Restaurant Reviews from s7tibs

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Salamanca restaurant

1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Spanish

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Good
731 reviews

Reviewed 02nd November 2013 ( visited 01st November 2013 )

Lovely food though we ordered too much. Maybe could do with greater variety on the menu but everything we had was lovely. Very generous with the chorizo where some restaurants give you very little. Attentive service and very prompt. A very good night out.
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Salamanca restaurant

1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Spanish

Price Range:

Good
731 reviews

Reviewed 02nd November 2013 ( visited 01st November 2013 )

Lovely food though we ordered too much. Maybe could do with greater variety on the menu but everything we had was lovely. Very generous with the chorizo where some restaurants give you very little. Attentive service and very prompt. A very good night out.
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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Koh has a bar, dim restaurant and then an additional eating area at the back. We were at the back which meant we seemed to get forgotten by the waiters. They were very slow collecting dishes and we had to go up ourselves to pay after getting tired of waiting. The food is average thai food that is rich and I would say overpriced.

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I had previously thought it was more of a café than a restaurant but I was definitely wrong. A really nice atmosphere and even though the place was busy the servers were quick and friendly. A very clear menu with a number of options. My fiancé had the vegetarian burger which she loved. I had the steak (the only mediocre part of the evening, basically only ever order steak at a specialist steak/grill restaurant) which was only ok. The onion rings were amazing though, best I have ever had.

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Zaragoza
South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin

I went with my girlfriend as we had a voucher (4 large tapas and 2 sides for 33 euro). The restaurant is large but the service was still good and the decoration is nice so despite the number of tables it still feels roomy. My girlfriend is a vegetarian and the number of vegetarian offerings was relatively poor with most being more like sides than individual tapas. The portions are very large, I would say too large if you were wanting to try lots of things on the menu. We had the cod with apple and parmesan (amazing), monkfish and bacon skewers (bacon is too bland when compared to other restaurants that use parma or Serrano ham. They also inserted rosemary between bacon and monkfish which overpowered the whole thing), pumpkin risotto (lovely) and a vegetarian Spanish omelette (bland). The side selection was basically potato or salad so we had patatas bravas (nice) and chips (way too much salt). Overall it is a nice restaurant but I think that they could improve the quality of the food if they genuinely want to be a competitor for other tapas restaurants in Dublin. I would only return for an early bird or with another voucher. Finally, watch out for the dyson tap/handryer combo as the sinks are not steep enough meaning the air splashes residue water all over you!

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

We arrived and the restaurant was fairly empty but the staff still all seemed quite rushed and were fairly brusque. The entrance to the restaurant feels like you are going in via the backdoor but the restaurant itself is pleasantly decorated. Unfortunately in warm weather the chairs are really uncomfortable as they are a kind of plastic/faux leather. Overall the food was ok but quite bland and definitely overpriced (8.75 Euro for two small duck spring rolls). I would recommend heading here for the lunch set menu if you are out shopping in Dundrum but not worth making a trip to visit.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I went with 3 work colleagues and we all ordered from the bar menu as just wanted something quick and simple. The venue is nice with a decent buzz about the place though there is very little room between tables. Staff were pretty difficult to get hold of and I had to get up to find someone to pay the bill. The food was good quality pub grub at a much more reasonable price considering the location and decor. Between us we had chicken wings, burgers, calamari and chips which were all very tasty. Better than H Bar or Ocean in the same area.

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KC Peaches Cafe Dame St
54 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went booked due to the voucher offer of 40euro of food for 20euro. The layout is very confusing so it is unclear whether it is self-serve or waiter service and the staff were not clear on this either. Overally the staff seemed pretty confused and disordered. The food options looked tasty. I ordered the pork which was overdone and barely warm though my potatoes were undercooked. My friend ordered the seafood platter which had generous portions but was too salty. We had to find a member of staff to ask them to bring the wine we ordered as they had forgotten it. The atmosphere is pleasant but as they are obviously trying to encourage passing take away trade they left the door open...very chilly in November. Overall I would not recommend it as somewhere to go, even with the voucher deal. We were sat downstairs so maybe the upstairs section is more suitable for sit down dining.

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

Lovely food though we ordered too much. Maybe could do with greater variety on the menu but everything we had was lovely. Very generous with the chorizo where some restaurants give you very little. Attentive service and very prompt. A very good night out.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I booked on the basis of a meal voucher of a two course meal for two and two drinks for 40 euro and the central location. The restaurant is very pleasant though the layout does feel a bit like a hotel restaurant and the music choice was frankly odd for the start of the evening, being world dance music. The food was really nice and also in decent sized proportions considering that it is what I consider 'fancy' food which often comes in tiny portions. I had crab salad followed by sea bass which was excellent. We enjoyed the food so much we had dessert and were told that this would also be included in the 40 euro paid for the voucher. The chocolate fondue sponge was amazing. Staff were very friendly and helpful. A restaurant to recommend, especially if you can get a voucher deal or take advantage of their early bird menu.

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Oliver St John Gogartys
57/58 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Since moving to Dublin I had purposely avoided Temple Bar area for food on the advice of locals but thought I would give it a chance. All my worst fears were realised in this experience. The pub below had such loud music that you could feel the vibrations through the floor. Despite the restaurant not being busy the service was non-existent and diners were placed on tables extremley close to each other so it was a squeeze to get out. I had Irish Stew which was water, flavourless and made with poor quality meet. My friend enjoyed her fish and chips but the vegetables served on the side for all meals were truly horrible and overdone. I had to go and find a member of staff to request our bill (all staff were very unfriendly) and was glad to leave. Never again.

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

I booked a table at Millstone based on its central location and straight forward menu (my dining companion was a picky eater). The restaurant looks lovely inside though space it perhaps a little at a premium. The menu is simple and straight forward though it is not clear whether the early bird menu is available later at a different price. Also having live music in an eating venue (especially a small one) was not a good choice by management in my opinion. I had the salmon with a shellfish crust which was average and a little bland whilst my friend had the irish stew which she was a big fan of. Overall a good experience though, a restaurant that does what it says on the tin at a reasonable price.

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

Salamance is a really nicely laid out restaurant and, unlike many venues in Dublin, has decent sized window so you are not sat in the half darkness. We were sat by the window looking out at the church. The food was mostly gorgeous, especially the monk fish wrapped in ham, so I would happily return again just to try other things on the menu. The paella was a little bland but soon perked up when sauce from the andalucian meatballs was added. The only let down was poor service, the restaurant was not busy but it was difficult to get the attention of the staff and they were not helpful in terms of recommending food or describing portion sizes (important when having tapas as you do not want to order too much/little). We ended up not having coffee as it took so long to get the attention of staff. Maybe it would be better on a busier night.

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Cinnamon Ranelagh
87 Ranelagh, South Dublin, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

The first impression was not great as they did not seem to have a record of the booking but after that the service was quick, efficient and friendly. The decor and atmosphere is really cosy and interesting and there is plenty of room to spread out. The starters are fairly basic but tasty, I had hummus which was lovely though literally just hummus and 3 slices of bread. I had the breast of chicken as a main which was also very tasty, if a little dry. The potato dauphinoise were beautiful and my dining companion enjoyed the moroccan meatballs. The portions were on the small side though. However, note it is a wine bar and as such that is the only alcohol they sell. My request for lager was laughed off, which was slightly condescending. All in all an enjoyable experience but I think I would only go there again for a light informal meal or snacks.

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ely Winebar is a cosy intimate restaurant but unfortunately neither the food or service matched up to the decor. I had the monkfish risotto, which was oily, greasy and generally lacking in flavour, followed by the chocolate/macaroon/nougat selection which was no different to buying a box of chocloates at the local Tesco. By 10:30pm the staff had either disappeared or were tidying up around us. Generally the staff were friendly and the monkfish was nicely cooked but I wouldn't revisit the restaurant by choice. For the price and how it was marketed I expected more.

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