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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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Ranked #314 of 1,845 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $64
Cuisines: Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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?
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The food, wine, atmosphere.. everything is lovely. One of my favorite places to go in all of Dublin. On top of everything else, the owners and staff are wonderful. A true gem.

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Dublin, Ireland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Quirky little place, great selection of wines. Its a very romantic space for lovers or friends. Tapas and wine to watch the sun recline. They also sell you the great wines to takeout.

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Dublin, Ireland
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The food is always lovely. But it is the ambiance and wine that brings me back for the last ten years. Wonderful little slice of French life in dull Ballsbridge. If you are staying in the area it is well worth a trip.

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Dublin, Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I hadn't been in this restaurant for quite some time because there are new restaurants opening all the time in Dublin but had lunch there recently and wondered why I had been away so long. We sat outside in lovely weather, being served by a charming and efficient French waiter. The duck salad was top class. We both had it.... More

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

A combination of a wine bar/shop and simple but good food. The wines are good , all French and you can for c 10euros take a bottle form the "wine shop" as well as those on the list. The food menu is limited but has a good range of sharing plates(cold) as well as several hot alternatives. The staff are... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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76 reviews 76 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Starting with the positives, the service was friendly, helpful and relatively efficient. The food was very good - we started with a selection of sharing plates and the pates, tapenades and various meats were great. Main course for me was the Salade Gascogne which was delicious. The duck was full of flavour. Everyone else seemed similarly happy with their mains.... More

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

Dear T-G4728, We thank you for your recent review of the French Paradox and the very constructive approach you took to express both your positive and less positive opinions. We treasure your nice comments on both the food and the service. For the last 12 years, we have tried to bring to Dublin the type of simple, accessible, high quality... More

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203 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The French Paradox is a small restaurant in Ballsbridge. I've passed it many times but never gone in until the opportunity presented itself for dinner there, and I was happy that I went. The décor is pretty sparse and the tables are close together. We sat upstairs and had a close view of the kitchen area. It didn't disturb us... More

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Excellent rustic country french food cooked by French chefs and it shows. The ownership of the restaurant is part Irish and part French but 100% unique. Fantastic wine list put together by people who know their product and their market. Well worth going to on a warm evening a getting a table outside to watch the world go by.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Lovely friendly Wine Shop/Bistro. Duck Salad delicious. Confit of Duck declared very good. Nice to sit outside. Rugs thoughtfully provided if needed. Sunny day on our visit :-) Wonderful selection of Wines to taste/consume! Well worth a visit.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My self and one of my pals who was celebrating his 60th Birthday went to French Paradox for lunch. We were greeted and shown upstairs where we were recommended 2 different wines by the glass. Both were spot on for our taste. We then ordered the French onion soup, Fish Pie and the Foie gras du Chef which was just... More

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