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The Black Dragon Bao - Big Fan, Dublin, Dublin

Big Fan

4.7
4.7
486 reviews
€30 and under
Asian
Dublin's newest Chinese restaurant serving up handmade dumplings, fresh bao and delicious cocktails.
We offer an exciting menu of authentic Chinese small bites large sharing dishes and drinks with a twist.
Quality ingredients developed and crafted with care by talented people in a cool but inviting environment.

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2 people

20:30


Booked 58 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sun 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 538 8886

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Zhang

  • Area

    Dame Street

  • Cross Street

    16 Aungier St, Dublin 2

  • Parking Details

    Lots of parking on the surrounding streets. Lost of free parking after 7 pm and on Sundays.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 486 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin 2

    Best Overall

  • Dublin 2

    Best Food

  • Dublin 2

    Fit for Foodies

  • Dublin 2

    Hot Spot

  • Dublin 2

    Most Booked

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  1. SB

    SandraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff, very welcoming and very helpful in explaining the menu and how things are done (it was our first time here). Clean dining area and bathrooms. Delicious food, served fresh as it was cooked and lovely wine too. This definitely loved up to expectations and I will happily return in the future.
  2. DH

    DonnaH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food! I'd definitely go back!
  3. DR

    DaniR

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    have had dinner in Big Fan a number of times and am never left disappointed! great food, great drinks and lovely staff.
  4. KL

    KimL

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food and drinks in Big Fan are amazing, this was our second time here and we will be coming back again!
  5. SM

    StephenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and very friendly staff I would absolutely go back again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff! Delicious food
  7. HM

    HazelMc

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fabulous, loved it! Food was amazing. Great value too.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the servers were helpful, knowledgeable, kind and fun. Couldn’t ask for a better experience. In one word I would say Sensational!
  9. MM

    MichelleM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such tasty food, drinks and friendly service. 10/10!
  10. PH

    PaulaH

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. The Duck Wings and Bao were stand outs. Lots of vegetarian options for one member of the group. Super friendly, helpful service. Yummy cocktails. Clean restrooms.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was so attentive, bubbly and amicable! She was ready to attend to our every need. She was so enthusiastic with her two cute space buns in her hair.
  12. NM

    NikkiM

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great good and atmosphere
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved the food. The she’s hot and she’s sweet chicken was delicious. Will definitely return to try more
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Last dinner spent in Dublin. We have had Chinese food from all over the world, and we really enjoyed our dinner at Big Fan. The chef provided authentic tasting Chinese with a modern twist.
  15. l

    livndub

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent family night out. Something on the menu for everyone. Friendly attentive staff and super helpful with advice and recommendations.
  16. PM

    PennyM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was off the charts! The entire staff was the most welcoming, attentive, and knowledgeable. Fun, lively vibe and decor with incredible flavor combinations. Highly recommend!
  17. N

    Nilo

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing, as always. Great food, fantastic service, super atmosphere
  18. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really love this place! The food was amazing and the staff were super friendly.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing experience with our 10month old.. food was amazing and the servers were great, they had our daughter in stitches throughout and were very accommodating..also the cheeseburger dumplings..gamechanger! Who wpuld have thought.
  20. OR

    OrlaR

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Such a lovely restaurant, staff were excellent and very friendly. Food was so good, will definitely be back!
  21. OF

    OliviaF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    People are too loud as place is small and you hear them a lot. Can not have pleasure from the food eaten. Can not hear my friend talking as Customers around are too loud, treating the place as pub and not a restaurant. It should be a rule that the staff will politely calm the nosiest Customers. Overall lovely design and good food.
  22. CM

    CMMD

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had been before so knew the food would be delicious but was also met with incredible service both from the very welcoming hostess and the member of the wait staff who went through the menu with us and gave us her personal recommendations (all excellent!)
  23. J

    Jessmcg1987

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our baby with us & the staff were so accommodating. We sat out the front and the food came quickly and was delicious! Looking forward to going back when we can get a babysitter 😊
  24. m

    maireadg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our night out in Big Fan Bao, our waitress was really welcoming and gave great recommendations for food. All food servers were lovely. Food was delicious, it was my first time eating here but I will definitely be back
  25. JG

    JackieG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic! highly recommend, very central and great atmosphere with lovely service
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    We came based on a recommendation - while pork bun was good the dumplings were rubbery and tepid, the flank steak not good strong strange flavour and not great beef or cooked well when u think of all the great Irish beef there is here hard to fathom, cocktails v poor sugarey and artificial Flavouring and no punch, green vegetables raw and not properly prepared or cooked - sea bass nice but not hot Luke warm - the service was poor it was a special occasion and we we were told half way through meal when we had to leave - the food is expensive as is the drink and there is absolutely nothing special about the food or Service - look for somewhere else to spend your hard earned cash to treat someone - charmless and not good food - Dublin is better than this

    Big FanResponded on 16 June 2022We are very sorry that our place was not to your taste. As you can see the review you left is quite the opposite to the reviews we normally receive? In regards to price, we can guarantee you that we are good value as we know are margins and they prove to be exceptionally good value to our customers. Our greens are steamed and done so on a timer each time, It's how we believe they should be served to maintain the integrity of the produce. Booking with us you are informed of the 1.45hr sitting.

  27. RG

    RoisinG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, and good value- will definitely recommend and come back again.
  28. ND

    NiamhD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great fun, fab food, and fantastic service. Will visit again.
  29. JA

    JetmiraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, great location and service, lovely ambiance music and friendly staff.
  30. P

    Penguin44

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really buzzy and delicious menu of very tasty chinese tapas - lots of vegetarian options too. Spicy Taiwanese Chicken and the Crayfish Dumplings and Steamed Greens were some of my favourites. Great cocktails and wine by the carafe. Service was so efficient and friendly. Planning my next visit already.
  31. BT

    BrendanT

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took the staffs recommendations and they were all incredible..
  32. H

    Hb77

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating at Big Fan, it definitely lived up to the positive reviews I had heard from friends! We ate outside in a covered over area, it was way nicer than I expected. Food, beer and wine was all delicious. Great, friendly service.
  33. S

    Santiago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is wonderful, it's very tasty and the service was awesome!
  34. EF

    EdytaF

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and atmosphere! The staff are very friendly, food is yummy and on another level. Highly recommend!
  35. EV

    ErinV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing culinary experience with incredibly enthusiastic staff. The restaurant is extremely noisy so its can be difficult to hold a conversation.
  36. T

    Tracey

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service, very friendly staff. Delisious food, will be back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and atmosphere to match the delicious food!!!
  38. M

    Motherof2adults

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Really good food, really nice vibe - fair bit of a downer = when we asked for the bill, our server remarked somewhat sourly on how we had out-stayed our allocated time… the place still had many empty tables and our bill was hefty (as was the tip) so, suggest, a little more charm from the staff wouldn’t go amiss - otherwise good place to eat
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food which of course is the focal point! Was a bit loud but then again it is a small enough place. Staff were great, really friendly and the service was very quick. Definitely will be back to try some more of the menu ☺️
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, staff are so friendly and helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Big Fan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 538 8886.

Big Fan is rated 4.7 stars by 486 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

20:30


Booked 58 times today
Google Map for Big Fan

16 Aungier Street Dublin, Dublin D02X044

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    16 Aungier St, Dublin 2

  • Area

    Dame Street

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sun 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Lots of parking on the surrounding streets. Lost of free parking after 7 pm and on Sundays.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Zhang

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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