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“Fabulous Breakfast Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Browns Bar & Cafe

Browns Bar & Cafe
Ranked #1,839 of 2,543 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: European, Irish, Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dublin, Ireland
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282 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
“Fabulous Breakfast Experience”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Before checking into the brand new Marker Hotel we had breakfast at The Restaurant @ Brown Thomas, a famous department store in Dublin on Grafton Street. Brown Thomas is owned by Galen Weston, a Canadian Retail Tycoon.

The Restaurant is managed by Domini and Peaches Kemp and located on the third floor. The interior is contemporary.

When we arrived there was quite a buzz. Fortunately we didn't have to wait for a seat and were brought immediately to our table.

Having informed ourselves online about the menu, we already knew what we were going to order.

We had the Toffee-Nut-Latte, a cappuccino, two orange juice, one French Toast with bacon and maple syrup, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, the raw fruit salad and two slices of toasted sourdough bread with butter and jam.

We were told by our waitress that we had ordered quite a lot, so she pushed our and the neighboring empty table together to make more space. I didn't appreciate the comment. More space was definitely needed. The tables were on the smaller side.

The meal was very enjoyable and the quality high. I only wished my salmon portion would have been slightly larger.

One slice more would have been nice. The eggs and chive were plenty. Maybe I was spoiled from the breakfast at Wilde's a week earlier, where I had a similar dish.

The French Toast was yummy too. The fruit salad was fresh and ideal to share, because the portion was large. The bread and jam was of high quality too.

Even though the staff was very busy, they were attentive and quick to respond.

The bill came in at slightly under 50 Euro (ca. 66 USD).

We spent around an hour at the Restaurant and were ready to walk to the Docklands for our stay at the Marker.

Of course we are going to return.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Laguna Beach, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a wonderful eating/shopping experience!”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Ray--thank you for the tour of Brown Thomas--you were such a great host--especially the Bottom Drawer-love the Home Goods section upstairs!!!

Visited February 2013
Thank SoLagEP
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Dalgety Bay, Scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lunch break”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Very nice lunch with a good atmosphere. Not too expensive. Staff very nice. My friend and I only had the soup,and it was very tasty.

Visited December 2012
Thank annbmath
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A gem! Fab steak sandwich !”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

First time there, two steak sambo's were delicious , staff excellent, am surprised it was not full at lunchtime!

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Thank Looneytuams
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Dublin, Ireland
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114 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Possibly the best lunch food in Dublin”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

Don't let the fact that this place is in the middle of homeware department of ireland's top department store put you off. The food here is fantastic - the superfood salad with salmon is an explosion of flavours, the pasta specials are invariably quirky and the coffee is great. Staff are friendly and efficient giving the lie to frequent statements about snooty service throughout the store. It's a little pricey but so is everywhere on grafton st and nearby. I eat here all the time and never grow tired of it. Sure the atmosphere could be better and the decor is rather bland despite rotating art exhibitions - looking out at Waterford crystal and Denby pottery displays isn't the best - but the people watching makes up for it. Good spot for lunch with friends, lovers, mammies, kids and you'll never wait long for a table.

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Thank Ynca
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