Restaurant Reviews from loulovesfood

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The Larder Restaurant

8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
International

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Good
171 reviews

Reviewed 10th January 2010 ( visited 08th January 2010 )

Had a great meal here with my boyfriend. We went for the early bird menu which was 18 euro for 3 courses. all food on the early bird is from the a la carte which makes it really good value for money. all the food was delicious and the staff were lovely. It was a real find and we'll definitely be back.
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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St) restaurant

Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
549 reviews

Reviewed 28th January 2010 ( visited 27th January 2010 )

I won't be returning to Cactus Jacks. I've been there many times before with different friends and thought the food was tasty and good value but the most recent visit ended very badly when I had to argue with the staff about using the menupages voucher (Free Main for 1,500 points). I had no problem using this voucher in the past and was disappointed that an otherwise very nice meal was tainted by a heated row in front of other diners when we settled up the bill. Customer service (which was fine until that point) went out the window once we disputed the bill. We eventually reached a compromise but the evening was ruined. I'll save myself the hassle next time and bring my custom elsewhere.
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The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I heard good things about this restaurant so we decided to check it out for ourselves. we were the first ones to arrive for dinner at 5pm, but the restaurant did fill up later in the evening and had a nice relaxed atmosphere. Our waitress was lovely, very chatty and attentive. We chose very well with the food too. I had the chowder to start and my boyfriend had the haddok and leek pie - both were delicious. I had the fish special of the day (gunnard with baby potatoes and a red pepper and tomato sauce) and my boyfriend had the venison pie. we had coffee and shared the bramley apple pie with brown bread icecream, really different. the food was very affordable and there's a good wine list and range of bottled beers. this was a lovely spot and it was a really great meal. I'd definitely go back for the chowder and the haddock bake, both were lovley.

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Konkan Indian Restaurant Clanbrassil Street
46 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Near Harolds Cross Bridge, Portobello, Dublin

Had a lovely meal here with two friends after work on friday. We went for the early bird deal, which was a starter and a main course for 15.50. There was a really good choice on the menu and we all quite liked our food. very tasty, and nice and laid back atmosphere. staff were really nice too. It was fairly quiet at the time we visited but there were a lot of people coming in for takeaway.

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Hop House / Kimchi
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This is a great spot. Sushi and hot dishes are very affordable, it has a lovely buzz about the place and the staff are so friendly.

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South William
52 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

The south william is now operating as a cafe/bar during the day, which works really well with their new menu. I spent the afternoon there with a friend and it was really laid back. they've got lots of cakes and cupcakes from Lolly & cooks and a nice bar food menu. They had two soup options on saturday, mushroom or spicy chickpea. I went for the chickpea soup and it was really good. My friend tried the thai curry, which she liked (but it's a little bit unusual, served with noodles instead of rice). I love this place as a bar at night time, but think i'll be going back more often for coffee. the staff are so laid back and didn't rush us at all. Great music too!

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Kafka (Dublin)
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

I had been here recently with a friend, and was so impressed I decided to give it another try! I met a friend who works in harold's cross and walked up after work. I'd been told the chicken wings are great, so we shared those for a starter. the portions are huge and they lived up to expectation. I got soup instead of a main course - very tasty. My friend went for the fish goujons burger with fries - again, very hearty portions. With two coffees it was still less than 35 euro between us and with tip it was a very affordable, comfortable night out. The staff are so nice here too, really nice and attentive.

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

four of us came here for the great special offer deal - starter, main course and dessert for 15 euro. there were two choices for the soup of the day - a veggie and a non-veggie option. two of us went for the soup and the other two went for the breads and dips. for mains, two of us had the cajun chicken salad, one of my friends had the pizza and the other tried the pasta. Pizza wasn't a big hit but that was down to personal taste. there's a choice of two desserts, a fresh fruit salad with ice cream or their amazing brownie which comes with cream and icecream. Our only complaint was that we were nearly too full! great value and a lovely spot

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

Came here with a friend after hearing good things about Le Bon Crubeen. It looks like a little bar you'd see near a train station in France, quite old fashioned by cosy. We shared fishcakes to start which we weren't crazy on but the mains were great. I'd the Sea Bass with spinach and my friend had the steak and chips. Both were really good and a total bargain - all the mains cost less than €12.50. We shared the mango cheesecake for dessert which was also really nice. with a few soft drinks, the bill was only €25 each including a tip so a great experience overall.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a very nice brunch here with two friends. Food was delicious. Two of us went for the special, a morroccan stew, and my other friend had the open lamb sandwich. The desserts were delicious too, especially the chocolate cake. It was good value and it was nice and the service was nice and relaxed.

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a great meal here with my boyfriend. We went for the early bird menu which was 18 euro for 3 courses. all food on the early bird is from the a la carte which makes it really good value for money. all the food was delicious and the staff were lovely. It was a real find and we'll definitely be back.

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

I came here with a friend after work. We had vouchers for half price pizzas so it was very affordable. We both went for the Contadina leggera pizza - chicken, spinach, peppers and mozarella with a spicy tomato sauce with salad in the middle. Really tasty. the Dolcetti mini desserts are lovely and great value at just €5 for a coffee and something sweet. The Semi Fredo Reale is my favourite. Nice buzz in the restaurant and we beat all the terrible traffic home in the awful weather.

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

came here while i was shopping in dundrum and got the 10 euro deal - 3 plates and miso soup for 10 euro. this sounded like a good deal but the selection was really limited and three plates was not enough for lunch. It was really bland and cheap tasting and I wouldn't go back

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W Ryans
Parkgate Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Ryan's is my local pub and the food here is great. Really good pub grub with something for everyone and right now they have beautiful christmas decorations up, giving a very cosy atmosphere. Came here with my boyfriend. He had a burger, I went for fish and chips and we both liked our food. staff are always chatty. it's a real gem.

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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The food here sounds interesting but it's a bit disappointing. I had the noodles and my friend went for the veggie burger. It was ok, but a bit bland. portions are decent but it's pricey for what you get.

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Zaytoon (Lower Camden Street)
44-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Best hangover cure known to man - Zaytoon kebabs! Not mad on the chips but the Chicken Shish Kebab is delicious

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

Came here with a friend after a bit of shopping in town. it's a lovely cosy spot and very good value for money. My friend had soup. i just had coffee and carrot cake and everything got the thumbs up. staff were really lovely too.

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Queen of Tarts
4 Cork Hill Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here with my mam for lunch. I'd the root vegetable soup and she went for pepper and sweet potato soup. both served with Queen of Tarts amazing homemade bread - delicious as always! My mam's soup was a bit nicer, mine tasted quite heavy on the parsnips but it was a perfect winter warmer.

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

I had a voucher for buy one get one free, so I came here with a friend. We both went for the Leggera pizzas, the light pizzas with a salad in the middle. I had the Gustosa pizza with veg and parma ham and my friend had the new spicy Contandina pizza with chicken and spinach which was absolutely delicious. we went for the little Dolcetti desserts afterwards. they're only €5 each with a coffee so its lovely to have something to finish off the meal. With the voucher, the food was very good value and it was great comfort food on the cold dark night!

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

I came here for dinner with my friend, using the menupages offer for one free main. we shared bruschetta to start and had a bottle of trebianno d'abruzzo white wine. I had the fillet steak before and it was delicious so i went for that again. I was a bit disappointed as i'd ordered it medium and it was very well done. My friend liked her chicken supreme. with the voucher it was decent value and very cosy for a christmas night out

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Itsa @ IMMA
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin

This place is a great spot after a wander around the museum and the lovely grounds. The museum was really really busy when we visited and there was a good buzz in the coffee shop. I was a big fan of the original 'itsa bagel' in the epicurian food hall in town, and the soup was similar to the one they served there. Delicious and perfect on a cold spring day. Also great coffee and cake!

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Eddie Rockets (Dame Street)
Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here with a friend and really enjoyed a yummy burger and fries. the sundaes here must be the cheapest desserts in Dublin. The kit kat dream is delicious.

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Cafe Cagliostro
Blooms Lane, Ormond Quay, Italian Quarter, Dublin

this is such a gorgeous little cafe. Came here on Sunday with my boyfriend and didn't want to leave! Coffee, cake and paninis were all delicious and very affordable. We were lucky to bag a nice table in the corner and flick through some newspapers and soak up the lovely music and atmosphere. One of the nicest things they do here are Cannoli, but they were all out when we got there. Carrot cake made up for it though! Only downside is that the cafe closes very early in the evenings. Would be a lovely spot for these cold November days if it opened later.

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Kielys of Donnybrook
22 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin

Was out visiting a friend in Stillorgan so we decided to head into Donnybrook for some food. We were here on Sunday evening so there was a mix of people in watching football and having a chat, not jam packed for the bank holiday weekend. Nice choice of Pub Grub on the menu. I had the goats cheese salad and my friend had the club with chips. There was enough to feed a small army! quite good value and nice relaxed atmosphere in the pub. Would go again if I'm out that way.

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Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)
18 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

I usually go to the Govinda's on Aungier Street but was meeting my friend after work and this branch was nearer. Food was lovely and affordable, as usual but the portions were a little mean. Still, we enjoyed our food a lot, can't argue with the price

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Caffe Noto
79 Thomas Street, South Circular, Dublin

Had a lovely lunch here with a friend. There's such a buzz in this cafe and the staff are so nice. Food is really good and they do a good choice of soups each day but by far the nicest thing on offer is the large selection of delicous cakes and slices - very affordable. Also, it's the only place to get a good coffee around this area!

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Soup Dragon
168 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I think the €3 takeaway special from soup dragon must be the best value offer around. The selection of vegetarian soups is always fantastic and bread is lovely and fresh. along with fruit for dessert, what more could you want!

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Kokoro Sushi Bento
19 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

They changed the menu here. It's now €6.95 and they've changed the sushi combinations. I got an Omega 3 salmon deluxe bento which came with a salad and a dipping sauce. Was a bit too much salmon for one lunch! I love the food here but think I'll be assembling my own sushi trays from now on as the salmon bento wasn't great.

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Brioche
51 Elmwood Avenue Lower, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

came here for lunch with two girls from work and we all liked our food. we were a little rushed because the place was very busy, but we'll be back for takeaway because the food was very tasty and quite good value for money.

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

I found a great offer online for any two courses for €15 as Milano's are promoting a new celebrity chef menu. Myself and a friend both tried out one of the new starters - Tricolore - a little dough base with spicy guacamole, fior di latte mozarella and sundried tomatoes. This was unbelievably good. My friend had the contadina legerra pizza and I went for a new spicy Calabrese pizza and we were really happy with our choices. One of the things I like most about Milanos is the mini desserts, and they really finished the meal off nicely. The waiters were so friendly and it was great value with the special offer.

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

Met a few friends here for lunch. The wraps were a big hit, served with lovely chunky chips. staff were very efficient and it was a great value lunch

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

Had the delicious hearty homemade soup here for lunch, which came with two slices of bread fresh from the oven. I found the sandwiches pricey in the past and think it's a bit expensive for lunch time, but the soup was worth it to warm up on a cold November day like today. No room for cakes though!

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Sheries Cafe Bar
3 Lower Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I came here with a group of friends as we were going to the abbey that evening. It wasn't my choice - I'd been here before and didn't like it. the starters were nice and were all a decent size but the mains were all really overpriced. 14 euro for a steak baguette and horrible chips that tasted like they were cooked from frozen.

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

Tried the new early evening menu here with two others. theres quite a good choice on the menu, two courses for €15. we had the italian antipasti and the oriental chicken wings to start and the italian antiasti was the real winner. the other two girls had harlem pizza which was really nice and i went for the vegetarian yellow curry which was ok. the new york cheese cake for dessert was delicious. very good value meal, although i'd go for a pizza next time.

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Keogh's Cafe
1-2 Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here after work with a friend and had lovely tea and scones. Really lovely spot to watch the world go by. I plan to go back to try the food because everyone's plates looked amazing!

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

I used my menupages voucher for one free main course here last night with a friend. I had the monkfish teriyaki and my friend went for the yaki tori chicken. We split the sushi of the day for a starter. Sushi was very good, staff were lovely but my main course wasn't as nice as the last time i visited which was disappointing because I was really looking forward to having the dish again. I'd definitely come back for the sushi and the staff were very friendly. Also, it was very affordable because I used my menupoints

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In Cahoots Cafe, Guesthouse & Apartments
166-168 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

A lovely calm little spot in a busy area. Had a nice evening here, reading and drinking lots of tea and enjoying the laid back atmosphere. there was a good selection of sandwiches and panini's on the menu, and my chicken panini was really nice. The cafe is a nice contrast to the usual chains dotted around town and has a genuine laid back charm.

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

There's a good deal on here for a burger, chips and a drink for 10 euro. really good for food of this quality and very quick at lunch time!

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for Saturday lunch with two friends. The restaurant is really cozy and we started off with some really nice sauvignon blanc. We had moules frites, the basque chicken and a fish dish and everyone loved their food. the desserts were gorgeous so we all left happy.

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

The early bird menu is really nice. We shared the falafel and the spicy sausages to start which were both quite nice. The sausages were quite unusual. they seemed more like what you would find in a tapas bar. For mains I had the mixed Kofta, which were tasty, and my Mam went for the Salmon which she really liked. The lebanese coffees we had at the end of our meal really packed a punch, definitely the best caffeine boost you'll get in Dublin!

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Cafe Moda
192 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

I love the swivel chairs they have upstairs, so comfy for a coffee but not practical for eating your lunch from the low tables! I was here with a friend, and we both agreed we'd be back for coffee and cake but would probably skip the food next time.

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

group of nine of us ate here for the early bird, six adults and three children. The early bird was great value although the mexican options were much nicer than the italian options. everyone enjoyed their food and was happy with the choices on offer and the restaurant was packed for a Tuesday evening so nice buzz about the place. Our waitress was really, really nice and very good with the kids.

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

I called in here after a few pints in town with a friend. We didn't have a booking but they got us a table for two. We shared two different plates of sushi and had a few drinks. Really great buzz in the restaurant and the food was lovely

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

I came here with a mate from work. I did warn her that the salads pale in comparison to the pizza but she didn't listen! she ended up pushing most of her salad around her plate and nicking slices of my very good 'Quatro Formagio' pizza. really good value. it's a great place to pick up a quick bite without breaking the bank.

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

Had a great lunch here. I had the prawn dish and profiteroles (Yum) and my friend had the steak dish on the lunch menu. It was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was so cosy.

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

A few of us went for a quick bite after work and weren't overly impressed. a veggie crepe with spinach and cheese wasn't cooked enough and another one of my friends thought the portion on our chicken bagel was very small. the smoothies were delicious, and i was glad i went for a sweet crepe instead of the savoury ones. maybe nice for a coffee or a smoothie, but don't think i'd go back for the bagels or the savoury crepes

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Sushi King now closed on Dawson St
Gochi Japaenese-French Fusion Now Open, City Centre South, Dublin

Didn't fancy sitting in so I got one of the cheaper takeaway options, mini salmon maki. It was fine for a cheap lunch, but I didn't think the choice was great for sushi to take out and there were far more hot food options.

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Eddie Rockets (Parnell Centre)
Parnell Centre, City Centre North, Dublin

we had a quick bite here on Friday night before the cinema and it was such a trip down memory lane! good ol' Eddie Rockets, still as popular as ever. I don't know what they put in that illuminous melted cheese sauce but its addictive. I had the Cheeze Please with blue cheese (more cheese, i know) yum... also, could you go wrong with dessert at this price? Kit Kat dream is so yummy. we waddled into the cinema afterwards full up to our necks!

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Casa Pasta (Howth)
12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin

Made the trek out to Howth for a birthday dinner and it was worth the dart trip. We had reasonably priced italian staples such as bolognese, lasagna and pizzas and all left full and happy for a walk down the pier before heading for a few pints. It's a really cute restaurant, great comfort food.

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Dakota
South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Had very nice food and wine here. good choice of wines for 16e each. We had a sauvignon blanc that we all liked. between us we had hummus, these very unusal potato cake things, handcut chips and the indian chicken bites. good value for the portions and it was something nice to go along with a few drinks.

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

Had a nice turkey sambo here for lunch with a good cappucino. braved sitting outside since it's not raining for a change! staff were very friendly and wasn't too busy for lunchtime

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

Had veg nachos here, portions are so generous. I was stuffed afterwards. all the food here is great and it's fantastic value.

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YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I beat the usual lunch time traffic here and had a very quick and tasty early lunch. delicious sushi, as always, and i think the 'sushi train' with colour coded plates works really well - wasn't very hungry today but felt like a treat so easy to splash out on some fancy plates!

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK South Anne Street)
5 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

At least my work mate liked her chicken burger. The beef cheese burger i had was vile and chips were cold.

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a fantastic meal here for my birthday with my boyfriend. The fejoada (brazilian stew) and the pastels with meat were absolutely delicious and loads of food for the price. both of us agreed it was the nicest meal we'd had in a long time.

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

Leave this place for hen parties and sixteen year old birthday parties. the food was terrible and expensive (it wasn't my choice but we were trying to go somewhere 'child friendly' for an extended family meal with nowhere booked on a sunday) the staff were friendly but that's the only nice thing i can say about this place. the chicken wings were fine i guess.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Six of us had the fixed price lunch menu and it was perfect from start to finish. Everyone loved their food, staff gave us plenty of time to relax and chat and everyone loved their food. Fantastic value, massive portions and a gorgeous restaurant and the staff were lovely and attentive as always

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Maloti
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

had a decent meal here with a group of friends. we liked the typical dishes like jalfrezi and tikka, and its a lovely restaurant but the naan bread was tiny! it was nice for a group night out, but my local indian takeaway is much nicer food and bigger portions.

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Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We took shelter from the cold and ice and had a lovely dinner here with my boyfriend, who can't say no to a zaytoon kebab. We both went for the chicken shish - delicious as always!

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a group lunch here, all four of us rushing from various corners of town to try and squeeze in lunch. in fairness to the staff, we asked if we could order straight away to save time as we all knew what we wanted. they took our orders very quickly but one of our group still had to leave early because they were a bit slower bringing the bill. the meatballs are lovely, fish pie is generous (two of us shared the big plate - such better value) but the soup looked a bit disappointing beside the lovely tapas. think i'll save it for an evening visit when we aren't so rushed next time but it was a decent lunch for a good price.

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

I spent six weeks travelling around Argentina and loved the food. this restaurant didn't really live up to my expectations so I was surprised to hear the owner is famed for his authenticity. Food was fine, but as I said, it wasn't what I'd call authentic. Argentine steaks are famous, but I've had better steaks in Dublin and the empanadas were a major disappointment. In Argentina, they have a huge choice of fillings for these little pastries and these ones were like something from a supermarket frozen food section. We were here for lunch, so the prices were fair and it's popular with the local offices judging by the tables packed with men in shirts and ties.

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Early bird here is fantastic. We were here with a group of girls and everything was lovely. french onion soup, goats cheese starter, mussels and frites, chicken dish all delicious. the restaurant is so lovely and has that paris feel down to a t. desserts, also very typically french and delicious but we split a chocolate torte and an apple dessert between us, too full after our delicious main courses. great meal and brilliant value on the early bird and i'll definitely be back soon

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Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The soup here is lovely and the bread is delicious! lovely staff too

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

I came here on Sunday afternoon with a friend and had a very tasty meal. Both our dishes - Veg Katsu curry and Kare Lomen - were delicious as always. We also ordered Gyoza. the only problem is that they don't do 'starters' as such and just serve the food as it's ready. We weren't in a particular hurry so it would have been nice to take our time but everything arrived at the same time so no lingering over lunch! it's a nice spot for fresh, consistently good food but not the place if you want a leisurely meal.

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Solas (Wexford St)
31 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin

came here with a friend after work for some food. they seem to have cut back a lot of items from the menu, but i was happy to see my old favourite the beef enchilada was there after being taken off the christmas menu. I liked my food, but my friend wasn't crazy on her soup. an ok experience all in all, but the place seems to have lost some of it's sparkle.

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a fantastic saturday night date here with my boyfriend who doesn't normally like any kind of asian / indian food but he was persuaded after this meal. we had Khasi tas lamb and the chicken choila to start both delicious and the staff were great for warning us about the spiciness of the dishes. our main courses were ledo bedo with prawn for me and monkfish for him. both were really tasty. we ordered some peshawari naan on the side which was delicious. the desserts weren't up to much (and i'd been told by people who'd been there before) but we had irish coffees and shared a dessert to finish. it was a strange nepalese carrot cake, which was interesting, although i'm not convinced it went with Irish coffee!

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

I've been here on work lunches a few times, so decided to check it out for lunch and it was just as nice. there was a group of four of us and we all loved the food. the omlette, eggs benedict and no bread burger were all top choices and the lemonade is yum! i thought the portions were a little smaller than other places that do brunch (most would have more bread or some fries on the side) but it was a lovely brunch.

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

I came here with a friend after work on friday. my friend had ribs to start, i had spring rolls, both fine but nothing special. our malaysian chicken and chilli lime beef were both nice, but we had a major gripe with the wine. We tried a few different wines by the glass and all were pretty muck! at those prices i'd expect a half decent drink. maybe we should have stuck with cocktails. I know lots of people love Mao but was not overly impressed with the service. Probably won't be back.

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

The early bird menu was nice. we tried a nice selection of dishes between four of us. be warned, when it says 'red hot spicy' it means it! staff were nice, the place had a good buzz for a tuesday evening but they were a little slow clearing away our plates so possibly a bit understaffed. will be back the next time i have a craving for thai food

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Lunch! Calzone Cafe
63 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

had a lovely meal here with a friend. love the wierd and wonderful toppings they have here. My friend had a pizza with smoked salmon and I went for the mexican style calzone pizza which was delicious. very tasty!

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

I've come here plenty of times for the amazing early bird, so decided to try it out at the weekend. The brunch menu is quite nice with decent choices, but i didn't think it was as good value as the pre-theatre menu. the staff are very efficient and nice, but we got the vibe that if we weren't going to order any more coffees that we should hurry up and get out! It didn't have that 'laze around for a while' feel that a lot of other places have for brunch. Think i'll stick to pre-theatre from now on, but it's still one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

The tapas here are nice, but they're definitely not the best in town. we had a stuffed pepper dish, which was literally one stuffed pepper in some sauce. a bit steep for what your paying per plate. I liked the fried fish dish, my friend not so much. patatas bravas with the choice of sauce was nice too. the glasses of wine were very small and again, expensive for what you get. My friend had one of their colas, which is (i think) some organic brand, really tasty. Pity they ran out.

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Really nice family dinner here. there was plenty of choice for everyone on the menu and we all liked our food. It was pretty affordable too, so will definitely be back.

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

food was really tasty, better than the usual pub grub fare. all our group were very happy with their food, fussy eaters included. save some room for mississipi mud pie for dessert!

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The Village
26 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin

we were here for a work lunch on Friday. there were six of us, and no complaints about the food but no glowing reviews either. it's pretty standard pub grub but the place was packed so it's obviously a popular spot. the staff were very busy and forgot one or two of our requests. it's not the kind of place for a quick lunch either so wouldn't recommend it if you're rushing against the clock.

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The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is sliding. the service is poor and the staff are such hard sellers at every turn trying to get you to order extra starters, side orders, more drinks, tea or coffee, yet its impossible to get anyone's attention when you actually want something. It got quite annoying after a while. The chicken kiev is the nicest thing on the menu, and is also on the very good value €12.50 all day menu which includes a drink and dessert (or what very limited selection they actually have. this has happened every time i've been and I've heard the same from other people). I think i've learned my lesson. I won't be going back any time soon and will get the M&S dine in special for €12.50 downstairs in the food hall instead!

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

Had a really nice early bird here. Restaurant had a good buzz about it for a Monday night, probably because the early bird offer is on all night every Monday. we split some nachos to start which were really tasty. I went for the garlic prawns with fries for main course and my friend had the garlic chicken and gratin potatoes. Portions were huge! Tea or coffee is included with the early bird and we shared the strawberry pavlova - again there was easily enough to feed two people! It was a nice relaxed meal and great value, as i'd used the great menupages deal (€25 for 3,000 menupoints)

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

We were lucky to grab a table in Odessa as we arrived in just before 9pm to a full restaurant with no reservation. I love, love, love the calamari from the fivers menu so had to get that to start. We decided to try out the new soul food menu - a range of dishes for 10 euro. I had the fish pie, which used to be on the early bird menu and my boyfriend went for the toulouse sausage cassoulet. He didn't like his food, but I think that was more down to personal choice. The fish pie was quite nice, very hearty for a winter night. It was good value food and a nice relaxing meal but I still think that Odessa's brunch menu is the biggest draw.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I won't be returning to Cactus Jacks. I've been there many times before with different friends and thought the food was tasty and good value but the most recent visit ended very badly when I had to argue with the staff about using the menupages voucher (Free Main for 1,500 points). I had no problem using this voucher in the past and was disappointed that an otherwise very nice meal was tainted by a heated row in front of other diners when we settled up the bill. Customer service (which was fine until that point) went out the window once we disputed the bill. We eventually reached a compromise but the evening was ruined. I'll save myself the hassle next time and bring my custom elsewhere.

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited Trocadero for the early bird menu with a friend who had been a few times in the past for dinner. the choice on the early bird is quite good, but the food is pretty old fashioned. I had the chicken pate to start, my friend had the fried bree. not up to much to be honest. the sea bass for main was nice, and my friend liked the chicken breast with meditteranean vegetables. their main courses come with green veg, baked potato and kind of unusually, chips! the chips didn't really go with any of the dishes on the menu (but I can't say no to chips so i did eat a fair few of them). the dessert of the day was profiteroles, which we didn't know until they landed in front of us. it was a nice meal, but more about a comfortable spot to catch up with a friend I hadn't seen in a while rather than a night of fine dining. don't think i'd rush back any time soon, and there's no way I'd ever go a la carte at those prices. the other reviews are all spot on - it's about the atmosphere, not the food. But why not have both?

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Ryan's & F.X. Buckley Steakhouse Parkgate Street
28 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Ryan's is my local and I really didn't feel like cooking last night after a long day so the early bird was the perfect solution! Yummy soup to start and tasty fish for my main. The staff are really friendly and it's lovely to pop downstairs for a nice drink in the bar afterwards! place wasn't packed, but it's jammed at the weekend with locals and it's not hard to see why. the bar menu served in Ryans is also really good. There were a few plates that passed under my nose that I had to put on my 'must try' list for next time!

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I met a friend here for lunch. She had the burger and chips, I had the club. Both were quite tasty and very big portions. The club was so big I ended up taking out the middle layer of bread! The crowds here at lunch are just mental, so we spent most of the time waiting on the food. Everyone goes on about what good value it is and I agree it's a good spot, but I think I'd only go if I had a particular craving for their big club sambo as I haven't been blown away by the other dishes I've tried here.

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