Restaurant Reviews from dollymountgirl

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 29

Member Since: 11 December 2011

Last Visit: 18 February 2014

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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 08th January 2012 ( visited 02nd December 2011 )

I went to Roly's on a christmas work night out. it was really busy when we arrived our table was not ready as we were a little early and were advised to go to the neighbouring pub for a drink which we did but when we came back the table was still not ready and we were all crowded into the reception area waiting our table. However when we got the table it was perfect for our group it was an enclosed room all to our selves and it was the perfect size for the group. It had a large square table which we all sat around and it was great for a group. The food was tasty and I liked the choice on the menu. The service was very good. It is a little expensive I thought for the three courses and wine. Overall my visit to Roly's was very enjoyable.
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Indian Curry Club - Kilbarrack restaurant

27/28 Kilbarrack Shopping Centre, North Dublin, Raheny, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 5

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
20 reviews

Reviewed 08th January 2012 ( visited 31st December 2011 )

We have been going to this restaurant since it opened as have all my family. we love the food and it is amazing value especially if you get the special two course meal with a drink. I have never been disappointed with any meal i have had in the curry club. The staff are really friendly and helpful. They also welcome children. the location is not great beside a pub and it is small, while it does a busy take away trade the restaurant is quiet which can affect the atmosphere. The decor is basic. It is not exactly the place to go for a romantic meal but It is ideal for a group or family meal.
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Canters Tandoori
9 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin

5 of us went here on Saturday night they offered us a table down stairs or up stairs we picked up stairs which they opened us for us. We were they only table occupied here for the night hence the low score for atmosphere. It was cold when we went up first but they put on the heating and it quickly warmed up. Down stairs looked nice and cosy and had a good atmosphere. The service was good some of the staff didn't appear that friendly but I think it is because their english was not that good. The food was good. It is good value especially when you can bring your own wine.

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The Bistro at Ella
7 Main Street, Howth, Howth, Dublin

Went to Ella with a voucher last sat. I t was very busy when we arrived a few large parties. The clientele seemed to be regulars which was a good sign. it was bustling and busy but we were shown to our table quickly. the waitress staff were friendly and efficient and faultless. we really enjoyed the starters we had the duck and paid the supplement for the scallops they were delicious the sauces were a little bland. The selection for all the courses was excellent my husband had a fantastic steak. I had a sea field linguine which was over powered by smoked fish.We also enjoyed the wine. I noticed a good priced early bird however some of the prices looked a little expensive if not using the voucher or the early bird. Overall a very good dining experience.

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Spillane's Seafood Bar
Fahamore Maharees, Castlegregory, Kerry

Enjoyed the meal we had here, it was very busy and we had to book. the pub has a very good reputation in the area for food and I was really looking forward to going. The menu was good and had a good choice. The service was brisk but friendly. I had the duck for my main course it was unusual with a mint sauce. the children had potatoes which they loved, they asked for seconds and thirds. they didn't charge us for the 3 lot of potatoes. my daughter had a 4 oz steak with potatoes which she loved and it was really good value at 8 euro. Their desserts also looked great. they had the most generous and tasty ice cream cones on desserts. Will definitely be back looking forward to my next trip.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We had a menu pages voucher so the value was very good. One saturday we felt like going out for dinner we bought the voucher, booked the table all in the one day, which was great. the food was ok, portions small reasonably tasty. The service was good. However the restaurant feels to big it is not some where I would recommend for a romantic meal. I am not sure if I would go back the size of the restaurant is too big not intimate or cosy which is my personal preference when eating out with my partner.

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Locke's Pantry Restaurant
Lower Main Street, Kilbeggan, Westmeath

a big group of us approx 30 had lunch here we had a large number of children. most of us had sandwiches and a few had pasta dishes. for such a large group the service was good. it was very child friendly I have to compliment the restaurant on this. it was also very good value for lunch and the waiter gave the children complimentary desserts and he also gave them a bag of sweets after their meal which delighted them. thumbs up for been so kid friendly.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We ate hear last Saturday on a menu pages voucher. it was excellent value, food and service. I would highly recommend it and I will definitely be back for the a la cart menu. Just 2 main criticism the toilet was down stairs and certainly would be difficult for some people to manage the stairs. the other things was that the menu was limited I would liked to have been able to pay a surcharge for a choice on the a la carte menu. They were only minor things and we will definitely be back the best restaurant I have reviewed on menu pages in Ireland so far.Even in france it would be hard to find a restaurant as good.

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

We had a nice evening at the king Sitric. We had a lovely view of Howth. The restaurant has been done up since I was there last which was quiet a while ago. I remember it as an expensive restaurant, now you can get a reasonably priced 3 course meal for 37 Euro. I expected the restaurant to be a bit pretentious but it was very relaxed and had a nice atmosphere. we were there for a special occasion and it lived up to the standard. The food tasted lovely and was well presented. The service was a little slow at times. The only main criticism was that you had to go down stairs for the toilet. The lobster on the menu was very tempting however the price was way too expensive. We also noticed a more casual dining area down stairs which we hope to try soon as it looked interesting.

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The Yacht (Clontarf)
73 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Ate here with a group after work. I didn't notice if the carvery was open but i usually avoid carverys. The menu was nice plenty to choose from. The bar staff were friendly. I usually prefer to eat in a restaurant but his was very good pub food. we were sitting on high stools which wouldn't suit every one even though there were other tables and chairs they were full. we didn't have tea or desserts.

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The Mint Cottage
2A Main Street, Raheny, Dublin

A large group of us came here for a special occasion. it is a very small cosy restaurant. They have a deal advertised which is available until 8 pm even though we arrived just before 8 pm they said we could have the special deal. It is very reasonably priced. the food was delicious. The staff were very friendly also. couldn't fault the food it was busy also on the night.

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Sandbar
193 Clontarf Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

We had lunch here, the menu is good. my choice was a sandwich with pesto unfortunately there was too much pesto on the sandwich for my liking but that was my fault for not reading the menu properly. there was a nice crowd of people there and the ambiance was warm on a cold day. I have also eaten here at night time up stairs which most people don't seem to know about and the food is off a higher standard than a sandwich bar. I remember they had music laid on and the food was really nice. It was great for a group night out and a good surprise as most people think of the sandbar as a coffee shop.

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

Went here for lunch, good lunch time atmosphere. the price was reasonable. I had the chicken wings I really liked the flavor. The chicken themselves were just middling, I have had better. I had the prawn fajitas which were lovely and the desserts were great. my companion was also very happy with her food. She is a regular and it was her suggestion that we go there. The only thing was that she was disappointed as normally they did deals on the wine but not any more. The service was very good and friendly.

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I really enjoyed this restaurant, we went there for a party. We were all given a group starter which was delicious. We could chose our own main courses I had the prawns which were great, However my friends did not enjoy the pork belly main course. The dessert again was served in the center of the table and it was self service which was fine. The wine was very good and there seemed to be a well stocked bar. The atmosphere was great lively and there was a young live band playing when we arrived. the staff were also very friendly and we were there quiet late and didn't seem to rush us out. I will definitely go back.

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Kinara Restaurant
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin

I always thought the Kinara was overrated all my friends live locally and love it. I had previously had one experience which was not great there and it had put me off going there. However all was to change I went there with a group in November and really enjoyed it. We initially waited in a special bar area down stairs where we had drinks while our table was been prepared. the food was great we had a shared platter and I had a prawn dish for main course which was lovely melt in the mouth. the Wine went well with the food. We had our own little private dining area for the group which was nice I had been put up here before with our two kids and it was not very enjoyable as I felt we were not wanted with children and hidden away from the other diners. Overall It is a place you go for special occasions as it is a little expensive but well worth it for the food and don't bring children. however I hear the early bird is really good hope to try that soon.

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Clontarf Court Hotel Bar
Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

This hotel is now called the Bram stoker, went here to have an indian meal only to find out the indian had closed down which we were disappointed about. As it was a busy night every where else was booked out so we decided to try the bar food. we both went for the fish and chips, they came out on a wooden platter and were nicely presented the chips came in their own deep fat fryer basket. the fish was tasty it did come with batter. we didn't get dessert. the meal was reasonably priced at 10 euro. the service was also good. Sorry to see the Indian gone as we also liked it for take away.

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Indigo Lounge
Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Clontarf, Dublin

This review isn't about the Indigo lounge but about the christmas party in the clontarf castle. The tickets were expensive at 79 euros. the food was not good nothing was nice. the first starter chicken and beetroot was dry the soup was not great. the turkey and ham was only average and the cheesecake dessert was not nice. the service was good after the first starter someone did come and ask us was every thing satisfactory at that time I said ok as I though well hopefully it will get better. nobody came back after that. the entertainment was good and it was a good night but the food was disappointing as it was expensive for the ticket.

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

went here for a work night with a group who had booked the 3 course set meal. the restaurant was very busy when we arrived we were down stairs. I liked the buzz and the decor of the restaurant. we were seated downstairs. the service was very good. Maybe it was the menu but i didn't like the food. we got antipasti whic was all cold meats and cold vegetables i wouldn't have ordered this my self had I had a choice my own fault of course. the main course i did have a choice and opted for the gnocci and Irish beef may be I don't go Italian enough but it came out like some thing I would feed to my kids. However it was tasty even if it looked like childrens food and was very filling. The dessert choice limited and I opted for a peach tart it was ok. The meal was priced at 32 euro was expensive for what it was. I had 2 Italian beers and tried the wine which was good. the service was brisk but attentive. Wouldn't go running back but would seriously looked at my choice of food the next time.

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Indian Royale
Market Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal

We were in letterkennny for a weekend and dropped into this restaurant for dinner, the restaurant was very quiet for a weekend, there were about 6 people in the restaurant. the waiters english wasn't great but he was friendly. The menu was good and we took some time deciding. They seem to have excellent deals mid week and early birds but we were there after 8pm on a Saturday so we were paying full price. which was average pricing. The food was really good when it arrived and you got plenty of it. The wine also went well with the food.

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The Yellow Pepper Restaurant
36 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal

Really enjoyed this restaurant my husband had the lobster which he really enjoyed it was really good value for money. He would definately go back for the lobster. I had the duck which I loved also. The menu choice was excellent. the service was also very good. it was very busy when we arrived but as we were eating it got quiet but the restaurant had a nice ambience and I liked the decor. A good experience and would go back.

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

my family and i ate here one sunday evening we had a voucher that we booked through menu pages, we made the booking through menu pages and it confirmed the date we wanted. i happened to ring the restautant shortly before we arrived and was told they didn't have our booking from menu pages but they told us to come aalone and they would make a table for us. when we arrived the restaurant was very busy but we didn't have too wait that long for a table. Kids eat free on a sunday and they had a lovely soup for staters then they had a decent main course. the menu was short as it was a deals menu. I loved the chicken wings and found the fish cakes tasty. the onl;y compliant was we asked for the dessert which was not in the deal we found this very disappointed they description we were given was that it was a selection of desserts it was a dried out chesse cake and average ice cream.The waiter was really nice and helpful but he was rushed off his feet we felt bad asking for anything extra. I though the piano palying was lovely however my hushand though it was too noisy as we next to it. The value was excellent it was amazing how cheap it was.

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

Went here on a group night it was a great night there was about 40 of us. we took up most of the restaurant but there were a good few other tables full in the restaurant. I have been here before a number of years ago and thought it was average. But this time we were really well looked after. the service was a little slow due to the large number of us but the waiter look a lot of time in going throught the menu and explaining about the dishes when we were ordering. I really enjoyed my choice and most people were happy with their food. I had to go looking for my dessert which was nice, the wine was very reasonably priced and was very nice. Once the food was finished the karoke commenced and we had a good laugh even the owner/ manager helped us out on the karoke. The food was very reasonably priced 27 euros for a three couse meal and 20 euro for a bottle of wine. The restaurant was very enjoyable and good for a night out. The down side is the location if you want to go out afterwards you are a distance from any good bars.

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Bay Restaurant
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Dropped into the Bay restaurant a number of times recently for lunch and breakfast. This is a small cosy restaurant however I think the tables are too close together for a romantic night out but it is the perfect location for a nice lazy lunch or breakfast. I like the calorie count on the menu's and it definately puts me off what i would really like to order which is good I think? One day I really felt like a big Irish breakfast settling instead for the health option. The food is nice and the service is brisk and the staff are friendly, they always seem very busy as I pass this restaurant regularly. For breakfast and lunch the food is good value. Dinner definately seems pricier.

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

I organised a night out for a big group in Il Segreto. It was recommended by a friend. I must commend the staff as they were very helpful in organising the night out and never looked for a deposit or seemed to mind me changing the numbers regularly. It didn't seem to be a problem they are obviously confident that the restaurant would be full any way. My first impression is that the restaurant is small but it was very busy when we arrived I though we could go to the terrace for drinks but we were directed to the pub next door for drinks as our table wasn't quiet ready. The service was a little slow However the food when it arrived was very tasty with the portions quite small. As we were on a group menu the choice is limited. With the service charge at the end the bill was expensive. The highlight of the evening was the band which started playing on the ground floor, we were not rushed out staying there until 2am with a full bar service. Definately a good place for a group night out if it is a special occasion.

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

We ate here on mothers day, which was the day after St. Patrick's day not a good choice. We had the table booked however, they did not have our booking but we only had to wait 5 minutes or so for a table. The service was excellent and our waitress was so nice. We ordered the tampura prawns and when they arrived they looked like cauliflower the batter was not cooked when we complained they replaced them with some which were cooked after a very minutes. Our main course was not great. The childrens food arrived out the same time as our main course even though we asked for it to come with the starter. My husband had a burger and chips which was over priced for what it was. The childrens chips were terrible and we got them replaced but they were not much better. We did not have desserts. The restaurant is noisy but i expected this and it was busy. We won't be back.

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

Three of my friends went to Brasserie 66 for an early bird we arrived at 6pm. I had been dying to try it as it seems to get great reviews on menu pages. We were just given the a la carte menu the early bird menu was not offered to us. we studied the menu which was quite pricy eventually the waiter returned and we asked for the early bird menu. He gave me the wrong early bird menu and i had picked a starter which I really liked only to be told that it wasn't the correct early bird menu for that day and that dish wasn't available to my disappointment. He was not very apologetic. I must say the food when it came was very tasty and the bread was exceptionally nice. the service was good after the initial menu confusion. The restaurant had a nice ambience and was busy. We were out in time to attend a concert in the olympia. Overall a good experience but I was not impressed when we did not recieve the early bird menu as when you dine early you like good value.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I went to Roly's on a christmas work night out. it was really busy when we arrived our table was not ready as we were a little early and were advised to go to the neighbouring pub for a drink which we did but when we came back the table was still not ready and we were all crowded into the reception area waiting our table. However when we got the table it was perfect for our group it was an enclosed room all to our selves and it was the perfect size for the group. It had a large square table which we all sat around and it was great for a group. The food was tasty and I liked the choice on the menu. The service was very good. It is a little expensive I thought for the three courses and wine. Overall my visit to Roly's was very enjoyable.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to odessa on a work night out, we booked for the early bird and were told we had to have the table vacated by 9pm. Some people were late arriving in our group for the early bird but they still gave them their meal at early bird prices. When 9pm came they did not rush us and as we were still ordering wine we were left there, obviously they didn't need the table. The restaurant was busy on the night and every table was full. The service was a little slow but we were so delighted to be getting everyones meal at the early bird price and our group were arriving at all different times. The location is excellent as we headed to the mercantile afterwards. The food was really good I had the duck for the main course we all enjoyed the food. The early bird is really good value. We are definately planning another work night out in this restaurant.

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Indian Curry Club - Kilbarrack
27/28 Kilbarrack Shopping Centre, North Dublin, Raheny, Dublin

We have been going to this restaurant since it opened as have all my family. we love the food and it is amazing value especially if you get the special two course meal with a drink. I have never been disappointed with any meal i have had in the curry club. The staff are really friendly and helpful. They also welcome children. the location is not great beside a pub and it is small, while it does a busy take away trade the restaurant is quiet which can affect the atmosphere. The decor is basic. It is not exactly the place to go for a romantic meal but It is ideal for a group or family meal.

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Gilbert & Wright Bar
Hollybrook Park, Clontarf, Clontarf, Dublin

We visited this restaurtant using our living and social coupons.We had a drink first in the retro style pub upstairs which is decorated vey well and is very comfortable.The food is very good value without the coupons 26 euro for a 3 course meal. We really liked the food and it was very well presented. there is also a nice cocktail menu which 2 of the group had instead of desserts. The waiters were extremely friendly and good fun and knew their food and the ingredients of sauces when asked. i am looking foreward to going back.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

We went to this restaurant for a christmas lunch. the restaurant was quiet when we arrived but became very busy with a large table dressed up in christmas hats. the atmosphere was very good. the food was very good all 4 of us loved the food. the service was excellent. the byo policy was great we brought champagne with us and there was no problem getting glasses etc. the food was really good value. I definately hope to be back with a large group soon. my only criticism was that there is no pictures of the restaurant on their web site so you don't know what to expect when you arrive. the down stairs smelt a little damp at first but once the drink and food arrived all was forgotton as we got the waft of beautiful cuisine.

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