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Chameleon Restaurant

#77 of 1,999 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
South City Centre
Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary
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1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 671 0362
Wed - Sun 16:00 - 23:00
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited this weekend with my family and although they were extremely busy they managed to fit us in. Bit dark so difficult to fully read the menu but what we all had was tasty and reasonably priced. Staff very pleasant and helpful.

Thank Michael M
Tonsberg, Norway
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A tiny little place we visit the day before New Years Eve for dinner. It was full, so glad we had booked a table. Very nice food, it took one hour to receive it, but the atmosphere and the service was great. It is a combination of tables and sofas with a lot of pillows, pretty cool. Recommend this place... More 

Thank junececilie
Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a pre-theatre set menu meal with family before Christmas. It was pleasant and everyone enjoyed their meal. I live in indonesia and I was very disappointed with regards to the authenticity of the dishes. It's not difficult to recreate amazing indonesian food in ireland and think they need to try a bit harder in that aspect. If you've never... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is just noisy up to a point that you cant even hear yourself think. If you want to have a calm place to enjoy a meal , pls think again as it is definitely not your cup of tea💀 food was not up to what we were expecting and there were shots accompanying it but somehow we didn't manage... More 

Thank feijeng
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you did not enjoy the experience. We would hope you would come in on a quieter night or evening all restaurants tend to be noisy at this time if year. More 

Galway, Ireland
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I ate here while in Dublin attending a gig. We didn't know of the place but felt like eating something different and it looked busy inside, which we thought was a good sign. We were lucky to get a table for two, in between bookings without a reservation. The waitress was lovely and really helpful. We decided... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Have been waiting to eat here for ages and finally had the chance just over 2 weeks ago. Despite the busy festive period service was friendly, attentive and informative. Now onto the most important part...the food! It was unbelievably good! I've had many an Asian meal and this was by far the best! The slow cooked beef starter, the squid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Chameleon just never disappoints. I brought some friends who'd never been and we barely talked throughout the meal it was soooo good. You can taste that the food is just so fresh and the flavours in every dish are amazing, a total taste explosion explosion in your mouth. Food lovers will appreciate this place over and over again. Oh and... More 

Thank bevin m
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Everything I go back to Chameleon I chastise myself for leaving it so long since my last visit. The food is outstandingly good. The shirt rib of beef in oarticular is just amazing. If that was all I could ever eat again, I'd probably be quite happy.

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Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and delighted to see you enjoyed the short Rib of Irish Beef, we can't wait to greet you again in the Chameleon. thanks from all the team Carol More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Had an early evening dinner here with some friends. Food was absolutely delicious. Ordered a few different dishes for our table and had a bit of everything. The balance of flavours was outstanding. Poached prawns and short rib are a must. Pulled pork steamed buns were extremely tasty too. Very trendy beer selection. The staff were super friendly, welcoming and... More 

Thank Graham W
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Graham we are delighted you enjoyed the evening and Kevin was thrilled to have you guys in the Chameleon, sorry I was not there myself to greet you. Have a great Christmas Carol More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Highly recommended. Beautiful food, friendly & attentive staff. We will be back soon. We had the Java and Sumarta set menu options. Both delicious - especially loved the beef, lamb and cod tapas. Wine also fantastic

Thank John C
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks John for taking the time to write your review, it means a lot to the team to get feedback and I will pass on your comments. Kind regards Carol More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: South City Centre
  • Phone Number: +353 1 671 0362
Chameleon in Temple Bar is an intimate, ambient restaurant that specialises in Indonesian rice-table. Rice table (or rijst-tafel) is when the diner is served an array of sumptuous different dishes, at the same time, from confit of pork belly with star anise to free range chicken satay to our delicious desserts, all made in-house! Its almost like Indonesian tapas!Since opening in 1994, its owners, husband and wife team, Carol & Kevin have made a point in using as much locally sourced Irish produce as possible, including only using free range Irish chicken and locally caught, seasonal Irish fish.Chameleon is ideal for a romantic get together or indeed, for your birthday party or Christmas party, as they can cater for groups of up to 40 in our private dining rooms.Winning may awards over the years in 2013 the Chameleon was voted Best World Cuisine in Ireland by the highly acclaimed Restaurants Association of Ireland

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