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Vermilion restaurant

94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Reviewed 06th January 2017 ( visited 05th January 2017 )

This is a fantastic looking restaurant, very glam, and the bathrooms are awesome. The service is simply perfect. I thoroughly recommend the mixed platter starter for 2, it gives a fantastic taste of some many of the starters. Himself loves the mains, I'm never blown away by them, but that is simply down to taste as I dont like cream in food. However I do recommend the desserts, really excellent, not the usual frozen ice cream choices, proper desserts. Overall I do recommend a visit.
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Vermilion restaurant

94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
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420 reviews

Reviewed 06th January 2017 ( visited 05th January 2017 )

This is a fantastic looking restaurant, very glam, and the bathrooms are awesome. The service is simply perfect. I thoroughly recommend the mixed platter starter for 2, it gives a fantastic taste of some many of the starters. Himself loves the mains, I'm never blown away by them, but that is simply down to taste as I dont like cream in food. However I do recommend the desserts, really excellent, not the usual frozen ice cream choices, proper desserts. Overall I do recommend a visit.
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Mr Fox
38 Parnell Square, City Centre North, Dublin

This is such a 'treat' restaurant. The food is simply fantastic. The menu is very small, and I'm limited in what meat I eat so tend to eat a lot of vegetarian. While they dont push their vegetarian menu they do have a separate vegetarian menu on request. I can honestly say I have never, ever tasted cauliflower as delicious in my life. How they can make a plate of cauliflower taste so delicious, and serve it in such a variety of ways is simply unreal. And as for their desserts - probably the best choice of amazing desserts in any restaurant. I've tried a few. They are based on older chocolate/ice creams e.g. Bounty, Brunch, Super Split. You HAVE to save room, you really wont be disappointed. I never even mentioned their snacks and starters, all great, I cant tell you how good their Devil eggs are. And as for you carnivores, himself has sampled quite a few of their dishes and declared all fantastic. My only downside is the room itself - it always seems a little cold, I think it's the tiles on the floor, not that I'm sitting there cold! I really would recommend this restaurant to everyone, it is one of those gems you have to try.

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Meghna Tandoori
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

I like this restaurant, which is the reason I frequent it quite a bit. It is decorated in authentic Indian style, which I love. The service is friendly, especially if you are regulars! At this stage we have tried most of the menu and there is nothing we ever had a problem with. What I particularly love is so few of their dishes have cream in them - I find cream in meals very filling - but there are some for those of you who enjoy. For anyone with walking difficulties there are stairs leading up to the restaurant and there isnt a lift so be mindful. This is a restaurant I would highly recommend.

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Patrick Guilbaud
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

First time for me and I expected to be wowed. The service is simply excellent, without being intrusive. From welcome at entrance, to service in waiting bar area, and restaurant itself, it was simply flawless. We arrived for lunch and had a wonderfully relaxed afternoon being pampered in a chilled but professional atmosphere. Now for the food. The amuse bouche was a delicious mouthful of, well deliciousness. Tiny cubes of corned beef, carrot and what I think was a type of frothy creme fraiche - what a delight. My soup described as lentil with smoky bacon, was a fabulously light, delightfully tasty....mushroom soup - well that's what it tasted to me, and I loved it. There were two small ravioli in the bowl, with a filling I simply failed to recognise, I didnt get any taste of lentil or smokey bacon, not that I am complaining. His tuna tartar, was...interesting, in my opinion it was over pickled, meaning there was no taste of the fish whatsoever. Again I'm not saying it wasnt tasty, it just didnt taste of tuna. We both went for the Halibut - these plates were simply excellent - the fish was cooked to perfection, the butter sauce was plate licking good (no I didnt...but you know what I mean) the accompanying carrott puree was divine. The whole plate worked very, very well. The accompanying mash potatoe, while incredible creamy, had just a little too much butter for me, but hey not that we didnt finish it off. Unfortunately we both love chocolate fondant as dessert and neither would yield and choose anything but, so two fondants were delivered. These were the most disappointing part of the meal, very bitter, the additional coco powder covering the top was OTT for both of us, and very little ozzing chocolate, which for me is the definition of a good fondant. The accompanying stout ice-cream, not to my taste on paper, was delightful. Overall we did have a super afternoon, but for these prices, well I'd expect excellence.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

This is a fantastic looking restaurant, very glam, and the bathrooms are awesome. The service is simply perfect. I thoroughly recommend the mixed platter starter for 2, it gives a fantastic taste of some many of the starters. Himself loves the mains, I'm never blown away by them, but that is simply down to taste as I dont like cream in food. However I do recommend the desserts, really excellent, not the usual frozen ice cream choices, proper desserts. Overall I do recommend a visit.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Don't let the narrow entrance put you off this restaurant, once you enter you are in restaurant Heaven. The restaurant itself is beautifully fitted out, but the highlights, the food and service, are second to none in Dublin. Starters of slow cooked pig, and house salad - with the most delicious creamy goats cheese - were declared Heavenly. Mains of steak and venison also declared amazing dishes and fab tasting meat. I had the Salmon - the usual fresh fish was unavailable due to the weather - however I wasn't keen on the accompanying broth, but loved the sound of the parsnip puree - this was overheard by our waiter Padraig and chef duly served me a delicious plate which I cleared completely. On to desserts, the only disappointing dish of the night, the Chocolate mousse, was a little grainy, but the poached pear made up for it. I don't like poached pears but this dish just wowed the taste buds. The Amaretto cream worked so very well, a lovely plate of food. I love the idea of ordering the cheese board by individual cheeses and paying for each. It means you get to choose the exact cheeses you want. The service was friendly, professional and excellent, without in anyway being intrusive on our night. A thoroughly enjoyable evening, certainly looking forward to visiting again. If I had to nit-pick....well I just don't like slate plates, in any restaurant, next time we'll know to ask for 'real' plates!!

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate upstairs with a group of 20+ and the service was excellent. Leek and potatoe soup was very wholesome and tasty, as were the kidneys. My hake looked small enough but there was plenty in it especially as it sat on top of crushed potatoes. Mates had ordered the steaks - well it is a steak house and all declared very good meat. My double chocolate cake was a bit, well, underwhelming and bordering on not very tasty, where as the baked cheesecake, (I don't like baked cheesecakes as a rule), rates as the best baked cheesecake I have ever tasted. With such a big group I was very surprised at how good the service was. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Downstairs Restaurant
Gilbert & Wright, Hollybrook Park, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Our first visit and a terrific overall experience. The service was excellent, pleasant, professional without being OTT in your face. My starter of goats cheese was very filling, I particularly loved the honey pecans and pumpkin, my partners smoked haddock was a little on the small side and he thought lacked taste. Mains - my hake was delicious, it looked small on first glance but the plate was perfect. beef and duck were deemed excellent, the fish pie was thought to lack much taste. However we all finished our plates. We finished the meal with the cheese board, which was just a little on the small side re the cheeses, everything else on the board was fine. But my lemon mouse, OMG, this is an amazing dessert and an absolute must. Overall we enjoyed our meal and would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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The Table - Portobello
2 Portobello Rd, Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

Excellent service, excellent food and a great looking restaurant. Ok we picked a fab late summers evening to eat here so it was looking at it's best, overlooking the canal, with the balmy air of the evening surrounding us and in the very comfortable surroundings of this classy restaurant it would have been a sin if the food let it down - and boy did it live up to the evening. I really was impressed with my starter of spicy prawn, the prawns were so fresh I was almost wishing they hadn't any dressing, my partners squid was equally as fresh tasting - however both lacked seasoning, easily sorted by seasoning ourselves. Our mains of hake and lamb were deemed excellent. My hake in particular was a delightful plate, the broth was incredibly delicious and I enjoyed every single mouthful. We finished our meal by sharing a Chocolate fondant - don't be put off by it looking small, there is plenty of eating in this. There was a line of what looked like grated chocolate on the place, but played with your tongue (and caused me to leave a very clean plate!!) Tastes of chocolate for sure but also nut, and perhaps caramel, but so light. This restaurant serves food the way it should be served, not designed into cubes or blobs where you have to guess what you are eating, but recognisable food, and you leave feeling you have been well feed, with excellent product. A mention to our excellent waiter, we recognised him from a previous restaurant he worked in, we ordered a Cote du Rhone but he politely suggested another one which we loved. Overall the service was excellent. This was our first visit and we will definitely be returning.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

First time back in about a year, and am delighted to say the food has really improved, not that it was every bad, just bland. We shared the mixed starter it included 2 fab marinated king prawns, chicken, beef, samosa and the only bland item the Onion Bhaji. We were both blown away by the tastes overall. I ordered 2 vegetable sides, the spicy potatoes and Chana Masala both excellent, no complaints there. My friend had the Biryani, it was just a little too dry, could have done with extra sauce - which is usual with this dish. However we did enjoy our food, the service was excellent and I wont be leaving it as long to return.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I just dont understand why this restaurant isnt packed to the rafters every night. I brought my friend who hasnt been in years and we had such a fantastic night. Not one complaint about the food in fact the complete opposite, all fantastic food - I particularily recommend the fish dishes - the hake and sole were so fresh, we went very fishy on the night. But please leave room for the Chocolate Fountain, OMG amazing. My friend had the Fancier and said she was also amazed by it. The staff add add to the pleasure of this dining experience - they are just perfect. Perfectly attentive without being in-your-face. This restaurant is a 10 out of 10 and a MUST visit.

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El Toro Bravo
27 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin

I love the tapas eating experience and El TB is the perfect restaurant to sample this. I brought my parents as they live local and hadnt eaten tapas before, or indeed much Spanish food. I ordered 8 different plates to give a good sample of the food. Overall most were very tasty and my parents really did enjoy themselves, to my surprise. Of particular mention are the lamb 'stew' and croquettas delicious. The baked potatoe was the only damp squid...but the squid itself and in particular the accompanying sauce was very tasty. My only complaint was that 3 of the dishes I wanted to try werent available - and this happened the last time I was there. I've marked down the atmosphere as it was cold, we sat upstairs. Overall however it was enjoyable and absolutely no complaints about the very friendly and efficient service.

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Montys of Rathgar
88 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin

Enjoyable and would recommend this restaurant. First of note is that the service is very good, friendly without being intrusive. We shared the squid starter but we were both a little disappointed in it's lack of flavour - the description would lead you to think much more flavoursome. The mains were better we ordered the first chicken dish on their menu with sides of Chana Masala, the lentil side dish, rice and a rotti.The chicken dish was so tasty, as were the veggies dishes. We actually took some of the Masala home as we were too full to finish. My only gripe, from previous visits, is that it is just a little dark in the resaurant, luckily this time, we were seated at the window.Overall an enjoyable experience and recommended.

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Sure Bar @ Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Golden Lane, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here today - sat on the outdoor small balcony with the sun shining on us so we didnt mind the wait (which was slow!!). Food was fine, open Tuna on brown for me and chichen sanwich. It's hotel prices so not a cheap lunch.

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MacNean House & Restaurant
Main Street, Blacklion, Cavan

Believe the hype it's all true. I went down expecting to be underwhelmed but it was absolutely amazing. Nevin greeted all diners in the bar waiting area before our meal and was so friendly, which started our evening of on a high. However the food is the high- light of this night – nothing will prepare you for it, and as the menu changes frequently it’s fantastic to think we can go again and expect even more surprises. The food is just magical, even though the quantities on each plate are small you will not leave hungry, because of the various courses. Everything hits your taste buds, the textures and tastes just wow, and our party of 6 were incredible impressed. The waiter service was impeccable - in a friendly way. Yes it’s pricey but we all agreed it was worth every cent. We enjoyed the whole experience and because we stayed overnight had the joys of breakfast here also – oh I’m salivating just remembering it.

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El Toro Bravo
27 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin

Only recently opened so our first time to try it. Really pleasant waiting staff and it serves real Spanish Tapas (unlike some who declare they do but dont). I love tapas because you get to eat small plates of various meals, without having to order a big dinner plate, which means you try food you wouldnt normally. We started with 3 including calamari, a salad and the best a dis of prawns with avacado. I was surprised we both thought the prawn dish was the best of these because it looked quite ordinary but it was delicious. Our next plates of potatoe bravas, a chicken dish (the most disappointing as it wasnt very tasty) and spanish meatballs, oh and we we tried the tortilla as well, all great and very Spanish! I was stuffed but my partner tried the traditional almond pie/cake and declared it very authentic. I reckon this will be a terrific venue for a great night out with friends and we will certainly be back.

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

The bar area is lovely, with a piano player adding to a great atmosphere so initial impressions are great. The service is very attentive; my only gripe is that I prefer to have drunk some of my wine before a refill is required – a little too fast on the refilling for me. However the main reason for paying these food prices, is to eat really excellent tasty food and unfortunately we didn’t. The star starter was the quail described by my companions as excellent. The crab cannelloni was ok but boy was it small, and I honestly had to search for my squid – I thought they had forgotten to place some on the place, but it was there, in tiny strings, and I cannot understand how chef made it so tasteless but tasteless it was. The mains were similar, succulent pig was declared delicious, but we all tried the Skate and again wondered at how a chef can make a fish completely flavourless? The accompanying ‘sauces’ and foam didn’t add too much to a very disappointing dish. On to desserts, the lemon and lime dessert got full marks from us, but the chocolate plate was almost insipid. Although I initially thought the portion were small I wasn’t hungry leaving – can’t say I was stuffed either. Overall, for the prices charged, the food experience left all four of us disappointed and not in a hurry back. I will say the attention to detail on presentation is superb however I’d prefer taste over presentation anytime! I now remember why it’s been so long since I was there. Really not good value at all!

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The Lovely Food Co
14 Terenure Road West, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Went for a quick bite and ordered mains only as we were pushed for time. This is a lovely looking restaurant, very tastefully furnished, it's quite small. We ordered the goats cheese parcel and salmon dishes. Our big gripe was how small the portions were, ok they were a step up from starter size but not quite a main dish – I’d recommend ordering sides. My goats cheese parcel was fine, the pastry was light, as it should be, however I thought the filling needed a bit more ‘mixing’. I ate either the cheese or the roasted peppers, but never got both at the same time. The pan-fried salmon was a little more disappointing, perfectly cooked but tasteless – as was the hollandaise sauce on the asparagus. This dish was accompanied by a crab and potatoe type pattie, however neither of us could get any crab taste whatsoever. On the plus side the waiting staff were very good. The restaurant has potential but the food needs to get more flavoursome please..

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Di Bella Cafe
Hogans Place, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for lunch and didnt leave feeling very full! We ordered the chicken special, stuffed with cheese/sundried tomatoes and it was really, really tasty, However it was a bit on the small side. It looked quite lonely on the plate to be honest. My corned beef sandwich tasted fab, but again rather on the small side and the accompanying skinny chips, although plentiful, just werent tasty at all. The restaurant is clean, rather sterile looking and unfortunately the day we were there it was cold, and the restaurant just didnt heat up. The service wasnt great, we had to ask for menus, actually we got them ourselves, we had to ask to order, and at the end we had to find the waitress in order to pay. Although most of what we got was good tasty food, I really thought it was overpriced for lunch.

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went with a party of 8 and availed of the early bird which is fantastic value! My French Onion soup was very tasty, the tomatoe and basil soup however was even tastier. I tasted the Risotto, which was ok, not as light as I like, a bit 'gloopier' than my preference. Mains of fish of the day - Plaice - presented well but lacked any particular fish taste, which was a little disappointing, but the accompanying mash was surprisingly delicious. The steaks were all said to be perfect. Now the best of all the desserts - Rhubarb fool, OMG this was so fantastic, too delicious for words. The brownie liked up to expectations as did the cheesecake (lemon). I would revisit for the desserts alone. The service was almost faultless as they managed to bring all meals to the table at the same time, my only complaint was the need to ask for water refills constantly. House wines were good value too and the choice very acceptable. Enjoyed our night and I will return.

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Fafies
2 Lower Kevin, South Circular, Dublin

You will not taste buckwheat crepes as good as these anywhere! The choices are fantastic,cheeses, meats, vegetables - every crepe is made to order, so deliciously fresh. I went for lunch and had a fab emental, sundried tomatoe and a fried egg right in the centre. I've also been for breakfast, where the breakfast menu differs to lunch and is as delicious. It's a really small restaurant and the seats are tightly packed together so dont expect much privacy but the crepes make up for it.

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Suesey Street
26 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

What a fab looking restaurant, shame the food and service didnt live up to the setting. We sat at the bar waiting for our companions to arrive, and listening to the live jazz group - dont be put off it isnt intrusive, almost back-ground and a great touch. But the service started badly here and continued for the rest of the evening, we were over 10 minutes waiting to order a drink! Our table was in a small alcove, great for us four but perhaps this was the excuse for the resulting bad service!! After our first bottle of wine we had to ask for the wine list on FOUR separate occasions before we got it, our water was never refilled without us having to repeatedly ask, and our sides didnt arrive until we were almost finished the mains! The food on the other hand was fine, not brilliant, just fine. Interestingly we all commented that all our starters lacked any seasoning, the scallops, prawn and duck. Similar with the poached egg starter - however this stole the award for best starter. Worst was the duck as it lacked any particular taste! Mains of cod and duck were fine the Risotto the best of all,. Disappointingly my partner found the fillet very tough and didnt enjoy it.We did share 2 desserts - but I cant remember them, obviously forgettable! Overall we wont be rushing back, it was just ordinary food at not so ordinary prices with disappointing service.

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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

For these prices this need to be excellent food with impeccable service - it wasnt! The starters were fantastic Sweetcorn Veloute the surprising highlight, such a velvety taste, the lobster Ravioli and particularly the Beetroot salad delicious with impecible presentation. However the service, although very friendly without being intrusive, was lacking from the off, as we had difficulty getting attention to order own wine. The worst was bringing 2 of our meals approx 5 mins (I timed it!) before the other 2 plus the accompanying sides - a major faux pas in a restaurant of this standard. Three of the main meals were cold, tepid lets say - the Risotto, one of the 1st to arrive was perfect in temperature and taste, but the Prawn/pork, Halibut and Rabbit were all cold, Again presentation was faultless, and the garnishes worked fantastically. Side orders are a MUST as the portions are very small. One other thing the Prawn dish - advertised as Prawns, is in fact a Pork dish topped with 4 small prawns, so why not advertise it as such, luckily I'd asked the helpful waitress to explain the dish as I wouldnt have liked it but my companion did enjoy. The sides, Broccoli in wind, didnt work and we all tasted and left it, the two potatoes were delicious. Desserts, chocolate fondant, fabulous but seriously small, so small that 4 couldnt have a taste, two mouthfuls and it was finished, the Raspberry tarte similar in size was said to be delicious. The wines a Syrah and a Chianti at €38 and €34 respectively, were very ordinary - and these were among the cheaper bottles on the menu! If you are going to charge these prices for wine try offering less insipid choices please. The venue itself is in a fab location overlooking the canal, we dined upstairs but the room was cold and most diners sat with their jackets on. Overall it was a reasonable experience but for these prices there were too many issues for me to consider returning.

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Da Vincenzo
133 Upper Leeson Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

First visit in quite a few years and it hasnt changed. The watier service is without fault. Sarters of meatballs and Caprese salad were very good. Mains, my seabass was delicious - the waiter apologised for it being grilled rather than baked but it was fab. Mypartners pizza wasnt so good, it looked good with a thin base which we prefer, but I had to agree with him, it was tastless. I think the base needed some herb - oregano maybe, and seasoning was also lacking. Desserts were 50/50 - very disappointing Tiramisu, I suspect bought in, so find a better supplier I'd suggest!! The apple pie however was much tastier, with lots of apple, the way we both like it. Overall a pleasant experience.

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La Cala
12 Ellis Quay, Smithfield, Dublin 7, City Centre North, Dublin

First timers here and we got it all, the good the bad and the ugly. Good - no complaints about the table waiter service, friendly, informative and unobtrusive. We chose to eat Tapas style so a few different plates for sharing. They were delivered on an ongoing basis, which worked perfectly. The lamb chops and patatas bravas were delicious, and no complaints about the Calamaris or the side salad we'd ordered. The bad, the meatballs - maybe it was just our taste as we do cook traditional Albondigas ourselves, and always order them out - but there was some taste in these that was not to our liking so we left them. The ugly - Tortillas de Patatas, this is a Spanish dish that no Spanish cook should get wrong, this was awful. It as rubbery and we couldnt eat it. Not sure, but neither of us thought it could have been home made. The worst for me were the toilets, there is just no excuse for no toilet paper in a toilet that needed a serious cleaning at 8pm on a Saturday evening when there were only 3 tables occupied. That type of service is unacceptable. I did advise the waitress. Overall too many badies for us to be going back I'm afraid.

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Pips Place
1 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

First time, party of three - we wont be back. The prawn start was fiery and very tasty. The Bruschetta was ok. The mains let the restaurant down. The fish was baked perfectly but really small, luckily it's accompanied by sweet potatoes fries which were FAB. The pizza was quite small, which meant I had to share my fries, but it was also anaemic looking, and tasteless - very disappointing. The burger was ok, the bun is HUGE, the accompanying fries saved the day again. Desserts were ok - the chocolate brownie not to my liking as I prefer some nuts and a bit more chocolate please. For what you get, it's rather pricey, so not worth it in my opinion.

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Nyonya Malaysian Restaurant
76 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

First visit and we had a voucher which made it very inexpensive - but I will go back. Not the type of restaurant for a romantic meal, it's rather dark and a bit dingy looking inside - and they need to change the entrance door and window which gives the impression of a fast food restaurant, which it definitely isnt. Satay chicken starter was fab, the sauce was delicious, cant remember 2nd starter as the satay stole the show. Mains were very tasty and big portions too. The beef Goreng was so good I almost didnt want to share. The 2nd dish was a pleasantly fiery chicken curry, which my partner preferred. Service was pleasant. Overall not a bad experience with some really good food.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

First impressions of the restaurant as an Indian restaurant arent great - it's very 'bright', and gives more of an impression of a fast food restaurant rather than a sit-down Indian restaurant. Straters were disapointing the fish cakes were not tasty, hard, and small. The Prawn peri peri, although better, lacked taste. Mains were better Chana Masala a hit with both of us, the Chicken Achari was ok but lacked any particular flavour. Overall the food was hit and miss. The service was very friendly and attentive without being 'in your face'. We had a Boards deal so it was excellent value - but I wont be rushing back. One other thing, although it wasnt turned on, they have a TV in the centre of the main wall - TV's + restaurant is just a HUGE NO for me!

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Konkan Indian Restaurant Clanbrassil Street
46 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Near Harolds Cross Bridge, Portobello, Dublin

First time for us and enjoyed the food. It's quite a small restaurant. My starter was fab first time I've had cream in a prawn puri but it worked. My partner had the mixed veg startere which he liked but I wasnt fond of it, the baji was too doughy for me and the pakora too herbie. I loved the Chicken Chettinad it was so tasty, I loved the sauce but the sides of Chana Masala and Saag Aloo were almost tasteless - very unusual for Indian food. Service was very good, and I can see myself ordering take-away in future, but I wont be keen on going back as the constant ringing of the loud phone (for those take-away orders) was very intrusive.

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

Went for late lunch with 7 work colleagures. Excellent value 2 course lunch for €12+ or 3 for €15+. Starters of smokies and Caesar salad were absolutely fab, soup of hte day potatoe & leek was fine but not very tasty and required lots of sesaoning. The soda bread served with was delicious and jsut out of hte oven My main of chicken breast and risotto could not be faulted, delicious as was the special fish pie. The only disappointment was the fries - described as hand cut, but that was not what was served up. Tried the brownie to finish off the fab meal, it was ok, But that could be a preference taste, for me this brownie was a little too dry and hard - I prefer it moist, more 'chocolatie' tasting and a few nuts please. The service was really excellent and we had a very pleasurable experience overall. We finished off our early evening with a few cocktails in the fab cocktail bar. They are really good, and from 5 - 7 they are €5 - and they do put alcohol in them!!! One slight complaint in the restaurant, the airconditioning was quite blowy and cold - but everything else lead to a really enjoyable late afternoon treat.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Fantastic cocktails, brilliant service, shame about the food. 10 girls, 6 did the €50 cocktail lesson plus dinner. This is great fun, and the barmen are friendly and pleasantly charming - the cocktails were also fab. On to the meal, a €30 set menu for those not on the 'cocktail' offer. Starter was a mixed platter for all, which is a brilliant idea as the choices from prawn, veg spring roll to ribs suits all tastes, however, there was nothing home made on this platter. All 10 of us agreed it had the look and taste of frozen food, nothing worth trying again . The mains were much better. Chichen cashew nut being the hit. I'd asked for my beef hot chilli to be a 2 chilli rather than 3 - eh I think chef left my chillies out altogether, I tasted mates 1 chilli meal and that had a good kick to it - shame about mine. The dessert choices offered a glass of Proscecco which most of us choose, lucky for us as the Banoffi really wasnt pleasant - again we all doubted any chance this was homemade. What a shame, it was my 1st time here and I was hoping it would be a new venue I could visit again. The staff throughout the night were very friendly and helpful, but the food just let the whole night down, Apparently it attracks a lot of hens/stag parties and I wonder was the food geared to folk they dont expect a revisit from?. I'll drop in for a cocktail but I wouldnt go back for their food!!

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Manifesto
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Great food and a great night out. Four of us had an enjoyable dinner here. Starters all got the thumbs up, Bruschetta, Caprese the only complaint was the sauce on the tiger prawns - a bit overpowering for all our tastes. I can highly recommend the gluten free Pizza - what a joy to be able to get gluten free!! The Lobster pasta comes with half the shell - but dont be put off as the flesh has been removed and is a pleasure to eat, most enjoyable, as was the steak. Again we had one disappointment, the Pasta from Gragnano, none of us liked it, again maybe just not to our tastes, We shared 2 desserts, Tiramasu - loved it - the Pannacotta also went down well. They have a fab dessert wine choice, by the glass, which we sampled and enjoyed. The entertainment - dancing, pizza throwing chef was just fantastic. Most enjoyable evening and we will definitely be back.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had this booked with a party for a late lunch. The bulk of us went for mains only, saving room for dessert. All 6 plates near me were such small portions, and both males and females commented on this. Pastas, the Lasagne and other pasta dish were so small, my partner actually asked our friend had he ordered a starter by accident, he hadnt!! Luckily the large Pizzas had been ordered. These look big but they are extremely thin based and not a lot of toppings, rather a few toppings scattered sporadically, rather disappointing and not very filling. I had choosen one of the salads, a reasonable amount of chicken by my avocado was almost out of date, the brown dots throughout it were obvious and any chef should have spotted that, the plate consisted of way too much padding of lettuce leaves and not enough substance for my taste. Service was slow, 45mins between ordering and meals arriving, not acceptable in my opinion - however my partner ordered before the table and asked for his to be delivered immediately as he was very hungry, and that did happen in a timely manner. It's my second visit to this Milanos and my last. Most disappointing.

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Village Cafe
Rathmines, Rathmines, Dublin

Dreadful service with average food, they really need to decide if they are a cafe or a restaurant. My first visit here last year was great, my next wasnt so good but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and we went again last Saturday night. 20 minutes waiting for the waiter to take our drinks order didnt augur well for the rest of the evening – and it just got worse. The 2 waiters spent most of their time serving the outdoor area leaving those of us inside to almost fend for ourselves. The service was really bad resulting in our food arriving overcooked – obviously cooking/reheating under hot plates while waiting for service. As we were seated near the kitchen we could hear the chef feverishly hit the constantly unanswered bell, so we weren’t surprised by the overcooked food. Starters were the best of the lot – the fish cakes were great really tasty and I loved the garlic mayonnaise, my garlic and chilli prawns were ok with no taste of chilli whatsoever. Our mains of sea bass, so overcooked it was completely tasteless and risotto, survived the wait a little better but was ‘gloopy’. We were so disappointed at the whole experience we didnt order desserts. Even trying to pay the bill became a chore, and we emptied our pockets of cash leaving a smaller than usual tip – but really I didn’t feel bad about that considering. I also didnt appreciate the door being opened, apart from the draft the smoke from the outside area wafted in, in fairness it was closed when we asked. Needless to say we really wont be back.

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The Sussex
9 Sussex Terrace, Upper Leeson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This was as much a hit as a miss. As you enter first impressions are good, yes it's above a pub but it looks great. Starters, the mushrooms in blue cheese was the best of a bad lot, the root vegetable soup was so disappointing and tasted of nothing but cumin, cumin and more cumin. The duck terrine was tastless, and completely lacked seasoning. Dinners were similar, no complaints about the roasted cod but the pork belly, although tasty, was extremely small. The beef and Guinness pie was ok - if handed up in a pub but this is a restaurnat. The meat was tough, it lacked any taste of it being an oven meal - it also lacked in overall taste. The heaped salad leaves served with the pie were an unusual choice for this dish, and didnt work. The fact one of us asked to swap the leaves for potatoes but that request was ignored was a bit annoying. An extra portion of Gratin potatoes was embarrassingly small, but their chips were good. Desserts, well we sent the bread and butter pudding straight back it was really awful. The berry crumble and lemon posset were lovely. The ambience was ruined by the really loud music, the type you'd expect in a busy pub. By dinner we'd asked for it to be lowered or changed, it was lowered, briefly. They really need to figure out if they want to be a good restaurant or provide good pub food - at the moment they are neither. We wont be rushing back...

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Solas (Wexford St)
31 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin

There were 10 of us and the snow was pelting down outside when we went for our late lunch. We'd pre booked so were able to avail of the lunch special of starter/main or main/dessert for 12.50. It was excellent value and there were no complainst about any dish. In fact I was very pleasantly surprised by the standard of the mains. I ordered the special, beef/chilli& basil stir fry. It was so fresh and full of taste I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a taste of my mates satay chicken which was of the same standard. Desserts were a little flat, jsut not too tasty and my black forest was a bit too dry for me. Service was excellent and I will return for luch or late lunch!! My only complaint is that the tables are sized more for drinking than eating. but overall a great experience.

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Louies Bistro
20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Seven of us availed of the Eirly Brid menu and none of us were disappointed. Starters, mine the goats cheese, small but so tasty I love the nutty dressing and mates chowder was the talk of the table, full of good chunks of various fish. Mains - I had the cod & home made chips (unlike previous report ours were homemade) The waiter had kindly informed me it wasnt a huge serving, when I was hedging between fish or chicken. It was plenty for me and the home made tartar sauce was delicious. The chicken dish was more homely but mey mates al enjoyed it, the pasta of the day although tasty had a complaint of a little too much oil (but the description did mention oil so....) and the steak (which looked on the small side to me) was declared delicious. Desserts next, mine the chocolate tart was divine, nothing more needs to be said! Out of carrot cake the lemon drizzle cake was chosen by 4 all enjoyed it a coule said a little dry. The 2 gents who served were great waiters, informative without being pushy, and very pleasant. We all enjoyed and will return.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

50% great and 50% not so great is my opinion, and wouldnt encourage me to go back . We had to ask for menus 3 times after being seated, which didnt bode well, however the starters were to die for. The Berlotti Bean soup was divine - no other words needed. Our 2 salads - beetroot/orange - were fresh and bursting with various tastes that all worked. The salmon was also tasty but on the small side. That's the good news. The mains were different. My husband chose the Mackerel (fish in the bag) but the consensus at our table of 4 was that there was no fish taste whatsover - it was taken over by a sweet tasting marinade that we couldnt quite tie down to sugar/honey...whatever it didnt work. I've a wheat intolerance so when ordering the burger I asked for some salad of any kind to replace the bun. My plate arrived with my burger, perfectly tasty (if a bit on the small side) 4 (FOUR) polenta chips in a small serving dish, and a 3rd empty plate - presumably for the bun, but devoid of any salad. A very sad lonely looking plate that should never have left any kitchen. The steaks on the stone were fine, however the garnishes were unbelievably small. A half teaspoon of a garnish borders on insulting. The desserts, the chocolate pot (menu says no sugar used) was bland, me thinks it need some...sugar?? The lemon curd type dessert received mixed approval but the berry and cream long glass dessert was fab. The waiter was rushed off his feet and having waited 15mins to order our 3rd bottle of wine my husband left the table and ordered directly from the maitre de. He provided the wine and asked how had we enjoyed ourselves - we told the truth and received a 'Right so' comment. For the prices here I really would expect the mains to deliver what they said on the menu - they didnt - and overall the service wasnt good.I'd also recommend the area downstairs (but not near the toilets, the other side) I thought it was cosier than upstairs and a bit more atmosphere too.

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Green Nineteen
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Went after work and it's well worth a visit. It didnt start well as the waiter advised we could have the table for an hour and a half only, I dont like being told when I have to leave - but we hadnt intended staying longer so this time it didnt matter. The tables are a bit cramped and the menu limited but what they do they do well. Went straight for mains my partners chicken was a delicious plate of food, succlent chicken on a plate of perfect mash with cubed veggies in a fab sauce - just a fab plate of food. My burger was great and the home made chips good (would have been better if they were a little fatter!) The disappointment was the side salad for €3.50, which consisted of a rather small bowl of leaves - full stop, oh yeah they were dressed!! Also disappointing was the brownie - looks fab but lacked taste. However overall a good experience and great value.

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The Streat Cafe
The Square Shopping Centre, Tallaght, Dublin

Well worth a visit, I lunch here occassionally. The food is very fresh as there is always a big turnover in customers. Had the Thai chicken soup last Sat, it was fab, a meal in itself and served with brown bread. My partner had the baked potatoe (lots of filling choices) with tuna and spring onion - I tasted the potatoe and agreed it was megga fluffy, really tasty. Carrott cake to finish was a little disappointing as it had that slighly stale exterior, as if it had been sitting out too long, which has happened here before so think we'll give that a miss in future, but this wont put us off going back. They also have fab salads which I've tried on previous visits, and the usual variety of sandwiches and paninis made to order.

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

First time to visit, we went after work on Friday and was surprised to see no early birds offered. That said we did enjoy the evening - the staff are extremely polite and the restaurant itself is surprisingly spacious, the decor in keeping with Chinese/Thai and is spotless. We choose our starters and mains from the Chinese options. The mixed platter for 2 was tasty ad plentiful, my favourite was the tiny fried chicken chili strips, yummy. Our main meals, a special curry chicken, was much more satay in taste than curry - which was disappointing for me as I'm not a lover of satay but tasty none the less. The chili chicken was much tastier. The boiled rice was very gloopy - stuck together if you know what I mean. But overall we did enjoy the food and the waiting staff do make it a very pleasant experience.

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

First visit and I'll definitely be back. Four of us went last night and had a really fantastic meal. Three of us availed of the special 3 course for €25 which is value that can not be beaten. The fourth went for the a la Carte menu - which is pricey at €30 for fillet steak. Starters, soup and chicken terrine were first class, the salad was a little over 'leafy' with very little else but the leaves were dressed and the squid a little over powered by cheese but all eaten Dinners rabbit, duck and fish from the set menu - all very tasty, if you want very fishy fish this is the wrong dish for you just perfect for me. My husbands steak was 'cooked to perfection'. Desserts of chocolate - where we licked the bowls clean - pannecotta and a cheese board all delicious. My only complaint is that the plates, in the set menu, are small - had I realised how small I'd have ordered some sides - I'll know for next time. The decor in the main restaurant was fabulously decadent - all pinky orange, chandeliers and mirrors, we walked through and were seated in the back area - more muted in it's decor but no complaints, I'll know next time to order a table in the main restaurant. One small complaint was that the poor waiter was run off his feet - now he did very well and was extremely pleasant but it was difficult at times to get his attention. Overall a really great night out and fab experience.

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Hungry Bear
U9 Tuansgate Development, Belgard Square, Tallaght, Dublin

I frequently have lunch here. The food is soooo fresh. The choice of bread for the sambos is fab - you really ahve to try the fresh brown/white batch bread. The choice of fillings are almost limitless. There's a great choice of favourites available of the 'make your own'. These are REAL sandwiches!! The only other thing I've tried is the homemade soups - also highly recommended. This is the best place in this area for a light lunch. Watch out though it's not open on Sat or Sun.

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

Food is great and they seem to do a great takeaway - as that was very busy. It's not the most 'fancy' of restaurants very basic, well actually a little shabby. They dont appear to have an alcohol licence because you are encouraged to bring your own booze. There's an off-licence directly across the road, so there is no problem with getting a cold beer or wine. Overall it was a reasonable night but not for a romantic meal or a special occassion. Not sure about going back but I definitely will avail of their take-away service.

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Camden Kitchen
3A Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

First time for us but mates had been before so went on their recommendation. It's very 'tight' seating, so not for a romantic meal. We had a good table upstairs, but it was impossible not to be almost part of others conversations. That said, the restaurant has that 'buzzing' air and the decor suits it. I started with a cocktail, reasonably priced. Our starters were great, no complaints. Dinner, my fish was really fab. My 3 companions all ordered the Chicken (because it was so tasty the previous time one had tried it) all 3 were disappointed saying it ws tasteless and dry. Desserts were ordered and my cholocate fondant looked a bit flat to me, and was covered in icing sugar, I cut into it expecting my hot chocolate sauce but there was nothing. I was so disappointed, but didnt say anything until I saw a fondant arrive at a neighbouring table. It had height and much, much sauce!! Then I complained. The waitress said she had noticed when delivering it to me, went into the kitchen and returned saying the chef had also noticed - eh you couldnt miss it, it had obviously exploded in cooking - and I wouldnt be charged for it. But I would have been had I not complained - that's just not good enough when u are paying those type of prices and it did sour our evening. We wont be rushing back.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

I was really pleaseantly surprised by the fab interior and food, so dont be put off by the 'shop like' exterior. We visited for the first time last night and we will be back. Make sure to have a look upstairs, it's the perfect setting for a loved up couple or family/friends meal. I love the overall decor, all dark browns and wood - straight lines and spotless. The food was so tasty. Our starters of Satay Chicken and duck spring rolls were accompanied by a couple of delicious dips. Great praise from my partner saying they were the best spring rolls ever. Mains of chicken noodles spicy, and boy were they spicy, but not OTT, and had a really interesting overall taste I find hard to describe. My sweet and sour chicken, I know this sounds strange but it had such a fab taste of sweet and then sour at the same time, we devoured both. The menu is great, really varied and we will be back. It's not a cheap eatery but the quality is good and the service was flawless.

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a jewel among restaurants. From decor, to impecable waiter service, interesting food, surprise sorbet, and the most fantastic truffles - it is a MUST to visit. It is a very small restaurant and as they no longer use upstairs the seating capacity is now for 12 people, so I recommend you book to avoid disappointment. If you havent been it is an absolute MUST. And dont be in a rush, you will be treated like Royalty, so be prepared to be pampered and enjoy. I can not praise this restaurant enough. Went with a party of 6 for a birthday celebration last night and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night. It's not just a meal it's a complete treat and fab night out. Enjoy!

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Nonna Valentina
1-2 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin

Visited with 3 friends. Two opted for the excellent value 3 course Dinner menus for €30. Our starters were fab. The mussel/clam 'soup' was delicious, a must if that's you taste. The mozzeralla/aubergine was just as good, so much going on on the plate without it being too much. Mains were just as good. The topping in the cod was so delicate and tasty, and such a big helping I couldnt finish it, most unusual for me. My partner chose teh chicken - I usually find chicken a bit boring - but we all agreed this was very tasty indeed, one I would order next time. The two steak eaters said the meat was fab, and cooked to their liking. The desserts were another story! The Tiramasu has SUGAR springled over it (NOT icing) really Tiramisu is sweat enough. The profitter roles were coverd in a mouse like substance - it didnt work! The Panecotta tasted shop bought - all 4 of us thought that. Ice cream was the best and they use fersh cream - alwasy gets full marks from me if fresh! We politely suggested the sugar on the Tiramasu was unnesseary and received a shrug in response. Which brings me on to the service - the down side to this beautiful looking restaurant. We had to ask for bread twice, our ordering took excessively long as the waiter had really very little English - not having much Italian we ended up speaking Spanish to get the ordering done (in fairness every food item we ordered arrived) We ordered another bottle of wine while ordering the desserts - this never materialised. For the poor service and desserts I'm having to mark this restaurant down. Which is a shame because the starters and mains were faultless, the restaurant itself is fab, the creamy interior - including chair coverings - is very pleasant and sitting beside the canal, upstairs at a window seat just cant be beaten for ambience.

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Crystal Boat Restaurant
Gallery Quay, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

The bulk of the reviews have been on takeaway, thus the high overall rating as the food is good. This was our first visit , we went for the early bird menu - very good value. However, the restaurant is just not clean, the windows/chairs/toilet really needed a good cleaning - so I didnt feel 100% comfotable. The service was 'Faulty Tower' like - which we enjoyed. One waitress didnt have good English and was being directed by a 2nd, who was quite busy. Thus our starters went to a couple who had arrived after us - and hadnt ordered the same (as their original starters came out later) They were foreign so just ate. I spotted the commotion between the staff, ours came eventually! My partners Spring roll was the only dsappointing meal as it tasted/looked frozen bought, my chicken satay was fab. Both mains were great Chicken with chilli and basil and a chow mein - couldnt complain. But overall we wont be rushing back and I'm glad we only paid for the Early bird.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

I've been a few times and I do love the burgers, the choices are fab, everything is so fresh - there arent any starters but do get one of the salads to share, they are big, perfect for sharing, and great variety. However and here's my big gripe the music is just WAY to loud. You cannot hold any type of conversation without shouting loudly. I'm probably showing my age, but I do actually want to hear my companions, for me conversation is part of the eating out experience. The previous times I went it was in the afternoon with a work group of 15/20 and they kindly turned the music low (the live DJ hadnt arrived) This time I'd my partner with me - neither of us enjoyed the overall experience and despite the great food we wont be back. It is also pricey for what you get, it is not a cheap eatery by any means.

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

I'll keep this brief, I've never given as low a score. There really should be standards for calling yourself a restaurant, there is just NO room between tables here, and the waiter staff have absolutely NO idea what the word service means. I think they may all be family which explains why they still have jobs. The food is average and way overpriced, most annoying of all is that you have to order pasta separate to the meatball dish at an additional charge. I do think for €17 some pasta would be expected. Overall this is a step up from their sister takeaway next door - but not a step too far away. Need I say I wont be back - not a pleasant experience at all.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

My 2nd visit and this time went for the early bird - which on Thurs finishes at 6, watch out for that. I like this restaurant, the decor is just fab, the place setting/cutlery etc all classy and the service tonight was excellent. I had the roasted tomatoe/chilli soup - delicious. Mates fish cakes were just as good. For mains I ordered the cod - small enough portion but what I got was nicely presented if a little bland, especially as it had been wrapped in parma ham (the thinest slice ever!) I did have to season quite a bit and I'm not generally a salt user. 2 out of 3 mates thought the sirlion steak was fab, the 3rd thought it a bit tough...mmm perhaps because it was sirlion and not fillet I wonder? I had the chocolate fondant - and for this I'd give 10 out of 10 to all the food!! It was simply delicious. Overall and enjoyable meal and evening and what was wonderful is that they didnt hassle us to leave as soon as our plates were finished. Most enjoyable. .

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Mulino's
23 Watermill road, North Dublin, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Fab location and nice decor. We were a party of 6 and had a bad start as the waiter left us twice midwy through taking our order, without even excusing himself, to seat other customers - not very good service! We found it amusing that he didnt have a problem with doing that? I'd the meatball starter which was fab, meat and sauce delicious, comments on the bruschetta was that it was a little bland. Pasta dises were small but tasty, my burger looked...lonely, and tasted of nothing in particular, disappointing. My husbands pitza on the other hand was very tasty. It's pricey for what you get and my overall experience was disappointing. We wont be rushing back.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I've ben a few times but it was my first time to sit in the old 'shop area' rather than the larger longer dining area - I much prefer here. I just love the hens egg starter and it was as good as ever. My friend had the pea and ham soup which I thought was delicious. Mains of sea-bream - to die for - duck, veg tart and steak all got the thumbs up. I just love all the added ingredients - the rib surrounded by potatoe with the steak was so tasty - I'd order that as a main meal on it's own! One complaint from all four of us - the portions were quite small so you have to order sides - which we luckily had done. This restaurants does desserts very well, the apple pie was delicious, pastry to die for. Th Pavlova was so light - however this was a Strawberry pavlova with strawberries and a strawberry coolis but it all tasted of lemon - now I love lemon but I should have been able to taste the strawberries?? We also ordered the hand made chocolates - 6 - these were hit and miss, most didnt have a great taste of anything in particular so were a bit disappointing. Overall a most enjoyable experience and we will be back.

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Monsoon (Rathmines)
306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

Frist visit but it wont be my last. This is a really lovely restaurant. The decor is contempory, fresh, clean and most importantly you are not sitting on your neighbours lap. The waiters could not have been more helpful without being intrusive, top marks all around. Myself and 2 fiends had the early bird, great value at €20 for a starter and main with rice. Great choice variety too, and even kind enough to change a main of lamb to chicken on request, with no problem. My starter, chicken tikka was the best I've had, and had a really great chick to it. My Rogan josh was tasty and I taste the lentil main and fish curry that my mates had ordered, all really excellent. I do have a small gripe about all the mains. They consisted of their meat/veg and sauce, nothing else. I'm used to at least tomatoe or onion in my RJ, not a bit to be seen here. Although the meals all tasted great a bit of veg wouldnt have gone amiss - all chicken and sauce is a bit too much for me. Still it wont stop me going back. The waiters are the perfect example of how to service customers, I would love them to give lessons to some other restaurants. Overall it was a really enjoyable, comfortable evening, and I would recomend this restaurant to anyone.

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

Well worth a visit, dropped in for lunch and will definitely be back. The main lunches are carvery, and my companions had beef, turkey or fish - all claimed they were excellent quality. I didnt want a full diner so went for the baked potatoe with Bolognaise filling - it was so tasty and really good value at 4.95, there was even a small salad with it. I enjoyed every mouthful.There is also a choice of fresh sandwiches and numerous fresh salads. So much for me not wanting to eat much, we then went for desserts. Both the Apple pie and apple crumble were faultless. My homemade Bonnoffi wasnt great, it was tasteless to be honest, apart from the banana, didnt stop me eating it though. The staff couldnt be friendlier and the best of all was that there wasnt the usual loud music thumping that I tend to expect in pubs like this. Overall we really enjoyed our visit.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Not worth it and wont be going back! When you start with cold soup - that isnt supposed to be - it's not a great start. Went with 3 friends, had to send the soup back as it wasnt even luke warm. When heated it was ok. Friend thought the pate was fab. Mains are VERY small portions, and our sides never materialised (we werent charged for them either) My shin of beef was half fat, and much tougher than I'd expected - shin should drop off and not need to be chewed. The rabbits had obviously been on a diet, but my husbands fish was quite tasty. Desserts were mediocre except for my Chocolate pudding which was the only highlight of the meal. What a shame, there's a good buzz in the restaurant which is very small, but tables are reasonably spaced - perhaps not for a couple though. The maitre de had been really friendly, shame about the food. Overall it really is way too pricey ,even in the olde Celtic Tiger era. I definitely will not be returning. Very disappointed.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went for the early bird with 4 mates - they dont offer the EB unless you ask for it, which we did. My sweet onion tart was very tasty. For mains I wanted the meetballs but served with spagettii, I asked the waitress if it was gluten free, but she had difficulty understanding, she was foreign, very polite, but her English wasnt great - I asked her to ask chef, and if so ask if I could have the meatballs with a side salad/potatoes or whatever. She returned saying the spagettii wasnt gluten free and to order something else - I'm sure she didnt understand my request. My salmon was bland, the cold egg on the side was out of place with this dish. My mates quail however was very tasty. Desserts, I had the chocolate fondant, a bit too dry, whereas the mango cheesecake was delicious. Overall it was fine, and with the EB prices reasonable. The restaurant has a 'bar' feel to it, but it is comfortable, however the music was jsut too loud for conversation, ok for a bar but not a restaurant. One other annoyance was the waiter arriving with a 2nd bottle of wine, which we hadnt ordered (as most were driving we didnt want the 2nd bottle so sent it back) I do find this practice a bit annoying. Also our bill included full price instead of EB - however it was immediately amended when we pointed this out.

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Phoenix Park Tea Rooms
Beside Dublin Zoo, Chesterfield Avenue, City Centre North, Dublin

I f you are ever in the Phoenix Pk it is just a MUST that you visit the Tea Rooms - they are deceptive from the outside, as there are quite a few tables (of 4) inside. The serve hot and cold food - their homemade soups are just fab for this time of year, served with homemade brown bread, nice and filling too. They also have quite a variety of hot foods too. But their cakes OMG just fab! You will soooo be tempted so get a good walk in before you drop in, and you'll enjoy them even. It's even quite toastie inside. I really like this place for dropping in anytime during the day even if it's jsut ofr Tea and scones!!!

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Phoenix Park Cafe
Grounds of the Visitor's Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin

I'm a frequent lunch visitor and you just cant beat the food served here.It's a self service restaurant with seating downstairs, upstairs and in the back courtyard. The food is hte really draw here. Everything is freshly made with a lot of the vegetables coming from the open gardens beside the cafe. Soups are always fab, they vary depending on the vegetables available and with the home made brown bread are very filling. Mains vary also, choices of lasagne, beef stirfry, salmon and various currries accommpanied by the most fabulous choices of fresh salads. If you like quiche you have found quiche heaven here. The home made cakes just HAVE to be tasted to be believed. I'm slavating thinking about them. This is well worth a visit for lunch and the best is you have the beautiful Phoenix pk right outside for a nice stroll before or after.

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Kitty Hawks Bar & Bistro
Carlton Airport Hotel, Old Airport Road, Cloughran, Cloghran, Dublin

We had a family lunch here and took full advantage of their cavery. For carvery food it was excellent - we had no complaints. I had the beef and asked chef for the end bit - dear lord he gave me half a cow!! Uusal choice of veg/potatoes - roasties/mash/salads. Desert, I had the cheesecake, which looked ordinary but tasted absolutely delious - surprise me. The apple pie was had by many - agina this looked boring - but family all said tasted fab. I would definitely recommend this for lunch/evening meals/group gatherings - but not a romantic night out, it's not that type of place.

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Beaumont House
1 Shantalla Road Beaumont, Beaumont, Dublin

Had the early bird menu - stops at 7 - just went for mains. Had the pie (think it was advertised as guinness and beef, it's not the same menu as appears on this site) it was so tasty. Got chips and a side salad between us - included in price. The side salad was nearly as big as a main, and the chips were the tasty BIG ones, not those skinny bites. Overall it was very tasty, table sevice was fast and friendly. Really good pub athmosphere I like, but loose the HUGE big screen tv. Would recommend this for eats, and would go back.

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Kundan Tandoori
Unit 4 Tallaght Retail Park, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

I frequently eat lunch here . It is REALLY good value. A 2 course for just under €10, you just cant beat that. The food is really good - at this stage I've tried nearly everything on the special lunch menu, and have no complaints at all. It's perfect for lunch but....I couldnt see myself there in the evenings, it's really very small and in need of a make-over! But I've no complaints about the food or value for money.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

Decor wise this is one of the best restaurants around, shame about yhe food. I've eaten here many times and this time was with a friend. I've tried a variety of dishes so I've given it a good shot, but I just find the food overall, bland and too creamy. Went for the mix platter, for starter, I'd had this before and enjoyed it. But the mains - we shared chicken and two veg dishes for a bit of variety - but they just taste similar. It's a shame because the waiters are very good and the restaurant decor and ambience really fab, I just am not as impressed with their food. Having said that I would recommend it.

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

This has been my absolute favourite pizza restaurant for a long time however, tonight we ordered the early bird (we usually arent on time for that) and both of us felt let down. I discovered the problem - cheese - or the lack of it! Very little to be seen on either pizza. I know it's an expensive part of a pizza but shame to offer an early bird and not provide the same fab tasting pizza we are used to. Everything else was good, good fresh tasty food. Service was unusually slow tonight. We'll still go back, just reckon we'll avoid the early bird next time!!

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

I think I'd built myself up too much as I'd heard nothing but fab reviews about the food, and overall it was disappointing. I like fresh tasting Inidan food, I like tasting the herbs, actually I love Indian food but I didnt really enjoy this. We ate early evening, the combo starter was fine, but nothing impressive. Our two mains were chicken, the Garlic and Pepper was good, but nothing to write home about, and the sweet & sour disappointing. The decor is worth seeing, I love the drapes between the two rooms, but I'm not overly keen on almost sitting on top of my neighbour - that's a but off for me. And at these prices I want to be wowed - I wasnt.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Second time to eat here and I just love the atmosphere - it buzzzes. Partner had his Bruchetta and Lasagne (when in Rome eh) both lovely but portions are small so you need to have a few courses! I'm a bit limited with a wheat intolerance (and yes I still love Italian food) I stuck to the salads. But I forgot about any intolerances for the Tiramisu, boy does this 'pick-me-up', it is only delicious. Really like this place, and wine selection is fab. Check out the oils/balsamics/chocolate etc for sale on the way home! It's not a real cheapie either, reasonably priced but not a cheap night.

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Ryan's & F.X. Buckley Steakhouse Parkgate Street
28 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate in the restaurant - upstairs - and availed of the early bird menu. There were 10 of us and the service, by one waitress only, was very good. I had the strange but tasty soup - cauliflower and blue cheese. Really big helping is my only complaint. The fish was my main, cod sitting on a bed of crushed roasted potatoes with sundried tomatoes through them - bsolutely FAB. I was too full for dessert so 3 of us shared the brownie - the only disappointment of hte meal, not chocolatie enough and way too dry. Overall a really great experience and we will be back.

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Eddie Rockets (Rathmines)
Lower Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Not my usual choice in food, but met a couple of mates for a late lunch and absolutely no other restaurant was open. Have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I went for the Tuna sambo, with chips (naturally- when in Rome!!) and all were quite nice - I enjoyed it!! My brownie was a little disappointing, very 'doughie' but the chocolate sauce was fine. Service was very pleasant and very friendly. Overall I enjoyed it - despite myself!! One complaint - it really was cold, I know it was a cold day but we had to leave our coats on for our full stay.

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Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Very disappointing, I'd read so many good reviews that I really had myself built up for a great meal. To be fair I've no complaints about the starter, oh except it was very small, and the service was very good, so that's it on the positives. There were 2 of us and by coincidence a group of 6 friends were there the same night - the 8 of us, ordering various mains, all had the same complaint (I even tasted some of theirs when passing) all the sauces tasted 'tinned soup' with some cream added (we even agreed on the variety of tinned soup!). We didnt order dessert. The seats are just way to close if you are a twosome, fine if you've a big group, I wouldnt have had to reach to eat from the table beside us it was that close!! The decor is lovely but for the prices they cahrge I'd expect some real Indian cooking and just a little bit more room - I wont be back.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Very disappointing experience overall. Went for Sat dinner with 4 friends. The wine waitress was pleasant but the food waiter was sour, dour and pompus - which we found amusing! The starters were ordinary and adequate.The mains a different story. The portions were almost starter portion, luckily we'd ordered extras. The fish, tiny portion,was completely dried out as was the cuscous it sat on, and the spoonful of salsa, yes dry again(how can salsa be dry?) This was surrounded by a dreadful sticky,very sweet,red'sauce'-we all tasted and thought awful.The steak was really small and tasteless - most unusual for ribeye,a large quantity of frozen chips(frozen is always unacceptable to me for this standard restaurant) and a tiny green salad. The chickens, although small were tasty.The service was extremely quick so we asked for time before desserts, however being asked 5 times if we were ready for T/Coffee gave us the impression they were eager to move us, despite delivering our 3rd bottle of €30+ wine. Desserts,avoid the rice pud-completely tasteless,and the chef deffo forgot to put any sugar into the brownie but the knickerbocker glory was GLORIOUS! The decor is fab but the room was cold, 'leave you jackets on' cold, and it's very 'loud', you have to shout at your company to be heard. I was very disappointed as I've eaten in the cafe and party food here many times. WONT be going back.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here today with 5 colleagues and it was fine. There's a different lunch menu which is reasonable priced i.e. under 9 for starters and most mains 10ish. My starter was fab, prawns in a very light batter, my main - chichen burger, was 'what it said on the packet' - a grilled breast - just a little too ordinary, as were all the mains. Steaks came with chips - full stop. I just expected a little more, perhaps a sauce on the side, liitle bit of salad etc wouldnt go a miss. Overall it's a lovely looking restaurant (dont sit near the fire espace window - it's a bit breezy) Service was very pleasant. Just none of the food had any wow factor thus I wouldnt see myself paying the evening dinner prices for ordinary food.

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Sunday afternoon we dropped in for 'afternoon T'. I've been dying to try this place out as it has a real inviting look about it. We had some fab cakes and coffees. Those type of cakes that look smallish and ordinary but taste divine. Checked out a few plates passing by and will definitely return for brunch. Everything looked so fresh. It's a small upclass cafe, furnished with real taste, making it very homely and inviting. The waiter staff were very friendly. I do have one complaint, it's very pricey for what you get. 10cent off €15 for 2 x coffee and cake. Doesnt mean I wont be back to try out the brunch mind you.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Treated ourselves last night to this 5 star restaurant experience. I just love this restaurant. We go a few times a year for special occasions and I always feel it was worth every penny after our visits. The service is professional friendly without being obtrusive. And the food - well, there is just nothing bad to say, and I mean nothing. It is tasty, fab and presented impeccably. The crab is my absolute favourite starter while my partner loves the prawn tempura. Mains of duck (which himself says is the best in the World, high praise from him!) and the sole were so delicious. I would suggest ordering a couple of sides - but leave room for dessert. Tonight we went for the orange dark chocolate tart and some ice cream with butterscotch sauce...my mouth is watering typing, both delicious. Their wine selection is excellent, and if in doubt there's a pleasant Sommelier available to assist. There's a party room upstairs - seats about 30 we had a party last year for 28 (a bit tight) but it was excellent for our needs and the service was just as good up there. This is one of my favourite treat restaurants which I always enjoy visiting.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Good value and very good service. Here's one I'd recommend. Hadnt been to this restaurant in well over a year and I think it could be under new management? The staff we very efficient and helpful, without being in your face every 5 minutes. We were early enough to order the Early Bird menu so we both had it. The BBQ Ribs were falling off the bone and really tasty. Mains steak and burger (I hadnt had one in ages and it's home made so just had to have it) were good portions and all was very tasty including the chunky chips - am not as certain as the last contributor that these are home cut, but still tasty. One sweet between us, the Apple pie, now this is worth ordering, loads of apple, yummy. We were both very happy and will deffo be back.

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

Good food at reasonable prices. My husband went for the early bird special - the Bruschetta and Lasagne - both were great value. Our starters were delivered quite quickly but there was a huge delay with our mains, and when the table beside us got served, having arrived in after us, the waitress apologised to us and said we'd be served immediately. Mistakes happen, at least she admitted it. I was disappointed that my fav Italian desert of Tiramisu was not available and we made do with a shared Banoffi - bit too much tinned cream on this for me and not enough cake. This is a reasonably priced restaurant and for a Tuesday night it was very busy. I definitely would return.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Dont waste your time or money on this one folks, Four of us dined here last, when the bread basket arrived we asked could we change the white bread for brown, the waitress said she's check and we heard no more - the basket went back untouched. The starters were average, the mains similar. I will say the batter on my fish was very good, but 2 of our party ordered the steak 'Cep rubbed' except there didnt appear to be any 'rubbing' on either, the meat was good - however for the prices charged in this restaurant comments like average and good are just not good enough. Having waited over 20 mins to order a third bottle of overpriced wine we decided enough was enough and went elsewhere for desserts and reasonably prices wine - something I've never done before! Overall it wasnt a good expecience, tables too close together, main doors left open to facilitate food delivery to the outside area, having to shout for conversation because of the accoustics. We definitely wont be back!

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Surma
43 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

This is my absolute favourite Indian restaurant in Dublin, and I've tried lots. We probably go here once a month so we've been through the entire menu. I'm not a vegetarian but my favourite main meal is to order 2 side vegetarian dishes - oh and share my hubbys main too!! That way we get a few tastes of different dishes. I cant speak highly enough of the food, it's always so fresh tasting. The decor is Indian, the service is excellent, the value is great, at the moment they've 20% off their food for a summer offer. The red (havent tried the white) house wine is reasonable and very palatable. My only complaint is the desserts - all frozen. So I tend to fill up on the 'real' food and if I leave any room there's always an Irish coffee.

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Paparazzi
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin

This is our 'quick hit' restaurant and we tend to go 2 or 3 times a month. The service is excellent, and the place is always buzzing. I've a wheat intollerance so tend to avoid Italian restaurants but here (although no gluten free meals) I've enough to choose from. I really love the food, try the Manzo starter as a main with a salad or baked potatoe - it's my favouriite. The hubby always goes for the pitza, which he loves, I get to smell it mmmm!! The only thing that lets them down are the deserts - their Tiramsu has changed recently, I've tried it twice - not so good. Overall a really great restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere, great for parties for any age group.

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Brambles Café Bistro
102-104 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin

Last night was my third time to eat here since Belamys took over, but my 1st time to try the Trio of Prawn starter - really yum, a must! The decor here is really lovely, but make sure you ask for a table in the main restaurant, there are tables in the entrance area (previously a waiting area and the main walk through) I've chosen a fish main the previous times so went with the chicken this time. It's the only disappointing meal we've had there. Deep fried, coated chicken toped with tomatoe and melted mozzerella cheese - strange, and I wouldnt go for that again. Service is very good and overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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

Having been a frequent visitor to Bellagio we looked forward to the new look restaurant. Myself and 2 girlfriends paid a visit and we all agreed - the service was inexcusably slow, the portions are a far cry from the olde Bellagio (even after a starter and main I cant say I felt very full) and the prices just dont give any value for money. No complaints about the food other than the portions are too small and generally overpriced. We wont be rushing back.

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