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“Great interiors, good food, noisy.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Bank on College Green

The Bank on College Green
20-22 College Green, Dublin Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
+353 (1) 677 0677
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Ranked #22 of 1,755 restaurants in Dublin
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: South City Centre
London, United Kingdom
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“Great interiors, good food, noisy.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We visited The Bank for a dinner. The first thing you notice once entering is the great vertical expanse, beautifully restored. Second thing you notice is the noise (I am not sure whether it is vaulted ceiling or number of visitors, or piano playing through speakers, but you really have to speak up to be heard, so this place is not right to have quiet conversation).

We came before our reservation time so found some chairs at the bar and had a drink. By the time drink was finished, the waiter came around and fetched us upstairs for a dinner.
I wanted to order seafood platter to share but the waiter advised that this dish is no longer available as they run out of the ingredients. So I settled on fried goat cheese with beetroot and greens starter and the ribeye steak with salads, chips and onion ring. We also ordered a bottle of wine from quite extensive wine list with wines starting at EUR 20 per bottle.

Food was excellent for what it was, the only thing I didn't eat was battered onion ring - it was huge and had a lot of grease.

Check came out at EUR 120 for 3 persons.

I'd still put this place into "gastropub" category, but within this category it surely stands out. recommended.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Stunning venue , average-to-good food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Myself and 16 friends visited Dublin for a special birthday and we chose the Bank for a celebration dinner on a Sunday evening. The venue looks smart and well presented from the outside and is stunning on the inside. Opulent , luxurious and very well-appointed , it has a great vibe and an exciting buzz ... no wonder it's been voted Dublins best bar several times recently. The tinkling piano in the corner adds further to the atmosphere.
Being a large party we were seated at the front of the mezzanine , high up overlooking the bar area.
Service was very good , especially given that we were a large party.
The food however received mixed reviews.
The chicken liver parfait was truly sublime , one of the best examples I have ever tasted -well done! The goats cheese and beet root salad was good too , if a little heavy on the beetroot.
Main courses included seabass en papillote which was overcooked and lacking flavour , ribeye steak which was tasty and cooked as ordered although the chips were undercooked and anaemic. Lamb was succulent and tasty . My dessert was a creme brûlée but , sadly , there was no crisp sugar topping , just a sloppy melted sugar coating which rather defeats the objective with a creme brûlée ! Other desserts were pleasant enough , but not outstanding.
We complained about the fish and were offered a complimentary dessert - Thankyou.
Overall , the Bank is lovely venue and I would certainly visit again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Aventura, Florida
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“More than a Pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This is more of a class act restaurant than pub in Dublin. The amazing details/decor of this restored old bank make it definitely worth a visit. It is simply beautiful with its fancy wood carvings on the walls and crystal chandeliers. Don't worry, the dress code is still casual. We enjoyed lunch and tasty cocktails while listening to a piano soloist. The service was excellent and this venue is centrally located. We were not disappointed as this was our best meal in Dublin and reasonably priced.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Elegant Surroundings - lovely atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

A former bank beautifully restored, this well positioned pub on Dame Street is a handy place for everything from catching a quick pint to informal pub dining. Staff are friendly and food options are quite good. A few years ago they used to excel at carvery lunches but that has stopped ..pity.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Good food and great decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This place is an obscure restaurant located close to Trinity College. On the outside of the building it really doesn't seem like anything special. In fact, you might even find it hard to locate if you are looking for something fancy. However, when you do find it and venture inside of the doors you will find an amazing little treat. A bank converted into a bar. They even have a marquee that runs stocks across it to add to the ambiance.

I went during lunch and ordered the full Irish breakfast. It was a rather substantially sized breakfast and left me satisfied. On top of that it only cost 10 Euro. So this breakfast was the same price as most hotels will charge and with a much more spectacular decor.

I would highly suggest that instead of getting some hotel breakfast that you visit this restaurant! You will be way more delighted in this little spectacle than the common dull hotel breakfast room.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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