Host

4.8
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453 reviews
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€30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
  • Neighbourhood Gem
What 453 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a delicious meal, very accommodating to being pregnant and brilliant service. We’ll be back!

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed with this top notch restaurant..

SO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible and topped off be excellent service! One not to miss.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful flavorful dishes and attentive service. Appreciated the chef’s off-the-menu vegan dishes.

RS
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome spot. Simple, well executed, seasonal, consistent and friendly service. Brilliant wine list. The food here is cooked by folks who want to eat it themselves. Speaks volumes.

L
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was absolutely delicious. I cannot wait for the next time

DL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, high quality. Very good service and friendly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it as always!

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated a friends birthday here last Friday, we had the chefs menu.
The food was amazing & staff were friendly & helpful.
We will definitely be back.
Thank you,

FO
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect as always. the food is always 10/10 but it's the service that is by far the best in Dublin.

O
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Not my favourite restaurant of this kind in Dublin. The steak was really good though.

C
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top quality food with the best service I've ever recieved in a restaurant. Great selection of food on menu for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Great atmosphere created by the staff and very attentive to specific needs and special requests. Will definitely go back. Highly recommended

PB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service. Everything we had on the menu was so tasteful and presented so well

PD
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

We had previously had a lovely lunch there but Sunday night ...A celebration for us...was chaotic and I felt food choices were poor and not in keeping with the website. Wines selection bizarre and overpriced. Won't rush back.

HB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely as always..a real treat for Saturday night- food stunning and service is topclass

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and very nice ambience.
Good wine list at OK prices - we chose the Pinot Gris from Meinklang (Orange).
However I didn’t really find the food to be anything surprising for the price. Would definitely recommend their beef ragu on tagliatelle though - probably the best dish we had from the chef’s menu!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the amazing seasonal delicious food and the friendly professional service. Second visit and we will return!

TT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Host is one of my favourite restaurants to go to. We return time and time again for different occasions as well as to celebrate the end of a long week on a Friday evening! We tend to opt for the Chefs menu which provides you with a variety of taste sensations! The wine list is incredible and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and create a warm and welcome atmosphere. An all round excellent restaurant!!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite Dublin restaurant - we’ve been 5 times and will keep coming back!

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

Food, service and atmosphere were all amazing. The food is a unique twist on what I felt was sort of Irish tapas. So delicious!The staff are also brilliantly trained and extremely knowledgeable about all their food and wines!

DF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Not mad about the high tables as it was hard to hear my friends sitting opposite me.

d
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! My party and I chose Chef's menu for the day and we were enjoying our food and the ambiance of the restaurant very much. The wine list was amazing, and thanks to our server of the day I think I've discovered my favorite red wine. Would love to see a bit more of a creative spin on the main courses. We had grilled Rib Eye and Hake with garden peas, which we thought were a little underwhelming compared to the rest of the dishes they served on Chef's menu. The garden peas could be cooked a few seconds more, and on average all the dishes were a little bit too salty to my taste.

MS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great food, we got the chef's menu - which is great but a bit overpriced I believe

AJ
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff and fantastic food. Stylish but easy atmosphere. New favourite

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sean and the team are exemplary. Best wine list in Ireland and the food was phenomenal. Sorry I live in NY. Would go back weekly.

MM
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just excelled in every expectation. A true gem of a place

LC
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Again a user meal in Host, has to be one of the best in Ranelagh and indeed Dublin

SL
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal, brilliant staff. Couldn’t fault it.

KK
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and fantastic service! Also an interesting selection of wines.

NR
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Favourite Restaurant in Dublin, everything about it is fantastic!!

PM
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the city, modern dishes and great staff

D
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Let me start by saying that the service was absolutely wonderful. Yes, they were a little bit rushed due to how busy it was, but they were friendly, they were attentive, and they made you feel at ease. The staff really lived up to the name of the restaurant, they were great hosts.

The food was delicious, a bit more varied than your usual fare. I had the rib eye and I have to say it was cooked to perfection. Add to that a substantial but not overwhelming wine list and you're guaranteed to find something to satisfy you.

As good as all that is, I do have two small issues. The first is the acoustics. The high ceilings made the place so echoey and loud that I could barely hear what my partner had to say. A few noise muffling steps could be taken to mitigate this but it really put a bit of a damper on what could otherwise be a really intimate setting.

Secondly, I think the concept needs a bit of refinement. I'm certainly not going to complain about a seasonal menu based on variation in a fast casual setting. However, I can't count the amount of times I walked past Host and didn't go in because I didn't understand what they were offering. I think that they would become an even more popular destination in the competitive food market of Ranelagh if they were to somehow communicate the unique experience they are offering in a clearer way.

All in all I had a nice meal and some of the best service I've seen in Dublin despite a couple of very minor issues, so I can definitely recommend.

DP
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and a real buzz of atmosphere.

AS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great tasting food in decent portions. The chef's menu is highly recommended for taste and creativity.

MM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food, chefs menu is super tasty. very enjoyable evening

LC
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Yet another great meal in host. Food is amazing and staff very good and knowledgeable.

f
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed the chef menu option and it was fantastic! Great veggie options and the halibut main was delicious! The service was excellent. Would definitely come back!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this restaurant because food is so good . Last night a fantastic pork chop with salsa verde with their amazing potato fries and a stunning radish radicchio and anchovy salad. It’s all served in a friendly no fuss and relaxed way. Love it

N
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff are super friendly and helpful. They were very knowledgeable about the wine list. We ordered the chefs selection which included 4 starters, a main, 2 sides and a desert. That cost us 37 per person but was totally worth it if you’re looking to splash out for dinner because every bite was sensational. They were also very accommodating and offered us a pescatarian option even though it wasn’t on the menu. For the price the atmosphere is a bit causal, some people are sitting on benches, it’s quite tight and loud. But overall very worth it for the food experience.

R
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

As one of our guests said ‘ the best meal he has had in 25 years

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