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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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If you love Thai Food, tasty dishes and mouth watering fresh flavours then you will love The Chilli Banana. Our values include giving our customer a true Thai experience through a menu that balances taste, texture & presentation superbly, excellent service and sourcing high quality ingredients from local Irish suppliers. We have a full bar, cocktail menu and early bird options. During Covid we are adhering to strict social distancing guidelines and all our staff are wearing mask and using hand sanitiser regularly. We are operating in a smaller capacity to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff. Open for delivery and click and collect until further notice. Thanks for visiting
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Asian, Thai
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Gift Cards Available
Reviews (253)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I have been to chilli banana a couple of times before and the food was excellent. But tonight the food was a great let down.First of all, their staff service was great but after our appetisers for our main course was a...good long wait (about 55 mins), but when we finally got our meal we realised everything that we ordered were cold! We also ordered the sizzling beef but when it got to our table it was lukewarm and was not sizzling?!? The meal portions were very little according to the price which was definitely not worth it . We hope to see some improvements in food potions , taste and presentation , in the future, (No Coming Back )More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 23 November 2021

Met up with friends for a bite to eat and catch up. The food and service were fantastic, it really is a great spot.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 5 November 2021 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Great food. Visited on Friday night. Total experience amazing food to die for! Big shout out to Darragh who was 100% start to finish!!!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 4 November 2021

Was looking forward to my first trip to Chilli Banana on 30/1021 as I love Thai food. Had Black Pepper Squid followed by Pad Thai with prawns. My starter described as “ crispy squid in light flour and black pepper”was anything but that. The batter...was heavy, hard and tasteless. Cannot comment on the squid as it was overwhelmed by the batter. What followed was even worse - a gloopy mess! Picked out 3 prawns which, in fairness, were not bad and then had to abandon the dish. Noted, with interest, that our waiter collected my practically full dish without comment. Fully accept that I did not complain on the night but I was taken there as a guest and did not want to make my hosts feel even worse about the experience. Not to be recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 17 August 2021

Whenever we are in Dublin this is one of our two favourite restaurants. It is one of the most dependable restaurants I know and we have visited as a couple and with family / friends and have never been disappointed. It is a very welcoming...restaurant with a warm and cozy atmosphere, the decor and general ambience adds to the sheer joy of eating here. As a vegetarian I always do well, I had Tempura Vegetables as a starter and the Vegetarian Yellow Curry as a main course with noodles. My wife had the Chicken Satay skewer as a starter and the Duck and crispy noodles aas a main course. We had Cobra beer with our meal and a sambuca as a digestive. We gave in to temptation and had a desert each - something we seldom do - I had the warm sticky toffee pudding and my wife had the chocolate brownie, both were excellent. It was a spectacular meal and one that will encourage us to find any excuse to return. The service , like the food, was first class and even as occasional diners here we felt very welcomed and that our custom was much appreciated. The staff are very accommodating and are more than happy to adjust dishes to suit individual tastes where possible. Thai restaurants don't get much better than this.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 10 August 2021

Myself and my two friends had a evening out in the Chilli Banana over the weekend. We found the food beautiful and the staff were so friendly and warm, we had the best night and could not recommend enough. Can't wait to return. Regards Carmel

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2021

Visited with my family, the waiting staff are very efficient and helpful, the food was unreal, its definitely worth a visit when in dublin, hope to visit soon, the owner and manager couldn't have been nicer

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 7 July 2021 via mobile

I decided to try Chilli Banana because the name got my attention & their menu & reviews are great. My wife & I shared the “combination” starter which is a mix of satay skewers, ribs, spring rolls, calamari & filo prawns. This was a perfect...fun start of mouth watering eastern favourites for those like us who kinda want a bit of everything. Our mains were tantalising perfection & made us feel like we’d really gotten our bang for our buck with this restaurant. My wife had the Mango salad & I opted for the Red Curry. Outstanding food & service. We will be back or ordering online again soon. 👏👏More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Laura W, Agency / Consultant at Chilli Banana, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2021

Many thanks for your review, we really appreciate it. Best wishes from all the staff here in Drumcondra

Reviewed 16 August 2020

Came here last night for dinner. Was a very pleasant experience. Staff are friendly but not intrusive. Place has a casual but cosy feel to it, unpretentious but upmarket. Food was absolutely delicious. I know thai food is generally very tasty but it is particularly...good here. I am vegetarian and there were lots of options, the tofu was good and firm too not squishy or soggy. Very reasonably priced too, I was surprised when the bill came out as I was expecting more. Cant wait to go back!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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682lauraw, Agency / Consultant at Chilli Banana, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Thanks so much for this lovely review, we hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 12 August 2020

We find ourselves drawn back to Chilli Banana whenever we visit Dublin. The reason of course is that both the food and the service are first class. The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere and is both cosy and intimate. We were impressed in the...way the Covid guidelines were being adhered to. We started with Tempura Vegetables which were very tasty, served with a sweet chilli sauce. My wife liked the look of a Seabass with lime and herb dish but requested that it be served milder than indicated on the menu - this was facilitated without fuss and she was delighted with her meal. I had a Thai Yellow Curry with vegetables and tofu - it too was very tasty. We both had noodles with our main course instead of rice, just for a lighter meal. A bottle of CIrculo Crianza at €25 represented great value and complemented the meal very well. To finish we had sambuca which came to the table flaming! All in all a really lovely dining experience.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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682lauraw, Agency / Consultant at Chilli Banana, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2020

Thank you Gearoid for your lovely review, we look forward to welcoming you back soon

Reviewed 17 February 2020

Went here for Valentines dinner. Had the early bird menu, which has a great choice of food on it. €21 for two courses is very cheap for Dublin too. Got a lovely bottle of wine to go with it and asked for the starters at...the same time as the mains, which was no problem for the staff. They were very attentive, friendly and helpful. The food was served quickly and the desserts were warm, which was amazing. Would definitely recommend a visit here.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 4 February 2020 via mobile

Booked for a Sunday evening while staying in the Skylon across the road. Booking was easy and we got a nice table close to the window. I had spicy salmon followed by chicken noodles. Both were not too hot but very tasty. Interesting menu with...many dishes for those who don't like it too hot. Nice range of bottled beers which are very cold. Staff were very friendly. Really enjoyed our visit here and would recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 29 January 2020 via mobile

Super service, cosy settings, fresh ingredients. Would definitely recommend and return. Located in Drumcondra. Very friendly staff.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 23 December 2019 via mobile

Having never been a fan of Chinese restaurants, this was no exception. There was a notice tucked away near the entrance stating that from 1 January 2019 vat has increased from 9% to 13%. This being my second visit this year, obliged by the family...to go along to keep them happy, the sign is still there. So a meal on the menu advertised at €17.20 again comes to €17.85 on the bill. Is it lawful for this form of deception to be continued? and will the practice continue into the New Year, meaning that the practice has taken place for one year.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 6 December 2019

I've been here twice now and both times I really enjoyed it. There is an excellent selection of food with plenty for the vegetarians. I had Yellow Curry with tofu and my friend had a Red Curry with beef. We also shared vegetable tempura which...was very good. The service is excellent; friendly and attentive as is the atmosphere. Its well laid out with a really nice ambience. All in all this is well worth a visit if you enjoy Thai food as I do and a great addition to Drumcondra dinning.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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I don't know whether they serve chips but I think it would be unusual if they didn't. Their website doesn't mention a children's menu. The quickest way to get an answer would be to ring them.
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Chilli Banana is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4