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“Beautiful location, wonderful service - just a bit more attention to detail please!”
Review of Black Oak Restaurant - CLOSED

Black Oak Restaurant
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed June 4, 2013

I dined at the Black Oak with 6 other family members last weekend to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of our group. The location of the restaurant is superb with a wonderful view of the coastline (unfortunately slightly obscured during our visit due to low-lying cloud). When we arrived the restaurant was very emply with just one other table occupied - however, during the evening a few more tables filled up. The 3 course set dinner is €36 - this also included an amuse bouche and tea/coffee afterwards. We all thoroughly enjoyed our amuse bouche of sweet potato and coconut soup served in an espresso cup. All of us also enjoyed the starters we had ordered. The problems started with the mains. Two of us ordered steak cooked medium rare. Mine arrived well done. My brother's arrived medium to well done. While the steak was tasty and the accompanying vegetables etc were lovely, it was disappointing to receive a steak not cooked to order. This is, in my view, invariably an issue across the board in Irish restaurants. The only child in our midst ordered fish gougons from the children's menu - to our shock her fish goujons contained several fish bones. Another person had ordered hake and experience the same problem. The person who ordered duck found it too well done. So, out of a group of seven, only two were happy with the main course. The issue of the fish bones was pointed out to the waitress. Desserts were scrumptious and the pre-arranged dessert plate for the birthday girl arrived with the staff singing happy birthday. to her. So would I return - yes I would for the service and view. But, really, attention to detail is needed in kitchen in terms of boning fish and cooking steak.

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Thank ClaremcDublin
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Superb is the best word to describe this restaurant. For value for money, quality service and top class food in a beautiful location, then Black Oak, ticks all the boxes. A beautiful St Tolas Cheese starter was followed by a tender rare sirloin steak and then a dessert plate that had everything. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and as my wife is a cealiac, her dietary requirements were dealt with a smooth efficiency. We will be back.......

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Thank Bannerman74
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Had the pleasure of eating in this restaurant and I must say, it was fantastic! The food was top notch, the prawn cocktail in particular was beautiful. The staff were extremely friendly and very accommodating as we had a 10 month old baby with us. This place is a must and if you get the weather,the views across the bay add to the ambience and make the whole experience wonderful.

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Thank GJAY13
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

This restaurant is easy to miss as it is between Milltown Malbay and Lahinch. It is like going to a 5* restaurant. We has 15 people and called ahead and had a 3 course meal. The Hake was mouth watering. It has a really special feel, and the food is very reasonably priced. Food is cooked to order and is full of flavor.

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Thank Clarewmn
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

My husband and I travel to County Clare every year. We always make it a point to eat at the Black Oak as many times as possible either with friends or just the two of us. The service is excellent, the food even better and you can not beat the value. Emily always makes you feel at home and does whatever she can to make your meal the best experience possible. I would always recommend the Black Oak to anyone!!!!!

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1  Thank Dinnene H
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