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Thorntons Restaurant

128 St. Stephen's Green | Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 1 478 7008
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Ranked #322 of 1,824 restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $67 - $167
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: South City Centre
Description: Thornton's Restaurant is an award winning Michelin starred restaurant located in the heart of Dublin City overlooking the leafy expanse of St Stephen's Green. Innovative and exquisite cuisine, presentation referred to as 'artwork on a plate' and service often compared to a theatrical performance make for a truly memorable experience at Thornton's Restaurant. There is attention to detail in every aspect of the experience, from the intricate food through to the impressive wine list and professional service. Our changing menu reflects the seasonal and local produce available to us and underpins our passion for reigniting the importance of the seasons. Working closely with our providers that supply us with the highest quality of ingredients, we can ensure that our produce is ethically sourced, sustainable and most importantly the best we can obtain. Head Chef and Proprietor Kevin Thornton is widely regarded as Ireland's best chef. Having featured in everything from the Irish Times to the New York Times, Thornton's is celebrated as one of the best restaurants in Ireland and is also internationally commended.
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233 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was undoubtedly one of the top 5 meals I have had, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The setting is fine, without being spectacular, although the photographs on the wall (taken by Kevin Thornton) provide character. The service started a little slow, and given that the first thing we had ordered was a bottle of champagne, this was a little... More

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Limerick, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

One word to describe this restaurant 'Amazing' this was my husbands 30th birthday present. The service was superb, we had the tasting menu and the wine tasting both were amazing. Kevin Thornton himself was so friendly and described two of our courses, I thought the wines suited each course brilliantly and this is by far the best meal we have... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If music be the food of love, play on.......In Thornton's Restaurant in Dublin, the high notes, the lower notes and all the notes in between are all in perfect harmony in the truly creative and exquisite food which Maestro Kevin Thornton produces. The excellent service and great wines all combine to give, what can be described as, a command performance.... More

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Adare, Ireland
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Went there for an anniversary as it was recommended by the merrion staff, we were really looking forward to it as it has a 1 star and we were told that they knew it was our anniversary and wold look after us. The Restaurant is in in a room on the second floor and is nothing special however very clean... More

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

On arrival you are greeted by a very professional friendly team who really look after you. The menu is inventive and seasonal. The food was exceptional - I cannot recommend the trout starter enough - absolutely perfect !! We all chose different dishes and all of them were fabulous. The staff are well briefed on the food and with every... More

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Durban, South Africa
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The chef interacts personally with his patrons/guests which makes the entire experience special. His passion about food is evident from the moment one enters the restaurant. The food was excellent, I felt totally in awe of the moment, surrounds and the atmosphere. His staff are a little too 'stiff' and it's a pity that his passion is not passed on... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

When we arrived the atmosphere and décor were very relaxing and elegant. Although very few were in the dining room, we waited in the lobby for drinks and table setup for awhile. The drinks were not the best, but we were seated shortly after getting them, so we didn't complain. Service was attentive during ordering, and the beginning courses. Time... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Have waited a while to review this Restaurant, partly because I don’t like leaving negative reviews and partly because we received a gift voucher for the meal from our two student children and I felt bad about not enjoying it (how very Irish). We arrived for our first visit to Thornton’s for our Wedding Anniversary. We were waiting to be... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Food out of this world - even got a tasting menu catered to my vegetarian needs. Chef Thornton very welcoming and entertaining. Staff and waiting service second to none.

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Ennis, Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A large group (20 of us) went for Saturday night dinner recently & while the food was good quality, the whole experience was an extreme disappointment and this was not just a personal view; I spoke to at least 12 of the group afterwards and everybody said the same thing. It took 2.5 hours from when we arrived (on time)... More

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