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Samphire

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Irish, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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Donabate on the Beach | Donabate, Donabate, Ireland
+353 1 843 6153
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Dublin
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

Oh dear, our experience of Samphire was a real contradiction in terms. Being a resident of Donabate for nearly 12 years, we have suffered badly in terms of local eateries. The current incumbents don’t feel the necessity to supply the locality with good quality food & service at reasonable prices so one must venture to Malahide or Town if you... More 

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Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear Trident1066, Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on TripAdvisor in relation to Samphire. All feedback is most welcome as it really helps us when necessary to make improvements. I was most disappointed to read that you did not enjoy your dining experience here in Samphire. I would like to take this opportunity to communicate to... More 

Dublin
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122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

Having read a couple of glowing reviews and feeling like a Sunday drive, my husband and I decided to visit Samphire for Sunday lunch. The Waterside hotel wasn't quite the location we were expecting looking more like a traditional beach hotel from the 80's then the location for a cutting edge restaurant. Luckily first impressions can be mis-leading. The second... More 

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Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear magneta_clovisse, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor in relation to your dining experience in Samphire. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us. Feedback is always most welcome in our establishment as it really helps us pinpoint exactly what are valued customers expect. We have taken your comments... More 

Donabate
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

Recently dined here for the first time and have to say that I was very impressed by the food and also the value. My starter was spectacular - a work of art. Great value for money, very attentive and knowledgeable staff and lovely setting. Complimentary mini homemade bread and butter was a lovely touch. We walked to the restaurant, but... More 

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Thank Rosa258
Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear Rosa, Thank you very much for sharing your comments of your dining experience in Samphire on TripAdvisor. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed the quality of our food and the service our staff provided. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future - just give us a call to come and collect you! Kind... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

We're locals who are dying for a good place to eat in the area. We were pretty excited about the reviews in the papers so got ourselves down when we had a free evening. So here's a brief summary: The setting is amazing - of course, it was dark outside but when the lighter evenings come, it will be beautiful... More 

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Thank acdublin1980
Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear acdublin1980, I would like to thank you for choosing to dine in Samphire and for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. I would like to express my satisfaction to acknowledge that your experience at our restaurant premises was enjoyable. In Samphire one of our guiding principles is to provide the best service to our treasured customers. I hope to welcome... More 

Dublin
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

Had 2 course lunch special and was delighted with every course. Really good locally sourced food. Cooked to perfection. Little things like freshly cooked bread and homemade butter really adds to the experience. Nice selection of wines too and good to see a few around the €22 mark. Service also top class. Had eaten recently in a certain 5 star... More 

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Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear dublinfifi72, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor. I was delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience here with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards, Linda Moloney Sales & Marketing Manager More 

Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

Just had a most pleasing meal at the Samphire,busy for a Wednesday evening. the early bird is excellent value. The young ttrainee waiter was top class and so professional in every way. This was our third visit and one feels proud to have such a quality hotel on the doorstep.Sitting at the table looking across to the lights of Howth... More 

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Thank martin O
Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear martin O, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor. I was delighted to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience here with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards, Linda Moloney Sales & Marketing Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

Fresh, fantastic menu, best lamb I've ever eaten not to mention my scallops.. Truly divine. Great service, value and very reasonably priced winelist.. Overall probably one of my best ever meals

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Thank Sarah C
Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear Sarah C, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. I look forward to welcoming you back to Samphire in the near future. Kind Regards, Linda Moloney Sales & Marketing Manager More 

Dublin
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

Visited Samphire yesterday with my family after reading rave reviews. Friendly welcome however, restaurant very busy with large group. Waiter was pleasant and took our drinks and food orders swiftly... however lunch lasted over two hours as huge delay with main course. Starter was nice, Fishcakes a little over seasoned (not sure if baby capers is a welcomed addition to... More 

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Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear Rocky050, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor. Feedback is always most welcome. I was happy to read that our waiting staff provided a prompt service. Our food is all made fresh to order and as such certain items may take longer than others to prepare. I have passed on your comments to our... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

My husband and I got a voucher for this resturant of a 3 course meal each as a xmas present. I had heard great reviews on it. Paolo Tullio (resturant critic) gave it a great review, I dont know why !!!. When we first sat down we were impressed but it went downhill with each course. I had fishcake that... More 

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1 Thank Aishling G
Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear Aishling G, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor in relation to Samphire. I was disappointed to read that you did not enjoy your dining experience with us. Feedback is always most welcome as it gives us the opportunity to make improvements were necessary. Your comments have been taken very seriously and our Head... More 

Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

went for a meal with a friend last week at the samphire . i live near the waterside hotel so a free bus pick us up and brought us home afterwards. the service was excellent and food was lovely at a great reasonable price . after finishing our food we went into the bar for a drink and the service... More 

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2 Thank Ian T
Management-Waterside, Manager at Samphire, responded to this review

Dear IanT, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor. I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal in Samphire and even more delighted to hear that you are coming back to enjoy our hotel most Saturdays. We look forward to welcoming you back to our establishment next Saturday or in the near future.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$65
Cuisine
Irish, Seafood, International, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Donabate on the Beach | Donabate, Donabate, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Donabate
  • Phone Number: +353 1 843 6153
Description
Samphire at The Waterside, by Chef Tom Walsh, offers traditional french cuisine with a modern Irish twist. Located on the beach in Donabate, Co. Dublin, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience with unparalleled panoramic sea views.

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