Restaurant Reviews from fanofgoodservice

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Metro Cafe restaurant

43 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
66 reviews

Reviewed 14th November 2011 ( visited 29th October 2011 )

This is where you go to chill with a coffee and the papers, or a quick bite and a catch-up with a friend. The service is always friendly and I vary between the turkey&brie ciabatta, the pancakes or one of the breakfast options. A gem in the city!
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Louies Bistro restaurant

20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 13th August 2010 ( visited 30th July 2010 )

This is a fine spot for a quality bite in the North Inner City. We recently popped in there for pre theatre dinner, as they are a 15min stroll from the Gate Theatre. While the pre theater / early bird menu has some good options on it, we ended up going for items from the main menu, as they were equally reasonable. They also set a good standard for service in an age where decent service no longer seems to be the default. We'll be back when next in this part of town!
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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We were a table of 15 for dinner, and, as always, Brasserie Sixty6 offered a great variety of dishes, which kept everyone around the table happy. The service was also very attentive and friendly, which meant we were all able to relax and enjoy ourselves.

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

Still one of the best spots to settle in for Sunday brunch with good company and a mimosa pitcher on the side! (Booking advisable; window seat if you can)

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

Chez Max on Palace St never disappoints. Its menu has remained consistent and the wine list very affordable, which explains its popularity and why it’s a good idea to book in advance some days. I met a mate for dinner here recently for a catch-up; the atmosphere is conducive to long, unrushed evenings. We started with the blue cheese & chicken salad and rabbit rillettes respectively, followed by duck and steak mains and coffee. Faultless. And a handy location for drinks in town afterwards!

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

The Wild Goose Grill has definitely remained one of the few constants of good food and impeccable service around town. Three of us had a relaxing lunch here on Sunday, and we were rewarded with a great selection of tasty starters, mains and desserts to choose from. Oh, and the wine list has remained very accessible, with very affordable options across the varietal and vintage ranges. The atmosphere is also a perfect extension of the all-round quality product that you get from the team in this restaurant. Can’t wait to go back for another occasion or celebration!

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Metro Cafe
43 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

This is where you go to chill with a coffee and the papers, or a quick bite and a catch-up with a friend. The service is always friendly and I vary between the turkey&brie ciabatta, the pancakes or one of the breakfast options. A gem in the city!

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The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

If only all food and drink experiences can be this pleasant. A group of 9 of us availed of the roast lunch offering (chicken and pork) and both dishes were absolutely perfect – including all the trimmings. And each roast comes with a complimentary bottle of wine too – what value for money! Most of us also had additional dessert, after which we moved to the couches for another couple of post lunch drinks as the atmosphere was very relaxed and the service tops! I can see why this place wins awards…

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Don't bother! The service is unreliable, and while getting your steak on a hot rock sounds great, your clothes end up smelling of whatever you'd ordered. You might as well do it at home! Interesting concept, but badly executed. Got our evening off to a bad start, though the cocktails were decent.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This remains such a good spot for tasty food, good service and with a great vibe to meet friends and catch-up over endless options on the menu. We had some tagines for mains and the mixed platter for starter nibbles. Even the wine list doesn't disappoint. We'll be back.

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

What a delight! Perfect service, good food, decent wine list... I can go on. Five of us thoroughly enjoyed dinner here on a Saturday night - from cocktails to dessert. The works. Green19 sets the pace in so many ways!

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Pasta Fresca
2-4 Chatham Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

There's cheap food on the go and then there's more hassle than it is worth. Two of us went to Pasta Fresca on a Friday evening for a quick bowl of pasta, but it turned into a disaster. Initially they placed us next to a large, fairly loud table and it took more than ten minutes for us to get noticed (cue waving arms!) to request a different table. Having been moved to a new table, it took another while to get an order in, only to be forgotten about by the staff who were more worried about their upcoming shifts than keeping and eye on the tables… With starters finally had, we then waited patiently, again, for the main courses, but to no avail. When the two pasta orders eventually arrived (having begged the waiter again!), the pasta had clearly been cooked to death and whipped into the respective dishes in a hurry, seeing that we were clearly annoyed at this stage. Trying to resolve this with the manager also did not lead to a satisfactory result, as the “customer is always right” mantra clearly didn’t apply. Seriously folks, don’t bother. With this level of service you’re better off elsewhere.

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

Two of us used Winding Stair recently for a Saturday lunch. Firstly, some great options were to be had on their "specials" menu, which made for excellent value for money. With a good selection of reasonably priced wines to keep us going, you end up not feeling as if your wallet's been raided (as you do in some other places!). The large windows with views over the Liffey demand a table beside them, so that you can appreciate the scenery. It also, unfortunately, brings me to the only small negative - the extractor fan in the kitchen: pretty loud, but your enjoyment won't be affected if you sit far enough from the kitchen.

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

We used Cafe Novo as a city centre lunchtime spot today and it lived up to expectations. The airy venue creates a good atmosphere with the option of either having lunch in the cafe section or the bar section depending on what views you want. Service was not intrusive, which helps when on a short lunch, and the order arrived without delay. Between us we had the Shepherd's Pie and the Chicken & Walnut salad, and they couldn't be faulted. Worth a go!

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

This is a fine spot for a quality bite in the North Inner City. We recently popped in there for pre theatre dinner, as they are a 15min stroll from the Gate Theatre. While the pre theater / early bird menu has some good options on it, we ended up going for items from the main menu, as they were equally reasonable. They also set a good standard for service in an age where decent service no longer seems to be the default. We'll be back when next in this part of town!

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

When is a baji not a baji? This used to be my favourite Indian in Dublin, but after last night no more. Value for money has evaporated like the steam from my pilau rice. The onion baji is now merely a thin onion flavoured patty, and the main courses are rediculously expensive, but still tasty. The wine list has remained reasonable and the service faultlessly friendly. Drop the prices and we'll be back!

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Millstone does more than just the trick. We were looking for a restaurant that could accommodate 12 people for a farewell dinner with a reasonable menu that caters for all tastes, and we certainly found it here. From booking the table right through to the bill, we were all smiles. We feared that the mezzanine table we were given might be a bit isolated. Not at all – it is the perfect spot for a “private” party, while still soaking up the buzz of the venue from below. None of the starters disappointed (prawn cocktail, seafood chowder, crab gratin), and neither did the mains, seafood and steaks all around. Mind you, the steaks were fantastic value for money – perfectly cooked and very generous portions. Lastly, the location on Dame St certainly leaves you with options for pints before and after!

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

We went for an anniversary dinner after spotting the venue in the passing recently. This is definitely a restaurant worth giving a go as the service is friendly and accommodating, the food tasty and varied in options, and the wine list very reasonable. Keep it up!

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Kafka (Dublin)
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

I can understand why the tables are always full at Kafka. We popped in for dinner the other night (first time) and were welcomed by accommodating, friendly service. The menu caters for most tastes and the wine list covers all the options. We settled in for the evening but still managed to run up a bill that would make anyone's bank manager smile - this is value with a capital 'V'!

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Antica Venezia
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Here's a gem of hide-out where the service has always been reliable and the food tasty. We make a point of going to Antica Venezia when we need to be reminded that eating out in Dublin can still be authentic. It is also great to see that the extension upstairs has not led to a deterioration of expectations in any way. Three cheers to more Antica nights!

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