Restaurant Reviews from obrienth

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Ciao Bella Roma restaurant

24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
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260 reviews

Reviewed 03rd November 2014 ( visited 01st November 2014 )

Fantastic. 14 of us went here on Saturday night for a family celebration. We changed the numbers a few times during the day and actually when we arrived we had more than planned. The staff bent over backwards to facilitate us. Nothing was too much trouble. We were seated downstairs which was lovely and cosy for a large group. Everything was perfect, the waitress was wonderful, laughing and entertaining us throughout the evening. The food was fabulous, everybody raved about it. The piano player was the icing on the cake of what was a wonderful evening all round. Thanks for making it such an enjoyable event for us.
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Ciao Bella Roma restaurant

24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
260 reviews

Reviewed 03rd November 2014 ( visited 01st November 2014 )

Fantastic. 14 of us went here on Saturday night for a family celebration. We changed the numbers a few times during the day and actually when we arrived we had more than planned. The staff bent over backwards to facilitate us. Nothing was too much trouble. We were seated downstairs which was lovely and cosy for a large group. Everything was perfect, the waitress was wonderful, laughing and entertaining us throughout the evening. The food was fabulous, everybody raved about it. The piano player was the icing on the cake of what was a wonderful evening all round. Thanks for making it such an enjoyable event for us.
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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with a group of work colleagues on Friday night. The booking was made over 3 weeks ago but when my colleague called to confirm, she was told that the booking was for Saturday. Anyway they said they could fit us in on Friday. When we arrived it was clear that they weren't expecting us as the table hadn't even been set up. They managed to put some tables together to fit us in but it was a tight squeeze. The service was atrocious. The poppadoms and dips arrived but we had to ask for plates. We shared the mixed starters which were mediocre. My colleague beside me ordered a lamb biryani, but he was given a lamb jalfrezi, He told the waiter that he had ordered a biryani but the waiter insisted that he had ordered a jalfrezi. The conversation went something like this, Colleague "Sorry but I didn't order this" Waiter, "yes you did" Colleague "No I ordered a biryani", Waiter "no you didn't" Colleague, "I'll eat it but I didn't order it" Waiter walking away "Yes you did" My colleague called the waiter back and pointed out, "Just to let you know, I know what I ordered, I will eat this but I ordered a biryani" Waiter "no you didn't". The behavior was an absolute disgrace. the food wasn't much better. My king prawn jalfrezi lacked any real spice, it was chilli hot as it should be but other than that it was flavourless. The 4 or 5 prawns I got were certainly not king prawns, to be honest I don't know what they were. They were not the shape or the texture of prawns, not good. The general consensus was that the food was ok, but mine certainly wasn't. I cook Indian food a lot at home so I know what to expect. Overall a most disappointing experience. Never again.

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Cliff Townhouse
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, St Stephens Green, Dublin

My husband booked here as a surprise for my birthday and we were really looking forward to it as a special treat. Sadly it didn't live up to expectations. The location was perfect, Stephens Green was magical with the Christmas markets, and the atmosphere outside was very special. Inside - first impressions were good, the building is very impressive. The dining room was lovely but quite bright throughout the evening. The waiter was very friendly and attentive. But that's where the positives ended. I ordered from the a la carte menu and hubby from the 3 course menu. The wine list was very expensive, the cheapest bottle being €36. We ordered a bottle of Sav Blanc at €41, when it arrived the waiter apologised as it was not chilled enough. He explained that they had a very busy lunch service and had served 60 bottles of that particular wine. We didn't mind that so much, he poured out a small amount in each glass to keep us going and put the rest in the ice bucket to chill. The starters of scallops for my husband and my prawn tempura were both disappointing. 2 small scallops were tasty enough but the portion was ridiculously small for the price. My prawns were completely tasteless small prawn pieces, no way were they Dublin Bay prawns. The accompanying salad was very tasty with lovely apple matchsticks, this was actually the highlight of my starter. But at €14:95 it was just not good enough. And then the LONG wait for the mains. A party of 3 beside us, had their starters after us and were finished their mains by the time our mains arrived. The waiter apologised 3 times for the delay, mumbling something about the kitchen being in a mess. My husbands steak fillet was just ok, he gave it a 6 out of 10, describing it as bland. My halibut was also just ok, everything was a bit lukewarm and flavourless, the best part of my dish was the wilted spinach, it was very tasty and plenty of it. My baby boiled new potatoes were peeled and tasted like they had been cooked in the morning and reheated. Why on earth peel a baby new potato, you can't go far wrong with a new baby spud and a bit of creamy butter, you would think. We shared a cheese board which was actually quite good, we decided to push the boat out as it was a special occasion so we ordered 2 ports to accompany the cheese. We skipped the tea and coffee and ordered the bill. We were shocked to see a bill of €175. I suppose we should have asked how much the ports were, I don't know how much I was expecting but at €9.75 each I thought they were a bit pricey. We also noticed we had been charged €45 for the turbot. We checked the menu and the turbot was priced at €24.75. How can you be charged €45 for €24.75 dish? Surely the menu items are coded into the till? Somebody had to override the price to get it to charge €45. To be honest it was the last straw. We brought the error to the attention of the waiter who apologised profusely and returned shortly with a revised bill of €156, again mumbling something about errors and problems. He was clearly embarrassed but in fairness it wasn't his fault. He was doing his best. This place has so much potential, in this location and such a beautiful house, but to be honest the food is mediocre and way overpriced. I don't mind paying a lot for a great meal but we didn't get that in the Cliff Townhouse last night. Never again.

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Royal Tandoori
95 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Fabulous. I'm reluctant to review this place as I'd rather keep it a secret, but in fairness it deserves to get some great feedback. We love this place, the food is amazing, fresh and delicious. I've never had a bad or even mediocre meal here. You can tell that each meal is freshly prepared with wonderful spices evident in each dish. Hussain, the waiter is brilliant. We don't even get a menu anymore. He just asks us what we fancy and then he arranges it with the chef. Nothing is too much trouble for him. As if that wasn't enough, you get to bring in your own bottle which makes the value in here excellent. We have brought many friends here over the years and the verdict is always WOW. We'll be back again and again.

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Marios (Terenure)
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Marios has been a regular haunt of ours for many years but I've never given them a review before and thought it was time I did. We love Marios, particularly for their pizzas which are always amazing. Great thin crispy base and delicious flavours. The place is always buzzing. The staff are great, but one in particular makes Marios extra special for us. Mags is absolutely amazing, welcoming us with a hug each time we arrive. She is so friendly and attentive, she makes everybody feel special. You can tell that even the staff love her. No other restaurant is so well visited by us as Marios, and that's testament to the food, the welcome and particularly Mags.

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Fantastic. 14 of us went here on Saturday night for a family celebration. We changed the numbers a few times during the day and actually when we arrived we had more than planned. The staff bent over backwards to facilitate us. Nothing was too much trouble. We were seated downstairs which was lovely and cosy for a large group. Everything was perfect, the waitress was wonderful, laughing and entertaining us throughout the evening. The food was fabulous, everybody raved about it. The piano player was the icing on the cake of what was a wonderful evening all round. Thanks for making it such an enjoyable event for us.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Absolutely fabulous. Everything was perfect. I had a voucher for Rolys and was prepared to pay supplements on certain menu items but we were only charged for the bottle of wine, which was a great bonus. The food was devine. I had the crab starter which was citrusy fresh and delicious. Hubby chose the duck (I think) terrine and it was to die for. My monkfish main was delicious, simple and so tasty and my husbands steak was perfect. The sides were also devine, the carrott puree was rich and full of flavour and the simple steamed broccoli and baby potatoes were perfect accompanyments. The cheese board and creme brulee desert finished the meal perfectly. I'm running out of words here. Thank you Rolys for maintaining the great standards of hospitality, great food and value. Will be back again soon, voucher or not..

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We stumbled across this place last night while looking for quick pre theatre food and we were so glad we did. Obviously we had no reservation and being a busy Christmas Saturday night out the place was buzzing but we were given a table which we were told we could have for an hour and a half which suited us perfectly. We got a lovely table for 2 by the window. Having travelled in Italy quite a lot and being a bit of a pizza afficianado I was really impressed at how authentically Italian the place was. It seemed the majority of the staff are Italian and many of the customers too. Our waiter was wonderful, very friendly and attentive. He introduced himself to us and asked our names and shook our hands, it was such a nice touch. We had a great bit of banter with him and even before we'd had the food we were well impressed. We opted for pizza only as we were in a bit of a hurry and we weren't disappointed. Hubbys ham pizza with rocket and parmesan shavings was delicious as was my anchovy and caper. Gorgeous base with a lovely balance of creamy mozzerella and toppings. We were sorry we were in such a rush as there were so many delicous options on the menu we could have feasted here for hours. We are so glad we have found this place, it is definitely on our list for a revisit over Christmas. Thanks to Sebastiano our waiter for giving us a real Italian experience right in the heart of Dublin.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went to L’Ecrivain with my husband on Thursday night this week as I had been lucky enough to snap up a Menupages offer and having heard so much about the place was really looking forward to it. I have to say, my overall experience was disappointing. First though, the positives. The staff were wonderful, from the time we arrived to when we left they were attentive, friendly and very knowledgable. The restaurant itself was lovely, with a nice ambience and very pleasant décor. Now to the negatives. The price; I can’t understand why there are supplements on basic items, like Monkfish starter +€5, Foie Gras starter +€5, Beef taster main +€8, Turbot main +€10, and Cheese board +€8. Including the service charge of 12.5% these supplements alone added a whopping €40 to our bill. The wine at €45 per bottle was also a bit on the pricey side, but I suppose you expect that in a Michelin star restaurant. The food was decidedly average. My husband loved his Foie Gras starter and his beef main but the portion size of the main course was small considering the supplement paid. Both my starter of Monkfish and my main of Turbot were disappointing. The monkfish lacked any real flavor of its own and was overshadowed by a strong metallic seaweed thingy and 2 different foams. It was also overcooked and my husband commented on the fact that I had to use a heavy sawing motion with my knife to cut through it. The Turbot was slightly better (not so overcooked) but again lacked any real flavor of its own, being overshadowed by the accompaniments. Normally we wouldn’t have desert but we weren’t full and we decided to share a cheeseboard. This was adequate but nothing to write home about. There were 3 nice cheeses, half a dozen homemade savory biscuits and grapes (not seedless which was a bit annoying) but no quince, chutney or other accompaniment, which I would have expected. We didn’t bother with tea or coffee. Our bill including “discretionary” gratuity of 12.5% came to just over €226 which we both felt was extortionate. The menupages deal helped a lot and if it wasn’t for that we would have felt totally ripped off. Maybe I’m just not rich enough to eat here, but come to think of it, even if I was - I don’t think I’d bother.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Very disappointed in this visit to the Market Bar. For years this has been one of my favourite places for casual eating in town. On Saturday last we had 4 Danish visitors and we arranged to meet here. But what a disappointment. The food has gone dowhill. The fish stew which has been one our favourites has changed totally, it used to be a creamy fishy pie but now it's soggy battered pieces of unidentified fish in a watery brown liquid. Disgusting. Nothing we ate was particularly good, including the meatballs, fidua, fish skewers... all mediocre. The bravas were probably the tastiest and I helped myself to my friends large portion to fill the gap left by not eating my own food. The atmosphere is fine for a large group and the service was fine. But for the food and the value I won't be back.

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T.P. Smiths Bar & Restaurant
9-10 Jervis Street, City Centre North, Dublin

DISGUSTING. Went here for a quick lunch with my daughter during a shopping trip in town. We had my 7 month old grandson with us so we asked for a high chair which was filthy when it arrived. We asked the waitress to clean it before we used it so she took it away and brought it back and advised us to clean it ourselves as they didn't have any disinfectant available. We used a baby wipe to clean it. That should have set the alarm bells ringing but we proceeded to order a tuna and cheese baked potato and a toasted ham, cheese and tuna sandwich. They arrived with no dressing, not a lettuce leaf, slice of tomato or dollop of coleslaw to accompany. The tuna was completely dry, the cheese was barely melted, in a word the food was "disgusting". I had to request a portion of butter and mayonaise just to make it edible. The door banged loudly every time someone came in or out and the entire experience was horrible. The staff were disinterested at best. Outside I stopped short of warning some people who were reading the menu on the window. NOT TO BE RECOMMENDED

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

I went to Bellagio on Friday night with my husband. We had a reservation so had no problem getting a table. We have been here several times in the past and the staff are always very friendly - it's always a good sign when there are native Italian staff. However we were overall disappointed with our meal. I had the pasta with prawns, courgettes in a cream sauce and a side of baked bread with mozzerela and anchovies. The bread was practically inedible, it was stodgy and there were way too may anchovies which made it far too salty to eat. The penne was cooked perfectly but there were about 5 small prawns and not much courgette so I was not impressed at all. My husband had the pizza which we seemed to enjoy. Overall it was not great, we might give it another chance but with a lot of choice in Terenure it could be a long time before we're back here.

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

We have been going to Howards way about once a week since January and we have never had a bad meal. The service is fantastic, the staff are so friendly and helpful it is a pleasure to eat there. I agree with other comments about the space but my husband is 6ft 3in and he has never complained. Just a comment about the menu - perhaps it is time for a couple of changes, just to freshen it up a bit as you can get a bit bored with the sameness. I suppose I could go elsewhere but the food is so good I keep coming back. For this quality, value and service I give it top marks, keep it up.

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