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The Black Dragon Bao - Big Fan, Dublin, Dublin

Big Fan

4.7
4.7
646 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

21:00


Booked 38 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 646 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dublin

    Hot Spot

  • Dublin 2

    Best Food

  • Dublin 2

    Hot Spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good!
  2. A

    Alvaro

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Thus is the fourth time I have been here and it never disappoints you: amazing food and perfect service, very friendly stuff
  3. j

    jessicam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible, staff were so lovely and helpful. Would 1000% come back again!
  4. MC

    MinaC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with delicious and authentic Chinese food and warm dynamic staff
  5. LM

    LMRV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, our waiter ran through the menu with us in detail giving us his favourites etc which really helped us chose! The food was amazing the dishes were brought out separate (we ordered about 5 things to share) which was nice so once you were finished one dish another was ready to be eaten :) highly recommended, they had good music playing which set a nice atmosphere! Will deffo be back to try more.
  6. R

    Rigby

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service as usual!
  7. GT

    GerardT

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favourite restaurant. Brought my kids on the weekend and they loved it too
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful from start to finish!!!
  9. P

    Phill

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    The food was unreal and so were the cocktails but service didn’t impress. Would give it a third chance.
  10. NL

    NeneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, flavour-full high quality food every time. Fantastic service with friendly servers.
  11. FL

    FintanL

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food with amazing staff
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still thinking about this food today, it was so delicious. Staff were super friendly, and service was excellent
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely and super helpful staff, delicious food, great cocktails. 10/10 experience, we will be back!
  14. SK

    SallyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal, wonderful staff! This place was superb
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and people! My taste buds were hopping and definitely go back next weekend with my kids this time.
  16. ED

    EoinD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and good vibe about the place. Very friendly and enthusiastic staff. Our waiter explained the menu in full and even made recommendations. You can order just a few dishes and then order some more. Have it your way, good fun.
  17. GD

    GerryD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's all about an amazing Taste experience👏 , with friendly staff as a bonus !
  18. DM

    DMarie

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food, lovely staff, nice decor. It's a bustling, vibey spot, but a bit noisy..so somewhere good to eat before heading out for the night, rather than a date or place to go for a chat. Good value.
  19. K

    Karen

    Dundalk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Fantastic atmosphere. Highly recommend
  20. LO

    LOUISEM

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful from start to finish. Food was amazing and unbelievable value
  21. EC

    EimearC

    Waterford

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Have gone many times love the food but didn’t seem as great this time.
  22. JD

    JoanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly tasty food, great buzz in the restraunt - will be back to try the rest of the menu.
  23. RB

    RiaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about it was great - it’s such a cool setting, staff are lovely and really helpful, the food is really varied and exciting and tastes absolutely amazing. Had such a lovely time and will definitely be back.
  24. JC

    JennaCM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really interesting menu and fantastic service, in a really cool environment. A little bit on the more expensive side but worth it for a treat!
  25. JC

    JanineC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and staff were lovely. Will definitely be back.
  26. M

    Maevey

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bit of food was delicious, as usual, and the cocktails were amazing! Our server was a dream and very attentive.
  27. SM

    SadhbhM

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, really interesting menu and fab service. Very loud for a date spot
  28. CJ

    CalamityJane

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Amazing spot, great food. Brilliant for a group setting cos you get to try a lot of options. Staff were unreal! Really enjoyed. Only thing, the food Is set up like Tapas and there was quite big gaps in our dishes.
  29. F

    Foodiesf

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Overall good food except the corn ribs, which have nice spicing but the corn itself is starchy and tough. Unfortunately, the experience was ruined for me by deafeningly loud music through which I couldn’t hear the hostess nor servers. To add insult to injury, one can’t distract themselves from the noice by using the phone; they have Wi-Fi, but won’t give the password. Good food; poor experience.
  30. GG

    GemmaG

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scrumptious food, great fun vibe , staff v attentive, music a tad too loud for conversation but choosing from The amazing selection of food is all the convo you need ! We’ll definitely be back. Great job Big Fan .
  31. SS

    SadhbhS

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Lovely food, excellent value for money. Great service. The music is really loud, makes it hard to have a conversation with friends.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The baos and dumplings were amazing and the staff were super friendly and helpful! Really thought is was very good value too!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Big Fan exceeded all expectations! Excellent service and every dish was perfectly balanced. Easily my favourite restaurant in Dublin. The beyond meat dumplings are next level good!
  34. l

    lornam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food and the ambience here. My partner and I are vegan so it was nice to see a few options on the menu (would like to see even more please)! However, as a first time customer the ordering process is a bit confusing and I was surprised that we had to ask a server to explain it to us (typically I would expect them to do this right away or at least check with us if we're familiar with the process). Also, the menu could be better defined, e.g. you don't know how many baos or dumplings come with a serving. Other than that, I can recommend it and will go again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service well worth going and trying a big of everything will definitely be going again :)
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, amazing service but a little on the loud side. That was turned down by the amazing cocktails! Highly recommend!
  37. TK

    ThereseK

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff very friendly and helpful food was delicious atmosphere was great can’t wait to go back
  38. R

    Rigby

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing, our servers were so helpful, explaining each dish and giving recommendations. Will be back!
  39. c

    cbuc8299

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way. One of the best casual dining experiences in Dublin. Love the wine and cocktails on tap. Top notch!
  40. B

    Barbara

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there with some friends. We sat outside the front on a Friday evening. Great Buzz. The staff were all so lovely and extremely helpful. They went through the entire menu with us explaining everything. Food was 10/10! Will be returning a lot more!

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 646 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

21:00


Booked 38 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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