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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 22

Member Since: 18 November 2006

Last Visit: 13 January 2014

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Toscana City Centre restaurant

3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
478 reviews

Reviewed 18th November 2006 ( visited 18th November 2006 )

Well if you’re into nice clean inexpensive food served by beautiful men who are cheeky in a friendly way and very easy on the eye this is the place for you. I've been during the week and at weekend's and place is buzzing, lovely place for the girlies night out.
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Toscana City Centre restaurant

3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
478 reviews

Reviewed 18th November 2006 ( visited 18th November 2006 )

Well if you’re into nice clean inexpensive food served by beautiful men who are cheeky in a friendly way and very easy on the eye this is the place for you. I've been during the week and at weekend's and place is buzzing, lovely place for the girlies night out.
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The Mint Bar
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely place, cocktails are really really good, had the beef cheeks, melt in the mouth and the pesto fries had me thinking about them for days. We left once the band came on, far too loud for such a small space. Will return though

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

Loved it, dined with 4 others, between us we had the duck liver parfait, venison, chowder which came with lovely warm treacle brown bread. Absolutely stuffed after our mains but still managed to order and devour a brownie which was gorgeous, bursting with black cherries. Can't fault the place. Staff were very welcoming. Will definitely be back.

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An Bhialann
120 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Very welcoming staff, place looks great. Food is of very good quality if a tad bit overly salted for my liking. Had the surf n turf and pork belly croquettes (not much pork though) Crab claws were delish and I'm sure you could have cut the steak with a spoon..soo tender. Wine List I thought expensive but I'd return in a heart beat. The scallop starter looked fantastic, will be trying that next.

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Passion Palace
23-25 Sundrive Road, Kimmage, Dublin

Great place for a recession busting lunch or dinner. There are a couple of offers on at the minute. We went for the evening special €25 for two courses. We had a selection of wings, wanton's and spring rolls for starters, unfortunately the shredded beef for mains was very poor, there didnt seem to be any beef in the batter?!?! Our other dishes were lovely, they have a karaoke room too which is free for a group over 12. The room is sound proofed so they only time you hear anything from it, is when someone opens the door. Staff are very friendly and attentive. Heading back this week with the girls and hoping to book the karaoke room for a laugh. Its not an amazing restaurant, it is nice, clean and tasty and above all in this climate a very affordable night out.

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The Bank on College Green
20-22 College Green, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for Sunday lunch here with a friend, service was ok, one waitress was nice and friendly, the other one scowled at us. One lady fall off her chair, on one went to help her, another waiter spilled a tray full of drink over a customer while she was seated..OTHER THAN THIS the food was ok, we both had steak medium to well, was more well though. We also had the sweet potatoe fries and heavenly apple pie and ice cream for dessert. Good value for money, probably wouldnt head back as there is nicer food else where in town. Loved the decor though.

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Lady Lucy's Rooftop Restaurant
Carlton Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, Wexford

9 of dined for a birthday treat. When we were settled at the table, goats cheese and crispy bacon appetisers were brought out to us, which went down a treat. We had a mixture of caesar salads, duck parfait and soup to start with, all gorgeous, beware of the sardines on the caesar salad which some of the ladies didnt appreciate, never saw fish on a caesar salad before. Our mains consisted of Angus steaks, sea bass and pork belly. No complaints from any of the diners, the pork belly was sensational. Desserts were as good, a lovely selection. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and at times had a laugh with the table. Would highly recommend.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here yesterday, love the decor, the big leather chairs and the restored organ, loved it had a broucher to tell you who was buried there and christened and marriaged and gave sermons. Nice bit of history to talk about while wating for our food. I had the salmon and haddock fishcakes with salad and chips. Himself had a burger and chips, nice food, quick and very friendly service. Would love to return in the evening and see what its like but for lunch it was fine.

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Out of the Blue
Waterside, Dingle, Dingle, Kerry

Oh my god what a fabulous place to eat. I was holidaying there with family and had read that this place was a great place to eat in terms of food but was put off by the "lucky you get a table remarkds" but while out for a walk on the harbour at lunch time we spotted it, yes its a shed and not fancy in the slightest but dont let that put you off, it has a very relaxed atmosphere and way about it..stating on the chalk board outside "open at 5'ish", "No Chips". It doesnt have a set menu and basically what comes in off the boats is what is cooked that night.Not a full bar, just wine. The food was top rate, I have never tasted sea food like it. We had oysters for the table which my 15yr old son really enjoyed (his first experience). The majority of us had the chowder, it was lovely, not the best I've hadbut still lovely. Myself and sister in law had the pan fried scallops on a bed of mash for mains, oh lord I have never seen scallops so big and my favourite was they left the coral on, thats the best bit, they were served in a burban type sauce, divine!. My son had potatoe & herb crusted pollack and loved it while it wasnt as flavoursome as the Scallops it was still lovely. My mam had the smoked mackerel, no complaints, she didnt leave a morsel. My brother had the haddock three ways. All our dishes were top rate and absolutely suberb. Desserts were just as nice. It has to be the nicest meal I have had for a long long time.Will definitely return.

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Shirley House
50 Sundrive Road, Kimmage, South Dublin, Crumlin, Dublin

Have eaten here on many an occasion as it is handy because I live in Crumlin as do all my friends..its usually our place to go to catch up, while we never complain about the food or service its not a blow you away restaurant, food is always cooked nicely, fresh and the staff are helpful, the place is a bit quite, sometimes feel we have to keep our voices down though. Will go back.

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The Submarine
Crumlin Cross, Crumlin, Dublin

Have eaten here on a couple of occasions, I dont know since the Sub was refurbished a few years ago its lost that something...the carvery is basic, have to agree the majority of the time the fish thats on is dry because its been there so long, have tried the curries and the carvey, its ok, its alright for a bite to eat while on the move but dont go if your expecting a dining experience. The guy's behind the food counter are friendly and efficient, trying to get a drink to occupany dinner has proved in the past to be somewhat of a hassle for the floor staff though.

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Monto Caffe
45 Sundrive Road, Crumlin, Crumlin, Dublin

Had breakfast here twice, its my second choice (food and atmosphere wise) when my first is full. Have tried the omelett's and full Irish, which dont disappoint. Big enough place. Have never tried the evening menu or the late night one though.

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Matt The Rashers
Ground Floor, 29 Sundrive Road, Crumlin, Dublin

Love this place for a fry up after a night out..thats what usually frequents the place on a saturday and sunday morning but please do not let this put you off..their full Irish breakfast is amazing, the waitress are fast and lighting and so is the food, out in a jiffy, four table's outside for those wanting to brave the cold or if we have a rare sunny morning. They also do lunch and dinner, have never had a bad experience here, one of the best greasy spoons around Crumlin.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Not sure about the comments about this place, they always seem to be by a "first timer", we were back there for Mother's Day and had a beautiful meal, we had the camembert, caesar salad, meatballs for starters, no compliants, food was out in a flash, had mains and than dessert and coffee accompanied by two bottles of wine, worked out very inexpensive, the staff were great, the guy who runs the place is extremely pleasant and even recognised that I had been there before, what more could you ask for. Lovely place to eat

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Love this place with all my heart.. love the throngs of gazing tourist looking at the clothes hanging over the fire in the back room...love the atmosphere... as for the food...would definitely recommend the duck which was in a brandy and raisin sauce that I had to really really force myself not to lick the plate.. himself had the steak as usual.. if you like your seafood you will not be disappointed. Love to have dinner on a sunny Sunday here, listen to some ceol and than sit outside with a nice crisp glass of wine or bacardi breezer which ever takes your fancy. Love this place. Always have always will.

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Marios (Terenure)
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Really like Mario's, love Italian food and especially their gnocchi. I usually go for the same dishes here because they're always so good. Love the goats cheese salad and the tagliatell al polla, nice and creamy, very filling, also love the Chicken Milano. Have been going for years and will keep on going.

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The Coach House Pub & Restaurant
Roundwood, Roundwood, Wicklow

We took our American family here after a long hike and they loved it. I've been twice and always found the food to be gorgeous. I had the duck spring rolls, portions are huge and than a steak cooked how I like, veg and mash. I'll definitely go back. Service was ok but that's because we had a newbie waitress but she did her very best for us.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

We had my mum's birthday dinner here. There was 15 of us and we thought it would be a bit of a nightmare turning up without reservations but the head waiter was really nice about it and sorted us out. We had cocktails upstairs while waiting for a table, the barman mixed up alcohol free for the kids and really looked after them. I found the menu wasn't great for our younger diners. I had the seabass which was great and my mam loved the bangers n Mash. The lads of course had the steak which was cooked exactly as they ordered. Desserts were fab. All in all a lovely warm friendly place for dinner. Will definitely go again.

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Spurs Family Restaurant
U42 Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Liffey Valley, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Ahh standards are slipping again, swings and roundabouts with this one. Had a meal last Thursday. The plates were cold, the steak was cold and the side of onion rings looked like it had been on the plate for hours. Belts need to be tightened again.

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

On reading the rest of the comments I wonder have I been to the same restaurant...hate the food...hate the service.... been dragged there kicking and screaming and on all occasions have been sick as a dog after the meal...I don’t know how the place is still open...

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Went with my friend.. Heard loads of good stuff about the food.. Very disappointed on the flavour of the food.. So bad that will never give this place a second chance..

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Joels Restaurant
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Lovely place and yes atmosphere is nice but the food, come on it's like eating frozen ready meals. Not really sure how place is still up and running, pity though.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Well if you’re into nice clean inexpensive food served by beautiful men who are cheeky in a friendly way and very easy on the eye this is the place for you. I've been during the week and at weekend's and place is buzzing, lovely place for the girlies night out.

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