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Irish, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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Donabate on the Beach | Donabate, Donabate, Ireland
+353 1 843 6153
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New Jersey
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1,759 reviews
645 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We actually did not get to eat in the Samphire but in the Bar and Bistro of the same hotel. - the Waterside House. It seems like during the winter it tends to be closed . In May we heard it is open twice a week. We were redirected to the bistro section and were very happy with it. The... More 

1 Thank podrozniczka60
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

We had a lovely evening here last Saturday. Food was really good. However We were only offered a 4 course dinner menu. We asked our waiter could we change it as neither myself or my husband eat desserts and I don't drink tea or coffee. While I really enjoyed the food I think that 39.95 per person is a bit... More 

Thank Maryc616161
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Had a great meal here with my wife. Was given a table with a great view over the bay. The food was lovely and keenly priced. Staff were very friendly.

Thank Dermot M
Cavan, Ireland
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

Had an excellent meal at Samphire over the Christmas break.The dishes are well judged and everything on the plates were cooked to perfection.This chef really knows what he is doing.Could not praise Samphire enough.Keep up the good work.

1 Thank Norbert N
Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

I booked a meal for myself and my partner on Christmas eve. Amanda on reception took my booking and was very good on the phone. She confirmed with a phone call and greeted us on the way in. Excellent front of house performance. She introduced us to our waiter Tebor (this may be spelled wrong but it’s the name I... More 

1 Thank eddieboy591
Swords, Dublin, Ireland
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

On my first of two occasions here, first in mid-September and then in November. I was blown away by the quality of the food, it was exceptional. The decor of the restaurant is so lovely, and with a sea view to boot if you sit near the window. As long as it is not winter time, or you are there... More 

Thank Angela O
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

We had meal here on Saturday night early December and must say after all the recommendations friends had for the place I was very disappointed. Good points: Service was very good and room is appointed nicely. Bad Points: I don't know who was cooking food, but that person doesn't have any taste buds as my duck leg was salty and... More 

1 Thank hona7
Bielsko-Biała, Poland
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Really really good restaurant. Lot's of seafood to choose from, but not only: steaks, burgers etc. Also the nice selection of desserts. The pricing is average and the atmosphere really really makes visiting the place worth it. The view is to a small marina bay, but only from the tables really close to the windows. Really nice selection of beer,... More 

Thank 83Maciek
Dublin, Ireland
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Had a dinner here recently with a group, service was excellent , we had a private waiter service that worked well, however the food was appalling, terrible. We expected so much more from this hotel. The meal worked out quite expensive per couple, And there were many unhappy within our party.

1 Thank JMC-Dublin-Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

We got a voucher for the restaurant and decided to use it on our wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed. We were seated immediately and the service was great from start to end. The food is amazing and up there with the best. There is a constant flow of food but it is never too big that you end up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $65
Irish, Seafood, International, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Donabate on the Beach | Donabate, Donabate, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Donabate
  • Phone Number: +353 1 843 6153
Samphire at The Waterside, by Chef Tom Walsh, offers traditional french cuisine with a modern Irish twist. Located on the beach in Donabate, Co. Dublin, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience with unparalleled panoramic sea views.

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