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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

#335 of 2,036 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Mediterranean, French, Wine Bar
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53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic
Description: Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine this,...
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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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 5
    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
A bit of France in Ballsbridge

Met my sister and brother-in-law for a late lunch on Saturday before heading to the Leinster game - relaxed dining and could have been in France - dined upstairs - two tomato soups and one French onion - all excellent - one was not hot enough but immediately fixed - followed by one chicken plat du... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
David C
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Dublin, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had dinner last night and choose the menu of the day. The starter was a warm aubergine caviar, unusual but nice. I had a lovely glass of Loupiac with it. After I had a confit de canard. That was less interesting. The sauce was extremely sweet which really spoiled the whole dish. It was as sweet as a Chinese... More 

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Thank Epicure85
Pierre C, Owner at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Re. Wine price in Ireland and duck confit red wine sauce Dear Epicure85, We are concerned to read that your experience at The French Paradox did not totally reach your expectations. We would like to assure you that we take your constructive and balanced feedback as an opportunity to improve further. Therefore I would like to thank you for your... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Met my sister and brother-in-law for a late lunch on Saturday before heading to the Leinster game - relaxed dining and could have been in France - dined upstairs - two tomato soups and one French onion - all excellent - one was not hot enough but immediately fixed - followed by one chicken plat du jour, a beautiful omelette... More 

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Thank David C
Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We frequent this establishment very often and every aspect of the experience is "5 Star". We always receive excellent service from trained professionals, the food is always amazing, and the wine selection is always impressive.

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1 Thank Charles L
Monza, Italia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

I was here with an old friend and had THE most amazing dinner. Delicious, aromatic aubergine patè, warm escargot vol au vents, and oh... The duck confit salad. The bread was delicious, and the service impecable. I finished with a warm, hearty tarte tatin. Will definitely come back and try their creme brulee.

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1 Thank SedNonSatiata
Kilkenny, Ireland
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I had the most delicious light lunch here last week. All I can say to that recent fuss about processed meats and cancer is tosh! A bowl of their soup, plate of salamis a glass (or two actually) of their recommended wine and all was well in the world, God was on his verandah, the sun was shining , the... More 

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1 Thank Michael B
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Great wines, knowledgable staff and fantastic food! We did the wine tasting which I would highly recommend, with a big plate of charcuterie, cheeses and freshly baked bread, cant wait to go back!

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1 Thank QueenMeave
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

You could order the mixed plate of foie gras and hope for the best but the best is, for me, the cooked foie gras, served with a nice heady Fleurie. The FP is not somewhere I'd go for a full nights dining but as somewhere to start or end the eve - no where better!

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1 Thank Quentin D
Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

this is a regular haunt of ours. The wine selection is what one expects from the French vineyards. Plus the cheese. Very good.

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1 Thank 123donnyb
Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Great experience, fantastic flavors. We had dinner there one night. We had cheese, bread, fabulous salad and great wine.

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1 Thank beck0
Wicklow, Wicklow, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Wonderful local enoteca with charcuterie and cheese plates......wine list is impressive. Many small nooks and crannies, for private conversations.

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1 Thank Wicklow13

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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 - 56
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, 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?