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“Stunning food & service”
Review of Locks Brasserie - CLOSED

Locks Brasserie
Price range: $41 - $88
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Fine dining restaurant offering superlative standards of modern Irish and French cuisine.Locks also offers several choices of private fine dining rooms from an intimate single oval table in our Green Room for private corporate or family events to groups up to 20 people in our Silver Room and larger groups and celebrations for up to forty in one room or 75 in several rooms. Locks Brasserie is licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies, intimate weddings, receptions, lunches and dinners. Intimate weddings are a wonderful celebration shared with a select group of friends and close family, they seek a more exclusive and intimate feel. We believe that Locks Brasserie is an ideal venue to celebrate a stylish, understated, quirky, intimate wedding. Locks is blessed with several dining rooms which can cater for family parties or larger groups. The maximum number of people the restaurant can cater for in one room is 40 people. In separate rooms we can cater for up to 75 people.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Had an exceptional meal here last night, the food was great as was service plus in a wonderful atmosphere. The canal views are better than expected as work on dredging here is now completed. The chocolate pave dessert was stupendous. Probably, my best ever meal in Dublin, it's not cheap but worth the extra few euro if you want a real treat.

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Thank ajcotter
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We ate lunch in Locks recently - it had been on our list since it was awarded a Michelin star last year. There was nothing wrong with what we were served, there was nothing really wrong with the service but in a restaurant with a star you expect more ... they did not deliver more. Presentation was on the whole good, but there was nothing in the food which stood out.

Dublin has many better options (in our opinion), who do have the Michelin accolade ... disappointing really.

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2  Thank Breakingoutnow
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

As the title indicates we went here this year for St. Valentine's Day. We were booked in for early enough (6.30pm). The restaurant was moderately busy when we arrived but not packed, slightly surprising for the day that was in it. The atmosphere was good nonetheless, it's a nice environment, the tables aren't too close together, the music is unobtrusive and the lighting is good.

We were given two different menus to choose from, either the value menu (€25 for two courses) or the a la carte. I liked the fact that the value menu was available, even on Valentine's Day. Despite this we ordered from the a la carte.

We both started with the duck dumplings. These were superb, and the spiced Asian consomme was spectacular. The only slight negative would be that the consomme overpowered the duck.

For mains we had the John Dory and the steak. The John Dory was lovely, a slightly strange mix with the chicken wing but overall a lovely course! The steak was OK, a beautifully tender well cooked steak with a nice Bearnaise sauce but I just maybe expected something a little extra special for a restaurant of this quality. We got sides of , potatoes, chips & green beans - all perfectly cooked & delicious.

The desserts were the highlight I think, particularly as we both have quite a sweet tooth! (teeth!?) We ordered the lemon meringue pie and the mango and passion fruit pannacotta. The presentation and the attention paid to these was beautiful. They tasted even better than they looked!

Overall I would highly recommend, the food is of the highest quality, the service is good, it's in a nice setting & if you don't want to spend too much the value menu is an excellent option.

I'd like to go back again & try something other than the steak, then I'm sure it'd be a 5 star offering!

It did end up adding up to quite an expensive meal (€130+tip) but for food quality vs price it's a hands down winner & worth the price, especially for special occasions.

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Thank Michael W
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Lovely little restaurant away from the hustle and bustle with amazing food. Staff were excellent and made very good suggestions about the food and wine without being too intrusive. Really liked the decor and crockery!

Thank JoSaint51
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile


Headed down for the two course set lunch, which at €25 isn't bad value.

The dining room is bright and airy, nicely sited on the side of a canal and the staff are welcoming.

We started with a plate of oysters, which in themselves were plump and tasty, but spoilt by an overly oniony vinegary dressing. I've never been to Vietnam so I probably shouldn't comment, but this was just too acidic.

A pleasant veloute of cauliflower and a pheasant terrine for starters weren't bad. However the venison pie for a main was very dissapointing. Not under the loosest definition of a pie would this be included. Initially the venison was perfectly cooked and tasty, but served in a practically transparent gravy. To make this worse, the topping seemed to be a mousse of potato and celeriac, which collapsed after leaving the kitchen and just created a gloop.

Strangely, the taste was nearly there. When mentioned to the staff, who in fairness handled the matter well, I was informed this was the way it was served, but it would be replaced. Sadly, and as expected, the new one came out with the meat overcooked, less flavour, and the same consistency.

At this point I was loosing interest, and was getting increasingly annoyed as we had to sit with used cutlery between courses, and never once got our water filled....and the serving station was next to us.

I wanted to enjoy and return to this place but I can't. I'm told bookings have went through the roof since their recent award, perhaps at a cost to food and service?

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Thank McFoieGras
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