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“Excellent dinner”
Review of Roly's Bistro

Roly's Bistro
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Ranked #252 of 2,783 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$49
Cuisines: Irish, Bar, Grill
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Roly's Bistro opened in Dublin in November 1992 and quickly became one of the city's busiest and best loved restaurants. Its reasonably-priced menu and wine list together with a casual, light-hearted atmosphere made it an instant hit with everybody from romantic couples to families, from business executives to local and visiting celebrities. Today, a team of 27 chefs serve freshly-cooked food to over three thousand people a week without compromising on quality and standards. Fresh heated bread is baked daily in the bakery.
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Was booked in for a group of 5 dinner after a meeting. Never been before. On arrival we were promptly escorted upstairs to our table. A little bit cramped with tables close together, but an excellent atmosphere

Menu choices were wide enough to satisfy most tastes, food when presented looked very nice with excellent flavours and textures. Wine choices were on a wide spectrum of choice, quality and price allowing for reasonably priced dining as well as for pushing-the-boat-out spoiling and indulgence.

Thank Phil_Dr
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Four of us booked in to the Café part of Rolys on a Sunday evening as my Dad had eaten in the restaurant previously and enjoyed it. We opted for the Café for a more informal dining experience as we knew we'd have been out and about in Dublin all day. I believe the menu is less extensive than the restaurant menu but that's not a bad thing, easier to make a decision!

I wouldn't normally opt for bread to start but when we walked in the smell of freshly baked break was all around a smelled fantastic so decided to go for it - was really not disappointed in my choice when I was served a selection of 4 warm breads with olive oil, balsamic and pesto to dip. Could easily have eaten a loaf it was that lovely! The soup also got rave reviews alongside the antipasti platter.

For main I had the Dublin Bay Scampi. Genuinely the best Scampi I have ever had, tasted so fresh and meaty and was a very generous portion with some nice tartar sauce. The fish pie also looked and apparently tasted fantastic.

For dessert you can pick to have various small portions of the fresh cakes that the bakery makes which was a great idea. We had 6 between us and they were all fantastic - you get a reasonable size amount but small enough that you can try the others! Would whole heartedly recommend all of them but the malteaser mousse was the favourite.

Overall this was a great dining experience and also very reasonable for the quality of the food. If I were in Ballsbridge again I would not hesitate to return.

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2  Thank Beem10
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We were in Dublin for a Rugby match and staying in Herbert Park hotel.
We arrived at 09:00 after an early flight and, having already booked a table at Roly's for an evening meal, chose to have breakfast there.
Staff were pleasant and friendly and sat and served us quickly.
There were 6 of us and all chose the mini Irish breakfast - which turned out to be quite sparse (made to look worse as it was presented on a large dinner plate), but well cooked and tasty. The small portions, however, offset by the quantity of toast supplied.

In the evening we returned and the place was packed and there was some confusion over our booking which had been made for Eight o'clock but staff had it as eight thirty. So, rather than make us wait for a table in the downstairs Bistro we were reseated in the more formal restaurant upstairs - but still offered the Bistro menu and prices.
Despite the fact that the staff were clearly busy the service and food were excellent and the bill for six including drinks was very reasonable.

All-in-all, a pleasant place to eat.

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1  Thank Mervyn L
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

If you're dining with people who aren't overly adventurous as is the case with my 80+ parents this is the perfect place. A fantastic menu with lots of options and it is done with flair and finesse - plenty to get the gastric juices flowing. Don't skip on the breads - they are fabulous.A Prawn Cocktail starter was served in a filo pastry case - nice touch with the added nice touch of serving accompanying Lemon in a hessian bag - all wonderfully presented. Mains were simply stunning with my parents opting for pork while I had stuffed chicken breast all of which were accompanied by an excellent selection of sides.Service was fantastic for the 2.45 sitting on a Sunday. A nice 500ml carafe of house white and some pretty excellent cheese on one side and a chocolate pud on the other and what is not to like - all in for 120 euro. Absolutely brilliant dining experience.

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1  Thank John G
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Had a table upstairs and the menus was small but extensive and the specials of the day were very cosmopolitan - lamb and Dover sole. Good selection of wines and reasonably attentive service BUT we had to pour own wine as server did t always notice.

Thank MCScotland2
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