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Rolys Bistro restaurant

7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Reviewed 01st November 2017 ( visited 31st October 2017 )

Always a good option, especially when they have an offer available. Friendly, speedy when necessary although sometimes hard to catch a waiters eye if needed. Almost full on a Tuesday lunchtime after B/H weekend!
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Rolys Bistro restaurant

7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Great
1913 reviews

Reviewed 01st November 2017 ( visited 31st October 2017 )

Always a good option, especially when they have an offer available. Friendly, speedy when necessary although sometimes hard to catch a waiters eye if needed. Almost full on a Tuesday lunchtime after B/H weekend!
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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Always a good option, especially when they have an offer available. Friendly, speedy when necessary although sometimes hard to catch a waiters eye if needed. Almost full on a Tuesday lunchtime after B/H weekend!

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Farmer Browns
25a Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

A busy Sunday brunch time and the staff were under pressure. Small tables set very close together. The staff were friendly enough however the level of service was well below expectation. Our waiter, who didn't write down our very specific order, just didn't get it right. Apologies from the manager who said he was new and hadn't great English is not good enough when paying their prices. Some of the food was cold. Wrong order delivered (twice), items order never appeared at all but did appear on our bill. The barista was obviously in training as we observed her pace whilst making the various coffee orders. Appalling to see her placing her hands inside the rim of cups before serving to customers. I definitely would not go back.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Front of house staff excellent as were most of waiting staff. Found it difficult to get attention from them at times, especially as we wanted to get our order in quickly. Otherwise a nice experience as always and fantastic value with the Menupages lunch offer.

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

Warm cosy atmosphere, excellent complimentary pre starter, generous portions. Highly recommended. Parking is an issue around Terenure village. There is a low priced car park about 5 mins walk away.

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

Great as always.

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Hampton Hotel Bar Bistro
19-29 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4 , Donnybrook, Dublin

Experienced this restaurant for the first time last night as part of a small private party. Was really impressed by improvements in décor and indeed the private dining room. Good quality tableware, large atmospheric candles and of course most importantly very good quality and presentation of dinner. Fish well cooked and served with a delicious puree of parsnip. Roasted veg done just nicely. Desert was a limited choice due to nature of event and the lemon tart was tasty. The only slight let down (as is very common at these events) was the coffee. Probably brewed some time in advance. However the waiter was very helpful in obtaining a decaf cup from the main bar for those who asked. Good experience all round.

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

Friendly staff in this local restaurant. Lots of variety on the menu so nothing particularly special but all ok. Don't like the dark 80s style furniture but otherwise no complaints. Good Value because of the voucher

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

My third visit to this restaurant and the first time to experience the early bird menu at 22e per head for 2 courses. The food is of excellent quality and the service is 5*. Excellent all round .

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Silver Apple Restaurant
Lord Edward Street, Sligo Town, Sligo

Great find! Right in centre of Sligo opposite the Railway and Bus Station. Lovely room with little booths at the back of main dining room. It was very quiet although a Saturday and deserved to be bursting at the seams. Excellent food, great steaks (which two of our party had) and locally caught fish. Reasonable prices and wine list. Only drawback is no lift if you have problem with stairs, they are quite steep. Parking can be found just around the corner on residential street. We will be back.

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Joes Café
The Dell Centre, Lahinch, Clare

Arrived about 8.30 on a Sunday evening in August having fled the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon and due to the lack of anywhere else to eat locally. To be fair we were told they were closing shortly and it did feel a bit rushed. However the food was very good quality. The tables were covered with brightly coloured oil clothes and room painted in a very cheerful and inviting way. I would go back again.

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Greene's Restaurant
Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare

A friend picked this restaurant and I was not particularly keen given the reviews I read on this site. However I was very pleasantly surprised. Monday so was quiet but a nice evening so we sat outside. Right beside the entrance to Maynooth so quite atmospheric. Great attention from our waiter and so service couldn't have been better. Good portions - crab claws excellent, Risotto a little too creamy for me but otherwise very good. Generous size glass of wine. All in all a very enjoyable evening. Would go back if in the area.

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Byrnes Restaurant and Townhouse
Main Street, Ennistymon, Ennistimon, Clare

A find! having had only reasonable food up to then in the area we were delighted to find Byrne's on Monday night. Great atmosphere, service and food. Table at the back overlooking a nice little terrace and waterfall with sun going down. Lovely. Next time we will try the rooms for an overnight.

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had late lunch here Thursday. What fantastic value for money. Special offer of 8.95 for 2 courses of ample sized portions AND a small glass of house wine. Excellent value for money and good standard of food. I will def be back.

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Had quick lunch here today. About half full but service was quick and professional by the one person on duty. Lunch special of 8.95 for 1 course or 1euro extra for 2. Had toasted sandwich which was dry and looked like it was hastily put together. The side salad was a bit withered and again dry and the 6 or so chips included were passable. Free wifi and warm environment.

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

Had lunch here and opted for the soup/sandwich combination at 9.50. Excellent value and quality. Home made Mushroom soup with some black treacle type bread accompanied by 3 pieces of smoked salmon on above bread with a little dressing of leaves etc. Even though a Friday lunchtime, service was excellent and I must say I was very impressed with the staff/atmosphere/decor. Will definitely be back.

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

Ate here for the first time early on Saturday evening. About 4 tables occupied at that stage and we were told we would have to vacate by 8pm but that gave us plenty of time. A nice/varied menu and presentation is excellent. I feel it is expensive however and the early bird which seems good value only available from Monday to Friday. Staff all seemed extremely pleasant and appeared to be enjoying their work! I would certainly go bac.

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

had lunch here yesterday. I too have eaten in this establishment in London and have been impressed.I was so looking forward to my lunch here yesterday. I have to say that maybe my timing was bad but it was like being in a creche! Screaming and bad mannered children surrounded us. I even heard a waiter tell a table that they had to pipe down or else he wouldnt serve them any icecream. I dont think it worked! Our waitress was having a very bad day. Almost comical. She couldnt remember what we ordered and everything arrived in a strange order. We had to ask for everything twice. Having said that the Risotto was excellent as was the coffee. I don't think I would be rushing back however.

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Boqueria
6 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

On a return visit to Cork in October I returned to this tapas bar which I had very much enjoyed on previous visits. There was a great buzz and it is difficult to get a table at weekends. However eventually we did but unfortunately I have to say I was very disappointed in the quality of the food. I suppose it didn't help that I had just returned from the Basque country where you can eat the most amazing food in the whole of Spain. But here in Boqueria the tapas lacked flavour and felt like the Irish version with a bit of salsa on top! The wine list however is excellent and what seems like an expensive glass (about 7 euro) is in fact a pinchet which contains about 250 mls.

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The Mint Bar
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I have eaten here on several occasions. This is really a bar with dining tables. 2 very large TV screens dominate. However the atmosphere is generally good and the seating arrangements are very comfortable and well spaced out. Service varies. They have a couple of different menus depending on time of the day. The food here is very good value. I am not sure if it comes from the same kitchen as the main restaurant but it is significantly cheaper. Drinks are expensive. It is not the place for a long lingering dinner but great for fish cakes/Thai curry etc with a glass of beer or wine on the way somewhere else. Ample newspapers provided ...for those not interested in the TV. (Or their companion)

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate early dinner here Sunday 17th. It was some time since I had previously ate here and found the atmosphere and layout of the restaurant welcoming. The staff were friendly and attentive. However the food really was only average. My pasta (ravioli stuffed with something I cannot remember) was rubbery and the contents were.. Well... unremarkable! My friend is a huge spicy chicken wings fan and pronounced them 'not a patch ' on those she enjoys so much at another establishment. The fries were also rated average but the beer was very good. At least something was. I won't be rushing back.

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India Gate
1st Floor 26b Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Don’t let the location of this restaurant put you off! Upstairs in the Nutgrove shopping centre would not seem to be the ideal location. However, despite some refurbishing needing to be undertaken on the hallway and stairway leading up this is a very comfortable restaurant with nice decor complete with freshly laundered ultra white table cloths and napkins. It is possible to get a seat here even on New Year's Eve without booking and the food is very good and quite reasonably priced. However as in the majority of Indian restaurants the desserts are abysmal (pre packed and frozen variety). Service is low key but efficient and they do the best peshwari naan I have tasted in Dublin. You can bring your own wine etc however they now charge corkage of about 5 for a bottle of wine (less for beer and more for bubbly). Parking free of charge outside the door and a Molloy's Liquor store a few doors down if you wish to purchase wine to bring in with you. I have been there many times and never disappointed.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

Easter Sunday night. Four tables occupied. Attentive and polite but not particularly friendly staff. Good variety on menu. We order the selection of starters for 2 priced at 14.50 for two pieces each of 4 types of starter. All well presented and cooked with 4 different dipping sauces. It would have been nice for the waitress to explain what each was without having to be asked however. Mains were tasty and just the right quantity. The Jasmine rice however was extremely 'gloopy'. Bill for above plus 3 drinks 70.00 euro. One major quibble I have with serving staff not just in this restaurant is that when one doesn’t add a tip to the credit card bill their demeanour seems to change. I usually prefer to leave a cash tip on the table if service is good. It is very off-putting to see this change before they even know if they are receiving a tip.

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

I have visited many times over the years and one thing I have noticed is that for early bird and very late evening the food is great. At normal dining times it can be terrible. The atmosphere is always great and the staff are surely enthusiastic and on the ball. So you kind of take your chances! But you can also just pop in late evening (when it is hard to find somewhere for just a couple of glasses of wine and nibbles) and probably the only place in Dublin to sit down to dinner at 11.30 at night. It's an institution.

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

Having read some negative reviews recently I visited again on Sunday last. The place was jammed but they still managed to find us a table for two (wanted it back 1.5 hours later) but that suited ok. The menu is limited and more suitable to meat lovers. However the sausage and mash washed down with a fairly reasonably priced bottle of wine just hit the mark. Service was on the button and a great atmosphere prevailed.

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

I have been a huge fan and given excellent reviews on this place over the years since it opened a small deli in South Frederick St. I have seen the restaurant expand to it present size there and the opening of at least 3 other branches (which I have also visited over the last few years). I am very sorry to say that my most recent experiences have been very disappointing. One of the charms of this restaurant was limited menu with excellent quality of food and wine. I always felt that the owners were involved and that the staff really enjoyed working there and knew the regulars well. Now , while there is still generally a good atmosphere in the large space on South Frederick St, the menu has expanded but unfortunately quality has dropped. I have experienced unpleasant and unfriendly waiters and on one occasion a quite rude one who didnt care a bit that I was unhappy with my food, he took it away without a query and returned sometime later with a replacement. No apology - nothing. Prices have definitely gone up, albeit from an initial low base but the charm of the place has gone. What a pity.

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