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“Second visit....no waiting, a good quiet meal.” 4 of 5 stars
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la paloma
Dublin, Ireland (South City Centre)
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Ranked #828 of 1,995 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: South City Centre
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Second visit....no waiting, a good quiet meal.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Second visit to this cafe. On the first visit, they had a fantastic crab appetizer. I remember having the tuna steak. This time we had paelia, and meatballs for the appetizer. San Miguel beers to wash it down. This was a good way to unwind after pub hopping and mingling with new acquaintances. I would recommend it, and would visit again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Unsure about this restaurant - the word "nice" seems to be used a lot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We fancied a Spanish meal and a place we'd seen on George St didn't look very appealing so decided to try this. The first thing that strikes you is the decor. Now if this was in a little village somewhere in rural Spain it could have been acceptable, but clearly in the backstreets of Dublin it seemed a little faux. Frankly, that sort of "over-the-top" decor is incredibly dated and not to the taste of many people these days. So expectations weren't high. The waiter was friendly and gave us menus, and we considered our choices. We ordered sangria which turned out to be the worst we've ever drunk. We began to order our dishes and the waiter interjected that "You've ordered quite a lot of food there" which struck us as not only a bit rude, but not making entirely sound business sense. I've never heard of a place encouraging you NOT to order before. Clearly he thought we may have been a bit inexperienced, but as my hubby is from South America and we were speaking Spanish together, it shouldn't have taken a genius to work out that if anyone knew their way round a Spanish menu, it would have been us. So we didn't have high hopes for the food - it seemed all a bit safe, especially when we overheard the couple next to us being told not to order something as it was probably too spicey for them. As it turned out, the quality of the food was EXTREMELY good, and that was a complete surprise I have to admit. So despite the initial misgivings, we would probably return at some point. So in summary, the atmosphere and decor weren't our taste, but the food definitely was.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant with average food quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Situated in the heart of Temple Bar, this spanish restaurant has good atmosphere and authentic interior design. The food quality, on the other hand, is not of the highest standard. Slow roasted lamb shank looked more like a boiled piece of lamb with just some mashed potato on the side. Meat feast paella was well presented and tasty. Sangria was good and the small jug was good value for money.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Northwest Corner, Connecticut
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113 reviews 113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“A very nice respite from the pubs, the noise and the crowds - and good food, too.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I had to laugh (to myself) as the very Irish waiter took my order for Spanish food, but, given the fact that it was a Friday evening and the crowds outside were growing in numbers on their way to or from the many pubs in the area (Temple Bar), it was nice to find a restaurant that was somewhat less frenzied. Besides, the food was excellent, and the wine was quite good. All in all, a very good value.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Timbuktu, Mali
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great restaurant for whiling away the hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I have spent many hours here - brought back mostly by the cod starter which is sublime.

The restaurant is big, airy and comfortable and the staff are very friendly. They don't forget about you - they just you leave you be, and there is a lot to be said for that.

While companions have had food from the mains side of the menu and raved about it as they took what they couldn't eat home in a doggie bag. I have never left the expansive array of starters and sides.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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