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“Passable city centre lunch”
Review of Hugo's

Ranked #68 of 2,600 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $39
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: South City Centre
Dublin, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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“Passable city centre lunch”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Hugo's is conveniently located just off St. Stephen's Green on Merrion Row, so ideal if you are visiting the southside city centre in Dublin. We visited Hugo's recently for a Saturday lunch utilising a €19 voucher which entitled us to two main courses and two glasses of wine. Hugo's is an attractive, french-style restaurant which caters for lunch and dinner. The interior is slightly "clubby" with dark wood walls, wine racks, and dark furniture (on the main ground floor area - downstairs is a separate dining room with light walls and furnishings). The lunch main coruse menu is short but reasonably comprehensive. We chose a sirloin steak and the beef bourguignone (being a French-style restaurant). Other alternatives included a fish dish, a vegetarian dish, as well as a combo comprising a bowl of soup and a gourmet sandwich (which for under €10 in Dublin city centre looks like good value) - strangely enough, no chicken dish on the day we were there. The sirloin was good, with chips and a salad, the beef bourguignon was less impressive: the meat was either not trimmed enough or had not cooked enough for the fat to melt away, and it appeared that there was an excess of red wine. The wine included in the offer was red or white, with no indication of what type of grape: the red was a little basic, but okay with food. Service was acceptable (had to ask several times for more water); the place was extremely popular (you would need to book). I have eaten previously at lunchtime during the week and found the food then to be an improvement on our exerience (notably of the beef bourguignone). NB: Toilets (very clean) are downstairs, so facilities are not disabled-friendly.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Pre Theatre treat”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

We found ourselves on New Years day in Dublin for a concert in the NCH two hours prior to concert without a restaurant booking - had assumed wrongly that we would be able to eat in Alex's bar across the road in the Conrad but arrived to find the place closed (had phoned earlier to be told no reservation necessary!!!!!). Lots of restaurants in the area were closed that evening but we found this lovely restaurant about a 5 minute walk from the venue and they were able to give us a table but would need it back by 7.30 - not a problem for us as concert started then. Our coats were taken by a lovely waitress who escorted us to a very big table and gave us menus - the restaurant was empty but started to fill almost as soon as we had been seated. The menu had a lovely range and seemed priced not too expensive - all 5 of us opted for main only so that we would be finished in plenty of time for concert - checked with waitress that we would be out in time too. Eldest daughter chose pumpkin tortellini priced at 19 euros - declared to be absolutely melt in the mouth! youngest went for the plaice stuffed with crab meat - no plaice - she opted for the seabass - again cooked to perfection and priced around the twenty four euro mark. Hubby opted for lamb stew - priced at twenty two euros - which was lovely to taste but he thought it was a little cold. Sister had scallops on bed mash (I was tempted by this but was afraid that you would get a small portion of scallops - was raging when it came out - plenty of scallops!!! she declared it beautiful but thought it was expensive twenty six euros (I thought it good value). I opted for steak - well done as if you read my previous reviews you will know thats how I like it - priced at twenty six euros - anyway it tasted beautiful. We had a long wait to get our meals with others who came in after us getting theirs before us when we reminded them we were in a rush my well done steak was deemed the reason for delay - oh dear I thought I will need a chainsaw to eat the blooming thing if it takes 40 minutes to cook - have to say it was perfect but I would not have thought my well done steak would have caused such a delay - anyway we were finished just in time to walk briskly to the concert hall for our concert. Would have loved to have been going to this restaurant for the whole evening so that I could have had one of their gorgeous desserts and starters and taken my time to savour the beautiful food - ah well I will just have to go back! Atmosphere was lovely with very comfortable seating and very attentive staff - lots of them too on duty - would recommend!

  • Visited January 2013
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“Average food, tired staff, too warm!”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Slightly disappointing after being highly recommended by friends. Good food but the room at the back was really hot and staff were tired and not very welcoming.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I had an awful meal here and there where fruit flies constantly flying around our heads. Will never go back!

Visited April 2012
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We fell upon Hugo's while walking around Dublin on 29th December and discovered that they would be open on 1st January. We booked a table and were delighted with what we found when we turned up. The food was delicious ( check out the scallops , the pate and the creme brulee) and the service was very pleasant. The whole experience was delightful and very good value for money. One minor watchout is that, in common with some other restaurants in Dublin, Hugo's does NOT have a licence to serve spirits ( wine only,) so anyone wanting , say a gin and tonic before dinner will have to settle for a Kir Royal or similar instead ( not really a hardship when the food is so good!!)

Visited January 2013
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