The Legal Eagle

4.5
176 reviews
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Irish
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We have a very traditional meaty-pubby-old-fashioned-style menu, honouring our own traditional lexicon and producers. That style of food is very much in the 'nose-to-tail' world of dining which sits alongside a celebration of vegetables very comfortably! Both are a celebration of produce and we use some lesser celebrated vegetables and vegetable tops when possible.
Lunch features a daily roast-in-roll, Irish potato flatbreads (think bacon, cabbage & parsley sauce / think roasted squash, fig & honey / think smoked haddock brandade, fennel & duck egg!) and meats from our wood oven, traditional meat platters (hay-smoked ham, corned mutton, haslet, pickles) and delicious Seafood platters filled with the best from our coastal waters. Dinner adds roast bone marrow, rump heart, cauliflower rarebit and Shropshire Blue soufflé. There are 20 craft beers on tap, over 200 wines on a stellar list written with love and a small but considered and decidedly timeless classic cocktail list.
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FP
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal with friends here. We had the chateaubriand - highly recommended. Amazing meal overall. Staff were brilliant - really know their foods and wine! Can’t wait to go back.

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DO
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. The treacle tart was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic member of waiting staff (female, Spanish), couldn't have been nicer or more helpful .

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g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We were seated upstairs in an attractive, quiet room with great views over the Court and the Liffey. The staff was very friendly and helpful and took their time guiding us through the menu that reads very well, prompting us to order enthusiastically. Enjoying a good beer and a nice wine, we shared a potato flatbread as a starter which met our high expectations. Our mains were voluminous but unfortunately less pleasing. My pork dish was good but not great, with the crackling being a bit tough and the balance between meat and non-meat components a little bit off in favour of the former. My wife's rump steak was disappointing. The steak itself was large, tender and cooked to order, but over-charred, resulting in a dominant acrid flavour. The accompanying Yorkshire pudding was overcooked, and the potatoes and cauliflower underwhelming. Redemption arrived in the form of the desserts: both the strawberry crumble and the treacle tart were delicious. In all, we might very well return but would order differently.

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TR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Legal Eagle was a surprise out of the blue quality gastropub. Excellent wine list, short but super menu, and great service. Had the beef rump, steak and ale pie, and treacle pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. (We relaxed our vegetarian diet on this trip.) The medium rare beef was extremely tender and pickled cauliflower and oven roasted potatoes were delicious. Steak and ale pie and marrowfat mushy peas were also very good, and the chips it came with were excellent. Service was helpful, friendly, and prompt. Absolutely would recommend.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, fabulous menu and food. Definitely worth a visit!

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k
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Food was very tasty, unfortunately service was appalling. There seemed to only be one waitress covering the entire floor. As a result, we were waiting almost 20mins to place our order and another 20mins got empty plates to be cleared. One of our sides was also forgotten as was half of our drinks order and when we requested the forgotten drinks, the barman seemed put out at our question, stating he delivered everything that was ordered.
Would be reluctant to come again

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Arrived late, after normal dining service, but staff kindly allowed me to order from the full menu. And I then got the tastiest bone marrow I've ever eaten.

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SD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Food is generous but not as delicious as the description suggests. We had the meat platter which was excellent, the steak pie which was a bit heavy and dull and not seasoned well, mussels which were plentiful, and a dessert of strawberry crumble which was lovely but small and over-priced (it’s only a few strawberries and a bit of butter and flour). We had exceptional service from the bar to the table. Perhaps it is because we went on a Saturday but the atmosphere was a bit lack-lustre and the place seemed to be filled with tourists (who in fairness looked very happy). The bathrooms were spotless and chic.

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JH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As a visitor to Dublin, this was a wonderful place to dine.

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d
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A very good spot to have a late lunch. Good ambiance, efficient service

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DM
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been going to The Legal Eagle for lunch since shortly after it opened but this was the first time I went there for dinner. It did not disappoint. The food is spectacular - always interesting things on the menu with fabulous ingredients. I have recommended it for lunch since the beginning (all of the above re food plus service is very prompt - they understand their clientele have short lunchbreaks) will definitely go again for dinner (service more relaxed, but only as is appropriate for a pleasant evening).

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great! Accept David’s suggestions! He knows what he’s talking about.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent would recommend

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Dublin
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Legal Eagle usa vgreat restaurant. Food and service are great and even during the weekend is not too crowded which makes the experience even better

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the vibe of the Legal Eagle - very elegant. Food and service was excellent. Eclectic menu.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were so friendly and welcoming, the food was great! It was my friends birthday and they made the whole experience really nice. Highly recommend

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c
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food and service.

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AC
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at the Legal Eagle was very good. We sat upstairs and the ambiance would have been very nice and quiet except for there was a table of 6 people that were very loud and my husband and I cut our dinner a little short to escape the noise. When we went down through the main level it was much quieter and so I think if we would have sat downstairs where there were some nice little hideaways we would have enjoyed a more leisurely dinner. The service was very good as well.

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MD
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food,thoroughly enjoyed it.Staff very friendly.
Definitely come back again.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Staff were very welcoming

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

You just need to go.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very quaint atmosphere. Service was spot on. The menu is eclectic nose to tail with seafood and options for the less adventurous. The smoked fish platter is a must try. Fabulous

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NS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Enjoyed our meal overall, but the food is not great. It seems like they're experimenting in some ways, but maybe getting the basics right might be a better idea. A good example is the Suet pudding, which i found pretty bland and comes with a mountain of turnip, for some reason. Maybe I'm the philistine here, but not for me thanks!

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TS
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a bit of a walk from where we stayed
But well worth it from the moment we walked in we were impressed
Our waitress was very helpful and friendly and explained the menu well
The food was outstanding and very well presented
I had the rump of Irish beef and it was delicious cooked to perfection
It was one of the best meals I have every had
If you are going to dublin it's well worth a visit

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M
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was so impressed with the fish plate & my companions cheese platter & roast beef dish that I went on Google reviews to praise the Legal Eagle already.
On a quiet Saturday in May, they could be forgiven for not really trying, but the opposite was the case, pulling out all the stops in the kitchen & on the floor.
I can highly recommend the Legal Eagle for lunch any day of the week.

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OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic service, food and wine list. So very well looked after by your wonderful staff who gave us great recommendations from the extensive wine list, with great humour and a wealth of knowledge. Shall see you next time we’re in town.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We came with 2 coeliacs, which I flagged when booking. The menu was entirely unsuited to those who are gluten free. While there was gluten free bread available it is not the same experience as the baps given to non-sufferers. There were no main meals suited to coeliacs which is an oversight. It is unusual to have such an unenlightened menu in terms of allergies.

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KR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there on Easter Monday so it was particularly quiet, but we had amazing service and the food was spot on.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Chateaubriand was sensational, as was everything else. Couldn't recommend this place more. It's service, decor, food and ambience were outstanding.

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k
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly staff, nice place. Well worth a visit

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J
Zurich
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, Outstanding service, could not have had a better dinning experience

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KF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Legal Eagle was unbelievably accommodating prior to our reservation regarding dietary restrictions and providing options; our service during our reservation and quality of food was unparalleled. Our server Sean truly made our experience exceptional, not simply providing recommendations for everything from food to drink but also providing a deeper context to the food and drink. We truly had a dining experience.

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CM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We reserved a table at 2 but turned up early. We were seated straight away. The interior is quite dark, but that’s a good thing. It’s beautiful and atmospheric, with the candle light on each table.
The food was amazing. The roast beef was the best I’ve had and
the service was perfect

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J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Modern Irish food with fun takes on tradition

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AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always the Legal Eagle did not disappoint. Fantastic food. Great ingredients. Lovely ambience. Great attentive service.
My 4th visit in as many months and we will certainly be back

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FF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal and great service!

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ZE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing, food, drinks, and especially the staff. I only wish it was in Philly. I’ll be back next time I’m in Dublin!

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p
4 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I liked it but the only hot fish dish SALMON please make an effort and a little more vegetarian meals

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MN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great beer and wine selection and the staff are very enthusiastic and professional. Had a chateau briand which proved to be too much for two of us, but took it away for breakfast and lunch the next day! Would happily go back. One thing... Change the music. It was the same one song on a loop for the whole night.

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