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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

#307 of 1,988 Restaurants in Dublin
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 34
    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
Amazing gourmet salad

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Anna_She
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Dublin, Ireland
Good for:
  • Romance
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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
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207 reviews 207 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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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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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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
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30 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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 

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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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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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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Perth, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The food and wine here are excellent. The owner is keen to please and the prices are very reasonable for the quality you get. It is basically a wine bar, but dont be put off if you are looking for a full restaurant meal, as their menu is complete, if a little more limited than a standard restaurant.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We were recommended the place by our hotel receptionist for close proximity, wine selection was good and prices are average for Dublin. Cheese board for two for sufficient and came with delicious and fresh baguette cuts. Our main was the beef which was succulent and delicious. Seating is quite casual for a glass of wine and many customers seem to... 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 - 54
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance

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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