Roly's Bistro

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551 reviews
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€30 and under
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Seafood
Roly's bistro first opened its doors in 1992 and has served traditional European cuisine ever since. The restaurant offers both dining in the restaurant, take out and catering. The menu caters for most pallets with a Goat's cheese and vegetable tart and a selection of meat dishes from Roly's butcher block, such as sirloin steak and rib of prime steak.
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4.2
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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Impromptu lunch catalysed by retro menu pricing! Great food and super atmosphere... very enjoyable..

MH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was beautiful and the staff were generous and kind to my daughter, we were there for her 16th Birthday celebrations. I just love this place.

AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

they are fast, Food is super and outstanding service. you can't ask more.

JW
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, superb in every way. Roly’s delivers every time.

LO
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a party of 17 on Thursday evening, 10/3, and Roly’s was able and more than willing to accommodate us. The food was fabulous! Excellent dishes to pick from for all tastes. The atmosphere was lovely. Kahn and Neave (sp?) gave especially excellent service. All in our party were very impressed. We would go there again a heartbeat. Highly recommended!

CN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was very good as always, however table downstairs was not good and preference would be to be seated upstairs next time we visit.

LS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place to end our vacation in Dublin. Food was delicious and we’re hoping the Skellig chocolate dessert with be a menu regular - order and see! Very generous with their outstanding bread - thank you!

BM
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What do you fo when you want to have a nice dinner with friends in a city you don't really know that well? You ask a local. That's what we did and asked our cab driver who gave us a few recommendations and Roly's was in the top recommendations. We were lucky enough to get a reservation short notice. The owner greeted us when we walked in and a couple of times during the meal to make sure we liked everything. The food was delicious although a bit on the pricey side. We were a party of six and tried a few different menu items and can recommend the prawns, the lamb pie, the steak and the fish and chips. What are you still doing reading this review? Go eat at Roly's!

MO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Price a little on the high side but overall it was relaxing and an enjoyable experience.

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

We had an amazing time, food was beautiful, staff were attentive and the atmosphere was brilliant

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

Myself & my husband dined here recently prior to an event we were attending. We were waited on attentively. Food was of a very high standard. Portion size was a little small. However this would be my only fault. Beautiful food in lovely surroundings

GP
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and considerate service.

GJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good restaurant that I have been going to for years. Always very good food and service. Only down side it is so good it is almost always packed which can mean it is not great for a relaxed romantic meal. Overall a great place to eat and one of the best in Dublin.

M
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rolys always serves delicious food. The early bird set menu is very good value for the quality.
While the atmosphere is always friendly and casual - with a bistro atmosphere - the seating is comfortable and the tables are dressed with white table cloths. It can be quite noisy so its not for a quiet catch up or romantic dinner but can be nice with a group.
Apart from the great food the Manager (Khan) and his team offer exceptional service and always go out of their way to ensure that Rolys is a wonderful dining experience.

AM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

One of our Guests is Vegetarian. We stated this when booking on-line. On arrival at the restaurant there were no vegetarian starters on the menu!!! We asked if the black pudding could be removed from the goat's cheese starter to create a vegetarian starter and was informed that it was not possible. The vegetarian guest had to stare into space whilst the other diners had starters. Very uncomfortable and very embarrassing - all round. Would not re-visit unless there was a major overhaul of the menu. NOTE In consequence to the current environmental conditions (carbon emissions) - meat eating has reduced enormously and trends currently indicate that a great many of the meat eating population are turning vegetarian or vegan. Roly's needs to get with the programme and not alienate vegetarians as we experienced on Sunday 25th. Roly's is way overpriced and the service delivered by one waitress was very poor. (I spent so long trying to devise a vegetarian starter from the side dishes and modifying the meat starters, that I had not decided on what to order myself. When the waitress arrived to take our order, I asked for a little extra time given the dilemma. The waitress raised her eyes to Heaven by way of response). Menu and Service get a zero from me unfortunately.

KD
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Disappointing lunch due to poor service and the presence of toddlers and babies. Food was tasty but the price, you would expect a better atmosphere.

FG
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Cramped table, seating in bad need of upholstering.

M
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a really enjoyable evening in Roly's . The food was only surpassed by the wonderful atmosphere and service. The manager and his team were exceptionally welcoming and attentive. Can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.

HM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect way to end the week - tasty food in a lovely setting

RJ
5 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ok but felt like they were just turning over tables.
Service was good but impersonal. Some staff members could take more care of their appearance.

DR
Grand Rapids
80 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience! Wine selection was great as well as the food. The service was excellent. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I had a local dish and I loved it. Would highly recommend dining here!

PL
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great, the staff was nice, the ambience was energetic.

AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Always like rolys but the service was very bad. Forgot our wine and had to follow it up. Food slapped down on us and wine crafe slapped onto where dinner plate was supposed be going. Had to ask for empty water bottles to be taken away even after they gave us new ones. Not good enough service for the price. Manager was filthy dirty with sloppy hair and suit

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great as always. Enjoyed, there is a certain reliability which makes it great

HO
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance , food always reliable and delicious, staff very attentive and a lovely touch ..a free drink after our meal ! Very impressed....so much so we returned for breakfast 😊

M
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buzzing atmosphere. Excellent food, Very attentive service. A very enjoyable and pleasant experience

AL
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I took my son to Rolys for his 35th birthday as he likes to go there. It would not be my 1st preference, especially as it has got so expensive, there is no 2 course option and they slap on a 10% service charge. We were both happy with our meal. However, we got a very badly placed table and when the window table to our left was vacated the staff thought nothing of gaining access to clear this table by pushing and moving and interrupting my son a number of times before we requested that they desist, as this is not the way to treat a diner in any restaurant. We made the maitre dee aware of what went on and he apologised and offer my son a free drink which he did not avail of as he was leaving and didn't want another drink. I might add that the staff in question appeared to find nothing wrong with their behaviour.

GC
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,service and value...our go to restaurant in Dublin

R
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Went there for a family lunch on Sunday at peak time (1pm). The booth was really private and the service fast and friendly with the bill (circa €150 euro for 4) inclusive of a 10% service charge. We enjoyed our desserts but the starters and mains were a bit dull, albeit ample in size.

TO
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rolys is a great restaurant, an icon of Dublin. I loved the food, quality of service. One tiny gripe - their vegetables are wonderful but I would have eaten both of our portions all by myself. Just not enough and quite honestly the dishes they are served in have gotten smaller since I was there last time. Otherwise 5 stars.

CB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

super food on a very busy day but yet with a high level of service, very good all round

p
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place . Super service . Nice pints of Guinness . No rip off feeling as prices very competitive. Might just give better warning re 10% service charge .

KN
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by all the staff. Very attentive without being overly so. A lovely special night out with excellent food. Would recommend to anyone.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trip to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day and visiting some relatives.

BF
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We are regulars we live in Ballsbridge and new Liam very well since he joined Roleys
But Saturday we where unhappy with our sitting area It was my birthday so we did not enjoy I think the management must have changed for the worst not impressed
Bernadette

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We have dined at Roly’s many times and would highly recommend it.

DS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great meal in Rolys, such a staple in the Dublin food world that I often forget to consider it. The place hasnt changed in ages, the same decor, the same well presented staff and the familiarity that comes with being open as long as they have.
I was there with two others and I have to say we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, even the often picky vegetarian who was out for a pre-birthday dinner. I went fully traditional with Prawn Cocktail to start and the sizeable 16oz Rib of Beef as the mains. I have to say that both were among the best of their type that I have ever been served. The steak was delicious and huge but so good that I didnt leave a morsel. The prawn cocktail was also perfect and served, by request, without lettuce exactly how I like it.
The staff were very attentive and the manager Khan was very friendly, even organising a little birthday cake and candle for my partner.
The one quibble I would have, and it is a tiny one, is that when I made my booking on Opentable I requested a table by a window. What we ended up with was the exact opposite, a booth at the very back wall of the restaurant. Just a small thing but it would have been nice to have gotten what we asked for.

I would definitely recommend Rolys to any diner looking for good quality food served well by great staff.

PB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was ordinary
Took forever to get served, and even longer to pay the bill
Staff were having a barney

NK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Tables can be quite close together. A low ceiling makes for a lot of noise. Overall a very enjoyable experience

T
London
20 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent and good portions.

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