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“Atmosphere inside did not match amazing view outside” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Strand Bistro

The Strand Bistro
Ranked #9 of 22 Restaurants in Kilkee
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, European
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Oslo
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Atmosphere inside did not match amazing view outside”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

This was my first visit to the Strand Restaurant. (I remember the hotel fondly from its days as a popular pub and music venue.). I had heard mixed reports about the restaurant before my visit and my conclusion afterwards was mixed too. There is no taking away from the fact that this formal eating house has one of the very best views in town. The food at the Strand was good, that wasn't the problem. For our main courses my husband decided upon steak, but was unsure (not being Irish) of the difference between the sirloin and T-bone cuts on offer. In the end he was asked impatiently by the maître d'... "well which one DO you want then?" He plumped for the sirloin before the offer was taken away altogether. It was very good indeed, but they manner in which the order was taken did leave a slight aftertaste. I ordered one of the specials, lightly pan fried cod, which was divine... simple, but perfectly cooked. Tasted liked it had jumped out of the sea and onto my plate, with only a quick visit to the frying pan on the way. The wine list was comprehensive, but both the food and wine a bit on the pricey side. The place lacked a cosy atmosphere, somehow, which is a pity given that this could be the best in town. I would advise anyone going there to study the menu before you go in (it's by the entrance) so you know what you want. Make sure to get a table by the window. (We did. It was cramped and we had to move one of the chairs round so we could both look out, but it was worth the trouble.) Ignore any impatient staff, enjoy your dinner and just sit back and enjoy one of the loveliest seaside views in Ireland.

  • Visited August 2011
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limerick
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“SPECTACULAR VIEWS & GREAT FOOD”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2011

Ate here a couple of times last week. The views of the beach are wonderful and when the sun is shining (not that often) but when it does the strand is the place to be; The food is very good with a wide and varied menu. Staff are friendly & efficient. I had crab claws and you would go far and wide to get nicer. The hake special and crab cakes were also very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant, booking is advisable at weekends in the summer. Great food which is very reasonably priced. Definitely will return.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank NEWLIMERICK
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2011

One of the best restaurant in our trip. Exceptional !!!!

  • Visited July 2011
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Limerick, Ireland
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“Excellent sea views with excellent food and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2010

I first went to the stand with my best friend and her two children but returned with a bunch of friends the following week.
The strand restaurant, Kilkee has a number of offerings;
a Bar restaurant for more casual dining with the same excellent sea views as are had in the main restaurant..
plenty of fresh seafood on offer with what had to be locally sourced produce.
Great experience for our family outing plus the children had plenty to choose from on the menu. Dining at the strand with my friends the following week was excellent fun. I just love the views, the full bay of Kilkee with the beach, boat houses and pier all on view, beautiful. The best views in Kilkee.
Enjoy it!

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Thank ElaineBo1
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“unbeatable ocean view, wonderful service and excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2010

You can't beat tte views of Atlantic Ocean and Kilkee Bay from this excellent restaurant. The views are even more appreciated when you discover that the food and the service is as good as the view. I especially liked the Carrigaholt clam starter and the poached salmon. Great wine list too.

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