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Cleaver East

4.1
139 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Contemporary European
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Steak, Burgers
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 17:30-22:30

Friday: 12:00-15:00 and 17:30-22:30

Saturday - Sunday: 11:30-15:00 and 17:30-21:30
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Phone number
(01) 531 3500
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Oliver Dunne
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 139 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.0
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.8
Value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahM 
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was fabulous and the general atmosphere within the restaurant was great. Only downfall was the terrible service towards the end of our evening. We were seated on the upper level at the back and had to wait 30 minutes before our dishes were cleared and we could ask for the bill.
We then waited a further 20 minutes before anyone came to help us pay the actual bill, the two waiters on duty were not enough.
Amazing food but the service we experienced let the whole place down.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great value early bird with beautiful cocktails. Very nice staff and top class food. Will definitely be returning. Next time, I want to try the bottomless brunch.

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Mike 
2.0  Dined on 14 February 2018

Poor value and service, food was well presented but. The steak I had was over cooked in parts. One of your chocolate brownie sundae had no brownie in it

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 11 February 2018

The restaurant was really nice, tables were not too close together. Food was very tasty, desert was a bit average but overall experience was excellent. Lovely venu

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Viktoria111 
5.0  Dined on 11 February 2018

I bolked brunch with the girls for my birthday. We had a table for two hours and did bottomless mimosas option! Our glasses were never empty! Friendly and very attentive waiting stuff! Food was delicious too!

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AnthonyR 
5.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

Great food, great staff and the atmosphere on Saturday night was buzzing. We went for the early bird menu and the food was fantastic. You have to try this place!!

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Wonderful1 
5.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

A most enjoyable day with friends. Great atmosphere and fun! Fab cocktails which were regularly topped up. Great service from a very friendly staff. Would have loved some more brunch options to choose from such as poached eggs but what we did choose was most enjoyable and tasty.

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ClaireC 
5.0  Dined on 10 February 2018

Such Lovely food and staff!! So attentive and engaging. Great value for money too.
Will 100% be back!

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RuthR 
1.0  Dined on 3 February 2018

The phrase "if you don't have anything good to say, say nothing" springs to mind.....

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AOB2018 
4.0  Dined on 3 February 2018

Enjoyed Brunch. Service was very good. Would question the butter milk chicken on menu for main as mine was definitely chicken coujons. Mimosa's could have had a little more processo. Tasted just like orange juice.

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bruncher2018 
4.0  Dined on 28 January 2018

Had a lovely Sunday Brunch with friends! There was a small issue with an item of food and with a polite comment from us and absolutely no fuss made, the manager was so apologetic and provided a complimentary dessert! It was such a simple gesture and really made all the difference in terms of high quality service! A big fan and will definitely be back!

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GR1234 
3.0  Dined on 27 January 2018

Saturday night get together. Food not bad at all but expensive for what we orderded. Nice surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 27 January 2018

The early bird is amazing value. The food was so delicious. I will definitely come back to try the full menu. Service was also efficient and friendly. I really couldn’t find fault with anything.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 27 January 2018

Food and vibe was really good - service was a bit slow as they were late giving us our table and forgot some of our order. Staff were great at topping up the drinks though!

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LNor 
4.0  Dined on 26 January 2018

Cleaver East had been recommended to us on a recent visit to Dublin. We received a warm welcome upon arrival and the ambience was very inviting. The service we received wasn't the best (although it was busy), but the food was enjoyable and filling. My partners steak was cooked just perfectly! I'd definitely recommend the Chicken Kiev.
We were invited to try a gin cocktail half way through our meal, which was a unique experience, and broke up our courses. The gin trolley travelled around the entire restaurant offering tastings to every table!
If you are looking for something quiet and subtle, where you can eat delicious food and don't mind spending a little extra cash, this is the place to go!

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KateM 
4.0  Dined on 23 January 2018

Had the early bird on a Tuesday night. My friends were late but the server kindly let us have the early bird even though we were 10 minutes late ordering. The starter and main were very tasty; salmon fish cakes and the hake. Out mains were slightly delayed and the servers brought us some extra sides because of this. Overall a lovely dinner in a cosy place.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 20 January 2018

Beautiful food and excellent service. Looking forward to a return visit.

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PatBStAlbans 
4.0  Dined on 20 January 2018

We were in Dublin for the weekend and booked cleaver East because the menu looked interesting and at edge of Temple Bar.

The restaurant is quite buzzy with good background music- loud enough to hear but not to drown conversation. We shared a starter of crispy suckling pig belly on a bed of an aubergine mix. We both loved it as the meat was so succulent. For mains I had the venison which was gorgeous. The sides of truffle/parmesan fries was disappointing as it was just fries with what seemed like a bit of cheese on top. The mash and mushrooms were good though. My husband had the cheese polenta cakes which he enjoyed.

The pudding of panacotta with yoghurt, passion fruit, pineapple and honey comb was lovely but would have looked far more spectacular on a plate rather than in a preserve pot.

We had a great evening only marred by the service slackening off and we didnt get the water we ordered although were charged for (as only 1.50 not worth making a fuss but a bit annoying).

Would recommed if you are in Dublin and like something a little different

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 20 January 2018

Really good meal with my friends. We all opted for the early bird (2 dishes for €17) which was amazing value. Would definitely recommend!

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chiswickchic1 
5.0  Dined on 19 January 2018

Excellent early-bird venue. Service was great and food delicious. Highly recommended for an after work catch up with friends. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 18 January 2018

Excellent meal & service. Highly recommend a visit.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 15 January 2018

The food was delicious very enjoyable, however I would say the wine is very expensive and there are not enough options by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0  Dined on 14 January 2018

I booked a surprise trip to Dublin for my husbands birthday and at a food tour Cleaver East was recommended by the guide, so I booked us in for bunch on our final morning.

There were a number of things that quite literally left a bad taste in our mouths:

- we turned up 10 minutes early and were turned away because they were still cleaning the restaurant 10 minutes before the service started.
- when we returned, we puzzled over the menus only to discover that we had been given the wrong ones.
- we both ordered the Full Irish, and it was really quite lacklustre, dry sausages, over cooked eggs, I also discovered that I had been given the order of the man on the next table (he and his partner ordered at the same time as us and only got their meal just as we were leaving).
- halfway through our meal one of the staff turned the music up really loud which made having a conversation challenging and their music taste was 90’s Eurotrash which was verging on comically bad.

What initially attracted us to this place was the story that the chef had been given a Michelin star but handed it back citing ‘there’s no craic in Michelin stars’ but based on our experience I am not sure it was deserved in the first place.

If you want a great breakfast, go to The Fumbally down Clanbrassil Street - one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on 13 January 2018

Went for a date for brunch and the food was absolutely outstanding. Different takes on the usual brunch options, service was fantastic. We should have went for the bottomless brunch deal which would have worked out better value but definitely highly recommend.

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DavidS 
1.0  Dined on 13 January 2018

We were rushed to order as soon as we arrived. 3 of 6 people in our party received the wrong order. The food was very poor and nothing like what was described on the menu. I ordered "Crispy Buttermilk Chicken on a Belgium Waffle with Secret Slaw". It was nothing more than 3 dry chicken tenders on a waffle with maple syrup. Not worth anything like €40 pp. I could never recommend the brunch here to anyone

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Anon1981 
4.0  Dined on 11 January 2018

Met a friend for dinner and had the Early Bird Menu. Dishes were well cooked and tasty. Lovely decor.

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Elsa 
3.0  Dined on 6 January 2018

Both steaks were cold when they arrived at the table, great taste but very cold.

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MagsO 
4.0  Dined on 6 January 2018

Lovely food. Was there for the early bird. Still a good buzz in the place at that time. Will be going back 😀

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Amy1 
5.0  Dined on 5 January 2018

Fantastic food and drink.
So pleased to find a gem like this restaurant.
If ever visiting Dublin again, this will be on our places to eat!

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on 31 December 2017

Très bien dans l ensemble mais musique trop forte. Néanmoins repas fin et délicat.

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