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“Average” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree
39 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Ireland
+353(0)74 9125788
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Ranked #3 of 68 restaurants in Letterkenny
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Lemon tree is a Letterkenny owned family run restaurant opened in 1999. The three brothers in the kitchen have a unique style with a mixture of traditional Irish and French classic, influenced by country house cooking which was collected by their many years experience all over Irleand. All meats are Irish sourced and fresh fish is a special feature. Everthing is made freshly on site including all breads, pastries, pastas and desserts. The Wine list is ever growing and includes something for all tastes. The restaurant offers a Early bird menu 7 days available from 5 - 7 pm and a full A la carte menu from 5 - 10 PM. Lunch is available from 1 - 2:30 PM on Sunday
letterkenny
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

Nice restaurant, side orders overpriced. Sauteed potatoes are merely cubes of fried potato and vegetables are soup mix heated in the microwave. Green beans were all shriveled. Far too pricey for such a bad dish. If busy you can be left with smell of food on your clothes as ventilation bad and not great if you are continuing on somewhere as you will reek of food. Service good and food tasty. Little overpriced in some areas.

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Good Food - Completely Over Priced”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

Had dinner with a party of six in November 2009. As usual the food was very good but was utterly over priced. Side orders are extra, so for garlic patatoes and onion rings was an extra €7 on top of the steak at €23, which came with only a dash of potato under the steak and a parsnip.

In this day and age €30 for a main course that is nothing exception is crazy. For comparison The Excange (Derry)mdoes surf and turf including all extra's for £19, or for an extravgansa feast, award wining chef Nevin Maguire in Blacklion does seven courses for €75 (including steak on one of the courses). Both places are busy because value are quality in equalibruim. Unfortunately the equalibrium of price versus quality for the Lemon tree does not exist.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cavan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2009

Friendly staff and love the food! The Lemon Tree is a quite small restaurant located in the center of Letterkenny and I really can recommend it to anybody staying in Letterkenny.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Letterkenny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2009

I have been going to the Lemon Tree restaurant for many years and after another beautiful meal there last night I felt that I had to write a review. The food is gorgeous and really well presented, the staff are lovely and there is always a great atmosphere in the place. It is a smallish restaurant and I would recommend booking a table as it is always busy. You are guaranteed to have a lovely meal here and to leave the place feeling happy.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fresh, Flavoursome and Fabulous...an old Favourite!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2009

My partner and I are avid foodies who consider eating out as one of lifes great pleasures. In order words we're very hard to please when it comes to culinary experiences! :-) Having said that, dinner at The Lemon Tree in Letterkenny has become a regular treat we look forward to when visiting from London 2-3 times a year.

The menu is extensive with a good combination of all-time favourites and seasonal produce. Everything is fresh and flavoursome and the chefs take pride in providing wholesome local produce with a European flair and at times inspirational flavour combinations.

On the presentation from, the desserts are particularly memorable for their creative Wow factor. The waiting staff are friendly, professional and atttentive without being overbearing and atmosphere is generally buzzing with regular locals and visitors alike.

If I had to find room for improvement it would be that the decor is getting a bit tired is due a revamp in order to be on a par with the exceptional food quality. I believe this is something the restaurant were planning when I last visited in Jan 2009. All in all, a fabulous find!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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