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“More than good” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Fatted Calf

The Fatted Calf
Glasson, Athlone, Ireland
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Ranked #18 of 81 Restaurants in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $39
Cuisines: Irish, International, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Modern, Irish, artisan cooking set in the informal surroundings of a traditional Irish country pub
Wexford, Republic of Ireland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“More than good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I very rarely contribute to tripadvisor but felt I really had to on this occasion.
I first visited this restaurant some six months ago and was really impressed. I revisited last week and I have to say that all my expectations were met and even exceeded.
This is one of the finest restaurants I have ever been in. The staff are attentive, friendly and efficient., the atmosphere is cosy, olde worldly and the whole premises was buzzing without seeming full (which it was).
Above all, the food was excellent. Congratulations and thanks to all at the Fatted Calf. I look forward to my next visit!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Midlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“posh nosh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Have eaten here a few times, I always have a steak which is invariably good quality beef and well-cooked.. My wife tends to try the fish menu which is never much good (Athlone is a disaster for fresh fish.) The service is good, the staff friendly and helpful. The vegetable portions are very meagre, and my steak always arrives perched on top of a bed of semi-cooked onions with drizzled stuff in artistic lines across the plate, some kind of trendy tv chef crap which I hate. The bar has the usual mix of tasteless lagers, Guinness and Smithwicks. On the plus side they do stock some decent bottled Irish beers, including Galway Bay and O'Haras. I think 28 quid for a steak is a little pricey considering you don't get much in the way of veg with it. The restaurant is roomy, airy and comfortable, there's a big screen showing any sport that's on, and the atmosphere is convivial and welcoming.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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FattedCalfManager, Owner at The Fatted Calf, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Thank you for your feedback, glad to hear you enjoyed your steak, but we are a little surprised at your comments about our fish, we don't have a specific fish menu, but do have a selection of fish starters and main courses, including a seafood platter, which includes, John Dory, King scallops, mussels, clams, crab claws and Dublin Bay prawns. The "trendy tv chef crap stuff" which you hate can easily be left from your plate, if required, and just to set the record straight, the mix of "tasteless beers" also includes on draught, Cork's Franciscan Well Rebel Red, Howling Gale Pale Ale and Eight Degrees Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner, not mentioning the ever growing selection of Irish Artisan bottled beers and ciders. €28 for a 10oz "not mentioned" fillet steak is a reasonable price for 30 day dry aged Irish beef, every table is checked and it is never a problem to get extra vegetables or potatoes if required. Delighted you enjoy our convivial and welcoming gastropub.
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Athlone, Ireland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good food - relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The good is great - the menu is extensive and changes regularly - depending on what's in season. Really enjoyable evening.

Visited December 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Amazing food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

What a lovely place. I had the Caesar salad for lunch and it was just divine. Staff are helpful without being intrusive and there's a lovely wine selection too. Just gorgeous.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Longford, Ireland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Very tasty, a veritable feast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

The steak here is a wholesome experience. Running a restaurant in this part of Westmeath is competitive and The Fatted Calf competes very well. Most enjoyable experience.

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