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“Food fantastic - service let it down & not as kid friendly as expected”

The Fatted Calf Restaurant
Ranked #16 of 98 Restaurants in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $29
Cuisines: Irish, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: At The Fatted Calf Restaurant, our mission is to source and forage the best of local, Irish artisan produce, which we cook and serve on seasonal menus to our customers. All of our wines come from small, family producers from Wines Direct, Liberty Wines and Tindal Wines, our grass fed dry aged beef is supplied by John Stone Fine Foods.
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“Food fantastic - service let it down & not as kid friendly as expected”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Food was excellent - couldn't fault it - unfortunately service was awful.
We asked for kids meals to be brought with our starters, after asking it was finally brought when we were finished, my kids were crying with hunger watching us eat - i was not impressed - had to chase up kids side orders & for extra bread as kids portion was minute (6 & 3 yr old girls!) 2 very thin small slices of roast beef - not adequate for cost of kids meal.

  • Visited April 2013
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Dublin
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“Fantastic Dinner!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Myself and my bridesmaids had dinner in this restaurant the evening before I got married in a nearby hotel. We all thought the meal was really delicious and fantastic value. The service was excellent and the restaurant itself is really charming. I recommended it so much to our halr and make up ladies the next morning that they decided to stop off there themselves for lunch together on the way home! Would definitely return.

  • Visited April 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Didn't eat here but it's a great spot for a beer”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

popped in here for an afternoon pint during recent visit to the area. The restaurant part was busy & buzzing but we had already eaten & just wanted a drink. There's a good selection of craft beers as well as all the usuals - lovely pub, great chat with couple of locals, game of pool ...would've liked to stay for a few more - definitely worth a visit if you're in the area

Visited May 2013
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Dublin
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“Great Lunch”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Popped in for Saturday lunch. The restaurant was busy and a nice atmosphere to brightened the day, Excellent variety of food to suit all tastes. Staff were friendly and efficient. We had some excellent soups, chowder, salads to start, nicely flavoured and accompanied by some homemade signature breads. Main courses were freshly prepared and accompanied by wholesome sides. Overall a pleasant lunch experience. We digested all with a delightful browse in the craft shop across the road. Certainly worth leaving the motorway.

  • Visited April 2013
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Ireland
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“The joyful prodigal”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

We had not been back to the Fatted Calf for about a year for some unknown reason and on this visit our only disappointment was with ourselves for having been like the prodigal son and stayed away too long. The Fatted Calf was duly presented - with a new menu - and boy did we feast. The Early Bird - served all night Tuesday to Thursday - is just fantastic value. 3 courses plus coffee/tea for just 25Euro - resulting in 4 stuffed diners with very happy taste buds. We shared/tasted 3 starters - Mussels, Pulled pork and a Smoked Black pudding: 2 different mains - a Sticky Sesame Chicken dish and Hake: 3 desserts - creme brulee, pavlova and chocolate cake. Everything we ate was well presented and tasted great and washed down with a couple of bottles of good wine. A great night out, the Fatted Calf was even better than we remembered and it will not be as long before we return.

  • Visited April 2013
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