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“Go Upstairs!”
Review of The Sussex

The Sussex
Ranked #30 of 2,730 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $37
Cuisines: Irish
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 8, 2014

We were looking for somewhere to eat lunch, saw the sign outside and entered O'Brien's pub - a typical claustrophobic Dublin bar. We were about to leave quickly when the barman said, "If you're looking for the food specials then they're served upstairs." Upstairs was a different world from downstairs - bright, airy and much more yuppified. We had the curried parsnip soup as a starter, followed by salads. My wife had the Caesar Salad and I had the Goat's Cheese Salad. Excellent food!

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Reviewed March 8, 2014

My wife and I called in here based on the Tripadvisor reviews. Nice atmosphere and buzz about the place, but the food while good, lacked flair. I had the salmon starter - admittedly not much cooking prep required, but presentation was very ordinary. I then had the striploin steak, nicely cooked, served with frozen chips and a cold "ketchup" pot of what was described as Bernaise sauce that didn't resemble any Béarnaise sauce I've ever had. Very basic presentation, no particular flair to the dish at all. I've done better at home, and the meal as presented wouldn't have required a talented chef. My wife had the soup - she said it was pleasant but mouth burningly scorchingly hot. Served with a tasty dark bread - might have been Guinness bread. She had Cottage Pie, which she described as delicious. We had the cheapest bottle of red on the menu, at £25, which steep for UK, seemed normal for Dublin. Nice wine. Overall then, a good meal, but not a great meal. Nothing special about it that would elevate it above most chain restaurants, and we had a nicer meal in the tourist trap of Temple Bar the next night (albeit with horrible service!).

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Locally sourced produce, Irish food, and unpretentious, good atmosphere. Wine by the glass, get to try a few different varieties. Located above a pub, central kitchen with different eating areas on split level.
The food is your standard Irish fare, pork belly, steaks, etc. maybe not the most imaginative food, but good wholesome flavoursome cooking.

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Thank Ian S
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Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We ate here on a busy Saturday night. The pub downstairs was heaving but the upstairs restaurant was warm cosy calmer and inviting. Good was generally good although we wanted the duck on the specials board that was no longer available - we wanted to eat at 8 but they do 2 sittings. 7.30 was too early ( as tourists we wanted to get much in as possible ) and so we went at 9pm but then had reduced choice of menu. The soda bread was gorgeous and the smoked haddock starter was delicious. The slow cooked pork tasted much better than it looked - the unattractive fat in it could have been rendered out with even longer in the oven
We would recommend this place and go back but earlier in the evening

Thank Charlotte T
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Party of 4 , smokies & prawns to start , steaks , chicken & pasta for mains were all excellent , great wine list & a specials board give a wide selection to choose from . Service was good , & a great pub downstairs to have some drinks . We will be back .

Thank Alandunne
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