The French Paradox

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12 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Wine Bar
Since 2002, The French Paradox, an Irish institution, is a unique wine-themed place in the heart of Ballsbridge. Our ground floor Wine Shop has a fine selection of directly imported artisan wines. Our first-floor kitchen uses locally sourced and directly imported produce from suppliers we personally know. We use traditional recipes to make quality French tapas, sharing plates and three-course set menus. The French Paradox customers find everything they need on two bright and welcoming levels.
Wine is the leitmotiv in the French Paradox Experimental Hall of taste, sense, texture and food pairing experiences. In a combination of the traditional and contemporary, we use the romance of candles to light our oak, terracotta, glass and zinc designed bars. Our modern temperature-controlled wine keeping equipment preserves 50 different wines for the service of wine by the glass. We have 160 different wines available.
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77 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely great on wine and food despite under seasoning. Service, ambience and price really good.

1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect starting point for our night out at the RDS to see Fleetwood Mac. If we had a different table it might have gotten full marks, we were a little snug between the counter and the door to go down the stairs, but still enjoyed ourselves.

10 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice French style tapas and wines in a nice, cozy atmosphere. Unusual place in Dublin, I totally recommend it.

Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful night as always, excellent wine recommendations, great food and service.

4 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, great wine list, delicious food

84 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at The French Paradox and it was all that I expected and more. Myself and my fellow diner chose three of the tapas to share as starters, anchoïade, goose rillettes and andouille Basque and we also shared the main course dish of foie gras presented four ways. All of the food was superb and there was no skimping on portions. We entrusted our waiter with the task of matching wines by the glass with each dish and his skill at this was excellent. All in all it made for an impromptu tasting menu with appropriate wine pairings and, as such, was very good value. We also had a bottle of Badoit and two excellent espressos to round off the meal. I will certainly be back to try the other tempting dishes on the menu and to enjoy more well-chosen wine pairings.

13 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the French Paradox is just such a great, welcoming venue. Food is great, wine is fantastic and the hosts are just great people. My only problem with writing this review is that I dont want it to get any harder to get a table there on match days!!!!!!!

E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, knowledgeable people, who created an intimate evening for me and my wife. The food is delicious and the wine is delicious and priced to enjoy several glasses or carafes, regardless of budget.

4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable experience as always, it was New Years Eve and we chose to go here for a quick charcuterie board and glass of wine before an evening out. We knew it wouldn’t disappoint as it’s always so reliable and it exceeded all expectations as per usual.

7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a family birthday and the wines, starters and service could not be faulted, the mains could be improved but it was Christmas. No hesitation recommending

4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Late lunch for two people prior to a Leinster match in the RDS. Nice atmosphere, sitting upstairs with a small but more than adequate menu with a good selection of wine. Hassle free service in an ideal location for RDS / Aviva.

8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

French Paradox, serves ultra classic French it is good and the service is very good, very classic too and by the way I am French even if I have not lived there for a very long time.

However, I feel the cuisine at French Paradox lacks a little bit of finesse, and although I enjoyed my food , I was not submerged by sensations, tastes... it was actually rather bland.
They do have decent wine list.

So do I like it... yes, but I am not sure I'll go back, its a good "local" if you live few streets away...
After a match at the Aviva or the horse show at RDS it will definitely satisfy most of us...