Restaurant Reviews from mambo

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Le Bon Crubeen restaurant

81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

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472 reviews

Reviewed 07th September 2009 ( visited 04th September 2009 )

Excellent food and very good prices. This is quite a casual place, more of a gastro-pub rather than a full-on restaurant. You can sit at the bar or at a number of tables. We have dined here many times, sometimes with groups of 8-10 people, and have never been let down, and everyone has been more than happy with their food. The steak is definitely the best value steak in Dublin, just €12.50 for a nice sirloin with crispy fries and salad! One small gripe, in the evening time the lights are always a bit too bright for my taste. I'd suggest turning them down a bit and putting a few little tea-light candles on the tables.
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Town Bar and Grill restaurant

21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
291 reviews

Reviewed 01st July 2007 ( visited 01st July 2007 )

Had a very nice Sunday lunch. I had a pasta starter in a four cheese sauce, which was a little on the small side but delicious. Food was generally very good, and 3 course lunch left me full, but not overstuffed, since portion sizes are not too huge. This is a good thing I guess but if I only had 1 or 2 courses I might be disappointed. Service was okay, but as often in Ireland was lacking in enthusiasm. Why do so many waiter seem to derive so little satisfaction from their jobs?
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Bay Restaurant
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

We found the food nothing to write home about and portion sizes small (was still hungry after my main course!). Also, €6.50 is quite steep for a dessert consisting of three scoops of ice-cream!

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Service was very good/friendly & ambience was nice, also food was very good (though my steak was quite hard to cut, since I wasn't given a steak knife).

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Burgers were fine, but my onion rings were very bland, with little or no taste of onion off them. Also, "background" music was a bit too loud.

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

Food was very good, service friendly, but the menu was a bit pretentious (some of the dishes had overlong descriptions, in an age when top-end restaurants have moved to minimal descriptions that don't overhype the dishes on offer).

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Fallons Cafe and Bar
Main Street, Kilcullen, Kildare

Have eaten here a few times and while the venue is nice and the service warm and friendly, the food itself has in general been a bit hit and miss.

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Ouzos Bar and Grill Blackrock
Main Street, South Co. Dublin , Blackrock, Dublin

Had lunch here on a Sunday, and it was very quiet. I had the steak sandwich which was fine, Mrs Mambo went for the 2 course lunch special for €17.95, but she didn't think much of either course. Decor and ambience was nice, and service was good.

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Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

Our second visit to this casual gastropub, with a nice view over the harbour. The food was good, the service a bit lacking in enthusiasm, and we had to ask three times in order to get a glass of water. Oh yes, and the napkins were a bit on the cheap side - thin paper napkins that easily fall apart and don't last a full meal.

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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

We were looking forward to checking out the Box Tree, but came away rather disappointed. The decor and ambience was very nice. The food was okay, but nothing spectacular. The Sunday Roast (beef) was in some cases definitely on the rare side of medium, which wasn't to everyone's taste. The service was very slow (while we were happy to have a relaxing Sunday lunch, we were in the restaurant just over 4 hours in total - there's relaxed and there's TOO relaxed!). We had to keep reminding the staff, who seemed rather inexperienced, to bring more water. When the bill came it was wrong (we were overcharged), and we asked for a new biill and that too was wrong. Thankfully the third bill was right, in fact they removed some items from the bill as they said they weren't able to ring them up on the till for some reason, or perhaps just as an apology.

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

We had lunch here on a Saturday for 9.90 per person, including dessert but not including drinks, so can't fault the place on value. The ambience was definitely cheap and cheerful (not really the place for a romantic date!) but there was plenty of choice in terms of food, though most of the starters seemed to be deep fried (which is a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it).

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The Avon BAR
The Avon, Burgage, Blessington, Blessington, Wicklow

Food was really excellent (props to the chef!), as was the view (if you get a table with a view that is, only a few tables have a view out over the lakes & mountains). The decor is a bit cheesey though, and the service lacked warmth & friendliness a bit. Value was superb, as you could have a three course meal for two plus a bottle of wine for €70 on a Friday night, and only €60 on a Thursday. And we not only got three courses, but also an "amuse bouche" to start with and a sorbet between starter and main course.

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Beware! This restaurant had a sign outside offering a three-course meal for €21, from "5.30pm to 8.30pm, Sunday to Saturday" (i.e. every day of the week), but once we entered the restaurant and were seated, we were only given the a la carte menu, and when we complained were told that the three-course menu is only offered "Sunday to Thursday". Later another couple sat at the table next to us, and made the same complaint, and received the same response! Also, the a la carte menu featured a printed page of "specials", for which no prices were given. And the wine list gave no price for a glass of wine, so I had to order this not knowing how much I would have to pay (I was charged €5). If the above weren't bad enough, my partner did not enjoy her starter or main course at all - the pasta main was quite spicy, which she did not at all expect, especially since she had mentioned to the waiter that she couldn't eat spicy food, and there was no mention of spices on the menu. My Saltimbocca was very tasty, as was the Tiramisu dessert (though seriously lacking in any coffee "kick", and served in a very tall gimmicky glass). The restaurant has a rather old-fashioned Italian restaurant feel, and I don't mean this in a good way. The background music was a bit intrusive at times, more "foreground" than "background"! Service was good, but this does not make up for a very disappointing experience overall.

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The Morehampton Brasserie (Previously the The Restaurant @ Donnybrook Fair)
89 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Food and service were generally good, but our side orders were not as advertised on the menu. "Green beens in garlic butter" came out as green beens and carrots (not garlic butter). And "red cabbage and apple" was just red cabbage (no apple, which was he ingredient Mrs Mambo was more interested in). A minor irritation spoiling an otherwise good meal.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went for Sunday brunch. There was live jazz, which was pretty mellow but we were sitting near the musicians so it was a bit hard to chat above the music. I had the 7oz sirloin for €17, which was okay but not great. You could have a 10oz for €25 euro, but is it worth €8 extra for just an extra 3oz of meat - I don't think so! Silly pricing strategy. I know some restaurants use a simple multiple of the price of the raw ingredients to price their dishes, but this is a crude system where those who have a more expensive dish (e.g. steak) end up paying much more towards the overheads of the business (staff, heat, etc.) than those having less expensive dishes, which hardly seems fair since they are both sitting at the same table, enjoying the same service, etc.

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Ramos Greek Restaurant and Mezze Bar
Lotts Lane, City Centre North, Dublin

Basic, tasty greek-style open buffet. Exactly the same pricing scheme as the other buffets in the Epicurean (€7 for a small plate "one time only", €9.50 for a large plate "all you can eat").

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The Chili Club
Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Small cosy oriental restaurant, hidden away on a small lane near Grafton St. When we arrived the room we were seated in (the downstairs room) was incredibly warm, but it seemed to cool down once we were seated, so we didn't have to ask for a door/window to be opened. I'm not a big fan of oriental cuisine, but I avoided any spicy options and thought the food was good. The cheesecake for dessert was very good, almost as good as mother makes! Service was good too, and prices were reasonable.

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The Iveagh Restaurant
The Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

This restaurant is in the Camden Court Hotel, and I tend to avoid hotel restaurants unless they come particularly recommended. But friends were staying in the hotel and they suggested we eat there. On the Friday evening we were there, it was relatively quiet except for a large coach party who were half way through eating when we arrived. This may partly explain why our food was just a little slow in coming. Nevertheless, the food was good, with very precise and friendly service from the waiter.

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Ripleys Steak House
Butterslip Lane (off Kieran St), Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Had a nice meal at Ripley's. Quality of food was generally very good. Service was also good, and the Waiter was very friendly. The decor could be a bit better though, and the view out the window is over Dunne Stores on the other side of the street.

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Maison Deux
The Butterslip, Off High street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Excellent french food, nice atmosphere. We had a very good meal here. Prices were reasonable too. Nice ambience, with lots of French music in the background

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Good, but not outstanding. We had the €25 2-course menu, available only from 6pm-7pm on certain days I think. My partner thought the food was very good, but not outstanding given the status of the restaurant and the price being paid. My leek & potato soup was okay, but the flavour was very "subtle" (if in a less than generous mood, I might say it was somewhat bland). My rib-eye steak was better, cooked perfectly "medium" as requested, with nicely crunchy green beens and crisp fries. Service was reasonably pleasant and not too stuffy (and though the place was quiet, we seemed to be served each item by a different server). With extras (glass of wine, side order, herbal tea, tip) we spent about €40 each. A choice of only 3 desserts were available, for €9.50 extra, but thankfully we were full and not inclined to splash out further.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had heard tales of long queues to get a table back in the day, but at 6.15pm on a Friday evening the place was mostly empty and we had our choice of tables. The food was good French fare (the French Onion soup was almost a meal in itself), service was friendly. Toilets were a bit untidy though.

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

Atmosphere was nice, very bright and airy, and quality of food was generally good. Best of all, the price of €12.50 for one of a selection of main courses, plus dessert plus a glass of wine is hard to beat. I hope it's not just a temporary offer. Very recession friendly!

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

So many options for your burger, they ask you to fill out a form indicating which ones you want. Food was tasty but not too healthy overall - great for the odd treat though! Possibly the most family-friendly and also american-style of the gourmet burger joints popping up all over the city. Soft drinks are served american style in large plastic beakers, with plenty of ice, which is a good thing in my book. Some places in Ireland look at you funny if you ask for more than 2 pieces of ice! We will return.

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The Waterloo Bar
36 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, D04 R6Y6, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Had the carvery lunch - turkey & stuffing with 2 types of potatos (this is Ireland after all) and carrots and peas. They certainly didn't skimp on the portions and I was definitely full after this meal, priced at 11.50.

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

Decent lunch in a unique setting. This was my first time in the Church bar, definitely a unique setting! No problem getting a table at lunchtime on a Saturday though. Our food arrived within a few short minutes of ordering, which always makes me suspicious, but there was no sign of my Bangers and Mash having been microwaved. If anything, the opposite as it could have been a bit hotter. My dining companion had a salad, which was also good.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

A different take on the gourmet burger bar. There are gourmet burger bars all over the place now, but Jo Burger does try to be a bit different. There was a live DJ playing a mix of funky background music and 80s hits. Seating was at hard wooden tables/benches that take about 5/6 people on each side. You may well end up sitting only a few cm from the next group of diners, so be warned. Menus are enclosed in old Beano, etc. annuals. You can choose beef/lamb/chicken for your burger, plus a range of toppings. Each burger type has a gimmicky unpronouncenable name, easier to just name the set of toppings you want! Staff looked a little intimidating but were very friendly and efficient. Clientele was definitely young and trendy. Burgers were good, hard to mess up a burger really. As with all gourmet burger bars, you pay a "quality" price for a quality product.

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ok food, nice ambience. My dining companion had the seafood chowder to start, which was only luke warm and sadly lacking in taste. We both had the beef medallions for main course, and these were considerably better. Nice ambience on a Saturday evening, with a live singer/guitarist. (Not sure I'd like being seated right in front of him though!) As others have said, the tables are very close together - luckily the table next to us was empty.

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

Okay meal let down by poor service. This was our second visit here, and both time the service has been very haphazard indeed. The staff are friendly enough and there seem to be enough of them, but instead of a single server being responsible for a set of tables, everyone seems to be responsible for every table, so you are given menus but then no-one comes to take your order. Or you finish your main course, and no-one comes to clear your plates. And you get served by about six different servers during your meal. If you don’t go out of your way to get their attention you can be left sitting for ages. The food was generally okay, though the mushroom risotto starter was very small for the price they charge. The ambience is nice, though the lighting is perhaps a little bit too bright in places.

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

Excellent food and very good prices. This is quite a casual place, more of a gastro-pub rather than a full-on restaurant. You can sit at the bar or at a number of tables. We have dined here many times, sometimes with groups of 8-10 people, and have never been let down, and everyone has been more than happy with their food. The steak is definitely the best value steak in Dublin, just €12.50 for a nice sirloin with crispy fries and salad! One small gripe, in the evening time the lights are always a bit too bright for my taste. I'd suggest turning them down a bit and putting a few little tea-light candles on the tables.

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

We stuck to the "Fivers" part of the menu and enjoyed some really good tapas for a good price. A glass a white wine was 5.75 though, which cost more than any of the tapas. Service was excellent, the waitress was really friendly. Will be back.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Have had tapas here a few times. Since it's primarily a bar, it's a good choice if you have a large group of people, with people arriving/leaving at different times, etc. Each can order their own tapas as they wish, or group together to get a selection of dishes.

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Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Have ate here a few times. I always enjoyed the mix of good food and latin music in the background. Can be rather quiet at times you'd expect it to be busier, which can affect the atmosphere, but at least you can get a table when other places are busy.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Food was very good, but service was mixed. We were served by 3 people, 2 very friendly and attentive, one a bit surly. We were given tap water when we first sat down, but this was never topped up until we had finished both our starters and main courses, at which time I had to ask for more water. Also, when our mains came, the side dishes took another couple of minutes to appear, and we had to remind the staff about one that was missing. And our desserts took perhaps 15 minutes to arrive.

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

Excellent food - a real french restaurant serving real french food with (as far as I can tell) mostly French chefs & staff. Atmosphere was good, helped by the close proximity of the tables. Don't go if you have a fear of enclosed spaces! One minor quibble: while the menus are creatively formatted in the style of a newspaper, they are a bit difficult to read and the menus we received were a little worn at the edges with food stains here and there. Also, we didn't have a reservation but were told a table was available, but weren't told it was outdoors (though covered & heated), until we were brought to it, which is a bit rude.

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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant
Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin

Not as impressed as on our previous visit. The food was okay pub fare, but nothing exceptional. And the two waitresses serving us could have been a bit more enthusiastic and friendly. A smile costs nothing!

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Palazzos - Closed
1 Marlborough Terrace, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Have enjoyed a couple of good meals at Palazzo. Food was generally very good. Service was okay, but could have been just a bit friendlier.

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

An okay choice for casual pub dining. My dining companion, Mrs Mambo, would have liked more salads and other healthy options on the menu, which is dominated by steaks, burgers, fish, etc. We shared the soup of the day - chicken and wild mushroom - which Mrs Mambo liked, but I thought was a little blankd. Mrs Mambo's prawn starter was tasty, but she was disappointed that it consisted of only 12 very small prawns. My rib-eye steak was good but not outstanding, and the accompanying fries were tasty but a little limp. Desserts were pleasant and reasonably priced. I'm not sure if we'll hurry back - if we were into beer it would be more likely, as there is a wide selection of premium beers available.

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

Overpriced, unless you go for the pre-theatre menu. I wouldn't normally pay this sort of price for food when you can find better value elsewhere, but it was a special occasion so we decided to push the boat out a little and skip the reasonably prices pre-theatre menu and go for the full 'a la carte'. I had the veal which was small and pleasant, but not worth €29. The waitress had advised it was small, but I wasn't too worried as I'm trying limit my food intake anyway! The sticky toffee desert was similarly small, but delicious, but again a bit steep at €9. When I pay these sorts of prices for food I feel justified in nit-picking, and some things that annoyed me slightly were: the pretentiously designed knives which are nice to look at but annoyling awkward to hold; the radiator to the right of my chair, which pushed me to the side meaning I wasn't directly facing Mrs Mambo; and the usual typos on the menu. Service was pleasant, but not particularly warm (except from the manager/supervisor), as sadly seems to be the norm in more expensive restaurants. I probably won't return, except perhaps for the pre-theatre menu, which is better value.

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Antica Venezia
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Somewhat old-fashioned italian restaurant, serving unpretentious pizzas, pastas and meat dishes. Food was tasty if unspectular. Desserts were a very disappointing selection of frozen factory-made desserts (complete with pictures!), though a "homemade tiramisu" was on offer. Service was pleasant.

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

First visit, not overly impressed. The Bruschetta All’Italiana (garlic bread) was unimpressive (and lets face it, it's not rocket science to make), and the Veal with Parma Ham was okay nothing to write home about. Plus the lighting was far too bright for an evening meal!

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Good spot for an informal bite in Ranelagh. Had a nice burger with buttermilk onion rings here today. Mrs Mambo's found her salad a bit bland. The home made lemonade was nothing to write home about, but at least the freshly squeezed orange juice was a decent size.

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Enjoyed a pleasant Sunday brunch here. They are open from 11am on Sundays, but the full menu is not available until 12noon or so. There is a small brunch menu on the blackboard available from 11am, misleadingly marked "Specials", since this is the FULL brunch menu, not the specials. I had the full Irish breakfast which was very good, and the toast was actually properly brown toasted, not the pale "warm bread" served in a lot of hotels and B&Bs.

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Very average experience overall. Went here with a large group from work for lunch. Because there were over 20 of us they could only accommodate us at 12 noon. We arrived to an empty and distinctly chilly restaurant. I had a rather unexciting garlic bread with mozzarella as a starter - they should just call it "Bread with Mozzarella" as I couldn't taste any garlic! Lasagna for main course was decent enough, but nothing to write home about. Service was efficient but lacking in any warmth (as is often the case with large groups). No-one came over at any stage to check everything was okay.

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

Had a pleasant, though over-efficient, Saturday night meal here recently. The restaurant was full when we arrived at 7pm, with a good atmosphere. We were given a wine menu that was dog-eared and had seen better days, plus it had a large chocolate stain! The food was reasonably good, but both the main course and dessert arrived very quickly, plus the waiting staff were a little to over-eager in topping up my wine at every opportunity. We had the table until 9pm, but we were finished and left shortly after 8pm! It all felt a little rushed.

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

Turn down the lights! Ate here on a Tuesday night - my lasagne was large but a bit bland, and my skinny fries were a little limp (undercooked in my opinion). Service was pleasant, and but the lighting was far too bright for a dark winter's evening. A little less glare would have helped us relax and enjoy our meal more.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Nice steak, shame about the fries! We went for the early bird menu, which is good value at €20. My steak was very good, cooked medium as ordered, but the accompanying fries were a let down. I've been on a hunt lately for really good french fries/"frites" (NOT chips) and FXB's looked the part, thin cut from real potatoes. But they were limp and greasy, instead of crispy and crunchy (cooking oil not hot enough perhaps, or maybe just undercooked?). My dessert of chocolate tart was small but chewy & gooey and delicious (esp. when accompanied by some of my dining companion's ice-cream - it might have been a bit dry on it's own). Service was fine. I almost mentioned the fries issue, and would have if the staff had said "was everything okay" as if they REALLY wanted to know. But when it was said in the usual running-through-the-motions way, I didn't bother.

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

Good to have another tapas choice in Dublin, especially one that serves churros for dessert - yum! The house white wine was very nice, for a house wine. Food was of a similar quality to its sister tapas bar, The Port House. Service was not unfriendly but a bit haphazard - twice we were brought drinks/food that should have gone to another table. The toilets, as others have noted, are rather unique and definitely worth visiting. But it's not a great sign when the toilets are the best thing about a restaurant!

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Il Posto
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely meal at Il Posto. We went for the 2 courses for €20 Early Diner menu and thoroughly enjoyed it, my dining companion (Mrs Mambo) particularly so. Bread and water were served up on arrival, and Mrs Mambo had the chicken roulade and the salmon, I the minced pork and the tiramisu and a couple of glasses of vino bianco, all delicious. The service was good and there was no charge for extra bread to mop up the yummy sauces!

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice atmosphere, good food, great service. I found the cream of celeriac soup very creamy, but not with much flavour. My rib-eye steak with fries and salad was much better. Mrs Mambo loved both her started and main. For dessert we shared a disappointing hazelnut and poppy seed "torte", which was not a torte but a muffin. I guess it's harder to charge 7.50 or so for a muffin, hence the pretentious "torte". On my previous visit the least expensive wine was a whopping €7 a glass (I can get a bottle in Tesco for that!) but this time there was a nice French wine for around €5.50 (and, Monsieur Henry, it left no bitter aftertaste!) As usual, the service was excellent; professional and classy, but not stiff and formal.

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Nautilus
9 Marine Court, The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

2 course lunch for €17 is not bad value, but having to pay a whopping €8 for dessert is a bit steep, nice though it was.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Delicious burgers, but I found the thick cut chips a bit lacking in flavour. (I would have much preferred the thin cut variety but they weren't serving them the day I was there.) The menu says all burgers are cooked medium (and well done for kid's burgers), but ours were cooked through, which is what I'd prefer. Service was good. The bare wooden seats might leave your behind a bit numb if you linger too long though.

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

The interior is a bit cramped but the pizza slices are yummy. Usually seems to be full of Italians, which I guess is a good sign.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Have dined here a number of times and never disappointed. Good quality inexpensive pizza, pasta and other Italian food.

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Pizza Hut
24 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Only been once, a year or more ago (and in retrospect I can't remember why we choose it - wasn't my choice!). Pizza was nice, but the fries were very limp and greasy, background music was very unimaginative (greatest hits of the 60s or something similar) and I won't even begin to describe the state the toilets were in!

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

Yummy burgers, if you can get in. At busy times, call in well in advance to reserve a table and then go off and do a little shopping (or drinking!). Ordered the freshly squeezed orange juice once (for about €3) but it was tiny - half the size of an orange juice I had in a cafe nearby a couple of hours earlier for only €2.70 - so we sent it back. They didn't quibble :-)

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Not recession friendly. Dined here recently after a long gap. While the food was okay, the prices were high compared to the great recession-friendly deals on offer at other restaurants around the city, with no set menu or special offers.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We ate in Roly's Cafe, rather than the main restaurant. It took maybe 30 mins for our main courses to arrive (we didn't order starters). I had the Confit of Duck which was very good, my wife was less impressed with her salad. I had two "large (22cl)" glasses of wine, but they looked nowhere near 22cl (which is practically a third of a bottle). That said, the house wine, at 4.50 for a, ahem, "large" glass, is okay value. The "tapas style" desserts were very nice (at €1.95 each), it's nice to be able to mix 2 or 3. Service was okay, though the staff didn't light the candles on any of the tables (being summer it was bright outside until 10pm, but still it would have been nice to light the candles). VAT reduction from 13.5% to 9% was not passed on to us, Roly's are presumably pocketing the difference.

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

Had a very nice Sunday lunch. I had a pasta starter in a four cheese sauce, which was a little on the small side but delicious. Food was generally very good, and 3 course lunch left me full, but not overstuffed, since portion sizes are not too huge. This is a good thing I guess but if I only had 1 or 2 courses I might be disappointed. Service was okay, but as often in Ireland was lacking in enthusiasm. Why do so many waiter seem to derive so little satisfaction from their jobs?

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice tapas in candlelit atmosphere. Descending into the ultra-dark, candlelit ambience (bring a torch to help read the menu!) is a bit much on a sunny summers day (or evening), but is perfect to enter into in the winter. Food was generally good (best of the selection we had were the "croquetas de jamon") but the "churros" for dessert were absolutely smothered in too much sugar.

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

Tapas dishes seemed more pricey than, say, the Port House, but were larger so that was okay. Tasty food. Service was okay, but the waitress seemed a bit grumpy.

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