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“So impressed...”

Cloister Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 100 Restaurants in Ennis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$48
Cuisines: Irish, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Situated in the heart of medieval Ennis. This is a modern restaurant that serves fresh locally sourced produce. Wonderful to visit for a light bar meal during the day or more inventive cuisine in the evenings.
Ennis, Ireland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“So impressed...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Held an event at The Cloister recently with approximately 40 people and it was just fantastic. Dermot and Noreen really took care of things from start to finish and every detail was thought of to ensure everything went smoothly. Everyone was so impressed, I can't think of a better venue locally. I'll be back soon!

Visited June 2014
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8 Thank Frank H
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Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear FrankH

Thanks very much for taking the time to post your review. We equally enjoyed hosting your event and very much appreciate the support you and other local businesses have given us since opening.

Kind regards

Dermot and all the Team
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Norfolk, Virginia
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Impressive, but a mixed bag”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had tried to get in to this restaurant on a previous trip, but its reputation is such that even the bar books up. We made reservations online a couple of months in advance this time. The restaurant used to be part of the old abbey in Ennis and it still retains a couple of the original stone walls for an historical, rustic feel. However, its a real mix of the ancient and the modern, with numerous large hanging columns of glass beads lit with colored lights inside which seems strangely out of place inside an old abbey. The dramatic lighting really contrasts with the ancient setting, giving either a striking and impressive feel, or a gaudy and conflicting feel, depending on your point of view. Nevertheless, you feel like you're in a special place. When you get your food, you'll KNOW you're in a special place, at least for some of the dishes, which we found pretty reasonable in price. I ordered the "creamed wild mushrooms on rosemary foccacia toast with white truffle oil." (7.50 euros) It was very good, but the mushrooms were definitely domestic white and not wild. I also had the pan-fried lemon sole with butter sauce and shredded green vegetables on top (18.95). This was very delicious, rich and filling. But it came with ordinary potatoes and a bowl of disappointingly, plain, unseasoned and unbuttered carrots, parsnips and snow peas. You would expect more seasoning and taste for the vegetables given the high quality of the rest of the meal. The presentation of the main dish was beautiful, and the service was good. The sauvignon blanc tasted watery, and none of us liked it. Also the same with the house white wine. They substituted a bottle of mixed blend white wine, which was at least acceptable (22.50 euros). Dessert was also disappointing. I had the bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream (6 euros) which was bland, plain and had little flavor. Everyone liked their main dishes and starters, but no one liked the dessert, side vegetables or poor quality wine. If The Cloister could bring up the quality of the side dishes, desserts and wine, it would be a world class restaurant.

  • Visited April 2014
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4 Thank deedeetee
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Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear deedeetee.

Thanks for your detailed post, if you ever have the opportunity to visit us again please call in for coffee and we can have a detailed discussion about the points you've made.

Kind regards

Dermot.
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Keene, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A bit too rich for us”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

We ate there for lunch after getting recommendations from our host. The service was second to none, the ambiance lovely, and the meal tasty.
But... we ordered risotto (the asparagus risotto and the seafood risotto), and being that it's Ireland and not Italy, cream was used instead of olive oil and the tad of butter that is traditional, and the result of this wreaked havoc on our digestive systems. I actually felt nauseous. I don't completely fault the restaurant, because I'm all for using local ingredients, and cream is local to Ireland, not olive oil. But, just to warn others that the risottos are very rich.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Starzana
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Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear Starzana

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Glad to see you enjoyed your visit to us.
Sorry that the dairy element of your meal wasn't as you would have liked it, we are fond of it here...if your ever back to us please discuss any intolerances you may have as most dishes can be altered to taste.
Kind regards

Dermot and all the Team.
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Tipperary, Ireland
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

We recently enjoyed a delicious sunday lunch in the Cloister. I telephoned beforehand to ask about a vegetarian menu and was reassured by Barry that there would be plenty of choices available. This indeed proved to be the case! Asparagus risotto with parmesan and truffle oil or creamed wild mushrooms on toasted focaccia finished with baby spinach were just some of the options available. There were also some vegan options that the chef had prepared. We were a party of 2 adults and 3 children and there was something for everyone on the menu. The kids menu is great value too. The service was friendly and attentive. I am looking forward to a return visit already.

  • Visited June 2014
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6 Thank Kathsara
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Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear Kathsara

Thanks for your review of your family visit to the Cloister. Our vegetarian menu is prepared to the same standards of our menus as its equally important, we are glad you found it to be so.

Thanks for taking the time to post.

Dermot and all the Team
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Monaghan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Had the fish and chips which were exceptional, my partner had the cloister burger which was also delicious. The service was fast, efficient and very friendly. Will definitely be returning!

  • Visited June 2014
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5 Thank Mont4487
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Camarche, Owner at Cloister Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear Mont 4478

Thanks for the very kind review. Our daytime menu is very popular and designed to be casual but excellent quality. We are glad you enjoyed your visit while you were in town.

Kind regards

Dermot and all the Team
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