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Chez Max (Baggot Street) restaurant

133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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138 reviews

Reviewed 24th February 2009 ( visited 20th February 2009 )

Was here for the third time in three months last week, always as part of a larger group. Staff are super friendy and the food is very nice. I was a little let down by my Scallop starter, but thats probably down to me not reading the menu correctly. I had the duck. Fantasic. Others had the chicken and the steak. All good reviews from the rest of the party. I think we will try the one closer to the city next time.
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Chez Max (Baggot Street) restaurant

133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
138 reviews

Reviewed 24th February 2009 ( visited 20th February 2009 )

Was here for the third time in three months last week, always as part of a larger group. Staff are super friendy and the food is very nice. I was a little let down by my Scallop starter, but thats probably down to me not reading the menu correctly. I had the duck. Fantasic. Others had the chicken and the steak. All good reviews from the rest of the party. I think we will try the one closer to the city next time.
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3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were on our way elsewhere when we happened upon this place on Sunday evening 9pm. The place looks bright and funky. Unfortunately, everything else is pretty dull. Although our server did perk up when he found out we were not in possestion of some sort of voucher they were advertising. When we arrived, the staff told us we "can have a quick dinner". I actually had to ask my wife did I hear him correctly! I know that I did hear correctly as some guests later were told they could "only have main courses" when they arrived to look at the menu. I had to check in interent to be sure that I was correct. It says that the restaurant is open until 23:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. We only arrived at 9pm. Starters: My wife ordered the Bruchetta which arrived minus tomatoes. Yes, thats correct, Bruchetta without the tomatoes. One of the key ingredients used to describe it on the menu. There was no mention of this from the staff when they brought our food to us. My "rare beef salad" was actually a rocket salad with pieces of steak that were cooked well done and had lots of grizzle and fat. Not what I expected. Main Course - My wife had some sort of a pasta dish, it was ok. I added chicken and ham to my pizza, of which 4 little of pieces of chicken were added. If you are going to charge extra for an ingredient, I would like if even all my slides were to have some of that ingredient! The food overall, was eatable but not great. The experience was not enjoyable. I regret not making a fuss after issue one, two or three. Service was just terrible. We had to ask for things like cuttlery and black pepper. It is actually the first time in years we did not leave a tip. My favourite thing about the night was the Chiati Classico we were drinking, which is widely available in most large suppermarkets anyways. This is officially my least enjoyable meal in Dublin in the last 2/3 years.

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Having been here many times over the years since I worked in the area, I knew what to expect. Turning up after 9pm on Easter Sunday also meant we knew we would be the last customers in the place. But, we came for the food. The food is always of the same great quality. Always go for the pizza, I suspect everything else is microwaved. The pizza base is very thin and crisp and tastes great. Their house wines are spot on and reasonably priced. You need to come here early in the evenings or lunch mid week to get the atmosphere, but the food never lets you down.

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Black Bull Inn
Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth

This is just a super duper pub! We have been there a few times with friends who live in the area and always thought it had a great atmostphere. We decided to grab a bite to eat last weekend. We both had the mexican burger and it was great. I cannot fault it only to say that we had the smaller size (8ox I think) and the chips/wedges that came with it were too much. Service was just spot on. Again, I cannot fault the pleasantness or efficiency of all I encountered here. I dont be in the area very often, so its hard to say when I will be back, but I just wish it was closer to my house. 10 out of 10 on all counts.

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Riva Restaurant - Harolds Cross
53 Rathgar Avenue, South Dublin, Harolds Cross, Dublin

We arrived for lunch. The menu had a good selection. The wine selection was not great, 2 bottles just over 20 euro and then the rest were more expensive. We had streak, canelloni and the lamb stew. Steaks were very fatty and tough.The lamb stew was good and the canelloni was ok. Overall, it was not a great experience. Service was ok. Food was hit and miss, and for some reason, seeing the people beside us eating a fry @2pm on a Sunday gave the place a "greasy spoon" feel.

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Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I have not been here for a long time, except to get my great value 2 euro coffees on Tuesday nights when I am in college next door. (2 euro is very competitive I have learned over the semester). Food is good value here, although I think the choice is very limited. Wines are great value, we had a bottle of procecco, which tasted lovely and was only 21 or 22 euros. I know the same bottle from my local wine store and its 10 euro there, but mark up is expected and the price is still below what others may charge. Service was grand, the place was busy and I will be back again. It is affordable here, and thats what we all need in January.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a very reliable place, it was busy on the day that we visited, but we got a seat within a few minutes. Food was really good, we got breads and dips to start and pizzas for mains. We took our last few slices home for breakfast! It has been over a year since our last visit and I dont think the menu has changed over the years, but its a great spot and people seem to like it a lot.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I never would have thought to go here except I heard about a great lunch deal they did. So upon arriving we saw the deal written on the wall beside the front door, however since it was Sunday, the deal was adjusted....for the worse. Its no more expensive, and you dont get a free drink with it. Thats fair enough as it was probably to capture the weekday work lunch crowd and it was now Sunday. So, about this lunch deal. Its not even that clever. You get to pick one thing from each of three categories. Three courses you might think. Wrong. The silly thing about this concept is that there are only certain thinks from each category that match. (Eg; Curry from first category and rice from the second, or Pancakes from the first, and Strawberries/Cream from the second) It gives some impression of 3 courses, but it just aint that good. For lunch I had the Pate + Chicken Curry + Rice. It came all on 1 plate. Not very easy to handle like that. Portion size was fine. Not too big. Service was ok. Tables are way too close together. Its one thing to hear everything your neighbours are saying but another having to juggle your table to get out. If they really want everybody squezzed in, then turn up the music. Overall, food was decent, but the idea you are getting a great deal can just as easily feel like a rip off. I could possibly come back for the weekday value lunch, but I couldnt see myself coming back and paying for dinner here. I just dont see the value.

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Lemon Jelly Cafe
Millennium Walkway, Jervis Street, Italian Quarter, Dublin

This is just a nice simple place, its clean, nice staff and good value. I dont get here very often but when I do, it hits the spot. Yesterday I had a lemon jelly special crepe. Chicken, cheese and salsa. Good quality cheap eats.

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Great comfort food. Its a little exponsive for what is is. I think 16 euro for a burito is pricy. I like the food and staff were friendly, but this is a casual place that lacks casual prices.

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

The big thing here is the early bird. 25 euro each for 2 courses with coffee and a free bottle of wine. Great value by any standards, and more so in Rathgar. The food was fantastic. Couldnt be faulted. We had bruschetta to begin with and stuffed pork of loin and the steak for mains. The steak was tender but lacked the flavour we expected from it. With some seasoning it was fine. The pork was simply amazing, with apple stuffing. The free bottle of wine that you get is pretty rough stuff, I will have to investigate if you can "swap" bottles and pay the difference perhaps when we return.

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il Divo Restaurant
2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin

I have been to this place in its previous incarnations. None seem to have been that successful.So since elsewhere locally was either full, or above our price range, we went to Il Divo. This place has a large dining room, although it looks smaller when you are sitting on the high end, looking down. (the lower deck was completely empty). We got a table no problem. The menu is large and is filled with dishes with really cheesy names such as "De Niro" or "Pavorotti". However cheesy it is, I will let the food speak for itself. We had one of the pasta specials which was a baked pasta of filled tubes. This was ok. The duck dish was fantastic. Slice duck with a creamy mash, (albeit a little lumpy).Wine was a cannonau il Sardinia @24 euro. Overall, dinner was good, but service let it down. The room was heaving with men running around working, yet it was hard to get the attention of a waiter when you needed one. What really got me was the manager who seemed to know our table neighbours pretty well. At one point after we ordered the pasta special we could hear him clearly tell the lady next to us that she should not order the pasta special as he went on to complian about it. Why make something your "special" if its not worth selling to the customers. Service for us was very slow. In fact we were left waiting on several occassions. Overall, this place is ok, not great. Its badly priced for what you get, but I expect alot of people here at weekends are people who get turned away from the reasonably priced places in Rathgar. Will I be back? Probably, but only when its under new management again.

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

We read great reviews of this place in the papers over the last few months so decided a visit was needed. This place is very popular and vibrant. The place was full when we came in which made me think that booking is essentail on weekends. We got some complementary breads to begin with, (which were refilled later), and we shared a meats and cheeses board too. This has a great selection of meats and not enough cheese. For main courses we had a pizza, (ham and mushroom) and some sort of a pasta filled with chicken.The pizza was perfect and you know its freshly made as the pizza kitchen is in full view. My pasta dish was ok. The filling was more like a thick mush. It was still nice and I ate the lot, but I dont think it did the description on the menu justice. With a nicely priced bottle of Salice Salentino, we enjoyed our dinner. We will be back again, soon I hope.

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Kanum Thai
16 Orwell Rd, Dublin 4, Rathgar, Dublin

This place is a great find. The pad thai is amazing and we had duck spring rolls which were also gorgeous as well as being great value. I know we will be back again.

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The Blind Piper
Caherdaniel, Sneem, Kerry

We were here a couple of times over the weekend, in fact, we have been here dozens of times over the last 8 years. Its a great bar, in a beautiful location. Lunches are great value here, and even drink is reasonably priced. Service is hard, especially if you want food. Mainly due to how busy it can be. Nevertheless, its a fantastic bar and we will be back again, hopefully before the year is out.

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Jam
6 Henry st, Kenmare, Killarney, Kerry

This place is a really cool find. Its a really nice place, the queue where you order your food moves very quickly. We had a chicken coupe sandwich and the salmon which was stuffed with spinach. Of the side salads I chose, the bean and chick pea salad was the best. Its a pity I was only passing through Killarney but if I get back down there I will stop by again for another enjoyable lunch.

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Marco Polo not live
O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick

Great spot. Nice decor. It was quiet when we were here on a Monday night. Great value and great food. I dont really have any complaints.

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Juno's Cafe
26 Parkgate Street, Parkgate Street, Dublin

We had brunch here last Saturday. Nice place. A great addition to the area. In terms of the food, it was ok. There was some nice touches such as the side salads and the salad dressing, which was amazing. The bread on the bacon butties was pretty thick stuff and was too much for the two small rashers hidden in the middle. The eggs benedict was spot on. Service was a bit iffy though. It was certainly slow, but I thought they were quite short as well. Maybe it was an off day. We will give the place another try, hopefully for dinner.

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

Mario's is a decent, easy going cheap eats place. Pizza is always a safe bet, except the put chilli instead of chicken on my pizza last Sunday. That made for an interesting dinner. I love their Tiramasu. It always seems to be busy here so it is nice and atmostpheric. It's also child friendly.

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

This is a very vibrant, busy restaurant. We were there on a Saturday night and it was full, and were catering for groups, small tables and all age groups. The service for the most part for efficient and friendly. Food was very good. For starter, we had filo pastries and Lambs kidneys and for mains we had chicken and the pork belly, The chicken breast was a little on the small side and the seasoning was very salty, but otherwise it was tasty. The pork belly was slow cooked and tasted great. The crackling was a very nice touch. Overall, I think Brambles is not cheap, but the food is of a high quality, and its not the sort of place you would go for "special occasions", but I could see myself going back.

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Little Caesars of Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham Orchard, Butterfield Ave, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Not such a great experience. Prompt service. However the food was very prompt. Our order for 4, which was pizza, pasta and 2 chicken dishes came out in less that 5 minutes. The sauce was still bubbling on the chicken dish, clearly out of the microwave! If you are going to cook the food in the microwave, its best to make it less obvious. This was always a cheap and cheerful place, but it wasnt very cheerful last night.

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Nico's Restaurant
53 Dame Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a great place. The staff are very efficient and very friendly. We always feel very welcome when we come here, and never feel like we have to hurry. The food is very good. I had the ravioli, while others had various fish and veal dishes. I tasted the Sole Duffin which was prawns wrapped in sole with a very nice creamy sauce. I recommend this place to anybody and I am already looking forward to going back again. Since this place got done up, the toilets are pretty good, so I dont have a thing to complain about!

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La Dolce Vita (Wexford)
6-7 Trimmers Lane, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

I was here with a group last week. Food was nice, starter portions were big. I probably would go back again, but I was slightly annoyed that only a lunch menu was available on this site, and a "€" value on the prices. We came for dinner and this place was not cheap. Perhaps the € is for the lunch menu, but I dont think any main course was under 20 quid...

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The Ballymore Inn
Main Street, Ballymore Eustace, Kildare

I had lunch here this week, and it was my first time. I had heard that it was a bit on the expensive side, especially the dinner menu. I found the place to be very nice, very attentive staff. Food prices were between 10 and 20 euro. I had the Penang Curry which was amazing, my girlfriend had the Baked Ham sandwich. With fries, a coke and a glass of win it came to 40 euro. I was impressed. I really couldnt fault the place and look forward to returning. A great spot.

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We booked well in advance as it was a Saturday night. The place was full. Great atmosphere. my only complain it that the tables are so close to each other. In fact, they are actually all stuck together so there is little or no privacy. This is made up for in the food and the service. We had Mussels and Chips and the Steak and chips. Both were very good. I prefer the layout of the baggot st. branch but its a great spot either way.

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

Its been a while since I was here. We came on a Sunday night and we were one of only two tables there. It was very very quiet. The food itself was ok. We had tandoori buttered chicken and tandoori jumbo prawn masala. Guess what? The jumbo prawns are no longer jumbo prawns. This place used to have big prawns! Not anymore. Service was ok. When we came here before, the previous manager would always remember you and happily offer you a drink on the house as well. No such luck now. So what can I say....the food was good. Thats about it.

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

Was here last night with a group of ten, however we were clearly squeezed into a table for eight, which was terrible. It made the whole seating arrangement very awkward and uncomfortable. The room itself looks very good. And was quite busy for a Wednesday night. Overall, the food was very nice. The exception being the Carpaccio of Tuna, which was ridiculously small...too small. I wouldnt recommend this place.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We had an early lunch here last week. The pizza is always good. You can gaurantee it. We had a nice affordable house red wine which was also good. Service was somewhat slow, considering the place was nearly empty.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We came here for an Easter Sunday lunch. We both has burgers without the buns. It left us feeling less full, which was exactly what we needed. I had the lamb burger with a mint chutney. It was very good. My partner had a mexican type burger, I remember there was sour cream and salsa etc. We shared a reasonably priced bottle of Rose. What made this better was a 2 for 1 special deal in an unnamed Sunday paper so it was great value too.

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Peppe Restaurant
31 North Brunswick Street, Smithfield, Dublin

What a great little find. I have walked by this place for 5 years now, thinking it was a chipper. We dropped by on Friday and had a great meal. We had bresaola and bruchetta to start, and raviolli and a pasta dish for mains. My only complaint was that my apple crumble was apple tart. They also do mini desert pastries that are made fresh but they werent available on the night. Pasta is freshly made too, which you dont see often enough these days. 70 euro including 2 half carafes, good value. Service was good too.

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West Wicklow House
Main st, Blessington, Wicklow

We came here as a group last Sunday. Having been here before I know the chicken curry is good, and is even called "famous chicken curry" on the menu. Food was ok, we had burgers, steak sandwiches, beef stroganoff and pasta. Both the stroganoff and the pasta were really nice. Deserts were horrible. Cheese cake barely had a layer of soggy biscuit and the top half barely resembled a cheese cake in look or taste. We came here as its one of the better places in the area to go when we were passing through, and seeing things within the restaurant on this visit has put me off a little. I thought it a little on the expensive side as well.

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Came here for the first time yesterday. Cool system in place which is fun. I think the prices, (in terms of the size of the portions), is a little pricy, but we made use of a voucher which made our dinner cost only 17 euro for two! We didnt order anything from the belt. It was very efficient. I didnt like paying for filtered water thought. That said, we will probably be back. The also do a great deal, (3 plates and a Miso soup for a tenner) until 5pm.

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

Very fancy food at super prices. Its always a popular place and we were turned down a few times over the Xmas holidays. Great value. Two mains, (pork belly and lamb stew) and a bottle of red. All for under 50 quid. No complaints.

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Was here for the third time in three months last week, always as part of a larger group. Staff are super friendy and the food is very nice. I was a little let down by my Scallop starter, but thats probably down to me not reading the menu correctly. I had the duck. Fantasic. Others had the chicken and the steak. All good reviews from the rest of the party. I think we will try the one closer to the city next time.

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Was here for the third time in three months last week, always as part of a larger group. Staff are super friendy and the food is very nice. I was a little let down by my Scallop starter, but thats probably down to me not reading the menu correctly. I had the duck. Fantasic. Others had the chicken and the steak. All good reviews from the rest of the party. I think we will try the one closer to the city next time.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I saw my last review of this place was early 2009. And nothing has changed. This place is still great. Food is amazing. Staff are cool and efficient. And the one pain point still exists!; the winelist is too expensive. We are in changed times and people do not want to spend over 30 euro on a bottle of wine for a casual dinner! The first 3 of bottles I ordered, (which were some of the cheaper bottles), were all unavailable. Shame... Nevertheless, the food was amazing and so was the service.

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Toast
Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin

Nice bar. Ate from the lunch menu and we had varous toasted sandwiches. Great value and will definitely be back again.

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Comans Rathgar
2 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin

I have been here a few times for food. Everything is ok, and the fact you can bring in a wine from their shop with a 7 eurp corkage is great. One issue with the wine shop is that the selection is small and its groups into price range as opposed to the origin etc. That said, we found a really nice Rioja for 10.50 that was very good. My major issue with our meal, and something that I have experienced before is that our food was piping hot when it came out. It must have been in a microwave before it came out. My mouth is burned as I type this. I dont know why they do this. It was 10 minutes before anybodies food was at a temperature safe enough to eat and we all left with some sort of burn on our toungue. Having said that, once we were able to eat, it actually tasted nice. I have sent food back for being cold, but next time this happens I will send it back for being too hot.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Our first visit here, over a year ago was very good, and hence we returned last week, this time as a group of four. The place was very busy, which was great to see and there was a certainly a buzz around the place. This time, the food didnt really live up to the standards you would expect from a place like this. For staters we had brie parcels and carpaccio of beef. Both were presented well and tasted amazing. Out mains were not so good. The tuna steak, which I was told would be rare (and how I prefer it), was over cooked. The rib eye steaks were both rare (when one was requested well done, and the other medium). However the duck was gorgeous. Overall, the meal was ok. Service was excellent. However, too many things were not as expected from a restaurant of this calibre. Will I be back again? Probably if I was flush with cash and not too fussy.

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The Egg Cafe (Avoca Rathcoole)
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

This place is always busy! Yesterday was no exception. I don't know how often the menu changes as I don't come here that often but the food we had was great. Butternut Squash Raviolli with blue cheese sauce was a firm favourite, as was my superfood salad which had asparagus, brocolli, blueberries, almonds, feta cheese and much more. It was huge and very filling. Desserts looked great but we were too full. We did have one problem though. We ordered coffees and after 40 minutes and two complaints we left without getting them. I don't know why this has a € rating, I think it should be at least a €€. Who makes that decision?

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Tippenyaki
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin

Went here on Sunday. It was fantastic food. We had sushi and filet steak tippenyaki style. Service was pretty good. Mark up on the wines was a little bit pricy. House wines were cheap, but didnt look too nice. There was a large group of lads in football jerseys making it painful for everybody else there, but I will definitely be back.

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Taste Food Company
South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We have lunch on a Saturday here a while ago. The weather was great so outside was packed. We went upstairs which looked really nice but was quiet. Service was friendly and prompt. Food was great, it was steak sandwiches and chicken sandwiches all around and there was no complaints. I would like to go back and see what they can do for dinner some time in the future.

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Shangri-la Malaysian Chinese Restaurant
16 Stoneybatter, North Dublin, Stoneybatter, Dublin

We internittently order food from her. Last week we had a selection of dishes as we had guests at home. Beef curry, shredded chicken in plum sauce and a prawn satay dish. All were excellent and we also got free spring rolls with the order. Delivery was prompt, and we were able to pay with our credit card. Chips were a bit big and floury though.

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Cafe Bliss
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Its been over a year since we were here. We went on Monday night, there was a few poeple there having dinner. I saw other reviews, and I agree, the food is not exactly Nouvelle cuisine. My bruchetta was actually a frozen pizza bread. But my point is that its cheap and cheerful. Its cheap in terms of cost, and its cheerful in terms of the food (I have been to a lot worse places that cost twice as much) and the service is spot on. We really loved our main courses which were goats cheese salad and chicken curry. This is the first non Indian restaurant which is BYOB that I know of, so I am happy to say I will be back again.

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

Service is very good here. Out waiter for very helpful and informative. We shared a cheeseboard to start, it had a good selection of cheese and figs, although too many crackers, not enough cheese! I had the sirloin steak. It was cooked perfectly but the chips and onion rings were very greasy. My girlfriend had the chicken, which was nice but the accompanying potato was not cooked through. We had a nice bottle of Rioja, which cost €35, and one glass of desert wine. All in dinner was €116, which represented great value. I only discovered the cool bar downstairs when I visited the toilet so maybe I will try and get a seat down there next time to soak up the atmosphere.

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W Ryans
Parkgate Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I have eaten here a couple of times. Its always hard to get a table here at weekends, although they do let you sit in the restaurant upstairs if there is there is space available. Food is great, portions are always nice and big. The winelist for the restaurant is the same in the pub, which I think is a little bit pricy if you want a full bottle. Bangers and Mash and Fish and Chips are always consistent.

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Anvil Bistro Restaurant
Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin

I go here for lunch once or twice a month. Its pretty popular and booking is always advised. The food is fantastic, service is good and its a nice place. Yesterday I decided to have a chicken caesar salad. When I got the bill, the salad was around 12/13 euro plus 4 for the chicken. It was entirely my fault, so I cant complain. And to be honest, it was the best caesar salad I have ever had! Lots of chicken, bacon etc. A lot of people here get the soup and sandwich specials.

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

This place is a grand spot. Food is reasonable. Price is reasonable. House wine is reasonable and its only 18 quid. Service is good. In terms of restaurants in Terenure, its one of the better ones. One problem, which happed to me here last Sunday which really annoyed me though... we came here with a party of 6, were shown to a table by the door, we asked about another table further up the room and we were told it was already booked. When we were leaving 2.5 hours later, that other table was still empty, in fact half of the restaurant was.

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Park House Restaurant (Galway)
Park House Hotel & Restaurant, Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway City, Galway

I liked this place. The staff were super friendly and efficient. Had the Pate to start, and the Chicken salad. My colleague had the soup and the chicken curry. This place gets quite popular in the evening and I can see why. I was here as a hotel guest, but if I return to Galway, I would happily use both the hotel and restaurant again.

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Fat Freddys
The Halls, Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

Nice place, not too fancy, straight forward Pizza etc. I have been here a few times on trips to Galway. This time, our seating was so crammed, I was practically sitting over our small table for two. The wine is reasonably priced, the Montepulciano tasted great. We shared the nachos for starters and both had the pizza with roast chicken and brie. In short, the food was great. Its always difficult to tell if this place is so busy because of its perfect location or if the punters are returning all the time. I like the place, its nice and simple and the staff are pretty cool. Next time I am in Galway I will be back again.

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Himalaya Tandoori
Unit 6, Village Centre, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

I was here with a friend after work. Granted, it was a little quiet as it has just opened, but the staff were very friendly and very attentive. We had the Murghi Masalam and a Lamb Madras (I think). The food was excellent. We didnt stay for desert as we were in a hurry, but I will definitely be back again, maybe at a weekend.

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Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I have been here many times. Last Saturday we decided to go for dinner and tried to book a table. Both directory enquires numbers could not get me the number. They were not in the phone book either. In the end I had to plug in the laptop and get the number from this site! All that trouble aside, I rang and got the downstairs "wine bar" counter. When I tried to book they told me I couldnt as its a wine bar. In the end, they gave me a number to call "upstairs". I did, and we were booked. However when I got there, both upstairs and down were in restaurant mode with the evening menus etc. In the end, we got our table, food was great. Our alad Caprese felt like it had been sitting in the fridge for a while, it was quite cold. Our mains, tortilini and a spagetti with bacon, onions and tomatoe sauce were great. Along with a bottle of Barbera D'Alba, the bill was about 60 quid. Happy days.

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Seven
73 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin

I have recently converted to Seven, having been a critic of it under its previous management and the quality of service they offered. Now it is under new management and we ate there twice last week. Food is spot on. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever. Over the two trips we sampled rib eye & sirloin steak, duck & bangers and mash. The early bird is amazing value. The service, although a little slow, is pleasant and with a smile. The layout it tight, but the decor is nice. This is a place I look forward to returning too now.

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Plan B
Manor Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Great spot. SImple menu, nice wines and great service. Its always enjoyable coming here.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

We have heard a lot about this place, all the reviews are positive - so we tried it yesterday evening. The decor makes this place look really cool and funky. We were to be seated beside a table of 5 people but the waitress made the effort to move us to a slightly further away table (without being asked to). The menu is big enough and does vary but it seems the burger is king in this place. We shared a pita with tapenade and hummus for starter. The pita seemed to be freshly baked. Gorgeous. For mains we had one of the burgers with crunchy chips and meatballs with pasta. The burger was ok; the beef itself lacked any real punch of flavour. The chips were anything other than crunchy, perhaps greasy or soggy is a better description. The worst of the evening was my meatballs. Six miniature balls in a bowl of pasta with tomato sauce. The meatballs were small, overcooked, dry, and sometimes hard and were definitely not seasoned. The pasta and sauce was also a little bland. I have yet to read a poor review on this place so I know its possible we just had a bad day, but nothing really stood out food wise. The wine however is great value with plenty of wines, (some organic) from 20 euro plus. I don’t think I will be back again.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

We made it in here for the early bird menu. 3 dishes for 12 euro which I thought was great value. We had the chicken skewers, Spanish sausage, prawns, goats cheese salad and potatoes. All dishes were excellent although some more goats cheese on the salad would have been nice. The service was great and the place looks great, although we didn't see these much discussed toilets! We had a bottle of Vega Castillo Tempranillo which was only 21 euro and great value although I thought some of the wines such as the Marques de Riscal Reserva were a bit expensive. We will be back again and we will be bringing friends.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Some things havent really changed in Luigi Malones, such as the tables on top of each other, and I think some of the dishes are very very expensive for what you get. (€7.30 for a small slice of cheese cake and there is no way there was "two chicken breasts" in my salad). However, there are alot of positives in terms of value. They offer great early bird mid week offers. For example, we had a bottle of house wine (their house wine has always been of an excellent quality) half price. Plus we had a super €25 euro voucher that took the pain out of the bill. And they now have a new loyalty card, which offers additional good value. In otherwords, the food is consistent, the service is good, and if you avail of the special offers, this can be a really great place of food and value. I would happily return and make use of the value deals again.

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Pizza Stop
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I was here last Sunday, my first trip in years and it was a lot more quiet than I remember, but Sundays can be like that. The food was ok. Pizza base was VERY thin and you could tell they were sitting under a grill waiting for us to finish our starters - the whole toppings/cheese was like liquid and was hard to get onto a fork. The starters of deep fried mushrooms were ok. The house wine was enjoyable but the 5% service charge was a strange addition to a 45 euro dinner. Even though it was not the best dinner I have had and did not meet my expectations, they probably would have got a better tip if not for the service charge.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I was here last Monday for dinner at the end of the bank holiday. We were just planning on dinner and heading home, which was lucky since the waiter spilled a bottle of wine all over me! Since the shirt was inexpensive and we were homeward bound after dinner, I wasn’t too bothered. The waiter and manager were sincerely apologetic and I was offered cash for dry cleaning and a replacement shirt. I didn’t accept on the basis that a: it was an accident, b: it was a cheap shirt and c: we were not going out afterwards. But moving onto the food...it was good. Both of us had the cheese log for a starter; it’s all we have ever ordered so I couldn’t comment on any other starter. I had the duck for main course, which came with a lot of side vegetables, (maybe too many) but the duck was gorgeous. My partner had another starter for a main course, the chicken popcorn, which she assured me was big enough to be a main course. The food here is always consistent. All drinks were removed from our bill as a sign of good gesture, and we all went home happy. I will at some point be back again.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here a number of times and it has always been great. The menu is quite small but they do everything well. We rang at 7.30pm on Saturday and they had a table at 9.30 for us. The fillet steak with foie gras was amazing. The chicken quesadillas were not so good this time, there was not a lot of filling and they appeared to be very greasy. I guess even great restaurants can get it wrong sometimes. And is it just me, but is the cheese board getting smaller?! Either way, I am certain I will be back again soon.

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

We were here for lunch on Sunday. Service was excellent. I think the menu itself, both dinner and lunch is great value. I had the red mullet on sour dough break which was fantastic. I hope to go back soon.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

It was at least two or three yeats since our last visit. At the time, there had been a great review in a saturday newspaper and for a time it has been difficult to even get a booking. It was a little on the quiet side last Sunday when we arrived. We shared the mushroom starter, and then had a pizza and the chicken and mushroom pasta. Both were fantastic. Although we didnt drink, they had a wine of the month, a Salice Salentino for 16 euro. The very same retails for 10.99 in most shops. Our lunch, (including a banoffi pie and irish coffee) came to 48 euro. The service was excellent. I cant wait to go back again.

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Oscar Taylor Restaurant
Island View Hotel, Coast Road, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

We booked this restaurant for a family get together. Whilst I haven’t been in about 10 years or so, other family members have frequented a bit more. As I arrived early, we located ourselves to the lounge bar down below. The bar itself was quiet enough, except for some football fans catching a game. I ordered a pint of Heineken, which turned out to be flat. The bar man happily exchanged this for a red wine at no extra charge. The restaurant seems to have an intercom system and we were duly called up to the restaurant at 9pm over the intercom system. When we arrived the place was empty, which makes you wonder how they needed us to get up there so quickly. The staff were very friendly and courteous. Most had the cheese starter, which was almost like a spring roll, filled with cheese. This was quite nice. The deep fried mushrooms were ok, but the portion was huge. Most people ordered fillet steaks, which were all cooked to requirements and were very nice. The pasta and chicken dish that was served, (the name escapes me), was a poor attempt. The sauce was bland and the pasta was over cooked. It amounted to a gooey like texture. Oscar Taylors is not a bad place. The menu is broad enough and from speaking to family and friends, they all are return customers so they seem to know how to keep the people happy. I have seen other reviews on the site in which they refer to the “quick” or “speedy” service. This for me was the biggest downfall. Starters arrived less than 5 minutes after ordering and main courses came immediately, (in fact they were waiting while the starters were cleared). I am not sure if I will be back, unless another family gathering happens there.

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

Even though I do complain about Yamamori from time to time, I always go back because the quality of the food is consistently great. I have a couple of Norimaki rolls and my girlfriend had the chicken kari-age. It was spot on. My main issue is with the price of deserts, which seem to be getting smaller, (have you seen the size of the cheescake recently? perhaps my hands are getting bigger!) and the winelist. Its not great, either in selection or price range. I think I will stick to beer from now on. Service is always excellent here like a well run ship.

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

I cannot fault this place. BYOB is great. Dinner here is always nice although I rarely venture from the Chicken Passanda or Murgh Makhani. Staff are friendly and there is always a buzz in the place. I look forward to my next vist.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a great find! I was in this place for the first time last Thursday, after reading a review on this website. The beer hall upstairs was not open yet, so I didn’t get to see what all the fuss was about but I found a nice table at the back and was served by the most friendly and pleasant of waitresses. As beer is not my thing, the smaller beer matching menu was a bit daunting, I was worried that I would be like a fish out of water but the waitress gave me the full menu. I had the bangers and mash; it tasted great, albeit a little cold but with great sausages. My partner had the chicken and mushroom pie, we found only one sliver of mushroom, but the chicken was tasty. The sauce was not very thick and there was only pastry on the top of the bowl, so it was a difficult one to eat, but we figured it out. I think the pleasant staff and the hidden gem element to this gastro pub are its best qualities. I hope that I get back again to taste more of the menu and maybe check out that beer hall. Next time, I will get that famous FXB steak.

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