Big Fan

4.7
141 reviews
€30 and under
Asian
Dublin's newest Chinese restaurant serving up handmade dumplings, fresh bao and delicious cocktails.
We offer an exciting menu of authentic Chinese small bites large sharing dishes and drinks with a twist.
Quality ingredients developed and crafted with care by talented people in a cool but inviting environment.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 141 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ordered nearly everything on the menu and it was all delicious

DG
DGflow
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, 100% worth the hype! The flavours, textures all delicious

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Dimps
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

great food, staff lovely but service a bit slow, very cold in the outside space and can get forgotten about so try to book indoors, looks much more fun

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious tapas size Asian food, fresh and very tasty.

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OwenK
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice of food and cocktails. Veggie/vegan options were all very tasty and the Bao’s were gorgeous. Will definitely be back here again.

JJ
vipJodyJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Really fun atmosphere - will definitely return! Our waitress was superb!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food!

AP
AislingP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spicy crayfish dumpling was thr standout for me, amazing. All our dishes came out quickly after ordering. Everything we had was delicious. I'll be back for sure

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WorstTableinDublin
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Food and staff are superb. Our ‘table’ was right in front of the welcome desk, almost blocking the entrance to the restaurant. Every time the door was (frequently) opened, everything blew off our table, face masks, menus, napkins. Consistent bad draft - all 3 guests wore long coats for the duration. Manager refused to move our party despite there being 5 separate empty tables becoming available for the duration of our stay - albeit for bookings to arrive later. Each of those tables remained empty while we sat at under the door annoyed, which really added insult to injury.
I brought this to the attention of management & they repeatedly agreed it was terrible and they are constantly getting complaints about it - yet do nothing to remedy the problem.
I think that table is a fire hazard first & foremost, second to that, it’s the best table to ensure an extremely unpleasant dining experience which guarantees we will never return or recommend.

Big Fan
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Diner, We apologise for the experience, The table in question Table 9 was not a fire hazard, but has been removed. Please understand the constant changes restaurants are having to deal with during these very difficult and ever-changing times. We are doing our utmost! building and rearranging almost daily trying to find the right fit. I believe you were given free drinks and as much attention as possible. Sorry to hear your intentions of not visiting again,however,if you do please inform us

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FiachraF
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I've been to in a long time. Food was brilliant, lovely atmosphere, and the staff were exceptionally nice.

MF
MichaelF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall very nice experience. Would go again

JC
JenniferC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and service is quick.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all round- nothing I would change

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was great. Would highly recommend dining here. The only thing that was not great was the desserts but the rest was fab.

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Fitzyummers
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was perfect
Few issues which I’ve communicated directly /privately

MG
MrmrG
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was very good. Want to go back and try more. Restaurant is noisy. Definitely one to try at least.

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Sunflower26
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a real treasure, the food is highly creative and fun. There is a real buzz and everyone including the staff really wants to be there. They are highly attentive and have an enthusiasm which is infectious. I had the cheeseburger jiaozi which is like a kitsch take on a Big Mac, if it was done beautifully with an Asian twist. We also enjoyed crayfish, okra, and some delicious beers. Desserts are authentic and very generous. I also enjoyed an Old Fashioned with pandan. I love how Big fan doesnt take itself too seriously, and that is worth its weight in gold.

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Jill
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, would highly recommend for a date night or friend get together

KR
KellyR
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious, would highly recommend!

CM
ConorM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time visiting, never disappointed. Great atmosphere, even better food. Couldn't recommend more.

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Anna
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food! Wide choice of dishes on the menu and perfect for sharing!

MO
MO21
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was fab with lots of Irish producers on the menu, will definitely be back!

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Kaya
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love the idea of various dishes for sharing and the choice of vegan options. Everything very tasty and as promised! Staff is helpful and nice. A bit pricey.

GG
GimmeGimmeGimme
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good food, lots of choice and unusual for Dublin. Good cocktails too!

GC
GraceC
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievable. Didn't get the waitress name but she was working last night and was fab. The steak was 10/10 amazing

CE
CuriousEater
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly well done food, with great veggie options as well and fab service. A lovely experience overall.

CO
ChloeO
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

I feel bad for leaving a bad review as I never do, but really didn't enjoy our meal. The only good part was our server, I can't remember his name but he was mexican and very nice. The food was overpriced and the portion sizes were tiny (which would have been okay if we enjoyed the food), all in all really disappointing and we went here as it was recommended as one of the best places in Dublin for vegans and vegetarians. Wouldn't recommend at all. The beyond meat dumplings were nice but that's about it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was so tasty worth a visit.

AJ
AJK85
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

That was awesome! Heard loads and it hasnt disappointed. Food was amazing, took the "risk" of bringing my parents and young niece & nephew and everyone loved it. It was great fun trying everything together made better by the great service. The Coconut parfait was a great way to finish too! Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time to Big Fan and I’ll definitely be back. Lovely food, nice staff. Not a place for a plain eater but excellent if you love your sauces 👌🏻

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Edana
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great menu! We tried loads and everything was delicious! The staff were great too, it was a very busy Saturday night and they were all very attentive. Couldn't recommend Big Fan enough!!

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CatrionaC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The team at bigfan can't do enough for you! So helpful and attentive. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent, though meal was a little pricey

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food. Unfortunately the place is really really cold, even when eating inside it’s like outdoor dining which is not great end of October in Dublin…

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AntoH
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is amazing, make sure you try out the “she’s sweet”! Bao buns to die for and great service from the staff who explained everything and food arrives really quickly. Great atmosphere in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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BigFan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food. Great staff. I'm a big fan. Min char.

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AlanR
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Restaurant was very noisy with passing traffice and adjoing diners. It was also quite cold. Services was good and food was good. Print on menus quite small.

Big Fan
Responded on 18 October 2021

Thanks Alan, As soon as Gov regulations change we will be reinstating our shopfront this should sort out both the noise and temperature. Next week, fingers crossed!

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EmilioC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Small portions for
The price . Timing of servicing food was slow . No flow

Big Fan
Responded on 18 October 2021

Hi Emilio, Just a quick note to say sorry if you had to wait for food on Sunday. We had an unexpected staff shortage due to illnesses and had to do our best. Normally we operate quite a speedy service. Unfortunately I can made no apologies for price as we work of a very fair margin, hope you understand and hope we see you again. BIGFAN

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FAQs

Big Fan offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 538 8886.

Big Fan is rated 4.7 stars by 141 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.