Restaurant Reviews from gallaron

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Town Bar and Grill restaurant

21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
291 reviews

Reviewed 19th May 2008 ( visited 16th May 2008 )

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal on our first visit to Town. Service was top notch and was the most professional and attentive we've had in some time. I had rabbit for starter which was excellent and I really enjoyed veal for main course. My wife ventured for the oysters Rockefeller which is probably an acquired taste and she enjoyed her very interestingly presented chicken stuffed with black pudding. Nice buzzy atmosphere in the restaurant and I really enjoyed the piano player and especially liked his Radio head repertoire. Town is expensive but as a treat for a special occasion its worth it. Will be back
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Picasso Restaurant

1 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 3

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

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71 reviews

Reviewed 29th July 2009 ( visited 19th June 2009 )

After a gap of about 10 years finally made it back to Picasso when my evening class group booked for our summer outing. Wasn't sure what to expect as our previous visit had promised a lot but hadn't quite delivered. We were seated upstairs which has some space but is quite cramped in some corners. As we were a group we got a special set menu which was very good value. Really enjoyed the food and vino and will come back again.
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Eddie Rockets (Cork City Centre)
97-98 South Main Street, Cork City, Cork

Staying in cork for the weekend we were looking for somewhere for lunch with the kids. There was a voucher for a family deal in a local paper which meant our meal was very good value and as cheap as McDs or similar. The place was pretty empty but its location is maybe slightly off the main shopping streets. The waitress was very friendly and we all enjoyed our visit. Its probably a sign of the times but Eddie Rockets are bringing in meal deals which makes it a good option for regular visits rather than just special trips.

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Bullys Restaurant (Douglas)
7 Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork

We were staying nearby and decided to give Bullys a try. The restaurant isn't that large and a couple of tables are a bit squeezed together so it seems slightly cramped. To start I had very nice ribs though they could have done with some more bbq sauce. My better half had garlic mushrooms which must have been great as she didn't offer me any. We both had pizzas for mains and they were the best pizzas we have had in ages. We just about managed space for a massive slice of chocolate cheesecake which was fab. For the restaurant we spent slightly more than we expected but if you just went in for pizzas and to share a dessert you won't be disappointed.

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Flanagans Prime Steakhouse & Bar
Flanagan's On The Lake, Ballina Quay, Ballina, Tipperary

We were on a bit of a tourist drive around Lough derg and decided to stop in Killaloe for lunch. Couldn't get any parking so luckily for us we crossed the Shannon and managed to get parking outside Flanagans. The restaurant/bar looks very nice and had a good steady turnover. Staff were friendly and service was good. They do a very good value kids menu and the adults were pleased with good portions of nice comfort food that was good value. Can definitely recommend if you're in the area

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The Golden China
The Square, Lisdoonvarna, Lisdoonvarna, Clare

We were on our way back to Galway from a day in the Burren and were too hungry to make it without stopping so decided to try Lisdoonvarna. Word of warning, there is no ATM in the town! The first place we tried the card machine was out of order. Looked at the menu in the window of the golden china and decided to give it a try. Word of warning, they also have their takeaway menu in the window and if looks like excellent value thats because its the takeaway. It wasn't that expnsive to sit down to eat but wasn't worth the €4 or €5 premium on the takeaway prices per dish. Food was tasty so if stuck would be a decent option

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Bia Alainn
Main Street, Bunclody, Wexford

We were staying in Carlow and went on a bit of a spin and arrived in Bunclody with everyone hungry. The options further down the town didn't particularly appeal so we tried Bia Alainn for lunch. The first impressions of the interior is that they have invested a lot in the decor and it looks really nice. It was quite quiet but we probably missed the main lunch times which suited us. Food was great and was very good value though we did spot afterwards we were overcharged on a pizza. Service was very efficient but not over friendly. If in the area would recommend and probably a nice place to dine at night as the decor is a bit lost during the day

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

Visited Odessa after a gap of at least 5 years as part of a group for a very civilized pre-stag meal. We ate in the dining room upstairs which has quite interesting decor and as there were a few other party groups had a nice atmosphere. Service was very efficient and with a smile which was really good. We managed to get the early bird menu and it is really good value at €16 for 2 courses or €19 for 3. Nice leaves and chorizo to start and then I opted for haddock fillet for main course which was great. Banana sticky toffee pudding wasn't the best I've ever had but was still tasty. Will have to arrange another visit!

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We visited Luigia Malones with the buachaillí after attending an event in Temple Bar. It was early on Sunday evening so the restaurant was not too busy but still had a good atmosphere. The food is predictable enough but was very tasty. Service is efficient and food is very good value. Its especially worthwhile signing up for the loyalty card. We had two €5 vouchers from a visit to the Cork branch and got another one from this visit which we look forward to using soon.

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

We decided to try the Exchequer for one of our regular get togethers from work having heard a lot of good feedback. There is quite a nice little bar upfront and the restaurant area though small has a good atmosphere. I opted for the fish and chips which coming with a pint as a special was good value. The fish was also very nicely presented and quite different from the usual. Service was very efficient and with a smile. Will definitely be returning.

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Luigi Malones (Cork)
1-2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork

Having been in the Temple Bar venue before this was the first visit to the Cork branch. Went with my my brother in law and family so with 6 paistí we were given a very nice booth. Childrens lunch option is €5 a head and was very good value with some nice choice. I went for piri-piri chicken which was very tasty and had a refreshing milkshake to wash it down. Everyone was happy with their choices, good atmosphere in the restaurant, service was very efficient and friendly and have €10 in vouchers for our next trip. Will definitely be back when we're next down south.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited for the first time with a group from work after hearing about it for a long time. Restaurant was extremely busy and had a buzz about it which was cool in the current economic climate. As a group we had a set menu but there was reasonable choice and I was very happy with my choices. French onion soup was heavy but very tasty. Ribeye steak had a lot of flavour though according to my wife the next day must also have had a lot of garlic. Nice dessert and the perfect place to repair to the bar with no name upstairs afterwards.

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Aroma
The Craft Village, Donegal Town, Donegal

After reading about Aroma we decided to take a little detour while on the way to Sligo for lunch. It was actually quite quiet when we arrived but was nice to see quite a few more tables occupied before we left. Food was excellent, service was very friendly and tucked away as it is in the craft village, its a little gem thats well worth taking a different route than the bypass if you're near Baile Dhún na nGall. It was probably a bit more than we had planned to spend for lunch but the burrito was one of the tastiest lunches I've had in a long time.

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

Finally made it to Koh after hearing a lot about it. As it was Christmas party season we were lucky to get a table for 5. Was very impressed overall. Bar area was jammed and had a really good atmosphere. Enjoyed a cocktail before we started. Staters are the usual suspects but are nice and standard price. Mains had loads of choice and I'm looking forward to coming back several times. service was slightly patchy but understandable due to the large crowds. Definitely one to watch and a good reason to stay or venture north of the river.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Swords)
Pavillion Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin

Haven eaten in one of the GBKs in town there were no surprises going to GBK in the Pavillions. Burgers are very nice. Most positive aspects of the meal were the very good value childrens meals, including a milkshake, a great burger and nice fries for €6.50 is a good deal. I tried the honey mustard chicken burger and it was very nice but sometimes they can overdo the salad and mayo and also it was probably the thinnest piece of chicken I'd ever seen in a burger. The fries are advertised as being great for sharing but portion isn't that massive. At the end of the day its a great burger but it does cost a few euro more than what you might get in some nice bistros

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Tillies Cafe
18 St Gabriel's Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Have been in Tillies twice in the last week. A leisurely hot chocolate at the weekend and for breakfast during the week. Breakfast was very good and their toasted homemade bread was fantastic. Its a great option in the neighbourhood and a nice place to read the paper with a cuppa

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

After about six months the Yacht is open again and fair play to the owners who have obviously spent some money in these recessionary times. The place really needed a makoever and is very nice outside and in. Went for carvery for lunch and it was very nice, portions are very large and food was nice, slightly pricey but will be a good option every so often. Place was packed which is a great sign

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Osborne Brasserie @ The Portmarnock Hotel
Strand Road, North Co. Dublin, Portmarnock, Dublin

We ate in the restaurant twice as we were staying overnight. For dinner we had a look at the early bird menu but nothing really appealed. Food we had for dinner was quite nice and for a hotel reasonable price but what let the restaurant down was the service. It was sporadic at best for dinner. The table next to us left as they waited so long for dessert. Next morning at breakfast was chaotic. We thankfully came down at about 10 and got a table within a few minutes. For the rest of the service there was a queue of about 20 people waiting to be seated. Many people gave up and took items from the buffet to the bar. Food selection was nice enough but had to wait as it was empty when we sat down.

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Fahrenheit Grill
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Probably a bit unfair to judge the atmosphere as we were here for lunch and our work group were the only people in the restaurant. Have to say also that the room was quiet cold. We had a set menu so can't comment on the main menu but food was very nice. I had soup to start (as it was a cold day), other choice was a salad which looked nice. Main of beef with the veggies on side was good but highlight was the desert. Service was professional throughout so may be tempted to visit myself sometime soon

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Radisson BLU Hotel Letterkenny
Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny, Donegal

We had a nice night away in the Radisson over the long weekend. As part of the package we got a dinner and decided to go for the Oakk Bar as they had a steak night. It worked out at great value and I really enjoyed my steak and my wifes burger was very good. We both had the same crab cake starter and shared a cheesecake. Had a nice cocktail afterwards and was a pleasant evening. Also had lunch earlier in the day but they don't serve bar food until 3 on a Sunday so had soup and quite nice sandwiches. Definitely worth a go if you are staying in the hotel as its slightly away from the nightlife of main st.

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Picasso Restaurant
1 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin

After a gap of about 10 years finally made it back to Picasso when my evening class group booked for our summer outing. Wasn't sure what to expect as our previous visit had promised a lot but hadn't quite delivered. We were seated upstairs which has some space but is quite cramped in some corners. As we were a group we got a special set menu which was very good value. Really enjoyed the food and vino and will come back again.

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Eccles Hotel
Glengarriff Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Cork

On a wet Monday afternoon the bar food in Eccles proved to be a very good option. There seemed to be some nice restaurants in the town but as it was raining took the easy parking option at Eccles. Bar was very quiet so got good service from the barman. Everyone was very happy with the portions, the food and it was quite good value. Nicely washed down with a pint of Murphys

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Dinos Traditional Restaurant & Takeaway
Pier Road Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork

We arrived in Kinsale after a drive and were looking for somewhere to feed one hungry dad and his sons. Luckily we found Dinos straight across the road from our parking spot. Fish and chips were a generous portion, were very good, great value and hit the spot. Decor might be a little dark but you know what you're getting in this friendly restaurant very suitable for families

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Wagamama (Cork)
4/5 South Main St, Co City, Cork City, Cork

After strolling in from Fitzgerald Park we were looking for a place to eat and came across Wagamamas. Being fans of the Dublin branch we popped in. Having children the Cork branch has a big plus in that its straight off the street and no stairs to negotiate. For 6 o clock on a Sunday it was very busy. As with Dublin, service is very efficient and food as usual is very good. The main courses offer very good value though the sides are less value very money though still very tasty. If back down south will definitely pop in

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

After several attempts to get a booking we finally managed to get a table in one of our local restaurants. Having heard and read a lot we were expecting a great experience and while some aspects lived upto it, it wasn't a complete success. Menu is good with some nice choices though in these straightened times it seems slightly expensive for what you get. Staff were friendly and service was reasonably good. I ordered the black pudding in puff pastry but first time around the pastry was very much blackened, this was exchanged and second version was very nice. My wifes steak was not spot on though and also had to be replaced. Staff were very good about this. Chips were some of the nicest I've ever had.

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The Clock Tower
Fintrabay, Killybegs, Donegal

The Clock Tower is quite an impressive building and for anyone who remembered what it looked like 20 years ago it is a very nice restoration. We visited for bar food for family get together on the bank holiday weekend and had a nice time. Service was prompt, food was nice and in good portions. I had steak and ale pie and although not quite what I was expecting it was extremely tasty. The accompanying chips were crispy and perfectly cooked. Prices are slightly higher than I'd like but still reasonable value and the fact it is busy despite being out of town is a good sign. If you're ever driving through South West Donegal its definitely worth a visit. There is also a function room that caters to larger events, decking if the weather is nice and previously there was a very nice dining room upstairs but I believe thats closed currently.

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Pacinos
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Pacinos by chance with a group from work last week. Was the first time I'd been there in years and the first since the makeover, certainly struck me as a brighter restaurant. We were seated at the front window which was open, not exactly a great view but interesting all the same to catch snippets of conversation on the street. Restaurant was reasonably busy and apparently only 2 on service which meant it was slightly hectic. Had wings to share which very good. Had veggie beware pizza although the staff weren't sure what it was when they were deliverling to table. Rest of colleagues had mix of pasta and burgers and everyone seemed happy enough. Its slightly above the cheap and cheerful price range but is decent value but could do with slightly better service. Will try it again though

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We decided to have lunch in town on a recent Sunday and as we hadn't been in Mao's in years thought we'd give it a try. Couple of things to mention, it might have been just for that day but the restaurant didn't open until 2 and not 12 thats stated which meant we had to wait a few minutes outside. Also the very good value lunch menu is only available Mon-Fri so we opted for the 2 courses for €18.95 which was still reasonably good value. In common with some other reviews the space is very spare and functional and not a particularly nice dining room more a local cafe style. Food and service however were very good. Can also recommend the childrens dishes as the chicken curry for 6.95 was very good and enjoyed by our gang. Would be happy to go back

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Indigo Lounge
Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Clontarf, Dublin

Pub grub here is pretty extensive and pretty good value. All of us had the burger and was very nice. Good chips and good portions. Pub is always pretty busy so has a decent atmosphere

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The Nuthouse
Howth Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

After striking out on getting a table in two other local restaurants decided to give The Nuthouse a try. Overall its a nice cafe though probably not a real Saturday night venue. Only one other table was occupied when we got to the restaurant and it cleared after 10 mins leaving us as the only guests. Service was obviously pretty attentive due to that. Food was nice though not brilliant. Would be happy to go back for a quick bite

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The Strawberry Tree-Brooklodge
The Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Wicklow

We like to go to Brooklodge every couple of years for a few nights away and in the past the Strawberry Tree was one of the highlights. This time around we were a bit disappointed. The dining room itself is one of the nicest I've ever been in and the glass/reflective ceiling is still interesting. The meal was part of the rate but otherwise would have been extremely disappointed paying €65 for the set meal as thats very expensive. Service was ok if a little abrupt. My wife wasn't drinking so I got a beer from the bar instead of wine which are quite expensive with nothing below €30. Food was ok but its a sign that a week later I struggle to remember what it was. Partridge to start was interesting but the beef I had was a bit tough and quite chewy which I didn't expect. As part of a stay in the hotel the restaurant can be a good experience but wouldn't be going there otherwise.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

This review is limited to the beer hall section where we had the mixed platters with some very good world beers. Platter went down really well but we had to wait absolutely ages for it as they lost the order in the kitchen. Will definitely be back for a drink sometime and will try some more of the food options

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I have the interesting experience of writing about our groups visit to Il Primo when someone else from my group has already written about. Our group was over 30 people and the space upstairs just wasn't suitable. Everyone was very cramped and one table was being served main course when another table was getting their dessert. The set menu was very limited, pork belly casserole was substituted for the night with duck which was nice enough but didn't go that well with the bean casserole. I was struggling for a main and went for lamb, there was a lot of it but not a lot of flavour. Chocolate cake was just ok. I might try Il Primo again but it will be hard to get over a very average first impression

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The Ivy Bar @Ashdown Park Hotel
The Coach Road, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

We were staying in the hotel for the weekend and had dinner in the bar on the first night. I and about 5 others had the sirloin steak which was excellent. It came out on a sizzling platter ala a chinese meal so for mine was really flavoursome though if you're looking for your steak rare its probably not the best. For a great steak it was also quite good value. Only disappointing piece was the dessert, the honeycomb cheesecake sounded and looked better than it tasted. If I'm in the area again will definitely pop in for some pub grub

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The Rowan Tree Restaurant @Ashdown Park Hotel
The Coach Road, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Had a very nice family dinner in the Rowan Tree. The dining room is quite nice though as it was a dark November evening didn't see much of the deck area outside! The bread beforehand is very nice. The set meal is quite good value for €42.50 and everyone in our party of 10 was very happy with their food. If you're staying in the Ashdown Park would definitely recommend you try the Rowan Tree. Service was very good and prompt though as we finished (not that later) we were the second last table left in the restaurant

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Oscar Taylor Restaurant
Island View Hotel, Coast Road, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

This was our first visit in over 2 years and probably will be the same again before we go back. We were part of a large family group and had quite a mixed experience. My starter of creole chicken strips were nice but as another reviewer noted there was no creole flavour. My wife's Thai Fish Cakes were cold and she had to send them back which was a sign of things to come. My t bone steak was ordered medium well and came back very rare. I had to send it back and even second time around was still on the red side. My sister in law had the opposite experience as her medium rare venison was overdone 3 times. We were both offered a free dessert for our troubles but there wasn't much else said. I went for ice cream pancake which was fine but nothing too exciting. Will not be rushing back

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Grill 21
The Pillo Hotel, The Rath, Ashbourne, Ashbourne, Meath

We've stayed in the Marriott a few times and have usually eaten in 21. The food is good there but there's usually very little atmosphere so we tried the bar this time. Menu is quite good and pretty reasonable. We shared wings to start which very good. I went for fish and chips which were very good value and the burgers went down well. Prices are very reasonable for a hotel so its worth an option if staying here

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Sandbar
193 Clontarf Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Met my wife and the paisti here for dinner after work. Ended up outside which luckily enough it wasn't raining. Had garlic bread and while it was ok it was tiny. We had pizzas for mains and they were quite good with a side order of chips which were good but extremely salty! Its not quite cheap and cheerful but will try again

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Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

We visited the Andrews St branch some time ago and thought we'd try the northside venue with some friends. As with other the insistence on two sittings and having to have the table back grates slightly. So if you can wait definitely go for the 9.15 sitting as there is no rushing you out the door. Food was very good but is pricey and service was indifferent at best. We had to wait a few mins for menus after getting our table and then ages to have our order taken so about 40 mins after we arrived we got our starters. No service with a smile here which was disappointing. Nice venue but will wait a while before going back.

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful meal on our first visit to Town. Service was top notch and was the most professional and attentive we've had in some time. I had rabbit for starter which was excellent and I really enjoyed veal for main course. My wife ventured for the oysters Rockefeller which is probably an acquired taste and she enjoyed her very interestingly presented chicken stuffed with black pudding. Nice buzzy atmosphere in the restaurant and I really enjoyed the piano player and especially liked his Radio head repertoire. Town is expensive but as a treat for a special occasion its worth it. Will be back

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Red Bar (Pillo Hotel)
Pillo Hotel, The Rath, Ashbourne, Ashbourne, Meath

Have visited the hotel a few times and eaten dinner in the restaurant. The layout isn't brilliant and is never busy so there is very little atmosphere. Servers are generally helpful but can be a little hit and miss. Food is generally good, enjoyed my steak here on the last visit but price wise mains are very expensive. It's almost 30 for the steak before chips or another side. You couldn't possibly compare 21 to top restaurants so really they could do with lopping a couple of euro off the prices.

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Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Visited here for the first time on a bank holiday Monday. One word of warning, although they're very friendly in the restaurant, getting up the stairs isn't exactly family friendly with babies/buggies etc. Anyway had a really nice lunch. Initially the lunch menu wasn't available but then was back on and we're glad it was as its great value at €13.50 for starter and main course. I had keftedes and souvlaki which were really nice though afterwards did notice a lot of garlic. Service was good though the restaurant wasn't that busy at the time. Will definitely come back

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Wongs of Clontarf
436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Visited Wongs for the first time in a couple of years last Sunday. Ironically only went there as no-one was answering the phone in Hin Keng for some reason. As it was a Sunday it wasn't too busy and we had a later start at 8.45 so by the time we finished there were very few left in the restaurant. Service as ever was very good and unlike some other reviews wasn’t too over the top. Biggest change for us was the menu in terms of price. We had remembered Wongs as being more exclusive than other restaurants with a price to match but it seems they have kept their prices stable while others have increased so left us getting good value for what was a very nice meal. Will not leave it so long before we visit again.

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

One of our favourite restaurants but one we hadn't visited in a while. Food as usual was really good. My wife had cajun popcorn again which was really tasty though slightly smaller portions. I was slightly disappointed at my calamari though more because I thought it was something like the shrimp. Steak was really tasty and sides were nice though only one small portion of chips was brought for the table between 3. Will definitely be back sooner

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Visited here on a Sunday with the paisti. For them it was great as they could play with the toys. As we were sitting at the table nearest the play area it wasn't so great for the adults. Service wasn't brilliant but they did tell us they were a bit short staffed. We had pizzas which were very good and quite good value and garlic bread which was ok and less good value. Would definitely try it again as a treat for the kids on a Sunday. If you don't have kids avoid like the plague on a Sunday but I'm sure its quite nice at other times.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a work night out. It was busy so we were on a timed sitting so ended up being slightly rushed. Food was fine but set menu was a bit limited. Cocktails are very good and reasonably priced. Decor is interesting but is looking very dated and could do with a refresh.

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Euni Place
5 Main st Kilcoole Wicklow, Kilcoole, Wicklow

This wouldn't have been our first choice but we were stuck for food. Seems to be popular as a takeaway and for the hour we were there, there wasn't any other tables taken. We got the combo starter which was poor but main courses were very good. It's at the back of a pub so the staff will bring in drinks from the bar if you'd like.

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Hugo's Restaurant at Druids Glen Resort
Druids Glen Resort, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow

Druids isn't bad as a hotel restaurant, it's just the fact you know you'll be in the same room for your breakfast the next morning can be off putting. I had a steak which was very good and my wife enjoyed her chicken. We had our children with us and there was a kids buffet. For older children this would have been perfect but being charged €15 for our 4 year old who had about 5 chicken nuggets and a few chips was a bit much. Wine list was pricey but as the bar is across the hall we got some beers served. If you're staying in Druids Glen it's fine for one night.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Went to Fire last week for a work do. Checked the menu outside and was very interested. Was slightly disappointed when we got in to find we only had a set menu with two starters and two mains to choose from. For a change took the options I wouldn't usually go for and had goats cheese bruschetta to start and monkfish for main. Both were excellent and those at our table that had the other choices had no complaints. Sweet was a lovely chocolate orange mousse. Service was very good and I was very impressed with the dining room and this being a Wednesday was slightly surprised to find it so buys but that’s obviously a good sign. Looking forward to returning and choosing from the full menu though will have the downside of having to pay myself.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We recently had a family pizza stop here after wandering around town for a few hours on a Sunday evening. Had been here once before a few years back and decor changes are for the better as it seems brighter and bigger. Managed to get a table straightaway and service was good. Both had pizzas with the boys sharing and they enjoyed their colouring. Tasty pizzas which were very good value, will definitely go again and spend a bit longer perusing the menu.

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

We visited Fallon & Byrne for our 5th anniversary night out. Booked of course through Menupages and managed to get a nice table by the window. From talking to others that have been there this was a good result as it is quite noisy in the dining room and if you're in the middle of the room can be very hard to hear each other. Not too much that appealed in the starters so I ended up with a salad which I don't usually go for but was very nice. My wife ordered a tart which came out looking a bit different that we'd expected, usually you would expect a tart to have all the ingredients cooked together but this was a layered effort with sliced tomatoes on top of cheese on top of some pastry. Not tasty and she hardly touched it, waiter asked about this and would have expected it to be removed from the bill which it wasn't. That was the only negative about the service which was very professional. We both had excellent steaks for our mains and two very nice desserts. Will definitely go back, maybe on a quieter night of week and will try and book a window table in advance.

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New Hin Keng
25G Malahide Road, Artane, Artane, Dublin

This was probably our first time in Hin Keng in about a year and while it was an excellent meal it is maybe slightly less of an experience that it used to be. The dining room itself is located on the second floor of Clontarf Court, if you want have a drink downstairs first but generally going around the side entrance is a better bet. We were about 3 mins late for a late table but ended up waiting another 10-15 to get sitting. There is no waiting area as such though there are a few chairs beside the lift, we didn't want to be forgotten about so hovered near the desk and after half our waiting time were offered a drink. Food was very nice though it seems like portions have shrunk in the last year but thankfully prices are still good value. Complimentary drink after dinner is still a very nice touch. Service is usually efficient but not always given with a smile.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

We recently visited La Mere Zou for a sendoff from work. Feeling a little adventurous I opted for the snails starter. It was very surprising but very tasty though I'm sure garlic was seeping from my pores for the rest of the evening. Taking a home choice for mains the Steak was super, excellent cut with great sauce. Desserts are heavy but if you are a chocolate fan the mousse is superb. Service was very good, very efficient and at the same time friendly.

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Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent all round. Can't praise Siam Thai enough. Restaurant dining room is very tasteful, food was brilliant and service very good. Tried Massaman curry for this first time as a few other reviewers recommended it and was very happy. Had the combo starters and they were very good. Even dessert menu was a pleasant surprise and had some great choices on it which you don't always find in Asian cuisine restaurants in Dublin

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

Jewel in the Clontarf Crown! Luckily we are only five minutes walk from this excellent restaurant. We recently went there for their excellent early bird menu, 3 courses for €20 and up to 7.30pm it makes for great value although one or two more options on it would be great. Food is excellent here with great service and if you have a chance look for a window seat preferably upstairs and look for the great view across the bay.

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

We live 2 minutes walk away from Bay and try to pop in once a month or so. If you manage to get in before 6 there's a great steak sandwich on the menu otherwise we usually go for their burgers which are really good though sometimes the chips can be a bit undercooked. Some of the other mains are slightly expensive for the bistro type place Bay is. If it is busy it can be very cramped but bringing the kids we try to go in early. We've always found the staff very friendly though have taken a conscious decision to try to avoid Thursdays, their signer is quite good and a nice touch but the music is a bit of an acquired taste

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Da Vincenzo
133 Upper Leeson Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

This was the venue for my wife and I's first dinner date nine years ago so we went back again last Saturday for our going out anniversary. The restaurant is quite small and can be cramped but luckily it wasn't too busy and we got a nice table beside the open fire downstairs. The menu seems to have less choice than it used to but what we got was very nice. Service was good and fairly attentive and value wise it compares very well to a lot of other places. It's quite a nice dinner date venue though slightly out of the way for a night out

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had our team night out here in December. Luckily we booked in advance, as it's very popular as a walk up venue after shopping. Food was excellent, in fact we probably ordered too much as we got some side dishes to share though interestingly one didn't make it to the table but we got it taken off. Fantastic deserts as well which I never expected in Asian restaurants.

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Casa Pasta (Clontarf)
55 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Good things come in small packages. Apt description for the cosy Casa Pasta on the seafront in Clontarf. Good range with nice selection of specials. Typical Irish Italian place with pizzas (which are very good), nice selection of pastas and the usual suspects of chicken and beef. We went there for a work lunch before Christmas and really enjoyed it and if you're working in Eastpoint highly recommend it to pop up though you'll need a nice hour.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Good food, great value, just minds the acoustics. Visits to the Market Bar have been split between liquid only visits and those where we samples the delicious Tapas. Calamari and Patatas Bravas are excellent, just mind the garlic the next morning. Pub itself is great but with the cavernous aspect the noise volume on a busy night can be slightly off-putting.

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

Brilliant, if you know what you're in for you won't be disappointed. En famille we recently visited Wagamama again, in truth may have been first time back since the additions to the family. It was a Sunday afternoon so wasn't too busy and had a very pleasant meal. Food as usual was great and Nr.1 Son enjoyed himself with the crayons and Tori Kore Age. Only minor down point is the lack of a lift.

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