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Last Visit: 20 February 2020

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Il Sereno restaurant

112 Church Rd, East Wall Village, East Wall, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 3

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12 reviews

Reviewed 06th December 2013 ( visited 21st November 2013 )

Been here twice since the place opened, and both times: - incredibly friendly and helpful staff - excellent food (it's a cliche, but try the veal!) - HUGE portions - ridiculously cheap prices This time around, the owner of the restaurant came out and introduced himself and urged us to provide feedback if there was anything he could improve on. I think the fact that noone had any suggestions speaks to the quality of this venue. I will be visiting here again, and will avail of their takeaway service too!
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Il Sereno restaurant

112 Church Rd, East Wall Village, East Wall, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 3

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
12 reviews

Reviewed 06th December 2013 ( visited 21st November 2013 )

Been here twice since the place opened, and both times: - incredibly friendly and helpful staff - excellent food (it's a cliche, but try the veal!) - HUGE portions - ridiculously cheap prices This time around, the owner of the restaurant came out and introduced himself and urged us to provide feedback if there was anything he could improve on. I think the fact that noone had any suggestions speaks to the quality of this venue. I will be visiting here again, and will avail of their takeaway service too!
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YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

has been closed for several years - location is now a nail bar. Please remove from your site or mark as defunct.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Very unimpressed. Enjoyed this restaurant a few times in the past when it was a less crowded setup; this time around, the only positive was our waiter. Front of house staff were rude and inattentive (one glanced at me and walked off as I stood waiting to ask about my reservation); they'd previously seated my dining companion but couldn't tell me where, leaving me to search the place myself; food was mediocre and looked like it'd been fetched from a nearby takeaway and microwaved, but they still charged outrageously for it. We tipped our server, as he was polite and friendly, but made a point of tipping in cash to ensure it was for him and not for the restaurant's bottom line (and said as much to him). Terrible dining experience, will not be going back any time soon.

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O'Connor's Seafood Restaurant
The Square, Bantry, Cork

My wife and I had dinner at O'Connor's on a Saturday night. The restaurant was busy, but the staff were excellent; we were never waiting too long for attention, and the table next to us were bantering a little with their servers who took the fun in their stride. The food was excellent. I had a starter involving the most delicious pudding I've ever eaten, and monkfish for the main course; my wife had a crab linguini starter and a whole-fish main course (sole, I think - from the specials board, in any case). Desserts were a date pudding (sort of like sticky toffee pudding, only more decadent!) and a sorbet. We had a glass of shiraz each to accompany dinner, and water was also provided free of charge. As we arranged to go, the proprietor called a taxi for us to take us back to our hotel. Delighted with the food, service, ambience and prices; I'd definitely stop by here again. Minor areas for improvement: the website menus are out of date ("A La Carte 2014"), and a carafe of the house wines would have been a nice option, but neither of these detract from what was a lovely night out.

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East at The Spencer Hotel
The Spencer Hotel, Excise Walk, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Dinner for two on a Friday night at East; we had starters, main course, shared a desert, and a cocktail each. Also a glass of wine with the main course; bottles were stupidly expensive - hotel markup prices, I imagine. Cocktails were far more reasonable at a tenner a go. I had Crispy Shredded Chicken to start and Pad Thai for the main, while Mrs. had the Steamed Prawn Dumpling and the Sea Bass, and we shared a Lemon Meringue Pie. Everything cooked to perfection, although the desert was a bit plain. Service was excellent (Mrs. particularly noted that when the waitress opened the steamed prawns, she turned away from the table to avoid dousing us in steam), with the exception of a guy who I guess must have been part of the management chain (or the manager) who oozed fake charm at all and sundry. This really wasn't necessary - the staff who took our orders and brought us our food were absolutely top notch and didn't need that guy floating around. The only real negative point on the atmosphere was the music; the restaurant backs up onto the hotel bar, and the bar music - thumping dance music - made it difficult to hold a conversation even though we sat as far away from it as we could. Bill came to €100, which was fine; shame about the wine prices, as they had at least one of my favourite wines on the menu but I wasn't inclined to pay the roughly 50% markup on the bottle. We'll go back, but I think maybe we'll try a weeknight when the bar might be quieter.

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Whitefriar Grill
16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Dinner for two here recently. Fantastic service - friendly and attentive without being fussy or overbearing. The food was incredibly good, and we had a lovely bottle of Argentinian Malbec to help it all down. Definitely going to try this place again, and I'd come back for the service alone never mind the great food. Eaten: arancini, chicken wings (awesome - proper hot sauce, not the mild / sweet chilli that seems to be taking hold in lesser venues), pigeon (special on the night), hake. Chocolate fondue (really! in a pot, with things to dip in it!) and coffees to finish. (Prices looked fine on the menu, but since I was paying with a gift voucher I can't really rate anything other than the extras we had (coffee, bottled water) and those were on par with other city centre restaurants.)

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

I took my wife here for her birthday as I'd heard good things about the place. There was a nice buzz in the restaurant when we got there and despite being a bit early we were seated immediately. The gimmick here is that the meat of the main course is served on a hot stone which you can use to finish it to your liking. There are mains to which this doesn't apply, but we chose two to which it did - a three-peppercorn steak for me and halibut for her. We also chose chicken wings and bread&dips; for starters. The chicken wings were seasoned, but not spicy, and a little sweet; the bread & dips were nice although the bread was a bit plain. The main course was where things fell down. Everything seemed to be overloaded with sweet: the three-peppercorn sauce was sweet, the caramelised onion was sweet, and there was a white sauce which I'd assumed might be a bit tart but no, sweet again. My wife called the waiter back to ask for some pepper or sauce or pretty much anything to cut through the sweetness on her side of the table. On top of this, the whole "cook it yourself" didn't really work out; the tables are small, and you really don't have room to manoeuvre things around, and if you like your steak in any way well done you'll be waiting a long time (not an issue for me, but worth knowing). A note on the service: while it was generally fine, there was one mishap. We asked for bottled water - received and poured - and then during our meal a waiter came by with a jug of water and topped up my glass, not noticing the bottle on the table. I shrugged, but five minutes later the same waiter came back and topped up my wife's glass. Shortly after that another waiter hastily replaced both glasses with new ones. Great that this was noticed but better if it hadn't happened. Dessert was fine and included a candle in a small cake for my wife. Finally, all I'll say about the bill was that it was pricey - I've eaten better and more for a good deal less.

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Il Sereno
112 Church Rd, East Wall Village, East Wall, Dublin

Been here twice since the place opened, and both times: - incredibly friendly and helpful staff - excellent food (it's a cliche, but try the veal!) - HUGE portions - ridiculously cheap prices This time around, the owner of the restaurant came out and introduced himself and urged us to provide feedback if there was anything he could improve on. I think the fact that noone had any suggestions speaks to the quality of this venue. I will be visiting here again, and will avail of their takeaway service too!

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I've been here before so my revisiting it is a rating of its own. Party of two, and we picked two different sets of food - I had the Lombok and my wife had one of the seafood options. We chose beer to accompany it; surprisingly they only had non-alcoholic weissbier but redeemed somewhat by having some tasty craft brews from the Dungarvan Brewing Company. The food was excellent, and we forced ourselves (!) to add desserts (sorbet selection and a banana and chocolate spring roll), again excellent. Final bill was around €95, and we both felt pleasantly stuffed while not being over-full. I'll definitely be going back.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a night out for four here and really loved it. The service was fantastic, particularly the waiter's enthusiasm for the wine he recommended (and the free samples of similar wine to see if we'd like it!). Food was top notch, served promptly and absolutely delicious. Service in general was attentive without being intrusive. When the bill came at the end, it was very reasonable, given that we had two bottles of wine along with the four main courses, a starter platter, and a few desserts... the only negative point was the live jazz; it was excellent music, but a little too loud for the venue. An acoustic quartet would have served the place equally well. All things considered, this is one restaurant we'll definitely be going back to.

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