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PRICE RANGE
US$1,195 - US$2,696
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
Reviews (281)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd gone to sample a bite to eat before visiting the famous 'Cobblestone' pub just round the corner which doesn't serve food but glad we chose Sparks - service great, food really nice and friendly staff - would recommend

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time to dine at Sparks and have to say the experience was enjoyable the staff were very helpful and friendly, the food was amazing with perfect portions would definitely recommend and will be returning

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 23 May 2022 via mobile

Our first meal here was lunch and it was very flavorful and well prepared. We enjoyed sandwiches while sitting outside in the patio. The following week we returned for dinner and it was not so good; my lamb chops almost inedible they were so tough...and the spaghetti with seafood had too much pasta but skimpy on seafood. Very popular with locals. Service okay.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 9 May 2022

I work nearby and come here at least once a week. The food is so good, and really quick, I have tried a good few things on the menu and have yet to be disappointed by anything. It's so handy if you only have an...hour for lunch because they dish out the food so quick. The staff are great and so is the owner. The place is so clean as well and although it's always busy, I've never had to wait too long for a table. Also great value, It really is the best place in the world!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 8 May 2022

Great food. I had the spinach and ricotta ravioli which was great, and there were several other vegetarian options on the menu. Really delicious desserts too.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 14 March 2022 via mobile

just reaching out towards meals out, sparks recommended, we were not disappointed, great food, lovely atmosphere, staff superb, there was a screamer at the next table but we’ll ignore that, top class 😍

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 February 2022 via mobile

A gem of a Bistro, serving up wonderful food, in a very very pleasant and friendly atmosphere. The management and staff are professional.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 19 October 2021

Very loud and poor service. Not asked for Covid passport on entering premises. Some staff did not wear face masks. Some customers did not wear face masks. White wine was not chilled, main course surf and turf was cold. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 21 August 2021

I go here often enough and it's a solid good menu and really nice staff but experience can often be ruined by the clientele that seem to be attracted to this place. Seems to be every skangers favorite restaurant so there's a lot of weird...looking filler lips, tracksuits and Canada Goose Jackets...not the restaurants fault just seems a lot of scumbags know about this place so beware.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 6 August 2020 via mobile

Excellent food, amazing service, very clean, great price! I highly recommend! It’s a small place with huge quality!!!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 20 July 2020

I I visited this little restaurant recently with a friend, I've never heard of it before but my friend had been there before. It doesn't stand out from the outside but inside it's cosy, cool and relaxed. I had prawns to start, followed by seabass,...it was all excellent, I had no complaints with the food, the wine was bland, but it didn't take away from the whole experience. What really stood out to me were the staff, a lovely lady showed is to our table and then we had a male water who was so friendly, good banter and very attentive, for instance I spilled something on my dress and he was straight over with a clean cloth and hot water and said "quick if you get it now you might save your dress"! I would go back for that alone!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 8 March 2020

We happened on this restaurant because it was close to the Lighthouse Cinema at Smithfield. It had a relaxed local feel, as opposed to catering mainly to tourists. The food is Italian, and we both enjoyed the chicken with chorizo main dish with a bottle...of red. The staff were friendly and attentive.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

In the heart of Smithfield, next to Jameson’s, and convenient for the Maldron, this is a friendly relaxed bistro. We shared the caprese salad (which was a good idea because it was a big serving!), and then the sea bass and the pizza fiorentina- both...good. Naughtily we also had the limoncello sorbet (really very nice). It’s a nice quiet unassuming bistro, low key but good food. I hope they survive and prosper: they deserve to.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 20 December 2019 via mobile

Dined in Sparks on a cold wet night.. warm friendly staff and very tasty food.Nothing was a problem .. changed some dishes to suit exact requirements..bruschetta & chicken pasta strongly recommended.Would definitely go back when next in Smithfield.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 9 October 2019 via mobile

Myself and my boyfriend popped into Sparks for a quick bite to eat before carrying on exploring Dublin. We were staying in a hotel nearby and after a google search decided on Sparks. I’m very glad we did we both had a wrap that comes...with a side of chips. Me chicken Caesar salad and my boyfriend chilli con carne. At first we thought it was pretty pricey(€9pp) for a wrap but we were shocked at the size of it... it was huge!!! And very yummy - definitely filled a whole. The two wraps with two drinks came to €22.10.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Sparks is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5