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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 #30 of 1,797 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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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I read a few negative reviews, after deciding I was going to give a good one, I really enjoyed this place, but I hear people complaining about narrow stairs??? It makes me laugh, some people want to find flaws in everything. Anyway, this restaurant was excellent, I went here with my girlfriend and my two other friends, we have been... More

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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Just returned from dinner in Chameleon. I have to say, I do not know where all of these good reviews came from?! We got the early bird. I chose the sea option. It was TINY! Honestly, not much more than a starter. I actually asked where the other portion was and was told that the small bowl was for two!... More

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Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review, sorry you though the portions were small, the early bird is the smallest rijst-tafel and with 4 dishes plus condiments it is equivalent to a main course really. We do however, only use the best of Irish free range and sustainable ingredients and we make everything from scratch. The condiments... More

San Zeno di Montagna, Italy
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Indonesian food is hard to find outside Holland and obviously Indonesia. It is my favourite and so I was happy to have found this place in Temple Bar in the heart of Dublin. The restaurant is small but they have created a great atmosphere. The wine list is impressive. The food is delicious and the service exemplary. You can choose... More

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Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments and yes we can offer hotter sambals for people who like their food really hot. We are really delighted you enjoyed the experience overall. More

Dublin, Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We hosted our Daughters 21st Birthday in Chameleon and it was a great success. The party goers ranged from the birthday girl herself to her octogenarian grandmother and all the guests were happy with both the food and the ambiance. The service was courteous and friendly. Despite the large quantity and variety of food, it was all wolfed down. Some... More

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Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for celebrating your special family occasion with us and for taking time to write your review, hope to see you back in the Chameleon some time soon More

New York City, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Booked a reservation based on the good reviews.... food was mediocre, warm and not hot, very narrow steep stairs to walk up to the seating and 1st and 2nd floors - with no room to pass - and waitresses running up and down them. Seats on the floor/cushions - look fun, but not really the best for eating dinner. Overall,... More

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Cork, Ireland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The best vegetarian food I have ever tasted. Super efficient and friendly staff, made us feel warm and fuzzy. I will definitely be going back and I will definitely be recommending! A birthday surprise from my husband proved to be one of the most memorable I have ever had! After a stressful and long trip to Dublin that lasted over... More

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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62 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Visited here after reading some other positive reviews. We were not disappointed. Sat downstairs and ordered some dishes from the Asian tapas menu 'spicebar' - literally every dish (7 in total) was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. Would struggle to recommend any single thing because each thing I tried was as good as the last, the meal was just superb,... More

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

My first experience with Indonesian cuisine and I was pleasantly surprised! We got a number of dishes and all split on a casual Thursday night. Would be a great date night! The service was amazing, I would definitely suggests a trip there!

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Leeds, UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

In Dublin for a brief buainess trip and with 2 colleagues headed to the ubiquitous Temple Bar. After a couple of pints if the black stuff, we referred to Trip Advisor for ideas where to eat and located Chameleon just round the corner. You would never beleive you'd find auch a place in Temple Bar, very compact, but didn't feel... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We found this wonderful little restaurant after a search through the internet for something just a little bit "different" and ate here on a very busy Saturday night. Having neglected to book in advance we did have to wait some time for a table but this is no great hardship with all the pubs in this area and when we... More

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