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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

) #429 of 2,085 Restaurants in Dublin $$ - $$$ French, European,
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“charcuterie” (10 reviews)
“fondue” (6 reviews)
“pates” (4 reviews)
Closes in 8 min
All hours
French, European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We appeared to be having a superb evening at the wine class in the French Paradox until the bill arrived, which left a sour taste in our mouths (no sour wines were served). We had booked a private wine class for 6 people a few...More

1  Thank Jamesstephensxcv
Pierre C, Owner at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear James Stephens, We thank you for your review just published. We cannot tell you how much we are sorry for the massive misunderstanding we created by our own fault that damaged an otherwise 'superb evening', when 'you had great time tasting wines', described as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little place very nice food and fantastic wines available. Had the duck and quail egg salad and a good chablis.

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After too many years to this superlative operation led admirably by Jacques and his team. Stand out dish by a country mile and perhaps even taking the honours from the legendary Boyer in Rheims was the stupendous pan seared foie.

Thank 977mike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The French staff were very welcoming , professional and efficient However the food on the prix fixe menu was poor Caviar d'aubergine looked awful and did not taste much better Warm 'silk purse' was a pigs ear complete with cartilage with pork meat on toast...More

Thank graham w
Pierre C, Manager at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Graham, We are very sorry to read your disappointing experience with us. We were saved from total humiliation, thanks to our staff performance and your sweet tooth that gave top marks to our tarte Tatin and our café gourmand. These positive comments go straight...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely little spot with great food (the salads are huge, by the way), a wonderful wine selection and friendly and efficient staff. Loved it.

Thank wheelie07042
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had two simple lunches at the French Paradox - just the soup of the day and pate. Both were delicious. Food and service were of the highest quality though my order was so modest. Highly recommend.

Thank Istemewa
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

I've dined in this amazing little Resturant / Wine bar on a number of occasions. Both pre Leinster rugby (who play close by in the RDS arena) with my pals and also when looking for a nice romantic evening with my wife. The standard of...More

Thank Eddie K
Reviewed May 23, 2017

You could be in a Paris backstreet restaurant this place is so French! Delicious french dishes accompanied by the finest wines served by French men with humour!

Thank Eddie G
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely lovely, so characteristic and has such a relaxing atmosphere not forgetting the food and 🍷 wine... just gorgeous! Will definitely be back. Thanks to the wonderful staff and owners 👌 we had a brilliant time.

Thank NikitaKitaGibbs
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

We go here regularly and we absolutely love it.you feel like you are really going out with out too much palava.great service and lovely wine by carafe .relaxed and fantastic value .

Thank Shaneybabydoc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $59
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 660 4068
  • E-mail
Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine this, you have popped in to buy a bottle of wine from the range of more than 150. Hang on a minute, they offer freshly baked bread too... And cigars, cheeses, oils. It is enough to make your stomach gurgle with longing. And how on earth are you going to choose from those bottles, each one glinting at you cheekily? I suppose you could head for the tasting room and just try a little sip of wine and, seeing as your there, a dish or two from the amazing menu of French tapas-style dishes. A little charcuterie, a few cheeses, perhaps a larger salad or omelette now your stomach is in the mood. Now, what was it you came out for again?
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