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“Good food, dated decor, good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Joels Restaurant

Joels Restaurant
Ranked #406 of 2,543 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: US$0 - US$28
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good food, dated decor, good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

Have visited this restaurant on two occasions. Good is very nice. Plenty of choice and good pricing also. Service is always very good and staff are friendly. I think calling this a restaurant is a slight stretch as it has more if a diner feel to it. On a Sunday there are a lot if children which can make for a noisy dinner and also be prepared to wait for a table as it is normally always busy . Although I don't see this as a negative. Surely a busy restaurant/diner means the good is good . And it is. There is a waiting area beside bar with sky sports etc on flat screen TV. I will be back again

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Dublin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Dated and tired decor & food. Friendly waitress service. No return”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

I had, as many others, drove by many times, and seeing the window seats so busy, thought this must be a good place to dine. I now know it is because they fill the window seats up first. I dined here twice in the last couple of weeks, thinking maybe the chef was a temp 1st time round. I gave it a 2nd chance. Nothing improved. Same tired - jaded food. Frozen veg, that had sat in the water. Stodge pastry and mash. Fatty lamb. Tough/Chewy beef. On a good note - lovely fresh starters. Simple sweet dessert.
Staff were very nIce & friendly. Decor - back to the 80's, and looks worn. A child crying, a muttering manager. Did not enjoy our visit . we will not be returning .

  • Visited November 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“impeccable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

I went to Joel’s last year with a few of my friends. We were there for around four or five hours and were left with little to no complaints. The main complaint was the time we had to wait before being seated, this is understandable due to the number of customers that were present. We waited in the lounge area and were tended to by friendly and kind waiters.
We were then seated towards the back end of the restaurant near the kitchen we sat down and it was no longer than five minutes before we had been assigned a waiter we ordered our food and drinks and waited for the food to arrive. The drinks arrived quite hastily, though it took a substantial amount of time for the food to arrive (upwards of 25-30 minutes). The food itself was in my opinion prepared flawlessly and served in generous portions. The waiter would check up on us frequently without becoming a nuisance. By the end of the night the bill was around 200 euro split amongst five of us which is quite reasonable for the amount we bought.
We all left generally pleased with our visit and would return.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Ben W
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Yuck ! Keep driving !”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

We had lunch here today , staff were very nIce & friendly , however food is below average,We had turkey & beef mains , presentation is awful, veg were dried out . Meat was tasteless . Decor is very outdated . Did not enjoy our visit . we will not be returning .

  • Visited November 2013
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very Happy Camper”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Had passed this place loads of times never made it in. We arrived in on a busy Sunday meet by a very pleasant hostess lad to our table waiter over very quickly for order great choice lots of specials had the Beef and Guinness pie and mashed potato was delish will deffo be back

  • Visited November 2013
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