Restaurant Reviews from ettie77

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Seapoint Restaurant

4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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Reviewed 22nd September 2015 ( visited 21st July 2015 )

We were to Seapoing Tuesday midweek on a sunny evening. We opted to sit inside although outside was offered and it was quite pleasant. I have been to Seapoint many times in the past but this was the first time since it was done up earlier this year. Even though it was Tuesday there was no special offers – early birds or anything so we ordered from the main menu. We had the chicken wings to share which were ok but I could do as good myself at home, they were in no way special for €12. Then I had a salad and my husband had a burger. We shared a dessert and had a carafe of wine – the bill came to 92!!! I couldn’t believe it, I know this is the strip in Monkstown and I expect to pay for what I get but over 90 euro for a midweek, fairly average meal is ridiculous. The premises is nice, very casual but the prices are not casual. I don’t think we will be going back, I think there is better food in the area at much more reasonable prices.
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Seapoint Restaurant

4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
104 reviews

Reviewed 22nd September 2015 ( visited 21st July 2015 )

We were to Seapoing Tuesday midweek on a sunny evening. We opted to sit inside although outside was offered and it was quite pleasant. I have been to Seapoint many times in the past but this was the first time since it was done up earlier this year. Even though it was Tuesday there was no special offers – early birds or anything so we ordered from the main menu. We had the chicken wings to share which were ok but I could do as good myself at home, they were in no way special for €12. Then I had a salad and my husband had a burger. We shared a dessert and had a carafe of wine – the bill came to 92!!! I couldn’t believe it, I know this is the strip in Monkstown and I expect to pay for what I get but over 90 euro for a midweek, fairly average meal is ridiculous. The premises is nice, very casual but the prices are not casual. I don’t think we will be going back, I think there is better food in the area at much more reasonable prices.
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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here as we had a voucher from one of the deals pages. We brought out 2 young kids - 1 and 4. Neither of them could eat the food, the fish fingers were the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted. It was very rushed and althogh the service was fine it just seemed very hassled. I had nachos and a burger. Neither were great. this is supposed to be a family friendly restaurant but I just don't get it. It's bad food in a cramped, rushed environment. I was glad we had a voucher because it's not cheap, we won't be back.

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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

We were to Seapoing Tuesday midweek on a sunny evening. We opted to sit inside although outside was offered and it was quite pleasant. I have been to Seapoint many times in the past but this was the first time since it was done up earlier this year. Even though it was Tuesday there was no special offers – early birds or anything so we ordered from the main menu. We had the chicken wings to share which were ok but I could do as good myself at home, they were in no way special for €12. Then I had a salad and my husband had a burger. We shared a dessert and had a carafe of wine – the bill came to 92!!! I couldn’t believe it, I know this is the strip in Monkstown and I expect to pay for what I get but over 90 euro for a midweek, fairly average meal is ridiculous. The premises is nice, very casual but the prices are not casual. I don’t think we will be going back, I think there is better food in the area at much more reasonable prices.

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Osteria Lucio
The Malting Tower, Clanwilliam Terrace, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I booked Osterio Lucio for a group of 15 people. I was worried about disappointing everyone but I needn’t have been. The interior is lovely, very cool, lovely low ceilings and a ‘cave like’ atmosphere. We were seated at a large table at the front on bar stool type seats as we were such a big group. Everything went seamlessly, very attentive staff ready to take drinks and food orders. The food was delicious. I had the courgette flowers, very different but delicious and for mains I had pasta with shellfish which was delicious, very filling so I could have skipped the starter but wouldn’t have wanted to!! The meal was good value, around 70 each but there was a lot of drinks consumed so all in all worth it for a delicious meal in a lovely setting. I will definitely go back.

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Musashi Noodles and Sushi (IFSC)
Unit 2 Burton Hall, Custom House Square, Mayor St, IFSC, Dublin

Ate here for lunch with a friend. The service is very polite and fast. We both had the bento box. I\'ve had the sushi here before and it\'s excellent but the bento box is great value so I was looking forward to see what it was like. And I wasn\'t disappointed. It comes with 2 pieces of sushi, teriyaki chicken and a little side salad and tempura - filling and delicious! The room is bare and bright, very ifsc so not sure how it would be at night but for lunch it\'s great

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Bistro Le Monde
Unit 2,, Harbour Sq, Crofton Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We have lunch out most Sundays around the a dun Laoghaire. We used to go to Morels, formerly Alexis but it\'s closed now. Anyway we have tried a few other restaurants in the area but none to equal Morels until today. the menu is really reasonable, probably around 20 for 3 courses. I had the chicken wings to start and they were amazing. Then I had an interesting spaghetti with squash followed by a chocolate mouse and it was all lovely. It\'s a strange name and a sometimes strange menu but all in all it works and we will be back. We had 3 small kids/babies with us and they were very good with them too.

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The Vintage Kitchen
7 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This was my 3rd time at the Vintage Kitchen and my poorest so far. Now in saying that it was still great but the food wasn't quite as good as before. The prices have gone up slightly but so have the size of the portions so all in all it's still amazing value. The staff are lovely and it's great that you can BYOB. I will be back.

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Forest Avenue
8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the finest restaurants I’ve been to. We were a group of 6 on a busy Saturday night and every single one of us had an excellent meal. We went for the tasting menu, I think that was all that was available. And as well as the excellent main courses we got so many little tasters, every mouthful was exquisite. I went for the lamb main which I would never normally choose but it was amazing, my husband went for the monkfish which he said was a little disappointing but all in all he still loved his meal. They could be a little more generous with the bread, we had to ask a few times for more, it’s freshly made so maybe they were worried about running out. The portions aren’t huge so you don’t come out feeling stuffed but you do feel like you’ve just experienced something special. Well worth a visit, 90 euro per person with a good lot of wine, not bad when you consider the price of tasting menus in comparable restaurants.

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

I was really looking forward to my night out at the Camden Kitchen as I had heard great things about it, we were a party of 8 for a Saturday 8pm sitting. From the minute we sat down we were disappointed. The waiter came over to tell us 4 things were not on the menu – they were sold out. We ordered the other options and everyone was happy enough with what they got but not thrilled, one person had to send theirs back as there were burnt pieces on the plate. When it came to dessert they were again sold out of a few things, one of the party ordered the cheese plate – it came with one piece of cheese – for €10!!! He sent the cheese back saying he would not pay that much for one piece of cheese. When the waiter came with the bill he asked how everything was and we said we were a little disappointed and could we talk to the manager to inform him of the various mishaps of the night. The waiter came back and said the manager was ‘too busy’! We paid the bill - €70 each for a mediocre meal and on the way out the manager was standing laughing and chatting with the chefs – busy indeed. I think for the price and the standard of restaurant they really need to pull up their socks if they are to survive.

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Sophie's
33 Harcourt Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We are a family of 4 with 2 small kids and went to Sophie’s for lunch one Thursday. The room is amazing, the food was basic but very good. And the staff couldn’t have been more helpful with the kids and our requests. We will definitely go back.

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Cinnamon (Monkstown)
23 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin

I’ve been to Cinnamon in Ranelagh a few times. It’s always good but not great. The theme continues in Monkstown! It is very child friendly. The brunch is good, I ordered eggs royale and it was very tasty but the salmon was very salty. The coffee is good. All in all we will be back because it’s convenient and the standard is good but it won’t knock your socks off!

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The Three Tun Tavern
1-5 Temple Road,, Carysfort Avenue,, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Very basic food. Scampi came with about 5 chips! Husband had the burger, again basic. The booze is cheap though so you can go out and have dinner reasonably. Family friendly too. I will go back but just because it's cheap!

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Morels Bistro Bar Grill
17-18 Patrick St, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We go here a lot for the Sunday lunch. The quality is excellent and the restaurant is always busy. The atmosphere is good but due to it being busy the service can be a little slow, particularly the desserts. BUT I would say the desserts are worth staying for. I've never had a bad one here and they are always so tasty and lush! For starters the prawns and mango are my current favourite and for mains probably the pork. I will be back.

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Weafer & Cooper
71 to 73 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin , Glasthule, Dublin

I have to say I am very surprised by the negative comments about this restaurant. I went for brunch last Sunday with my husband and 1 year old and had a great experience. The food was great, we both had full Irish breakfasts and they were amazing. The service could be a little quicker but it was fine. They were great with my son, cooked him scrambled eggs on toast and only charged us 2euro. My husband had a bloody mary which was made with fresh tomato juice, it was amazing. I will definitely go back some evening as I would love to try the pizza and experience the 'cool' venue at night time.

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The Sussex
9 Sussex Terrace, Upper Leeson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a delicious meal here on Saturday with my Husband. Great example of 'new Irish' cuisine. I had the Dublin Bay Prawn starter and it was amazing, my husband had the crab to start which was nice but mine definitely won! Fish pie for dinner - again delicious. I would definitely recomment this place. Loved everything about it.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Don’t miss the chicken wings. E&C still serve some of the best chicken wings in the city. I’ve never been gone on the mains but last week I tried the crab cakes as a starter and they were delicious. The restaurant has a great location and is always buzzing. Definitely worth a visit.

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Jack O'Rourkes
Main Street, Blackrock, Dublin

Great pub grub, traditional Irish food in a lovely warm setting. Perfect for matches and gatherings with friends, not the venue for intimate dates or romantic evenings!

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Da Vinci's
31 Deansgrange Road, Deansgrange, Dublin

Got take away pizza from Alexis and although nice it was not outstanding. The Parma pizza is very dry and my husband's pepperoni was a little on the 'lean' side. The quality of the bases is great but for the price they need to improve the toppings.

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Pat Collins Bar
Adare, Adare, Limerick

This is actually called Pat Collin's bar in Adare. Ate here for pub grub the other day with my husband. The chowder was delicious - probably one of the best I've ever had. Great sandwhiches but my husband said the burger could have been better. Nice pub to drink in.

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The Wild Geese
Rose Cottage, Adare, Adare, Limerick

Lovely restaurant in Adare. I suppose you could say it is expensive but being used to Dublin prices I didn't think it was too bad for what you get. Don't miss the starter of scallops and black pudding and the main of Monksfish, both delicious and considering the portion size I thought it was reasonable. Nice setting in a little thatch cottage - yes it is quaint/rustic but isn't that what you come to Adare for? I loved it.

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Richy's Bar & Bistro
Wolfetone Street Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork

Stopped here on the drive from Dublin to West Cork for lunch. Food was lovely, the 4 of us were happy, particularly those who went for Chowder - lovely and creamy. Service was patchy until we realised we had to Buzz the waiter - bizarre concept but actually pretty cool once you realise it's there (on reflection the waiter probably should have told us about it but then again she may be sick of it!!)

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

I had a 2 for 1 voucher for Milanos and used it on a Saturday night. The pizzas are great and there was no issues with the voucher like in some places. Only thing was the service was pretty slow. I will be back though all in all it's good value for what you get

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Chicken wings - I craved them so went to one of the best places in the city for them! They didn't disapoint, very tasty and appropriately spicy. My husband had the chicken burger and we had a glass of wine each. It was all very nice but looking at other items on the menu I thought it is a bit expensive for mid recession times. There are no deals and 16 euro for a chicken burger is a bit much.... Will go back but there are some things I would avoid on principle of price - 17 euro for a goat's cheese salad!!

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

The menu is so vaste that it's hard to choose but once you do you'll be very happy! Went here with a group of 6, they were very accommodating as we arrived with an extra person and a baby carrier. We also all ordered different combinations of -early birds/fivers/tenners and a la carte. My confit of duck wasn't as crispy as I would normally like it but that is the only complaint, everyone else was very happy and the value was immense!

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Ouzos Bar and Grill
22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Delicious food at great prices. My husband and I took his mother to Sunday lunch in Ouzo's and it was a great sucess on every front. The food is lovely, I had the crab claws which are great value for the amount you get and the freshness, I reckon you would pay 1 and a half times the price in town. For 3 of us it came to 90e including a generous tip and wine so it was a bargain, I will definitely be back. I would recommend ordering sides with a couple of the mains as some are kind of small.

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Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Beautiful premises, one of the few in Dublin on the water, we ate here at night with a group so couldn't really see the views of the canal but I will come back to appreicate them more. The food is good, exactly what you'd expect from any usual Milanos. We found the service slow, especially at the end of the meal, we were never offered coffees or dessert and had to ask for the bill 3 times.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Coppinger Row last night with 5 friends. It's funky decor is very New York but I am not a fan of the stools for a sit down dinner, ask for a chair! Food is really tasty, my vegetarian friend wasn't impressed with the options but the rest of us liked all courses, especially the brownie for dessert. Overall very pleasant except for the stools and the drafts.

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

Went here for the early bird and it is such good value. Plenty of good food for the price they charge. It’s well worth going to – busy, good service, good food.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here for lunch with work and although the food is good and reasonable the service is a bit of a let down. The place was packed and I believe it is everyday. Well worth going for the food if you have time but just don’t be in rush.

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

I was dying to try Chapter One for years and was given a voucher for 200 for the Blue book so went for it. The food is as good as people say. It has a lovely atmosphere and great service. My husband’s dessert was the best I ever tasted! The bill came to €208 excluding service so it’s not cheap but definitely a good place for a treat.

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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Lovely restaurant. We went mid week as it was my birthday. Most people there were on the early bird so the restaurant cleared out early. We were on the a la carte which wasn’t too expensive but steep for certain dishes. The starter of baked oysters is not to be missed. I would agree with other posters that they like up-selling - wine and sides (which are not necessary).

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Herbstreet
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Best Brunch place in Grand Canal or maybe even the city. Fresh food, good service. A little over priced but worth it – don’t miss the eggs benedict

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YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Great for lunch. Not the best sushi in Dublin but nice and the variety and speed will always win. The cost can add up if you are not aware of the colour of the plates but there are plenty of lovely filling options for good prices. The miso soup is lovely and the free refills are a great idea. The service is better in the dundrum branch, I had to press the screamer button many times in this one!

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Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Delicious food, I was so impressed by this place. The food was delicious and the surroundings are outstanding, the building is very impressive and good for intimate or group dining. I’m so glad Roly didn’t go into retirement, this place is a new favourite!!

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The Bagel Bar (Georges Street)
Georges Arcade, South Great Georges Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Very slow service. Not as good bagels as alternative bagel outlets by a long shot. Chicken is processed not fresh. Not recommended if you like quality...

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

If all you can eat is your thing then you'll love this place. The quality of the food is fine but nothing special and some of the things were very 'fake' crab and had a horrible texture so avoid. All in all it's cheap and nasty but grand!! The rotary of pinapple and banana fritters and icecream machine will keep anyone young at heart happy (and fat)!!

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Amerta Chinese Restaurant
Clifton Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin

Very reasonable for Sunday lunch and great ‘Chinese Food’. Nothing special but very edible and lovely staff.

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

I was here for a big birthday group – 25 people in total. The food and the service was impeccable, I love this restaurant. It’s great for big and small groups, long may it last. Great value too.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

Good but not great. Had a pre Christmas lunch in Eden and it was pretty good. We had the set lunch and I went for goose which was very greasy, even for goose. The dessert was lovely and the starter was pretty good. We washed it down with lovely wine. Bill came to 75 each, not too bad for 3 hours spent over food and wine.

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Benito's
46-47 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin , Dalkey, Dublin

Early bird and Sunday lunch are great value here and there’s a nice feeling about the restaurant. Wouldn’t be keen on the name of the place but the food is delicious.

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22 Bar & Restaurant (Castleknock Hotel)
Castleknock Hotel Porterstown Road, Dublin 15, Castleknock, Dublin

My Christmas party for work was here and the food was atrocious. If they serve this kind of food for all large parties i.e. weddings BEWARE.

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Rochestown Lodge Hotel
Rochestown Avenue, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here for a family lunch on Sunday. Portions are huge and the food is average at best but I can see the appeal. It’s very reasonable 3 course for 18.95. The waitresses need a serious lesson in how to be ‘gentile’ or maybe it was because they were rushed off their feet. Totally average dinner, all I can say is I was fed!

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Lovely food that comes to you fast. What more could you want. Just be careful about the prices, I had lunch for 2 here and it cost over €50 without wine or beer which would be good in a restaurant but when you are in Dundrum with thousands of people looking at you it’s not really worth the money.

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Cafe Irie
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

I used to go here when I was a student and thought the sandwiches were the best in Dublin. They had 7/8 different types of bread when everyone else had white and brown. Unfortunately the sandwiches were nothing as good as I remembered and some of them now come with chips, definitely a step back for a place that used to have loads of ranges of healthy sandwiches. Some places are better left in the memory.

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Lovely food but a bit expensive for Indian. This was my first timing dining A la Carte in Rasam. The food was as good as ever but because the early bird is such good value I was a bit shocked by the bill at the end of the night for the A la Carte. You have to pay extra for rice and naan and the my main was 23.95 so with naan and rice it came to 30 which I think is a bit steep for Indian food, although I will say it was divine.

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The Harbour Master Restaurant & Bar
Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin

Great choice and good price ranges for lunch. I had a lovely chowder served with plenty of bread, good choice for lunch although the service could be faster.

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Toss'd Noodles & Salads
Chq Building, Dublin Docklands, City Centre North, Dublin

I went to Toss'd a few times for take away salads and they were delicious. Then one day i decided to sit down and eat so i ordered noodles. 45 minutes later i got my noodles!!! They were delicious but i was so annoyed by that stage it pretty much ruined the whole experience. I hope this place sorts out it's ordering and service side because it's potentially a lovely, tasty place for lunch.

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Itsa4
6a Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin

Delicious food, maybe a little overpriced but so much better than other restaurants nearby. The complimentry bagel chips are not to be missed, they are delicious. It's owned by the owners of itsa bagel hence the bagel chips. Quality ingredients promised so the tastes are great.

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

Great for a quick bite on a Friday night. Tasty food, served fast at a reasonable price, what more could you ask for! I highly recommend the gyoza of any variety, delicious.

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La Cuvee @ Eno Wine Bar
1 Burton Hall, Mayor Square, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

Went for lunch here. Food tasted great but the portions are small and I think charging 1.75 for bread is tacky, either charge a decent amount and give more or don't charge at all.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Delicious food but there was a bit of a lack of atmosphere. I went to Ely HQ on Saturday with a group. Some people had food, some just had drinks. The food was delicious, I’d recommend the steak and scallops – both were cooked fantastically. The only thing I’d say is that the building was not made for a restaurant and the size of the place affects the atmosphere. When we arrived in the TVs were on for the football and it just strikes me that the place is a ‘jack of all trades and a master of none’ i.e. sports bar, restaurant, bar, café….

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I was very impressed by this new entrant into the Thai/Vietnamese restaurant bracket. The last time I went to the most popular restaurant of this kind in Dublin I thought the food had gone down over the year or so I’ve been going there, so KOH is now the perfect replacement. Great cocktails, great food, what more could you want.

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Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Starters amazing, steaks not all they are cracked up to be. This was my second time at Shanahans and I was very disappointed with the steak, I have had paid less than half price for steak in other restaurants and they have been far superior. There was a sauce all over the steak that was far too strong for it, I’d recommend asking for it on the side. The starters were amazing and I would go back for them alone. I had the prawns that were good and my boyfriend had the foie gras – easily the best either of us had ever tasted. All in all good restaurant but for a steak house they should have better meat. Oh and the sides are amazing ;)

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Fishy Fishy Cafe and Gourmet Store
Guardwell Street, Kinsale, Cork

What a gem. Although you can’t book a table at this Kinsale café it is well worth the wait. I went with a group of girls for a Hen party and it was perfect in every way. The selection of wine was perfect for all the fish options. I had the seafood platter and it was out of this world – recommended, every morsel was delicious.

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Village Bistro at Tonic Bar, Restaurant and Club
5 Temple Road, Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin

Tonic has always been a bit hit and miss. They regularly seem to change the kitchen staff and each time the menu changes, sometimes for the better. This time however it was not a good experience. I had crab cakes which were burnt and not crispy at all. It seemed like they were not freshly cooked and had been sitting under the pass for a good while. My husbands burger wasn't up to scratch either. On other occasions I've had both these dishes and they were nice. I just don't understand how the quality fluctuates so much. I will be avoiding Tonic for a while until hopefully they change it up again and hopefully improve

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

First timer and didn’t think it was as good as people say… I went to F&B last week with a group of around 9 people. We ate in the restaurant upstairs and it was not as good as I expected it would be. The menu is slightly disjointed and lacks the variety around the mid-price range if you don’t fancy fish. I ordered Oysters to start which I have to say were superb. I had the Pork Belly for Main which I just don’t get – someone should tell Irish Chefs that you can’t serve a small piece of meat with a think layer of un-crispy fat for almost €30. Pork belly can be amazing if most of the crisping is removed and cooked separately to crisp it up but this was not the case with this piece of meat and I was disgusted by the amount of fat. Creme Brulee for dessert was flawless. All in all the Main Courses let this restaurant down as the service and ambiance are very nice.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

This review is for the Tribeca Wine Bar upstairs from Tribeca in Ranelagh. It's owned by the same people and really they should have stuck with the American Bistro vibe they have going on downstairs rather than attempting a Wine Bar. The food was disappointing, they didn't have 3 of the wines we chose and the service was appalling. They offer a selection of bites and a few main courses. In our party some people had Bites, some had a starter and a Main Course and some people only had the Main. Two of the party had to wait over an hour to get their Main course even though that was all they were having, I was only having a Main course but I got it immediately - it was very confusing and when questioned about it the Waiter said the Chef was shouting at him about Main courses having to come out second. There seemed to be confusion on all fronts and I can't stand when a waiter gives out about chefs so all in all it was a messy, bad experience.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband brought me to Pearl Brasserie for my birthday and what a venue for a treat. I had been to the restaurant before but not for years and this time we got one of the little booths that are so romantic and cute. The food was delicious, I was disappointed by my dessert but everything else was lovely. The wine is expensive. The service is very good and attentive when necessary. For comparative prices I would think another restaurant is better but Pearl when you get a booth is great for a romantic evening.

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

This was my 3rd time in Carluccios but my first visit in 2 years after being so dissapointed with my last visit. I am glad to report things are looking up. Myself and my friend had a lovely lunch of salads and the antipasta platter. Lovely coffees and buscuits too. Will be back.

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Hartley's Restaurant
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here for Sunday lunch with a big family dinner. The food was good, dessert was especially delicious (rhubarb crumble with stem ginger ice cream. This was my second visit to this restaurant and I can’t quite put my finger on what is wrong with it, the service is very slow and there is a sort of snotty attitude from some of the staff. We all commented on it and I although we couldn’t fault the food we all agreed that there was something wrong with the atmosphere. Try it and see what you think!!

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

Great place for a quick bite. You will have to wait but it's worth it. What I normally do is give them my number, go up the road for a drink and they call you when the table is worth it - perfect. It's not a place you will linger over your food but it's always tasty and the chips are to die for.

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Botticelli
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here for a Christmas work lunch and it was one of the worst I've ever had. There were 10 of us and no one was happy with their dishes. The appearance, taste and quality of the food is not good. I believe this restaurant is only in business to catch the tourist trade because I can't imagine anyone returning for that kind of food.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We often go here for our Sunday family lunch. It’s great value and the food is lovely. The service can be very slow so don’t go if you are in a rush to get anywhere, other than that it’s perfect.

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

What a restaurant! Yes it’s the trendiest, most popular restaurant this year but it deserves the reputation. I have been to SABA around 8 times and each time I have been thrilled with my food and the whole experience. What I love is that you can have a very expensive, lush meal with wine and cocktails or you can just go in and have a noodle dish and a beer and pay less than 25 Euro including service. Perfect for any night out.

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The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Very disappointed with the changes in management and chefs at the Purty, it used to be one of my favourite places for dinner on the weekend. I ordered a tuna salad and had to send it back it was so bad, not the seafood mecca I am used to. They have also reduced the menu choices. Pity….

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FXB Monkstown
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

I always rave about this place and brought some friends here to show them how good it was. None of us were disappointed, food and service is second to none. Will always go back to FXBs for pub grub, the best in the land!!

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