Rustic Stone by Dylan McGrath

4.2
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€31 to €50
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Irish
Dublin’s Rustic Stone by Dylan McGrath restaurant has a very simple philosophy – the best seasonal ingredients, the simplest of techniques, the most flavour. The real difference at this intriguing restaurant is its truly healthy approach to dining. Though indulgent and mouth-wateringly delicious, Rustic Stone’s menu is based around healthy, life-affirming food, good for the body and good for the soul. McGrath, a Michelin starred chef (at previous venture Mint) and Masterchef presenter but also the man behind the concept and in the kitchen, minimizes the use of sugar and cream, bans the fake and flavourless and produces a menu 90% gluten free, 90% wheat free and 70% dairy free – quite an achievement even before you taste the delectable results of his efforts. The level of detail on the Rustic Stone menu provides everything you need to make an informed dining decision and without busting the bank either.
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4.2
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4.1
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CE
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The smoked chicken was fantastic! It was a very pleasant lunch overall.

DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super experience.... Food delish...... Got there before 6pm........so busy from 6.30!!!!!!!......tables a little tight together!!! But fabulous food..........would certainly like to try again!!! Friendly staff too !!!

E
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our night in the rustic stone , the staff were fantastic, especially Mick that looked after us, he really made the night , the food was just out of this world, I look forward to visiting again, thanks again

EN
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service. Staff were so nice. Food was excellent and efficient. Didn’t have to wait ages for food to come. Great quality food also.

JG
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was delicious and service excellent. I really couldn't fault it. However I did find our wine, a bottle of Albarino at €42 very over priced.

RO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and delicious, healthy food. Really good wine.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great staff, interesting hot stone service concept with certain dishes.

VB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The venue and food was really great. I made a special request to have seating somewhere nice, as this meal was for my anniversary. Unfortunately, I was seated close to where there was lots of noise and movement from the kitchen. This ruined the romantic atmosphere I was hoping for. I also felt as if the staff assumed that me and partner were not going to spend a lot of money and therefore didn't require as much attention and service as other people there. Overall, this made me feel under valued.

TM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Service was a bit rushed and disorganised on a Saturday night, but the dishes were well executed overall. The salmon tempura was slightly overcooked but the prawn lollipops very original. The 'on the stone' mains, with their DIY concept, were very good, well supported by tasty sides. A good night out.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Way overrated. Service very poor. It’s very busy so they give you a 2 hour slot and make sure you don’t transgress it. Staff obviously overworked and have little time to explain or divulge. We were seated downstairs and the ambience is fair at most (maybe the service is better upstairs who knows). Now the food...if you ask for the steak on the Stone then you’re done for. You are given a raw piece of meat and asked to cook it on a hot stone...literally. With little instruction and presumably little experience like the rest of us it all becomes one big mess. With a bite that’s rare and another that’s burnt, it becomes a rollercoaster ride of a meal. You’re better off having the pasta which is good actually.. but if you want pasta then you’re better off going to an Italian restaurant.

EN
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

Food was delicious! Had the penne pesto dish, while my family had the steaks on stone.
Only downfall was our service itself. Our waiter came across as ignorant and unhelpful and as someone who works in hospitality myself. Was just a let down to see it happening when everything else was so good!

MD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Was a bit disappointed with the burgers my friend and myself got the same and we both thought the same thing about them the steaks were lovely but for the price and no veg with them

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Horrendous! Raw board was good but terrible terrible quality meat for the main course. Quite possibly the worst steak I have had in Dublin. Downstairs seating is absolutely terrible. Waiter was great but overall a terrible experience. The ambience downstairs is like a cheap road side diner in the US.

ZW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

Food was delicious but FAR TOO OVERPRICED for 2 mini hamburgers and 4 chips!!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Quite smokey and hot downstairs...

AM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have eaten at Rustic Stone many times, as always delicious food, great atmosphere and great staff.
Will be back for my birthday in April xx

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had an amazing meal with fabulous cocktails! Cannot wait to go back!

DD
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Innovative concept sporting amazing and very tasty food delivered with a smile, can't wait to come back!

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

I booked a quiet table as my friend and I are quite sensitive to noise. We got a table that at start was in a moderately loud place, which changed when a larger group was sat next to us in the middle of the meal (which resulted in the overall experience to go downhill for that moment).
Our waiter was friendly and attentive at the beginning. Starters arrived on time, same with mains. Vine glass was refilled swiftly.
Once that loud group was sat next to us, didn’t see our waiter any longer. We waited to order desert far too long. When finally someone came to ask if we want to order, I mentioned that we have been waiting long to order desert and that comment was totally ignored and issue not addressed by that lady. Each of us ordered something sweet and I also ordered a cocktail (which arrived when we were finishing consuming those delicious deserts).
Food is excellent. Starters were delish, mains were excellent, deserts were amazing. Unfortunately the service disappointed. In the end 4 or 5 different ppl attended our table and after the first waiter got too busy and abandoned us, we weren’t paid sufficient attention to as you would expect w

DK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and perfect service , highly recommended

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Food was very poor & not to usual standard. I’m a regular guest and normally order fish, this time however I ordered lamb pasta & it was tasteless. Desserts were also served in plastic like containers which gave the impression they were mass produced rather than freshly made, this standard is something I would expect from a take away rather than a reputable restaurant. The restaurant was busy due to the aviation conference and service was average as a result. A pleasant evening with friends however the standards have slipped and I wouldn’t recommend or return based on Saturdays experience.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, but we were very close to the front door. Everytime it opened we were frozen.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience1

Not value for money. Out for a special celebration so was happy to speak extra as a treat, but food was just ok nothing special. And certainly not work the price tag. Pub food at ridiculous prices

FK
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Over-all I liked the food. I was there with a friend. We ordered two cocktails, two steaks and a bottle of wine. When we finished our steaks, half the bottle was still left. The waiter came to the table, and recommended we move to the bar downstairs to finish our drinks. I have been to so many restaurants in my life (France, Canada, Germany, I have lived in them all), and this was the first time in my life they asked me to leave my table to finish my wine at the bar. Of course, I didn't accept (graciously and politely by simply asking for the dessert menu and ordering dessert). But just wanted to give this feedback so the restaurant knows it has to pick between two options: Making a little more profit in the short-term by pushing customers out but losing its reputation as a welcoming place where people can count on a good time, or investing in the long-term and retaining the clientele and creating a positive experience. I would recommend the second option. I still recommend the place. I have a feeling the waiter regretted what he said afterwards, so will give them a second-chance.

L
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were all friendly and helpful. Food was very nice and service was quite fast. Nice atmosphere.

J
London
28 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Very good food - a little in the pricey side

EM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Service was poor, waiter wasn't sure on the menu when questions were asked. The quality of the steak was not up to scratch with a massive wedge of fat running through my fillet steak with the knife barely cutting through it. Really disappointing given the reputation of the restaurant.

AH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Another great experience while celebrating a birthday.
Service was particularly good

KW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Friendly staff, nice ambiance, but a limited enough menu. All the bowls read very well but for €18 approx you expect a bit more content and a lot less leaves. The tuna on the stone got a rave review by my quest.

MP
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

First time in stone @ Rustic after years of hearing about it. Wasn’t really impressed though. The food was very average and the restaurant had an overall grubbiness to it like it’s been untouched for years. The staff were fine but inexperienced and that’s ok for one or two but all of them seemed to be just starting out. Over priced for an underwhelming night. I wouldn’t return or recommend.

GG
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed this visit so much. Best tuna ever and never knew fennel could taste so good! Orange flavored salad for starters was gorgeous and all the fun ended up in chocolate heaven. Our favorite Austrian grape was on the wine list, perfect! Service was friendly, atmosphere cosy enough. - Only regret is not testing any of the fabulous looking coctails, even moctails available. Will try them next time!

A
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ribeye was fantastic! Will come back again if we come back to Dublin.

MT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Disappointing. Food was ok. Pricey enough. I got the wrong main course (but only realised when I got the bill!).

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience3

It was my first time at Rustic Stone on New Year's Eve. The food was really really lovely, but unfortunately it was really warm in the restaurant to the point where we didn't want to order any food 'on the stone'. The lamp above our table was shining directly in our eyes, which made it very uncomfortable. We covered it with our napkins. the staff were friendly, but we were waiting for a long time to place orders. I'll happily go back a next time, hoping the slightly disappointing experience is a one-off

W
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food, fantastic service. Decent pricing. Enjoyed ourselves.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve spend nice hours celebrating New Year’s Eve. Perfect Service and Food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Service was poor. Not enough staff. Food was great.

TM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food & nice place to treat yourself. Definitely worth a visit.

OT
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Husbands steak was great but not a great choice for vegetarians.

CT
Berlin
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

We were pretty disappointed with Rustic Stone. We had the salads which were small and pretty boring.
The menu is pretty limited and it all seemed pretty pricey for what we received.
Not a great experience