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The Blackboard Bistro

4 Clare Street | The Basement, Dublin D2, Ireland (South City Centre)
353-1-6766839
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Ranked #73 of 1,813 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $34 - $67
Cuisines: French, Irish
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: South City Centre
Description: The Blackboard Bistro understands the simple art of Risotto and a starter of leek and bacon risotto with fresh oregano, lemon zest & creme fraiche proves this point beautifully with all the flavours balanced, expressive and just right. Everything else that comes from the kitchen is just as precise! Mc Kenna Guides - 100 best Irish Restaurants 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I eat at the BlackBoard Bistro fairly regularly as it is an unassuming restaurant with very good French Food at reasonable prices. The menu is interesting and the wine list good. I recommend it for a good night of eating and relaxing. The standard is constant so is a place to return to!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Blackboard Bistro is an unassuming, but charming, basement bistro in the heart of the Trinity College-Merrion Square area. Walking from our hotel we almost passed it by on quiet Clare St. It's just the kind of family-run and passionate-about-food small place we love. With a French chef in the kitchen and his charming wife waiting table, we were greeted warmly... More

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Our large party of ten were not very happy with the recommendation from our Hotel staff regarding The Blackboard Bistro in our last night in Ireland. The waiter was stressed rushing about and not very friendly at all. Several of us odered the steak and found it very tough and fatty; I had the pork and enjoyed it however. When... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I brought my 5 year old daughter to lunch in The Blackboard Bistro last week. We were in Dublin visiting the museum around the corner and it was a great excuse to go for a decent meal (I have had dinner here 3 or 4 times previously, so I knew it would be good), plus I hadn't been back since... More

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Dublin
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I meant to write this a few weeks back. I had lunch here with a friend that I hadn't seen in far too long. The food was really really good and the service was very friendly, highly recommended for a top quality lunch. It's a small restaurant and a little more expensive than others but the food quality and presentation... More

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Discovered the Blackboard whilst walking around Dublin, it was a delightful restaurant and we had a lovely meal with excellent service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We ate here for the 8th or 9th time last week. The menu is very well put together, the food is delicious and portions sizes are perfect to allow you to really enjoy a three course meal. The service can at times be a bit slow when the restaurant is very busy but when this does happen the maitre d'... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Ate at this restaurant last month while in Dublin. It is a small, but attractive place. Went there because it was convenient to our hotel, and it had good Tripadvisor reviews. While the food was well prepared, I though the servings were skimpy and overpriced. For what they charge, you should get a really great dining experience.

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Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We went to The Blackboard on a Saturday evening before going on to the National Concert Hall. We arrived half an hour before our booking time due to the train timetable and it was not a problem. The restaurant features an excellent value menu - €35 for three courses. I had the salad with feta, broad beans and avocado, hake... More

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Dined at the Blackboard Bistro last Wednesday evening. Wonderful evening had by all. We were a party of six and everyone really enjoyed their meal. Availed of the 50% off wine per bottle which is amazing value. We tried a few more expensive wines which were delicious. A real dining experience. Top quality food cooked perfectly and wine to match.... More

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