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Wongs of Clontarf restaurant

436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 3

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
97 reviews

Reviewed 14th September 2014 ( visited 13th September 2014 )

This is a family favourite for weekend diining and we were not disappointed yet again. The food was fab, the service was perfect and we still,consider this as the best Chinese restaurant in Dublin.
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Wongs of Clontarf restaurant

436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 3

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
97 reviews

Reviewed 14th September 2014 ( visited 13th September 2014 )

This is a family favourite for weekend diining and we were not disappointed yet again. The food was fab, the service was perfect and we still,consider this as the best Chinese restaurant in Dublin.
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ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

I have eaten here before and it has always been quite good but this time it was quite different. I cannot praise the staff enough. They looked after us so well but the food was a huge let down. Two of us ordered Rack of Lamb. I have never seen anything like them before. They had about two bites of lean meat in total and the rest was pure fat. I really don't know how the chef would let these plates leave the kitchen. The rib eye steak was just ok, a little chewy. None of us enjoyed the food so won't be rushing back.

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The Lovely Food Co (Drumcondra)
94 Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin

I had breakfast here with my daughter and enjoyed it very much. I thought the tea was too expensive at 2.95 and should have been included in the breakfast price but have since found out that it is a speciality tea and they have since added ordinary breakfast tea to their menu. They have opened a beautiful little shop with scrumptious fruit, veg, baked goods and other goodies beside the restaurant and their Salted Caramel squares are delicious. I will soon be back to try the lunch menu.

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Andersons Creperie
1A Carlingford Road, Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

Had lunch here with a friend. Her soup was good but my Goat's cheese quiche was not. It was more like a soufflé. No substance and not much flavour either. We both had a cappuccino to follow and they were tasteless. We asked for another shot of coffee to give them more flavour but it didn't make any difference. When clearing our plates, our waiter didn't ask why I hadn't eaten. He had no interest. There are far better locations for lunch in Drumcondra so I won't be back.

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Imperial Garden
Unit 1 Manor Village, Cork Road, Waterford City, Waterford

Was really looking forward to eating here while visiting Waterford over the weekend. The decor is very authentic and the food was good. The staff couldn't have been more helpful but didn't allow us enough time to browse the menu. We were asked for our order immediately after we were seated. We arrived at 8pm and the restaurant was busy enough with one large birthday party adding to the atmosphere but within an hour we were one of only two tables still occupied and by 10pm we were the last diners. They were continuously cleaning around us and we left at 10.15.

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

I cannot fault the food or service. The spinach and artichoke gratin was sublime and steaks all cooked to perfection. Our waiter couldn't have been nicer. Friendly staff all around. There were 8 of us seated at a large table inside the door and the restaurant was very busy. My only complaint was that it was very noisy. Lots of loud chatter and no ambience whatsoever. I think the acoustics of the room were to blame.

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Barberstown Castle
Straffan, Straffan, Kildare

This was my first time visiting Barberstown Castle but it will not be my last. We ate in the Tea Rooms. The room is beautiful and although very gracious not at all stuffy. The staff couldn't have been more pleasant. We shared a portion of crispy tiger prawns which were cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside as stated with a melt in the mouth interior. A tempura battered cod served with twice (or maybe three) times fried chips was delicious. The batter was light and crispy. I ordered the croque monsieur which was a huge let down. Although the overall flavour was good, it was made with bog standard sliced pan which was quite chewy and didn't do justice to the filling. If it had been made with better quality bread I would have had no complaints.

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

This is a family favourite for weekend diining and we were not disappointed yet again. The food was fab, the service was perfect and we still,consider this as the best Chinese restaurant in Dublin.

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La Cave
28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A charming little restaurant. Soup and crab tartlets to start were tasty and devoured. Confit of duck and steak with bearnaise sauce, all cooked to perfection. An outstanding wine list and pleasant staff made this a perfect venue for dinner with friends.

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Gourmet Food Parlour Malahide
Gannon Park, Coast Road , North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Brought my mother here for brunch. We stood by the [wait to be seated] sign for a few minutes while being ignored by staff and eventually sat down ourselves and asked for a menu. The staff were polite but way too formal. They were also few on numbers so we waited again for our order to be taken. Our tea and coffee arrived promptly and we then had to wait 30 minutes for our food. My mothers poached eggs were cold although the rest of her food was hot. I had the vegetarian breakfast and the potato cake was awful. Dense and soggy. It's a lovely space and well decorated but I don't think I'll be rushing back.

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

Six of us ate here using menupages vouchers. 3 course dinner for 2 including a bottle of wine for €50. Unbelievable value. The food was delicious, Caesar salad and prawn skewers followed by burgers and confit of duck. I thought the portions were very generous and was delighted with the option of having.a cocktail instead of dessert. The atmosphere was great. My one small complaint is that we were seated on high stools at the back of the restaurant and it wasn't very comfortable. We couldn't swap tables as the restaurant was full.

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Douglas & Kaldi Rathbourne
1 Ashtown Square, Rathborne Village, West Dublin, Ashtown, Dublin

Had breakfast with my mother. Very busy morning but the staff were incredibly uninterested in the customers. We both had a mini breakfast. They came with a small ramekin of beans each. Inexplicably, one serving of beans was hot and the other was completely cold. It took so long to get the attention of any member of staff, we had finished our breakfast before we were offered a replacement. Won't be in a hurry back.

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La Reserve Artisan Brasserie
53 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

This was our first time eating here and we really enjoyed it. I didn't expect the restaurant to be so small and the tables are very close together. However, the food was delicious and fairly priced. We had a salad of watermelon, feta cheese and Serrano ham to start, followed by rib eye steak and duck confit. The house wine was really good and worth €25 per bottle. Our bill for four including two bottles of wine was just under €200. I would highly recommend it.

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

This was my first visit to Fire. It was my husband's birthday so decided to treat him. We arrived with another couple at 8pm and were greeted warmly. There was only one couple sitting at a table in the bar and I began to regret booking a table for a Wednesday night. When we went upstairs I was very happy. I was expecting an empty restaurant and I was very wrong. Every table seemed to be occupied. There was a great atmosphere. Our waitress was really nice and the food was outstanding. I had spinach and artichoke gratin and the others had chicken caesar salad and duck confit salad. We all had fillet steaks and it was the best steak I have had in a long time. I can't wait to go back.

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

We had a lovely pre-theatre dinner in this little gem although I did feel the dinner menu was a little limited and could do with some expansion. To start we had chicken wings and creamy mushrooms. Both were very tasty. We then had burgers for our main course and once again they didn't disappoint. We cleaned our plates. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Their brunch and lunch menus seem far more extensive. It might be an idea to include some of those dishes on the dinner menu.

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

I was really looking forward to this night with friends which had been organised many months before. I had eaten here some years before and knew it was going to be expensive and it was. The restaurant is beautiful and the staff are friendly without being over attentive, however, we were quite disappointed with a couple of things on this night. Firstly in our group of eight, two had ordered a haddock starter and neither of them liked it or ate it. The waiter just cleared the plates and didn't ask if had been ok. We also felt they were pushing the wine a little too much and refilling glasses unnecessarily. I spent most of the first two courses with my hand covering my glass. The portions of Champ which accompanied our main courses were tiny and only one small dish between every two diners. We still had a great night but the cost of a round of drinks, eight four course dinners, a few Irish coffees and wine was just under one thousand euros excluding service. It will be a while before I can afford to repeat this.

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Homemade by Clodagh @ Arnotts
12 Henry Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I took my mother here for lunch as last time we had eaten downstairs at the self service restaurant and were disappointed. Once again we were very disappointed. We both chose the burger and a glass of wine each. The food arrived so quickly and the burger was so dry that it was obviously all precooked. The bun was hard and slightly burnt so we both left that. The staff were quite disinterested and it took a long time and two reminders to get some water. It cost us €45. That is an outrageous price for what we got. I will never go back.

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Downstairs Restaurant
Gilbert & Wright, Hollybrook Park, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

I had eaten here before and really enjoy the atmosphere. There's always a great buzz. Although there is a great attention to detail, on this visit I was disappointed with the food. My starter of Goat Cheese, Watermelon and Balsamic shallots was pretty good but my partner's choice of Dressed Crab was so cold he nearly got brain freeze. It really should have been brought to room temperature before being served. It was tasteless. I asked our waitress if the Duck Breast was served pink and she said it wasn't. It was and I really didn't like it. It was too undercooked for my liking. We were advised not to order any side dishes but we really could have done with some extra veg. They were quite sparse on our plates. I won't be rushing back.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

It had been many years since I had visited Boulevard Cafe but my memories were all good so I was looking forward to eating here. From the moment we walked through the door the staff couldn't have been friendlier. We were seated at the window and I ordered Bruschetta followed by Ribeye steak. My friend ordered smoked duck salad followed by sea bass. I was very disappointed when I saw the Bruschetta. The bread was not very well toasted and completely soggy and unappetising. Unfortunately I chose badly with my main as well. The steak was very fatty and the accompanying chips were soggy too. My friend fared better with her meal. She enjoyed it all. Although our waiter commented on my uneaten food when taking away our plates, we were still charged for everything so I will not be going back again. Our total bill for two starters, two mains and two bottles of wine was 120 euros. It was the most expensive meal I almost ate!

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The Hot Stove
38 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

I went here with a friend to try the pre-theatre menu. I had heard a lot of good things about the restaurant and was really looking forward to it. The restaurant is beautifully laid out and decorated. We were warmly welcomed and seated immediately. It was very busy and every table was in use. We ordered a bottle of white wine and my friend tasted it and said it was fine but it really wasn't cold enough. When asked we did tell our waiter and he offered to replace it but we said no as the bottle was chilling in an ice bucket. We were served an amuse bouche of pea soup with a little ham hock tortellini and it was divine. The soup was really fresh and the tortellini was like a little surprise waiting to be found. Our starters of Risotto were really good, my friend declared hers the best she'd ever tasted! Her main course of Ray Wing was deemed delicious but my Braised Lamb Shoulder was so salty, I couldn't eat it. We had ordered some sides so I ate those. Our waiter queried my plate when we were finished so I told him my salty tale. He took it away for tasting and arrived back to agree with me and offer apologies from the chef. Apparently, the stock it was braised in must have been too salty! Anyhow, a disappointing experience but I will go back again to try the a la carte and hopefully have a better experience.

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Washerwomans Hill
60 Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

Having eaten here last February with friends and really enjoying it, I am sorry to have to say that this time, although the food was quite good, we were slightly put off by the attitude of the man who is front of house and the first impression we got when we walked into this restaurant. I had such a good experience the last time, that when asked to organise a Ladie's night out, I suggested this venue. 7 of us turned up on this Thursday night (Ladies night, as advertised). The other members of staff (all ladies) were all very polite and friendly but the man himself was obviously not enjoying himself and was quite rude. He remained quite distant and even corrected our pronunciation of some of the menu items. We all laughed because we knew he was very wrong, both in pronunciation and attitude but it did alter our view of our evening here and certainly did not encourage a return visit. As we all stated, it's their (the restaurant's) loss, as when we are next organising one of our nights out, it will definitely not be here.

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OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

I knew as it was Mother's Day, they would be very busy so I booked a table for lunch. I have eaten here a lot and the food is always perfect. I have yet to find fault with anything I have ordered. They must have a formula as the quality of the food never varies. The lunch menu is fantastic value. One course for 16 euros or 2 courses for 19 euros. There is a good variety to choose from and we started with Skewered Chicken Satay and Yuk Sung. Both were delicious as usual. For our main course we chose Sweet and Sour Chicken and Duck with Plum Sauce. Once again, delicious food, well presented and thoroughly enjoyed. Because it was so busy, it was hard to get the attention of staff at times but they did have a full house so I suppose it is to be expected.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

This was my first time eating in Roly's. Many friends had recommended it. It was quite busy for 7pm on a Sunday evening. The set menu is very good value and only one of us four went a la carte. To start I had pate and the others chicken and crab wontons, Prawn bisque and Goats cheese crostini. We couldn't find fault with any of these and my Pate was the best I have eaten in a long time. Our mains of Confit of Duck, Lamb Pie, Braised Beef and Haddock were once again a big hit and thoroughly enjoyed. I will return to try the Cafe next time as although the staff were very nice the atmosphere was a little stuffy and formal for me.

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

I had a very positive experience on my first visit and had persuaded some friends to eat here with me. So, six of us turned up on this busy Friday night and were seated immediately. All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Our starters of Wild Mushrooms, Ribs and Chicken Wings were very good and very much enjoyed. Unfortunately, our mains did not live up to my previous experience. Three of us opted for Rib Eye Steak and they were luke warm when served, bordering on cold. Our waiter, Bogdan, was extremely helpful and explained there was a problem getting steaks from the basement kitchen via a dumb waiter to our tables still hot and they are trying to resolve this. After dinner, we ordered some Irish coffees and they too were cold. Once again, Bogdan to the rescue. He got behind the bar himself and made new, piping hot, Irish Coffees for us and they were divine. I hope they are able to resolve these teething problems as I could see this restaurant becoming a regular haunt.

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Washerwomans Hill
60 Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

I hadn't been here for some years because past experiences were quite bad but I heard it had a new chef and new management and decided to get some friends together for Valentine's night. There were 8 of us in total. Once seated, we found it very difficult to get the attention of the staff although this changed as the night went on. The menu was good value. 3 courses for 26 euros. To start we had chicken fritters, fish cakes, pork belly and seafood chowder. The fritters and fishcakes were lovely but the pork belly was very fatty and we couldn't find any fish in the chowder! Our mains of Braised Beef, Confit of duck, Burger and Butternut Squash were quite tasty and there were no complaints. We all agreed we'd return.

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

We had a fantastic night at Wongs on this dreary Saturday evening. The restaurant was extremely busy when we arrived. I had booked in advance because there were 8 of us in total. We have been here many times and we were discussing what we wanted to order before we even got there! Two of our party had never been and were happy to let us order for them. To start we ate Aromatic Duck and Aromatic Lamb. The flavours are mind blowing and even though we ordered ten starters between 8 of us, the plates were almost licked clean. We then moved on to Salt and Chilli Prawns, Chilli Beef and Steamed King Prawns with Garlic and Black Bean Sauce, washed down with lots of wine. Once again, empty plates. We finished with a complimentary platter of fresh fruit on ice and creme de menthe, followed by Irish Coffees. Can't wait to go back again. :)

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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

This is my favourite Pizza restaurant and has been for a long time now. The food is always spot on and I am never disappointed. Also, it is unbelievable value for money. Three of us ate here this time. We started with a glass of wine each. To each, we had bbq chicken wings and tomato bruschetta. Delicious. To follow, we had pizzas and lasagne. Couldn't fault the food at all. The majority of the staff are really friendly but we hit on a waitress in bad form and she scowled all night. Thankfully, by the time we finished and asked for the bill she had disappeared and another waitress took our payment so we left a decent tip. If she had been settling our bill I would have been tempted not to leave any tip at all!!

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Bleecker Street Cafe Bar
68 Upper Dorset St, City Centre North, Dublin

Ate here on a Saturday evening with my teenagers. Had often passed this place while driving and while it looks very attractive, it took me about 12 months to try it out. Having read the reviews I have to agree with most of them. Even though we were only one table among a few diners the atmosphere was still good and very relaxed. The staff are extremely friendly and the food was fantastic. The boys devoured Buffalo Wings, followed by a whole rack of ribs each. They got the thumbs up. I shared the nachos with my daughter and it really was enough for two. She followed this with a cheeseburger and my pasta bolognese was very tasty. I know I'll be back soon because the boys want more of those yummy ribs!

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Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin

I was given a seasonal tasting menu voucher for two people by a friend and was really looking forward to eating here. I had only been there once before and had enjoyed the food immensely. Once again, the food was outstanding and the flavours sublime. However, if you are feeling at all hungry, don't order this option. Our three course tasting menu wouldn't satisfy the smallest appetite. We were served three appetisers and the portions were extremely small. On my last visit I found the restaurant to be extremely hot and this has not been sorted so after about 30 minutes, we were very uncomfortable. Our waitress was very friendly and I hope they can sort the temperature problem out so I can return and order from the full menu again.

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

Was invited to eat here with friends and am glad I did. The food was outstanding. The restaurant photos on the site look great but all I got to see of it was the front seating area as there were very few diners and a lot of staff. Because of this there was very little atmosphere. That was the only thing that let this restaurant down. I had the bbq ribs and my friends had the chicken wings. Both dishes were very tasty but it was my main course of Rib Eye steak that stood out by the mile. The meat was really juicy and tender without being fatty. It was served with amazing homemade chips in the shape of wedges and the bearnaise sauce was amazing. I am already planning my next visit.

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here with three friends all using menupages vouchers. It was very good value but I was a little disappointed with the food. My starter of confit of duck was just average. We all had the same dish because the fish starter was not available. I ordered the Crispy Pork Belly but it was not crispy at all. My friend ordered the beef and although it looked delicious with little onion rings on top, they were cold and soggy. We had a great night because the staff were extraordinarily pleasant and helpful and would try this restaurant again because I think we may have just been there at the wrong time. There were a lot of very young diners, they had a full house when we arrived and the kitchen was obviously very busy.

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New Millennium Chinese Restaurant
51 South King Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited this restaurant for the first time with three friends using a menupages deal. I was a bit wary as the reviews I had read were so variable from really bad to excellent. I didn't know what to expect. We were greeted very warmly when we arrived and seated immediately. All of the staff were exceptionally friendly. To start, we ordered Salt and Chilli Chicken, Butterfly King Prawns, Salt and Chilli Prawns and Spare Ribs. The chicken and prawns were very tasty and exactly what I was expecting to get. I was a bit disappointed with the ribs. They looked very pale and not at all appetising however, my friend said they were nice. Our main courses of Fillet Beef and Prawns with black bean sauce were fine and the Duck Cantonese was delicious, very tender and lovely crispy skin. I have to mention two of the waitresses, Sherry and Flower. They were great fun and we had a laugh with them during the night. Will definitely return.

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

I had a really lovely dinner here with three friends. The prices are expensive but the quality of the food is extraordinary. This is not an everyday restaurant. I was surprised to read some of the previous reviews. I too had the Tempura Prawns to start and the portion was generous. Four, very large prawns in a wonderfully light batter with some lightly spiced beansprouts. Haven't had anything like this before. My friend ordered the foie gras and was disappointed when it was served pan fried. this was not stated on the menu. Our waitress took it back without delay and replaced it without fuss. We all had fillet steaks, and while they did seem a little on the small side, I couldn't have eaten any more. The flavour of the beef was amazing. One of the nicest steaks I have ever eaten. We didn't have room for dessert and ordered wine by the carafe as I wasn't familiar with a lot of the wines on the list. We had five carafes (each carafe is a half bottle measure), two cocktails and coffee and our bill came to 310 plus tip. I don't think that's too expensive for a special night out and would look forward to eating here again.

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

It had been a long time since my last visit to Zao. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now. The decor and table layout has changed and we were seated in a large alcove to the side of the restaurant. It was quite stuffy and we couldn't but overhear conversations at neighbouring tables. Service was good but the the food really let this place down. I won't be back. There are far better Thai and Chinese restaurants to choose from.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I took my son here for lunch after a trip to the barbers and we were very disappointed. The restaurant was very busy and we were shown to a table downstairs and given menus. We were then forgotten about for about half an hour. Staff came and went, serving other tables and completely ignored my vain attempts to get their attention. When we did eventually give our order our two courses came one immediately after the other and we didn't linger for too long. We are not in a hurry to return and will not be recommending it to any of our friends.

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Nautilus
9 Marine Court, The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Was invited to eat dinner here with a friend who had a voucher for two for a tasting menu. I started with the pork belly which was tasty but a very small portion. The food is masterchef class and each dish has so many ingredients that you'd need to keep the menu on hand to identify them all. I had the chicken to follow which had a mushroom puree??? on the plate. It was a horrible colour and very offputting but the chicken was nice. Since we were both driving we didn't have any wine and all we had to do was leave a tip at the end of the night. A very cheap night out for me but I won't be in a rush back. The food is too fussy for me.

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Downstairs Restaurant
Gilbert & Wright, Hollybrook Park, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

I had been given a voucher and decided to book a table for myself and three friends. I had eaten here before but was in no rush back because the maitre'd had been so rude. What a difference this time. There was no sign of the the rude man just lots of lovely staff, all chatty and friendly. We were seated at the very back which was great because there was a large table of girls in the main area and they were very loud. The food was just gorgeous from our starters of pate, mackeral and salmon to our mains. My friend ordered the salmon in sesame seeds to start and didn't like how raw the salmon was in the middle. The waiter explained the seeds would burn if it was cooked more and promptly took to back and replaced it with ham hock terrine which was delicious. Had a really lovely night and will definitely be going back.

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

Booked a table for 11 on Christmas Eve and when we arrived the place was buzzing. We were seated upstairs at the back and it was really hot. The music was so loud we couldn't hear each other and it took three requests before they turned it down. The food was really average and lukewarm. Unripe tomatoes and no flavour to anything. Won't be hurrying back but think our bad experience might be because they were so busy. Will maybe try it another day when I'm passing. :(

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Imperial Chinese
12A Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

The last time I ate here was Christmas Eve and it was lovely so really looked forward to eating here again last Friday. They weren't very busy which should have been a sign as every other restaurant close by appeared to be packed out. The service was very good so I hate to complain but the food was abysmal. Our starters were fine. Skewered Chicken Satay, Aromatic Duck and Prawn Toast all went down well. It was the mains that let them down. I had fillet of beef with black bean sauce. The beef was chewy and full of gristle. The Crispy Chilli Beef was soft and chewy as well. Steamed Sea Bass was just ok but most of the food was untouched and our plates were cleared without question. For two adults and three children (who were still hungry when we got home) our bill was €200. Will not be returning.

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Homemade by Clodagh @ Arnotts
12 Henry Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I met a friend here for lunch and arrived at 12.30 which was just as well because within 20 mins every table was occupied. I was left standing for about 10 mins while staff kept walking past me, doing what, I'm not sure. When I was eventually shown to a table and given 2 menus, I was then left alone again. The service was really bad. The tables are too close together. I had several menus clipped together and the cover was a brunch menu which states is available til 1pm. When my friend tried to order from it she was told it ends at 12. We ordered from the lunch menu. She had bread and dips which were very nice. I ordered a Caesar salad but it was bog standard. The dressing was too thick and sat on some leaves while others remained undressed. It was also covered in pine nuts (a pet hate of mine) which weren't stated on the menu. Won't be rushing back.

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The Silver Fox Seafood Restaurant
Crossfarnogue, Kilmore Quay, Kilmore, Wexford

I ate here on a very wet night with a friend and the restaurant was very busy. We were warmly welcomed and led to a lovely table. I ordered deep fried brie and a fillet steak to follow and my friend had calamari followed by fish. The brie was really lovely but far too big a portion and a bit offputting because once cut it oozed all over the plate. A few small pieces would have been preferable instead of one huge wedge. The calamari was delicious. I ordered my steak medium to well but it was as dry as a bone and even with onions and mushrooms, there was no moisture on the plate. The accompanying chips looked lovely but were really chewy. Neither my friend or I could figure out what had gone wrong with them. On clearing our plates, the waiter did ask if everything was ok and when I mentioned the steak was dry he took it off the bill. Nice, but won't be in a rush back.

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Scavilles Lodge
Duncormick, Duncormick, Wexford

I was staying in Duncormick with a friend for the weekend and this is the only place to eat within walking distance. When we arrived the dining room was completely empty and remained so for the rest of the evening. The menu was confusing. We were given both a bar and a restaurant menu and decided to order from the latter. I decided on Duck but unfortunately it was off so played it safe and ordered Lasagne. I ordered stuffed mushrooms to start and my friend ordered Calamari followed by seabass. My mushrooms were abysmal. There was no flavour at all and the calamari was chewy. My friend's fish looked ok but the Lasagne was inedible. It was really horrible. I ate around the outside and left the rest. I'd advise anyone staying in Duncormick to book a Taxi and eat somewhere else.

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Phoenix Park Cafe
Grounds of the Visitor's Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin

Took my mother here for lunch. The cafe itself is quite small but there is a lot of courtyard seating outside. We had just missed two coachloads of tourists so some of the main courses had already sold out by 12.30pm. The food all looks very fresh and homemade. I had lasagne and my mother chose a chicken and celery wrap. Although the bowl which contained my lasagne was too hot to touch, the lasagne itself was ice cold in the middle. It was taken back with a smile and heated again and it was fine. For two lunches and one tea our bill was just under €20. I thought that was ok and then went back and ordered a small coffee and one slice of cake to share. This cost €6.50 which I think was way too much. The setting is lovely and there were many families outside having picnics. At these prices, I'm not surprised.

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Eleven Gourmet Cafe
St. Olaves Business Centre, Kinsealy, Dublin

I was invited to join my friend for coffee at this new cafe and had passed it by before I new it. The car park is at the back, accessed from a side road and easily missed. The cafe itself is beautifully decorated and we sank into a lovely squishy sofa and ordered coffees and scones. The glass doors have quite a large gap between them and it was rather draughty and cold. They could really do with some kind of storm porch. The coffee was lovely and the scones really nice with a crispy, sugar topping, and served with jam, cream and butter. Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to returning to try their lunch menu, although I'll make sure to sit further away from the door next time.

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Il Corvo Restaurant
98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin

I was asked to have lunch here with a friend but wasn't very keen. This had been a favourite local restaurant for many years but had changed a few years ago. The prices had gone up (too much) and the portions had shrunk. I decided to give it a chance and was glad I did. Unfortunately, there was only about 7 patrons over the course of the whole lunchtime. I was very surprised at the standard of the food. The portions are back to generous sizes and the prices are great. We both chose the starter, main and coffee for €13 and a few cents. We both had deep fried brie to start and then chicken risotto and lasagne al forno to follow. The risotto was not the best I've ever tasted but nice all the same and the lasagne was just gorgeous. Generous portion, nice and meaty and plenty of tomato sauce. All in all a very enjoyable lunch and I will be recommending it. I hope they get more lunch time clients.

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

This was my first visit to Le Bon Crubeen. It looks lovely and a bit out of place at this end of Talbot Street. The prices were really quite good especially for the main courses. We had booked a table as we were a party of four and it was Saturday night. Unfortunately we were seated in an anteroom off the main dining area and it was lacking in atmosphere. The food was good but I ordered quail to start and I think it could have been cooked a little more. It was a bit pale. The others had chowder and a selection of breads and dips. For our mains we had fish and chips, confit of duck and striploin steak. The steak looked unbelievably good and I was sorry I ordered the duck. We had a bottle of prosecco on arrival and two bottles of wine between us during the course of our meal. It was excellent value. Out total bill was €200 including a tip. Will be back.

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Noble House - Malahide Rd
Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Malahide, Dublin

It has been many months since I was here for lunch last and most of my comments are positive. The staff couldn't have been more friendly. The food was fine but the staff were very accommodating and the cost of our lunch was very reasonable. I was here with my 11 year old son and he loved it inspite of the fact that he said the sweet and sour chicken was no competition to the Mandalay restaurant in Santry. in all fairness the Mandaly is slightly more expensive for lunch but on hindsight maybe worth it.

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The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Had lunch here today with a friend. Didn't know the place existed until today. Staff were extremely friendly. We both ordered the lunch special which was a little ramekin of soup, a piece of fish, a little salad and some skinny fries. I really enjoyed everything, however, there was a choice of soup, broccoli or chowder. I chose the broccoli and my friend, the chowder. There wasn't one piece of fish to be found in her chowder, just diced vegetables. She sent it back and by the time it was replaced she had finished the rest of her meal and told the waitress that she couldn't eat it then. The waitress left it on the table and just left. We both had coffee to finish and except for the chowder incident, I can't complain. It's very reasonably priced and I enjoyed everything I ate. I am looking forward to returning for dinner.

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

Decided it was time to spend some menupoints. Was having a girly night with a friend and decided on Brasserie 66 because she had never been before. I didn't know what to expect having never used menupoints before but from the time we arrived until we left, we were looked after extraordinarily well. The place was buzzing. We were given complimentary cocktails while we looked at the menu and the food was really good. Caesar salad and calamari to start. Both excellent. Then striploin steak and monkfish for our main course. Portions were very generous and I couldn't eat all of mine so I took home a doggy bag. We were so comfortable we made a night of it and drank far too much wine. It was one of our best nights out ever.

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The Phoenix Court Restaurant
Blackhorse Avenue (Over Cummiskey's), North Dublin, Dublin 7, Navan Road, Dublin

Four of us ate here on this quiet Thursday night. The staff were friendly and attentive. The food was quite good. Our starters of shared platters were devoured and our main courses were fine. I was disappointed that one of my favourite dishes was not on the menu. They said they could cook it for me but something obviously got lost in translation and the dish delivered to me was nothing like I expected and not very good! In future I think I will stick to the menu. For four starters, three mains and two bottles of wine our bill of €155 was ok. We were offered a drink on the house at the end of our meal which was appreciated.

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

We had dinner here to celebrate my husband's birthday. Had heard good things about this restaurant so was expecting a nice meal. The entrance is at the back of the Clontarf Court Hotel beside the car park and there's a bit of an "alley" feel to it, so not a good start. The restaurant is two floors up and is very dark and old fashioned. They really could do with changing the carpet. The staff were friendly but run off their feet so not too attentive. The food was standard chinese fare except for my husband's steamed king prawns which were served in the shell and looked enormous. Some people like this but I found it off putting. We were offered a drink on the house at the end of the meal which is nice but I won't be rushing back. I have eaten better chinese food on many occasions in restaurants not too far from this one.

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Royal Plaza
Meakstown, North Dublin, Finglas, Dublin

Had lunch here on Friday. Having passed this restaurant several times was curious to see what it was like. I'm sorry I bothered to try it. It was dismal. The restaurant itself looks ok but could do with a face life. There were signs on the wall warning customers that only drink bought on the premises could be consumed there. Another sign mentioned CCTV coverage and yet another that you must be over 18 to order alcohol. What is going on here???? The food was a travesty. Sweet and sour chicken was gloopy and slimy with little flavour. Everything tasted as though it had been cooked earlier and reheated. We didn't eat much and left quickly and nobody asked why. As long as we paid our bill, they really didn't care! Needless to say, I won't be back!

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Fagans
Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

Was meeting a friend for a drink and decided to have something to eat as well. She had the burger which she declared was very good. Not being too hungry, I ordered a starter: chicken vol au vent. The portion was very generous, lots of chicken in a large pastry vol au vent with plenty of creamy mushroom sauce. Our waitress also brought me a portion of chips. We had one bottle of wine with our meal and the bill was just under €50. Excellent value.

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The Wild Swan Chinese Restaurant
1st Floor No1, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

I booked this restaurant for my goddaughter's 18th birthday. There were nine of us in total. The restaurant was very busy but despite this the staff were very helpful and service was good. I found the food disappointing. I ordered chicken with salt and chilli for starters but it was a bit soggy and covered in sweet chilli sauce. Salt was not evident. It was unlike salt and chilli chicken I have eaten anywhere else. My main course was also disappointing. Strips of beef cantonese style. I specifically asked if it was deep fried crispy beef with a little sauce and was told it was but what arrived at the table was soggy and gloopy. The other dishes weren't much better. Sweet and sour chicken was good. Prawns in garlic were also quite tasty. I was asked if it was a special occasion and when I mentioned a birthday in our group, they brought out a "cake" made of scoops of ice cream and sang Happy Birthday. The staff were lovely but I will not be going back.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Ate here with a friend on a very busy Thursday evening. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. We ordered the leggera "lighter" crostini for starters and leggera pizza for mains. This pizza is gorgeous. The middle has been removed and replaced with a lovely salad. As we were both watching our calorie intake, we were glad to have this option. Great food and a nice bottle of wine for under €70. Will definitely be back.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Overall good impression. When I booked was told that there were tables available only outside but that it was fully covered and heated so I knew what to expect. The food was good and reasonably priced but we did have a problem with people sticking their heads in and begging. Didn't mind the first one or two but it got a bit silly after that. Our waiter couldn't answer any of our questions regarding the menu and didn't bother asking the chef himself so we just went with what sounded nice and it was just that . . . nice. We had pasta and risotto starters which were tasty although very small portions. My rib eye steak although ordered medium to well done was more on the medium rare side but tasty all the same. The lamb chump was nice and tender. Nothing special about this restaurant but they've only been open for three weeks so it may be just teething problems.

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Ristorante Romano
12 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Have eaten here a few times and have never been disappointed. Portions are generous, so on this night my friend and I shared the bruschetta starter. It was definitely enough for two. I then enjoyed the spaghetti bolognese and she had prawns with garlic and pasta. Everything was delicious including a bottle of Frascati wine, nicely chilled. The whole bill came to €51. The best value I've had in a while.

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MacNean House & Restaurant
Main Street, Blacklion, Cavan

Was given vouchers for my birthday and there was an eight months waiting list to get a saturday night dinner, bed and breakfast. This restaurant is fab but being from Dublin we had to stay overnight. It's a long, long way, three hours by car. The food is exceptional, the staff are wonderful (except for serving us a room temperature bottle of white wine). Have rarely had food of this cablibre and €70 is a fair price. However, when you factor in overnight accommodation (another €70 pp) and a bottle of wine and drinks on top it is a very expensive option. Definitely a treat. If it was more local to me, i would be back.

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Maple Leaf Restaurant
79-81 Iona Road, Glasnevin, Dublin

Wouldn't normally eat out on a Monday night and now I know why. Was invited to dinner at this restaurant and our table was booked for 8.45. When we arrived, the restaurant was virtually empty. Despite this, we were asked to wait in the lobby until our table was prepared!!!!! We waited for ten minutes and were then shown to our table. Only one other table was occupied by a single diner. There was no rush to take our order. Our starters of Chicken bruschetta and Salad Caprese were just okay. The tomatoes were unripe and had no flavour. Our mains of Sea Bass and Duck breast were just ok too. There was no flavour from the duck. It could have been any red meat. With two coffees and one bottle of house wine our bill came to €79 excluding service. During the second half of our dining experience the waiter starter to clear the tables and tidy up. Needless to say, won't be going back.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had reserved a table for five from six til eight pm. On arriving we asked to sit outside and were shown to table within minutes. The restaurant was quite busy. My friends all ordered smokies for starters which they had all heard about from other friends and they really enjoyed them. I ordered asparagus with hollandaise sauce and it was delicious. I thought the prices on the menu were a little steep. However, for five starters, five mains, five coffees and 2 bottles of wine the final bill was just under €265. The food was delicious and well worth the price.

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ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Ate here with four friends on a very busy and sunny Thursday evening. There was a great atmosphere. I had made a reservation presuming we would be eating downstairs, however that was closed and we ate upstairs which was so much better. They had reserved a table outside for us to have drinks before eating which was a nice touch. We then moved inside to order and my only complaint is that our steaks (all ordered medium to well done) were very well done and dry. Other than that everything was perfect!

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Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Had a lovely meal here with friends last Friday. The food was good and it's a great local restaurant. However we were the last patrons there by 11pm so not a late night venue. A little pricey for a local but friendly service and consistently good food.

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Hedigans The Brian Boru
5 Prospect Road, Glasnevin, Dublin

Had a lovely meal here. Sat in the conservatory and even though a soccer match was ongoing, it didn't interfere with those who had no interest. Our one starter of risotto was very nice. Two mains of chicken salad were very tasty. Service was attentive for pub grub without being intrusive. Will definitely be back. Quite a relaxing night out!

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Wallace's Asti
15 Russell Street, Behan Square (just off the North Circular Road at Croke Park), City Centre North, Dublin

This is only the second time I've eaten here and more than a year since my first visit. I ended up here with a friend simply because it was open and Louie's Bistro was closed. It was really busy and had a nice buzz to it. We were given the last available table which unfortunately was right beside the door. Every time it opened we were treated to a gust of cold air. Besides that, everything else had improved dramatically. The set menu of starter, main and a glass of house wine was just €14.95 each. Fantastic value. The food was excellent, although portions a little on the small side. We had Bruschetta and Smoked Salmon Salad to start and Tortelloni and Chicken for our mains. Because the portions were so small we indulged in dessert. Pannacotta was a little too "set" but tasty and the Tiramisu was good. Our total bill was €40 excluding tip. Will definitely return.

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

Ate here with three friends on Saturday night. Although only open for three weeks now, they already have regulars! The room is beautifully restored and very spacious for a basement. The food is competitively priced. I chose a caesar salad to start followed by a rib eye steak. My friends had the fig tart, duck confit and a terrine followed by pork, fish of the day and monkfish. Our waiter asked if we wanted any side dishes and we ordered two but they were unnecessary as all main courses were accompanied by veg. Everything tasted great. With one dessert, one coffee and three bottles of very nice Shiraz our bill came to just over €175 for the four of us. We will definitely be back!

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Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin

Four of us ate here on a busy Friday night. We had booked to be sure of a table. We were welcomed very warmly and seated near the front of the restaurant. It was very hot and a little uncomfortable. The menu was varied and priced fairly. The starters averaged €6 and the mains €10. We ordered the Bruschetta, Chowder and Stuffed Mushrooms. All were delicious and faultless. For mains we had the Seabass, Lasagne (dish of the day, €8 on its own, or €10 with a glass of wine!) and Chicken Bake. Two of us ordered dessert, Tarte Tatin and Ice Cream and both were declared to be delicous! With two bottles of wine and one coffee, our total bill came to just over €132. This was astounding value. We will definitely be returning!

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

Went to Bay for dinner at about 7.30pm. It was crowded and very noisy. It seemed more cramped than i remembered. Although the staff were attentive, the food really let them down. Our starters were good, goats cheese and caramelised onion "bruchette" and tiger prawns, both tasty but my Caesar salad was a travesty. The dressing was mayonnaise like, thick and tasteless. I trawled through the lettuce and bacon trying to find pieces I could eat. The grilled chicken sat on top. It was ok but again a bit tasteless. My friends lamb skewers were exactly that and the "Greek" salad that accompanied them didn't resemble any Greek salad I've ever seen before. I don't think I'll be back.

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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

This is a great local pizzeria. Have been eating here for nearly twenty years but I always book a table as it's not always possible to get a table, even if you're prepared to wait. Was really busy this Tuesday night. Was out with a friend for a glass of wine and a gossip. Perfect place for this. Food is always the same which is great. The quality never varies. It's always excellent. We had two starters, Goats Cheese Crostini and Tomato Bruschetta. My only complaint is that the tomatoes were quite green and had little flavour. I suppose that's what I get for eating things out of season! The portions are quite generous, so we ordered one large pizza between us, which after the starters was more than enough. Pizza was great, as usual. With a half bottle of wine and one coffee our bill was under €40. Exceptional value. This is a great family place. It's busy and noisy and the tables are quite close together. If you want a quiet chat, go somewhere else!

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Noble House
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here late last night after a concert. Was looking for somewhere to eat while walking down Dame Street and we chose this restaurant because it was the busiest. Every restaurant we passed had only one table occupied. This restaurant had four! Since it was about ten thirty on a Monday night, I suppose that's not unusual. We ordered Prawns with Salt and Chilli and Crispy Chilli Beef with one portion of rice and a bottle of wine. The staff were quite friendly and the food was good but not the best chinese I've ever eaten. Two tables became occupied after we arrived also with post concert goers and the staff seemed familiar with most of the customers so it would seem like they were regulars. The bill came to €64 and we added a €10 tip so not bad value. Would probably eat there again.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

I had no problem booking 1014 on Thurs 6th for Fri 7th and can only assume this was because it is January! I cannot fault this restaurant. The staff were friendly, the food was every bit as good as I remembered from a previous visit and we had a really good night. The room was buzzing when we arrived with two other friends and we were seated immediately and offered drinks. I chose a breaded cheese to start and having experienced the pork belly before I had to order it again. My other half ordered the confit of duck to start and seabass for his main. Our waitress came back to apologise because they had run out of confit of duck and offered him duck breast instead which he took. After some wine and Irish coffees, were were the last table occupied and our waitress brought us some scones in a bag to take home. Our total bill was €189 for four including two bottles of wine and four Irish coffees. Can't wait to go back again. Yum!

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

Once again Wongs did not disappoint. Arrived with two friends on Saturday evening without a reservation and we were seated immediately. The restaurant was quite busy with a good atmosphere. Unfortunately I was driving so even though I love a glass of wine it was off the menu for me. We all chose our favourite starters, crispy lamb, shredded chicken and aromatic duck and they all hit the spot. For our mains we ordered chilli beef, shredded chicken and steamed king prawns with garlic and blackbean sauce. For the first time ever I had to send these back. They were overcooked. Within ten minutes a replacement platter arrived at the table and we devoured the melt-in-the-mouth prawns. Our bill came to €120 and included three beers, several cokes and two coffees. The overcooked prawns were just a blip in the consistently good food we always eat here. Yum.

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