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“Consistently Great Food”

The Riverside Bistro
Ranked #9 of 24 Restaurants in Doolin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $23
Cuisines: Irish
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed June 15, 2014

We were here in 2011 and ate here twice... so we decided to try again and it was a fantastic meal by all in our party -- including our 4-year-old daughter. While our daughter is pretty open to anything they offered chicken nuggets and fries (chips) to which she said YES... and they were fresh chicken nuggets and not frozen which we were happily surprised.

As for the rest, we had a great bottle of wine and everything from the fish-wrapped fish to the local Irish beef was all perfect.

On a side note, the manager recognized us from our previous visit which was nice. A little conversation to catch up and good to know this restaurant has survived the winter.

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Thank EnchantingIreland
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

We spent 3 nights in Doolin. It is well known for its music and it is a well earned reputation. If you are looking to get away from traditional pub food then you will not be disappointed with this bistro. There is a set menu and some evenings have specials. We enjoyed it so much we went back another night. I enjoyed the special, fish stir fry, the first night so she offered to make for my husband the second time we were there even though there were no specials that night. That's service. We indulged in the chicken curry and a delicious duck in an orange sauce. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a nice change from all the fish I was eating since our arrival to Ireland. All the dishes were freshly prepared and full of flavour.
We were very delighted to be entertained by Rita and her mandolin after supper our second night. Audience participation was welcomed. In no time we were all singing along.
This is a very small intimate setting. You get to talk to the owner, the entertainer and the few other patrons. We were so happy to end our experience in Doolin on such a positive note.

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Thank Dorothy M
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Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

This wonderful place redeemed our evening. We got into Doolin around 9:00 and had a terrible time finding at table at any pub. We walked into three different pubs where no one greeted us and there were no empty tables. Finally, we found this lovely place and walked in. We were immediately greeted with a friendly hello. We had our choice of tables and seated ourselves facing the fireplace. We shared an entree of baked salmon in a mushroom leek white wine sauce. The salmon was delicious as was the sauce. The presentation was beautiful and the steamed vegetables that accompanied it were fresh and wonderful. For dessert we enjoyed baileys cheese cake that was light and delicious and not too sweet. The service was great. I definitely recommend this bistro.

Thank Denise M
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

The reviews are correct. Wonderful little find. Food well prepared and beautiful presentation, service was impeccable. If you want a change from pub grub,this is the place..

Thank TheRocco
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

I recently brought 15 girls to the Riverside Bistro for a meal and I cannot say enough about the place! In the run-up to the weekend (we were on a Hen!) Olive was beyond helpful, even going as far as organizing transport for us as I was finding it a little difficult when I knew so little about the place. She really went out of her way offering advice and tips for the weekend as a whole!
The food was fabulous, everything was piping hot which isn't always the case when bigger groups go for a meal, but absolutely not an issue here!
The staff on the day were lovely too, very helpful and brought our teas and coffees outside to us when we were taking in the sunshine after the meal- they seemed to remember what everyone ordered individually! :)
I'd definitely recommend the place, the service and food were fantastic from start to finish!!

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Thank Pud_Mac
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