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“Charming” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
Ranked #485 of 2,529 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $54
Cuisines: French, European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine this, you have popped in to buy a bottle of wine from the range of more than 150. Hang on a minute, they offer freshly baked bread too... And cigars, cheeses, oils. It is enough to make your stomach gurgle with longing. And how on earth are you going to choose from those bottles, each one glinting at you cheekily? I suppose you could head for the tasting room and just try a little sip of wine and, seeing as your there, a dish or two from the amazing menu of French tapas-style dishes. A little charcuterie, a few cheeses, perhaps a larger salad or omelette now your stomach is in the mood. Now, what was it you came out for again?
Warsaw, Poland
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Charming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you are looking for this distinct 'French' vibe in Dublin, you should definitely visit 'The French Paradox'. Lovely atmosphere, tasty food and all sorts of wines. And if you don't know which one to choose - like I didn't - there is a helpful member of staff who will always help you. Plus, you can have a smaller 'taster glass' first in order to make sure you like the drink (or if you don't want to drink too much because you are going back to work after lunch ;)) The menu may not be 'abundant' but you can therefore be sure that all the meals are well-cooked and prepared from fresh ingredients.
Also, if you have a sweet tooth but are not up for a big pudding, I recommend the 'gourment coffee' set - a choice of 3 mini desserts (I got creme brulee, almond cake and chocolate foundant - yum!) with a coffee of your choice.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Classy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Sophisticated, friendly and yet surprisingly good value is the best way to describe the only genuinely family run French restaurant in Dublin. The iconic Tanya, Pierre, their very attractive children and international staff know how to personally entertain and serve the cream of Dublin society. Unapologetically French with flawless service - whether you fancy foie gras, filet, pig's cheek, an artisan cheese board an orgasmic chocolat fondant or the buzz of a Franco-Hibernian night life this is it!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Hard to get excited about- but good all the same!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

i always like a trip to French paradox- however i rarely stay for more than 1 glass of wine.

That said, it was impossible to not give it 4 stars- beautiful wine list and very tasty food. Nor could i give it 5 stars- the menu is very limited, and it's somehow lackingin atmosphere... hence why we normally just have a glass and go! Nice and cosy in winter time however. More of a winter place than summer i feel- the tables outside are shaded in the summer evenings.

Visited July 2013
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Dublin
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“Excellent atmosphere and food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

What a gem of a place. Great food and wine. Everything cooked fresh. Will go back. Family run and managed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cork
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“Like stepping into a good French wine bar for an interluðe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

We visit thus lovely place on a fairly irregular basis - every six months or so - and love it's Gallic charm. One could spend a happy hour looking at the wines for retail sale and reading the wine notes. The food is mainly there as an aside to the wine which is not to say that the menu has not been well thought out with a good array of charcuterie, cheeses and fois GRAS served with fresh salad leaves and excellent bread. They also have nightly specials - simple fare well prepared and well presented e.g. Duck confit but the real draw is the excellent wine selection, knowledgeable staff and atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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