Catch-22

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Welcome to Catch-22, Dublin's tastiest Seafood restaurant! Here we focus on a comfortable dining experience, with friendly staff, delicious food and we boast a full bar, so we can cater to all your beverage needs, from an extensive beer selection, tasty wine list compiled to compliment our menu, and a selection of delicious cocktails. Come in today to enjoy a delicious range of fresh Seafood dishes including Fresh Cod, Fresh Shellfish and our daily specials which are always made to impress! If you're not a seafood fan, not to worry! We have a delicious Sea-free menu also available, you're guaranteed to find something you love!
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RL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was one of the nicest seafood dinners ever! We decided to go with several starters instead of a main, kind of tapas-ish.
The Sautéed Gambas Prawns, the mussels and the crab toast were incredible amazing! My boyfriend is not a huge seafood fan but he loved it so much!
Thanks again to the nice and professional service too!

JM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I would not recommend catch 22... they were out of so many things on the menu, the place was not busy and it still took 30mins for our order to be taken! I had to ask for the bill twice at the end..and in the whole dinner we were never asked if we wanted a second drink.. such bad service! Food was good nice but nothing special

D
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

we were seated in a room off the main dining room which we were very disappointed with. No atmosphere or ambience. Service was poor, probably as we were not in main dining room. Ordered a white new zealand sauv bland and was served another branded wine and never advised the reason why. We assumed it was wrong order and enquired. waiter then explained they didn't have the wine and this was an equivalent version. Food was lovely, can't fault this. Atmosphere and service really let it down. Disappointed and would not return based on this as was special occasion we were celebrating.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was average if it were a pub but as it was a restaurant with restaurant prices I would class it as below average.

Not a broad menu with a single special didn’t leave much option. Love fish and loved the idea of a completely fish based restaurant but just disappointed overall.

KS
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Booked a table here for 6 people last Saturday at 18:15. This restaurant has around 10 tables, with 4 people running around in chaos. We didn't understand why, since 2 people should have handled these tables easily. From the start the service was bad: they kept us waiting for so long before someone even attended our table. We told them that we had 1 hour to eat since we had to leave at 19:30. We ordered a bottle of wine and 2 cocktails. They brought the bottle of wine, 1 cocktail and 2 bottles of water. They had forgotten the other cocktail, so we ordered it again. When it came, it was the wrong cocktail, so we send it back.

For food, we ordered 18 oysters, 2 shrimp salads, 3 mussels, 1 crabcake, 1 shellfish pot. Again it took them ages for the food to reach us. First, they brought all the hot food, instead of the oysters first. The salad had brown avocado, it was just leaves of salad with cooked shrimps, no extra tastes or dressing. They had forgotten the crab salad. They had forgotten my cutlery to break open all of the shellfish and crab I had. Total chaos!

For us, this is really bad service! The biggest joke was the bill: they had put everything on there, even though they had forgotten half of it, so we had to send back or ask for stuff multiple times. 265 euro's, definitely not worth the service and the food were mediocre. I've had better seafood. And here's the kicker, without explaining this rule, they added written by hand an extra service fee of nearly 30 euro because we wherewith more than 5 people!!! Worst experience ever.

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was very enjoyable. It is a small restaurant, nice decor. We ordered oysters and they only had six... however they were great. The staff was very friendly, but service was way too slow... and i have been to a few restaurants in Dublin for comparison. The fresh cod was very good. The mussel bucket was ample in size... but the broth was not as flavorful as I was expecting. All in all it was a good meal.

S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

service very slow, but the food when it arrives is very good

JA
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

easy to find, very friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices, food and service was excellent

C
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Anyone planning to visit, should definitely book a table in advance. The place is on the small side, and quite popular...consequently, when there are no more tables....there are simply no more tables. Fortunately, when you do arrive for your reservation the food (portions of the actual fish well prepared, but on the small side) and service are pretty good (we seem to have gotten the newest member of staff, who was genuinely helpful but a bit unsure of the menu and drinks list). Check out the menu on line before you book, as this is a SEAFOOD restaurant and non-fish eaters in your group may not find anything to their liking. The location is great, and the dining room is nicely finished.

MV
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most outstanding oysters, ever! The maître d' was very wonderful, very helpful and accommodating.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was served quickly, but asked for the bill five times before it arrived.

GH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Was very disappointed with the food.. over priced starters was fine mains didnt arrive for 25 mins and the potatoes and veg were cold..the fish was fine place was not busy so felt like they forgot... but did try to amend it by offering to get us more fresher veg.

g
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasty food but a little overpriced and staff did not deal well when it was commented on

S
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is really cute - the service is not great . The food was awful-,way over cooked seafood pot lacking flavour. The crab claw wasn’t even edible - the server didn’t care. My friend had a fish pie and fish cakes - both were “fishy”, which isn’t normal for quality fresh seafood. My seafood chowder lacked flavour and the bread was dry and stale. Even the Apple crumble was a miss. Definitely would not recommend.

MG
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food's delicious - we polished it off - but the wine recommendations were a little off. We asked for a dry white but it was too sparkling. We also expected it to be dressier than it was so we were a little over-dressed for the occasion :)

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would never ever recommend this restaurant. I went there on the 10th of August, a Saturday, thought I was bringing my friends for nice dinner in a seafood restaurant but it was like going into a chipper. Food was shocking and the rest, so disappoint. I felt embarrassed for bringing my friends there, I even apologized. It's not cheap for what they offer.

MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst experience at a restaurant ever. We arrived for a late night dinner and were sat immediately, waited for over 30 minutes for our server to even arrive with menus and waters, finally got our drink and food order in and continuously received incorrect drinks. After placing our food order the restaurant was already empty, the server let us know they had run out of nearly everything on the menu and had to switch some orders. After 110 minutes our food finally come out, was cold, and was not what we had been told to switch our orders too. The staff not only was not helpful with the situation but didn’t care. Food was bad, service was terrible, and there was no ambiance since no one was even at the restaurant by the time our food had come out because it took that long. Would absolutely never ever recommend.

TL
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food will definitely be back great service friendly and helpful staff

DD
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Looking for fresh/wild caught seafood. Found and excellent review on trip advisor so I thought we would try them. The food was very good, but still not what we were looking for.

a
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The calamari starter was tough and overcooked. Were they from frozen? The mains ( cod and hake) were delicious. The waiter's service was a little haphazard but the Italian waitress was outstanding.

JS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We dined on a weeknight around 7:30 pm. There were several tables available. There seemed to be just 1 server assigned to the top floor so service was a little slow, but very friendly and knowledgeable. We shared the charcuterie starter which was large and very tasty. I enjoyed the seafood chowder while my husband had the lamb shank. Both were plentiful servings and nicely flavored.

v
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fabulous food beautifully presented. Another wonderful evening at Catch 22.

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Server was completely uninformed on the food and delivered all of our meals incorrectly. Food was very good and the place is small but comfortable.

NE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, gorgeous food and lovely staff! Highly recommend!

F
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Poor quality fish.
Tables sticky? Worn varnish?
Waitress friendly

AR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Rushed and unattentive service, felt the waiters created a bad atmosphere. Food was just OK, we wouldn’t go back.

A
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was extremely slow & food was cold so had to be sent back. It wasn’t busy at all, so no excuse for shocking service! We won’t be returning.

HF
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for mother's day and they were so lovely to me and my mum. Absolutely lovely staff and very nice food.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and fabulous oysters!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service but very loud table beside us that ruined atmosphere

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

brilliant food, location and nice place

Service was very very slow when we wanted or bill

d
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food , fish stew was delicious- service a bit slow with a long waiting time between the starter and main course .A high level of noise coming from the bar below but lovely food and good size servings - would definitely recommend

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Anniversary

OT
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The place is really relaxing and the service is very good.
Erika in particular is a great host.
Very good also the fish.
Highly recommended!

AP
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and serving size was very generous

P
London
23 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambience and excellent service. We will certainly be back again.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

We had fabulous meal with great great server. However, although opentable had confirmed our booking we were not expected and that had happened to an awful lot of people. So the restaurant was fully double booked. Now it was Christmas Eve so it’s an important night to get things right. If it wasn’t for the fabulous waiting/kitchen staff our night would have been ruined.

LE
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

No lift and had a man on a crutch with us who has mobility issues.
They tried to squash 8 of us into a table of 6. Waited 1hr 45 mins from ordering to eat and we had two children. No bread or any starter offered.
Food was good when it eventually arrived. Communication skills non-existent with the staff.
Won’t be returning.

J
Dublin
28 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Catch 22 for first time on Christmas Eve as spotted it on Open Table. Food was really nice but our lasting memory was the patience of Eoghan our waiter. He was deserving of a gold medal for the calm way he handled two customers who came in demanding a window table on what’s probably the busiest day of the year. We felt sorry for him as these customers were totally obnoxious but he handled the situation in a very professional manner.
He is a great asset to Catch 22 and we all look forward to visiting early in 2019.

L
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Booking was for 1pm, one of our party was 15 mins late but we ordered as soon as she arrived. Starters came 30 mins later, followed by mains. Steak was well done despite being ordered med-rare, otherwise food was ok but an extra portion of chips took forever. As soon as mains were cleared we were told they needed the table for a big group. We still had wine to finish and weren’t offered dessert. They just wanted us out.

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