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Look out for the bright pink door of this three storey Georgian townhouse overlooking Trinity College Gardens. The first and second floors have a homel...
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US$18 - US$24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Irish, European
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Airy small space with wooden floor and tables. Staff were welcoming and the vibe was low key. Our appetizers were stellar, and our entrees very good. I thought the roasted scallops with cauliflower were sublime, and my spouse really enjoyed his smoked salmon in citrus...broth. Both the chicken and the cod were good entrees and the brandade with crisps was inspiredMore

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hosted a business dinner upstairs in the private dining room for 10 “The Library”. Perfect for small private party and food was delicious, staff friendly and helpful. Will return.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 23 May 2022

The restaurant is a fixed price menu with a very high price point. The menu itself is limited so my expectations were quite high for a fabulous meal. I was quite disappointed. The salmon appetizer was just ok. While the salmon was tasty, the dish...lacked texture and the sauce was bland. We had cod for the entree. The fish was well cooked and tasty but sat on a very bland bed of pureed cauliflower and mushrooms. Again, lacked texture and flavor. Dessert was the signature "cheesecake." Seriously, a jam jar with raspberry preserves on the bottom, cream cheese and a cookie crumble. Tasty but lacked originality and, seriously, 65 euro for this meal was far too expensive. Head to the Green Hen for delicious french food or Salamanca for tapas for better food, atmosphere and value.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 12 May 2022

Venue is pleasant, with views out over the grounds of Trinity College, tho frankly at that price level I’d have expected at least a table cloth. Clearly that’s not the vibe they’re trying to create. Menu was quite limited, with half a dozen starters and...only four mains. Food was delicious, tho portions were somewhat on the small side…. The cheek came with the prices for the ‘extras’: bread, smoked almonds and olives all priced at €6 each, with a similar price for each of the ‘sides’ with the mains. Given the size of the portions, these were not really optional extras! The wine list was quite well put together but expensive - more choice at less than €40 per bottle would be better. Service was pleasant and efficient. Will I be back? No - better food at more realistic prices available elsewhere.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 7 April 2022 via mobile

We were in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day and saw this restaurant while walking the quieter area of the city. We walked in around 5:30pm and got a seat. The restaurant was very slow maybe due to the festivities. Lucky us! We usually order slowly...at restaurants just in case we don’t enjoy the food. We ordered bread and butter, a scallops appetizer and a lamb shepherds pie. We were told that we may need to each order an entree. The waiter asked the manager and he allowed us to order one main entree. I’m glad he did because the shepherds pie was very filling. It also allowed us room for dessert. Wine was excellent, scallops amazing (I’ve never had scallops that tasty), the shepherds pie was very good. We had high hopes for dessert and it was good but not as impressive.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 7 April 2022 via mobile

Absolutely delicious dinner with attentive staff, loved it all! So happy we booked this reservation! The Roast Duck Breast was exceptional as was the Pork Belly entree. Anchovies and Olives, desserts were tasty too.👍🏼

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 19 March 2022 via mobile

Well established eatery around a long time so expectations were high. Dined here with 4 friends. We typically dine out together every 10-12 weeks. For the first time in history we all ordered the same dish, because of the lack of other appealing dishes! The...menu is like something from the dark ages and the fish was the only dish semi appealing! We did not get starters. The main course was lovely, v expensive, but v nice. Dessert was comical. My cheesecake was delivery in a stripy paper bag which was such a gimic, we aren’t children at a kids party!! The peppermint tea was just a tea bag on the side. We had a good laugh as I buy the same ones in Tesco for €3 a box and here we were paying €3 each!!! At the prices they charge you expect a mint diffuser etc. We ordered gin and tonic which was served with no garnish at all! Just ice! They are so behind the times with what is fashionable/on trend. It felt like we were eating out in the 70’s. Very very expensive too. Won’t go back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 25 February 2022

Located in an adapted town house with one group of diners on the first floor and another on the second. Lively atmosphere. Good food - and some inventive dishes. An extra point - I contacted them by email with a request and they were very...obliging. Recommend without reservation.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 8 December 2021

Tasting of local dishes in a very Irish atmosphere, impeccable service, beautiful decoration and above all, everything was delicious

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 25 November 2021 via mobile

Went here for a birthday dinner. I had heard good reviews, but I was underwhelmed by the food. Nothing special and I would have preferred more variety on the menu. The wine was very good. They were very keen to rush us out after the...meal.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Gareth M
26 January 2019|
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Response from isabel_one | Reviewed this property |
not that I know of. Narrow staircase, I doubt there is an elevator
29 September 2018|
Response from 626eas | Reviewed this property |
It’s best to call them or check the usual apps (open table etc.) to see if things have changed.
3 October 2017|
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Response from Icesk8terglasgow | Reviewed this property |
I would say smart casual at the weekend
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4