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Cleaver East

3.9
3.9
282 Reviews
€31 to €50
Contemporary European

The critically acclaimed best restaurant opening in 2013, Cleaver East is situated in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar district. Cleaver East is a contemporary New York style restaurant with friendly energetic service in a comfortable setting.The clientele is an eclectic mix of locals and visitors. The menu is bold with playful touches and a large selection of dry aged beef cuts. The wine list is extensive and the cocktails are legendary.
Cleaver East delivers a fantastic day or night out in Dublin.

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Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary European, Steak, Burgers

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 531 3500

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Oliver Dunne

Menu

Starters

  • Soy & Miso Glazed Chicken Wings

    Garlic & Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce, Toasted Sesame Seeds

    • Three Cheese Croquettes

      Mozzarella with Pumpkin Seed & Sage Pesto, Crozier Blue with Blackberry & Balsamic Jam & Gruyere with Arrabiatta Coulis

      • Sea Bass Ceviche

        Avocado Purée, Cucumber & Mango Salsa, Spiced Tortillas

        Mains

        • Blackened Cod

          Saffron & Shellfish Broth, Steamed Mussels & Bok Choy

          • Stuffed Courgettes with Spiced Ricotta

            Tabbouleh, Flame Roasted Peppers, Beetroot Hummus, Honey & Chilli Cashews

            • Crispy Half Roast Buttermilk Chicken

              Sticky Honey Glaze, Roast Shallot & Charred Asparagus

              • Madras Spiced Roasted Beef Short Rib

                Sweet Potato Dahl & Spiced Coconut Cream; €5 Supplement

                Sides

                €5

                • Mash Potatoes with Gruyere

                  • Rainbow Slaw

                    Tahini Dressing

                    • Truffle Fries

                      Truffle Mayo & Parmesan

                      • Couscous Salad

                        Pomegranate Molasses Dressing & Crumbled Feta

                        • Ratatouille

                          • Sweet Potato Fries

                            • Cauliflower "Tater Tots", Spiced Ketchup

                              • Hand Cut Chips

                                Desserts

                                €8

                                • Cheesecake

                                  Tartlet, Lemon Curd, Candied Lemongrass, Blueberries

                                  • Set Ginger Custard

                                    Poached Rhubarb, Honeycomb

                                    • Berry, Pear & Peanut Butter Crumble

                                      Coconut Ice Cream

                                      • House Ice Cream

                                        Lemon Curd, Honeycomb & Nut Crumble

                                        Bottomless Supper Club

                                        • Think 'Brunch after Dark'

                                          Every Friday & Saturday from 9pm. Enjoy our 'Mix n Match' Bottomless Drinks Package with Free-Flowing Prosecco, Wine & a Selection of Signature Cocktails for 1hr 45mins

                                          • ppEUR 30.00

                                        Last updated: 7 July 2021

                                        What 282 people are saying

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                                        3.9
                                        3.9 based on recent ratings
                                        • 3.8Food
                                        • 4Service
                                        • 4Ambience
                                        • 3.5Value

                                        NoiseModerate

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                                        • Dublin

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                                        • Dublin 2

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                                        1. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          6 reviews

                                          vip
                                          2.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on 21 November 2021

                                          overall2food1service3ambience2

                                          usually enjoy going here for brunch but this time around food was not good. I ordered an open steak sandwich, and the sandwich was mainly stale bread and beef fat.

                                        2. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Ireland

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 20 November 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Comfortable lovely ambience, delicious food and friendly, efficient, welcoming staff. Will revisit!

                                        3. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 13 November 2021

                                          overall1food1service3ambience3

                                          We had bottomless brunch, there was basically no alcohol in the mimosas it was just orange juice. The food was small portions and well below average

                                        4. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 6 November 2021

                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                          I spent my birthday last night in Cleaver East and we all had a wonderful night. They even grant my request to have the cozy corner table. I only give 4 stars cause the mains were served late and said that it was missed BUT, they gave us a whole lot of desserts for free which was a great gesture. So, in the end, it was still an amazing evening and will definitely recommend this place.

                                        5. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          4 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 29 October 2021

                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                          We had a great evening, definitely come back, we where impressed with the early bird menu for 2 €25.. food was tasty tho the cocktails weren’t the best esp for the price..

                                        6. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 17 October 2021

                                          overall3food2service5ambience3

                                          The minimum were really bad. But the place and service were nice

                                        7. m

                                          melissah

                                          Dublin

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 7 October 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great place all in all. Fabulous cocktails. Our group of six were able to have privacy in booth in the corner. We were celebrating and the staff even made it so special with a congratulations dessert. Food was amazing, plenty of options.

                                        8. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 2 October 2021

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          Really great dinner with friends. Staff were unreal

                                        9. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 19 September 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We all loved it! The food, the drinks, the music, the service, the vibe! 5 stars all round. Can't wait to get back.

                                        10. KR

                                          KatieR

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 18 September 2021

                                          overall1food4service1ambience2

                                          I was very disappointed with the bottomless supper. Having booked in a late slot at 9pm to avail of the bottomless supper for 1 hour 45 I was very disappointed when we then got told our time was up after an hour 15. What they didn't tell us when we arrived was that the time started from when we got to the restaurant. However we got seated upstairs where it was so hot and we sat for 10 mins without being given a menu. We asked if we could move downstairs and they kindly moved us but we didn't know this was all eating into our bottomless time. When we questioned the manager on duty he was very rude and had awful customer service. I would not recommend the bottomless because of how they trick you with the timing you actually end up paying more!

                                        11. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 18 September 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely excellent night food and service was top notch. I will be back!

                                        12. TK

                                          TymoteuszK

                                          Dublin

                                          6 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on 17 September 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          The food was good and The Service was very well, the price was a bit bigger then I thought

                                        13. NH

                                          NiamhH

                                          Dublin

                                          8 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on 16 September 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The staff were excellent and the atmosphere was so special

                                        14. PS

                                          PaulS

                                          Dublin

                                          7 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on 11 September 2021

                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                          Good food and excellent service

                                        15. B

                                          Brittni

                                          Washington DC

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 10 September 2021

                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                          Great place for a quieter dinner with unique drinks. The portions were perfect, and I would highly recommend any of the fish dishes.

                                        16. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          2 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 28 August 2021

                                          overall2food4service2ambience3

                                          Cleaver East is one of my favourite spots in Dublin so anything not positive I have to say below is a rarity! On this occasion the servers twice tried to take our plates off the table while we still had our cutlery in hand and were eating. Also, an hour into our 1:45 booking, the bill and card machine was brought down to us which was disappointing as we were enjoying our cocktails and were planning on ordering a few more. On the other hand, both the food and cocktails were extremely tasty and I hope to be back for bottomless supper club soon. Going to put it down to a one off but hoping for the old service again going forward.

                                        17. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 14 August 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Fabulous service as always. So good to be back. Anna is the best host!

                                        18. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          New England

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 13 August 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Loved it! Staff were very kind and helpful. Restaurant was gorgeous and the food was even better!

                                        19. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          6 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on 25 July 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Can’t fault the food or service everything was lovely and staff very attentive. Would have liked to see mains (burger) including a side, was extra for the chips on the side

                                        20. MA

                                          MeganA

                                          Dublin

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 10 September 2020

                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                          Had dinner with friends on Thursday evening and we were all delighted with the experience. Everyone loved each course (great value for three courses) and the service was fantastic! Our server was so friendly and helpful! Will definitely be back.

                                        21. SH

                                          ShayH

                                          Dublin

                                          3 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 5 September 2020

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Fabulous service in beautiful surroundings

                                        22. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          London

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 15 August 2020

                                          overall2food2service4ambience4

                                          Small overpriced portions. Limited vegetarian mains options.

                                        23. SD

                                          SeanD

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 15 February 2020

                                          overall3food3service3ambience4

                                          We went saturday night to celebrate valentines and an anniversary. I ordered a rib eye medium rare and it came along and it was well done. They took my dish back but left my wife with hers. in fairness they did bring along a strater while they did me a new steak but this mistake just took away from the evening. While the rest of the night was fine and the service staff were attentive on reflection I dont think this is acceptable for a restaurant that is meant to specialise in steak and for the price they were charging. I paid €150 for the two of us for two cocktails, one bottle of red, our mains and one desert. First time here and disappointed and too many other options in the city to go back.

                                        24. OP

                                          OrlaP

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 1 February 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Visited here with a friend & thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was great & the service was excellent. Our waiter was both charming & knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

                                        25. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Ireland

                                          2 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 10 January 2020

                                          overall2food4service3ambience1

                                          Food was nice, restaurant door was left open so a breeze was blowing in. I asked the waitress if she could close the door and she said she wasn’t allowed because of the hotel. I quickly ate and got out of the restaurant because it was a cold day and it was uncomfortable sitting there with a breeze on your back.

                                        26. P

                                          Pecanpie

                                          London

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on 4 January 2020

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great food and amazing gluten free options very good value

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 12 January 2020

                                          Thank you so much for your kind words, I will be sure to share them with all the team here at Cleaver East.

                                        27. FK

                                          FarbodK

                                          Dublin

                                          4 reviews

                                          vip
                                          1.0

                                          4 reviews

                                          Dined on 29 December 2019

                                          overall1food3service3ambience1

                                          They couldn’t find my reservation on their system which was stressful. Food and service were fine but the place was extremely dirty. Bits and pieces of food on couches and the floor. They clearly hadn’t cleaned the place for a while. I even used my hand to clean my seat of breadcrumbs and food before sitting right in front of my waitress and she didn’t really react at all.

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 12 January 2020

                                          Hi There, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re sorry you had a bad experience. We set a high standard for ourselves, and we’re so sorry to hear this was not met in your interaction with our business. If you wish to contact us directly please email info@cleavereast.ie

                                        28. h

                                          hungrydiners

                                          Tampa

                                          55 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          55 reviews

                                          Dined on 28 November 2019

                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                          Good food. No complaints. Service is slow.

                                        29. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          3 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 12 October 2019

                                          overall3food2service4ambience3

                                          Disappointing to be honest. I never realised that they had completely changed the menu since my last visit. I had been about 3 or 4 times and I really liked it. It had a mainly European menu with chicken, steak etc similar to FX Buckley) but when I went back in October it had completely changed to a mostly Asian inspired menu ... my favourite side (mashed potato in a Kilner jar with gravy and small pieces of steak ofttt) was gone from the menu 😭 I probably won’t go back because I think it’s now over priced and if I’m honest the name doesn’t suit the food served like cleaver - meat - steaks ... there’s only one steak on the menu now. Mostly shellfish, fish and some pork. Anyway, disappointed that the menu changed, it’s not great now.

                                        30. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          2 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 27 September 2019

                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                          Had to ask several times for top ups for drinks

                                        31. SO

                                          SiveO

                                          Dublin

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 31 August 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The food was AMAZING. Thre early bird meals and a bottle of wine for €103 - incredible value and the food exceeded expectations for all of us.

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 4 September 2019

                                          Thanks SiveO, I am so pleased to read you guys enjoyed a great value Early Bird with us recently. Hope to see you again soon!

                                        32. AF

                                          AislinneF

                                          Osaka

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 24 August 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Excellent value for money for really good food - would recommend

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 4 September 2019

                                          Thanks AislinneF, hope to see you again soon!

                                        33. PC

                                          PatrickC

                                          Ireland

                                          12 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on 23 August 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great experience. Really good ambiance. Quality food, as always. Excellent staff. Courteous, professional and amicable.

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 4 September 2019

                                          Thanks Patrick, delighted to hear that!

                                        34. LB

                                          LauraB

                                          Dublin

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 5 July 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Great bottomless brunch, great value, great food. Will return!

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 21 July 2019

                                          Thanks Laura, delighted you thought so. See you next time :)

                                        35. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Surrey

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on 29 June 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Mums and daughters day out

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 5 July 2019

                                          Glad you ladies enjoyed...thanks for the great ratings!! Kind Regards, The Reservations Team

                                        36. EO

                                          EllaO

                                          Dublin

                                          6 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          6 reviews

                                          Dined on 14 June 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Amazing experience. Wonderful food and even better service.

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 19 June 2019

                                          Thanks Ella, delighted you enjoyed it! See you soon. The Reservations Team

                                        37. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Ireland

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on 7 June 2019

                                          overall3food4service2ambience3

                                          All in all it was an enjoyable meal, was a little bit disappointed to discover that the menu on display outside the restaurant was not the one on offer at I was looking forward to the venison dish that was in the outside menu. Wife and I ate from the early menu, the starters chicken goysa and pork belly were both delicious. For mains my wife had the pork belly which was very tasty, it was beautyfully cooked, the fat had rendered down perfectly and the skin was nice and crispy. I had the hake which we disappointing, the fish was a little overcooked and the was no real standout flavour in the dish, everything was just there, but nothing stood out. The service was quite slow also, there was very long waiting periods between courses, we ordered an additional glass of wine to go with our mains, but by the time we had finished our wine had not arrived so we cancelled it as we needed to leave to catch a show. All in all, many positives but let down by slow service and a disappointing fish dish.

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 19 June 2019

                                          Hi There, Many thanks for the feedback which is of great importance to us here at Cleaver East. I was deeply saddened to hear that the service was not up to scratch on this particular occasion and can only offer my sincere apologies. I hope that you will revisit one day so we can make amends in some way for your disappointment. The menus outside and online are usually a sample of what we offer as changes are made daily due to seasonal and product availability, which is unavoidable.

                                        38. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Dublin

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on 3 June 2019

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Absolutely perfect. Great food for great value, the service was great, I highly recommend !

                                        39. BP

                                          BridP

                                          Dublin

                                          3 reviews

                                          1.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on 2 June 2019

                                          overall1food1service2ambience2

                                          Worst dining out experience in long time. Hadn’t been here for few years. We were In Temple Bar on June bank hol Sunday and I suggested we eat there. Big mistake..,! We all ordered the burgers and asked for them to be cooked as “medium “ as possible.. I ordered with no bun. After an unacceptable wait time ... My cremated shrivelled up excuse for a burger arrived on a plate with none of the listed trimmings and absolutely nothing else on plate ...! I was shocked instantly at its unappetizing appearance. The other burgers arrived with bun and all the trimmings but were apparently dried up and over cooked ... I called the waiter and showed him my plate and asked if he thought that it was acceptable to serve a plate like that .. he agreed it didn’t look good and offered to change it.. I told him to bring me a side salad as I was now too hungry to await any further, the chef came to talk to us and we gave him our overview of his delivery of our food. He apologized. We paid and left. Shame to see Oliver Dunne still has his name on this place.. disaster....

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 19 June 2019

                                          Hi Brid, Many thanks for your very honest feedback. I am very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience at Cleaver East. Your experience is one which we are not proud of and, as you may see from other reviews quite atypical. If you would like to get in touch directly please email info@cleavereast.ie and a member of our management team will be in touch.

                                        40. DM

                                          DarinaM

                                          Las Vegas

                                          5 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on 23 May 2019

                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                          Lovely food and good value

                                          Cleaver EastResponded on 19 June 2019

                                          Thanks Darina, your comments are much appreciated by the whole team here at Cleaver East. See you soon. The Reservations Team

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                                        Cleaver East is rated 3.9 stars by 282 OpenTable diners

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                                        Booked 2 times today
                                        Google Map for Cleaver East

                                        6 - 8 East Essex Street Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 HT44

                                        • Area

                                          Temple Bar

                                        • Hours of Operation

                                          Brunch
                                          Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
                                          Dinner
                                          Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Contemporary European, Steak, Burgers

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress Code

                                          Smart Casual

                                        • Payment Options

                                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Executive Chef

                                          Oliver Dunne

                                        • Additional

                                          Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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