The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke

3.7
25 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Mediterranean
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  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Casual
The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke at Brown Thomas, offers customers a unique blend of contemporary elegance and innovative food. Using the finest locally sourced fresh ingredients, Johnnie’s philosophy is all about simple food bursting with flavour and colour.
Recent additions to The Restaurant are premium themed Afternoon Tea (see availability and book afternoon tea via “Afternoon Tea at Brown Thomas by Johnnie Cooke").
Our evening Supper menu is the ideal end to a work day or a night out on the town, chose from a range of tasty and light dishes such as Caesar Salad, Lobster Pizza and The Restaurant Burger.
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MB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Wouldn't be rushing back to be honest. Afternoon tea itself wasn’t bad, poor reservation service. I had booked a table via opentable a month in advance and had received confirmation. A week before the reservation date, I received a call from the restaurant requesting to push out the booking for an hour as they have overbooked. I emailed afterwards saying that's not possible as some of us have travel plans. No response so presumed it was okay. A day before the reserved date I got another call from the restaurant which lasted 18 minutes requesting details I had already provided and, credit card details to secure the booking. They charge 50 EUR per person for no shows while the afternoon tea is only 30 EUR per person which made no sense. I provided the details anyway as it was Easter weekend and everywhere else was busy and my friend really wanted to go, personally I wasn’t bothered at all at that stage with the cumbersome reservation processes. The afternoon itself was not bad, savoury options were great, sweet options could be better. The restaurant was not at all busy that day as I can see empty tables everywhere so couldn't really understand why the excessive phone calls were about

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K
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I ate here last sunday at 1pm. I really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. The host had prepared a lovely table for us in the corner of the restaurant. The food was delicious and the presentation of everything was really lovely. My only criticism was the service. I didn't even have time to finish my order before the server had walked off (I'm still dying to try the truffles fries). All in all, everything was great. Just expected a little more from such a nice place.

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D
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious
Coffee was so good
Not rushed but not left sitting waiting for too long - excellent balance
Menu on Website needs to be updated as the menu in the Restaurant contains a lot less choices

Manager who stepped in when we had a request (pancakes for myself & my Grandmother) was superb - all of the staff were super friendly.

Highly recommend :)

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F
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Treated my 2 daughters for lunch I had the sole which was perfectly cooked, absolutely delicious. My daughters had crab salad & a pasta dish, which they both thoroughly enjoyed. Although the staff were incredibly nice, we had to order water 3 times before we got it, and I ordered root vegetables with my meal and never got them. In saying that the food was so good I certainly would go back .

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AD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. Staff were rude. Music was awful & the speaker was directly over our table and the food was average. Overall very disappointing

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TO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a spacious and convenient setting in the middle of Brown Thomas store. Service from Jose and his colleagues was fantastic! Great choice of food, plenty of healthy choices if you like, all served up in great style. A great place

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GM
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Poor experience. Booked table for brunch at 11.30am on 16th Dec but restaurant didn’t open the doors until 11.45 due to a private function - surely this was know when we made the booking. Waited over an hour from ordering until the food arrived - had to ask three separate members of staff to check where the food was. When the food arrived, one of the meal was not as ordered but unfortunately we did not have another hour to wait for this meal to be corrected. Overall a very poor experience

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NC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor quality, little love in this restaurant and very overpriced. We had chicken Milanese and it was tough and lacking flavour. Disappointed considering the price

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M
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience, with 2 exceptions. 1. Restaurant was cold where we were sitting. Rectified eventually, when we informed Manager.
2. Only one in the party had a starter. From arrival time, including 1 starter, took about 1 hour 40 mins for mains to arrive.

Food was delicious, Jack our waiter, was very friendly & professional.
Heat it up & speed it up!! Otherwise, very good experience.

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DF
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service is haphazard with too many servers and no attention to detail

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BC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked Afternoon Tea for my friend's 50th Birthday. The whole experience from start to finish was outstanding ...our server was superb ..very attentive and very informative without being intrusive ...the food was divine ...I haven't stopped telling everyone about our fabulous afternoon at the restaurant. Will definitely be back !!

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I
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Staff were lovely but we were told when we sat down there was a 15min wait for food. But we were waiting over an hour and the restaurant was only half full. The person next to us got his food in 10min and he ordered after us. There were a lot of unhappy customers in there this morning.

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JT
Dublin
14 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Waiting time for meal was a bit long. Also asked for some Chipotle sauce which we didn't get. Breakfast tea that was ordered to almost 15 mins to get to the table.

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TK
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant on the top floor of Brown Thomas. Gorgeous decor and great food. A lovely experience.

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L
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was waiting around one hour there, and a cake is oily :(

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NK
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was lovely but possibly not to everyone 's taste . I really enjoyed tasting the Gin am now converted . My friend had a great day so that's the most important and our server was brilliant.
Tks we will return

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I WAS MEETING TWO FRIENDS FOR LONDON FOR LUNCH. WE ORDERED FROM A VERY GOOD SELECTION MENU. THE ITALIAN WAITER BROKE INTO OPERATIC SONG - REALLY IT WAS SO AMAZING. HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE SINGER AND IT WAS LIKE A PRIVATE AUDIENCE. IT WAS HIS LAST DAY WORKING IN THE RESTAURANT AND THIS WAS HIS THANK YOU. HE THEN ASKED A FEMALE WAITRESS TO JOIN HIM SINGING AND ANOTHER FEMALE FRIEND - I CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW INCREDIBLE THE EXPERIENCE WAS. IT WAS SO SPECIAL AND MY TWO FRIENDS FROM LONDON COULDN'T BELIEVE THIS WOULD HAPPEN. FOOD AS ALWAYS WAS LOVELY WITH A GREAT SELECTION. SERVICE VERY ATTENTIVE. HARD TO GET ANYWHERE ELSE IN DUBLIN WITH SUCH A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE. 10/10 FOR THE INCREDIBLE OPERATIC MUSIC - IT MADE OUR DAY

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JH
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

I had wanted to sample the Godiva afternoon tea since first reading about it. The savoury selection was unappealing. The sweet selection was a little too much. Some of the selection was very heavy and filling. Personally, I found Godiva chocolate not one of my favourites. My selection came with a hair. I had cranberry juice in place of the tea/coffee as I don't drink either and was charged extra for it. There's no ambience in the restaurant. It is in a department store but I expected more from BT. The staff were professional, welcoming and friendly.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Afternoon Tea for Mothers Day. Everything was wonderful and there was great attention to detail. We had a thoroughly relaxing afternoon and the food was excellent. The afternoon tea itself was really lovely - only thing I would change is that I would have liked savoury and sweet in equal measures as there was far more sweet than savoury. Will be back.

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LH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was a little slow to arrive after our initial drinks (~40 mins) but it was worth the wait. The savoury elements of the afternoon tea were far tastier and more interesting than other upmarket places I have been to and the desserts were delicious too. Didn’t have room for the chocolates so we brought them home. Ironically they were the least interesting part of the chocolate afternoon tea! Really enjoyed the experience and service was very pleasant and attentive.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a girlie catch up and to treat yourself.

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RM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

My friends and I went for afternoon tea at Johnnie Cooke's, the food was a major let down. The sandwiches were minuscule, as were the deserts and scones.

The one positive was the staff, they were extremely attentive.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The restaurant was almost empty but there was no record of our booking. The starters was great, but the main course, which 3 of 4 of us chose, was a charred fresh Tuna salad. The smell of the tuna was overpower, awful. The service was slow and unfocused. In our reservation we said we were pre-theatre and must be out by a certain time. We ended up virtually eating our meal as we went out the door. And bizarrely, the meal was one euro per head more expensive as advertised when we made the booking. The one euro was not particularly the issue but the random change was strange and unexplained.

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OT
Omaha
26 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for afternoon tea- they have special teas that are quite delicious- we had a lovely time. I must comment on the hostess- we arrived about 15 min late because we miscalculated the time to get from the airport to hotel to here, and the hostess was wonderfully understanding. We highly recommend.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great lunch, shared the mussels and clams followed by Crab and beef carpaccio. All good. My only issue would be the cost of wines. Hey guys present us with a good house choice please.
Best of luck.

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