Café en Seine

3.7
9 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
This is the newly re-imagined Café en Seine, one of Dublin’s most iconic and stunning venues, nestled in the heart of Dublin on Dawson Street. Renowned for its five-star service, Café en Seine offers an extensive food menu which caters for a range of tastes and occasions. Bringing a new dining experience to Dublin, head chef Stephen Gibson and his team have created a menu that reflects the ever-changing tastes of Irish palates. Think simple, fun dishes, bursting with seasonal flavours, that are great to share while still delivering a high-end food experience in a casual dining atmosphere.

*Please note we are only taking bookings on Opentable for the restaurant. For drinks and events in one of our bars please mail bookings@cafeenseine.ie *

There is a service charge of 12.5% applies to the bill for groups of 7 people or more. Children are welcome until 8pm. Tables will be held for 15 mins from booking time.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Monday
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Saturday
Sunday
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Phone number
(01) 677 4567
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Stephen Gibson
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop Mansion House
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 9 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.7
Food
3.9
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous setting , but pity there was no lunch menu , we left after coffee because , 12pm was a bit early for the dinner menu, but other then that fab venue

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BC
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Was very excited when we saw Cafe en Seine had reopened. Booked a table for Friday last. The refurb is stunning and well worth a visit. We ordered Crab in brioche, black pudding, sausage rolls and Mac n cheese all were beautiful, the mac n cheese could have been a little hotter, and we waited 30 minutes after ordering before food was brought out. even though it was not that busy. The Ladies loos were disappointing and many of them were dirty looked as if they had not been cleaned since the day before. When we got the bill We had been charged for two of the more expensive rums when I had specifically asked for the cheapest one on the menu. This was disappointing and annoying. Overall it was a very pleasant lunch very friendly and attentive staff. Booked for lunch again before leaving.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Good experience. The revamp looks great. Service a bit hit and miss but to be expected as just reopen. Food was exceptional for a bar. Definitely recommend.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I was thoroughly disappointed in the food, service and drinks. We initially ordered 2 cocktails, one came out completely watered down, I asked if they could add a little more bitters and in fairness they remade it and it was fine. When the second attempt was brought to the table the server didn't even wait to ask if it was OK, they just walked off. The food was the biggest disappointment - the tartare was soggy and flavourless, the tuna sashimi had no flavour and was tough to bite, the charred cabbage was greasy - the duck wings were OK in comparison to everything else. It's a shame after such an overhaul of the property that they aren't able to bring the food up to par with the decor.

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SR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

No vegetarian option for main course. Very small selection on the starter menu for vegetarians. No vegan options at all. Very poor for a new menu.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, great food, great service. My new overseas employers came in to town and we had lunch - both they and I were very impressed with Cafe en Seine

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GO
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I booked to dine here for Sunday lunch last Sunday. I booked the last lunch booking on opentable for 2.45pm. When I arrived I was seated by the door which isn't a very pleasant position and some people who came after us asked to be moved. We were seated with a different menu that was the dinner menu. When the waitress came to take our order, we told her we were going to have the sharing plates. She highly recommended the beef croquettes and we told her we hadn't seen those on the menu. She then looked at our menu and realized we didn't have the lunch menu and I queried this with her. She went to speak to management and came back and said she couldn't offer us the lunch menu as it was just going on 3 and as this was a soft opening, the kitchen wouldn't be able to cater for this. I expressed our disappointment. She then stated that they were only offering the dinner menu all day which was contradictory to what she had just told us. As it was my friends birthday, I didn't want to make an even bigger fuss and we said we would just order. We ordered 4 sharing plates with 2 sides and 2 coke zeros. Our waitress returned with 2 diet cokes and I asked had she coke zero to which she replied she didn't. The food was very average and the portions tiny - sharing plates but only 3 things per plate when they arrived which meant we had 1 and a half bits each. We ordered the duck wings were the nicest, the black pudding sausage rolls were lovely also, unfortunately the prawns were overcooked, and we also had the steak tartare which was average at best. Our sides were the fries and carbonara mac and cheese which we enjoyed. We asked for the bill which came and when I asked for the card machine, we were left sitting for 25 minutes while the waitress took card payments from a huge group sitting nearby. Eventually, the male manager noticed us sitting there and brought over a card machine. To say we were disappointed and underwhelmed is an overstatement.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the refurb at cafe en Seine fun atmosphere and the staff were fantastic! I need to go back to try out the cocktails :)

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SH
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place is great! Liked it before it was done up but love it now!
Food was delicious! The service was great, some familiar faces who were as good as ever

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The reviews below were submitted before November 8th 2018, when this restaurant changed its chef.
KA
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Main bar/drinks area had a great atmosphere, dining area not as much but well lit for eating.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very happy with the service, it’s a brilliant place perfect all together would recommend to anyone.

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Recommended by a friend and not disappointed. Entrance looks very ordinary then opens out into pretty magnificent 4 stories around a courtyard. Excellent music, but a bit loud, even on upper floors if you want quiet conversation. Staff delightful

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JD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The wine list was unimaginative and overpriced. My pudding, a gin and tonic cheesecake, did not taste of gin and tonic and had an unpleasant gel like topping. Meat courses generally good.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have great time thank you so much for having us

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H
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Great venue and service but food very dissapointing

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

The best music and dance floor. Always nice staff. I celberated my birthday in cafe ein seine and I was excited of food, fun, music.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We were so disappointed with this visit. The restaurant was like a pop up venue. Bright lighting and the darts on tv. This was a special occasion for us so we left before ordering.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Given the reputation of Cafe en Seine, we were disappointed. The experience was more like an office canteen than a restaurant, and this was also true of the food. I can't imagine any reason why we'd ever eat here. But the bar is great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a lovely afternoon with 9 business partners, excellent spot., not very expensive for the afternoon. Food was great., all agreed

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic location, good service, vibrant atmosphere, food and music under one roof

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely food. Great service. Delightful cocktails...............::.........:.

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G
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Arranged as a birthday treat. Thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and whole experience. Excellent service throughout, topped off by huge sparkler for the 'Birthday Girl'. Must be seen to be believed.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall 4Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful venue with lovely ambiance. Staff were lovely but service was very slow. TV screen and disco music were annoying and did not fit with surroundings. Food was disappointing and overpriced for what it was. Cocktails were delicious! Would just go for drinks next time. Definitely worth a visit just for thrill of walking in!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

The waiter was very direct and was not welcoming. Food was not great at all! Lacking in flavour and not many options for the platters. The cocktails were amazing!

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CK
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our night - the food was delicious and good value, and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful all night. Good vibe and lovely cocktails.

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g
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Saturday night was insane. Loud and crazy, so we ate somewhere else. Went back for Sunday Brunch and soft jazz. It was great. If you're over 40 skip Saturday and go Sunday

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S
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Very nice food but took very long to come. The waitress nearly fainted when people at the table asked to split the bill. Begged to give her the 10% extre fee. Nearly kicked us out of the table because she needed to clean it up. Lovely scenario with nice food but very poor service. Definetely not going back!

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a
70 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food was the most mediocre of my 3 week trip; price was not commensurate. chowder was worse than from a can. Got sucked in by building and decor but clearly geared toward capturing tourist dollar.

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HD
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cocktails and pre "Ennio Moricone concert"dinner in the opulent Cafe en Seine provided us with superb waiter service alongside excellent cocktails and great food This is one of Dublins finest We certainly will recommend and most importantly return Thank you 😊

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Could have been so good! Despite the food being fairly average, they have gone to an immense effort with the decor to creat a themed resturant. And then a gone a put big sports screens in, which are not only totally out of place and unwelcome, they are so far up in the air that I doubt they even work effectively as sports screens. Had taken a group of six other friends there as it looked kind of cool, but the screens completely ruined it for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very original place in heart of Dublin, definitely worth to go to try a delicious food and listen good music.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful venue, just found the door staff unnecessarily intimidating and aggressive with their manner when we first arrived at the venue. Didnt expect that welcome

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Steak was poorly cooked and bad cuts of meat. Expected better for the prices. Noisy place.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very enjoyable dinner for 4 of us on Friday evening. Nice simple menu with good choices (nice comfort food!). Fab chuncky chips. Lovey waiting staff. Nice athmosphere... felt like "being out" even though we weren't have a late night or cocktails! Will visit again for longer evening!

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P
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe en Seine was recommended to me by a friend and I am so happy that it was. This is absolutely a hidden gem in Dublin that I recommend everyone try. The staff was great, the drinks were A+++, and the food was even better. More than that, the interior of the restaurant was awesome! It is so much bigger inside than you can imagine from the street. It has many areas and levels of seating for dining, drinks, and also a large space in the back that becomes a nightclub/dance floor around 9 or 10 pm, overlooked by upper level dining/relaxing areas. The decoration inside is amazing and a little different in each dining area. Please go. Do it for me, do it for you haha. SO WORTH IT.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

The architecture and decoration of this place is amazing. It has a great feel to it, lots of ambience. The food and service were really good as well.

The problem is the noise. We had dinner at 7:30 on a Friday evening. The restaurant had a DJ playing in the bar area downstairs. The music was SO LOUD! I like to be able to talk to my dinner companions, not shout. I don't know whose idea it was to have a DJ at such an early hour, but it really ruined a nice meal for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Noisy - very noisy indeed. Food in the restaurant not above standard pub level. Fatal mistake to serve white soft fish with white soft and sticky gnocchi which was Today's Special. Or perhaps the mistake was actually on our side;)

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent stafff and service. Atmosphere was perfect for our get together. Food was exquisite & delicious

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MC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The staff were very helpful and attentive. The food was great. Definitely will be back

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the fish&chips, as well as the great offer on gins. The location is amazing and the staff is very friendly, will definitely go back.

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