Restaurant Reviews from healthyfoodie28

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Third Space restaurant

Unit 14, Smithfield Market, North Dublin, Smithfield, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
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Great
4 reviews

Reviewed 16th March 2012 ( visited 09th March 2012 )

Third Space is such a brilliant addition to Smithfield and it is great to see it doing well already. Lovely, relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The decor is lovely and the place is so bright. Having a large selection of books to read is a great bonus. Really friendly service. My husband and I had a hot chocolate and herbal tea and both were lovely. Great prices too. I will be a regular here I imagine!
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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)

2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian

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Good
209 reviews

Reviewed 24th August 2010 ( visited 10th August 2010 )

Visited here for lunch on my husband's birthday and we had a fab time! It was a gorgeous day so we sat outside, and it felt like being somewhere nice on the continent! Lovely relaxed atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The food was really good, and good value for what it was. I had the Nasi Goreng, and my husband had a chicken lemongrass salad - he absolutely loved it. The curries in Mao are second to none in my opinion - will definitely be back for one of those soon!
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IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Visited the IFI at 8pm on a Thursday eve and the atmosphere was fantastic. Buzzing, and yet relaxed. Lovely decor and nice to have so many candles too. My friend had a Bailey's coffee and I had a herbal tea. Great selection of quality herbal teas which is always appreciated. I'd like to go back again to try the food as it looked great. Good experience all round.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I am a big Milano's fan in general, and visited this Milano's for the first time in ages on a Wednesday at 4pm. We were the only ones in the restaurant. I had to call in again at 6pm and by that stage the restaurant was packed! There's a lovely atmosphere there. The food is great. Their Bosco salad is delicious. The staff are so friendly and when there was a problem with my order they were really helpful about it. I find Milano's great value, particularly with the 50% off deals that you can get on o2 treats, and there seem to be lots of vouchers of theirs available in general. I will visit again!

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Door 51
51 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

Called in here early on a Wednesday morning and it was a lovely experience. Friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, very clean, and a good menu. Will be back!

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Market Lane
5/6 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City, Cork

Ended up here by chance for Sunday lunch and what a nice experience it was..... Excellent service, delicious food, great atmosphere, very child friendly, and great value (we got the offer of starter/main/dessert and tea/coffee for €20). Would love to go back!

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I love the values that this restaurant is based on in terms of the quality and sourcing of their food. It is such a unique place in that respect. The food is quite pricey, but that is to be expected given its sourcing. In my last 2 visits to this place, I have found the service very mixed. In general I haven't found it very welcoming, and it is not the kind of place that I have felt welcome to relax in, even when it is quiet. One of my servers was very helpful when I visited last week. I really like this restaurant in terms of what they are trying to do, and the food is good, but I would prefer a warmer and more relaxing atmosphere.

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Brewbaker Coffee Shop
22 South Fredrick Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Brewbaker is a great place to stop off for a sandwich. All of their sandwiches are delicious. I don't eat meat any more, but before going veggie I thought Brewbaker's ham was out of this world! The service I received this afternoon was lovely - so friendly and helpful. I think there is real character to the cafe and it is always bright and clean. Great value too, in my opinion, with delicious and large sandwiches for under €5. I'll go back again, and again, and again!

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Third Space
Unit 14, Smithfield Market, North Dublin, Smithfield, Dublin

Third Space is such a brilliant addition to Smithfield and it is great to see it doing well already. Lovely, relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The decor is lovely and the place is so bright. Having a large selection of books to read is a great bonus. Really friendly service. My husband and I had a hot chocolate and herbal tea and both were lovely. Great prices too. I will be a regular here I imagine!

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Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this Milanos! Visited at lunch time today and it was buzzing. It's such a nice, bright restaurant and everything feels clean and fresh. Great atmosphere. The staff couldn't be more helpful and were all so friendly. The food is so good. It's often quite hard to get excited about a salad, but the salads here are really delicious. My friend and I had a goats cheese and a bosco salad and both were amazing. Can't wait to go back!

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Visited Mao on a Tuesday night with a friend. It was a lovely experience! Our food was absolutely delicious (I had udon noodles and she had chicken and cashew nuts). So tasty, and the variety on the menu was so good that we could have happily chosen loads of other things. The service was friendly and helpful. We found it great value as we used an o2 treats deal so got it for half price. Can't wait to go back!

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

The atmosphere in Metro is lovely and the management and staff really go out of their way to make sure you have a nice time there. There is quite a unique atmosphere, and Metro definitely has a very individual feel to it which is a bit of a breath of fresh air! My drink (soy hot chocolate) was lovely, but I felt it was a bit over-priced. I ended up paying €3.70 for a small cup. Being aware of this I would probably order something different next time but I am likely to go back!

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Aroma’s Café @ The Landmark Hotel
Dublin Road, Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim

I visited the carvery at The Landmark for Sunday lunch and it was packed! There was a great atmosphere - a family atmosphere with a great buzz. The staff were friendly and accommodating and all of our party of 3 were very happy with the food. It was everything that is great about Sunday lunch in a country hotel! I would love to go back.

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The Bush Hotel Restaurant
@ Bush Hotel, Carrick On Shannon, Leitrim

Had lunch in the Bush Hotel on a Saturday when there for a conference, and my husband and I were so impressed with the customer service. We said it was among the best we'd had in years! The atmosphere was so friendly. We were told to come back for second portions if we wanted more and generally there was just a very generous and friendly atmosphere. I had a big salmon salad which was lovely. Great value, and if you're looking for service that goes above and beyond what you would expect this is the place for you!

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Bombay Pantry Ashtown
Unit 6, Rathbourne Village, Ashtown, Dublin

My husband and I are regulars here and would eat here every day if we could! To me, Bombay Pantry have the nicest Indian take away food around. It always feels light, healthy, yet filling, and never fails to be absolutely delicious. Their special offers are a bargain - €7 for a starter & main ordered & collected by 6:15. We usually have a chicken tikka masala, and an anjuna takari curry with peshwari naans. So good!

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Visited on a Saturday at lunch time. The atmosphere in Cafe en Seine is fantastic - decor is so unusual and there's a great feeling of space, and it's a very relaxed place during the daytime. I had soup and my friend had chowder. My soup was pretty nice and my friend was happy with her chowder. The staff were friendly but we had to wait for ages to catch someone's attention to get the bill which was a bit frustrating. Overall this place is a great, relaxing place to while away some time and I'm very likely to be back.

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

This branch of Lemon is always really busy. That creates a good atmosphere, if you're happy to sit next to people you don't know. The staff are friendly and helpful. My only issue with the atmosphere is that if it's cold outside the restaurant is pretty cold too as the door is almost always open. I had the French Toast on my most recent visit and found it pretty stodgy and wouldn't order it again, but my friend absolutely loved her crepe and loved that she could get a great range of gluten free crepes. This place doesn't suit every diet (e.g. vegan / dairy free), but if it does suit your diet I imagine you would love it! The crepes are quite good value for money for what they are - very filling. It's nice that all their coffees and hot drinks are served with a little chocolate too.

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Munchies (South William Street)
South William St, City Centre South, Dublin

I went into Munchies on a Wednesday evening and it was nice and quiet - quite nice for relaxing. I love that they always have papers available to read there. I ordered a 'simply veggies' sandwich and it was delicious but a bit small. I felt that for the price it should have been a bit more substantial. The ambience could be improved a bit just by keeping the chairs a bit neater and getting new cushions on the sofa. Overall a nice experience. I'll probably go back. Their sandwich range is really excellent.

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The Leopardstown Inn
Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

I visited here for a relaxing afternoon chat and cuppa with a friend and it was a great experience. The atmosphere is so relaxed and the decor is fun and interesting. It's lovely having such large windows all around - it makes the outer area very bright. The staff were so friendly and helpful. They went the extra mile... Our waitress brought complimentary mince pies with our drinks which was such a lovely touch and showed me that the Lep Inn is a place that really cares about their customers' experiences. It's one of the nicest pubs I've been in for a long time. I definitely plan to go back.

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

Siam Thai is one of my all time favourite restaurants in Dublin. The food is absolutely delicious, as well as being fresh and healthy. The service is always top class - so polite and friendly. There's always a good atmosphere there too - usually plenty of people there but it's not noisy. On my most recent visit, I had a vegetarian red curry with steamed rice for lunch and it was 100% perfect. At €11 I consider it a total bargain! Can't wait to go back to Siam.

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Mugs Cafe Bar
61a Castle Street, Dalkey, Dublin

Mugs has long been one of my favourite cafes in the Dublin area. It has a great selection of high quality teas, lovely coffee, great food and the best thing about it is that it's all Fairtrade. There are plenty of seating options and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The staff really seem to care about your experience there. One of my favourite reasons to take a trip to Dalkey is to get to go to Mugs. I'd highly recommend it!

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

The atmosphere in this place probably depends a lot on the weather. If it's nice enough to sit in the outdoor courtyard, then it's fantastic! The café itself is quite small. There's a nice range of lovely quality food, and there are nice herbal teas and optional extras of soy milk etc which I always appreciate. The staff were helpful. The location, with the great playground next door, wide open spaces for dogs to run around and the vegetable garden is probably this café's strongest selling point. It's so convenient in many ways that I will be very likely to return.

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

My husband and I visited here for lunch recently and it was a really great experience. Initially when you walk in the atmosphere doesn't feel as nice as it actually turned out to be! The staff were lovely - so friendly and helpful. The food was really delicious. We both had salads and they were gorgeous. We used an O2 treats offer so it was great value, but the food and experience were so nice that it would have been worth it even at full price. I definitely hope to return to this restaurant!

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Very Healthy Food
72 Douglas Street, Cork City, Cork

My husband and I were really excited to read of an organic vegan restaurant and couldn't wait to try it out. The food was lovely - we had falafel in pittas, smoothies, salads and raw chocolates and they were all gorgeous and the portion sizes were generous. I would definitely go back for the food, particularly the smoothies. The restaurant was a little cold and this meant we didn't want to hang around for too long. The staff were very friendly and helpful. On the whole, a fantastic experience. A bit of work on the atmosphere / warmth of the place would make this a 5 star place for me!

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Liberty Grill
32 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork

My husband and I had breakfast here on a recent Saturday morning. There is a very extensive and impressive breakfast menu, and we had high hopes for our time. Overall it was a good experience. The staff were lovely - very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere was good - busy, but relaxed. The only thing we felt a bit let down by was the food. My husband had the vegetarian breakfast and I had the porridge and we both felt they could have been tastier. I also had French toast which was nice, and their herbal teas were high quality and very good. Overall, I would probably go back due to the good service and wide range of choices on the menu!

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Eastern Tandoori (Cork)
1/2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork

Dining here on a recent Friday night was a fantastic experience. I really loved the atmosphere. There is a seating area on arrival with some nibbles and comfy couches where you look at the menu and place your order. The place is well lit and cosy. Our table was overlooking the river and was fantastic. There was a guy playing the guitar and singing and he was excellent. Beautiful music but not overpowering - we were still able to have a good chat. The staff were very polite and friendly. The food was nice. Not the best Indian food I've ever had, but it was good. We paid approx €40 for 2 mains, 1 rice and 1 naan bread. Not the cheapest, but it was a lovely night out and felt like good value.

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Cinnamon Smithfield Cafe
Coke Lane, Smithfield, Dublin

There's a nice feeling of character to this place. It's always buzzing and it seems to really know what it is and what it isn't. It's a great place to stop off for a cuppa to catch up with someone for an hour. Not the kind of place I think you'd go to relax for much longer than that. There's a great range of food and they have a good emphasis on healthy stuff. Their salads are made by Blazing Salads which is always a recipe for success! Great range of fancy herbal teas, and they serve soy milk. Nice to find places with a good range of optional extras like that. It's good value too - €1.50 for a soy hot chocolate which is the best price I've ever been given. Good location just off the square in Smithfield too. I've been to this place many times and am likely to return.

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Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Went here late on a Thursday night with a couple of friends. We had a fantastic time. The atmosphere is so nice - candlelit, with a great buzz but still very relaxed. The food was a hit and the service was nice - unobtrusive but friendly. I'm looking forward to going back!

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KC Peaches Cafe & Delicatessen (Nassau Street)
28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here a couple of times and think it's a nice place to go for a cuppa. There's a nice atmosphere. The high ceilings create a great feeling of space even when it's busy. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient. There's a good selection of food which always looks appetising. There's a great selection of fancy herbal teas which is nice. I had a soy hot chocolate here and probably wouldn't get it again, but would go back for food, or tea. Nice place!

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Gourmet Tart Company
Monksfield, Salthill, Galway

Called in here on a busy Saturday night. It was packed! We just wanted a quick bite to eat and the staff were really accommodating and found us a table despite us not having a booking. There was a really nice atmosphere in the place and there wasn't a rushed or frantic feel to it, despite it being so busy. Our food was lovely - we just had soups - and really nicely presented. The dessert cabinet is very enticing too - their stuff looks gorgeous! I thought it was great value and was impressed with the service. I'd go back!

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Mitchell Cafe Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore, Connemara, Galway

I went here with my husband on a planned trip to Kylemore Abbey.... The food was really delicious. It was so fresh, and it was great to know that many of the ingredients had been grown just a few metres away! There's a really extensive menu. A huge selection of home-cooked desserts in particular. The staff were really relaxed and friendly, although it seemed that the place was a little short-staffed and it took quite a long time to be served. Maybe it was just that a big tour-bus full of people had just arrived though. The atmosphere is the only area that I think really needs improvement. The restaurant has the potential to be a magical place, given its beautiful location and the beautiful building of Kylemore Abbey next to it. The restaurant feels a bit like a canteen. It'd be easy to make it feel more authentically Irish and to make it feel a bit warmer. Making these two changes would put this cafe at the top of the list of my all-time faves!

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Lemon Jelly Cafe
Millennium Walkway, Jervis Street, Italian Quarter, Dublin

This is a lovely place for a cuppa and a quick bite to eat. There's a great range of choices on their menu. They do a wide range of herbal teas and have soy milk which is always appreciated when you're on a non-dairy diet! My husband and I both had bagels which were really tasty. The waiters were helpful and efficient. Good value overall, and I'll definitely go back!

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Pats on the Square
9 Market Square, Letterkenny, Donegal

My friend and I enjoyed our visit to Pat's on a recent holiday to Donegal. The food was delicious and freshly cooked. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the food was served by very friendly and helpful staff. There were good specials on wine on offer. It seems to be a very popular place with the locals as it was very busy for a Monday night. I'd definitely go back if I was in Letterkenny again!

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

Visited at around 5pm on a Monday. It was a typical Wagamama experience - the food is always good, service is efficient, and the atmosphere is buzzing. We got great value as we used an o2 treats code for 'buy one main, get one free'. Otherwise it would've been a bit pricier than I would have liked. The only thing that gets on my nerves about Wagamama is their policy not to replace ingredients in meals - i.e. if you order what is a prawn curry on the menu without prawns, and ask for a few extra veggies, they say they won't give them to you. I don't understand that and it just leaves a bad taste in terms of the experience. On the whole I would totally recommend Wagamama.

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Merry Ploughboy Pub
Edmondstown Road, Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin

I visited here as part of a group on a Sunday afternoon. The atmosphere was the best thing about the place. There are lots of interesting things from Irish history on the walls, the decor is nice and the pub is very typically Irish. We expected a lot when we arrived but ended up leaving quite disappointed. The service was poor. We had to wait a long time to get menus (one of our party went to get them in the end). A few of us ordered meals without certain things in them due to dietary restrictions, and none of these were taken heed of. Some of the side dishes were never brought, and we had waited so long for the food that we didn't want to wait for anything else. The menu was extensive which was good. My husband had the shark special and was really disappointed with it. I had salmon which was nice. Those who had the beef found it ok, but not great. On the whole, I would possibly go back for a quick cuppa with someone visiting from outside Ireland due to the nice, interesting decor, but I'm unlikely to go back for any other reason...

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

This place is a fantastic hidden gem! I've walked past it what must be hundreds of times and never realised what a gorgeous restaurant it is inside. Lovely atmosphere - great buzz to the place, but not too busy, and a lovely rustic feel to the decor. The menu is excellent and the coeliac/ vegetarian options are great, and it was fantastic to see their emphasis on using free range eggs. Our pizza and salad were delicious. The service was very good - very prompt and friendly, but unobtrusive. Excellent value as I used an o2 treats promotion, and they seem to have a wide range of other deals. I can't wait to go back!

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The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

This place is a vegan's dream! :-) Definitely my new favourite place in and around Dublin. There is so much stuff to choose from, and pretty much all of the desserts were gluten free and dairy free which is such an amazing and rare treat for those of us with those dietary restrictions. I had a salad (couldn't have been nicer) and a chocolate brownie (absolutely divine and definitely the best gluten free/dairy free brownie I've ever had). Service was so friendly and there's a real buzz about the place. Great value too with everything being very affordable. Can't wait to go back!

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a Saturday night recently and it was packed. The atmosphere is lovely. Nicely lit and lovely wooden tables. I enjoyed being there! The food was good. Had hummus to start and it was really delicious. Had a salad as a main and wasn't as impressed. It was covered in really oily dressing. The service was friendly. One thing to note was that our party had booked a table for 8.15 and didn't get it until around 40 minutes later and there were lots of other people in the same boat. Good sign that it was so busy though probably! I'll probably be back.

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Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

Visited on a Sunday afternoon at lunch time on one of the sunniest days of the year so far and Browne's was absolutely packed, with a queue for tables. It took a very long time to be served and a lot of trying to catch the waitresses' attention. The food was nice. I ordered a smoked salmon bagel without cream cheese, and thought that they'd maybe put a bit of extra salmon or a few lettuce leaves to make it a bit more substantial, but they didn't so it was a bit measly! Had a gorgeous hot chocolate though. The quality of their pottery mugs are a lovely touch. Overall I was happy enough, and am likely to go back. The service is probably better at quieter times...

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Schooners @ McKevitts Village Hotel
Market Square, Carlingford, Carlingford, Louth

Went here for a late lunch on Easter Sunday at 3:30pm. It was the worst restaurant experience I've had in a very long time! The restaurant wasn't very busy - it was obvious that the main lunchtime rush was over. We sat at a table that needed to be cleaned for a very long time waiting for someone to come over. We eventually went to the bar to ask for menus and the table to be cleaned. An extremely rude and surly waitress came over to clear the table. After waiting again for ages to place our order, and the waitress walking past and seeming to deliberately ignore us, we finally got to place our order. We had to ask 3 times before our drinks arrived, and that only happened when I went to the bar again to ask for them. My food was really not nice - vegetable curry with very soggy vegetables and a poppadom that was inedible as it was swimming in oil. Again, it took ages to be brought our bill. It wasn't cheap either. Around €30 for 2 mains, a lot of which weren't eaten. Would definitely never go back!

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

Went to O' Neill's for a carvery on a Saturday afternoon. I love the atmosphere in there. Really unique and very Irishy feel. It was pretty cold though which was the main negative in terms of atmosphere. Had a plate of veggies and stuffing. It was good, but not great. The service was quite friendly from the chefs. I couldn't believe when I was charged €8 just for veggies though. Seemed very steep in comparison to other carveries around Dublin. Will probably be back when showing visitors around Dublin, but maybe not as a regular at the carvery...

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KennysVesey Arms
7 Main StreetLucan, Lucan, Dublin

I called in here at the end of lunch time, not sure if the carvery was finished. The chef was so friendly and gave me a plate of veggies at a fantastic price. It was so nice to get such nice service! The place was really welcoming and there's a relaxed atmosphere there. Quite a typical pub. The food was good, typical carvery food. The value was excellent. I will definitely go back, due to the friendliness of the staff in particular.

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Emilias Ristorante
Clock Tower, Enniskerry, Wicklow

The atmosphere in Emilia's is the best thing about it. Nice relaxed vibe and nice wooden interior. We had high hopes when we sat down. However, we didn't really enjoy our food. So much oil on the bruschettas that it was offputting, and the pasta felt very stodgy. The service wasn't great either unfortunately. I was ordering from the early bird, and asked could I order a main from the other menu that was virtually the same as one on the early bird menu but had cherry tomatoes (was ordering a vegan meal and wanted a bit of bulk!), and the waitress said it wouldn't be possible.... We were one of 3 tables in the restaurant. This kind of thing drives me a bit nuts in recession Ireland!!! The service wasn't very friendly in general. It wasn't a very expensive place, but as we didn't really enjoy it I couldn't say it was good value. Very unlikely to be back.

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Sika Restaurant
Powerscourt Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Powerscourt, Wicklow

Went here for breakfast on a Sunday morning and it was just fabulous. Such an amazing treat. There was a huge range of food and it was all absolutely gorgeous quality. Made to order omelettes were fantastic! I requested gluten free bread and the nicest stuff I've ever had was brought out, warm, and freshly cooked. Gorgeous! Service was great, and the place is really bright, clean and relaxed. There's a lovely terrace outside too which was amazing on the sunny day we were there. The price has to be mentioned though! €29 per person for breakfast isn't exactly cheap! As a special treat, I think it would be worth it though. A really wonderful and lovely experience!

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Nyonya Malaysian Restaurant
76 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited here on a Sunday evening with high expectations. I love Malaysian food and had wanted to visit Nyonya for ages. Unfortunately don't think I'll be going back.... The atmosphere felt pretty dead and the decor was quite cheap, and the place was really cold. The food was ok, but not great. Very oily. (Had Roti Chennai and vegetable rendang, and my husband had noodles with fish). The service was quite attentive. We paid €30 for our meal (shared starter and two mains) which wouldn't normally be bad value, but we didn't really enjoy the experience so I guess it wasn't great value!

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Ukiyo
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited on a Saturday night as part of a hen party of 10 people. It was really busy. Nice atmosphere. Lovely solid wood tables and nice lighting. The service was very attentive. The food varied.... Tempura prawns and green beans as a starter were absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn't recommend the vegan Japanese curry though - it was ok but didn't really live up to my expectations after the starter and the sauce felt almost like something out of a jar. Everyone else seemed pretty happy with their food though. I found it a little pricey. Meal came in at €55 per person for starter, main, 2 drinks, coffee and karaoke. Will probably be back for another karaoke night out! Probably wouldn't make the effort to go here just for dinner though.

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The Atrium Lounge
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

This has to be one of the nicest places in Dublin to chill out for a while! It's so quiet and comfy - lovely sofas and chairs. The service is top class. Not cheap for a cup of tea though! (My herbal cuppa was €4.50 I think). They serve biscuits with all tea and coffee which is a lovely touch. Given how much I was paying for the tea I would've expected a nice quality tea, but it was just a regular teabag. It is pricier than your average cafe, but in my opinion it's definitely worth it for the gorgeous atmosphere and the great service. A nice bit of luxury at a relatively affordable price!

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Wagamama's Blanchardstown
Unit 410, First Floor, Blanchardstown Retail Park 2, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Had a great experience at Wagamama's in Blanch recently. Visited on a rainy Tuesday as a party of two. The service was great - really helpful staff. Food was delicious (we had a spicy curry and seafood ramen - both fab). I liked the atmosphere but my husband didn't. One wall is pretty much entirely windows and I like the vibe that creates, but it does feel a little canteen like I guess! We got great value thanks to an O2 Treats voucher for here. Otherwise it would've been a bit pricey for my liking. Def hope to be back!

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Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Bewleys is fantastic. Lovely atmosphere - very relaxed and cosy. The food was great (pizza, soup and caesar salad) and their hot chocolates are fab. The service was great - really friendly waiters. I'll definitely be back!

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The Bradaun Restaurant @ Leixlip House Hotel
Leixlip, Leixlip, Kildare

Visited here as part of a wedding party. I found that the service wasn't great. I eat a dairy free diet and had previously notified the restaurant of this. They hadn't prepared an option for me though and absolutely everything seemed to be cooked in butter - all the veggies, the fish etc. They then cooked a piece of salmon for me without butter which was great. I didn't find the staff very helpful though when I asked whether each of the courses were dairy free. I found myself still hungry after a 4 course meal there and wasn't overly impressed with the quality of the food. Overall everything was fine, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I wandered into the Cedar Tree for a quick lunch today after seeing their lunch special sign outside. I was impressed with the value they were offering and hoping the food would match up! It did! Really gorgeous. I'm impressed that their wraps are less than €5 before 5pm. As a vegetarian, a falafel wrap is a great option - I'll definitely be back for one. I had the lentil soup and Lebanese bread which was gorgeous. The decor was lovely and the place felt very atmospheric. The service was just ok though - no major gripes - just not very attentive or welcoming, but could have been worse. I can't wait to go back to sample more of their menu!

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Brambles Café Bistro
102-104 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin

I think this is one of the nicest restaurants I've been in in Dublin. The atmosphere when you walk in is just lovely. I loved the decor, the comfort of the seats and the big window. It was a very peaceful, intimate kind of place. The staff were lovely and couldn't have been more helpful. Food was gorgeous too. Our party had fish cakes, a panini, buffalo wings, chips, pavlova and tea/ coffee between us and all was fantastic. I can't really remember the prices exactly but they definitely were reasonable. A lovely experience overall!

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Third Floor Espresso
Entrance to Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

My husband brought me here on a Sunday afternoon as he is a huge fan of their coffee. It's a really unique place, and the passion for coffee of the staff is very obvious. I don't drink coffee but had a very fancy green tea that was really good (but pricey, and I was waiting ages for it as everything seems to be done with great care there). I was impressed with the friendliness and enthusiasm of the staff and the relaxed atmosphere. There's a great feeling of space and privacy in the cafe. However, I think for me to be enthusiastic about going back it would need a bit of a 'woman's touch'! It's very dark and dreary, and feels very cold, inside.

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Spice of India - South William Street
6 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited here on a Sunday at lunch time and was really impressed. The service was super friendly and yet non-intrusive, the food was delicious (we had samosas & onion bhajee to start, chicken tikka masala & veg. karahi as mains - all were fab). The atmosphere was quite nice. It was quiet but yet the place still felt private. The lunch deal for €9.95 for starter & main each was great value. I'll definitely be back.

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The River Cafe (Lucan)
12 Main Street, Lucan, Dublin

This is a gorgeous cafe. Great atmosphere. Lovely artwork on the walls, and the interesting way the cafe is built make it so. Their food and cakes etc are really nice and there's a wide range of stuff for breakfast too. Their staff are always friendly, and the place is always busy. I'd definitely recommend it.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Salamanca at around 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon. It was so nice! The atmosphere was lovely - great lighting, and it was busy but buzzing rather than packed and noisy! The service was good. The food was great. Not the cheapest around, but really tasty! It was a really nice place to have a good catch. I'll definitely be back.

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Cafe Irie
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Cafe Irie on a snowy afternoon. It was quiet, and a little chilly (but everywhere was!) but overall I absolutely love this place. It's really quirky, the food is great, portions are generous, and the surroundings are very cute. Maybe not the best place for a private chat as it can often be very quiet. Their hot chocolates and herbal teas are of a really high standard as well (not a coffee drinker so I can't comment there). Their soup and walnut bread is always highly recommended too. I love this place!

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The Brasserie @ Newlands Cross
Bewleys Hotel Newlands Cross, Clondalkin, Dublin

Stopped in to the Resident's Lounge here for a few hours on a snowy Monday night, and it was a great experience. Exceptionally helpful staff, very cosy atmosphere (nice and warm, comfortable chairs, relaxed) and we were very happy with the range of things on offer on the menu. I was sorry to have to leave, and I'll definitely be back.

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Eddie Rockets (Terenure)
Terenure Road East, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Had a nice time at Eddie Rockets on a Monday afternoon recently. The food was good. The mint aero milkshake went down particularly well with the kids! I had the sweet potato fries which are new I think. Nice, but maybe needed to be mixed with something else as they're very sweet otherwise! The staff were friendly,and it was great to be able to get a voucher for free parking just outside the restaurant. No complaints - I imagine I'll be back!

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Marina @ The Carlton Shearwater Hotel
Marina Point, Ballinasloe, Galway

I had a four course meal here as part of a function, and it was gorgeous. I am a vegan and had notified the restaurant of this in advance, and was really impressed with the range of foods they ordered in - they went far beyond the call of duty! The food was really delicious and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend it!

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Hodson Bay Hotel
Roscommon Road, Athlone, Westmeath

Visited here on a Saturday afternoon for a relaxed lunch with a big group. The atmosphere was great - very relaxed and cosy. They were showing the rugby match and a football match, but it wasn't the entire focus of the restaurant. The food was nice. Not fantastic... I am a vegan but eat fish, but there was a lot of cheese on various dishes so there wasn't really an option for me as a main course. The service was fine, nothing special, but not bad either! The location is lovely. I'd definitely go back to the Hodson Bay Hotel due to the relaxed atmosphere.

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

Visited on a Sunday afternoon as a party of 2 adults and 2 children. The atmosphere and service were fantastic, it's very child-friendly, and the range of foods on both the regular and kid's menus is very broad. The food was just ok in my opinion. A lot of it seemed quite greasy. I had salmon and boiled veg and it was quite nice, but nothing special really. I thought it was quite pricey for what it was. Having said that, the portions are huge, and I imagine that it's impossible to leave Joels without feeling full. I love the atmosphere there and that would be the main reason I would go back - I find it feels like a real occasion to go to Joels!

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Kanum Thai
16 Orwell Rd, Dublin 4, Rathgar, Dublin

Went here with a voucher for 3 people, and overall I was disappointed. The atmosphere was not great... The place was cold, the tables were very basic with not much space between them, and the takeaway counter was very busy so it was not relaxing - it was like eating in a standard chipper. The plates we were given were plastic, as was the cutlery. The food I had (corn cakes, and stir fried veggies & cashew nuts) was very greasy and I imagine would be high in saturated fat, which really put me off. Having said that, my husband had a curry and he loved it. The service is pretty much self service. I was glad we had the voucher as I wouldn't have been happy to pay the prices on the menu for the food we had - thought it was very pricey. I won't be going back to Kanum Thai in a hurry...

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

My husband and I went in to Luigi Malones for dinner last night (a horribly rainy Monday night, at 7pm!) and we had a great time. The place was pretty quiet but given the horrendous weather that probably wasn't that surprising. The atmosphere was really relaxed, and there's a nice, spacious feel to the place. My husband had a burger, and I had spaghetti arrabiata - both were yummy. The service was good. Friendly and efficient. There was quite a lot of free parking in loading bays on the quays, which again could have been due to the weather, but it was great to not have to pay for parking despite being in Temple Bar for dinner. I'm looking forward to going back to Luigi Malones - really enjoyed the experience!

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Mocha Cafe & Restaurant (Kilkenny)
84 High Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Discovered this little cafe on a weekend away to Kilkenny and absolutely fell in love with it! The atmosphere is just gorgeous - it is beautifully decorated, spacious, and has loads of handmade chocolate, and also a selection of sewing things (ribbons etc!) laid out - very pretty! There are also books to read. It's very quirky, and very cute! The food was really tasty (typical cafe food, as well as a range of hot dinners), but quite pricey for what it was I thought. Even the chocolate is very expensive €4.95 for a relatively small slab. It's worth the bit of extra dosh for the atmosphere though - it really is so lovely. And the location is fab - right on the main street in Kilkenny. I'd definitely recommend it, and it'll be my first stop when I go back to Kilkenny!

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Vertigo Bar @ Maldron Hotel (Cardiff Lane)
Maldron Hotel, Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Went here yesterday (Sunday afternoon) for the first time and it was really nice. Comfy couches and soft lighting. There was a match on on a big tv and the atmosphere was good. There was a very relaxed vibe to the place. I just had a cuppa and a snack (good quality snacks there!) which were nice. It was a bit cold, and the service was pretty slow were the only things I didn't particularly like.

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Busyfeet & Coco Cafe
41- 42 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Visited Busyfeet yesterday afternoon. It was a warm afternoon and the cafe was really, really warm so both my friend and I were practically asleep by the end of our time there. I maybe wouldn't recommend it on a warm day after yesterday, although the tables outside looked lovely. The service was good as usual. The prices are quite high in my opinion - paid €2.40 for a very small glass of orange juice. I like Busyfeet in general... It can sometimes get very noisy and crowded but if you catch it at the right time it's a relaxing experience! I'd recommend it overall!

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Just wanted to update my review of Bits & Pizzas (last one in August 2010) after two recent visits. I feel a lot of work has gone in to customer service and it has really paid off. The service has been absolutely wonderful the last two times I have been there. Really friendly staff going above and beyond what I would have expected. The food has been really delicious too. Today, I had a salad to start and a vegetarian pizza for main course and both were beautiful. There's a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant, and it's good value. I will definitely aim to return to Bits & Pizzas in the future. Thank you to them for a lovely experience today!

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Riverside Restaurant @ Kilkenny River Court Hotel
Kilkenny River Court Hotel, The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Had breakfast here with my husband this morning and it was a great experience overall. The location is just beautiful. We got a table next to the window and there was a fab view of Kilkenny Castle and of the river. It was so peaceful, and the decor was so nice. Could have relaxed there all day! The breakfast was good... I'm on a gluten-free,dairy-free diet. There was gluten-free bread and a lot of fruit available, but no non-dairy milk... Overall I'd rate the quality of the breakfast as good rather than great. The fruit didn't taste the freshest, and the quality of the juices and jams on offer wasn't great. I'd definitely go back here due to the location though, and would be interested to try an evening meal.

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Royal Spice Indian Restaurant Kilkenny
2 water gate, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Visited Royal Spice on a Sunday night, from about 9:15 - 10:30 pm. The service was great. Very friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and the menu was extensive. My husband had the chicken korma and it has to be the nicest one either of us had ever tasted. I had a mixed vegetable curry and it was also really nice. The atmosphere wasn't great.... It was very, very quiet. The background music was playing very quietly and you could have heard a pin drop, so it wasn't great for privacy. The decor was nice though. I would probably go back here again as the food was so tasty, but wouldn't go out of my way to go there, due to the atmosphere...

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The Boathouse Cafe
Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin

This is definitely THE place to bring non-Dublin visitors to show them a great side of Dublin! Wonderful cafe, wonderful location. The surroundings of Farmleigh are second to none in Dublin city in my opinion. There's a large duck pond with water lilies etc which the restaurant is built looking over. The perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon - loads of tables outside, and an ice-cream shop next door. The food is great. Lots of gluten-free options, and fabulous looking sweet things. I had a baked potato and it was gorgeous and a generous portion size! A walk around the Farmleigh grounds after being in the cafe adds so much to the whole experience. Beautiful gardens, lots of animals, and so peaceful. Can't recommend this place enough.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Went here last night (Friday night) between 6pm and 8:30 pm and it was great. My friend and I sat outside, next to the fountains, and the atmosphere was so lovely. It wasn't very busy outside and the fountains made things very relaxing! Inside was packed but there was a lovely atmosphere in there too. I love the fact that you can sit outside but not have cars flying past all the time - much more relaxing! The service was really friendly. I find Mao in general quite expensive, but for the atmosphere in the Dundrum one I think it is worth it.

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Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been a regular at Avoca for years... During my college days, my friends and I would spend hours here, and the choice was always scones and coffee. Their coffee is delicious, and their cakes are even better. I've never eaten their savoury food as I find it too pricey, but that is probably due to my low budget, as the place is always packed with people eating full lunches etc! The cafe on the top floor is always extremely busy and you often need to wait for a table. The service is very friendly and efficient. They automatically bring you a big glass of water with your order which I like! Sometimes it can get very noisy, so if feeling tired or stressed I would often choose to avoid it. The cafe in the basement is much more chilled out. I don't like the fact that it doesn't have any windows, but the atmosphere is calmer which I prefer. The food also works out cheaper as there is no service charge downstairs as it is self-service. I like it as an option to meet friends for a casual coffee etc. I'd highly recommend Avoca. Maybe not a place for men as much though -it's always packed with women, and my husband passionately dislikes it due to the loud volume of chatter there!

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Kay’s Food Hall
Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

I visited this place at approximately 4pm on a weekday and it was totally packed. There was a really good selection of food and it seems like a good option for a bite to eat in the Blanchardstown centre. Service was efficient. I had soup and rolls, which were nice, but nothing extraordinary... I wasn't quite sure what to make of the atmosphere.... There are no windows so it is very dark, which I didn't like, but in the upstairs bit they have booths with tvs showing Sky News, which suited me well at the time. Due to the darkness of the place I wouldn't be in a rush to go back, but the food range was great and it seemed very popular so I imagine there was more to it than I realised on my first visit!

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Reflection - Café Brasserie @ Dunnes Henry Street
Henry Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

My favourite cafe in the Henry Street area. There is such a nice atmosphere in this place. There's a wide range of really comfy seats, with some nice booths, and all the tables are really well spaced out so you don't feel on top of the next table. I've been here many times but the most recent was for brekkie with my hubbie. Their hot brekkie was just fab, and great value. I think it was €4 approx for a range of three items on the cooked breakfast menu, toast, and tea/coffee. They have gluten free toast which is a big plus. I have never seen it wildly busy which makes it a nice place to relax. Their big comfy armchairs make it a great place to bring a book etc.

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Taco Taco
Unit 19 Epicurean Food Hall, Liffey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Taco Taco has long been one of my favourite places in Dublin. The food is superb! Mouth is watering just thinking of it! It is fantastic value, and there is a great range of super-healthy stuff. The food court is a nice place to go with a group as there's a very relaxed atmosphere. Not the most comfortable of venues perhaps but ideal to stop off for a quick, filling bite to eat in town. I love it.

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Queen of Tarts (Temple Bar)
3 - 4 Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin

This has to be one of my favourite cafes of all time. Went here on a Saturday a few weeks ago and there was a brilliant atmosphere, with the market in Cow's Lane going on outside. The cafe was busy but not deafening. The range of cakes is second to none and they are totally delicious. They always have at least one gluten free cake now too (there were three on the day I was there) which makes it amazing for the gluten-free dieters among us! The service is great too - not pushy, but very attentive. My husband hates it however - he's convinced it's a place only for chattering women! The only slight downside for me and the price. A bill of almost €8 for a slice of cake and a cup of tea can be a bit too much in my world, but definitely worth it for the occasional treat.

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Kilkenny Restaurant & Cafe
1st Floor, 5/6 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband and I visited the restaurant in the Kilkenny shop last week - it was about 3:30 pm on a Wednesday. The place was nice and quiet, but not too quiet. They'd stopped serving hot food at 3pm which we were disappointed about. I had the teryaki salmon and he had fish cakes. Both were nice, but the salads with them weren't great. I'd rate the main courses about 3/5, and they were quite expensive. We had dessert there too though and it was amazing! So tasty. I'd highly recommend it for sweet treats! The atmosphere was nice - not too busy but a gentle hum about the place, and a relaxed vibe. I'll be back again for a cuppa, but probably not for a full dinner...

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Frango's World Cuisine
Level 3, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Frango's is a great, relaxing place to eat. There's never a problem getting a table and there's a real feeling of space about the place due to the open-plan design and the very high ceilings of the town centre. The food is pretty typical for a self-service place in a shopping centre - nothing very special, but tasty nonetheless. The last time I was there I had noodles from the Asian section. They were delicious, and you get a huge portion, so could share them making it great value! The price is average too - €12.95 for the noodles I think. There are cosy armchairs next to the window which are a great place to relax. I often bring kids from our youth club there and there is loads on offer for them.

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Douglas and Kaldi Restaurant
1 Ashtown Square, Rathborne Village, Ashtown, Dublin

I have previously reviewed this restaurant, but after my most recent visit last Saturday I felt the need to review it again. The service was absolutely terrible. My husband dropped me off to relax there for an hour or so while he did the shopping. After having had breakfast, and having been there for half an hour, I was asked to leave, extremely rudely. The waitress told me that she needed the table. At this point, one family had just arrived at the door - there was no queue apart from them. I refused to leave, given that I was paying for a breakfast, and that I had only been there for such a short time. Then, at least four members of staff repeatedly came and stared over at my table in an attempt to get me to leave. When my husband came to pick me up, I found the manager and complained to her. She was exceptionally rude to me,and it turned out that she was the one who had been directing all the staff to do and say various things to get me to leave. I felt so stressed and angry leaving the cafe, the exact opposite to what I believe a cafe experience on a Saturday should be. I will not be back without an apology from the owners which I am in the process of seeking.

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

Visited here for lunch on my husband's birthday and we had a fab time! It was a gorgeous day so we sat outside, and it felt like being somewhere nice on the continent! Lovely relaxed atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The food was really good, and good value for what it was. I had the Nasi Goreng, and my husband had a chicken lemongrass salad - he absolutely loved it. The curries in Mao are second to none in my opinion - will definitely be back for one of those soon!

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Cafe Studio
Top Floor Arnotts, Henry Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I have eaten here quite regularly over the last few months as I was shopping in Arnotts a lot (spending wedding gift vouchers!). It is usually very busy and noisy as you would expect in a department store cafe I guess. I like that they have clearly marked gluten free options and gluten free bread available - quite a rare treat! The last time I was there I had their soup, which was very filling, but not the nicest. It's handy for a quick bite to eat on Henry Street and I will go back for that reason (and the fact that there are good gluten free options) but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

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Thai Orchid (Dublin)
7 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A friend and I had the early bird menu at the Thai Orchid and the whole experience was just wonderful. The staff are so friendly and polite (as is typical in Thai restaurants I think), there was a really relaxed atmosphere (it was a Wednesday evening, approximately 7 pm), the food was amazing (I had chicken and cashew nuts and my friend had a curry - both beautiful), and the location is wonderful - we went off to the cinema afterwards and it was just a short walk away. I would highly recommend the Thai Orchid!

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love Cornucopia so much. Such a great place to eat if you're looking for a healthy option, and are on a restricted diet. All of their food is labelled according to contents, which makes it very easy to avoid gluten, dairy, sugar etc if that's what you're out to do. The only negatives are that it's often very busy, so not the most relaxing of places, and in my opinion the main courses are a little pricey. The food is absolutely delicious though - I've never been disappointed. I would highly recommend it.

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with my husband for lunch one Sunday, and had the starter, main course, tea/coffee offer for €9.95... The place was very, the service was quite unfriendly, and there were stains all over our tablecloth which was offputting! I found my main course very heavy and wasn't able to finish it. Having said all that, the price was great, and the location is so handy, and it'd be a great place to go if you wanted a bit of silence! I'm a huge fan of Jewel in the Crown in Ballsbridge, and Dun Laoghaire too, so think I'd go back to either one of those sooner than the one in town.

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