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Finbarr's Restaurant

Waddington Street | Flass Vale, Durham DH1 4BG, England
0191 370 9999
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Ranked #10 of 251 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The food was incredible! Scallops cooked to perfection, followed by the tenderest melt-in-the-mouth duck and a oozing in the middle chocolate fondant with a sharp home made blackberry sorbet! The wine selection was extensive and reasonably priced. Staff attentive with iced water and fresh hot bread delivered to the table as soon as we sat down. A place for any... More

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Northumberland
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16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

My husband and I met some friends for dinner at finbarrs after reading previous reviews. The restaurant was quite busy and is beautifully laid out. The service we received from quite a young staff was excellent through out the evening. We chose from the table d'hote menu which was not massive but managed to find something everyone liked. The food... More

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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52 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I tried Finbarr's at the suggestion of my B&B owners. It was an excellent recommendation. One evening I dined there with an undergraduate, another I took my favourite protege to lunch there. On both occasions, it was a delightful experience. The restaurant has an understated elegance which is very welcoming. The staff were friendly, attentive and obliging. Lastly, the food... More

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Newcastle, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very nice spot for lunch. My friend and i (in our fifties) seemed much the youngest in the room - perhaps testament to the power of the grey pound. Building work around the place made it very difficult to park, but we found the room very pleasant and the food and service were both very good indeed.

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Bollington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Staying in Durham for the weekend at Radisson Blu. Finbarr's is walkable (10 minutes). Booked in advance for an August Saturday night - almost full. Lovely casual atmosphere. Great food - we each had different salads to start, followed by monkfish tail, dessert or sweet and coffee washed down with a nice white wine. Each course was delicious and well... More

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I was early and the staff were very attentive and had that lovely Durham charm. With an eye closed they sensed I was not top of the class at vision and they were gently attentive in a sensitive but non patronising way when the guided me to the bar and then the restaurant. I am not sensitive about being registered... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Fortunately we were told by B&B to book so busy when we arrived and when we left some tables reset and used shows how popular with locals. Food sublime well priced and well served by friendly staff, cannot praise it enough

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Picked based on reviews as a venue to meet up with some friends in Durham while holidaying in North of England. Not disappointed at all. The lunchtime menu offered a good choice of 2/3 courses or a la carte. Staff were attentive without being intrusive and we ended up staying for three hours chatting away. Food was high quality and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

What can I say, food first rate, service first class, a lovely time between the different courses, ambiance lovely, table perfect, overall total perfection. I would highly recommend.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We had heard great things about finbarr's and eagerly awaited our visit. There was nothing I can put my finger on that makes Finbarr's bad but it is totally lacking in atmosphere and the food is very nice but not a patch on other top places in the area.Certainly not great value for money either , even when choosing the... More

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