Restaurant Reviews from hecoba

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Salamanca restaurant

1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Spanish

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Reviewed 13th August 2010 ( visited 12th August 2010 )

Had a late lunch at Salamanca. There were two of us and we opted for the selection of six tapas, at €18.95. We had a bottle of house wine ( Chilean white) and an extra order of patatas brava. ( Dodgy spelling, I think) Tapas were a mixture of hot and cold , meats and fish, vegetables and stews. All were really good. The wine is very fairly priced at €19.95 per bottle. Service was excellent Lovely room. A lot of dark wood and mirrors. We finished our wine at the tables outside-barrels with high stool and people watched. . Perfect! Price €43.00 There are several lunch options in addition to the tapas option and also very well priced early bird menu.
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Salamanca restaurant

1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Spanish

Price Range:

Good
731 reviews

Reviewed 13th August 2010 ( visited 12th August 2010 )

Had a late lunch at Salamanca. There were two of us and we opted for the selection of six tapas, at €18.95. We had a bottle of house wine ( Chilean white) and an extra order of patatas brava. ( Dodgy spelling, I think) Tapas were a mixture of hot and cold , meats and fish, vegetables and stews. All were really good. The wine is very fairly priced at €19.95 per bottle. Service was excellent Lovely room. A lot of dark wood and mirrors. We finished our wine at the tables outside-barrels with high stool and people watched. . Perfect! Price €43.00 There are several lunch options in addition to the tapas option and also very well priced early bird menu.
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Caffe Italiano
7 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is perfect. I have been here at least six times in the last three months with family friends others. It is not plush- Reminds me of normal neighborhood places in Italy. But the food is great. Breakfast is wonderful. Scrambled Eggs in Italian breakfast a feast in itself. Service is friendly and relaxed and value is amazing. Was going to keep it a secret but decided to share

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Cronins Restaurant
College St. Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

Ate here in the evening. We both wanted a light meal. We asked for two starters instead of starter and main course. No problem. we both had Minestrone which was piping hot and a good flavor. This was followed by smoked salmon salad with brown bread. also very good. Total cost under €25 for two. recommend

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The Library at Dandelion
St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with a member of the family. We were using a Living and Social Voucher , which was for 32 oz Steak with sides and a cocktail. The restaurant is at the back of a busy bar, but it is not that intrusive. Tables are well spaced. We were given a Bellini cocktail when we were seated and it was lovely. Our steak arrived and was taken away to be carved. I was really worried about the lack of salt and pepper identified by another poster. However, the steak was very well seasoned as was the chips ordered. In fact too well seasoned for my taste, which was a pity as the steak itself was very good and presentation was also good. I really think this seasoning carry on is a bit pretentious and suggests a Chef more concerned with his / her ego than his / her customers. Just season modestly and let the customer add salt and pepper to personal taste. Desserts were good and service was friendly.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here with a family member using a Boards deal.A most enjoyable and relaxing evening! We were seated in an upstairs room. Tables were well spaced, traditional white table clothes and napkins. Room may be a little austere. Food was very good indeed. We started with soup which was tomato with semolina. Excellent flavor and comforting on a winter night. I had main course of steak , which I struggled to finish but greed came to my aid. Family member had hake, which was a thick piece of fish and I was told it tasted as good as it looked. Desserts equally good. The menu is not huge- which I always find reassuring, but plenty of choice . Food tends to be classic French. Wine list is massive! The service was really first class and the staff were friendly and professional. Quite expensive but given quality of food and service it is value for money. Watch out for the special offers as they are very good value. Will certainly be back.

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Charter Bar
Portlaois Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Laois

Stopped in for lunch. A very nice room -quite formal. The carvery had a good selection. My husband had salmon and got a really nice salmon steak with all the veg. I ordered the turkey and stopped the chef at two slices. I decided to have side salad with it instead of all the veg. It was a very good meal. When I went up to pay the waitress, who was very pleasant and friendly, told me that she was giving me a reduction because I did not have enough to eat! Will be back. Recommend!

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Cistin Eile
80 South Main Street, Wexford Town, Wexford

This restaurant is very good, There is just the a la carte menu but a very carefully selected choice. We both went for fish for starters and main courses. The presentation was really good and the flavor and texture likewise. Each main course comes with it;s own carefully chosen selection of vegetables. Most of the food is locally sourced and organic. The room is a bit utilitarian but don't let that put you off. I was very impressed when the waitress did not charge for a glass of wine as my husband did not have dessert. this has rarely happened before. This is a good find. Try it

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Chesterfields Restaurant
Ashling Hotel Dublin, City Centre South , Parkgate Street, Dublin

Went for Sunday lunch with some family members. It was a first for me and I was impressed. The others went for the hot carvery and had chicken and beef, both of which met approval. One thing I liked is that this carvery serves a normal portion not an overloaded off putting pile of food. I had the Salmon salad and it was a very nice piece of cold poached Salmon, with a selection of three salads on the side. Service was polite and friendly. The room is pleasant and looks out to a small park. One gripe- They do the mismatched chair type of décor, which is fine. However, at least one chair was visible with a badly stained seat, which was visible because of the plain upholstery. This was pretty off putting.and made one slightly worried about seats that did not show staining so much. Price was excellent.

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

Dined as part of a large group of friends. The room is magnificent.High vaulted ceiling, well spaced tables, good linen. The website says there is a heated terrace but I did not see it , which was a pity , as a number of us went out for a cigarette on a very cold wet night. We ordered a variety of dishes. I had the anti pasta which was good, followed by the sole. The portion was tiny and I was glad of the wide range of side dishes ordered , as they were needed.They were also very good. Service was a bit patchy as dishes were brought to the table two by two. There was a delay on one of the starters and those served mains first had a long wait until all the table was served. Prices are high. Food and service , while acceptable, do not match up to the room, or the price which is a pity. A more focused approach when serving large groups would add to the experience

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Russos
18 Dame Street,, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Booked the restaurant with a menu page voucher. The room is quite large ( Was Bocaccio in a former life) but décor is a bit cold and monotonous. Food was disappointing. Mixed Anti pasta was very generous but the presentation let it down. Slices of Salami and Mortadello presented as if straight from the pack- not separated. a bit off putting. I found the sauce served with the Pork heavy and sticky. My friend had a Fritta Mista and also found the batter heavy. Service was pleasant and the wines are varied and good as well as very fairly priced. We had a Deal but rating it at full price - not great value. A bit more attention to things like presentation and sauces could really make a difference.

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

This restaurant is very good. It is over three floors. The ground floor room is beautifully panelled. Ceiling fans and low lighting. The food we had on the night was very good Starters were Calamari with a lemon cream sauce and I think a bit of Dill. The Calamari were served without batter and so tender. Waiter dashing by commented we needed bread and he was right. None of the sauce was spared. I had sea bass for mains and friend had a pasta dish. Both again very good and serious portions. Staff were so pleasant, no rush to have us finish and leave. Value on specials great. (We were a la carte as we had a voucher. ). On Sunday night there is a really good singer in for a few hours. Altogether a really great evening . Highly recommend

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Saints & Scholars Lounge
35 Abbey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here with a friend. It was a revisit. The hotel is a Dublin institution and the bar is busy, bustling and with plenty of atmosphere. Fantastic stain glass window to the rear and amazing plasterwork on ceiling. Ladies, check out the old fashioned powder room in the ladies room upstairs. It has not changed since I was a little girl and worth seeing. The food is good honest comfort food served from a hot table. As usual with these things the meat is overcooked but caters to the majority taste. However, my lamb was tasty and the portion was generous. The veg and potato selection very good. Good choice of mains, beef, lamb, turkey and some fish. At €12.95 expensive enough but I understand they also offer a small lunch for lesser money.

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The Playwright Restaurant @ Wynn's Hotel
Wynns Hotel, 35-39 Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Three of us called for lunch. We had been aiming for the bar lunch which we always found good comfort food but service did not start until three o clock on Sunday so we went to the restaurant. The room is lovely. White painted panelling and big windows to the street. Very nice plasterwork on the ceiling. However, the food was at best, mixed. Starters of melon and soup were good. The main courses of lamb, chicken and salmon were a bit more doubtful. The lamb came with about an inch of sauce which did not disguise the fact that it was cold.The tarragon sauce with the chicken had a pretty synthetic taste. Desserts were ok but again, synthetic cream . However, the one which really took the biscuit was that a server sat down to soup and roll, in the dining room, in full uniform . Then got up to take payment while chewing the roll. A member of the Management team was in the room and seemed totally unphased. Not what I expect for €25 per head. Such a pity for a fine old establishment .

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Brambles Cafe - Dundrum
Level 2, Dundrum, Dublin

Called in for lunch after a bit of shopping. The selection is impressive. Loads of cakes and a huge selection of quiche, pies etc. which looked very appetising. Eventually we went for a quiche and a vegetarian patty. The chap serving us told us they came with three side salads and we took a selection. The food was good, filling and generous. I thought 9.90 per plate a very fair price for the quality and quantity. The room is bright and bustling. there is an outdoor area . I would eat there again.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was impressed before arriving as I had to change the time of my booking- and this was Mothers day! The restaurant could not have been more accommodating. There were two of us dining and we had a Living and Social voucher. The restaurant is quite small but additional seating outside was covered in and heated which extended the premises. Service was very friendly and helpful. Food was really very good. We selected the Pate and a Duck salad to start. I am not sure who did bes but the pate was a selection of three with bread. The duck salad was served with a little disc of Pate de Foie . Both were wonderful as were the main courses of Fish skillet and Duck. Really very food and would recommend. Will certainly revisit!

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Silver Tassie Hotel
Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny, Donegal

Had Sunday Lunch here. Lovely room which is very large and looks stylish.This is down to the white table clothes and very professional looking staff. Sunday lunch is a buffet and good. Normally I am anti buffet as it tends to feel a bit like feeding time at the zoo but this was really pleasant. Soup was served to the table. Very good cold buffet including fish , meat and salads. - my favourite bit of the meal- really recommend. Excellent selection of main dishes but as always at buffet overcooked .Restaurants have to cater to majority tastes so not an issue. The veg were great. Nice dessert selection . Best of all a play area to save active little ones from accident and their parents nerves from damage. Price €21 . Very good for a five course meal.

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Pats on the Square
9 Market Square, Letterkenny, Donegal

Went to Pat's for lunch and was really impressed. The restaurant is upstairs and overlooks the market square. It was busy on a Monday -good sign! The lunchtime specials included a Monkfish Pasta. The menu itself is varied and offered pastas, soups, sandwiches and salads. I had sautéed seafood salad, which included a good selection of fish and shell fish on a bed of leaves, nicely dressed. It came with some garlic pizza. I followed with a coffee(Illy) which came with a little wafer of chocolate. Total bill €10. Amazing value. The service was very pleasant and attentive without being in your face. Overall very good indeed. Highly recommend. I

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Matt The Thresher Seafood Bar and Grill
31/31 Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited with daughter for a very late lunch. The room is really nice. Very bright with a bar in the centre.There is a seafood counter near the bar displaying the lovely fresh fish. We were given a table at the window, which is a lovely Georgian one, with shutters intact. Fire going in the fireplace beside us. The decor is modern not Georgian and it works. My daughter had the Fish Pie with a side of-potato salad. Pronounced very good. I could not resist an old favourite-Ploughman's Lunch. It did not have the traditional hard boiled egg and pickled Onion but the Cheese and Ham were generous and first rate. Service was slow and we had to send a reminder. However, apologies were made and food came promptly then. reasonable for location and standard of food.

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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)
1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

I have been a regular here for some time, I like it because it reminds me of neighbourhood type restaurants in Rome. The food is good comfort food, totally unpretentious,well cooked and well presented. Staff are friendly and relaxed. I usually do the lunch time thing . There is a good two course option of bruchetta followed by a pasta,pizza or risotto . €10 .95.(Thin crust pizza) I cant resist another special- just a main, for the same price. That is porchetta with salad and potatoes with rosemary. It is so good. There are other choices but no contest for me! I have resisted desserts but they look delicious. Last time I was in, the staff were apologetically turning away customers as the house was full- Pretty good in this recession! Children seem welcome. Some tables outside for coffee and cigarette. Recommend

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Busker Brownes
Cross Street, Galway City, Galway

Had missed lunch and was searching for some place in Galway during the hungry hours from 2.30 to 5. I came on this restaurant at Kirwins Lane- actually the side entrance to Busker Brownes. Steak was off so I ordered Seafood Chowder and a salad of Blue Cheese, walnuts, pears and bacon. from the specials menu. The chowder was OK but I prefer chunkier fish pieces. these were a bit too fine. However, the salad was really very good indeed. A layer of leaves with sundried tomatoes, sliced red onion rings, topped with pieces of cheese, walnuts, pears and bacon This was dressed really nicely and all was topped by melted blue cheese. A very good dish. service was very prompt and the waitress was pleasant. Bill was less than €15. Good value and very filling.

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Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey's Point
Lough Eske, Donegal Town , Donegal Town, Donegal

Decided to try Harvey's Point for Sunday lunch. I don't like buffet generally and was not really looking forward to this. I am happy to say this was a much better experience than I expected. The restaurant manages this by taking small numbers in half hour slots so the dreadful "feeding time at the zoo" which often happens at buffet is avoided. The room is very spacious with starter course and dessert buffet in an annex. It works really well. The quality of the food is very good and the starter buffet is particularly good with a great choice of sea food , meats and salad. Main courses is up to two meats from a good selection with a nice selection of potatoes, stuffing, great big Yorkshires and veg. If you like dessert you will be happy with the choice on offer. The restaurant is "family friendly" but despite a lot of youngish children it was still comfortable for unaccompanied adults. Sunday Buffet is €29 which is a bit pricey but it gets a good crowd.

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

I have been to Alfies on other occasions and liked it. Having missed lunch I remembered their Apres Work menu and decided to try it out. This is really good for the diner who follows a "little bit of everything" approach. There is a choice of first course, second course, potatoes. All are tapa size and served together. I had the fish cakes, tower hamburger and baby potatoes and liked everything. They really take trouble with the finishing touch/garnish and the plate looks so pretty and appetising. The service is attentive and friendly. The interior is a bit darker than I like but there is a really nice outside area. Not quite as good a value as the lunch menu but still pretty ok. Will return

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Elwoods Bar and Grill
Forster Court Hotel, Forster Street, Galway City, Galway

Tried the Elwood bar on bank holiday Monday eve. We needed options as one of us just wanted a light meal and the other wanted something substantial. This worked very well. I had a very good seafood chowder served with bread. My husband had a really nice salmon filler served with roast veg and mash with a hollandaise type sauce, which was found good. While the bar itself is pretty ordinary there were three things which really impressed me, the very smart uniform, the service and finally - amazing- they bottle filtered water , still or sparkling, and serve it in a very . chic bottle. When I checked the bill later there was no charge for a litre of this water but I dont know if this is standard or was an oversight. Overall good food in unpretensious

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West End House
Lower New Street, Killarney, Kerry

This restaurant is lovely. It is set in a period house and there are several rooms, most with dining tables but also a really lovely sitting room/ library. The welcome is warm and the food is good. We were a large party and were given a private dining room. Our party ordered from the a la carte menu and selected varied meat and fish dishes. All were good and the selection of side vegetables was particularly interesting. Desserts were very good. Service was superb throughout the meal and we relaxed for a long time afterwards over coffee and drinks. The kind of place you find hard to leave. It is pricey but good for a treat.

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Gaby's Seafood Restaurant
27 High Street, Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

Visited this restaurant as part of a large group. We had been told that the sea food was exceptional and we were looking forward to the meal. Restaurant is full of character- old wood and bright walls. Tables of varied shapes and sizes. There are large French doors at the rear of the dining room overlooking a nice little garden with some tables. Between all our party we tried most of the fish dishes on offer and all were very good. The service was fast, friendly and highly professional with staff who really knew the menu and the dishes. While starters and mains were terrific the desserts were a bit dull but the cheese plate was top notch- good selection -nicely ripe. The restaurant is expensive if dining a la carte. However on the night we were there was a 3 course set menu available for €38 . This had a great choice with several fish dishes containing expensive ingredients. I went for that option and was very happy. This is a restaurant worth the cost based on food quality, service and atmosphere.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

This is nicely located near Donnybrook Fair on Baggot Street. The dining room is down stairs and quite dark but there is a very nice patio area at the back. There is a Tapas Menu and a regular menu. I ate of the Tapas menu, with a selection of three from about 15 choices. The prices are about €7 euro per Tapas with a number priced at about €14 . I had mixed olives, confit of duck with onion marmalade and selection of three cheeses. This came with bread. The olives were fine, duck was ok but the cheese plate was very good. Nicely presented with leaves, walnut, poached pear. Some wines sold by 250 ml which is handy. The service was excellent. There was a good crowd in for early on Wednesday so it is popular but I think a bit pricey.

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The Old Arch - Bar & Bistro
James Street, Claremorris, Mayo

The restaurant is on James Street in Claremorris. I visited following on a recommendation from a taxi driver in Galway City who reckoned it was worth the detour. I agree with this judgement. The restaurant has a cosy feeling but actually there are plenty of tables.I was there on a Tuesday evening at 6 o clock and a number were filled. I had the early bird option. My starter from a list of six was seafood chowder which came with good bread and butter. It was tasty and plenty of fish. I had a medium rare steak for the main course which was really good. An amazing array of vegetables, three kinds o potato, onion rings, mushrooms and a plate of five tiny veg portions. Dessert was out of the question! Coffee to follow- a pot of coffee not a miserable mean little cup! Pleasant service throughout the meal. Cost was €21 and if I had dessert an extra €3 . Highly recommend.

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

I had eaten here before and enjoyed the pre theatre menu. The restaurant is on a corner site with windows to the front and side, which gives a good chance of a window table. When we visited on the 19th January there was a crowd in, which made for a good atmosphere. We were greeted and served by a waitress who had a kind of a long suffering air about her. It took a lot of effort to coax a smile which took the good out of the visit to start. As we were using a voucher we ate a la carte. The tempura prawns were great, but a long enough wait for them. The large rib eye steak was off so my companion settled for the T Bone, which he said was OK. I had the striploin, 12 oz, which was not great. It was a bit gristly and while ordered medium rare was actually rare. The a la carte is expensive but I have enjoyed the pre theatre here before. Overall disappointing. If trying it out recommend you stick to the pre theatre menu.

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Riva Restaurant - Harolds Cross
53 Rathgar Avenue, South Dublin, Harolds Cross, Dublin

I had a voucher for Riva which was for main course and glass of wine for two. The place has a nice local "feel", which is helped by the newspapers and magazines left in baskets. Very friendly and welcoming staff. We ordered starters. Mine , which was pate was good, but my companion aced it, with goats cheese , confit of pear and walnut. Don't pass this starter by! The books were balanced on the mains, his risotto was very good but my lamb stew was great. It uses cannelloni beans , (I think,) which absorb the flavours of the cooking stock and combined with tender lamb , it is just wonderful! Two slate covered tables outside for those wanting a cigarette while finishing the wine. A bit on the pricey side but very pleasant. Will be back

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Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Wexford St)
22 Wexford Street (Beside Whelans), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had got a voucher for two burgers and chips and decided to use it for lunch, which I really enjoyed. The atmosphere is certainly retro, whether by intention or not I could not say. Think diner circa 1970. However, I found the service really good. a very helpful and pleasant young waitress and a good humoured chef behind the counter. It was the food which really impressed me. it is a long time since I had a burger of this quality. The burger was loosely textured, not compacted and the flavour was terrific. I had the Colm, which included tomatoes, red onions and guacamole. My companion went for the Chillli burger. Chunky chips on the side were equally good. No way could I finish the serving. Most others having lunch were young men and i don't think any left hungry. It's good-Try!

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

A largegroupof us went here for late lunch/very early dinner. Atmosphere was good -though I would have liked more light. The outside terrace is wonderful for those requiring a cigarette. Staff served our coffee at an outside table, under heated lamps, which went down well. The food was suberb-faultless. Between all of us we sampled most of the menu and all dishes were declared to be excellent. The servings are generous- more than I could manage easily. Service was professional and friendly. The prices are high but worth every penny for quality , service, presentation. Will return

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

This was a first visit and there was a large group of us out for Christmas Meal. The set menu was extensive with a very good choice of meat , poultry and fish dishes. I opted for the crab, which came with dressed leaves and was good. Steak followed, a small serving, which I like and cooked as ordered. My only complaint was lack of vegetables. The food came with little potatoes and very large potato wedges and green beans. I would have liked a second vegetable, but a minor complaint. Very good cheeseboard and mince pies. Attentive serving staff who watched wine and water and topped up regularly. Nice comfortable smoking area to the front. A really good relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant. Cant comment on price as I was a guest and menu was silent on prices but host said it was good value.

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

Have been a few times for breakfast and love this restaurant. A great selection of breakfast dishes, all of which include eggs. The ham, eggs and tomato dish is really good as is the eggs benedict. Be warned - the portions are big. I usually need help to finish and it is usually forthcoming from the family member with me. I love the atmosphere . The windows overlook the street and you can people watch from the comfort of your table. Fellow diners include loads of people chilling out over morning papers , tourists with maps, families in town, ladies shopping. The serving staff are friendly and chatty. Best of all tea and coffee refills are FREE. This converts the price into good value for me as I like several cups of coffee with breakfast.Jug of iced water is left on table. Altogether very good.

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

The restaurant serves starter to the table. Then you select your meat/fish(beef, pork, chicken, mixed fish), add your vegetables, spices and sauce to a bowl, and the servers stir fry your creation. It is great fun and the food is actually very good.Rice is served to the table as are desserts. Wine and Beer available. We had wine but I noticed some tables with large pitchers of beer. The room is quite large and very bright. Staff are lovely - very friendly and pleasant . The prices are reasonable and you can revisit the main course buffet as often as you want. We paid €102 for three people, four courses each and two bottles of wine. On the night we were there the restaurant was full and pretty noisy- Christmas cheer and low ceiling- but a minor issue. Still great fun. Enjoyed it.

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

This was a first visit and was for an nearly dinner.We were seated straight away. A very nice menu with some unusual options including sword fish. I had the Italian Plate- If you are thinking of truying it bring a big appetite. Great selection of salamis, cheese, bruchetta, some olives, rocket and artichoke. Perfectly delicious. Main courses of pasta and swordfish equally good. Good choice of desserts including a kind of Eton Mess with rasberries and ice cream. V Good! Atmosphere is relaxed and staff are good humoured and welcoming. Fellow diners included a family with two nicely behaved children, some young ladies en route to a party and several shoppers. Its that kind of place, cheery, welcoming and good food. Nice little area outside with two tables. Three course a la carte choice for two people with a bottle of house white( a good choice) was €82. Not that cheap but food, atmosphere, service justifies it. Well worth a vist.

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

First visit here - mid afternoon. Small room and tables quite close together. Great range of pizzas on display. They are sold by the slice and can be taken away or eaten there. The tables are really nice- tiled to tone with the wall tiles and a bit cracked and worn which adds to the atmosphere. We were offered menus but the smell of the pizza was irresistible and we had a slice each. Margarita and an aubergine and parma mix. Both good but I think the margarita shaded it. If you like chewy pizza this is not the place for you. I love crispy pizza base and this was the best ever. Topping equally good. A generous hand with the cheese! Pleasant waitress who made eye contact and said hello when we arrived. Brought us a carafe of water with the pizza. I had coffee to follow. Total damage just over a tenner. Smoking area with tables outside. Recommend.

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Il Vignardo
Beresford Hotel, 21 Store Street, City Centre North, IFSC, Dublin

Restaurant is in a great location- straight across from the main bus terminal, in Isaacs Hotel. The room is large and a sort of vaulted, painted white, with loads of al fresco decoration. Very pleasant, bit like a Prague basement restaurant feel with an Italian twist. I was in a hurry and ordered the early bird special pasta. The on line menu shows 9.90 but last Tuesday the board showed €8.75 and that was what I paid. The pasta I selected was the Marinara and it was goood! The pasta looked and tasted fresh , the tomato sauce was really good and the dish was full of shell fish , (mussels and prawns) and some squid also. Really good food and amazing value for either €8.75 or €9.90. Service was prompt and I really liked the fact that the Parmesan cheese was freshly grated over the plate. If there are smokers in your party there is a little court yard off the restaurant, with tables, umbrellas and heating - nice for a drink or coffee. Will be back.

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The Yellow Pepper Restaurant
36 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal

A very busy bustling restaurant located on the main street. It's spread over two floors. On the night we were there the pace was heaving with people celebrating graduations from the local college. Despite the crowd, service was fast and friendly. There is a full licence. The menu has been significantly updated from the one on the website,and as it happened , we all (6) selected new options. These included starters, mains of salmon dishes, one very large steak and chicken. The chicken dish, which I had, was flattened breast, wrapped in parma ham, with cheese and some pesto. It was very good and I noticed friends left nothing behind either. Prices for starters(again updated menu) were from €4.50 to €8.75. Mains were from €14.50 to $22.40. I liked the fast service and buzzy atmosphere. I thought desserts at €6.50 each over priced and out of proportion to other prices. Bread was served with soup to but not to the table , which was a bit unexpected. . Overall, good value, good food and good service.

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Taste of Emilia
No. 1 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This place is a real find. Had the mixed plate Emilia Reggio., the small one at €9.90 Really excellent. Parma ham, speck, mortadella, parmesan in reduced balsamic and a small dish of olives andsweet oinions, with a big basket of bread. Really delicious! There are other mixed plates available . also pizza, and bruchetta, Wine served by the glass or bottle, some tables outside and you can buy any of the products to take away at deli counter. Friendly laid back atmosphere, great food , couple of tables outside

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

Had a late lunch at Salamanca. There were two of us and we opted for the selection of six tapas, at €18.95. We had a bottle of house wine ( Chilean white) and an extra order of patatas brava. ( Dodgy spelling, I think) Tapas were a mixture of hot and cold , meats and fish, vegetables and stews. All were really good. The wine is very fairly priced at €19.95 per bottle. Service was excellent Lovely room. A lot of dark wood and mirrors. We finished our wine at the tables outside-barrels with high stool and people watched. . Perfect! Price €43.00 There are several lunch options in addition to the tapas option and also very well priced early bird menu.

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Bonga Korean BBQ
52 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

The new name is Seven Stars. There is a buffet at the front but traditional BBQ tables are still there at the back. We were greatly encouraged when we saw most of our fellow diners were Asian and figured the food would be of a high standard and authentic. We were right! We had the set BBQ for two on our waiters advise. This is three meat or fish dishes presented at the table and cooked (by you) on the table top BBQ. The selection available is very wide.Several meats and fish including shell fish. We opted for lamb, pork and squid. Lamb and squid were in a marinade. There were three prepared side dishes. This was followed by fried rice prepared on BBQ by our waiter. We had pint of beer and a glass of beer. Food was excellent. Service was very good Price an unbelievable € 35 for TWO. Will be back with a big crowd! Try it!

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