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Chameleon Restaurant

1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 6710362
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Ranked #44 of 1,826 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Asian, Indonesian, Tapas, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: South City Centre
Description: Chameleon in Temple Bar is an intimate, ambient restaurant that specialises in Indonesian rice-table. Rice table (or rijst-tafel) is when the diner is served an array of sumptuous different dishes, at the same time, from confit of pork belly with star anise to free range chicken satay to our delicious desserts, all made in-house! Its almost like Indonesian tapas!Since opening in 1994, its owners, husband and wife team, Carol & Kevin have made a point in using as much locally sourced Irish produce as possible, including only using free range Irish chicken and locally caught, seasonal Irish fish.Chameleon is ideal for a romantic get together or indeed, for your birthday party or Christmas party, as they can cater for groups of up to 40 in our private dining rooms.Winning may awards over the years in 2013 the Chameleon was voted Best World Cuisine in Ireland by the highly acclaimed Restaurants Association of Ireland
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87% Recommend
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Dublin, Ireland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Better for large groups to share dishes, really cute decor albeit very small, apparently do a great all you can eat style new years eve event! Nice food and nice service, little dark inside but matches the style of the restaurant.

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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful place. I have lived in Ireland for 17 years and did not know about this restaurant. I have never had a meal like it before but now I know where it is I will again. The waitress, Aoife, was superb, so friendly, informative and attentive without being stuffy. The food was excellent with such an assortment of... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Now who knows what South East Asian means" Vietnamese " one of them. Lovely cosy setting & welcoming floor staff,Smiling all the time . They offer 4 different condiments . You can order a la carte or set menu. I went for set menu €28 I thought great value for what u get. Highlights- Chilli Sambal, Flavoured Rice, Pickled Aubergine... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Service was superb, the waitress took a lot of time explaining all of the dishes. We opted for the meat and fish and meat set menus respectively. Although not the cheapest place to eat in Dublin it was well worth it.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went to seven eataries in Ireland and this was the best in terms of experience and quality of food - you pick a set menu from a choice of six. This usually buggers me up because I am a fussy eater but this was great. You got veggies, rice and noodles with every meal but my three courses of chicken... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very enjoyable meal, great atmosphere in the restaurant, prompt and efficient service and of course a wonderful variety in the menu. Would highly recommend this establishment and hope to return soon.

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Very quaint cosy atmosphere. Tapas style menu, great if like me you like to sample lots of different tastes and dishes....the satay chicken and beef rib was exceptional. Loved all the dishes we tried. The staff were very welcoming....we didn't book a table but they managed to fit us in (only had to wait about 15 mins) ....there was only... More

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We enjoyed our meal at the chamelon love the idea that my husband could have the vegetrian food and I could have the fish.Yummy , Yummy food served by the lovely waitress Eva who made gave us a great welcome what a germ. Seating arrangement a little tight . We wii return to the Chamelon restuarant in the near future... More

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Cork, Ireland, Europe
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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I stumbled upon this place on my first night out in Dublin. Not knowing what to expect I was plesently surprised by the extensive choices on the menue and the variety. It was first time trying Indonesian food and even though I didnt care for all of the dishes i tried I did enjoy quite a few. The service was... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We've used The Chameleon several times for group team social outings and always had a great time with lovely food and very pleasant staff. We love the idea of the big low tables where a group of about 14 can gather and share a meal. The food is tapas like so everyone can try something new in the menus. I... More

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