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Finbarr's Restaurant

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Waddington Street | Flass Vale, Durham DH1 4BG, England
0191 370 9999
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 377
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  • 136
    Very good
  • 50
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 10
    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
Mixed bag

Different members of our party gave differing reviews of the meal taken recently at Finbarrs. Personally I was happy to award four stars but two of the party would have offered less. The Thai beef salad starter was a particular disappointment - a tiny bit of beef in a sea of sliced peppers. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Edward1951S
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Durham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Durham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Different members of our party gave differing reviews of the meal taken recently at Finbarrs. Personally I was happy to award four stars but two of the party would have offered less. The Thai beef salad starter was a particular disappointment - a tiny bit of beef in a sea of sliced peppers. The Chateaubriand was cooked as ordered but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Good food, well cooked, nicely presented. Good wine list. Efficiently run restaurant with pleasant, well-drilled staff. Clean washroom too.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Our trip to Finnbars was to celebrate a friends70th Birthday . We had a lovely large round table so it was easy to see and chat to everyone. The staff were smart and very attentive to all the guests. We had a lovely choice from the menu all was beautifully served and tasted delicious. We will be going again as... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Delicious food, contemporary dishes. All served by attentive, helpful but not intrusive staff. I really enjoyed the whole ambience and will be very happy to return. Would be a lovely place for a celebration meal or a girls' lunch.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The whole experience was great, made the wife`s birthday... service , food and ambiance, the booking was made as a surprise for the birthday and the restaurant lived up to all reviews and expectations, a thorough pleasure.

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Carlsbad CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went on a Saturday (6 family members) for 6PM sitting. Really this should be a 4.5 but the rating allowed is not not that precise. It gets very busy and we knew we had 2 hours before our table would be needed. The Table d'Hote selection looked really good so we all chose from that and were not disappointed.... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Visited on a Saturday night as a group of four. Overall atmosphere of the restaurant was good, though service was perhaps night quite as attentive as it might have been - despite there being an abundance of waiting staff. Food was good and nicely presented, though the plain mash served with the lamb two ways was somewhat unimaginative. Charcuterie plate... More 

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peterlee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We wanted to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary somewhere special and decided to give Finbarrs a try as it had good reviews and we hadn't been there before..On our arrival we opted to go straight to our table and had very prompt service for drinks opting for a bottle of Chilean sauvignon blanc, very nice. A bread basket was also... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Two years ago, we had a memorable meal at Finbarrs, so once we knew we would be in Durham, we made two bookings for an evening meal. We were not disappointed and the menu two evenings apart was sufficiently different for us to make different choices. I can honestly say that I have never tasted more delicious chicken that that... More 

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West Yorkshire, England
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111 reviews 111 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My wife had booked this place on a weekend away in Durham. We walked up from the Radisson where we were staying (about a 10 min walk) and as we approached I became a little reticent. Finbarrs is located just out of the centre, at the end of a residential street at the back of the hotel. No need to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Waddington Street | Flass Vale, Durham DH1 4BG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 0191 370 9999

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?