Restaurant Reviews from frankieblues

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 25 January 2011

Last Visit: 05 July 2011

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Keogh's Cafe restaurant

1-2 Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
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39 reviews

Reviewed 01st February 2011 ( visited 05th January 2011 )

This is a quick service, sit yourself down bustling cafe where a coffee and a scone ensconced deep into the folds of the cafe will allow you to forget dublin for a while. The cakes are delicious, always wear a jumper in the winter as the door is kept open and it gets nippy inside. This place is great for a catch up coffee and treat with a friend. Will go again and again and again!
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Keogh's Cafe restaurant

1-2 Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
39 reviews

Reviewed 01st February 2011 ( visited 05th January 2011 )

This is a quick service, sit yourself down bustling cafe where a coffee and a scone ensconced deep into the folds of the cafe will allow you to forget dublin for a while. The cakes are delicious, always wear a jumper in the winter as the door is kept open and it gets nippy inside. This place is great for a catch up coffee and treat with a friend. Will go again and again and again!
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Bon Appetit
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

I came here with my boyfriend for my birthday on a CityDeal voucher. Two main courses and coffees for 35 euro. The Food was excellent, I had the beef and my partner had the seabass. The service however started well and ended badly. We asked how the tenderloin was cooked and our waiter replied "it just it", "they cook it". We asked for the bill which took 15 minutes to arrive, and 15 minutes to be taken away. With the voucher we only had 5 euro to pay for the side dish, we gave them a twenty euro note which was eventually returned to us because they didn't have the change. I asked for my coat which had smalled change in it and was brought someone else's belongings. I had to retrieve my coat myself and leave a five euro note behind. I was incredibly unimpressed with the service, and I wasn't the only one. Two ladies arrived at 2.45 and ordered champagne, they were waiting on two gentlemen to join them and were told if they didn't put their order in by 2.55 then they wouldn't eat. Not what I would expect from a restaurant that is spoken of so highly. I would not return.

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Munchies Sir J R Quay
Sir John Rogersons Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this place. The food is delicious, the service is fast, and the staff are friendly and polite. There is such a range for lunch and a huge vegetarian secion. The chicken whoopie is delicious, and for and extra 30c you can have it on Walnut bread which is gorgeous. I would send anyone here for lunch. It's exactly what you need as a lunch pick-me-up, great quality, good ingredients and a lovely atmosphere. Keep it up!

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Was taken to dinner last night as a surprise and was thrilled to find myself here. The atmosphere is great, and the 'mood lighting' kicked in around half seven. The restuarant looks decadent and stylish, relaly liked the decor. We had the special-Two course for 20 euro beofre 6.45pm which is good value. I had the ham and melon to start and the chefs special, beef bourginon for my main course, with a thick but fresh and vesty G&T on the side. The service was good, and I relaly enjoyed myself. I will recommend this to friends. The A La Carte menu prices were far higher than I could afford though, so definitely will arrive before the light fails!

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The Hairy Lemon Traditional Pub & Restaurant
Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came in here on the weekend for a good pub lunch. The food came slowly, but considering the rugby was about to start, we didnt mind. It was a great atmosphere, the staff were obviously being carried on the spirit of the place and the customers and were smiley and friendly. I had the Club sandwich, and my boyfriend had the beef and guiness pie. Good hot pub food, good portions. I won't say that the prices should be lower, but as they are, it will be a treat, rather than a regular outing. Hapy customer and will return again.

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La Pizza
14/15 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Cheap and cheerful. My boyfriend and I pop in here occasionally to kill time before going to the movies next door. The specials are good value. We had a small pizza, chips, salad and coleslaw for 10 euro. Was yummy. The food came quickly. The serice is fine, the waitresses take your order and bring you food, don't expect any more than that though. We will be back. A word to the wise though, don't touch the coleslaw!

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Eddie Rockets (Baggot Street)
33 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Baggot Street, Dublin

This place is fun, yummy, and the best diet buster ever. The chocolate malts are gorgeous, and come with an extra shaker full, so great value. The burgers are perfect comfort food, the chips, wedges of hot yumminess and the garlic mayo has a taste that lasts for days (so my boyfriend tells me). The only bad note i'll put down is that the onion ring portions are very stingy. it would be great if they threw in a few extra chips too! Happy fun service, even when you are there in the early hours of the morning. Love it,

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O'Neill's Bar & Restaurant (Cork)
Allihies Beara, Cork City, Cork

Came here today for lunch with my boyfriend. The carvery is excellent as always, with loads of choice and good knowledgeable service. The atmosphere here is good, and on game days is incredible. There are so many hidden corners and screens in every one of them, that the six nations or cup matches make this place a must, just get there early for a seat between the bar and the screen! The food is good, but as always they are too liberal with the salt. With the cavery over ten euro and the soup at over four euro, it is more expensive than I would like, and for a couple euro less, I would frequent it far more often. However, great service as always, and the staff are always happy to help and change the channel on a screen, or turn up the volume on a match if you request it. Very happy

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Lemon (Dawson St)
60 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Really nice place to pop in for lunch, or a coffee and a treat (nutella ice waffle is delicious). The savoury crepes are really good, and they are completely flexible about adding or changing ingredients. My favourites are - Vegetarian Power Plus and the Club sandwich. The chocolate ones are all delicious and the ingredients are fresh. The staff are always busy, but very friendly. Very happy and it is a staple for any Trinity student

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here a few times, and have always enjoyed the atmosphere. Most recently was last month when my partner and I took advantage of the Living Social dela they offered (spend 15 euro and get 30 euro worth of food and drink). With two of these I tought our meal would be covered, but had not accounted for how expensive the food was. We ordered the argentinian pastries to share, which were delicious as our starter, then both had steaks for mains. We experimented with the sauces and the waitress was great and brought us a selection to try with our food. We both ordered medium rare, and although they were good quality, mine was so charred that it spoilt the taste of the beef. The service was great, and teh waitress we had was quick to recommend dishes and wines. We finished with a death by chocolate dish that was devine. I will go again, however, the early bird menu seems the way to go, and i will be more specific about how my steak is cooked. Overall though, a good evening.

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Bia Bar
The Drury Court Hotel, Stephen Street Lower, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here a few times for lunches, drinks, but most recently for Sunday Brunch. Each time i've visited, the atmosphere has been different and appropriate to the time of day. At night time, expect a busy bar, good music, and sporadic dancing. The lunch time deals are offered a lot, the pizzas are yummy and great value, and the range is good too. The Breakfasts are relaxed, the bar slowly warms up to the day and they leave out board games and newspapers. This is the perfect place for a rainy sunday to wile away a few hours. I really enjoy visiting Bia Bar and will come again, especially to enjoy the sofas. There a re a great range of seating areas if you want something more private. It's worth an exploratory visit!

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

I try to some here at least once a month just because you walk through the door and leave the world behind. This restuarant is such a find, and I was first taken there by a chef friend of mine who said the food was exquisite, which says it all. You can't book tables, and it can get busy quickly after work, so get there early. Enjoy the food, the wine, and soak up the atmosphere because this place is a taste of spain, not only with the food, but also the feel of the place, it's really very special.

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

A girlfriend and I came here last night for 'one drink' and ended up being poured onto the pavement at closing. We loved the atmosphere and the service. Our cocktail waiter was excellent, and provided us with an unrivalled cocktail evening. Although I am not allowed to identify him, anyone with an eye for detail will see that he favours Grand Marnier which gives a deliciously unique twist to his drinks. Great for a girls night out, or a way to kickstart your evening, or in our case, say goodbye to the day before. One top tip: Ask this out of town waiter to create something special, if you have a favourite base then ask for it, we spent the night with completely new vodka concoctions that he created on the spot. Delicious and professional, will be making this a favourite venue and will most definitely be back.

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

This place is average. The food is Ok, the service, very hit and miss, and the atmosphere pretty wierd too. I came here with a friend for thier lunch special. The soup was pretty thin and bland, my pizza was small but fine, and my friend had the meatballs, which were hot a simple, but far too small a portion for a main course. The waitress was friendly but didn't have any idea of the contents of the menu or the ingredients used. We asked for a few things on the side, like brown bread instead of white with the soup, but she forgot. I think that this place needs proper training for it's staff and to return to the basics for it's food. The quality of the ingredients seem good, but it's proximity to grafton street shouldn't be the only reason that it's prices are high. Will not be returning.

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KC Peaches Pearse Street
Unit 10A Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I live and work in the area so I pop in here quite regularly. The quality of the food is always high, which justifies the prices, they change their selection around so that you could come every week and not eat the same thing. I have never sat down for food as it is always packed when I arrive, but I love the salads, the couscous, the quiches. The coffee is rich and hot and the deserts are delicious. The staff are always happy to recommend dishes and seem well versed in helping out a customer who just can't decide! This place is a must visit for people in the area.

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I've eaten here a few times and most recently this week. The service is fast and non-personal and although there is a good selection of food and drink available, it isn't my favourite burrito restaurant in town. Nice seating area and plenty of room outside the lunchtime rush though. Nice to sit outside in the summer.

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Cafe Seven
7 St. Andrew's Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We come here about once a month for a big breakfast, which comes in large portions with plenty of hot tea or coffee and a side of toast. There is a lot of choice, brown or white bread, scrambled, boiled, or fried eggs. The timing of the food arrival can be hit or miss, but the service is always friendly and we like it. It is always busy, despite the time we arrive, which says a lot for the place. A friendly little hole in the wall cafe with good value food. Very happy and will definitely be back.

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

Delicious! I love this restaurant! Every franchise has such character and happy service. They are great with children too, giving crayons and colouring pages. The food is fast, the Yaki Soba is unreal, and the crystallised and picked ginger is to die for. Every dish I try here has the same high quality, great taste, and incredible combination of flavours. I would recommend this place to everyone, as definitely avail of the free green tea!

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Cafe Boulevard - Baggot St
132 Lower Baggot Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I come here relatively often simply because the service is personal and unaffected. The waitress recognises myself and my partner and always comes over to talk and recommends anything new we might like. The coffee here is rich and tasty and the pancake breakfast is mouthwateringly simple and delicious. The place is usually busy and buzzing, and the staff are a credit to the establishment.

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The Clarendon Bar
32 Clarendon Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for lunch today (Sunday) with a friend, I had the Cajun Chicken Burger with chips and he had the Beef Lasagne with mash and salad. The food is great, the atmosphere is good. Along the walls they have these deep purple seats that you just sink into. The food came promptly, with good portions and a side bowl of gorgeous golden chips. The service was also quick, easy, and friendly. This is the first time I have been here, but I will definitely come again. It is exactly what you need on a cold wet Sunday afternoon.

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Ocean Bar
The Millenium Tower, Charlotte Quay, Ringsend, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I was really looking forward to this place and took a friend out to dinner, but when we got there, there was only one other group there who were obnoxiously loud and falling over the place at 6pm. The menu looked great so I ordered the Chicken Breast Supreme. When it arrived, the sides and garnish were nice but in small quantites. The chicken was leg and on the bone and almost all brown meat and skin. When I asked the waitress I was told that I was wrong and that the menu stated it was a supreme, which meant brown meat. Although it was nice, I didn't like eating off the bone when I'm paying around 15 euro and the menu stated it was all breast. Had the waitress not been so condescending I would not have remebered this place so poorly. As it stands, however, I wouldn't go back.

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Il Valentino
5 Gallery Quay, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Came here for a tea break from work. Went for the thick hot chocolate and a danish. Beautiful. My friend lost most of his raspberry scone to me too. Gorgeous food, really nice location and atmosphere. It's a clean small tidy little cafe and the staff will answer al your questions. The owner is really friendly and chatty too. Definitely worth the walk in this wind!

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The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Good food, Good service, Good views and nice atmosphere. With the 12.50 lunch deal this is a perfect little getaway from the streets below. Get there early on a lunchtime though as sometimes the best dishes run out! A staple lunchtime spot!

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Milano (Grand Canal Harbour)
Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Ate here one night after work, close to closing time. The food was good as ever, the quality of the milano/pizza express brand is always a happy constant to depend upon. The service was pretty lacking. And when I came to pay my card machine was not working and the waiter twice had me enter my pin and thn walked away with the card machine and card to the waiter's station. The third time he did this I followed him as I was not comfortable with my detials being entered three times and was not given any receipts or had the reasons explained to me. I did take the waiter aside and explain that this made me uncomfortable. I will come back to the milano brand, however, if you arrive after 9.30 you will be hurried along as the staff show that they are keen to leave for home. Will return to the dundrum franchise, but probably not the Grand Canal branch.

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

Came here for lunch with my boyfriend. The place was empty, and yet the service was really lacking. The food was overpriced but fast. It was tasty but the portions were small. Overall, poor service and bad value for money will be my lasting impressions and I won't be returning.

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Keogh's Cafe
1-2 Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a quick service, sit yourself down bustling cafe where a coffee and a scone ensconced deep into the folds of the cafe will allow you to forget dublin for a while. The cakes are delicious, always wear a jumper in the winter as the door is kept open and it gets nippy inside. This place is great for a catch up coffee and treat with a friend. Will go again and again and again!

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

I popped in here with my boyfriend and ordered the meat antipasto and the soup and bread. The waiter was accomodating about our wish to swap an item from one dish to ours but seem quite distracted when we were there although there were not many customers being the tail end of lunch. The food was really gorgeous, and high quality. I would adivse Everyone to ask for a side of Olive Oil no matter what you order, as they use their E15 a bottle green siciliian oil which we have since bought a few times and is Delicious! A good meal but definitely a treat as the prices are high for the dishes you get. Although the floor staff didn't spend much time with their tables, I have noticed that the counter staff are always incredibly friendly and have met the owner who is very friendly and has a long memory!

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here anumber of times, but most recently when the Lunch deal of E5 for one plate or E8 for all you can eat. At this price, it is amazing. The food is tasty, you have total control of what you put into your meal, or exclude. You can try any sauce, any spice, any meat. Last time I ate here the place was packed, but when it is empty the atmosphere does seem a bit dead. This place it a great gimmick, and I will definitely eat here many times in the future.

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

I eat here at least once a week. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable about the product. The music is always buzzing and the food is delicious. I love the Senor Slim, but the slow cooked pork is to die for! ( a rare treat!)

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