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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

#292 of 1,832 Restaurants in Dublin
#317 of 2,017 Places to Eat in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
French, Wine Bar
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53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine...
Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine this, you have popped in to buy a bottle of wine from the range of more than 150. Hang on a minute, they offer freshly baked bread too... And cigars, cheeses, oils. It is enough to make your stomach gurgle with longing. And how on earth are you going to choose from those bottles, each one glinting at you cheekily? I suppose you could head for the tasting room and just try a little sip of wine and, seeing as your there, a dish or two from the amazing menu of French tapas-style dishes. A little charcuterie, a few cheeses, perhaps a larger salad or omelette now your stomach is in the mood. Now, what was it you came out for again?
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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
More than simply convenient

It's been a long time since we visited this restaurant despite it being a short walk from home. Went to vote in the referendum tonight across the road from the French Paradox and decided to eat there. So glad we did. Scored full marks for food, wine & staff. Will definitely be back and on a much... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
ArthurSandy
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Dublin, Ireland
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's been a long time since we visited this restaurant despite it being a short walk from home. Went to vote in the referendum tonight across the road from the French Paradox and decided to eat there. So glad we did. Scored full marks for food, wine & staff. Will definitely be back and on a much more regular basis... More 

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UK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The French Paradox was a favourite spot for us when based in Dublin, so I was really looking forward to making a return visit on a recent trip to Dublin. It was just as good as I remembered, the same friendly staff, delicious food, and interesting wines and the same friendly relaxed atmosphere. Don't go there expecting a huge menu,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It was the best salad of my life! Great food quality. Nice atmosphere and proper French bread add even more positive. Definitely worth checking.

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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
208 reviews 208 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A friend booked a table for 6 for last Friday night. I had no idea what to expect. WOW! What a great find. The service was attentive, personal and so helpful. The food was great - we had several sharing plates, each one delicious (tables were a bit too small and the plates were crowded, but hey, it was fun... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

You must visit French Paradox for the "Camembert Fondu" experience - they recommend a wine to accompany it and it is simply amazing. They also do lovely coffee and pastries in the morning.

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Killinchy, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We'd been before and didn't think it could get any better. It did Fabulous wines, very knowledgeable staff and wonderful food. Foie gras is the specialty The aubergine purée is a delight. The cassoulet of duck confit and pork sausage was magnificent Creme brulee was perfect. This is a place to visit whether you live in Dublin or just visiting

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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

3 of us went to The French Paradox last night cold and hungry.We decided to go for hot food ,there was a choice of 3 starters and main courses on their dinner menu.I started with aubergine purée and toast and my guests had a terrine and Brie wrapped in ham in a tomato sauce.The starters were fine but nothing specials.2... More 

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Pierre C, Owner at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Dear Marygirl2014, We are concerned to hear that your experience at The French Paradox Wine Bar did not reach your expectations. We would like to assure you that we take your very honest feedback as an opportunity to improve further. Therefore I would like to thank you, better late than never, for your comments in regards to the duck confit... More 

Prague
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Of the many, many excellent restaurants in Dublin, this is my favourite. Be warned, it is not technically a 'restaurant'. It is a wine bar that serves food. You will get a tiny selection of main dishes (three?) and a delightful selection of tasting plates. But although it is a small selection the food is delicious. You will also get... More 

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We visited this restaurant a couple of weeks ago and although having booked a table 2 weeks prior we ended up at a tall table opposite the bar perched on 2 stools. The table was much to small and really in the way of passing guests and waiters. The food and service was good although the tart tatin should not... More 

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

This little restaurant is a gem, it doesn't look much more than a wine shop from outside but is much more than that. The food was lovely and home cooked. It was great to have vegetables that were cooked well and not microwaved or cooked to within an inch of their life! The wine was tasty too and the staff... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 660 4068

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 55
  • Cuisine: French, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine this, you have popped in to buy a bottle of wine from the range of more than 150. Hang on a minute, they offer freshly baked bread too... And cigars, cheeses, oils. It is enough to make your stomach gurgle with longing. And how on earth are you going to choose from those bottles, each one glinting at you cheekily? I suppose you could head for the tasting room and just try a little sip of wine and, seeing as your there, a dish or two from the amazing menu of French tapas-style dishes. A little charcuterie, a few cheeses, perhaps a larger salad or omelette now your stomach is in the mood. Now, what was it you came out for again?
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?