.

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

Really good food, at very reasonable prices. Our visit to Cape Greko in Malahide was a very pleasant dining experience. The food was plentiful, fresh and extremely tasty.The service is polite,friendly and not overpowering.With two starters, mains, deserts, coffees and minerals the bill came to 77 Euro. Excellent value. It won't be my last visit.

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Beckett's
Cooldrinagh House, Leixlip, Kildare

Beckett's pride themselves on good food and they are good at it, however it must be said that you can get equally as good in many other places for a lot less. They are charging Dublin City Centre prices. Example their fillet steak dinner is 28 Euro and this is without veg and potato which are priced at 3:50 each. That brings up the price of your meal to 35 Euro for a main course. In these times this is simply far too expensive. I enjoyed my meal at Beckett' s and stayed the night in the hotel. Breakfast the following morning was limited and cold, and an overnight stay may be best avoided.

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Matt The Rashers
Ground Floor, 29 Sundrive Road, Crumlin, Dublin

Good fresh quality food and good coffee as well. If your not too worried about calories and want a decent feed then this is the place to be. The best thing about Matt the Rashers is the staff, they are sharp, not afraid to work and are really on the ball. Matts baguette stuffed with rashers, chicken and onions is my personal favourite..... now I know why I renewed my Gym membership.

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

At last they have extended and it makes a world of a difference. The service area still gets very crowded leading to delays. The girl on the till is too busy serving coffee and this causes long queue's at busy times. The food is really nice, particularly their hot desserts. Our meals were full of flavor and nutrition. I hope to give meat a miss one day a week, and thats a good enough reason for me to return again and again.

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The Halfway House
Walkinstown Road, Walkinstown, Dublin

Competent service, well presented and tasty food at very reasonable prices. A bit of thought was put into their Set menu and it shows. It is excellent value for 25 Euro and there is no drop in the standard of food. Worth a visit for an informal night out.

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The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

First time here and was impressed. Good quality food and at a reasonable price. The service was good with glasses being regularly cleared from the table. Party of six all satisfied. They charged for a bottle of wine which we never got, however I reckon it was a simple mistake. Overall not a bad spot.

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

"If it's not broken then dont fix it". Thats obviously the thinking of the owners of Chez Max when opening up their new sister restaurant of the popular Chez Max of Palace Street. I have always been a fan of The Palace Street restaurant and this is no different. The decor is extremely similar, tables, chairs the exact same and that goes for the food as well. It is exactly the same as Palace street. There is one difference in that there is a lot more room in Lower Baggot Street and a good deal more comfortable. I am glad to see that they have kept their prices reasonable.I would have liked some changes in the menu, eg rabbit breast instead of leg. However thats only a small quibble. I expect to come back here again and again.

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

Having heard 'How Wonderful' this place was I decided to give it a try. First impressions were that the place was grey and dull with dreadful grey tables and chairs.The waitress who was friendly started to explain hoe we could 'build our own burger' by ticking off the boxes on the menu. I found this unnecessary, complicated and irritating.I ordered a chicken fillet burger off the main menu, and yes thats what I got.... a fillet of chicken in a basic bread bun, no salad or anything else with it.The bread bun was even a cheap one.My friends burger was slightly better, only slightly though. Overall I found this place to be another version of Eddie Rockets, but even they can do it better. Another one to strike off the list.

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

This restaurant could be so much better if they made a little more effort in some areas. The service is good, the food is nice but thats really about it. There is no atmosphere in the place. Food wise my girlfriend ordered The cod dinner, and thats what she got, no potatoes, or veg served with it and at 22 Euro we found it wanting,With so many restaurants closing down during this time, Fallon and Byrne will have to step it up a notch to remain in the Game. Overall a disappointment and I won't be going back.

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

Finally tried here today after months of promises to myself, and I was'nt let down. Although I only had their scone with home made jam and a Latte it was very nice. The food looks great, the staff pleasant and it is one of those places where you could relax into very easily. I will be back.

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The Old Orchard Inn
76 Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Dropped in for lunch and was surprised to see how few were there. The decor is dated and the whole place should be revamped. The food was tasty but very over priced for what you get. A panini and chips for 12 Euro is not good value. Their coffee was nice but I certainly wont be going back in a hurry.

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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant
Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin

I was quite impressed with the food here. They do a soup and sambo combination at lunch time which for 7:50 is very good value. It's a pity other pubs don't follow their lead. Service was pleasant and reasonably quick. I know that I will be back.

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Il Vignardo
Beresford Hotel, 21 Store Street, City Centre North, IFSC, Dublin

The only positive thing to come out of the evening was the food. We had intended to go elsewhere but because of the poor reviews on Menu Pages we decided on Il Vignardo. Well that was a mistake. This place is geared towards the Lunch time trade. There was no atmosphere and very few customers, and to be honest the decor with the imitation vineyard ceiling is appalling. A good plasterer is urgently required.The food was fresh, and tasty and service was good. However this was the first time when I handed back a dessert. Their 'Homemade' Tiramisu was dreadful. They serve it in a cup, enough said. Do yourself a favour and give this place a miss at evening time.

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Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

"As full as a butchers pup" is an old saying and that is exactly how I felt leaving Brownes Deli and Cafe last night. As restaurants go Brownes is very informal, but a very good Bistro all the same.If there was a little more effort put into the decor (eg Chez Max) ,then it would be a hard act to follow. The food here is top notch. We had the French onion soup and scallops to start, the Boeuf Bourguignon and Mussels for mains and sticky toffee pudding and very good Lattes to finish. All of the food we had was delicious.The Bill came to 75 Euro which I think is very good value. No doubt we will be back.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

"Italian food as it should be" thats what you get when you eat at Il Primo. We were made very welcome right from our arrival. The service was excellent and very professional, and it was easy to see that the waiting staff were passionate about their food and had pride in their menu and restaurant.We had a quail dish and sirloin / salad for starters.For mains I tried the Risetto and my partner had lasange. The only quibble which we had was the Tirasimu, which was served as a very small portion.If it was twice the size it would just be about right. We finished off a very satisfying meal with tea and good coffee. Two glasses of wine and a bottle of water(5 Euro) brought the bill to 90 Euro.For Italian food this is a little pricey, however it won't stop me returning for another visit.

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O' Callaghan Hotel
No 1 Merrion StreetMerrion Square, City Centre South, Dublin

Lets just say that it suited the occasion.I was invited to a 50th Wedding Anniversary in O Callaghan's Mont Clare Hotel.A set three course meal was served, with the main courses of Beef or Chicken being the only option.The food was well presented and quite tasty, and indeed plenty of it.For the occasion the food was good but I don't expect to be going back any time soon.

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The Queens Bar & Steakroom
12 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

What a fantastic sunny day it was in Dalkey. We decided to eat outside and enjoy the good weather. We found that the menu somewhat outdated, by this I mean you could have your steak, pasta, club sandwich etc all served with chips. What wasn't on offer were selections of fresh salad sandwiches, rolls, panini's or anything lighter than a full meal. We enjoyed the food and the service overall was not too bad, but a few fresh ideas would not go a miss where the menu is concerned.

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Expresso Bar Cafe & Wine Bar (Ballsbridge)
1 St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We decided to have a "pit stop" at the Expresso Bar Cafe, in order to fuel up, as we were only half way through our walk of the leafy Dublin 4. Although we arrived when it was very near closing time, they accomodated us with some very nice coffee and two delicious deserts of what could only be described as Chocolate biscuit crunch. We had to "up the pace" on the second half of the walk to try and work it off, but it was well worth it.

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Frango's World Cuisine
Level 3, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

What a Rip Off this place is.It is expensive for what you get, and just to prove my point, the lady beside me (with the I've just been ripped off look on her face)was charged E2:50 for two slices of plain white bread for her child.I went for the chicken wrap with coffee which came to ten euro. There is no effort put in, and the wrap is served with a couple of crisps. The staff are uninterested as there is a captive audience of patrons. This sandwich bar is a place to be avoided.

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

I have taken to dropping in for breakfast to Howards Way as of late. Their breakfast is good, with good quality ingredients. The staff are always pleasant and there is plenty of good coffee with no charge for a refill. The toilets are spotless and overall I would be happy to return

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Eddie Rockets (Dame Street)
Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

With my new year's resolution firmly in the skip, I went to Eddie Rockets on Dame St. I went for the safe option of Chicken tenders and Onion Rings.They do exactly what it says on the tin.... Tasty grub, in a buzzy atmosphere.It's gone before you know it, pity it's not the same for the calories. Ah well there's always next year.

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The Bald Barista
Avalon House, 55 Aungier Street, City Centre South, Dublin

The Jury is still out on this one. Went here yesterday for Coffee and a bagel. The coffee was nice but you would need a decent quality "jack hammer" to break into the bagel, it was so hard. I will give it another try, thank god my teeth are my own.!!!

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Kilkenny Restaurant & Cafe
1st Floor, 5/6 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

While I like the food here, I still think that it is over priced for the setting that it is in. 3:25 Euro for a caramel slice is too expensive. The portions are large, but a slice of quiche with two salads at 14 Euro is expensive. I never have a problem with the food as it is very tasty and well presented, but they will take your last shilling

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Wallace's Torino
9 Grattan Crescent, Dublin 8 , Inchicore, Dublin

Tried here for lunch today. Nothing particularly special about the place. Nice decor, friendly staff and service was good. Food was a bit bland, a little bit of effort would have made the difference. Would'nt rush back.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Dalkey)
21 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

It just might be "An Indian Summer" after all.It has probably been about two years since I have tried Indian food, so with that in mind my two friends and I decided on Jaipur in Dalkey.We all tried different dishes on the menu. I had a duck starter and a very tasty Lamb rice dish as my main course.Overall our meals were well presented,full of flavor, and had lovely texture. The service was good without being overpowering and overall it was a pleasant dining experience. I may not leave it so long before my next Indian outing.

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Well done to One Pico for grabbing this opportunity by the scruff of the neck. While every other business is moaning about pending recessions they introduce a set lunch menu of fine food for 20 Euro. We had delicious breads, confit of duck, hake and corn fed chicken and lots more. We have gone three times in the last two weeks and have enjoyed it every time. Lets hope that other restaurants follow their lead.

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

"Maybe this place has just gone too big". The food is nice but unremarkable, service so so, and atmosphere fair to middleing, The bruchetta was quite good, but my main course of two chicken breasts on a plate unaccompanied by anything else was a poor dish. My friends wer'nt much better. They don't have to make a big effort as it seems to be always full, and it shows. No candles on tables, lighting too bright and no decent music. I've been in worse, but this place could be so much better.

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

I certainly would'nt describe the pizza as 'Amazing' more like bland. I went there last night and did find the atmosphere buzzy. The photos of New York and Rolling Stone Magazine on the walls give the place a nice touch, however the food is just about all right.The service is attentive even a bit over the top. It reminded me of a Pizza style Eddie Rockets. I would'nt be rushing back.

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

Went to L'gueleton for dinner on Saturday night. The service is very attentive, and friendly. The atmosphere was buzzy and the food was good quality, plenty of it and very tasty. I will be back.

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Cumiskey's
Blackhorse Avenue, Blackhorse, Dublin

Dropped into Cumiskey's once again today for Sunday Lunch. You could not fault portion sizes thats for sure and three meals for 36 Euro is fair enough. The thing about this place is, that it is a very good carvery and thats about it. Nothing more, nothing less. Expect anything more than that and you will be disappointed.

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Reeds on the River at Courtneys
Main Street Lucan, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

With a new lunch menu on offer we decided to show up and check it out. The waiting staff was a little new at serving and he made a couple of mistakes.The service was a bit slow however it was worth waiting on. They do a special of a hot roast beef sandwich, a bowl of (very good ) soup and a coffee all for just 8 Euro.With that value I will return.

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The Goat Bar & Grill
Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin

Decided to drop in for a quick bite to eat at lunch time but as we were ten minutes early for the lunch menu we were left with only a choice of sandwiches.What we got was nothing to write home about, the staff although very friendly were certainly over run serving too many tables at once.It's not a place that I would bother going back to. Bland, bland, bland.

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I had promised myself that I would try "The Deep Fried Ice Cream" but when push came to shove I backed down, maybe next time !! and there will be a next time. We dined in Acapulco last night and found it Cheap and Cheerful. It does exactly what it says on the tin, good food at reasonable prices.Service was excellent, and food was great, a night out for under 60 Euro in the centre of Dublin, well you can't complain about that.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

"College canteen it most definitely is" However saying that the service is very good, the food is not bad either and pricewise is fair enough. We went to 101 Talbot pre theatre and thats what it is probably best for. Reliable grub at a fair price, nothing to shout, or get too excited about. May go back in a couple of years, then again...

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Possibly the easiest review so far. short and simple, These guys know their stuff when it comes to burgers, food,value, and service all spot on. No doubt that I will be back again.

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

Well as the saying goes "If you buy cheap, don't be surprised if you get cheap", and thats really about the best way of describing the early bird menu at Toscana.A party of six of us went in tonight pre theatre, We decided to order from the early bird Menu. The starters were tasty but tasted like a real Microwave job. The main courses were poor overall, my meal, was Penne Pasta with what looked like stewing beef in a tomato based sauce.Those of us who had lasange seemed best pleased.The biggest disappointment however was the desserts. I am a lover of Tiramisu, and whatever was served to me looked, and tasted like it had come out of a packet. However I will say that the atmosphere upstairs seemed very lively as was the service.At 22 Euro per head it's a cheap meal, however the food tastes every bit as cheap. I won't be going back.

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Dobbins @ The Park
South Lotts Road, Dublin 4, Ringsend, Dublin

Went to "The Dogs" tonight and sampled the grub at Dobbins.Due to the fact that it was a midweek night and the stadium was half empty, I found the service quite good.The quality of the food was quite good as well, with plenty of fresh veg and roast potatoes.At 25 Euro per head for a four course set meal, well you can't really go too far wrong.We were a party of nine, and all seemed quite happy with the meal. The steaks were a bit on the crispy side, most of the waiting staff were foreign but had quite good English. I have had worse meals for a lot more money around Dublin. Overall Enjoyable experience.(pity about the dogs)

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Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant (Near Dublin Zoo)
30-32 Parkgate Street, Parkgate Street, Dublin

I probably go to Nancy Hands about once a month for lunch, so today I decided to try out their daily special. I had a toasted chicken salad wrap, and for 4 Euro 50 cent I found it good value. Their coffee is a very good quality, however my friend was a little disappointed to see that they don't serve any snacks or biscuits to accompany it. Overall I was happy with the lunch. The Ladies serving the food certainly know how to keep a very busy queue moving.

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Cafe Boulevard - Baggot St
132 Lower Baggot Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Great little buzzy cafe for grub on the go. Went in here today and treated myself to one of their Breakfast Bagels, which comes with rashers and two poached eggs, very tasty. The staff are on top of their game and I would have no problem going back. Cheers.

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

Great Lunch at unbelievable value. we went to Chez Max for lunch today.I had their Tartine Provencale which is tomato, chicken and cheese on fresh French bread. At only 7:90, this has to be up there with the best value around. You certainly wont leave hungry.

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

Having waited 25 minutes for my food to arrive, I just had to give up. The waitress could'nt manage and was charging around like a headless chicken. Eventually I had to cancel.No apologies, very poor.

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KennysVesey Arms
7 Main StreetLucan, Lucan, Dublin

Had lunch in Kenny's today, as usual food is very good, and the staff are very warm and friendly. the carvery is definatly the best in Lucan. Enjoy

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Avoid this restaurant if you are a Chinese food lover. Service was poor, lighting far too bright, food cold/ luke warm and waiters that don't know why they are there. Go somewhere else, where they appreciate your custom. Won't be going back.

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