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“Disappointing”
Review of The Left Bank

The Left Bank
Ranked #5 of 99 Restaurants in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dublin, Ireland
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Having heard rave reviews about this restaurant we looked forward to dining there. Our party sampled a range of dished from the menu and many to our dissatisfaction. The French onion soup lacked flavour, the beetroot and goats cheese salad was tasty but the portions were tiny. The monkfish and chorizo dish cost over €27. The fish was rubbery and bland, the two thin slices of chorizo made no impact and the mash was nondescript. It was such a disappointing dish, an opinion shared by three of us, and was not worth half so its exorbitant price.
As regards the service the waitresses themselves were nice and friendly but the lady who appeared to me to be the manager/owner treated us quite unprofessionally. Our requests
were treated as inconveniences to her. We drank wine and beer with our meal but when we asked for water it took too long to reach our table each time. The wine cooler arrived eventually when the white wine was almost gone. We left a 15% tip but in hindsight that was too much for the service received. Alternative dining experiences shall be sought out for our next gathering.

  • Visited July 2013
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Oakville, Canada
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297 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“A Decent Default”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

In the Main Street area of Athlone, on which is situated Sean's Pub as the oldest in Ireland, there are few choices for lunch in the mid afternoon. Fortunately, there is the Left Bank Bistro and its eclectic menu of home-cooked dishes. We began with the vegetarian spring rolls and buffalo wings, both extremely hot in temperature (though not spice) and accompanied by tasty soy or mayo dips. Then the mains. The Irish thin sliced steak on focaccia was a delight - full of flavour, perfectly grilled and served on fresh bread with fried onion, a delectable spring salad and roast potatoes. The butternut squash and ricotta bake was a disappointment, simply too dry and bland, though also accompanied by a good salad and those roast spuds. The Greek salad was a hit, which confirms this bistro's specialty really is the produce. The house-baked brown bread is spectacular. For four, with beer and wine for two, €66.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Khufu8
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fab food”
Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Had a yummy pesto cream pasta here from the specials board. Just beautiful. Possibly the nicest pasta dish ive had. Great service. Just a wee bit pricey though.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank saidhbhe77
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Dublin, Ireland
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209 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Excellent in every way!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Was in this restaurant end of last year for a family event. Everything was perfect; food delicious but the staff stand out as being so helpful and friendly. If I was in Athlone again I would definitely visit this restaurant and would highly recommend it to others.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank mollieNorthEast
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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great place to stop in the center of Ireland.”
Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here on the basis of the reviews on Urban Spoon and were rewarded for looking at the site. Friendly and helpful waitpersons accompanied a great lunch.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank DM1960
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