As a local of Tramore I have never quite understood the hype regarding The Pine Rooms. Maybe it is due to the shortage of restaurants in Tramore with little to no competition in existence or maybe it's to do with the snob factor of eating there as it is "the place" to be seen eating in the town.
Firstly, the food really is great. It is very tasty and the steak is always beautifully cooked. Other than that I don't think there is anything of note in the restaurant that you wouldn't find in most other establishments.
The building itself is an old, Victorian style house, tastefully decorated. The restaurant is separated into two dining rooms upstairs and one dining room downstairs. Unlike the rooms upstairs the downstairs room has stone walls with a basement/cellar type atmosphere. The staff are always friendly and the service is usually prompt with waitresses always on the go.
I am not a fan of the handwritten, photocopied menus which I often find difficult to read.
On a recent outing I booked a table and was seated downstairs in the cellar type room, directly behind the only door in or out. The table was small and cramped with little room for our order forcing us to place the jug of water on the window sill adjacent to the table which had a web in the corner.
The restaurant is expensive. A three course meal for my partner and I coupled with a bottle of the house red cost €120. I also found the desert menu quite limited with only two options at 9:30.
The atmosphere is ok, the restaurant is always noisy with staff hurrying about and the clanking of plates etc heard from the kitchen but all in all I think you can find restaurants locally just as good, with quality food and service for a far more economical price though you may have to travel to Waterford.
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