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About Cleaver East

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.

6 - 8 East Essex Street
Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 HT44
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary European, Steak, Burgers

Hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday: 17:30-22:30
Friday - Saturday: 12:00-15:00 and 17:30-22:30
Sunday: 12:00-15:00 and 17:30-21:30

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
€31 to €50

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(01) 531 3500

Website:
http://www.cleavereast.ie/

Executive Chef:
Oliver Dunne

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine

Cleaver East Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.0

Ambience

4.1

Value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
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Food5
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·Dined 4 days ago

Wow the best value early bird out there and a terrific selection! I’ll be back....

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·Dined 6 days ago

I'm a fan of this place and have been several times. But on this occasion we arrived 9 minutes late and we're told that our table had been given away and that we'd have to wait. Fair enough we were a bit late, but it's not standard practice to do this and also they could have been a bit pleasant about it. It was the manner of how it was handled that annoyed us, the waitress was dismissive and quite rude. We waited at the bar for 15 minutes noticing 3 tables that were set for 2 people. We were eventually brought to one of them and couldn't help but feel that we had been left waiting to prove a point to be more punctual. The duck Benedict wasn't as nice as the ham hock one that I'd previously had there but overall the food was nice, particularly the chips - gorgeous and homemade. Just because it's a busy place on a Sunday doesn't mean you shouldn't treat your customers with any less courtesy

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Food2
Ambience5
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·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely place but my waffle was over done and very hard as was my chicken and there was v little prosseco in the drinks- whereas you can go to the exchequer and have plain prosseco in the glass that won’t give your stomach a pain from all the fruit juice.
Nice atmosphere all the same but a bit of an anti climax

Tags: Good for a Date
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Food4
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 (Dublin)·Dined 7 days ago

Lovely spot! Really liked the food here although it would have been nice to have more vegetarian options, however i think this is probably an issue for the restaurant industry as a whole in Ireland. The food was tatsy and the staff were really attentive. The first bill arrived completely messed up but they sorted it super quick! Will defo be back. Great cocktails too!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
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·Dined on 12 November 2017

Great food and excellent service. The Brunch menu with the bottomless cocktails is fantastic value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Very good steaks, especially the steak aged in Himalayan salt. Yum. Festive atmosphere. Good appetizers were the po’ boy and pig cheeks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic
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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

Great food and great atmosphere

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 (Dublin)·Dined on 11 November 2017

We arrived and then stood for 5 minutes while a member of staff ignored us and tapped away at a computer screen. Only when prompted by another member of staff did they acknowledge we were there and show us to our table.

The music was so loud over our table, we couldn’t hear each other. We asked them to turn it down, they did but then 10mins later they put it up higher than it had originally been and also turned the lights off.

At no point when making the booking or arriving had anyone said we needed to be finished by a particular time. The desserts had just been served when a member of staff came over, handed us the bill and told us we had 5 minutes to leave. At this point we had only been in the restaurant for an hour and forty minutes. We’d have been happy to be finished much earlier but the main courses took ages to arrive.

Between the terrible ambiance and incredibly rude member of staff, I would never go there again. I would so far as to say I would make sure any of our friends know not to dine there.

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Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 11 November 2017

The food and staff are amazing! But the music is very loud and it is difficult to talk over.

Tags: Special Occasion
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 9 November 2017

Great experience, food was fab. Definitely be back

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on 5 November 2017

Great bottomless brunch! Servers walked around with pitchers refilling mimosas before they were half empty. The food was incredible and we left completely stuffed. Great atmosphere for a posh brunch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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Food2
Ambience2
Service2
Value2

 
·Dined on 5 November 2017

Had brunch here. The food was so-so and a little over priced for what you got to be honest. It's only really worth going here if you want to do the bottom-less brunch which, I believe, is limited to 2 hours.

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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on 5 November 2017

The service was brilliant, we went for bottomless brunch and it truly was bottomless. Our glasses were constantly full so good value for money here. We went for the light brunch section and based on the price expected much bigger portions. Wasn’t impressed with the very small Huevos rancheros. It wasn’t just ok taste wise. They had a 2 course option that might have Been better value but thought based on price made a good decision on portion size. Tasty deserts too

Tags: Great for Brunch
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Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 4 November 2017

Food was really good, and the staff were lovely to organize a candle for my partners birthday. Extremely attentive.
The only thing that let it down was the fact there were a corner of piled upside down chairs right beside our table, it looked really messy.

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Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 4 November 2017

We went here for a bite before attending a show, we got early bird menu. It's very good value for money and food is lovely. The only quack was that my partner burger was really really undercooked. the staff was quick to react and the chef agreed that it was underdone. We were offered another be but won't have time so we were given free dessert and cocktail and not charged for burger. apart from this all was great

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 4 November 2017

The food was great but what I will remember this place for was the service. I didnt feel rushed at any stage. Staff were friendly and smiley and very attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 31 October 2017

Fantastic food, brilliant cocktails, good wine list, lovely atmosphere, couldn't ask for more!

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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Food5
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 (London)·Dined on 29 October 2017

Cleaver East is by far my fav restaurant in Dublin. Their sister restaurant (around the corner) Beef and Lobster is my 2nd fav. Food is always prepared and served to a very high standard. Could not recommend either Restaurant highly enough.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Healthy, Seasonal, Fun, Vegan, Romantic, Organic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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Food5
Ambience5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 29 October 2017

Delicious food, great service. Good choice on the menu!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Hot Spot, Romantic
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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on 28 October 2017

I visited your restaurant on Saturday night with 2 other people and really enjoyed the food, it was delicious.
Although we enjoyed our meal when receiving the receipt we were all a bit shocked to see that we'd been charged for bread and water. Our waiter asked us as we sat down would we like some bread as the food would be a while and also she brought water to the table.

In any restaurant I've visited were bread is offered and water brought to the table it's complimentary so I hope you can see why we we slightly annoyed for not being made aware that both items would come at a cost.

Overall it was nice experience however we were a bit irked about the above issue and so as a result I felt it was necessary to provide feedback on this.

Thank you

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 28 October 2017

Best brunch in Dublin. Amazing service and amazing food. Nice to go to a restaurant and not want to leave.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Organic, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 23 October 2017

Really beautiful restaurant, with a big amazing bar il the middle. We went for early bird and it really worth it ! I just don’t appreciate that you have to pay an extra for fries when you take the burger in the early bird menu...
But the food was really good and fine. The personal was truly nice, we have a nice chat with them.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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Food5
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·Dined on 22 October 2017

The Food was delicious and so was the wine.

It’s worth noting that if you go for the early bird you need to pay extra for any sides as they don’t come with any.

Staff were very friendly will definitely return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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Food1
Ambience3
Service5
Value1

 
·Dined on 22 October 2017

We went for a bottomless brunch. Food was in tiny portions which were far too expensive- over 10 euros for one crab cake- it was a light bite but had to go for it because there were no gluten free main dishes (as a celiac I have to go gluten free). The bottomless mimosas were great though. Go for the bottomless drinks, but be wary of the food. There were very few vegetarian options either. Saying that, duck nachos which were ordered by a friend who thought them a great portion size and said they were pretty tasty.

Tags: Happy Hour
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Food1
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Service2
Value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 21 October 2017

While I really liked the atmosphere and the interior of the restaurant, the food was sub-standard. We were waiting 55 minutes for our food to arrive. The manager brought around complimentary nibbles but it seemed as though this was a regular occurrence. When the food did arrive all of the steaks were massively overdone compared with what we had requested. I would go so far as to say it was the worst steak I have eaten in a very long time. To sum it up, nice restaurant but poor food.

Tags: People Watching
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Food5
Ambience3
Service1
Value4

 
·Dined on 20 October 2017

Food here was amazing and early bird brilliant value. However, the waitress messed up our order and then came over to say they were 'out of duck' but only told us this as the main courses were being served. The reality was she had ordered the wrong meal and when she went to order the duck it was gone and she only admitted to the mistake after after we probed a little. Everyone can make mistakes (I was a waitress when younger and made my fair share of them) but how it was handled on the night was bad. One of the party got their meal when we were finished as a result. We were offered a complimentary dessert and nobody wanted one and despite this they brought over a desert? Which we refused. The bill came and despite saying they would discount -the bill came over full price. We had to send it back and explain there should have been a reduction as promised. In the end a starter or something was removed. The point wasn't about the discount but rather an acknowledgement of the mistake and how it affected our overall experience. A complimentary drink and more of an acknowledgement by the manager on duty would have been better. I booked this meal so was very disappointed. I brought my mother here for brunch for mothers day last year and food was great but service was very slow but reserved judgement. I went with friends again for dinner in August and was impressed so felt it would be a good bet for this event this weekend. I would be reluctant to go here again mainly due to the service. As I said food and value however were outstanding. Many of the party work in tourism and agreed we would have to think twice if you were to recommend to visitors/journalists/ tour operators etc as you'd be unsure of the level of service.

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Food2
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Service1
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·Dined on 20 October 2017

The worst service I have ever experienced, I informed the staff on 3 occasions we had somewhere to be & still ended up having to get up & ask someone to take our order, we waited 20 minutes for our wine, our starter arrived before our wine. Also I ordered the pork belly which had no crispy skin, & also did not agree with me later on, which has never happened before. In relation to service, maybe if they spent less time looking at themselves & talking to each other the experience might have been better.

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Food5
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
·Dined on 18 October 2017

My friend and I enjoyed the Early Bird menu following a recommendation from a friend and were really impressed with the food and decor. Our servers upsell was a little heavy handed and some of the early bird value (€17 for 2 courses) was lost on the sides and wine which was a little more expensive than my last visit to Cleaver East from memory but the overall experience was excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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Food4
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Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on 18 October 2017

Very good early bird menu. Two courses for two people with a couple of sides for 50 quid (without drinks) and it was really delicious

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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Food5
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Service3
Value5

 
 (Edinburgh)·Dined on 17 October 2017

Food and value both exceptional - service good until the bill, had to ask 3 times despite being 1 of only 2 tables in. Lack of atmosphere because it was so empty, but beautiful space - would definitely go back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Food was lacking in taste and not well cooked. Menu was very disappointing and it was too loud to have any conversation at the table. Not a good value at all.

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Food4
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·Dined on 14 October 2017

Food was gorgeous. Bottomless cocktails constantly topped up. Staff couldn't have been nicer and so attentive. Can't wait to go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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Food3
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Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on 13 October 2017

Service quite erratic, first glass of red forgotten, when I ordered a second, a cocktail was produced! €3.75 for bread-a ripoff , having to pay extra for chips with a burger is absolutely daft!! Will not return

Tags: Romantic
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Food4
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·Dined on 13 October 2017

This is a lovely restaurant with comfortable contemporary surroundings. The food is very tasty and the early bird is particularly good value at €17 pp. However we were very disappointed with the standard if service. Our waitress did tell us it was her first night . She then proceeded to totally mess up our order. She SHOULD have been monitored on her first night instead of the experienced staff fobbing it off with" ah..it's her first night" Unfortunately this took a lot Fri. Our enjoyment of the meal

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Food5
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·Dined on 12 October 2017

Wasn't impressed with the 10%service charge for 2 people on the early bird. Plus you has to pay extra for sides. I ordered the burger and HAD to pay to have chips with it.

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Food2
Ambience4
Service4
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 8 October 2017

4 of us went for Sunday Brunch. Lovely venue, comfortable seating. Gin/drinks were good. The food we had however was small portions / overpriced.

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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 8 October 2017

Went for the Sunday brunch with 3 girlfriends service was exceptional very attentive girls always refilling the unlimited drinks . Food choice and quality outstanding and ambience brilliant x well done cleaver east

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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Food4
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Service2
Value3

 
·Dined on 7 October 2017

Food was lovely and relly but service was lacking. We had to continuously look for attention including water/drinks when we arrived.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on 7 October 2017

5 stars. Can't wait to return. Great food, service was 2nd to none.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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Food3
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
 (Dublin)·Dined on 6 October 2017

Food good but service poor. Staff are not trained and definitely not professional waiting staff
They do not engage with customers
very sloppy service

Tags: Comfort Food
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