Big Fan

4.7
104 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 104 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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BigFan
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quality food. Great staff. I'm a big fan. Min char.

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AlanR
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Restaurant was very noisy with passing traffice and adjoing diners. It was also quite cold. Services was good and food was good. Print on menus quite small.

Big Fan
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks Alan, As soon as Gov regulations change we will be reinstating our shopfront this should sort out both the noise and temperature. Next week, fingers crossed!

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EmilioC
Dublin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Small portions for
The price . Timing of servicing food was slow . No flow

Big Fan
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Emilio, Just a quick note to say sorry if you had to wait for food on Sunday. We had an unexpected staff shortage due to illnesses and had to do our best. Normally we operate quite a speedy service. Unfortunately I can made no apologies for price as we work of a very fair margin, hope you understand and hope we see you again. BIGFAN

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Caroline
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great! Definitely try the wagu dumplings

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LiaD
Dublin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The Baos were really nice, the Jiaozi and the Xiao chi were a bit hit and miss. Everything was nice but some dishes were lacking flavour. Overall a nice meal, but you need to know what to order.

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CiaraM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food at a reasonable price point. Buzzy atmosphere and good selection of drinks. All in all, a must visit in Dublin.

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JohnP
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious and unique food, decent service. Would certainly recommend and will be back.

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JennyC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is always good there. Table can be too small for all the food. At one point the music was very loud but thankfully the staff quickly turned it down. Service is great.

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Audwee
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Enjoyed the food and drink very much. It was cold in the restaurant. We moved table because of this. I would recommend getting a table near the kitchen to be away from the open front. The service was satisfactory overall, with a bit of hit & miss along the way. We thought it was a bit pricey but quite enjoyable.

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MaeveF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The best Asian food I’ve had in years! Great party atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and pretty good value for money. The waitress guided us on how much to order for 3 people and it worked out great. The food was delicious and the ‘tapas’ style is always a hit!

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FionaC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived, the staff could not have been more welcoming, friendly and super efficient. The food was incredible and the cocktails were really fun. Already booked to return next week with friends!!

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KatieO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food and great service. Will definitely be back

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SineadM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food! Service is a little bit chaotic but very fun atmosphere! Will definitely go again

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laurak
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food & impeccable service. Can’t wait to go back soon

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JenG
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good! yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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GemmaN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such great food and lovely service from the team. Would definitely go back here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal in ages! Tried nearly everything on the menu.

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FrankP
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Honestly best Chinese (and tapas) in dublin. Phenomenal

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FrancisO
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

An eating experience! Food was oh so tasty. Looking forward to going back.

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AdrianD
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, friendly staff, and great place for a get-together with a group of friends.

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Sonja
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dinner place in Dublin. I especially enjoyed cheeseburger rolls and scamorza wontons. Great cocktails and wine on tap. Definitely coming back again.

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Leoie
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the most exciting food experience I have had in Dublin in years. The buzzing frenetic little restaurant just fizzes with character and one is immediately seduced by the delicious smells and hectic pace of the friendly staff rushing from table to table with their delicious fare.

Everywhere I looked people were swooning with delight over the taste sensations being delivered by the friendly efficient staff. The menu, initially very confusing was ably explained to us by our server and we decided to trust them to choose for us, and what an inspired decision that was. Dish after dish of scrumptious delights arrived to the table. Vegan, vegetarian, pork, beef, chicken, all tastes, diets and palates were catered for. It felt as though the food would never stop coming. Equally free flowing was the Sake recommended by the server and beer for the one of our four who preferred it.

By the end of the meal, after licking each plate dry like ravenous dogs we were astonished to find the entire bill, for four people including alcohol was an insanely low €35 a head!

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. Do everything you can to secure a table at the earliest opportunity. This place is very soon going to be almost impossible to get a table at, as I expect it will soon be the hottest ticket in town. 5 Stars!

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YleniaD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place and tasty food! 10/10.. I'll definitely be back again!

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SusanC
Dublin
11 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

A really interesting menu that is brilliantly executed. It's hard to find a good modern Asian restaurant and this has to be one of the best in Dublin.

I didn't love where we were sitting as it was at the door in front of the welcome station and they told us they needed the table back in 1.5 hours about 4 times which absolutely I get but it made it a bit uncomfortable. Would still go back though.

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SashaB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, Big Fan is doing something really different and exciting with their menu. Staff were super helpful and explained each dish to us and the best way to order them. Prices were reasonable for Dublin too.

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Emily
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was pheromonal! Would highly recommend to anyone.

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AndrewF
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a great find, after a recommendation to try out Big Fan we have been meaning to get here for a while. Well a new menu dropped and that was a good excuse to make a visit.

Super busy place with great buzz, not for people wanting a quiet meal but its a fun and happy place with loads of characters and some great sounds.

The food is excellent, there is LOADS of it, and LOADS of options, we definitely ordered way too much even though our amazing hostess went through the menu in great detail for us, but that was simply due to all the recommendations we had received and too much belief in our ability to eat it all (doggo had a great take away at the end lol).

Super delicious dishes that arrive at the table at random and keep you exclaiming how brilliant they are! Do go, eat loads, take your time and enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

best asian food in dublin by far.

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DavidO
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dining experience, friendly, confident, helpful staff with a great menu

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Harriet
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to Big Fab due to all the previous sterling reviews, it did not disappoint. The spicy chicken and pork soup dumplings were particularly delicious and we left feeling extremely content. It’s a must go for anyone visiting Dublin.

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service, lovely clean dining area. Had a fab time!

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Abby
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We loved the mushrooms so much and the broth that came with, the honey chicken was also so crunchy and just the right amount of sweet. The wagyu and lobster bao we didn't like as the bun was hard and the flavours didn't mesh well together in our opinion. The vegan snowflake dumplings needed a lot more seasoning but were grand and the prawn toast was nice but not groundbreaking. We'll be back but will try different items on the menu and definitely the mushrooms!

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Alanna
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was so delicious. Restaurant was very busy and service was still great

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GrifftyDooDah
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service from our guy…great food and choice. Couldn’t fault it really!

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OrlaithR
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I really like it here, the food is amazing and all the staff are very nice. The only thing is that the service is quite slow, probably because they are always so busy.

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vipClaireR
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top notch food matched with amazing and knowledgeable staff! Can't wait to catch me back and try some more of the menu.

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KeithN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food very tasty, staff polite and helpful. Was disappointed with number of xiao received for the price paid. €12 for 3 is steep but overall enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wheelchair accessible

FAQs

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

Big Fan is rated 4.7 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.