Cleaver East

4.1
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259 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Contemporary European
The critically acclaimed best restaurant opening in 2013, Cleaver East is situated in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar district. Cleaver East is a contemporary New York style restaurant with friendly energetic service in a comfortable setting.The clientele is an eclectic mix of locals and visitors. The menu is bold with playful touches and a large selection of dry aged beef cuts. The wine list is extensive, showcasing producers from the world’s best and most exciting wine regions and the cocktails are legendary. Serving dinner 7 nights a week with Ireland’s original bottomless brunch destination served every weekend, Cleaver East delivers a fantastic day or night out in the Dublin.
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.3
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4.1
Ambience
3.9
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SeanD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We went saturday night to celebrate valentines and an anniversary. I ordered a rib eye medium rare and it came along and it was well done. They took my dish back but left my wife with hers. in fairness they did bring along a strater while they did me a new steak but this mistake just took away from the evening. While the rest of the night was fine and the service staff were attentive on reflection I dont think this is acceptable for a restaurant that is meant to specialise in steak and for the price they were charging. I paid €150 for the two of us for two cocktails, one bottle of red, our mains and one desert. First time here and disappointed and too many other options in the city to go back.

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OrlaP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visited here with a friend & thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was great & the service was excellent. Our waiter was both charming & knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience1

Food was nice, restaurant door was left open so a breeze was blowing in. I asked the waitress if she could close the door and she said she wasn’t allowed because of the hotel. I quickly ate and got out of the restaurant because it was a cold day and it was uncomfortable sitting there with a breeze on your back.

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Pecanpie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and amazing gluten free options very good value

Cleaver East
Responded on 12 January 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words, I will be sure to share them with all the team here at Cleaver East.

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vipFarbodK
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience1

They couldn’t find my reservation on their system which was stressful. Food and service were fine but the place was extremely dirty. Bits and pieces of food on couches and the floor. They clearly hadn’t cleaned the place for a while. I even used my hand to clean my seat of breadcrumbs and food before sitting right in front of my waitress and she didn’t really react at all.

Cleaver East
Responded on 12 January 2020

Hi There, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re sorry you had a bad experience. We set a high standard for ourselves, and we’re so sorry to hear this was not met in your interaction with our business. If you wish to contact us directly please email info@cleavereast.ie

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viphungrydiners
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Good food. No complaints. Service is slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Had to ask several times for top ups for drinks

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SiveO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was AMAZING. Thre early bird meals and a bottle of wine for €103 - incredible value and the food exceeded expectations for all of us.

Cleaver East
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thanks SiveO, I am so pleased to read you guys enjoyed a great value Early Bird with us recently. Hope to see you again soon!

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AislinneF
Osaka
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent value for money for really good food - would recommend

Cleaver East
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thanks AislinneF, hope to see you again soon!

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PatrickC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Really good ambiance. Quality food, as always. Excellent staff. Courteous, professional and amicable.

Cleaver East
Responded on 4 September 2019

Thanks Patrick, delighted to hear that!

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LauraB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bottomless brunch, great value, great food. Will return!

Cleaver East
Responded on 21 July 2019

Thanks Laura, delighted you thought so. See you next time :)

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mums and daughters day out

Cleaver East
Responded on 5 July 2019

Glad you ladies enjoyed...thanks for the great ratings!! Kind Regards, The Reservations Team

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EllaO
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. Wonderful food and even better service.

Cleaver East
Responded on 19 June 2019

Thanks Ella, delighted you enjoyed it! See you soon. The Reservations Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

All in all it was an enjoyable meal, was a little bit disappointed to discover that the menu on display outside the restaurant was not the one on offer at I was looking forward to the venison dish that was in the outside menu. Wife and I ate from the early menu, the starters chicken goysa and pork belly were both delicious.
For mains my wife had the pork belly which was very tasty, it was beautyfully cooked, the fat had rendered down perfectly and the skin was nice and crispy. I had the hake which we disappointing, the fish was a little overcooked and the was no real standout flavour in the dish, everything was just there, but nothing stood out.
The service was quite slow also, there was very long waiting periods between courses, we ordered an additional glass of wine to go with our mains, but by the time we had finished our wine had not arrived so we cancelled it as we needed to leave to catch a show. All in all, many positives but let down by slow service and a disappointing fish dish.

Cleaver East
Responded on 19 June 2019

Hi There, Many thanks for the feedback which is of great importance to us here at Cleaver East. I was deeply saddened to hear that the service was not up to scratch on this particular occasion and can only offer my sincere apologies. I hope that you will revisit one day so we can make amends in some way for your disappointment. The menus outside and online are usually a sample of what we offer as changes are made daily due to seasonal and product availability, which is unavoidable.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely perfect.
Great food for great value, the service was great, I highly recommend !

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BridP
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Worst dining out experience in long time. Hadn’t been here for few years. We were In Temple Bar on June bank hol Sunday and I suggested we eat there. Big mistake..,! We all ordered the burgers and asked for them to be cooked as “medium “ as possible.. I ordered with no bun. After an unacceptable wait time ... My cremated shrivelled up excuse for a burger arrived on a plate with none of the listed trimmings and absolutely nothing else on plate ...! I was shocked instantly at its unappetizing appearance. The other burgers arrived with bun and all the trimmings but were apparently dried up and over cooked ... I called the waiter and showed him my plate and asked if he thought that it was acceptable to serve a plate like that .. he agreed it didn’t look good and offered to change it.. I told him to bring me a side salad as I was now too hungry to await any further, the chef came to talk to us and we gave him our overview of his delivery of our food. He apologized. We paid and left. Shame to see Oliver Dunne still has his name on this place.. disaster....

Cleaver East
Responded on 19 June 2019

Hi Brid, Many thanks for your very honest feedback. I am very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience at Cleaver East. Your experience is one which we are not proud of and, as you may see from other reviews quite atypical. If you would like to get in touch directly please email info@cleavereast.ie and a member of our management team will be in touch.

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DarinaM
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely food and good value

Cleaver East
Responded on 19 June 2019

Thanks Darina, your comments are much appreciated by the whole team here at Cleaver East. See you soon. The Reservations Team

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ThomasH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and good wine and great atmosphere and good service.

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi Thomas, Many thanks for your great review. I was delighted to read you had not only fantastic food but 5 star service to match! Hope to see you back again soon! The Reservations Team

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sarahq
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

customer service was so good. visited with three friends and my toddler, staff were so friendly and attentive esp to helping with my toddler, bringing his food out early, making a dish esp for him. Really rate the staff's service.

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for your fabulous five star review. I am delighted you all had a fantastic time in Cleaver East recently and that our waiters looked after you so well. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to the whole team who worked on the 12th. See you again soon. The Reservations Team

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Aedj
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal food was excellent great Choice on menu. Service was very good. Just got a bit loud towards the end but it was nearly 11.

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi Aedj, Many thanks for the fab feedback. Delighted you guys had a fab time in Cleaver East recently. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. The Reservations Team.

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NiamhC
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning food! Had a fantastic night and will certainly be back

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MaisieD0609
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

I thought it was very expensive for what you got nothing came with the main course you had to buy sides
Had to hand back bill twice before it was right

Cleaver East
Responded on 1 May 2019

Hi Maisie, Many thanks for the feedback. I am sorry to hear you thought it was expensive. At Cleaver East we offer great food, prepared by some of Dublin's best chefs right in the heart of the city centre so we feel our prices reflect that not to mention our 1st class service given to all our customers. We also offer a great deal of 3 sides for €10 which our diners are more than happy with. I can understand your frustration at the wrong bill, I do hope this was rectified quickly. Thanks again

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Starters are the highlight-dumplings are amazing!

Cleaver East
Responded on 1 May 2019

Hey There, Thanks a mill for the kind feedback. I will pass on your compliments to the chef. Hope to see you guys again soon:)

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CiaranMc
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Service was very slow.
20 mins waiting for desert, ordered cocktails after desert and cocktails were gone by the time desert arrived.

Christmas Voucher - 3 selections for mains course were poor.

Starter and desert were excellent.

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi Ciaran, Many thanks for this invaluable feedback. I am sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience in Cleaver East back in March. We will take all your comments on board and make any improvements where necessary. I hope one day you will give us a second chance to redeem ourselves and get the 5 star treatment you deserved previously. The Reservations Team

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Had the Sunday bottomless brunch experience and it was great. Only reason for the 4* is for the lack of vegetarian options :(

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi There, Many thanks for your 5 star ratings. I am sorry to hear you felt there were not enough veggie options on our menu. I will pass this feedback onto the chef who will take it on board. Menus are updated on a regular basis and new dishes are added frequently so keep your eyes peeled. Also just to note our chef would be more than happy to provide you with an alternative vegetarian dish had he of been aware. No request is too big or too small for our team! Thanks again. The Reservations Team

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First ever brunch here and I throughly enjoyed it ! Our waiter was sooo attentive and lovely , we were never short a drink continuously being topped up and never rushed off our table so relaxing! Everyone around us was clearly having a great time too! Besides all of that, our food was also to die for Won’t be our last visit!!!

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi There, Glad to hear you enjoyed our world famous bottomless brunch in Cleaver East recently. Your comments are greatly appreciated by the whole team. See you next time! The Reservations Team

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SineadH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and super value for early bird. Very enjoyable

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi Sinead, Thanks a mill for your fab feedback and great ratings of Cleaver East. Our Early Bird is definitely one of the best value in town so glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you in the near future. The Reservations Team

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Disappointing. Initially did not have reservation. Music too loud even though we complained. Much better options in Dublin at the moment.

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi There, Many thanks for the feedback. I am sorry to hear the music volume was an inconvenience to you on this particular occasion. If you can think of any other helpful comments regarding the rest of your dining experience please don't hesitate to contact us at info@cleavereast.ie The Reservations Team

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Lynn
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Poor service. The staff looked like they wanted to be anywhere but there. Served cold mussels with my main dish. Side dishes were slow to arrive, had to ask for one that was left sitting on the bar. Friday night and the place was near empty and quiet, no atmosphere. Won’t be back.

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi Lynn, Thank you for the feedback. Sorry to hear you were disappointed on this occasion. We take all feedback very seriously and I can assure you this was dealt with at the time with all our staff. Regarding the atmosphere on the night in question, that's beyond our control I'm afraid as January can be a very slow month for all restaurants. Thanks again. The Reservations Team

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DavidL
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I brought my partner for his birthday. The food was great and the service was brilliant. Very friendly.

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Thanks David, glad to hear it! See you next time. The Reservations Team

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vipCathyG
Dublin
10 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Three of us had a booking on Saturday night at 8.30pm. The venue was very quiet, not much atmosphere.
My starter of pork belly was enjoyable and tasty however my friends pork belly main course was disappointing ( portion size and syrupy sauce). My own main course of rib-eye steak was served tepid/almost cold, the garlic butter placed on top didn't even melt. My other friend wasn't happy with her fish mains either. We were offered a free desert each or a glass of wine, which we availed of. The waitress was lovely and couldn't apologize enough but I'm afraid we won't be returning again.

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vipJibinT
Dublin
19 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Opted to go for the surprise tasting menu and what to say, it was one of the best meals that both of us had. I was here 2 years ago and it was similar experience so wanted to come back.Definitely will be back again soon as it was a really good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Lovely space and great location but not the most enjoyable lunch. We had not realised that it catered to big parties for bottomless brunch on Saturday. The restaurant was full but all big tables with a rapid turnover and the music was very loud. We were only a party of two and we not the target clientele so we selected badly. Food was good. Would not recommend for a long chatty lunch.

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vipericaw
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience, food was delicious!

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vipMDnjfoodie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

one of my favorites everytime I go to Dublin delicious food and cool atmosphere!

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Dereume11
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Ambiance garantie dans ce restaurant de Temple Bar,
Les associations de nourriture dans les plats sont assez spéciales pour nos palais de français mais tout était très bon,
Nous avons eu la chance d'avoir une serveuse qui parlait français, c'était super

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AlexDublin
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was fantastic. Lovely place for a girlie catch up but can be difficult to get the staffs attention and this is not the first time we've experienced this here but we go back for the food

Cleaver East
Responded on 22 May 2019

Hi There, Many thanks for the feedback and great ratings. We will take all comments on board and hope to see you back again in the near future. The Reservations Team.

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ElizabethC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

No record of our open table booking, they said they could squeeze us in but would need the table back in 2 hours. Funny part of that was, the place was virtually empty. 3-4 other tables seated and 8-10 empty. Whatever.... food was well cooked but boring. None of us were impressed. Service was good but not worth the effort to go back. So many other choices in Dublin.

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ChristineM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I loved the food, many choices, generous starters, attentive service, good atmosphere. The wine was expensive for little choice in it

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seand
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great place, a little under staffed. But try the fries!

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