Restaurant Reviews from oc
No. of Reviews: 17
Member Since: 25 June 2009
Last Visit: 03 September 2012
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 01st October 2009 ( visited 26th September 2009 )I was wary of this place, simply because it was in the Westbury and I thought it was going to be too 'posh' and too overpriced but my friend assured me it was neither and she was so right... this place is a gem! The food is normal prices for Dublin city centre, but it is of such a high standard - i got the seabream as catch of the day - unbelieveable. so tasty and just the right amount for lunch. my mum got the shephards pie - melt in the mouth and for €11 it was huge and an absolute bargain! The coffees were delicious too, accompanied by a very fancy spoon! waiting staff were friendly and efficient, I'm just trying to think of a chance when I can go back there! Definitely one of the best eats I've had in Dublin at a good price and I will be back.
Canal Bank Cafe restaurant
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4
Reviewed 25th January 2010 ( visited 03rd December 2009 )I have been here 3 times to date and have had 2 very good experiences and one bad. In general, I find the burgers very good, the salads are tasty and filling, but the service is hit and miss and you can be overlooked a good bit during your meal. However, i do think it is excellent value and my last time there was really very positive so i would still recommend a visit. And the chicken wings are obviously amazing! Just don't be in too much of a hurry as you may get frustrated with the staff!!
The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin
This place is yet another reason to come to Ranelagh. However, although there is fish on the menu, you really need to like your meat in here as meat is the pervading theme in the restaurant! We went for the ribs to start - they were incredible. Have never had better in my life and I'm going to find it difficult to top them anywhere else. Wouldn't normally go for ribs but they were fantastic and I would highly recommend. We then shared the cote de boeuf. My God it was enormous - couldn't finish it but the waitress very kindly offered us a doggy bag and we finished it off the next evening. Meat is excellent, if a bit fatty, but this all adds to the flavour and to the authenticity of it arriving on a big chopping board. It is a bit cramped inside and it's not cheap but would definitely go back as food and staff are just great and a busy atmosphere. Next time I'll just not wear my tight jeans!!
The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin
I absolutely love this restaurant. I have been twice now - once in a group of 3, and again last week in a group of 10 for a birthday. The service is brilliant, the wine list is to die for, the food is delicious (I had the Goose Plate to start which I would advise everyone to go for and was the highlight of my meal!) and everyone around the table was delighted with their choices - no complaints at all which is rare in such a big group. My only tiny gripe would be that they don't have a fillet steak on the menu, but this is such a minor criticism it should hardly be mentioned and is only particular to me (as I love fillet steak!) It's not a cheap option, but you do get what you pay for - excellent dining and attentive staff. Will definitely be back for the next special occasion.
Riva Restaurant - Harolds Cross
53 Rathgar Avenue, South Dublin, Harolds Cross, Dublin
Myself and my friend went here as part of a city deal offer. The star ratings don't appear to be working so I would clarify that I would give Riva a 3 and a half. Staff lovely and pleasant, and the food was ok. My friend's risotto had been doused with salt so she only managed half of it, but my lasagne was very tasty and the portion was enormous (that can be a plus or minus depending on your preference!). I also had the goats cheese and walnut starter - very good, but again, huge portion! Wine was nice, food was grand, but won't be in a hurry to go back as the experience on the whole was just ok.
Nostromo Private Party Venue
25a Lower Leeson Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I met me friend for lunch here yesterday. We ordered the goats cheese crostini, which was lovely and filling, and the chicken fajitas, which were enormous but slightly cold. The salsa was basically a lump of tomato mushed a bit. The chicken and wrap came in a bowl, so i was v.confused as to how I was meant to eat it! However, if it had been warmer it would have been rather good. The coffee to finish was excellent, the staff were friendly and their homemade desserts looks yum, only I had no room after my huge main course! Would go back for another go as the menu is very appealing.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I came here with a group from work and was very excited after hearing great reviews. However, I know there was a big number of us, but the staff were not particularly attentive (people had finished 3 dishes before others even got theirs) and many of the tapas were disappointing - I found the paella to be heavy and stodgy and generally a lot of things were quite greasy and not very warm. I am a massive fan of chorizo but I must say I did not like this dish at all, but this may be just my taste. In saying this, the house red was delicious, and I love the decor - very cosy. I just feel like there are much better tapas restaurants on offer around the city.
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I was really really excited about coming to Alfies, and I came with a group of girls for a birthday. I can't say I'll be going back. Our waitress for the night was surly and rude (she completely ignored one of our cocktail orders and seemed absolutely disgusted when we pressed her for it), the food was a little bland (apart from the roast chicken which was amazing - i had serious food envy) and we weren't allowed to eat the birthday cake which we had bought for the birthday girl - instead, it was brought out, she blew out the candles and it was swiftly taken away because it 'posed a hazard'. We had to take it to the pub with us! Seriously stingy on that front - they were clearly not allowing anyone to have dessert that was not purchased in their establishment - so we were not impressed. Won't be going back in a hurry (although it was packed and the atmosphere was buzzing but i think that was more due to it being a friday night!)
The Brazen Head
20 Lower Bridge Street, City Centre South, Dublin
This place has got tourist written all over it. In saying that, if you can put up with the american accents, the pub grub on offer is really good. It's typically Irish cuisine (Bacon and cabbage, guinness stew etc) but everything is very flavoursome and staff are always friendly and smiling. A good reliable spot for lunch if you're starving as the portions are huge but a little on the pricey side, but then again, that's also probably because it's a tourist hub. Great craic in the evenings too.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
I went here yesterday with my boyfriend for the early bird (the menu is definitely on the expensive side if you are to opt for a la carte). The food was really really good, we ordered the skate and the spatchcock and chipolatas (basically a mini roast chicken and sausages), both were v.tasty. The cheapest wine on the menu was excellent too. The decor inside is really warm and cosy. We were there fairly early so the place wasn't that busy so it's hard to say whether service was great or not. I would definitely be going back here to see what it's like a bit later on in teh evening (preferably if someone else is paying so I can order a steak!)
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin
As I live in Rathmines I have been to Kafka many times and it never fails to deliver. The food is delicious and there is a wide variety from which to choose (huge burgers or healthy salads or more expensive options like duck etc, which is still not expensive for Dublin). The chicken wings are to DIE for - highly recommend these! The staff are so so friendly and v.attentive, no matter how busy it is in the restaurant. I love this place and it's so nice to be able to enjoy a good quality meal at a very affordable price.
The Waterloo Bar
36 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, D04 R6Y6, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this place is for lunch. Service is very efficient, and options are a carvery, soup and sandwiches, and a daily special (shepherds pie etc) but what impressed me what that you could ask for the hot baked ham/roast turkey and have it in a sandwich for only €5.50 - most other places would charge at least €7 for this. Portions are huge too. It's definitely one of my favourite cheap lunch options on Baggot Street!
Cafe Boulevard - Baggot St
132 Lower Baggot Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I went here for lunch at 1pm and it was packed but the staff were still really attentive and our food was out in no time - exactly what you want when you've only got an hour to spare for your lunch. The wedges are delicious, and the wraps were really filling and very tasty. I was very impressed with Boulevard and would definitely go back.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
DON'T EAT HERE! I used to ignore people who said the service was poor as i'd been there twice and it was fine. i now know it was only fine because both times it had been fairly quiet. when i went the 3rd time, the service was nothing short of horrific. we were there on time at 9pm, but we were told to stand at the bar (which was already wedged) to wait on our table - 20 minutes later we were herded to the back end of the bar as we were 'in the way'. eventually we sat down at 9.35pm. the food is good, but takes forever to come and the waitors do their utmost to ignore your gestures and shouts to get their attention. the ordeal with the wine was the worst. they actually tried to con me into paying for a 2008 cotes du rhone, when in fact i had ordered a 2003 bottle from a completely different vineyard. no way was i paying €33.50 for a 2008 wine which didn't taste great. The waitress' excuses was that, well we don't have that particular one any more, and our vintages do vary, but this one is still nice - hardly the point! she could have at least told me that when i had ordered! After waiting 20 minutes to speak to the manager who never appeared, our waitress told me we could have that 2008 bottle for the price of the house wine. we were charged €28 for it. NOT house price. but we were that fed up by the end i couldn't be bothered arguing. i can't believe they are pretending to pass off mediocre to poor wines as one of their most expensive choices. total fraud!! it also took on aveage 20 minutes to clear our plates after we finished and another 20 minutes for our next course to arrive. the whole experience was awful. never ever going back again!!!
Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I have been here 3 times to date and have had 2 very good experiences and one bad. In general, I find the burgers very good, the salads are tasty and filling, but the service is hit and miss and you can be overlooked a good bit during your meal. However, i do think it is excellent value and my last time there was really very positive so i would still recommend a visit. And the chicken wings are obviously amazing! Just don't be in too much of a hurry as you may get frustrated with the staff!!
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
I went for brunch on Saturday in Dillingers. The place was absolutely packed and there were 8 of us which meant squishing around a table, but the staff were helpful and got us extra stools with no complaints. The portions were enormous - hardly anyone who ordered the fry could finish it - they've the fattest sausages ever! but it was delicious. I had the norwegian eggs which were nice but not amazing. But that was possibly due to my hangover than anything else... I'll go for the nachos the next time I'm in - really generous portions and so so tasty. Really buzzing and affordable place, American vibe (in a good way) would love to try it out in the evening too - great atmosphere.
Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and it is such a brilliant idea for a special occasion. The service was impeccable, the portions were enormous (order the small fries, even between 2!) and the fillet mignon was just to die for. it's as good as everyone says. its obviously very expensive, but worth it for the experience. however, given the price, i was a little disappointed with the desserts, only because they weren't amazing, like the rest of the meal. wine list is also incredible. I would definitely recommend this for a celebration!
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin
I was wary of this place, simply because it was in the Westbury and I thought it was going to be too 'posh' and too overpriced but my friend assured me it was neither and she was so right... this place is a gem! The food is normal prices for Dublin city centre, but it is of such a high standard - i got the seabream as catch of the day - unbelieveable. so tasty and just the right amount for lunch. my mum got the shephards pie - melt in the mouth and for €11 it was huge and an absolute bargain! The coffees were delicious too, accompanied by a very fancy spoon! waiting staff were friendly and efficient, I'm just trying to think of a chance when I can go back there! Definitely one of the best eats I've had in Dublin at a good price and I will be back.
La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
I went here on a Friday evening with a friend of mine and availed of the early bird. It was absolutely brilliant value as the standard of the food really is very high. I got the french onion soup, which was plentiful and delicious, and then the steak. The goats cheese starter was yum and I would highly recommend the vanilla creme brulee for dessert. Portions were substantial so that we were perfectly full when we left - ideal for heading out for drinks afterwards! Only downside was the service - we were clearly forgotten about for a good 15 minutes after we'd finished our starters, and it was so busy it was virtually impossible to get anyone's attention. However this did not spoil the dinner at all as the food couldn't be faulted. Best value early bird I've had in a long time.