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#414 of 806 Irish in Dublin
#728 of 2,102 Restaurants in Dublin


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Reviewed 23 March 2020

Has a really exceptional menu (inc. lots of vegetarian options) using quality ingredients. However was really let down by the service, as we could see lots of staff buzzing around but they didn't really pay any attention to customers. Also, when they did eventually take...an order for dessert they waited 15 minutes before letting us know they had run out of ice cream. The only time anyone even engaged with us was when we were paying the bill (obviously for a greater tip) but too little too late!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 November 2019 via mobile

I have been in this fine little cafe many times, prior to going in to see a movie or after seeing a movie.I found it a very pleasant and relaxing little cafe, friendly and a nice venue before or after a movie to sit I...and have a nice snack.More

Date of visit: November 2019
IFICafeBar, Owner at IFI Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2020

Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed 3 November 2019

2pm and mostly breakfast items on menu..dissapointing range of items. Toilets were terrible, as they often are in IFI.a woman was injecting herself with drugs and the mess she made was still there 3 hours later when the movie was over.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 4 October 2019

I like the IFI. Me and my daughter always meet there when I visit her in Dublin. It's very central in Temple Bar and there's always a great buzz with people queuing for films and drinking in the glass roofed lobby. The staff are young...and very friendly and prices are very reasonable.More

Date of visit: September 2019
IFICafeBar, Owner at IFI Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2020

Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed 22 August 2019

Had pre-movie dinner here in a group last night and there were no complaints from anyone. Food: It’s a compact menu, but there’s a nice variety to be honest, something for everyone. I had fish and chips and the fish was delicious-fresh and done in...a light crispy batter. accompanied with mint peas and a nice tartare sauce. Chips were grand. A few people got the burgers and they looked good and all positive feedback. Drinks: Nice variety of beers on tap, and some decent wines. Had the Don David Malbec as I have drank it before and it’s a good red. Service: Staff were friendly and attentive couldn’t fault them. There was no delay with drinks or food itself and the bottles of water were constantly replenished throughout the meal without request. Cafe itself is open and airy. If I was coming back for another movie I would probably consider eating here again. Nice to be able to bring the remainder of the drinks into the auditorium in plastic cups.More

Date of visit: August 2019
IFICafeBar, Owner at IFI Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2020

Thanks for the brilliant and comprehensive review, we hope to see you back at the IFI Café Bar soon!

Reviewed 8 April 2019

Am a member and very regular customer at this (filmically) superb arts cinema. The food and service in the cafe/restaurant, unfortunately, can vary considerably - from tasty and good-value to still-frozen in the case of the former, to friendly/attentive and breezily indifferent/missing in action in...the latter. I don't know if the issue is the management, or one or two of the likeable but clearly mentally preoccupied waiting staff, or something else I'm missing. Consistently professional, though, I'm sorry to say it ain't! Tonight, I came into the cafe, and despite there being a whole raft of empty tables (as I say, I'm, a very regular customer), I was directed upstairs by the waitress 'as we might get busy later', who nevertheless assured me she'd be up to take my order shortly. I complied, a bit unhappily, and waited. And waited. And waited. After 20 minutes of this Beckettian waiting, I descended to talk to the manger, to find there was apparently no manager about (which might tell one something), but only a 'supervisor' who could only say sorry (which was something) but seemed nonplussed by the whole scenario. This is, as I say, a great cinema/cafe space, with mostly decent/friendly food and service, so it is a shame the latter goes to pot on a regular basis for reasons that seem immune to feedback or correction. A zonal table system for waiting staff would be a rather simple solution. Also, the odd approach to tables to ask if things were OK, if one wanted to order anything else etc., which rarely/never seems to happen, would be a brilliant innovation that many restaurants have been doing for, ooh, decades. There are more important things in life, but a bit of consistent professional pride is really needed on the shop floor - management take heed unless you really want to irritate/alienate your regular patrons!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 22 February 2019 via mobile

As a Member ,,I am very disappointed with the Gents toilet facilities. On my visit today I saw that One of the Two cublcles is still OUT OF ORDER since my prior visit ..a month ago. I stated my concern to the person at the...desk and she told me that the manager was aware of it. WELL MANAGER GET THE TOILET REPAIRED !!More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 3 January 2019

Dropped into the restaurant for a quick lunch during the Japanese Film Festival and had an excellent burger. Service wasn't the quickest but we still had plenty of time before our film started. Prices are very good value for what we received. Would go again.

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Came into the cafe after a rather disappointing film but my grill certainly did not disappoint . Two delicious venison sausages, two rashers bursting with flavour, delicious softly scrambled eggs, black and white pudding and thinly sliced mushrooms served with two slices of toasted sourdough...bread. A double espresso completed my feast.More

Date of visit: October 2018
DanielA12236, Public Relations Manager at IFI Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Great to hear you had a good feed!

Reviewed 22 September 2018

Ordered vegeburger and chips, place was busy with a good vibe and service was quick but the vegeburger was tasteless and had an odd babyfood-like texture, yuck, was inedible

Date of visit: September 2018
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IFI Café Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5