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Chameleon Restaurant

#122 of 2,155 Restaurants in Dublin
€€ - €€€Asian, Indonesian,
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 671 0362
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“rijst tafel” (38 reviews)
“rijsttafel” (26 reviews)
“tapas” (58 reviews)
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CUISINES
Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
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"
Fakerfi
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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 730 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to this place for the first time after recommendations and was not disappointed. I’ve no prior experience of Indonesian food so could not vouch for its veracity - what I can say is that it was delicious. It’s tucked down a side street but...More

Thank JReading156
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 days ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic food and service. It was really busy but our food was delivered promptly, the waiter took plenty of time to explain each dish. All staff were very friendly and helpful. The Bao are fantastic, set menus are great value for money and mean...More

Thank desudo84
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Many many thanks for your review and 5 stars, I will pass your comments onto the team as they work very hard to be helpful and friendly. Carol

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was our very 1 st visit and friend of ours recommended this place but Wasn’t impressed, some staff weren’t friendly. Overpriced overrated. Girl who were in charge tall dark very short hair weren’t friendly at all. It’s almost like She’s doing us favor or...More

Thank Davka L
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are very sorry you were not impressed, we would love to discuss your issues in further detail, would you kindly phone myself or Kevin on 01 6710362. thanks Carol

Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is quaint and small, and although very close to the heart of Temple Bar, it is mellow and chilled out inside. The staff are friendly and have a great knowledge of the menu. The food is beautiful, everyone in my party got 3...More

Thank Shauna M
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

thank you very much and we do look forward to you returning. Carol

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is so tasty. We ordered the set menus and the spread was brilliant. Would definitely recommend the set menus. Really cool interiors, we sat at one of the low tables where you are on cushions on the ground. Overall great experience and...More

Thank teal-eire
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Brilliant to receive a 5 star and thank you very much, yes the opium table is very popular, hope to see you in again soon. Carol

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited in a group of 6 in which 4 were vegetarians - was a great menu selections for everyone. Go hungry if you order the pre-planned menu. Also keep in mind for bigger groups (6 or more) you can only order one of 3 set...More

Thank wattsrd
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review and we do work hard to offer great vegan and veggie options. Just to let you know the service charge is passed onto the staff in full. Hope to see you again. Carol & Kevin

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were frequent visitors of the Chameleon when we lived in Dublin but then we moved abroad four years ago and had now the chance to revisit again. Unfortunately the owners were on holidays, we've met them many times and bought their excellent sauces at...More

Thank Mother_of_Dragons307
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you very much for your review and kind words, yes we took a short break in Sligo with the children so really sorry we were not there to meet and greet you. The team are great in Chameleon and we were certain they would...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Run, do NOT walk, to this amazing restaurant. Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life. Seriously. And I never say that. Do not eat all day so you can eat everything in sight. Very intimate, cozy, romantic atmosphere too. An absolute...More

Thank barryjparker
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much, you have made our day.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family ate in Chameleon and everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the Java menu which gives a good sampling of dishes. My husband enjoyed the short ribs. The portions are good.

Thank Diana S
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thank you vey much for visiting Chameleon and for taking the time to write a review, we do 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$11 - US$46
Meals
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
Sunday
16:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 23:00
Thursday
16:00 - 23:00
Friday
16:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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