Restaurant Reviews from mrc

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52.5%

County: Wicklow

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 26 March 2008

Last Visit: 11 February 2016

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Zaragoza restaurant

South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Spanish

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Good
95 reviews

Reviewed 01st April 2015 ( visited 30th March 2015 )

Went to Zaragoza on Monday night with my wife and son (11) I had booked and advised that it was a special night out for our son. When we arrived were were given a choice of tables and our son chose a large booth near the end of the restaurant. So a good start it got even better when we got the menu. What a fab choice of really different tapas from seafood to veg to a beautiful pork and chorizo hot pot. It was our waitresses first night working there and she added greatly to the night hope she is still there when we return. All our food was superb absolutely no complaints. Keep up the good work guys we have told many of our friends about this gem already.
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The Orchid Szechuan restaurant

120 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Chinese

Price Range:

Average
39 reviews

Reviewed 03rd April 2008 ( visited 02nd April 2008 )

Ate there last night. Agree with the previous review it was like taking a step back in time to the 70ths. Food was full of msg and decor was drab. Wines were overpriced. Come on guys spend a bit of money on the place. Will not be back.There are lots of better Chinese restaurants in Dublin.
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Zaragoza
South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin

Went to Zaragoza on Monday night with my wife and son (11) I had booked and advised that it was a special night out for our son. When we arrived were were given a choice of tables and our son chose a large booth near the end of the restaurant. So a good start it got even better when we got the menu. What a fab choice of really different tapas from seafood to veg to a beautiful pork and chorizo hot pot. It was our waitresses first night working there and she added greatly to the night hope she is still there when we return. All our food was superb absolutely no complaints. Keep up the good work guys we have told many of our friends about this gem already.

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Bunsen
36 Wexford St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Took the kids out for dinner while in Dublin. Had heard about this place from friends. Best burgers we have ever had and the chips were super too. Your kids will never eat a fast food burger again once the taste the real mc coy here...well done guys keep up the good work

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Halpin's Bridge Cafe
Bridge Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

We live in Wicklow and have used this coffee shop a few times for coffee and found it fine. How disappointed were we the other morning when we called in for breakfast. On the menu during the week they offer scrambled egg and bacon as the only cooked breakfast. Neither of us like scrambled egg and we asked could we have a poached egg instead. To be told no as it was not on the menu. To add insult to injury we were told that they only did "a full breakfast" at weekends. How hard is it to make a poached egg hot water and and an egg!! The chef was walking around the restaurant obviously not in the least bit busy. we settled for toast and tea. Really disappointing.

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

Went here last saturday night after the Irl/England rugby match. I had a friend fron the UK with me and had suffered a torrid time after they hammered us in the match. So a pint of Guinness on arrival started what was one of the best meals we have both had in many years (it also took the focus off the result) We both started with prawns which were really fresh and tasty. For mains I had a huge fillett of place that was perfectly cooked and served as it should be with very little on (lemon juice only). My friend had Hake again perfectly cooked and presented. Our waiter was top class he suggested a glass of Argentinian Malbec as our after dinner drink which was cheaper than the Spanish rioja we had had with the meal and wow does this guy know his wines. All together a victory for Ireland in the food stakes at least if not on the rugby pitch. Please folks go to this restaurant it superb and also really good value.

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Jausna
1 Lower Mall, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

My wife and myslf though we were treating ourselves by going out for an early dinner without the kids. We have tried this restaurant before and were disappointed. However we had not tried it since it was taken over. They have an early bird menu ($13.95 two courses) up to 7 we arrived at 6. When we sat down were were only given the normal menu and not the early bird..we had to ask for it. We gave them the benefit of the doubt however we noticed that they did exactly the same with two other tables who arrived in before 7. Really nasty.Food was just ok lamb rogan josh was very tough chichen chili ok. No atmosphere and like the last review we saw them microwaving some of the dishes in a small serving area that was plainly visible from the restaurant. As much as Wicklow needs an Indian restaurant this is not it and we wont be back.

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Black 'n Blue Grill - Closed
Church Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

This i believe is run by the same people as Bates and Woods in other parts of Wicklow. We have been a few times for both lunch and dinner. Have to say the service and food is top class. A few hitches along the way when they get a lot of walkins. Overall though the best restaurant in Wicklow and really good value for lunch and their value menus (2 courses circa €20). Varied menu usually good selection of fish, steak, lamb etc Keep up the good work and we will be there to support you during the long cold winter nights in Wicklow. Also great kids menu €10. How about some sort of loyalty plan for locals as many restaurants have failed in Wicklow during the winter months?

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Thai House
21 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Had dinner here last saturday travelled from Wicklow in search of a good Thai restaurant. Had eaten here years ago and always liked it. Well delighted to report that nothing has changed we had a super meal and value wise you could not beat it.We had two starters and two mains plus wine and an after dinner drink for just over €60. Great value and good buzzy atmosphere........go

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Pings Chinese Restaurant (Wicklow)
The Mall Main st, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

We live locally and go to this restaurant plus get take aways once or so every 3 months. It is consistantly good and if there was ever an issue with the food they immediately sorted it out. It is as good as most Chinese restaurants in Dublin. The staff make it something special.

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La Cuvee @ Eno Wine Bar
1 Burton Hall, Mayor Square, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

Went for pre theatre dinner with a few friends. Have to say we were a larger party than we had booked for but they fitted us in. Overall we were disappointed with the food. Starters were fish cakes(too much potato) and a goats cheese salad (tasty but very few ingrediences excect lots of greens). Mains chicken with pasts (pasta could have been warmer). Salmon was again very tast but it was the smallest fillet i have seen in a while. Two bottles of vino (well priced). Bill €140 for four. Wont be rushing back.

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The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford (off N11), Ashford, Wicklow

Called in with the family for sunday lunch luckily we had pre booked as it was packed. Food was excellent and good value and service was also good. They have great value menu for kida also at €9.50 for a smoothie a main course and a dessert. They now open in the evening for dinner and we will be back soon to try it out. While the surroundings are not as plush as the fern house in Kilmac for those of us living locally this is a great addition to local dining options.

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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue
Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

Met up with some friends here last week for dinner. Lovely the surroundings in this restaurant. Overall while dinner can be expensive the portions are quite large especially the mesa plates. Excellent service from the waiter. For a special occasion this is really one of the best place in north Wicklow. The chicken main course i had was super as was my wifes fish dish. A few people had the lamb mesa plate and needed doggy bags. We will be back

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

Went to the Fern Tree restaurant last friday evening. What a super restaurant. Service was excellent and the variety on the menu was one of the best i have seen. We had two glasses of prosecco (€7) with berries. One bottle of excellent spanish white wine @ €28 two starters and two huge main courses for just over €100. The setting is second to none. We will be back. We were told that the restaurant in Ashford will also be opening in the evenings from April. As we live outsde wicklow town we cant wait for April. Is there any irish restaurant offering nicer food in better surroundings, i doubt it...

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Juniors
2 Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Went for dinner on a wednesday night prebooked table for 6.45. Walked by at six and there was nobody in the restaurant. Came back at 6.45 and ours was the only table free. Not surprised as the food was really good and great value as previous reviews. I had prawns in home made mayo they were to die for at €10 these would cost a lot more at most other restaurants in Dublin. Main was sea bass which was served whole nice but my sons hake was nicer. Overall cant get over how one chef kept on top of orders for circa 26 people all night with very little delay. Well done great little informal place to eat. When we left at 8ish (to watch match) the place was heaving with people being turned away constantly so go early put your name down have a pint next door in Slatterys and enjoy a great find in ballsbridge.

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Three Qs
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

Had an early dinner before going to Jack L in the Greystones theatre. Normally would have gone cheaper but we tied in our xmas outing with the concert. Have to say food was excellent, service was even better and the waitress was very knowledgeable on the food. We both had fish main courses Hake and Sea Bass. Both were to die for. Only small issue is price. Meal for 2 plus wine (1.5 bottles) was €150+. A great place for a special occasion. Maybe they will do an early bird in 2009 who knows?

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

Went for late christmas lunch with some business clients last friday. Initially was a bit taken back by the fact that it was a set menu at €35 a head and that the kitchen was closing at 2.30. However we went ahead and had a very pleasent lunch. Service was very good food was just different enough to soften the blow of the €35 per head. Overall quite nice but would not be running back over Christmas. Might try again in the new year?

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Antonio's Ristorante Italiano
Bridge Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Went with my wife and two children last friday. We live locally but had never tried this restaurant. We got a very pleasent surprise as it was excellent, well priced and staff were knowleable on both the food and wines. Also great that they have a different variety of food rather than the standard spagetti bolognese. I believe they are about to revamp their menu again and we are really looking forward to returning to try it. Great to know that it also opens at 5.30 so we can get kids fed early. We will definately be back.

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The Tea Room Restaurant
The Clarence, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went for lunch with a friend last Friday at 2 o clock. We were the only diners in the restaurant would have liked if they had advised me of this when i booked two days previously. Anyway food was very good set menu quite restrictive with only 3/4 mains and starters. We went a la carte which was good but quite expensive. We felt that overall there are better value restaurants in Dublin for a special lunch.

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The Old Candle
Main Street, Newcastle, Co Wicklow, Newcastle, Wicklow

Ate here a couple of weeks ago. Had to book early 7.30 due to baby sitter restrictions. It was our first time here and when we arrived we were the only ones in the restaurant. It started to fill up from circa 8.30 onwards and was full when we left at arounr 9.45. Ambience is super with all the candles. We cannot fault the service either. I had duck breast as a main €30 (expensive) which stated on the menu that it had to be served medium to rare otherwise it was chewy. Mine came out medium to well and was a bit chewy but i did not complain. I left some on the plate so the waitress asked if my meal was ok. I explained that i enjoyed it but it was a bit overdone no big deal. When we got our bill we were advised that we were not charged for the duck. Nice touch. Overall a bit on the expensive side but lovely for a special occasion.Forgot to mention the desserts worth going there alone for them.

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Donelli's
Market Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Went for dinner they are offering a special for €50 which included dinner for two with a bottle of wine. Have to say the food was really tasty. My wife had fish which was perfectly cooked and two lovely fillets. I had Areally tasty chicken breast in mushroom/tarragon sauce again really tasty. Great value for €50 plus the wine was very drinkable and if you want a different wine you only pay the difference on their wine list. Will be back.

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Vinos Restaurant & Cafe
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Had an early evening meal with the kids recently. This is our first time back since the restaurant changed hands some time ago. Interior is very much the same as before. Tables very close together. Staff were pleasant and service while a bit slow ok overall. We had two kids with us and they shared a plate of pasta with tomato sauce. Two soft drinks, a bottle of still water and a glass of wine. We also shared garlic bread and bruschetta (not the best) with two adult main courses of Lasagna (average, too much bechamel sauce for my taste) and a chicken and mushroom pasta dish (very enjoyable). Our total bill came to just over €60. Not bad for Greystones.

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Chakra by Jaipur
1st Floor, Meridian Point, Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

Had dinner last Saturday night. This is the best restaurant by far in Greystones. If you are not a big fan of Indian but like good quality food try this place. This is about our fourth time to go and the food, service etc have been excellent every time. i had the selection plate for starters and i had the lamb shank for mains wow they were really good.This is the kind of restaurant we should send tourist to and it would show them how much the quality of our restaurants have come on in the last few years.

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The Bakery
Church st, Wicklow Town, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Back again last Thursday for dinner had a really nice meal as usual. The reason for me posting again is that some people found this restaurant expensive.We discovered last week that they do a set menu with two courses for €25 and three for €30 which includes a glass of wine each. Quality of dishes was every bit as good as the a la carte and its served up to 9.30 weekdays and c7.30 weekends (i think) with a good selection of dishes. Hopefully this restaurant survives the winter months in Wicklow as it deserves to.

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The Coffee Shop
Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Lovely coffee shop great for lunch/coffee. Good selection of rolls salads etc. we use it a lot and it is kid friendly. Two issues to be aware of 1) they only take cash?? 2) Hard to get a seat at lunchtime. Very nice staff and they sell lovely brown bread, apple tarts and salads to take away.

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

This has to be the best value lunch in Dublin. If like us you love eating out but cannot afford to do it as often as before then this is the place for you. We booked a late lunch on a Friday afternoon for 2.30 (we were told they needed the table back at 5.30, no problem there). When we arrived the place was full and having seen the lunch offering we were not surprised. They do 2 course lunch plus glass wine for €19 and 3 courses for €24 plus the wine. We went for 2 courses plus one desert. Starters were smoked haddock salad (bit on the small side but very tasty) and i had lambs kidneys with wild mushrooms on brushetta. Mains were salmon and chicken both excellent and nice size. Desserts were to die for. As it was a birtday celebration and we were staying in dublin that night we had 2 g&t's to start with our two free glasses of wine and a further bottle of house wine at €19 followed by two french coffees....bill came to just over €100 and we just got out by 5.30 Well done town bar and grill keep it up and we will be back soon.

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The Orchid Szechuan
120 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Ate there last night. Agree with the previous review it was like taking a step back in time to the 70ths. Food was full of msg and decor was drab. Wines were overpriced. Come on guys spend a bit of money on the place. Will not be back.There are lots of better Chinese restaurants in Dublin.

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Oriental Castle
Market Square Wicklow, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

This is a basic Chinese. More a take away than a sit down.

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Casapepe
Wicklow House, Market Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

As a family we eat here regularly kids 6&4. It is definitely the best Italian in Wicklow Town. Try their lasagna or carbonara. Their Chicken in tarragon sauce is also delicious. Staff are super and atmosphere can be brillant. Especially if it's somebody's birthday! Long may it remain open. Wicklow badly needs good quality restaurants that open in the evening like this one.

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Vesuvius Restaurant
Prospect Hse, Church Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Went last evening with my 84 year old dad. In fairness the chef cooked him a vegetarian omelette which was only on the lunch menu. He thought it was tasty and a side order of chips came with it. I ordered the spaghetti carbonara. It tasted as if it came from a packet. The bacon pieces were from a packet, not fresh and the sauce was bland. Service was pleasant but we were the only diners? I live locally but will not be back.

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