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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 #325 of 1,829 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $66
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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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

Dublin
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329 reviews 329 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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
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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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Dublin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Poor service. Found a fly in the salad and just changed my plate, the salad was on the table till we left! Still paid full price of it!!Very poor selection of wines by the glass with no Portuguese wine (because the waitress doesnt like, as he said).... Absolutely not to repeat!

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

Dear Mrs. B, We have been informed of the review you wrote on the French Paradox and would like to tell you how embarrassed we are that your first ever review on a restaurant was so negative. The first step we have been taking has been to gather as much information on the alleged incident. A fly in a salad... More

Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We went there one saturday night since it is around the corner from my house and I wasnt feeling great. My flatmate had been few times and had recommended it to me. When we arrived, we loved the decor and the menu looked very exciting. (We love French Food) I ordered camembert fondue, which was amazing and my companion went... More

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

Dear Ellefolk, We are sorry to hear your mixed experience at the French Paradox Wine bar and we would like to let you know how much we value such honest comments. On the positive side in order to give preference to the half full glass, we thank you for your nice comments on the general atmosphere of our small family... More

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