Restaurant Reviews from maxwell

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The Goat Bar & Grill restaurant

Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
BBQ

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Good
74 reviews

Reviewed 23rd August 2008 ( visited 22nd August 2008 )

I was a bit wary about going here after reading some of the negative reviews on menu but went last night with friends. It was great! Bar staff and floor staff are really friendly and professional.They made us feel very welcome and the food we had was delicious with no complaints about anything.It is a little pricy for pub food but I dont mind if quality is good which it certainly was.
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Comans Rathgar restaurant

2 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
35 reviews

Reviewed 22nd April 2008 ( visited 20th April 2008 )

Had meal here on sunday with my family for my mam and aunts birthday. Food was lovely and all enjoyed it. The chicken and mushroom pie has a generous amount of chicken and is in a a lovely creamy sauce topped with perfect puff pastry and the salmon salad had a huge chunky fillet of salmon on it.Staff are very pleasent and helpful though service a bit slow.we did not really mind though as we were not in a hurry. Only complaint is that my mam ordered stuffed chicken and was a bit put out as no stuffing at all! she would not let us say anything though.a nice place and would visit again.great heated smoking area as well with comfortable garden seating .
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Reeves Restaurant
172 Templeogue Road, Dublin 6w, Templeogue, Dublin

Went to Reeves last sunday for mother and aunts birthday. It was a lovely sunny day and we enjoyed a drink al fresco in the beer garden of the pub downstairs.There were eight of us and we all enjoyed our meals very much.I had cajun chicken and savory rice and it nicest chicken I have had in a long time.Full of flavour and melt in the mouth. Side salad also tasty and delicious.The fresh cod my mam had also got thumbs up as did the duck and beef other members of the party had. I was too full for dessert but my aunt had the cheesecake and parents had apple pie.All declared winners!There is always a great atmosphere in reeves and the staff are fab.They make you feel very welcome and important no matter how busy they are.They are excellent and never appear flustered or under pressure.As previous reveiwers have stated,even with big groups they never mix up orders. Am really looking forward to visiting this delightful restaurant again.

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Eden Bar & Lounge
Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Went here on Saturday with husband and Daughter at about 4.30. I was starting work at 6pm til the following day so we decided to go out to eat before my long shift.A couple of nights earlier had read glowing reports on the Eden in evening paper.It is an award winning pub and its food was second to none and its staff are super. I will never believe anything I read again. The food we had was disgusting and the service also left a bad taste in my mouth. When we arrived we tried in vein to get the attention of floor staff whizzing past our table. Eventually stopped one by standing up and waving as she she rushed by. She explained that it was carvery until 5.30 so just go up to self service counter. I had cazun meatballs and rice as nothing else looked nice. My Daughter had turkey and my husband had the smoked cod. The meatballs were vile. Burnt on the outside,but pink and chewy on the inside and the sauce over them had a horrible taste. My husband could not eat anything on his plate. The fish was dried out with no flavour,cabbage full of salt and mash that had been kept warm too long and set in solid blog. My Daughter did like her meal though apart from roast potatoes which she thought were deep fried.It was a big portion and she asked for what she could not eat to be wrapped in foil to take away. We told the server who did this that we were not happy with our food and could not eat it. She made no response and just carried on clearing away untouched meals. We waited for a while as thought she must have said something to chef and expected someone to come and talk to us. We eventually realised that this was not going to happen so we left and I went to work hungry. Will never visit this place again.

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The Goat Bar & Grill
Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin

I was a bit wary about going here after reading some of the negative reviews on menu but went last night with friends. It was great! Bar staff and floor staff are really friendly and professional.They made us feel very welcome and the food we had was delicious with no complaints about anything.It is a little pricy for pub food but I dont mind if quality is good which it certainly was.

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The Courtyard Cafe
Pastoral Centre, Rossmore Road, South Dublin, Templeogue, Dublin

This place is near is near my work and used to visit a lot but I try to avoid at all cost now.It is very small with tiny chairs and tables pushed close together. It is always packed as food is cheap and quite tasty but the noise levels are simply too much and it is impossible to have an conversation.The people in the courtyard are mainly elderly or young mothers from the nearby playgroup. The lady who seems to be in charge holds a grudge if you query anything. I was shortchanged and pointed this out to her(politely)and while she admitted she had made an error, the last couple of times I was there she has looked daggers at me and sent someone else to take my order! Another friend of mine told me she also has not been forgiven for complaining about hot chocolate made with sour milk. Go for desserts which are lovely but get them to go is my advise.

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Speaker Connolly
Firhouse Road, Tallaght, Dublin

The food here as said by other reviewers is lovely for pub food.When I have visited the Speaker I have always found the staff very nice and service prompt.The place seems to be in need of brightening up though.I think it is very drab but others would say it has a dirty look.Would recommend anyway as food is always tasty and well presented and portions are very generous.

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The Old Mill Bar And Restaurant
Old Bawn Road, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Great place for lunch and food is very tasty and good value.Staff are very nice and helpful and recognise me and people from work at this stage and greet us warmly.It is local to where I live and best time to order food from the evening menu is between 6&7pm.After that time service can be a little slow as place fills up.Would not recommend for Sunday lunch as it is very packed and not very relaxing.

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

Seven of us Went here last night to to enjoy meal out with workmate who is getting married shortly.Not a hen night just dinner and a relaxing chilled out evening! We all really enjoyed it from our warm welcome at the door to the time we left.Our waiter was a lovely friendly guy and gave great advise on wine and food and he was spot on.I found the toilets very quirky but a little scary! Paella was delicious and little desserts lovely. Service was fab throughout our meal even though it was very busy.We had same waiter and I cannot praise him highly enough.He was very complimentry to lady in our party who can speak spanish on her skill with the language.He should give lessons to other people in the food industry on the way customers liked to treated when dining out!

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Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Tallaght)
Unit A3 Tallaght Cross Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin

Went a few weeks ago with 2 friends for drinks before visiting the cinema.It was a nice sunny day so we sat outside.The outside area was not too busy and there were 2 waiting staff having a great chat who said hello to us so we presumed they knew we wanted to order.However after friendly greeting they disapeared inside never to be seen again.My friend went in and got the menu.5 mins later a girl arrived and asked would we like the bill!We explained we would actually like to order something first!My friends ordered cocktails and I was driver so had soft drink.The girl said we had to have drinks inside as food must be ordered at outside tables. We wanted to stay where we were so said ok but pushed for time so could we order platter for 3 that we could share.She said fine,took our drink orders,said platter would be delivered within 10-15 mins would this be ok? We said perfect as we would still be in time for film and she went back inside.5 mins later(still no drinks)manager guy comes over to us and says 'What seems to be the problem Ladies? We have a policy here that if you sit outside you must order food.'We explained with great patience there was no problem and we had actually ordered food and drinks which we were still waiting on.He looked embarrassed and muttered sorry and YES went back inside.2 mins later different girl arrived with our drinks.At last we were making progress! She said 'I was talking to my collegue and she said you are pushed for time so I recommend that you order the platter for 3 people'Poor girl.We practically screamed at her that we had ordered this already.Said we were told it would be 10-15 mins and as it was now 15 mins since ordered does this mean another wait time? She looked stuck for words but just as about to say something, girl who took our drink order arrived with our platter so she was literally saved by the tray! Would I go again? Not sure as strange experience to say the least.The platter was quite tasty and enough for 3.Staff seem confused though.

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The Two Sisters
4 Wainsfort Drive, Terenure, Dublin

Have been here for lunch a few times and they have an excellent menu and really good value for money. They also have an evening menu that looks good but yet to visit at night. I work with adults with learning disabilities not too far from this pub and we usually drop in for lunch once a month. The staff are lovely,friendly people and so pleasent to the clients. The service is great even when they are very busy and nothing is too much trouble for them. For a pub the food is really of a good standard. From the outside it looks a little drab but inside, the lounge is bright and clean with comfortable seats. Is has a good atmosphere with friendly locals.

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Lisa's Trattoria
81 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Myself and a friend ate here yesterday and loved it.Only complaint if this is a real gripe is that the portions are huge! Would not go again unless had not eaten for a week or would just order a starter.This was our first visit and It was about 5.30pm on a saturday and place was empty.Bit worrying but no problem getting a table! I ordered galic bread as a starter as expecting to get the usual 2 pieces that seem to be the norm in other Italians. It was a whole loaf of garlic bread just for 1 person and only 4euro! For our mains we both had pasta dishes (Ravioli and Penne Chicken)and they were enormous.A few more people trickled in while we were there who seemed to be regulars as staff greeted them warmly.We had a variety of different servers,all charming and friendly. When the guy who came to clear our mains away noticed how much food we had left he was very concerned we had not enjoyed it. Reasured him it was delicious but too much! He offered to put it on a takeaway plate to bring home but we were both so stuffed at the time we declined.A lovely place with great service and staff but make sure your really hungry!

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Tamara Restaurant
Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght Town Centre, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Visited Tamara for second time yesterday and slightly disappointed as not as enjoyable as first visit.There was 6 of us and we booked to eat at 5.30. The instant we were seated our server asked us were we ready to order. We had not even opened the menu! We were 10 mins late arriving but place not that busy. While we were looking at the starter page waitress stood at the end of the table poised with pen and paper in her hand. Felt under pressure to say the least! We had to ask her could she give us 5 mins to look at menu properly before she got the hint and went away. We decided against starters as felt rushed and just had mains. Also did not have dessert as usual frozen selection on it. Food is still lovely though but service last night too rushed and impersonal. Left at 7.15 and not that full so no excuse for making customers feel uncomfortable about being there.

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Scent Garden Restaurant
1st Floor Scholars Pub, Ballycullen Road, Tallaght, Tallaght, Dublin

Ate here with husband and 2 adult Daughters recently. We all enjoyed our meal apart from one of my Daughters. She had pointed to what she wanted on the menu to our waitress but when it arrived it was clearly not what she had ordered. Called waitress back who proceeded to argue with my Daughter and insisted she had correct dish. Quite baffled as it was obviously different to what she she expected to get.However as is the Irish way Daughter accepted there was a communication breakdown and decided to eat it anyway. When she had picked at it and realised she could not eat it as she hated it manager appeared with our order and conceded there had actually been an error made and offered to get her correct order.This was declined as we had to be somewhere else and she had filled up eating bits of ours.We paid up and left and no reduction made on our bill.Needs to pull its socks up.Plenty of other places springing up in the Tallaght area now.

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Comans Rathgar
2 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin

Had meal here on sunday with my family for my mam and aunts birthday. Food was lovely and all enjoyed it. The chicken and mushroom pie has a generous amount of chicken and is in a a lovely creamy sauce topped with perfect puff pastry and the salmon salad had a huge chunky fillet of salmon on it.Staff are very pleasent and helpful though service a bit slow.we did not really mind though as we were not in a hurry. Only complaint is that my mam ordered stuffed chicken and was a bit put out as no stuffing at all! she would not let us say anything though.a nice place and would visit again.great heated smoking area as well with comfortable garden seating .

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Blackwater Lodge
The Square, Blackwater, Wexford

I recently spent a few days away from Dublin near the Blackwater area and myself and hubby ate twice in this place. I had the steak on both occasions and it was great and seasoned to perfection. Hubby had chicken and bacon the first time and the fish on second visit. We did not have desserts as both too full as portions are very generous. We shared the garlic mushroom starter and they were really good. My only gripe is it claims on the menu that the chips are homemade but I ordered them on first visit there with my steak and they were obviously the frozen variety. The next time we were in I asked our server were the chips homemade and he admitted they were not so I had potatoes instead. Did not bother making a fuss as the staff are so nice and it's a lovely laid back place to eat and have a couple of drinks in. Why lie on the menu though about the chips? Do they really think that people can't tell the difference between fresh and frozen? A minor point I know but annoying all the same!

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The Hollywood Inn
Hollywood, Hollywood, Wicklow

A great place to go although off the beaten track, well worth a visit. It’s fab in the summer (if weather is good) as it has a huge courtyard at the back. Very pleasant to sit outside on a warm evening. In the winter there is usually a real fire blazing away. The owner and his wife are charming and the food is consistently good. The Wicklow ham is a good choice and the fish and chips are great too. Have not been since just before Christmas so will have to pop back again soon.

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Chrysanthemum Chinese Restaurant
Unit 1 Old Orchard Inn, Butterfield Ave, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin

I have eaten in this restaurant several times and have not any problems with bad service at all. The staff have always been friendly and polite and the food has always been lovely. My favourite is the malay chicken and my husband loves the beef in black bean sauce. Was there a few weeks back with a couple of friends and we all had had 2 drinks each during the course of our meal. When we got the bill we had only been charged for 1 drink each. We pointed out their mistake and the manager thanked us for our honesty and said they were on the house! Will defo go back soon.

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Merry Ploughboy Pub
Edmondstown Road, Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin

I went to the Merry Ploughboy on Sunday with my parents, my husband, my aunt and my daughter and her partner. It was my parents wedding anniversary and they had met in this pub many years ago when it used to be Allan’s. I booked two weeks in advance for 2pm as my parents like to eat early and Sunday afternoons can be busy. The woman I spoke to on the phone was very friendly and seemed very efficient but I never thought of asking her name. On arrival at 1.55 we discovered there was no record of our booking and of course I didn't even know who I had spoken too. My mother had been with me when I rang and she confirmed I had booked it under my name. The manager spent some time looking through the book but to no avail. Our booking was not there. To give them the manager his due he suggested we have a drink at the bar and he would get a table ready which he did in 10 mins. (Not a complimentary drink mind!) Myself and my daughters boyfriend had the lamb shank which was very tasty and tender, my aunt had stuffed chicken which she said was lovely and my daughter enjoyed a fish dish. Hubby asked for a large serving of the chowder as a main as he is recovering from a recent illness and not eating a lot yet. Manager seemed slightly puzzled by this order but we did not really want to offer explanations. My parents enjoyed beef but thought it a bit too much on the rare side. (Blood seeping into your mash is a bit off-putting!) The bill came to 108.00 euro which is great value for 7 people although not all had desserts and there were no starters. The service was terrible as we constantly had to ask for things. We got 2 jugs of water but had to ask for glasses. No spoon was brought for the chowder so had to ask for that. My mother got tea and we had to request sugar and milk. In saying that the staff are really nice, friendly people. They just seemed to be a bit scatty. Would properly go again, not for a while though! Maybe Sunday afternoons are not their best time.

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An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Myself and my Husband ate in the Restaurant a few weeks ago for our anniversary. We will not go back. We used to eat in the poitin stil a few years back and always enjoyed it but it has changed for the worse.I ordered the chicken curry and when it arrived I thought I had been given a vegetarian stir fry. There was a hill of vegetables (mostly raw)on top of the plate. when I dug through this sad looking mess I discovered a few pieces of dry grey chicken and a thin soupy sauce that reminded me of the watery bit at the end of a pot noodle. The rice was cold and practically invisable due to the allotment balanced on top of it. My Husband had stir fry beef that was so full of ginger that he could not taste anything else. The service was really slow even though the place only had a few diners in on that tuesday night. When the waitress returned to collect our mainly untouched plates,we were not asked if everthing was alright with the food. We did not risk dessert but retired into the pub area and enjoyed a chat with some very friendly locals who imformed us that the food in the bar was much better. There was a card on the table inviting customers to fill in and comment on the food and service which I did. I heard nothing back from my feedback even though I had put my phone number on it. Ok for a drink for an hour or so but would never eat here again. Ever!

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