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“Fantastic setting for a quality meal”

The Oak Room at Adare Manor
Ranked #10 of 19 Restaurants in Adare
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Irish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, View
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dublin, Ireland
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100 reviews
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“Fantastic setting for a quality meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

I had the tasting menu with paired wines here recently and found it excellent. The setting of the Adare Manor brings the experience to another level.

We started the evening with a drink in the bar outside. This is not to be missed as the room is pretty stunning. Once in the restaurant, our table was located outside the main dining room in an long room created from an original stone canopy. The light is dim which could bother some diners. The staff at main reception were not very welcoming initially, however, after this in the bar and restaurant the staff were excellent.

The tasting menu had six courses (excluding amuse, sorbet and petit fours) and all were excellent. These were crab salad, pork belly, sea bass, fillet beef, pineapple carpaccio and chocolate parfait. The highlights of the meal were for me the pork belly, beef and parfait. The flavours in the beef dish were particularly good. Paired wines were made up mostly of new worlders (Chilean cab sav, Argentinan sauvignon etc) which complemented the dishes well. There was a prosecco in place of a more traditional dessert wine. I am a huge dessert wine fan so this was a little disappointing. At 100euro with wine per person the value was good. The setting is unquestionably special.

There were some flaws, however, I'm not sure if all diners would be bothered by these things. These were: the welcome at reception (as mentioned), the bread (far too doughy and without the flavours their titles described - reheated?), the amuse bouche (goats cheese was bland and over-powered by the batter it was cooked in) and the choice of prosecco instead of a more traditional dessert wine.

I would recommend Adare Manor, in particular for an occasion.

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Wicklow
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99 reviews
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“The extra mile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

From start to finish the meal experience was first class. From the setting, the staff & their engagement with us, the menu & the quality of the food - we just could not fault it. It is pricey but you know that going in & don't mind paying when it reaches & exceeds expectations. We will be back

Visited February 2014
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london, uk and killarney, ireland
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“Missing the "wow factor"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Technically, I guess this should be listed under "The Drawing Room" at Adare Manor, as we had the Afternoon Tea "experience".

We had been looking forward to being wowed, and while nothing was disastrous, we were left feeling disappointed or at least underwhelmed.

The food was average, at best. We had to ask for extra jam and cream for the scones as the tiny amount provided wasn't nearly enough.
The standard of service depended on which server arrived. The chap who did bring the food consistently referred to preservatives rather than preserves. I know it's a small thing, but if we noticed it several times at different tables, surely someone should take him aside and correct him?
And later, when we wanted to leave, we had to leave the table to try to find someone so we could pay our bill. We even asked at the reception desk where we could settle the bill, as we seemed to be ignored each time we tried to ask a waiter for the bill.
It just felt like some extra staff training was required, but not considered important.

The appearance in the main lobby was marred by the sight of stacked tables and chairs in the gallery area.
The single hand soap dispenser in the men's room didn't work.
I know it's an old building but surely the same standards should apply to both old and new establishments, especially when they are supposed to be Five Stars.

Afternoon Tea cost €27.50 per person. We really felt it wasn't good value for money.

I hate to sound so negative. It was nice. But we expected more, and it just didn't deliver. It lost points for the food, the service, the general maintenance of the areas we saw, and finally for the price. €10 less per person and we would have at least felt that it hadn't been a total rip-off.

  • Visited December 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Simply Elegant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

This is a five star restaurant that lives up to every star! We had a wonderful dinner filled with excellent appetizers, dinner, dessert, and wine. The decor was beautiful with not to be missed tapestries and wooden carvings on the fireplace.

Visited April 2013
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Great Ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

This was a great place to drink a port wine, or a glass of whiskey by the fireplace with a book and just relax. We enjoyed this bar as a place for after dinner cordials. It was a very nice place to enjoy a great glass of Jameson!

Visited April 2013
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