Café en Seine

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€31 to €50
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Modern European
This is the newly re-imagined Café en Seine, one of Dublin’s most iconic and stunning venues, nestled in the heart of Dublin on Dawson Street. Renowned for its five-star service, Café en Seine offers an extensive food menu which caters for a range of tastes and occasions. Bringing a new dining experience to Dublin, head chef Stephen Gibson and his team have created a menu that reflects the ever-changing tastes of Irish palates. Think simple, fun dishes, bursting with seasonal flavours, that are great to share while still delivering a high-end food experience in a casual dining atmosphere.

*Please note we are only taking bookings on Opentable for the restaurant. For drinks and events in one of our bars please mail bookings@cafeenseine.ie *

There is a service charge of 12.5% applies to the bill for groups of 7 people or more. Children are welcome until 8pm. Tables will be held for 15 mins from booking time.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very nice place but not good food. Gambas to start was very plain, fresh prawns but no taste , veal Ragu was veal and plain pasta there was no sauce at all on this. My partner ordered fish and chips. We had our starters and waited for the mains to arrive. Two large groups sat down for dinner also and ordered food after we did. After about a 20 min wait we were then told by the waiter there was no fish and chips left and he had to choose something else. I’m the mean time the two large groups of people had fish and chips brought to them. He ordered duck, this was again good quality meat but tasteless with no sauce only served with risotto which was not mentioned on the menu. When the waiter brought our mains he said “fish and chips” as he put down the duck and continued to laugh. 100 euro for 1 star food. Very unimpressed and will not be back again , this is such a let down from the previous quality of food before it was renovated.

S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Beautiful place, fabulous food and drinks.
Great atmosphere

EF
Dublin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal. Staff incredibly helpful. Will definitely be back

NP
Dublin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Food was one of the best in Dublin.

a
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered the burger and it was very very dry i only had 2 bites, i have had better burgers from a pub for less money. Service was great and i loved the ambiance of the restaurant but the quality of food was not great

Café en Seine
Responded on 8 October 2019

Hi, We're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience on your recent visit. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent food so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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ML
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great atmosphere, excellent service.

Café en Seine
Responded on 8 October 2019

Thank you for the great review, we will pass on your feedback to the team.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster roll is incredible 😍 great food, great service, lovely atmosphere.

Café en Seine
Responded on 1 October 2019

Thank you for the great review, we will pass it onto the team.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had lunch, and the service however, our waiter suggested a side of grilled broccoli that was delicious. Having a bit of space left my friend & I opted for dessert. She had a Knickerbockers Glory, that was glorious indeed. I went for the coffee ice cream sandwich which I'm sure needs to be left out of the freezer to soften, mine sadly was too melted and not even cold. So, all-in-all. Not the best lunch, but the menu reads well & will try again with hope for a better experience next time.

Café en Seine
Responded on 1 October 2019

Thank you for the review Mart. We're sorry that your ice cream sandwich was melted. We will pass your feedback onto the team to ensure it doesn't happen again. Best wishes, Cafe En Seine

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AJ
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with a very good atmosphere. Food was very good also

CW
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dining experience, great food, was disappointed that we were awaiting 13 euros change from our bill and the waiter never returned our change and took it as a tip without asking, we were going to leave a tip but thought this was totally unacceptable behaviour, shame really as everything else was great.

Café en Seine
Responded on 24 September 2019

Hi Ceri, I've passed this onto our team. Would you be able to email bookings@cafeenseine.ie with this review so we can investigate it further please? Thank you, The Cafe En Seine team

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Cafe en Seine looks good. Decor and Ambience are great however noise level so high we were almost shouting at a table of 4. Food good in general but burger was dry and disappointing and was sent back to the kitchen.

Café en Seine
Responded on 24 September 2019

Hi, We're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience on your recent visit. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent service so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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OT
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They've really upped their food game in here since reopening. We got a selection of small plates to share and each dish was excellent. The wine selection and cocktails are also very good.

Café en Seine
Responded on 24 September 2019

Thank you for the great review, we will pass it onto the team! We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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TR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, cooked to perfection- unlike some overpriced restaurants in the vicinity. Very friendly staff.

Café en Seine
Responded on 24 September 2019

Thank you for the kind words Tom. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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CL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful decor, attentive staff and a nice menu. A bit on the pricey side but good quality and everyone in the group enjoyed the food. I will be going again and hopefully sooner than later 😊

Café en Seine
Responded on 24 September 2019

Thank you for the great review Cathy. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JA
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor service, very loud, bad overpriced food. Would not recommend.

Café en Seine
Responded on 24 September 2019

Hi, We're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent service so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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NW
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked the restaurant for Sunday lunch. However when we enquired about a table in the Atrium, the staff were so helpful and secured table for us within 10 minutes. The jazz is fantastic and food was very tasty, thank you!

Café en Seine
Responded on 24 September 2019

Thank you for the great review Natalie! We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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LL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The menu is very limited & overly priced and not enough vegetarian options. My friend ordered the strip loin special but you had run out. Said she would take the chicken option instead with fries as extra. She was given just chicken and chips and not the chicken option from the menu. Charged €20.00 for a dry piece of chicken and charged for the fries. The service was not good. More than enough staff on duty but not been attentive to their tables. Not once were we asked was everything ok. Very quick though when they saw the wine empty. Spoke with other diners in the bar afterwards and they were saying the same thing.Unfortunately would not recommend for food.

Café en Seine
Responded on 17 September 2019

Hi Louise, We're sorry to hear that you and your friend had a negative experience. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent service so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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GH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, an interesting menu, warm, welcoming staff. The Knickerbocker Glory on the dessert menu is definitely a winner. We’ll be back.

Café en Seine
Responded on 17 September 2019

Thank you for the great review Geraldine. We will pass on your kind words to the team. Best wishes, Cafe En Seine

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LC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Marked as one of the “favourites” dishes, the ham hock hash was terrible from start to finish. Some cubes of the bland boiled potato were still raw, the cubes of ham hock were more like lardons, unlike any hash I’ve had before the “fried eggs” were whisked, poured over and served like an omelette. There was no sauce, other than the sour cream, which was nice, but it wasn’t enough of a sauce to balance the dish, like the runny fried egg should have. If there was more sour cream it would have over powered the dish. There wasn’t enough of anything for it to be a full dish, I was still hungry after it. To top it all off, there was no seasoning... no I didn’t complain to staff, as I ate everything because I was starving.

However, my boyfriends Ruben was delish, he loved it, he said if there was a scraping of whole grain or Dijon mustard it would have been even better, but said he had no real complaints.

So, it’s a lovely place, the staff are lovely and very professional, the house Rioja is lovely and the pints are good... just don’t get the ham hock hash

Café en Seine
Responded on 10 September 2019

Hi Lorraine, We're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent service so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice, however it could do with a bigger food selection. My wife struggled to pick something from the menu.

Café en Seine
Responded on 10 September 2019

Thank you for the review. Our menu is updated regularly so hopefully there will be a few options for your wife to enjoy in the future. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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AH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our date night out though it wasn’t as expected. This place came highly recommended to us from a friend. I booked us online for a high top table, 2 people. When we got there, they took us to the left side (restaurant?) and sat us in a low table right next to another table of 2 though there were many open tables. The table was right up and touching a fireplace which was not lit - weird seating, and the music was straight out of a 50s diner. We asked to go back out into the right side as it had a way better feel/atmosphere/vibe. They sat us in the ‘garden’/courtyard which was indeed very cool. The food was very good, though lots of meat, the service was good and the value was great. I’d recommend this place with caution.

Café en Seine
Responded on 10 September 2019

Thank you for the review Andrea, we're happy to hear you had a great meal. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner for our final night in Dublin! Enjoyed everything... the Duck Breast and the John Stone Rib of Beef were especially delicious! Loved the atmosphere, too.

Café en Seine
Responded on 10 September 2019

Thank you for the kind words, we will pass your feedback onto the team.

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C
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely food but very small portions
Should be mad aware that there is a charge for bottled water €6 per bottle is a bit steep

Café en Seine
Responded on 3 September 2019

Thank you for the feedback, we will pass your feedback on. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, it was busy but staff managed well. Tables in the bar can’t be reserved but we found a table quickly in the bar after our meal.

Café en Seine
Responded on 3 September 2019

Thank you for the review Allen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Pub grub , but very overpriced. Nice setting but still sitting on a pub.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience and great wait staff.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I just find a bit pricey, and my salad had too much balsamic vinegar.

Café en Seine
Responded on 3 September 2019

Thank you for the feedback, we will make sure to send it onto the team. Best wishes, Cafe En Seine

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely place with great food. Strange welcome at front desk. Two female staff at front desk ignored us and wandered off to assist someone else. We had booked our table well in advance so were left standing there at the entrance. Luckily a gentleman arrived and then took us to our table. Food was great & tasty dishes. Decor is very nice & good ambience overall.

Café en Seine
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thank you for the great review. We will pass your feedback onto the team. Best wishes, Cafe En Seine

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RU
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We waited 60 mins for our main meal.
We were booked at the theatre for 8 and so reserved a table at 6.30pm, thinking that should be enough time for dinner. Alas...... although the starters arrived very promptly, then nothing happened - and I mean nothing - no waiter, no table service etc for at least 50mins until we started to create a small scene- US American style. Personal service means a lot to them................take note Cafe en Seine.
I reserved this table for my special American visitors to Ireland just here for 2 days hoping for something spectacular and to impress them about Irish hospitality. Thanks so much Cafe en Seine for letting me down. Won't ever be there again and won't ever recommend you to anyone else

Café en Seine
Responded on 27 August 2019

Hi Ruth, We're sorry to hear that you and your visitors had a negative experience. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent service so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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KC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food is terrible - couldn't eat it. Will be back for drinks only as the decor and ambiance is great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had made a reservation and I followed this up with a phone call to ensure that the Dine-In-Dublin vouchers would be acceptable on the day. Menu was very limited and the one thing I asked for had sold out (lobster roll), so I ordered a burger on the spot. It was a fine regular burger, not worth the price though. My partner asked for the bacon, chicken waffle and was not impressed with cold soggy dish that arrived. Lovely venue, great hostesses on arrival, but the waitress had no personality. Meh experience, not likely to go back for the table service.

Café en Seine
Responded on 27 August 2019

Hello, We're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent service so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere !

Café en Seine
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thank you for the review!

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E
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

One of the items we ordered didn't arrive and even when we notified the staff, we still didn't receive the missing food order. Also, one of the items wasn't cooked thoroughly.

Café en Seine
Responded on 27 August 2019

Hello, We're sorry to hear that you had a negative experience. Our aim is to offer all of our guests excellent service so we have noted this departure from our usual standards of service so we can ensure it does not occur again. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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R
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner! We were in Ireland from out of the country visiting in Dublin and a friend recommended this restaurant to us. We always trust what she suggests because she’s never steered us wrong. When we first got there we weren’t quite sure it was what we had in mind until Jithin our server came and introduced himself to us. He explained the menu thoroughly as well as suggested a lovely bottle of wine to have with our meal. I can honestly say this is probably one of the best meals that we had in Ireland!

Café en Seine
Responded on 3 September 2019

Thank you for the great review, we're very happy to hear you had a great dinner with us. We look forward to seeing you again next time you're in Dublin.

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EO
Galway
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere on a Thursday evening. Good food and wine options. Staff were pleasant and attentive without being intrusive.

Café en Seine
Responded on 3 September 2019

Thank you for the review Elaine. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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GH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to cafe en seine for brunch on sunday I'd highly recommend it. Staff were excellent couldn't do enough for us. Food is of very high standard, only fault I have would've prefered a larger portion on menu as my partner would eat more but then we never asked, will do so next time.
Have been to cafe en seine at weekends at night time and is a great venue great atmosphere

Café en Seine
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thank you for the great review Geraldine. We look forward to welcoming you and your partner back in the future. Best wishes, Cafe En Seine

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice evening. Overall great. The menu seems a bit limited but the atmosphere is good.

A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have booked a table for my birthday party and I was told cakes are not allowed in the house at the door, holding a cake with my friends with me. Not a good experience at all.

Café en Seine
Responded on 10 September 2019

Hi Aoife, We're sorry that this occurred but our bookings team makes sure to tell people about our cake and balloon policy whenever there is a booking for birthdays or other events. We hope you still had a great birthday. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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CD
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Steak was tough and I asked for potatoes with no butter and there was butter on them.
Overpriced for what we got.

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the minute we entered the restaurant...the waiters were very professional even when we changed our minds about wine. Would definitely be back.

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