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Chameleon Restaurant

#107 of 2,087 Restaurants in Dublin
€€ - €€€Asian, Indonesian,
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 671 0362
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“rijsttafel” (63 reviews)
“tapas” (57 reviews)
“steamed buns” (7 reviews)
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Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Chameleon Restaurant
1. Dining experience
"A hidden gem; one of my favourite Dublin eateries"
Liam B
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2. Amazing atmosphere
"A wonderful little place, great ambience, friendly service"
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3. Great for groups
"Booked for a work Christmas Party.......The food was amazing"
alan j
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1 - 10 of 691 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I came across this restaurant by accident but I'm glad I gave it a try. The staff were very attentive and knowledgeble despite being rushed off their feet with the many patrons there so make sure you book in advance. I was skeptical when reading...More

Thank Danno77smith
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 29 September 2017

We have been to Chameleon a few times now and each time, we fall more in love. The staff are outstanding in their ethos, knowledge and can do attitude. The food is a delight to the senses and is so fresh and aromatic. We will...More

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Thank kk62
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you very much we really appreciate your comments and custom.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here after a show at the gaiety theatre. We weren't sure how to work the menu but our waiter was most helpful and pointed us in the right direction. We had plenty of food with different varieties, delicious. The red wine went...More

Thank susiec931
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this old favorite recently and was just as enjoyable as I remember. Friendly, knowledgeable staff with delicious food. Got a mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes between Two people from the Asian tapas menu. Great range of options for both and fairly priced....More

Thank Largetogo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were very lucky to get a table on a Friday night it seems but I’m so glad we did! There are many vegetarian/ pescatarian choices. The squid and banana leaf wrapped fish were amazing! The vegetarian set menu was perfect (best coconut milk curry...More

Thank Beckeedoug
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic food and service. Loads of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Staff very helpful in explaining the menu. Very tasty food. Highly recommend.

Thank Andrea G
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

At the time of writing the exchange rate is more or less £/euro so everything is expensive. This place was a find. We sat upstairs which was a bit cosier and had a better atmosphere. Food is tapas style. Our waitress suggested going for the...More

Thank Alexis M
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

I've just been rendered a helpless devotee of Indonesian fare after my first visit to The Chameleon in Temple Bar, Dublin. The menu choices allow for a varied selection of quality options at reasonable prices (the 'Java' menu in my particular case), all served efficiently...More

Thank SeanMacGC
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thank you very much Sean.

Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Tastebuds will love me forever for visiting this lovely little place. Staff (Alex and co) so friendly and helpful. Recommend!

Thank Sarah N
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Many thanks Sarah, I will pass on your comment to Alex.

Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

I was lucky enough to get a table on a Friday night. A wonderful little place, great ambience, friendly service and lovely food. Was recommended to me by a friend and was well worth the visit.

Thank Fakerfi
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Thank you, Friday and Saturdays can be busy so great to hear you got a table and enjoyed the Chameleon experience. Hope to see you again.

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Saiyidatus S
25 October 2017|
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Response from Carol W | Property representative |
No we are not halal-certified we can pre -order chicken and lamb which is certified upon request.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$49
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: South City Centre
  • Phone Number: +353 1 671 0362
  • E-mail
Chameleon is an award-winning Dublin restaurant specializing in rijst-tafel or Asian tapas such as Javanese short rib, Otak Otak Crab cakes, and free-range chicken satay served with our very own peanut sauce. Established in 1994, Chameleon has become renowned for its intimate and ambient atmosphere, excellent service, and outstanding contemporary Indonesian cuisine. Chameleon restaurant has won many prestigious awards including best restaurant in Temple Bar, and John & Sally McKenna Guides "100 Best Restaurants" every year since 2013. Carol and Kevin are a husband and wife team who are inspired by travel and great tasting food. Like their namesake – the chameleon is an expert at adapting to its environment – and attribute their recent success to their continual focus on how Irish people want to dine today. Recent additions include a range of craft beers and wines as well as catering for the dietary choices of vegetarians, vegans and celiacs’ looking for gluten-free options.
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