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“Munster supporters, but didnt let that put us off!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bear

Bear
34/35 South William Street, Dublin, Ireland
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Ranked #863 of 1,820 Restaurants in Dublin
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Www.twitter.com/beardublin
Kerry
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31 restaurant reviews
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“Munster supporters, but didnt let that put us off!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I had read some mixed reviews about Bear so when we were in Dublin last weekend said we would give it a go! Glad we did. There was a great atmosphere when we entered the restaurant, lively, noisy almost full but the 4 of us were immediately shown to a seat at the back right beside the kitchen by a very friendly guy. We were then looked after for the rest of the night by a very attentive waitress. Now to have a full view of the kitchen of any restaurant is a challenge for the chefs, the Bears did it well!! Between us we had a feather steak, pork chop(large and juicy, just the way my son loves it), spicy chicken and the lamb steak. Side orders of fries, crispy kale, green salad and the peppercorn butter, we were more than satisfied great portions! Water was provided without asking came in the now so familiar bottles, our wine glasses were not as familiar, more like whiskey glasses but who cares it was in keeping with the look and the sav blanc was crisp! Enjoyed the experience!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Disappointing meal but excellent service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have been meaning to try Bear for quite some time now and finally made it there last night.

We aren't fussy diners are are easy to please with good food and service. In the case of Bear-It's difficult to understand how a steak restaurant could serve such disappointing steak! We shared the "Bavette" steak plate (priced at €38.95) and "Million Dollar Fries". The steak was tough, chewy and not hugely flavoursome. We were taking so long to get through it that it all got cold (our very attentive waiter heated it up again for us, no problem). It was not enjoyable to eat and was more of a chore to chew through than a pleasure.

On a positive note the Million Dollar Fries are incredible, the wine was delicious and the service was flawless!!

People around us seemed to have enjoyed their steaks so there might be some good ones, but I don't think I will ever go back to try them out which is disappointing as we are both huge steak lovers!! When a steak restaurant's most expensive steak is tough and chewy it's not a great first impression unfortunately!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Gimmick”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I used to enjoy Crackbird and Skinflint so I decided to give Bear a chance even though I had been warned not to. The warnings were somewhat justified. We walked in and waited to be greeted. A waiter (guy) pointed at a table beside the window and walked off without a word. Awkwardly we sat at our seats. Water was dropped to the table again without even a hello or a welcome. We finally ordered and the food did arrive very quickly which questions it's freshness. The restaurant was cold and unfeeling. The staff wandered around with a haughty attitude that was in no way deserving.

We did enjoy our food thought the atmosphere was cold and unwelcoming. The waiting style of apathy really doesn't work. It's a middle of the road restaurant that you expect, in some way, a smile or even a warm service.

I think the gimmick of these restaurants will soon wear off. The crowd who accept the cold and unfriendly service were the staff clearly think they are too good to be there will soon shrink. It'd be a shame because the idea behind these restaurant is great, the delivery, however, is flawed.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Malta
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“Particular, but worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Usually it's quite straightforward to write a review. In Bear's case, it's quite uneasy. Because it's a strange place.
The reason I gave four on five stars though, is based on the basic ingredient of any restaurant: its food. And the food was top notch. We were a party of four; two of us had rib-eyes, two had lamb. We had fries, salads, and all were perfect, cooked to perfection and really tasty.

I wouldnt list anything as particularly negative. Though a bit strange. No soft drinks except home made bitterlemon (which was really good). No dessert. Stools instead of chairs, giving a cool Western-saloon like look. You cant really sit back and relax, but when the food arrived, didnt really care about anything else.

If this is the only place you would eat in, while in Dublin, I wouldnt recommend, as one would not get the right impression of the capital's food scene. But if you do have the opportunity to try out 3-4 restaurants and pubs, then this will make for an 'interesting' night out.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bruxelles
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“Uncomfortable, average food but good service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We were looking for a T-bone steak in a cosy place and someone had advised us Bear. Unfortunately, it wasn't a cosy place at all: bar stools instead of chairs, pseudo-modern decoration and above all, very very cold, so cold that we had to keep our coats on. On the menu, no T-bone steak but a fair selection of other steaks. I took the rosary steak, which is a very good piece, but why dipping it in a marinade when the taste is better natural? The french fries are orginal but I still prefer the classic ones. Vegetables are good but expensive. At the bar, no Coke, no decaffeinated coffee and no liquor! Very very poor bar... However, the wine was good. A very positive point: the waitress made big efforts to please us and offered the salad since it came late.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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