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“Birthday bash!”
Review of Les Freres Jacques - CLOSED

Les Freres Jacques
Cuisines: French, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: South City Centre
Description: "Quaint but charming French restaurant in the heart of Dublin. This family-run restaurant has a regular clientele who come for the warm welcome and delicious seafood. All the staff are French and the atmosphere authentically Gallic. What's cooking: Classic French fare. Signature dishes include terrine of foie gras Maison with grilled country loaf bread and a glass of Sauterne, whole black sole meuniere and lots of wonderful fresh seafood and seasonal game."
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Birthday bash!”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Ive been here for 2 years in a row for my birthday celebrations and it was equally as impressive this year as it was last! First class service and food make this restaurant easily my favorite in Dublin!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank tmarks123
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Delaware
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Negative at the door”
Reviewed 24 December 2013

We went at 5:30 and was told that they open at 7. Ok went the next night at 8:30 an we're told that they finished serving. Listed hours ar 6-10. Hence can, evaluate the food but the reception is all negative.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank ecoworld-DE
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LFJ74, Manager at Les Freres Jacques, responded to this review, 7 January 2014
Good evening, Im sorry about the reception you experienced when you visited us. During the Christmas period the hours of operation change to accommodate the longer lunches, which we dont indicate on our website as it can vary from day to day. Ive PM'd you to get more information about this so I can see what happened the night in question.
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
353 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Good fish”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Went with a group. Everyone was happy afterwards. The scallops to start were a big success, the main courses a little less consistent. Almost all were good but the monkfish was a little disappointing. The wine was excellent value given that it is half price on Monday & Tuesday nights. Service could have been a little more attentive and I would have expected them to pour the water rather than just leave the bottles on the table.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank T-G4728
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“worst culinary experience in Dublin”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

went here yesterday to celebrate my graduation. big fan of French cuisine and reading good reviews about this place I went there with high expectations....rang in the afternoon for reservation I find out they only open at 6...in a Saturday? We book the table for 6, went there, nice atmosphere, staff very friendly,everything look allright...well except the food. we ordered confit leg of duck and scallops for starters and fillet of beef and black sole(signature dish)for main course, also ordered a bottle of white wine from Alsace. then the problems start to begin...the duck was ok, well cooked and presented, the scallops the same,tasty ,but after eating few of them I find a long piece of hair...tell the waiter and he took it away. the maitre d' very embarased fix the problem straight away, bringing another portion(bigger)and appologising...no problem I say, was an accident, it can happen, despite it was not busy. the main courses were a complete disaster... the 38 euros black sole was very dry,overcooked, the fillet (cooked medium) was burn on the outside,very bad taste,both dishes served with vegetables on the plate which were COLD, not even warm just cold. being hungry we ate but tell the maitre d' about this. he try to fix it by offering us some drinks and free deserts but was just too much for us and we refused. not charging us for a BOTTLE OF SPARKLING WATER we pay for this 127 euros.....I won't go back and also advice every one to avoid this place. don't know what the chef is doing there but at least after a starter with hair in it he should be more careful at least not to send cold food to the same table. they try to do something good there but for sure they don't have the right chef for this. the most angry I was for the fish...how can a chef can overcook a black sole, one of the most expensive fish?why is he allowed to cook it? just as an advice look up for another chef!!!!!!

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank carpe d
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Dublin
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“A Dublin Institution”
Reviewed 1 November 2013

One of my favourite restaurants in Dublin, Les Freres Jacques perfects that old-school, fine-dining French charm that is sadly becoming more and more rare. This place has been around for about 30 years in the same old building (right beside the Olympia Theatre). It's a relatively small restaurant and some tables are perhaps a little tight for space - not a major criticism. The decor is classic, understated and tasteful; it's a calm, serene place to be. The service is low-key but attentive and charming. The food is always excellent. The wine list is superb: comprehensive and with a wide range of prices (there are several very tasty entry-level wines under €30/bottle). There are occasional voucher deals here which make this place ludicrously good value. We went a while back on one such deal and I couldn't believe the quality of the food: just excellent. We subsequently returned for an Early Bird and more recently an a la carte meal, and on both occasions the food was similarly impressive: wonderful flavours and beautifully presented. Despite some reviewers' comments, we find the (French) owner very charming, welcoming and attentive, as are the rest of the excellent staff. Can't wait to return.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Jonathan H
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