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“Simply the Best”
Review of Aldos

Aldos
Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Ardglass
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, British, Irish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Simply the Best”
Reviewed 17 December 2013

This was our second year for our Christmas party at Aldos and it was better than the previous year. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, food exceptionally tasty, full of flavour and delicious. Staff attentive, helpful and happy, nothng too much trouble. As we are a choir and like to sing Niall was very understanding.. Excellent night and would thoroughly recommend.

  • Visited December 2013
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Niall-V, Owner at Aldos, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Thanks for the great review and for booking your Christmas dinner with us again this year. The choir singing was excellent and enjoyed by all our other customers. Hope to see you again soon.
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Antrim, United Kingdom
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“Welcoming with Warm Hospitality, Excellent Food From a Simple Menu - Just Go!”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Hi,

Having been recommended Aldos by a friend this was our choice of restaurant for an overnight stay in the area and we were not disappointed.

Advance bookings are available and i’m told necessary during the busier summer months, Niall the owner personally took our reservation and welcomed us in advance.

Upon arrival we found the old building had much character, charm and the quaint decor only added to the hospitable ambience. Seated in the bar area initially we ordered having found the menu simple yet varied and offering a few extras especially with an Italian theme.

The waitress staff were very polite and nothing was any bother, being in one of Northern Ireland’s few active fishing ports i had no option but to order the prawn cocktail to start, delivered straight from the boats the prawns were among the best i’ve ever tasted, my good lady’s pate starter was also delicious. The 28 day aged sirloin is to be highly recommended as was the pasta main course. Be in no doubt that the food served here is of the most tasty, highest quality and not overpriced, all coming from what seems a simple menu, a hard act to follow for any restaurant owner.

The above 2 courses each and a bottle of red weighed in at approx £60 showing superb value for money, throughout the whole meal we were made feel welcome, relaxed & treated to a couple of ‘shots’ when settling the bill.

Well located in the seaside town of Ardglass with free on street parking at the front door Aldos is an ideal choice, in fact, preferred choice when dining locally, I cannot fault our experience there and it comes highly recommended!

We stayed locally, which was also excellent, please check my reviews.

If this review has 'Informed' your decision please tick the 'Was this review Helpful' box.

Les

  • Visited November 2013
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Niall-V, Owner at Aldos, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give us such an excellent review. You have summed up everything that we aspire to at Aldo's and we are very happy that a top contributing Tripadvisor reviewer has rated us so highly in all areas.

Hope to see you again soon.
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coulsdon
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“A fabulous restaurant.”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Ate in this restaurant last night (25/10/13) and found everything absolutely fantastic. We arrived and were met by Niall who took us through to the very pleasant bar area and gave us the menu to browse over our pre dinner drinks and he made a real effort to talk to us showing a real interest in what we were saying and at the same time making us feel very welcome. We were then escorted into the dining area which was very pleasant and had a very cosy atmosphere even though it is quite open plan. The menu was very nice, plenty to choose from without there being too much to make you unsure of what to order and having placed our order it was worth waiting for, the portions were very generous and the quality was excellent. The staff were very attentive without being in your face the whole time, but were there if you needed them. All three of my courses were excellent, we were a party of five and the only reason some food had to go back is because we couldn't eat any more. We had a great night anyway, then give yourself a treat and eat at Aldo's. When we go back to Northern Ireland we will be there.

  • Visited October 2013
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Niall-V, Owner at Aldos, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to give us such a great review. We look froward to seeing you again soon.
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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“Excellence in dining”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

What a gem of a restaurant from the friendly relaxed welcome and atmosphere to sterling service with a smile and cuisine which is unparalleled in my extensive travels or maybe I was just both lucky and hungry at the same time. We found this enchanting eatery on our way down Irelands east coast and set in such beautiful surroundings in what is a delightfully pretty old fishing village we felt well rewarded with a visit to Aldos. A five star dining experience with top marks on every count décor cleanliness service quality and quantity of food and an excellent menu to choose from Aldos will not disappoint even the most critical of gastronomes. It was such a pleasurable end to our day that we`ve pencilled Aldos in for our return leg. If you are in the area or even not you owe it to yourself to try this highly recommended Avante garde of restaurants. Well done to all the staff for a top class and highly memorable evening.

  • Visited August 2013
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Niall-V, Owner at Aldos, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you for this fantastic review.

All the team at Aldo's have worked extremely hard this year to improve everything. The chefs have created a whole new menu which concentrates on quality, presentation and complimenting flavours while trying to offer value for money. The waiting staff work really hard to look after all the customers while keeping a friendly and relaxed manner.

We have invested heavily in upgrading all areas of the restaurant and are planning the final refurbishment of the dining room for early 2014.

Reviews like this make myself and all the staff feel really proud of our work and our restaurant.
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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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“Disappointed.”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Was recommended this restaurant for somewhere lovely to take all my family to to celebrate my youngest brother coming home from Hong Kong. 4 of us had the roast meat dinner, the slices of meat had so much fat on it that it ruined the lunch for us. The restaurant was cold but the staff was friendly though.

  • Visited September 2012
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Niall-V, Owner at Aldos, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Hi Brenda,

Sorry that you didn't enjoy your meal. We mostly use Irish sirloin for our Sunday roasts but occasionally we would use Rib. I can only assume that you had the Rib eye roast as this cut would be fattier but absolutely delicious and flavoursome.

My waiting staff are trained to check every table during each course. If all four of you were not happy surely it's better to say ?

This for me is the hardest thing to deal with. How can I resolve an issue if I don't know about it until it's on Tripadvisor ? If you had mentioned your complaint to me I can guarantee that you would have left satisfied and not had the need to rate us so badly. I know some people find it difficult to complain but I can assure you that if a complaint is genuine then it is taken extremely seriously.

We aren't perfect and do get things wrong now and again. I would urge you to give us another try and we will do our best to make up for your previous visit.

Thank you for your positive comments concerning the staff.
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