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“Great Irish Coffee”
Review of The Strand Bistro

The Strand Bistro
Ranked #8 of 23 Restaurants in Kilkee
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Mundelein, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Great Irish Coffee”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

It was a wonderful experience when we first came to Ireland that day to sit outside The Strand Restaurant and enjoy the view of the beach with an Irish coffee. A beautiful moment to start our Ireland trip. Food was good but pricey and service was perfect. Would recommend it.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Susan B
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English first
Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not good service”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Went in there one evening with my daughter were totally forgetting about by staff on all courses got soup no bread got main course no veg or chips for about ten min had to ask twice for them waited half an hour for 2 drinks .We were dissappointed cause seen it on telly and said give it a try wont go back sorry The lady serving in the end did give us a drink free but place was not busy by no means

Visited August 2013
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Thank Teresa G
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Cork, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“A meal with friends”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

We visit Kilkee a few times a year, and had never eaten in The Strand, so when I heard that friends had booked a table for six I was really looking forward to eating there.
We had booked for 7 o'clock, and arrived about 15 minutes early thinking that if the table wasn't ready we could have a drink at the bar. We were greeted rather brusquely by a lady who appeared to be a manager/owner and told that a table would be prepared for us in the bar, even though our understanding was that we had booked a table in the restaurant, when this was queried, we were given short shrift. Because Kilkee was busy, the Ché Guevara Festival was on and Clare had just won the All-Ireland that day, we said we'd go along with it, but were disappointed. We ordered our meal, and asked for a wine menu which was duly presented, however after ordering the wine and waiting quite a while, we were quite surpised that the wine arrived at the table already opened. I really expected better in this environment.

The meals arrived in twos, and one meal that was brought was not what we had ordered; when this was outlined, we were questioned as to whether we were sure we hadn't ordered this. The correct course arrived shortly afterwards. We were all all happy enough with the food, but the experience was definitely negatively affected by the service. Additionally, because the evening was quite warm and humid, the windows near our table were open, and as a result there were a lot of small flies coming in, and throughout the meal we had to swat these away from the table which also took from the enjoyment of the meal.
In summary, the food was good, but the service and the attitude towards customer service left a lot to be desired, and this starts from the top.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank SeanP66
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Oslo
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Delighted with return visit”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Second review for The Strand, and this time it could not have been better. We booked late and did not get window seat, but we still had a great view of the sea. My non-Irish husband husband, who simply loves his fish & chips, declared his serving that evening as the very best he has enjoyed - ever! Our friends had the scallop bake which also went down a treat. I had pate to start and its delicate taste had me eager for more, but I am glad I was not to full as my main course, the steak was really perfect. Could not fault the food in any way. But the highlight of the evening was the waitress, whose name sadly I cannot recall. She made us feel like special guests, she was knowledgeable about the food and wine selection, krpt us informed on how long we would wait, and generally was the most pleasant waitress I have ever come across. All in all, a terrific night out and great value for money.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Foodnow
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Ozark, Alabama
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“29 August 2013”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Delicious seafood dinners and hearty full breakfast, excellent and accommodating service, friendly and interesting staff.

Visited August 2013
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Thank JimMcKinley
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