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54 John Street, Waterford, Ireland
+353 51 844 177
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place to eat. Food was excellent and the staff were very helpful and friendly.extensive menu all types of food.

Thank Stef S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great night. Lovely food , great atmosphere , great service. All in all a great place to go for night out.

Thank edel t
Alamo, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We met a local friend for dinner and couldn't have been more impressed with the food, atmosphere and service. We had the chicken and beef and lamb sliders; all was delicious!

Thank Msmelful
San Francisco
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have always had a really enjoyable time at this restaurant. The place has a cozy atmosphere, the food is quite often outstanding and the wait staff are incredibly pleasant to deal with. After a number of months looking for a restaurant that is its equal or better, we have come up empty handed. The only other contender for "best... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband chose this restaurant based on the good reviews he found online and we were not disappointed. They had a decent selection of craft beer and my husband was able to get a cider that he liked. I started with zucchini yoghurt pesto soup (awesome!) and he had beef carpaccio with hazelnuts and aged Cheddar. We shared the large... More 

Thank Carina G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had 2 course early bird with friends recently...i had fish cakes for starters,extremely tasty,steak for main course.It was delicious,portions perfect size...My friends all really enjoyed their meals too..All empty plates...Staff extremely helpful,friendly,and efficient.Nice atmosphere in restaurant...one small criticism..we thought restaurant was cold...otherwise an extremely enjoyable expierience

Thank Car200
Monaghan, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here for a meal last week (4 of us) there was a mixture of starters and main courses food was very good mix of fish and steak the pepper sauce was the best i have tasted in ages staff very friendly and helpful would recommend it and will be back

Thank bobq1
Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Waterford for a one night stopover. Good choice of food and wine. Steak was delicious, staff helpful.

Thank middwaa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place never fails to impress me. Everybody was delighted with their steaks, my smoked salmon starter was lovely and my girlfriends lamb was the best she has ever tasted. I still managed to somehow fit in a chocolate brownie after the big feed and it was delicious. They were also very busy and we had a big table (12... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

4 of us eat here last nite . We have been here many times over the years and was always fantastic . But the last two time it was good but not as good as was on previous visits . Dont get me wrong the food is still good . The staff as always top class . Very good wine... More 

Thank Andy B

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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
US$5 - US$29
Irish, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 John Street, Waterford, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Waterford  >  Waterford
  • Phone Number: +353 51 844 177
Listed in The McKenna Guide Best 100 Restaurants in Ireland 2014.In the heart of Waterford City is a restaurant that champions the local food experience. Vaguely Spanish in decor with a funky eclectic mix of food and ambiance that may well be described as Mediterranean. Most definitely, not a conventional Irish restaurant experience. Critics and regulars alike acknowledge this place is fun and different. With early bird menus from €20, this is an affordable treat in a relaxed atmosphere. But it's worth persevering according to the critics:" With its warm Mediterranean colour, this place would bring the sun out on the darkest of days" Georgina Campbell "Much loved menu that hits all the right buttons" The Irish Times"It's a dream vision of owners - Cormac & Donagh - who stamp their left field imprimatur on the excellent food & the fine drinks that make folk flock here in their droves" John & Sally McKenna"Bodega! Gives the taste of the med, and also the vigour & joie de vivre of the med" Bridgestone Guide

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