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Updated 28/04/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Breakfast, Lunch, Bar Bites, Cocktails, Dinner & Weekend Brunch. Located on Balfe Street, where Grafton Street and the Creative Quarter meet, Balfes features a 20 seater outdoor terrace, a zinc-covered bar and open kitchen.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
CUISINES
Irish, European, Healthy
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very nice food - pate was maybe a bit pricey - prawns were fantastic and that’s what I’ve have again- house wine was a Portuguese red which was a grand drinker but could do better for 34 a bottle . Mains were lovely and generous...portions - deserts were dainty but tasty - lovely Irish coffee and great service from IsobelMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Shanel23, Thank you very much for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us and I have taken good notes of your feedback. I will make sure to pass on your kind words to Isabel and I hope we will have...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Myself and my friend went to Balfes for brunch last Saturday morning and ended up staying until very late in the afternoon!! The festive Christmas decor and delicious cocktails made the best setting for a catch up between friends. Our waiter, Davide, was fantastic. Nothing...was too much trouble - we asked him about a drink that wasn’t on the menu, an Italian spritz called a Hugo - an Italian himself Davide said it was no problem he would have them made and indeed he arrived back with the first of many rounds of beautiful Hugo’s! We can’t wait to come back again.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Sarahsloane000, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us for brunch, and so proud that Davide looked after you so well. I am sure he will be very happy...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful cocktails with very nice and entertaining waiter. Catered to every need by Davide and Sebastian. Would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Oisin0203, Thank you so much for your review! I am very happy that you enjoyed your time with us and very proud that Davide and Sebastian looked after you so well. I will make sure to pass on your kind words to them. Looking...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Firstly we arrived without a booking but we're quickly made comfortable at the high tables In a warm and cosy atmosphere. We had been shopping for a few hours so the warm welcome was very much appreciated. We were greeted by Maureen who seated us...quickly and Hayley was promptly introduced as our server who helped us with the menu, the vegetarian, vegan options and recommended some cocktails to spice up our meal. The vegan Beanburger was hearty, tasty and filling which is rare in the vegan space. So much so, Hayley got the recipe from the chef for us so we can attempt our own Beanburgers at home. I find it hard to believe we'll be able to match the taste but we'll certainly give it a try. I had a peachy sour whiskey drink which went down very well. "Do it for the Gram" cocktail was less well received but hey, in for a penny in for a pound. Overall, it felt like we hit the jackpot with our lunch and set us up nicely to return back to the streets to finish our Christmas shopping. Highly recommended experience, will definitely visit soon. Paddy and BredgeMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear paddyodea, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. Your feedback is very much appreciated, and I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us. I am also very proud to hear that Marie and Hayley looked after...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My friend and I recently decided to stop by for a quick drink and being our first time at Balfes, we didn’t know what to expect. We were warmly greeted at the door and shown to the bar, we were greeted by the bartenders Sebastian...and Colin. We ordered a berry delight (mocktail) and a Pear cocktail, both were delicious and well presented. The bartenders couldn’t have been any nicer and were very good about answering any queries that we had. It was a lovely experience and such a lovely night out, it is truly a hidden gem in Dublin City center.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear I2364GCdanielk, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us for drinks and very proud that Colin and Sebastian looked after you so well. I am sure they will be...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here with my mum as we were staying at the westbury and the food was amazing. Our waitress was Anna who was lovely, the staff were friendly and the food was superb. I ordered a linguine and my mum had the salad. We...both enjoyed it very much. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ameerakhawaja1, Thank you so much for your review! I am very happy that you enjoyed your time with us and very proud that Anna looked after you so well! I am sure she will be delighted to hear from you. Looking forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my boyfriend we had the most beautiful food and the service was amazing. Our waiter, Lorenzo, was incredible! He was so professional, and accomodating! Will be back !More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 415enyag, Thank you so much for your review! I am delighted that you had a good time with us and very proud that Lorenzo looked after you so well. I will make sure to pass on your kind words to him. Looking forward to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for a birthday brunch with friends and had a great time, food and service was excellent, the waiters brought out a pain au chocolat with a candle at the end of the meal which was a really nice touch, thank you!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear bethf1997, Thank you so much for your review! I am very happy that you enjoyed your time with us to celebrate your birthday! I will make sure to pass on your kind words to our Front of House and Kitchen team. Looking forward to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super location, nice comfortable decor, relaxing vibe. Delicious food, wine and atmosphere. I had beautiful gambas to start and really tasty prawns linguine and some delicious rum raisin ice cream for dessert and couldn’t fault a thing. The family had the same starters and the...burger, fish & chips all got the thumbs up too. Anna and Davide looked after us supremely well, with an extra beautiful touch of congratulations chocolate on the graduates dessert! Nice wine list and coffees were all good. It was Monday night so we weren’t rushed out the door either. I’ll be back thanks.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 672lizh, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us to celebrate your graduation. I am also very proud that Anna and Davide looked after you so well and I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely experience eating here. The place is beautiful, and the staff is great. Shoutout to Joao, who was amazing, super nice and made the experience even better!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear carolinasD1483HQ, Thank you very much for your review! I am so glad that you had a good time with us and very proud that Joao looked after you so well. I am sure he will be delighted to read your kind words. I hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came in for a drink, kept in drinking because of the quality of cocktails and the entertainment of the funny bartender sebastian and Davide Will come backMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear CaioBombola Thank you so much for your review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us, from drinks to service and I am very proud that Sebastian and Davide looked after you so well. Looking forward to welcoming you again soon in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing cocktails, lovely Sebastian and Davide Cool people and fancy food 🥰🥰🥰 The hotel it’s beautiful 😍😍😍More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear madamaceli, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! I am so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and that Sebastian and Davide looked after you so well. I am sure they will be very happy to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my dinner and drinks here and shoutout to Alina, she was Amazing :). I’ll definitely be back. Thank youMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear NaomiAa96, Thank you very much for your review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and very proud that Alina looked after you so well. I will make sure to pass on your kind words to her. Looking forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anna was absolutely brilliant!! So attentive and helpful and the food was fab. Will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear roreilly92, Thank you very much for your review! I am very happy that you chose us for your celebration dinner and that you enjoyed the food and service, I hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again soon in Balfes! Kindest regards,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks so much Isabel for 10/10 service in Balfes 😁 the food was great, hope to be back again soon. You made our experience so enjoyableMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear laurao247, Thank you so much for your review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and very proud that Isabel looked after you so well. I am sure she will be very happy to hear from you, Looking forward to welcoming...More

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hi a lot of the places reply alright i find when they must see a good review they respond perhaps i am wrong as i gave a very good honest review which one didn't like and they also replied. cannot say why.
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Hi there, Balfes is very child friendly and we always do our best to fit in buggies and prams. Saturday afternoon tends to be very busy however but we'll do our best for you. David
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