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“You can do better”
Review of Le Bon Crubeen

Le Bon Crubeen
Ranked #187 of 2,638 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: US$13 - US$26
Cuisines: French, Irish
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: North City Centre
Description: Le Bon Crubeen's brasserie menu delivers a realistic, consistent, grass-roots experience sourcing ingredients from the very finest Irish producers delivering quality and value for money. Our menus include vegetarian and Coeliac/Gluten free dishes.
Reviewed 6 December 2013

An uncomfortable seat in the window didn't help, nor did the over-loud jazz coming out of the speaker above the table ( why do restaurants feel this is necessary ? ) A decent pint of the black stuff, followed by an excellent Antinori red helped disguise a distinctly average burger, though the chowder starter was first class.

Toilet facilities poor ( invited to go to their sister-pub next door ) and in a run-down part of town.

You can do better.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Was so impressed by the food at Le Bon Crubeen. We were part of a large party (over 25) and had a lovely evening. The service was efficient and friendly but the food was the highlight. I could have chosen so many things, but opted for the Haunch of Venison which was so tender, possibly the best I've tasted

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Thank Djgwright
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Wife & I have dined here 3 times in the last few months, twice on our own and most recently with another couple. The first two times we picked from the Al la Carte menu, the last time we opted for the €29.95 3-Course menu.
There is a real buzz in the restaurant, with a very cosmopolitan atmosphere. The jazz music on a Saturday night adds to the overall experience. On each of the occasions the staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful when required.
Overall our food experience was very good. We tried a varied selection of the main dishes over our three visits, including the Rump of Lamb, the Hake, Venison, & Rib Eye steak. The food on the first two visits was excellent, but the it failed to reach the same highs on the 3rd visit. No major problems (one Lamb dish had to be returned as it was cold) but generally disappointing in light of our earlier 'wow' experience.
There is a very expensive wine list, a good selection of acceptable options in the €25-35 range. We went for the "super Tuscan" €50 a bottle on one of the visits. Regretably, not good value in our view. We had better luck with the Malbec & Pinotage.
The restuarant appears to be doing a very good trade. On the ocassions we visited (all Saturdays) we booked for around 19.00/19.30, it was extreemly busy and we even had to sit at the bar counter on one ocassion due to overbooking. We received a complementary cocktail for the inconvience and enjoyed the "crac" with the bar staff.
PS The cocktails, while on the dear side, are excellent.
A potential downside risk of being so busy is that the quality and level of service/fare might suffer. The restaurant has even opened an additional dining room upstairs. This potential problem was somewhat evident on our 3rd visit. We did mention this to the restuarant manager.
The 'sister bar' next door (Celtic Bar) is a handy place for a pre-dinner drink and based on the dishes we saw being served might also be worth a visit for a less expensive pre-theatre meal.

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1  Thank IrelandSean
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Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

Just back from a wonderful pre- theatre meal with my sister for her birthday. Xmas atmosphere in the restaurant was evident; started with Pumpkin soup with Guinness bread; soup was quite spicy but delicious. I ordered the Chicken with sweet potato mash with lovely green beans and a red wine jus; my sister had the Beer Battered Fish with Chunky Chip and a pea purée. Staff were very attentive at a busy time ( thank you Martin ). A Gem of a restaurant if you find yourself in Talbot Street

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Reviewed 29 November 2013 via mobile

Got a voucher online for this restaurant , and for what we paid for it the food was absolutely excellent , we were made feel very welcome am I really enjoyed every course. We had 4 course and could choose anything from the a la carte , fillet steak was cooked perfectly. Only thing is we got served by about 5 different waiters which was a bit impersonal but otherwise excellent , definitely be back.

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1  Thank Aces91
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