Fade Street Social - The Gastro Bar

4.2
679 reviews
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€30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
This exciting City Centre Tapas bar positioned in the new hub of Dublin’s dining scene is a sharing concept designed to allow simple, seasonal, innovative dishes in small tapas-style bursts of flavour.



Whether you’re going to the theatre, coming back from show or just enjoying the company of friends this is a casual experience that is always fun and engaging.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Fri, Sun 17:00–22:30
Sat, Sun 12:30–15:30
Sat 17:00–23:00
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Dylan McGrath
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Private Party Facilities
Upstairs tapas lounge seats 40 for dinner, or 50-80 for finger food and drinks reception with private access to heated Winter Garden roof terrace.
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Private Party Contact
Tanja Johnon: (01) 901 2268
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Parking Details
Drury St Car Park is situated next to Fade St Social
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Public Transit
George's St for bus/taxi service. St Stephen's Green for Luas/tram line
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Entertainment
On weekend nights, our resident DJ's, plays the latest mix of tunes, in a relaxed, trendy setting.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 679 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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3.7
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and great service, would definitely go again

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

A very disappointing experience. The padron peppers, a dish we’ve had many times at other tapas restaurants, were inedible with a tough skin that was most unpleasant. When we complained we were at first offered a replacement but then another waiter tried to explain to us that it was just how they were cooked and that the next batch would likely be the same. I’m guessing the chef didn’t take too kindly to the complaint. Unfortunately there was no real improvement with the rest of the tiny, pretentious and massively overpriced dishes that followed. Coffee was good though, although it took about 20 mins to arrive, and not with our dessert. Disappointment was not he only thing we felt when leaving, we were still feeling hungry! It’s safe to say we won’t be returning but if fashionable and trendy is what you’re after and you’re not all that bothered about good food then you’re in the right spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent experience tonight - great food, great atmosphere, great service!

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A
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was amazing. The initial welcome could be a lot better.

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TL
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

I would not recommend. Completely overpriced. Portions tiny. Dublin gone mad

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and wine, one of our group had a food allergy which our server did everything possible to accommodate. Excellent service.

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LF
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding as always
Can’t wait to return it’s our fav place
We had the chicken with the waffle as it was on special would love to see this as a permanent fixture on tapas menu

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AG
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Very disappointed with the whole experience. You are sitting on top of the people beside you. Food was ok, but over priced for what it is. Won't be returning

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P
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We came here after the Ireland vs New Zealand Rugby match to celebrate my brother's 50th birthday.

Our booking was for 10.00 p.m. and we had thirteen diners in total.

Understandably given the result in the game we straggled along in twos and threes and were all seated by 10.15 or so . . .

As it was quite late we forwent the whole who wants what and just had a selection from the a la carte menu, all of which was very good, with the wood fired rib eye, the pumpkin pasta and the seared tuna being my personal highlights. We drank a lot of wine, beer and cocktails and in the end spent around 100 euros a head if you include the rounds that arrived after the main food and drink bill. For Dublin city centre I thought this was reasonable.

The staff were very good-humoured and dealt with our needs with the patience required for slightly tipsy middle aged folk on a rare night out.

All in all a very positive experience and I'd recommend the Gastro Bar (upstairs) as it is a more intimate venue than the downstairs bit I'd been in before.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Extremely expensive for amount of food you get - I'm aware its a tapas bar but 16 euro for three chickpea chips and 24 for three pieces of duck is a bit much.

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AG
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Very over priced for portion size. Very disappointed. Not blowing away by any dish less than average in some cases.
Serivce and atmosphere was good.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Extremely disappointed that the menu had changed and there was so little choice versus what would have been available previously. We were not told about the brunch specials which would have suited one of our group who did not have a good experience due to the limited selection available. It is a very different Fade Street to 6 months ago and not for the better!

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Busy spot and looks cramped at first impressions but very well designed if your willing to let the 'forced intimacy' with other diners be a positive. Food was excellent, staff attentive and the pricing is spot on. We subsequently recommended it to several people we met.

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NF
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic! The food was delicious and everything was served to an incredible standard. Though, the tempura prawns were the star of the show! The delicious food was matched by the impeccable service and friendly staff!

The experience was so good we immediately planned to come for brunch the following day. Unfortunately, the lovely wine we had with dinner disrupted that plan.

Thank you to everyone at Fade Street for making it such an enjoyable night!

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SD
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredibly good food. The soft shell crab in particular stood out.

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RM
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 1

Had booked regular seating via the app. Was sat at the counter when I was seated and wasn't offered regular seating at a low table despite a table for 2 being clear at the regular seating the entire meal.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Gastro bar was simply excellent. Attention to detail on every plate. Worth every penny in my opinion, you get what you pay for! 10/10.

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s
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It's really expensive for extremely small portions. Food was nice though

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AN
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Menu is great but has gotten more expensive in recent years! Food tasty as always particularly the duck. Deserts were disappointing and over priced. Great buzz and atmosphere!

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P
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was my first time here and it was amazing. Me and my wife had a fantastic experience

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J
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food & atmosphere - menu a little more expensive but great variety and tastes !

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M
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. Every mouthful full of flavours. Will definitely go back again. Great experience.

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C
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the food loved the wine love the whole evening 👍

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BS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. It is expensive, so expect to pay, but you get what I considered to be service of equal value, from the moment you step through the door until you collect your coat on the way out.

I often feel like good restaurants provide great tasting food, or a good food /flavour experience, but often struggle to blend these together. Not only are the flavours at Fade Street Social wide ranging, experimental, and masterfully paired, but the food also tastes downright fantastic. Two thumbs up!

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BB
4 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second time at Fade Street Social, we took two of our friends and they thoroughly enjoyed the food and fabulous cocktails. We will definitely eat here again. Friendly staff and good service. I love the atmosphere.

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J
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

Great location, ambience and variety on the menu. My main issue was the speed with which the food came. We had a late booking (9:45) so there was surely no rush to get us out the restaurant for the next table cover. We ordered off the tapas menu and expected a slow stream of food. Instead we received everything we had ordered within 5 minutes of sitting down. The food ended up being cold because we couldn’t eat it fast enough. Besides that each dish was disappointing, bland and the meat was undercooked (blue and bleeding). We asked for the food to be slowed down and were told it was too late it was already cooked except for one dish which eventually just never arrived.

Our waitress clocked out before we’d finished our meal so had to ask for the bill numerous times.

Disappointing meal overall.

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L
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Food sound great but overall is a let down. The meats and fish are good but the veg and accompany sides are poor.
The seats are the most uncomfortably I have ever experienced. Too low to the ground if you are over 5ft tall.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The meat portions in the gastro bar are overpriced given how small they are. Wouldn’t be rushing back.

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CR
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I brought a friend, her first time, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
We ate in the Tapas part of Fade St. Social. We started with a cocktail each and then a glass of wine. We picked various options from the menu, all was well presented and very tasty. The highlight was the soft shell crabs deep fried, amazing!
One disappointment - the pillows of goats cheese were not pillows but cold crunchy shells with little or no goats cheese inside - would not recommend. However, after pointing this out, the Restaurant staff apologised and stated we would not be charged for it.
Very warm attentive staff.
Bill came to €55 each including a tip, quite reasonably priced.

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S
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

It was a great evening with lovely food and very friendly and attentive staff. The food arrived very quickly and was of a very high standard. I would say however that the noise level was very high in the restaurant and it did make conversation quite difficult.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
The Tapas was inventive and delicious, presentation was superb.
Service staff were attentive and friendly but not over eager.
Happy to recommend to anyone 👍🏻

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m
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Ambiance was lovely and our table was perfect, they forgot about the bread and came with repeated food which we had not ordered but once noted everything was fixed quickly
the staff was very nice and great at recommending cocktails and tapas, especially the Brazilian lady and Brazilian guy who served us
they even noticed that it was one of our birthdays and brought out a dessert with a candle which was a lovely gesture
while the tapas are a bit overpriced the quality makes up for it
Would definitely return

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone was very helpful and friendly, the food was tasty and we were advised well on portions to order. Great atmosphere. We will be recommending and returning.

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MO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was good but service was very slow. We ordered tapas and our final dishes arrived more than 30 mins before the previous. The dishes too were very small and had they all arrived together we would have ordered more but the slow service prevented this. All in all I would rate it just fine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating our fathers 70th bday. Amazing food and service!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, as always, was amazing. The flavours are so unique. Portions seem to have shrunk in size a bit and prices increased. Service was excellent and a lovely vibrant but not too noisy atmosphere. Perfect for pre-theatre.

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DG
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Price of the tapas dishes are too expensive to the size of them

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D
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Food only Ok, very small portions, expensive for what it was.. deserts were disappointing..

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CF
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve been here many times but I am disappointed in the new menu. The goats logs and replaced with goats cheese airbags which taste like nothing. The cured salmon was tasty but minuscule. Duck spring roles were ok. The waiters are always friendly and efficient. compared to other tapas style restaurants in the area the food and the value isn’t great. Bring back the logs.

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m
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fun venue with fabulous food- slightly too dark for comfort (needed to use my phone torch to read the menu) and VERY loud, our waitress had difficulty in making herself heard and confessed it was a common problem. Also as it was our first visit it was difficult to gauge the number of dishes to order. Even so it was a great experience and we will be back.

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