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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 #82 of 1,840 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $32 - $65
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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Cleveland
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Small but cozy, I like the location away from the crowds. Food isn't going to cost you a fortune, but is tasty and well presented. Stopped here for dinner with two friend before a concert at the O2.

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Meath
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This place is a little bit outside of the bustling part of the city.I don't think it is a place you would just walk into,without having heard about it,as it is situated in a basement.It is a small restaurant,and it does have character.The menu is small (4 choices for each course).This is probably due to space constraints within the building.The... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

What a hidden treasure. We came across this restaurant on a tuesday and the wines were 50% off. Need I say more??? The wine complimented the delicious food and the price was right. Great food, great atmosphere and the staff are friendly. The owner and his family work the restaurant and that made the customer service fantastic.

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Celbridge, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have eaten many meals in the Blackboard Bistro since the day it opened and the food justs gets better and better with each visit. Cooked by Chefs who REALLY know what they are doing, each dish is as much a pleasure to the eye as it is to the palate. It has been said the best test of a... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Excellent French style bistro, short menu but something for all tastes, with meat, fish and vegetarian options. Our fussy eater loved his steak, the pork fillet was meltingly tender and the fondant au chocolat was 'to die for'! One small criticism was that two orders of pastis were brought to the table with ice and water already added - most... More

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Belfast
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went there for 40 th wedding anniversary meal, nice little bistro, very attentive staff, food good, wine reasonable would definitely return

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Luv the food service and wine. Gd experience . It was a walk in without experience yet we were accommodated w a table. Had a great glass of wine and very tasty meal. Exceeded our expectations. Highly recommended for a nice meal w a relaxing ambience.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The wait staff were wonderful. We didn't have reservations, it was pouring rain and they worked us in.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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