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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Tasting Room

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#328 of 2,147 Restaurants in Dublin


US$16 - US$54
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 04/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 04/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

I was here today for a glass of wine with my sister, the background here is my sister has frequented this place for years with her partner a prominent business who lived in ballsbridge and who gave great business to this establishment for years. We...were greeted by the waiter who didn’t seem interested in that we were there. I was looking forward to the experience as I’ve been here before and I have enjoyed my experience on many occasions. Unfortunately on this occasion the experience was soured by the treatment of the waiter who I believe is the owner’s son. My sister first asked for a glass of wine and some cheese and we were told no cheese with the wine and as there were no tables inside we had to sit outside on a miserable day. We knew that the new restaurant was open upstairs and we asked could we see the restaurant and we were told no there prerparing not very good considering how much was given to this restaurant over the years they were in business. I’d have to say the wine that was advised by the waiter was absolutely disgraceful and tasted like vinegar, and we left one glass. When my sister asked the waiter what wine was that he told her and she said I wouldn’t get it again. There was no acknowledgment from the waiter and a very poor service. This restaurant/establishment has been living on its name far too long and thinks it can provide a bad service and bad wine at high prices and get away with it. Luckily enough in Dublin there is far better places. I wouldn’t go back here again.!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 21 August 2020

Any time I've visited French Paradox I've had a great experience. The place has a relaxed atmosphere. The staff are experts in terms of advice on wine pairings. Feels like you are walking into France!

Date of visit: August 2020
PhAt56, Owner at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Tasting Room, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2020

Thank you for a wonderful review! It is always a pleasure to share our passion for food and wine.

Reviewed 10 March 2020

Catching up with a literary friend, found us at the 'French Paradox', perched at our high table with a bottle of Languedoc, plate of nibbles being attended to by friendly and helpful staff. With the lovely wood decor, beautiful bottles of vino abound an enjoyable...and elegant evening was had.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

Excellent authentic French restaurant in Dublin. Fab food - foie gras and cassoulet! - and delicious wine. Friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Recommend this place!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 22 December 2019

We attended on Friday 13th December. From the moment we walked in we were greeted and welcomed into this wonderful restaurant. The team are fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. A relaxed atmosphere with great food and fantastic wine. It was great when we lived in dublin...9 years ago and it is still fantastic now. Our friends had a great time. Definitely a place to go. Thank you for a wonderful evening.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 14 December 2019 via mobile

Exquisite French food and wine. Staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful and give great wine choice advice to accompany your food choice. Would highly recommend and will we will be coming back here again!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 4 November 2019

We had a great time in this restaurant/wine shop in the hearth of Ballsbridge. The food is tasty and well presented (we had foie gras, fondue, duck confit), the wine selection is vast, giving the fact that that is also a wine shop, and the...service is truly warm and attentive. I refer particularly to the waiter/restaurant manager who served us, an authentic french gentleman. Do not expect a snobbish and "overdressed" restaurant, but rather a charming little spot where you feel you're in the loveliest Parisian spot for the night.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 4 September 2019

we went to celebrate me finishing some awful exams and i introduced him to this local spot - we live a mere street or two away :) I LOVE IT ! and now so does he. the staff are SO well versed in their product...and literally excited to talk about it. we had a plate of pate and salad to marry with the wine, which was recommended by our host and it was delicious. it might have been raining outside but it was south of france inside. highly recommendMore

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 25 August 2019 via mobile

We have visited this restaurant several times and its very consistent with the friendliness of the staff, quality of wine choice and great whether you want french tapas style dishes or something more substantial.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 7 August 2019

Had dinner at the French Paradox Wine Bar based on a recommendation from an Irish friend. And it turned out to be just right. Small and stylish bar/restaurant with a very authentic French atmosphere in a nice residential part of the city. Excellent wine list...and a very nice menu, incl. some tapas sharing plates - French and Basque style. Of course not a particularly Irish experience but they did have lovely Irish salmon too. Very friendly and competent service - both in English and French (some of the waiters were French). On the expensive side but not excessively so. A very nice place for a drink or dinner - but limited spaces so book ahead.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Yes, The French Paradox Wine Shop & Tasting Room offers takeaway services.

Yes, The French Paradox Wine Shop & Tasting Room is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Tasting Room is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5