Restaurant Reviews from lucy28

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Lemon (South William St) restaurant

66 South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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46 reviews

Reviewed 20th June 2013 ( visited 11th June 2013 )

I often go here for lunch, it is tasty and fresh and something different for lunch compared with the normal sandwiches. I often get the veggie special with feta it is really light and full of flavour. Coffee is good too and the sweet crepes are equally as nice it just depends what you are in the mood for. Prices are reasonable too and they do a student discount of 10%. Although the interior is a bit bland and it is busy at lunch time I think they are doing up the space and making it more airy. Also nice to get a takeaway and go to stephens green park for a treat!
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The Leopardstown Inn restaurant

Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
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69 reviews

Reviewed 20th June 2013 ( visited 04th June 2013 )

Would recommend this place for an early evening bit to eat, they do great fish and chips which tastes really fresh with homemade beer batter. It also comes with salad and twice cooked chips. The staff I find are a bit pushy, and keep coming back asking do you want another round or more drinks but maybe some people just like that. The revolving cocktail bar is worth a spin aswell after dinner too, gets v busy at weekends!
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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Def a place to try for brunch, they have a great selection on the menu with lots to try. My friend recommended the coco pops french toast, it was divine, think its was almost €13. The atmosphere is hipster, with a mix of different chairs and the staff are helpful although a little stressed when it is busy at the weekends. Would recommend

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

You really have to try this place, it is super tasty and the portions are absolutely massive!! Really good value, like €6-€7 for a filling meal. The smoky beans are really nice and you can get roast veg instead of beans if thats not your thing. The service is super fast and the staff over friendly. I love the burrito bowl as its less mess, and I get a portion of nachos too...yum!

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

Good place for a quick bite to eat before a gig, quick, cheap and tasty. They do nice kebabs on skewers, including a salmon one which is lovely. They also do a tasting platter for €22 for two people...it could almost feed 3 people though!

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

Went here for lunch recently, having been once before. I was expecting to see the same lunch menu as they have on their website but no they have changed it and left very little choice in the "swift lunch" options. I ordered a crunchy torn salad at €13.90 it left a lot to be desired, basically lettuce, cress some carrots and a bit of dressing!!! My friend had the burger and chips, the burger was nice but the chips were way too thick, like half a potato per chip. Overall the quality is slipping here and the prices are not value for money.

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O Grady's On The Pier
Main Street, Barna, Galway

Went here early evening with a friend, they were busy enough with race week etc. I had the scallops for starters they were nice and tasted fresh, the main smoked salmon salad which needed more of a selection of lettuce leaves like watercress and rocket. It also seemed a bit overpriced considering what you got

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Donnelly's of Barna
Barna, Barna, Galway

Think this place has seen its day to be honest...the quality of the food has slipped in recent years, along with the service. The attention to detail is just not there and I feel the fish dishes could be a little more adventurous. Service is just adequate, not great not bad just nothing to sing home about. It is prob just good for a pint or a quite drink, but not food.

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Pizza Dozzina
The Twelve, Barna Village, Barna, Galway

Nice place for quality take-away pizza in Barna. They do really nice dough (not too thick or thin!) crispy with lots of gourmet toppings, I like the sausage and chilli one. Garlic Bread delicious. They also serve they pizza's in the Twelve hotel if you want to eat in.

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Iskanders Kebabs
30 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Popped in here after work for a quick takeaway dinner, thought it was really nice, meat was fresh and tasty and it came with lots of salad. The interior needs a bit of upgrading but most people go for takeaway so its not a big deal. Would recommend for a quick snack or to bring to a picnic in Stephens green!

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Cafe Cairo - Dublin
Pearse Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice place for cheapish lunch, in lovely surroundings and with great service. Menu is fairly conservative, toasted sandwiches, soups 4 or 5 main course dishes. However it is good value for 4.90 for a toasted sandwich which comes with crisps and salad..under a €5 in dublin city for an eat-in lunch is pretty good. Staff very attentive and quick at serving so you can get in and out on your lunch break no prob.

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

Great little place to go on your coffee break or for an afternoon treat, they do lovely apple and cinamon scones and raspberry scones with fresh tea what more could you want?! Staff very helpful and willing to go the extra mile with cream and extra jam no problem. Lunch is equally nice with sandwiches and foccacia breads ready to take away. On a mission to try for dinner it looks yum!

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

Wow what can I say this place just has it all!! The food is divine, had veg spring rolls with duck sauce for starters very light and crispy with fresh veg. Prawn crackers came with a selection of dips including satay which was yum. Mains were massaman curry just the right the level of heat for me. I asked for half chicken half veg and no problem sauce is nice and creamy and full of flavour. Partner had chicken stir fry nice and spicy with crunchy veg and egg fried rice. It was my partner's birthday so they brought out a surpise dessert with a candle and sang him happy birthday (an didnt charge us for it!) which I thought was really nice and made the evening memorable. This place is hoping at the weekends and only complaint is that we could only have our table from 7-9pm but it was just enough time and we enjoyed some thai cocktails to finish. Would recommend booking well in advance if possible.

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Capitol Lounge
Aungier St, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice place to go if you are looking for relaxed and casual drinks after work, they do lots of cocktails and they are not watered down like other places. Good music and friendly staff, worth a visit if you are looking to unwind after a busy day.

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Lemon (South William St)
66 South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I often go here for lunch, it is tasty and fresh and something different for lunch compared with the normal sandwiches. I often get the veggie special with feta it is really light and full of flavour. Coffee is good too and the sweet crepes are equally as nice it just depends what you are in the mood for. Prices are reasonable too and they do a student discount of 10%. Although the interior is a bit bland and it is busy at lunch time I think they are doing up the space and making it more airy. Also nice to get a takeaway and go to stephens green park for a treat!

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The Leopardstown Inn
Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Would recommend this place for an early evening bit to eat, they do great fish and chips which tastes really fresh with homemade beer batter. It also comes with salad and twice cooked chips. The staff I find are a bit pushy, and keep coming back asking do you want another round or more drinks but maybe some people just like that. The revolving cocktail bar is worth a spin aswell after dinner too, gets v busy at weekends!

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I thought this milanos would be similar to any other one as we usually go to the one in Dundrum but were out that direction so said we would pop in here for a change. However the meal really wasnt up to scratch. First of all the brought the wrong pizza and then tried to blame me saying that is what I ordered when clearly the other waitress said it wasnt. So asides from that the service was really poor there was no offer of parmesan or chilli oil etc even though it was quite enough. The pizzas were really sparse on toppings which annoys me as when I go to Dundrum I always get the same one which comes out just fine. This place doesnt seem as professionally run and not as bothered about its food or its customers. I dont reckon I will be back.

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

Having previously been to the Rathmines branch of Bombay Pantry I was expecting similar standards but unfortunately not in this one. The food was not up to sratch I had the beef Rogan Josh but it was really fatty the meat and the sauce was overbearingly hot with little other spices involved. The garlic and chilli naan was good though. I wouldnt recommend the chutney or raita either they are so far away from what you usually get in an indian that they are not appealing. The €7 early bird deal is good value though if you find a dish you like.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Crack Bird is a great new concept for restaurants in Dublin. This is a pop-up restaurant that has gone permanent, housed in a new venue which used to be a chinese restaurant so it has a little bit of character and quirkiness. The food here is tasty, especially the soy chicken yum yum yum. The sides are alright perhaps a little small for what you pay and they really need to do some chips or wedges with their chicken along with some garlic mayo, I dont like any of this whipped feta stuff just keep it simple they have the chicken right they just need to appeal to a wider audience with the sides and dips etc. There is no need to be alternative just for the sack of it. One thing I really dont like about this place is the staff they are just plain weird, all of them. I went for dinner one day and I was meeting a friend their but she had text to say she was running 2 mins late but they wouldnt let me sit down until she got here so I had to stand at the entrance uncomfortable-this really put me off the place. The lemonade drinks are delicious and the chicken is great just dont expect to leave full, it seems more like a tasting menu in there.

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Lemon (South William St)
66 South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is not just your typical creperie, it really has pushed the boat out in terms of both savoury recipes and sweet recipes. There is a great selection for vegetarians including sauteed garlic mushrooms, cheese and sweet peppers with spicy sauce or you can make your own. I often am here for lunch and go for the hot savoury ones but the dessert crepes are equally nice, I love them with nutella, strawberries and whipped cream what a combination. And the prices are not over the top either and the staff are super friendly which always helps the atmosphere.

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Il Fuoco Café
6 Chatham Court, Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a nice informal and relaxed Italian restaurant which serves traditional Italian food at great recession prices! The staff are mostly Italian and helpful, the atmosphere is relaxed with families and couple alike. The food is yum, really comfort food, thin crust pizzas, pasta, chips etc. They do a great lunch special for €9.95 for main and drink. You can also get just a pizza slice or maybe even tea and one of their lovely pastries. They also do homemade ice cream at the front which is great to get on the way out and wander around dublin for a leisurely walk after a big pizza! You wont leave this place hungry that is for sure.

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

An old favourite of mine when I am out shopping for the day. Nice to sit down and have a hazelnut hot chocolate or cappuccino. They have a good selection of muffins and pastries and underneath the counter there is a large selection of cakes. The carrot cake is yum. You have to ask for a side of cream! The staff are not overly attentive and a little hit and miss in serving. I like the baps and wraps for lunch too served with salad and crisps plain and simple but filling. I havnt eaten here in the evening though so must try that soon and I will report back!

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here just before christmas with a few friends after work. However I wasnt impressed with either the food or service . The food is basically over priced burgers chips and fried food dressed up and charged a hefty price tag. I think the quality of the food is not great in particular the burgers are not that tasty and overall greasy and lacking in flavour. The chips are v basic and are much nicer in a traditional chipper. Hence I think this place has really gone down hill and I am not sure who it appeals to.

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

This place is a haven for salad lovers as they have such a selection to choose from and menu changes regularly. I love the broccoli and feta one and the pesto potato salad. The tuna toastie is nice too if you ask for homemade salsa. Prices are reasonable enough for the quality of the food and ingredients used. The pastries and cakes are also lovely try the almond croissant or homemade cookies.

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

Good value little indian restaurant which does a great value lunch option for any main course and rice for €7.15. This is a similar price to what you would pay for a sandwich in a cafe that may not fill you up if you are very hungry. I like their korma sauce it is the perfect creaminess. However I would say the atmosphere is lacking somewhat as it can be v quiet sometimes. The staff are friendly possibly a litte over attentive if that can be said!

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

Lovely little cafe which serves the nicest muffins and scones. They have such a choice of muffins, fresh out of the oven in the morning and still warm. I love the pear and vanilla or raspberry and white chocolate muffins they are just delicious and €1.90 takeaway or €2.50 if you sit down. I have also tried their berry scone which is delicious. The only thing I think they could improve on is by providing home made jam with scones as those packets of jam just dont work really nice scones. It is quite cramped in here if you want to eat in and they do charge substantially more for the pleasure. The seem to have a good selection of lunch options all between €8-€10 with home made salads...nice for a treat. Overall I would def recommend this place!

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

I often go here for their homemade soup, they have lovely flavours not just your tyical leek and potato. You can choose between a selection of fresh breads, try the tomato bread it is delicious. The main courses are a little expensive I think for lunch time but I suppose the ingredients are good quality. It can get really busy at lunchtime and sometimes hard to get a seat but worth a look if only for the soup!

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Hanley's Cornish Pasties
32a Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a handy place to grab a bite to eat before getting on the bus, or if having a takeaway lunch back to the office as everything is ready for you to buy straight away. there is a good variety of pies and pasties. I like the vegetarian one its full of flavour. It would be nice if they had special offers of pastie of the day or something I might go more often then. Staff are nice and friendly though

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Popped in here after a hard days shopping, and was impressed as usual with both the food and staff. Although it was busy on a Saturday evening they accommodated us with a table near the prep area, so I could watch all the pizzas being made. I love their dough balls and always have to ask for extra garlic butter to dip my pizza crusts into. I like the new Romano dough bases which are long and thin. Get yourself a hi-life a card and you will get buy on get one free on main courses all year so it makes Milano's prices a bit more affordable as otherwise you could end up dropping €50 to €75 for 2 even with just one glass of wine.

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

Nice place in Dublin city for a yummy brunch at the weekend. They serve their brunch menu all day so there is no need to rush in before 12 or anything. The food is good quality and has been carefully thought out. I have tried the odessa vegetarian breakfast which was well worth the €11 I paid including caramelised onion, spinach, tomato, portebello mushroom and home fries. The weird thing is they give you a croissant with the breakfast instead of toast. I asked for bread instead and that was no problem. The orange juice was freshly squeezed. The staff were nice, could have been a little more attentive in asking if everything was ok etc. Worth a look though!

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Cupan Tae
8 Quay Lane, The Latin Quarter, Galway City, Galway

I agree with previous poster this cafe is very cute and will appeal to those who like their tea served in delicate tea cups surrounded by dolies and tablecloths and everything old-fashioned. Their cakes are delish, I love the chocolate cupcakes so simple but so yummy!! Would def recommend if you fancy a tasty treat. However it is small and can get very busy!

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

I did not leave overtly happy having eaten in this place. The italian side of the menu is not great and the pasta dish I had was very bland and tasteless needing lots of extra parmesan (which was just normal cheese) and black pepper. I think they should just stick with the mexican and do one thing well instead of trying to please everyone. Nevertheless this place was busy the night I went in lots of people going for the early bird special. As previous poster mentioned the lack of a seating area for arriving people makes the tables at the front very awkward and cold with breeze from door. Overall I would say this place relies on tourists and not regulars as the footfall is huge in the area.

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Burritos & Blues
2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Really enjoyed my visit to this place. The food is fresh and made in front of you. It is also excellent value with HUGE portions. They cater for vegetarians very well too by not just removing the meet from the burrito but with a selection of beans and roast veg and extra homemade guacamole. The salsa fries without mince and sweet salsa are amazing. I would suggest not going for a salsa hotter than number 2 as number 3 is SPICY!

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Pasta Fresca
2-4 Chatham Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Popped in here midweek to try out their homemade fresh pasta. However I was disappointed with both the atmosphere, staff and food. The tables are way too close together and you are literally on top of other diners. The staff really try to make you spend money by offering garlic bread on the side, asking do you want more wine more than once. Then when you want them to be generous with the parmesan they are very stingy. The pasta was very al-dente which I personally don't like. The sauce was very basic and bland and not at all what I expected for that price. So I wont be returning to this place as the staff just left a bad taste in my mouth when they didnt return my change after paying the bill, even if it was only a few euro it annoyed me.

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Royal Villa Chinese Restaurant (Salthill)
1st Floor, National Aquarium of Ireland, Salthill, Salthill, Galway

I really like this Chinese restaurant for a meal out as the atmosphere is really relaxed and staff are really friendly. They do a great 2 course meal midweek with a glass of wine for €20 which is great value as the portions are huge and the food really tasty.I had the prawns in Black bean sauce which was lovely served with noodles. The prices outside of the set menu can be quite expensive up to €22 for a curry which is a bit much!

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Quay Co-Op Vegetarian Restaurant
24 Sullivans Quay, Cork City, Cork

I would really recommend this place for a lovely lunch. The menu changes every day and includes home made pizza, quiches, falafel burgers, cornish pasties and 2 different soups. The salads they serve are amazing so fresh and full of flavour. Last time I was there I had a roast veg pizza slice with 2 salads, lemon and garlic cous cous and cajun chickpeas for €9.90. They also do lots of desserts and cakes too. The only thing I think they should change is let you have smaller portions of the salads and get to try say 4 different ones as it makes for a nice variety because sometimes they just give you half a plate of coleslaw...which is a bit much!

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Coffee Station
Dennehys Cross, Cork City, Cork

I like this little cafe for a cup of tea and a homemade scone. The scones are so nice, really moist and fresh and come served with a selection of jams. The only extra thing I would like is a bit of cream for that extra bit of indulgence! They also do sandwiches here but they are all pre-made which I don't like, I would prefer to make my own up. They do nice toasted bagels though.

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Eat @ Massimo
10 William Street West, Galway City, Galway

I really like this bar as it is really relaxed with big massive couches at the back which you just sink into. Order some homemade pizzas and ask for some garlic mayo it is lovely. The pizzas are all stonebaked and use really nice fresh ingredients and have some unusal choices for toppings too. They also have a lunch menu with nice soups and salads. I like to go there on Sunday nights as they have a live jazz bar playing which are really good and the atmosphere is great. A great place to chill out after a busy week!

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The Skeff Bar And Kitchen
Skeffington Arms Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway City, Galway

It can often be hard to find a nice carvery in the middle of Galway, but look no further this place does a really good lunch from 12-3pm! They usually do good veggie options. There is a really good deli too with a nice selection of ingredients, I usually get the tuna bap which is €5.95 and comes served with crisps and salad which is great value. You can get free mi-wadi at the deli counter which leaves out the hassle for asking for a drink of water! Also ask for a loyalty card if you become a regular you can get free lunches.

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Scottys Sunset Grill
Glasan Village, Ballybane Road, Galway City, Galway

This restaurant and take away is a bit cramped and really lacking space. If there is just two of you for lunch you will probably end up sharing a table with others and having to listen to their conversation! The food here is mostly burgers and chips. There is a huge range of different burgers cooked in an open style kitchen with lots of toppings to choose from. They are pretty nice and the meat is tender. I have gotten a wrap here before when I wasn't hungry enough for a burger but it was a bit bland. Popular place for GMIT students as it is only over the road from the college

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L'Osteria Da Roberta
157 Upper Salthill, Salthill, Galway

Can't recommend the food at this Italian restaurant enough! It is run by an Italian family who specialise in quality Italian food. The menu is wide ranging and includes antipasti, starters,, pasta, steaks, and chefs specials including cajun chicken. I had the funghi bruschetta which was delicious, its like a small pizza topped with a cream and mushroom sauce. My friend tried the chicken with a broccoli pesto cream sauce which was so nice and the sauce was very tasty with a hint of chilli. We shared a bottle of red wine, would really recommend number 237 in case you can't decide!! The service was a little slow because it was race week and that was to be expected but just go for the food it is definitely worth it and not over priced for the quality you get.

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O Sheas
19 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This pub is cosy and warm on a winter evening for a quite drink after a busy week. On summer evenings it is nice to sit outside as there is a nice beer garden. It is usually not that busy. However the main menu is really basic and everything seems to come with chips and appears deep fat fried. A little more imagination is needed with their food preparation.They could probably do wit upgrading to some comfier couches and better music aswell.

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The Rendezvous Bar
Model Farm Road, Wilton, Cork

Really like this place for a quite drink as it is so cosy and relaxing. The lighting is perfect, not too bright like some pubs so you find it hard to feel comfortable. There is lots of comfy couches and chairs, two gas fires and the decor is modern. They also do nice bar food all day with some lovely homemade soups and toastie sandwiches to fill you up. However there is a real lack of main courses asides from burgers so if you would like a good choice I would say check the menu first. There is lots of free parking outside too which is handy and the staff are lovely.

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Sheridan’s Bar & Restaurant
Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra, Galway

This bar and restaurant is located on the clybaun road in the heart of knocknacarra. It proves to be popular with locals in the age range of 40s and 50s with the odd bunch of girls going in for a drink before town on a friday night. However as it is not the most comfortable place for a drink it wouldnt be a place I would be rushing back to. It is like an old Irish bar, modernized a little but still full of stools and hard wooden benches etc. You can tell the food is trying to be something it is not while adding a huge cost to the customer. A main meal for what is in the mostly standard bar food is about €15 which is a bit steep I think. I have been at a party upstairs which was quite nice as there was lots of space for everyone but the finger food could have been alot better and really was an after thought at this place.

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Spice Route Restaurant
35 McCurtain Street, Cork City, Cork

Have been in this place several times and usually go for a korma dish but decided to try a balti for a change OMG it was soooo hot I couldn't eat it at all just burned the mouth off me and ruined it for me. However thevegetarian korma dish I usually get is really nice with a good mix of veg and also they give you some popadoms and naan bread free too which is an added bonus. The place is a bit gringy with very bright lights so I wouldnt recommend staying there to eat just get a takeaway. The staff are all indian and there is all pictures on the wall of their family...strange I think but I suppose if it is a family run business each to their own!

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Spice of India (Bishopstown)
Looneys Cross, Bishopstown Road, Cork, Bishopstown, Cork

This place is located on the crossroads near bishopstown bar. The restaurant is small enough but the food is really nice, proper authentic indian cuisine and the garlic naan bread is to die for. I usually go for the chicken tikka masala which has a lovely creamy sauce and full of flavour. The only thing with this place is that it is expensive enough and all the extras really start to add up like rice, naans, small starters etc. We paid €70 for 2courses and one bottle of wine which is fairly good I suppose considering how nice the food was.

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The Newport Restaurant Cafe Bar
Paul Street, Plaza, Cork City, Cork

Great place for after dinner drinks with if you just fancy a bite to eat and not a big expensive fancy meal. Everything is reasonably priced, I get their veggie lasagne which was suprisingly nice for a bar, usually veggies dishes are an after thought. It was served with chips, coleslaw and side salad for €9.95 which is great value. They have lots of burgers, pasta dishes, salads etc so something for everyone really if you are going out with people you don't know their food preferences.

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Il Valentino
5 Gallery Quay, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I often just pop in here to get their bread as it is really tasty, I love the grande ciabatta for €2.80 or the spelt bread. They do lots of pastries and scones etc, I like the almond tart they have. There is also slices of homemade pizza on what looks like focaccia bread along with filled croissants and rolls etc -very french I think. There is not a huge amount of seating but great place to pop in a get something quick at lunch time.

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The Leopardstown Inn
Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

This pub is quite unique in that the interior is so nice and the surrounding quite plush..not always typical of your local dublin pub! I have been here on several occasions. I have been for sunday Carvery which was ok but veg overcooked and lacking real flavour also prices on the dear side. The soup I had was really nice though but the bread served with it really let it down as it was not fresh at all. I would prob recommend this place more for a drink and some snacks such as chips etc rather than a going out for dinner meal.

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Milano (Grand Canal Harbour)
Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

This milanos has a lovely location right on the banks of the grand canal dock. It is possible to sit outside (if it is not too cold!) and have your meal. I went here for lunch and had the italian antipasta plate to share for starters followed by the padana pizza. The romana (thin crispy) base is really good, nicer than the regular base I think. I just love the house dressing in here is amazing if you dip your crusts in. . You should also ask for the garlic butter for your crusts.The service was a little slow as it was busy but the food was worth the wait!

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

Went here for dinner with 3 other people on a Friday night. The place was swinging and really busy creating a great atmosphere. I ordered the veg tom yum soup which was full of flavour including lots of ginger and chillis, I also opted for naan bread to share as thought it would go well with the soup. The chicken satay skewers are also good. For mains I had the chicken kurma curry served with Jasmine rice which was yum, very creamy but with a nice kick of spice too. Other diners had the chicken thai curry which was also very tasty. We ordered a bottle of white wine for only €12.99 which was perfect and great value. Would def recommend if you are in the area.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Recently went here for lunch and found the menu to be very fresh combined with good quality ingredients. I had the Ely Full Irish which was really nice including fried egg on sour dough bread, toulouse sausage, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. It was supposed to come with black pudding but I asked could I get chips instead and the waiter said that was no problem which was great. My friend had the fish special which was ray served with capers and lemon, a side salad and chips all served on a chopping board! We had a glass of french wine each which was cold and went well with the meal. They do not have as large a selection as their sister restaurant at the IFSC, which is more of a wine bar but nonetheless there was ample choice for lunchtime. This restaurant is situated right beside the grand canal dock and is lovely if you sit outside. I would recommend booking in advance at the weekend as they are pretty busy.

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Spud House
37 Newcastle Road, Galway City, Galway

This restaurant is really nice, it is a little outside town but well worth the journey. It does the best spuds with loads of lovely toppings including veggie and meat ones and comes served with salad and homemade dressing. The portions are really big tho so maybe go for the half portion which is perfect for lunch and really filling. They also do homemade desserts, my favourite is the banoffe pie you just cant beat it! The prices are really reasonable aswel :)

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Fota Restaurant @ Fota Island Resort
Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cobh, Cork

This restaurant is part of the Fota Island Hotel. We stayed at the hotel for my birthday and opted for a package which included dinner. The night we had dinner it was very quite - during midweek, but the staff still made an effort with music and candles etc. It is very posh and a little prentitious for me but the food was very good. Although if we had of paid the a la carte prices it would have worked out very expensive. I would recommend it for a very special occasion along with a nights stay at the hotel as it is a bit far out of Cork to be getting taxis etc but a wonderful treat!

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Tulsi Restaurant
3 Buttermilk Walk, Galway City, Galway

Went here recently on a Saturday night with a few friends. It was really nice and the food was lovely. The service is always very attentive here without over-doing it. I would recommend the korma or passanda and the garlic naan. they were amazing..proper indian cooking! It is a little expensive but I think it is worth it. The atmosphere is calm with indian decorations and music and lots of space between tables which is good. They are very welcoming to groups, I would say book in advance just in case it is busy on a weekend.

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La Salsa (Galway)
6 Mainguard Street, Galway City, Galway

This place is nice for a quick bite to eat. I would recommend the chickpea quesdillas they are lovely. However the prices displayed on this website are not correct as their prices have been increased quite a bit. Nevertheless they do give huge portions so u could easily share a taco fries and burrito/quesdilla and be full :)

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Kettle of Fish
4 Lower Cross Street, Galway City, Galway

This place does great fish and chips. It is more like a takeaway than a sit down restaurant. However what is slightly annoying is that they don't do any meal deals, everything has to be ordered seperately which ends up costing more than other places. I think they should make supper meals as standard.

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The Pins Bar @ The Twelve Hotel
The Twelve, Bearna Village, Galway City, Galway

Have been here several times with family and friends. There is a very relaxed atmosphere with lots of warmth and nice books to browse through on the shelves if you are just looking for a quite cup of tea etc. The food here is really good, especially the pizza, the dough is really nice, just needs a stronger tomato sauce base. The salmon with pasta is also very nice. Also try the goats chees for starters. The desserts are all homemade and included a yummy bread and butter pudding. However It is quite expensive for bar food like the soup is €5.20 which I think is a bit much served only with one slice of bread. The sandwiches are also quite overpriced at over €9. I would suggest sharing a pizza and a beer early evening or going for the set menu for better value

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Lohans
232-234 Salthill Upper, Salthill, Galway

This place used to be lovely when it first opened but it has really gone down hill over time. The soup is very bland and the price has been increased. The main courses are quite expensive for lunch time all around €15. There is not much options for sandwiches and the baps are really overpriced and not even served with a side salad or coleslaw (which they used to be) but corners have been cut everywhere. The staff are not that friendly and will not go out of their way for you, they see customers as extra work so this is one of the reasons I have stopped going here because there are plenty other restaurants out there who are more attentive to paying customers!

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Canton Kitchen
153 Upper, Salthill, Galway

This chinese has to be my favourite in Galway because the food is consistently good. There is tables to sit down but the menu prices are 20% more expensive so I would recommened just getting it for takeaway as there is not a great atmosphere as a sit down restaurant. It is more like a waiting room for people getting their takeaways. They do really good chicken curry and 3 in 1's and szechaun veg too.

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Ristorante Da Roberta
161 Upper Salthill, Salthill, Salthill, Galway

I used to think this restaurant served quality italian food but having recently visited here after over a year standards have really dropped. They no longer serve their lovely focaccio garlic bread as a starter only brushetta, which was neither toasted served with taste-less mushy tomatoes. There is very little choice on the menu they have really cut back what they serve with only a choice of 5 starters and about 14 main courses. My pasta main course was overcooked and unfortunately very stodgy with overcooked brocolli and chicken. The staff were unfriendly and lacked warmth. They have added more tables so everyone is squished on top of each other which doesnt make for the best atmosphere. This restaurant does really good food, traditional italian style run by an italian family and almost all waiters italian which makes for an authentic feeling. The pasta dishes are the best, my favourite is the vegtarian ravioli the sauce is so rich an tasty, try it with their homemade garlic bread it is divine, kind of like focaccia bread but nicer! It can get very busy at the weekends so I would def recommend booking a table. It is not the best value for money but I think as a treat it is worth it as the food is so tasty!

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Luigi Malones (Cork)
1-2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork

This place is "just ok". It is a wannabe italian I think because it is overpriced and does not have a very authentic italian taste. The early bird menu states it is 3courses when in fact it is 2 with a cup of tea at the end counted as a course which is a bit cheeky!! I got the vegetarian pasta dish which was a bit bland and the vegetables were overcooked the garlic bread also wasnt up to standard and very plain. For the price you pay there is nicer places you could go in Cork City.

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Cafe Gusto
3 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork

This place is really nice for a quick bite to eat at a reasonable price in cork city. there soup @ €3.45 is always so good and homemade and the sandwiches on focaccia bread are lovely @ €5. The only thing is it is always busy so you may have to wait for a seat but its worth the wait! There desserts are delicious too, try the carrot cake!

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Zaks Restaurant (Cork)
No 4 Marlboro Street, Cork City, Cork

This place is really nice for the early bird menu, went in here with my boyfriend and we were really impressed the portions are huge so make sure you go in hungry if you are gettin the set menu! We both had the fajitas they were so good and had all the trimmings with including home made salsa. The only thing I didnt like was the banoffe pie for dessert as it was too rich. I think they could include a small glass of wine into the set menu as it would be a nice touch and would make me go back more often as it would be even better value!!

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Liberty Grill
32 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork

Went here for the first time for lunch yesterday I was very impressed. Although it was very busy and we did have to wait to be seated, it was worth it. Also I think it is a good sign when a place is busy. I had the veggie breakfast for €9.95 which comes with your choice of eggs which were lovely poached, sourdough toast, and your choice of two sides I got the mushrooms and tomatoes. You also get orange juice and tea/coffee. Overall it was very nice my only disappointment was with the portion of the food, there wasnt enough toast and I had to ask for the orange juice as the waiter forgot all about it and then questioned me saying he didnt think it was included in the price but it said it on the menu. Also they did not have proper black pepper which I think is ridiculous for a place that cooks its food very well, I cant eat eggs with out cracked black pepper. My friend got the posh toast was really tasty and the soup was lovely. Overall worth a try for the food but the service can be slow and not the most helpful.

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Bodkins
Kings Valley Hotel, Merlin Park, Dublin Road, Galway City, Galway

This place is good for a bite to eat/ lunch. They do a great value deal of a toasted sandwich with cheese/tomato/onion served with chips and salad for €4.95, if you want ham it is €5.95 (called the kingsvalley special). It is definetly very filling. The only thing is the staff are very slow we waited over 20minutes for someone to take our order, so don't go in a rush. It is no culinary delight, the carvery is pretty standard, good selection but the fish can be dried out if you come a little later in the afternoon. In essence what brings me back is the good value, lunch for under a €5 is pretty hard to come by these days, and a filling one at that. So I would say if your passing and feeling hungry drop by as it is very relaxing with big couches etc :)

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Milano (Galway)
Middle Street, Galway City, Galway

I think milanos is a lovely place to bring your family or friends as it is lively and always has a great atmosphere. You can see your pizzas being made in the open kitchen, the dough is really nice and the toppings are delicious. I recommend the fungi d bosco with sweet peppers and ask for all the trimmings of garlic oil, parmesan and pepper! The chocolate glory is amazing as a dessert. If you are having a party I would recommend bringing your own cake, they will put candles on it and bring it out for you no prob. The house wine is lovely, if a little expensive but still worth it. Overall I would think this place suit families early evening or couples and friends a bit later. They only take bookings for 8 or more people so get there early or be prepared to wait!! :)

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