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“Very Tasty Food, Lovely Setting, Great Staff”
Review of Bates Restaurant

Bates Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Rathdrum
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $139
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Level 6 Contributor
363 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Very Tasty Food, Lovely Setting, Great Staff”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

We had Sunday lunch here today... The set menu (2-course around €19 or 3-course around €24) was excellent value. The staff were particularly attentive to to needs of the kids that were with us, and really went out of their way to make sure they were happy. Happy kids mean adults can eat in peace :-)

The food was very nice - I opted for the 2-course menu. Staff were very friendly, and nothing was a hassle for them.

I have no hesitation recommending this place.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank AlanMerrins
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very tasty meal and enjoyable night”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoy heading around Wicklow trying out the various restaurants and Bates is up there with the best! We ate there mid week in December and were surprised by how many other tables of guests were there, they all appeared to be local as they chatted easily to one another. The service was a bit slow but worth waiting for. There were 5 of us and we all enjoyed the selections on offer. They offer a 2 or 3 course set menu from €20 to €24. We didn't have wine but a few had beers. The breads and tapenade were very tasty beforehand but be careful not to be greedy as you need to keep space for the meal. 5 star experience. *****

Visited December 2013
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Limerick, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Worth a detour”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by our B&B and it did not disappoint. Taking the 'value menu' - which correctly suggests that the a la carte was very pricey - there was still an excellent choice of original and appealing dishes, ranging from wild mushroom risotto to venison sausages. A very good feature was the facility to choose either a starter or a main course from the 'risotto and pasta' section - although you could not have two starters and a main course as your 3 course option. The supplement for steak - a lamentable practice - was excessive and the wine list, while good, was generally overpriced. Service was professional and effective if a little unctuous. The worst part of the night was the arrival of a party, in both senses, at the adjoining table which include some very loud and rude women who made conversation at a range of 2 metros quite impossible, but you can't fault the restaurant for that.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank EireDude
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Bray, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant”
Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

The owner of the b&b we stayed in recommended this restaurant and we were not disappointed. The restaurant looks great, we got a great table by the fire place. Friendly staff, good menu, great food. Would really recommend this place to anyone.

The only thing I didn't like was the fact that they have foie gras on the menu, no restaurant should serve that anymore.

Visited November 2013
Thank Brigid K
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Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Bates Restaurant, A hidden gem in Wicklow!”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We booked a Sunday lunch for 4 as my cousin and her husband were visiting from Australia and I wanted to take them somewhere different and unique. Bates delivered on all counts,great food, extremely well presented,friendly service and good value for money.I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to anyone.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank AilbheDublin
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