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County: Cork

No. of Reviews: 25

Member Since: 31 March 2009

Last Visit: 07 July 2011

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Gorman's Clifftop House & Restaurant

Glaise Beag, Ballydavid, Dingle, Dingle, Kerry

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Cuisine:
Irish

Price Range:

Great
3 reviews

Reviewed 31st March 2009 ( visited 18th December 2008 )

This restaurant is located in a very rural area on the slea head drive. It feels like you are dining in somebody's home but without being uncomfortably familiar. The views are amazing and the service is very friendly. The menu is made up of mainly local ingredients with alot of seafood featuring. I had dinner here on a few occasions and it never disappointed. The menu changes regularly but it is hard to go wrong with any of the seafood choices. They use simple ingredients in an interesting way without overpowering the natural flavours.
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Luigi Malones Restaurant

5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
International

Price Range:

Good
698 reviews

Reviewed 31st March 2009 ( visited 31st March 2009 )

I have eaten here a few time and have been happy overall. It is a busy, loud restaurant and if you are looking for a quiet romantic evening this is the not place to go. If you are looking for a bit of a buzz in a group it is perfect. The food has always been good. I'm a fan of the pizza and spicy island chicken. The chicken wings and nachos come in super human portions suitable for sharing and are really tasty. I've never tried dessert because the main course portion are so huge. One of my friends braved the chocolate cake and said it was delicious. The main downside is the pressure on staff to clear tables - it can feel very rushed at times as you are bluntly told that your table is only available for 1 hour
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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice burgers and really good substantial chicken wings. Otherwise it's nothing really special. Service is friendly but you can feel rushed at times. It is a little overpriced for what you actually get but given the temple bar location that is probably understandable

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Il Baccaro
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went here for dinner on a friday night. The atmosphere was lovely but the service was very slow. The food was ok but i wouldn't rave about it.I had the pork and it was a bit dry and generally not very interesting. My friend got the steak and it looked nice and was a good sized portion. It's a pity they don't do smaller primi dishes so you could have the full italian experience including the pasta course. It was a bit overpriced for what we got

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Really good value meal. Tasty starters especialy the squid. The duck pancakes were alittle bland tho. My spicy beef noodles were lovely and the fruit crumble for dessert was the perfect and light. My main problem was how noisy it was. Good for a nights out with a group. probably less suitable for a romantic dinner for 2 though

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

Amazing! I went there for lunch and it was absolutely perfect. The jambalaya was so delicious. The service was great. How can you go wrong with a huge lunch in gorgeous surroundings with a lovely atmosphere for E8.50. I know it's much more expensive in the evening but still probably worth a visit

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

Had gone to Yamamori sushi and really liked the food. I was a bit disappointed by my most recent visit to Yamamori noodle however. The food was a bit bland. The bento box was ok but there was nothing really outstanding in it. I had one of the beef sizzling platters. It looked amazing but the flavour didn't really live up to expectations. Service was efficient and friendly and it had a nice atmosphere. Maybe we were just unlucky with the dishes we order

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

Great atmosphere. Really dark and cosy. Love the little alcoves. The food is tasty - I recommend the cheese and meat boards. Chicken wings hit the spot too. Great for a simple romantic meal. It can be a bit tight for space at times. The staff are really friendly but it can be hard to get their attention at time ( probably because it's so dark).

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Lord Bakers Seafood Restaurant
Main Street, Dingle, Dingle, Kerry

I had lunch here today and really can't understand how it has gotten so many awards. I had the mussell's which were ok but the sauce was pretty flavourless. My friend had the roast of the day which was dry and looked as if it has been sitting under heating lights for ages. The veg was completely overcooked and mushy. The staff were very friendly but it wasn't enough to make up for the quality of the food.

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Murphy's Ice Cream
Strand Street, Dingle, Kerry

Really cute little cafe/icecream shop. The staff are really friendly and will spend ages talking to you about the different ice cream and getting you to try samples before you choose. The hot chocolate drinks are gorgeous. Overall expensive for what you get but a nice treat.

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Synnott's Bistro @ The Parkview Hotel
Main Street, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow

I ate here over valentines weekend and it was lovely. I'd seen the restaurant earlier in the day and it seemed lacking in character. I wasn't expecting much other than ok standard hotel fare but that evening i was proven wrong. The staff made great efforts to create a cosy intimate candlelit atmosphere without being cheesy. The food was amazing. The sping rolls were delicious as a starter. The main course was fillet steak which was cooked to perfection and accompanied by the most gorgeous onion mash. The desserts were also a winner - rich chocolate cake and a gorgeous fluffy light cheesecake. The wine list was good and well priced and the complementary glass of champagne was a nice touch. The menu was limited but suited us perfectly.

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Banna Thai
15 Maylor Street, Cork City, Cork

I had lunch here on a Saturday and it was lovely. The service was fast, friendly and efficient. The food was delicious especially the yellow curry. There was a really good selection to choose from and many of the dishes are very light. Perfect for lunch. I'm definately going to try it for dinner some time

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Amicus
Paul Street, Cork City, Cork

I went here for a quiet dinner with a friend but the tables are completely on top of each other. It is really noisy and hard to hold a conversation. we moved to a table upstairs which was a little better. The staff were friendly initially but were really rushing us to leave after a while. We had been told that the table was available for 90 min but pressure was being put on us to leave after 60 min. The food was a bit disappointing too. The pasta dishes were very plain and a bit over cooked- nothing really special about them. It felt like something you would throw together at home if in a rush.

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Il Padrino Pizza Pasta House
21 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork

Lovely atmosphere. We went in a group so i got to try 4 different dishes. The pizza was gorgeous with a really crispy delicate base. The raviolli was delicious. The risotto was a little bit tough but still tasty. My main complaint was that the staff were too attentive to the point of being intrusive and annoying. Otherwise good atmosphere and great food

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Cafe Liteartha
Dyke Gate Street, Dingle, Kerry

An quirky little cafe at the back of a book shop. A bit dark and dingy but great for a simple and cheap toasted sandwich or soup.

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Ashe's Bar
Main Street, Dingle, Kerry

If you like your seafood then this place is a must. Their fish is cooked to perfection and delicious. The chowder was creamy and packed full of chunky fish pieces. It's basically a meal in itself. It is a bit expensive but the quality is amazing. Lunch and the early bird dinner are pretty good value however

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Marina Inn
Strand Street, Dingle, Kerry

Nice pub with a good buzz and a good local trade. The mussels in white wine sauce are simple but delicious. I had the fish cakes. They were a bit more potatoe than fish which was a bit disappointing. It is simple straight forward food thats good value.

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Danno's Restaurant & Bar
Pier Head, Strand Street, Dingle, Kerry

Nice pub grub. Pretty limited menu but if you are looking for a good burger in Dingle then this is the place to go. Great place to have a birthday party or private BBQ

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Chart House Restaurant
The Mall, Dingle, Kerry

Over rated. This is billed as a fine dining restaurant but has fallen short on the 2 occasions that i've dined there. The decor is good with a nice atmosphere and the menu looks really promising. Unfortunately the service and the quality of the food was lacking on each occasion. The service was very slow and not particularly friendly when we asked for the second time for somebody to take our order. The food when it arrived looked good but wasn't warm enough and the taste didn't really live up to expectations. If this was a cheaper restaurant than i might have said it was reasonable quality but it really doesn't live up to expectations

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Half Door Restaurant
John Street, Dingle, Dingle, Kerry

This is a great seafood restaurant with a fabulously unstuffy atmosphere. I have eaten here several times and it has always been really good. The blackened salmon and seafood platter are devine. The service can be a little slow when busy but is very friendly. It can be a bit expensive but the quality is very good. The early bird menu is great value.

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Gorman's Clifftop House & Restaurant
Glaise Beag, Ballydavid, Dingle, Dingle, Kerry

This restaurant is located in a very rural area on the slea head drive. It feels like you are dining in somebody's home but without being uncomfortably familiar. The views are amazing and the service is very friendly. The menu is made up of mainly local ingredients with alot of seafood featuring. I had dinner here on a few occasions and it never disappointed. The menu changes regularly but it is hard to go wrong with any of the seafood choices. They use simple ingredients in an interesting way without overpowering the natural flavours.

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

I went here with a group of friends and dined in one of the private rooms. It was simply amazing. The atmosphere was elegent without being too stuffy. The service was amazing - brisk and friendly but very unintrusive. The food was universally gorgeous. Really fresh Irish produce with a twist. I had the black pudding and poached egg to start followed by the shoulder of lamb. The knife was barely needed as the meat was so tender. It tasted amazing. One of my collegues had the pork belly and again raved about it for at least a week afterwards. The desserts were equally delicious. It is expensive but well worth splashing out for a special occasion.

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

I visited this restaurant with a large group of friends. It has a lovely cosy atmosphere as soon as you walk throught the door. The service was excellent considering our group was so large. The steaks were cooked exactly as requested and really tasty. I had the sea bass which was amazing. They have a really good selection of starters to choose from although we all saved ourseves for dessert. I had the chocolate cake which was delicious.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We had a lovely little table at the back beside the window which made the place seem cosy and intimate even though the room is very large. The service was polite and attentive. Our orders were taken quickly and the service was efficient considering how busy the restaurant was. We never felt rushed to leave at any stage. Later in the evening we had a tendency to be forgotten and had to go in serch of the bill however. The food was very good. I felt full but healthy leaving as the dished contained a lot of delicious fresh veg and very little oil. I liked the touch of being served tea when we arrived. I'll definately be back

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

This restaurant is amazing. I loved the cosy old world decor. The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The food was unbelievable. I had the pork steak which was cooked to perfection and served with an extremely tasty apple mash potatoe. One friend had the steak and chips which were gorgeous. Another had the venison with blue cheese mash and raved about it. We shared a chocolate brownie for dessert which was really chocolately but without being too sweet. The only flaw i could find was that the tables were a little cramped. It was very reasonably priced considering the quality of the food and service. Highly recommended.

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

I have eaten here a few time and have been happy overall. It is a busy, loud restaurant and if you are looking for a quiet romantic evening this is the not place to go. If you are looking for a bit of a buzz in a group it is perfect. The food has always been good. I'm a fan of the pizza and spicy island chicken. The chicken wings and nachos come in super human portions suitable for sharing and are really tasty. I've never tried dessert because the main course portion are so huge. One of my friends braved the chocolate cake and said it was delicious. The main downside is the pressure on staff to clear tables - it can feel very rushed at times as you are bluntly told that your table is only available for 1 hour

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

This place is a gem if you are looking for good tasty chinese food that is really cheap. Don't expect much on the service front and the decor is dodgy to say the least. Perfect for a quick evening meal. The dry spicy lamb is amazing and any dish with the word sizzling in it is also a winner. Beware that all the menus are different with different dishes appearing on them (complete with scribbled out and rewritten prices).

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