Café en Seine

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180 reviews
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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 bookings on Opentable are strictly for dining in the restaurant only. For event bookings or enquiries, please email bookings@cafeenseine.ie * 12.5% Service charge applicable for groups of 6 or more. Children are welcome until 8pm. Tables will be held for 15 mins from confirmed booking time.​ Cancellations less than 24 hours before a booking, result in a 10 euro pp charge.
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JA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

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

NW
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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!

LL
Dublin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 a day ago

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 4 days ago
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 a day ago

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
1 review
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
3 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
Dublin
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
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
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
Dublin
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
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
Dublin
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
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.

MR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely food and excellent staff. Will definitely return.

Café en Seine
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thanks very much Martin!

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f
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautifully decorated. A little paradise in Dublin.
Food was also good and not expensive

Café en Seine
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thanks so much for your lovely review Francis!

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OT
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was nice and the place looks great, although the chicken somewhat resembles a snack box. I’d recommend requesting a table away from the entrance of the dining area, unfortunately the door was either open or swinging for most of our meal and it became quite cold.

Café en Seine
Responded on 19 August 2019

Hi, Thanks for your review. We are glad to to get your feedback and will be using this to improve our offering going forward. However, we are happy that you enjoyed your overall experience and we hope we will see you again soon. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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CR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Service and Ambience were satisfactory. We had to ask a couple of times for drinks that never arrived. The food was only average, tbh a little disappointing. We had 2 vegetarians and there was very little choice, there was only 1 fish main which was very expensive at €30.

Café en Seine
Responded on 19 August 2019

Hi Ciara, Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you were not 100% happy with your recent experience. We will be using your feedback to improve our offering and we do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back for a more positive experience soon. Best wishes, The Cafe en Seine Team

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SM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good service and good food, typical town prices but worth it for a lovely ambience in beautiful surroundings

Café en Seine
Responded on 19 August 2019

Thanks for your review Sarah!

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JC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated her birthday in the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. Delicious food, great service and we enjoyed the garden bar night club afterwards.

Café en Seine
Responded on 13 August 2019

Thank you for the great review John. We look forward to welcoming you and your wife back in the future. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Such a beautiful place. Loved the vibe of the place - fancy without being pretentious and casual enough so you can actually relax while you’re there. Food was good, not out of this world good, but definitely above average. Actually preferred the small plate to the main course I ordered, next time I plan on just getting one or two small plates. Also the dessert was amazing so definitely a good idea to go for the small plates to leave space for some 😉

Café en Seine
Responded on 13 August 2019

Thank you for the feedback Tabitha. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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CP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Gorgeous interior, fantastic food. The sticky toffee pudding is a must.

Café en Seine
Responded on 13 August 2019

Thank you, and we're happy that you chose to dine with us while you were visiting Dublin. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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JE
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and cocktails also lovely kids menu and made to feel very welcome

Café en Seine
Responded on 6 August 2019

Thank you for the review Jenny. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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EE
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We stayed at the table until more than 23:00 and although there wasn’t anybody at the other dinning tables they let us stayed there and they left a small light on upon our table. We had a lovely dinner.

Café en Seine
Responded on 10 September 2019

Thank you for the review Esther. We look forward to seeing you again for dinner in the future.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you one more time ! We really had a great lunch with wonderful service and ambient. I hope someday visit this place again. Best regards from Switzerland.

Café en Seine
Responded on 13 August 2019

Thank you for the review Eliane! We look forward to seeing you again next time you're back in Dublin. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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RD
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great service by managers and supervisors, they were very welcoming and polite. Striploin steak was okay, nice ambience, limited menu, great drinks. The girl on the door was particularly welcoming and friendly

Café en Seine
Responded on 30 July 2019

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

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RB
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect place for food and drinks.. great atmosphere and the decor is just amazing

Café en Seine
Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you for the review Rita, we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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BO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a lovely time with great food and service, would definitely recommend and return

Café en Seine
Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you for the review Brian. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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RS
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited Cafe en Seine on a Sunday evening - party of 5. We will definitely come back. The food and service were excellent and the atmosphere was great - still busy for a Sunday evening. Food recommendations would be the Mussels starter, Duck Ragu & the 740g of Beef - superb!

Café en Seine
Responded on 30 July 2019

Thank you for the review Roberta. We're happy to hear you and your friends had a great evening. Best wishes, The Cafe En Seine team

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