Cleaver East

4.1
219 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • 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: 10:30-15:00 and 17:30-22:30
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 219 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0
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4.2
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3.9
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4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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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CM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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s
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

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

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L
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Really bad service and average food at best. Had to ask for drinks multiple times and food was cold.

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L
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good. There was confusion with the booking but they sorted it out quickly. Restaurant was very busy so there's was a considerable wait for menus etc. Have dined here before and will come back

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D
39 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

It just was not that great an experience and I don't expect to go back again. The decor of the place was pretty grim, dull and unappealing. The food was nothing special. Service was initially very slow at the bar where we stopped for a cocktail before dinner, but improved when we were seated. The wine selection was also similarly unimpressive. I cant think of any reason I would go back again when there are so many other great choices in the vicinity.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Ceviche of Monkfish was lukewarm . Also neither salty nor sour enough to match what’s a normal ceviche. As a dining companion said, the 3 bits of monkfish looked like burst condoms.
Main of lamb rump was fine. So-called baby potatoes were cold

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LC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cannot vault this place, food was delicious and staff attentive.. we will return

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Heerlijk gegeten, echt een aanrader!

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EB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

The overall experience was good. The previous time prior to this visit was great as the group was sat downstairs and this time we were placed upstairs which I found that there was less atmosphere and were forgotten about. The table sat down after us were served food before us even with them being a bigger party. The food was amazing and one of the servers had noticed the kitchen mix up and did give us a compliment desert for the mix up which was nice.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went for a pre theatre menu before a show in the Olympia. Service was quick and food was very tasty. Good value for money. Not much atmosphere early in the evening but didn’t bother us. Would definitely go back.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nicely located restaurant in Dublin, just up from Temple Bar, nice gastro style food, friendly staff.

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NG
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Myself and my best friend enjoyed a very chilled Saturday brunch. The food was fantastic. We tried the two course with bottomless Bellinis and loved it. Our waitresses were most helpful and attentive. We had a quiet drink after brunch at the bar. The decor is fantastic and even though there were two hen parties present we didn’t feel intruded on and didn’t notice any excessive noise. I highly recommend brunch, lunch and dinner here.

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C
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Took my boyfriend for dinner here for his birthday and it was absolutely gorgeous. The food was gorgeous and the staff were lovely. I had asked for a birthday plate and I think what might have been a manager had absolutely no problem accommodating me and I couldn’t appreciate it more. Overall would highly recommend

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been to Cleaver East numerous times and have always found the overall experience to be amazing. Service and food are always spot on and my husband loves the #pornburgers. We’ll be back next time we’re in Dublin.

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BN
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The meal, while fair, was slightly over priced for the quality of the meat and fish provided. Also, service left a lot to be desired, for instance the wrong order was brought to the table for several of our party members, as well as no server returning to the table throughout the meal, no water being provided when the jug was empty despite the warm weather, etc.

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o
11 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

We were told we were not allowed to wait until after we received our starters to decide on our mains. Rudely. The manager explained patronizingly that tables were scheduled for two-hour cycles as the reason. We assured him we would be done within that window. What restaurant speaks to patrons this way? And as if we did not understand the restaurant business model! As it turned out, it was the fault of the kitchen being extremely slow, as well as the service. Very unprofessional in treatment and management style....we will not return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Early bird was lovely! Nice selection of wines

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CK
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had brunch on saturday in Cleaver East, everything was great, Marina looked after us and she was fantastic, great food, great service and wonderful atmosphere!!

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AC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were two old friends and long time u2 fans visiting Dublin for the first time to see The National play at Donnybrook stadium. Missed our booking but were seated later anyway and able to fulfil a special part of our visit! Staff were fantastic and food was great - thoroughly enjoyed it - great ambience and quality was evident in every element. Great and memorable part of our weekend!
Thank you!

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LC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We booked this restaurant for a meal for my daughters 21st birthday because my husband and myself had been there before for brunch and really enjoyed it. It was our daughters first time and she loved it and said she would definitely come back for brunch with her friends. The staff were really friendly and the early bird menu is great value with lots of options. My husband and myself will definitely be returning soon 😊

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W
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food. Nice surroundings. Early bird good value and staff very friendly

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SA
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went with a group of friends late on a Saturday evening. We were delighted to be able to get a table at short notice. Three of us ordered starters to share between us, two had steaks (excellent) and the rest had the #pornburger of that week. All the food was great and the wine was lovely as well. Staff were pleasant and we all enjoyed the evening.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

we had a very nice and relaxing evening meal (early bird) in Cleaver East last weekend as a family gathering. It was about my forth time there. The service and staff were excellent , friendly, courteous and not overly imposing. It got even better when the food was served!! It was remarkable - absolutely delicious. Each dish was so well presented and each tasted amazing....we kept wanting each other to share the experiences of tastes and flavors ! Excellent value for money - top notch and very reasonable prices. well done to one and all. thank you so much...we'll be back for sure.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

I've eaten at cleaver east three times now and have always been really happy with the food. However, each time I've eaten there, I've been overcharged. I always check the bills when I eat out and thankfully, this is always resolved without too much inconvenience but it's getting to the point that it's becoming slightly annoying! I'll definitely eat there again, but I guess it's just something to watch out for?

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T
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I checked up the menu before I went to the restaurant. I saw the monkfish tacos and immediately knew that I would order them. In my head I imagined delicious succulent chunks of monkfish. Unfortunately, the monkfish is a glorified fish finger. Coated in breadcrumbs & deep fried. It could literally be any fish. So unfortunate for such a nice high end restaurant.

Lots of positives though, the staff are wonderful & attentive. The ambience is great!! Really airy space.

However, I’m still disappointed about those monkfish tacos :-(

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UN
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing time, I've been before , but this time I brought a friend for a treat and it was oh so glorious. SO SO glorious. From the ambiance, the food and don't get me started on the bottomless mimosas and bellinis. Well worth the money, I am not going to stop encouraging people to try Cleaver East's twist on comfort food. Crab cakes are my go to brunch starter (if the place has them)... but Cleaver East's twist with crab sliders with that hint of spice that lightly dances on the tongue is oh so mighty and fine. The main course of chicken and waffles with the crispiest bacon I've ever had. EVER. (My compliments to the chef) What a beautiful recreation of the American classic. And finally those profiteroles with the hazel nut ice cream. Oh lordy mama, I, like many people tend to refuse desert for multiple reasons. Whether it be being too full (which I was), running late (which I was) or not wanting to spend the extra money cause you already spent more than you thought (which I kinda did..). BUT OH SWEET MARY MOTHER OF GOD. I would go to Cleaver East just for dessert . It was simple yet elegant.

In summary, go to this brunch place. Whether its the 20 euro (ish) for the bottomless mimosas or 38 I think it was for the bottomless mimosas with a starter and a main (per person). Or if you're willing to try something familiar with a twist. I cannot recommend further, myself and my "date" had the best time possible. Will be returning soon. Like tomorrow if I wasn't working... some other time will have to do.

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JC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

just average. Food ok, returned a mojito as was far too sweet to drink - I was offered a replacement no problem.

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CK
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a brilliant brunch, food was delicious (the portions were huge!) and our bottomless brunch mimosas and belinis were free flowing. Great restaurant for a big group.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was our daughter's 20th. The place was suitably celebratory, fun background music, beautiful cocktails, the food delicious, and the staff was very accommodating of our daughter's need to eat Gluten Free. A delightful evening.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice service and the food was great

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JH
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great value and a great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend Cleaver East for food and drinks!

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RC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time here for brunch and i will def be back! The food was amazing and the staff were so friendly and efficient. Such a nice touch for the birthday wishes for my friend, it really made her day! I will def recommene to friends and family

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KH
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely brunch experience for our ladies catch up. Solicitous but non intrusive staff. Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great menu - one meal was served cold but changed without quibble.

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ND
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous meal on Thurs in cleaver east for a family reunion. Staff couldn't do enough for us and went above & beyond. Food was outstanding, particularly the lamb.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We went pre theatre and the meal arrived promptly and was very good, inventive and fresh. The Hake was cooked perfectly and the polenta cakes yummy. Starters were a prawn salad with a difference and spicy corn fritters- very nice indeed.

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A
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely food and good value. Service could have been a little better. Waitress insisted we had to order within a few mins of arriving even though we had the table for 2 hours?! (We we’re just waiting on one person who was running late) also we were seated upstairs which meant we lost some of the atmosphere of downstairs. Also we had to wait for our mimosas (bottomless) at times as the waitress wasn’t always upstairs.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I had booked the restaurant for brunch after staying in the Clarence for a hen party. There was 9 of us seated for brunch and the staff were really lovely and helpful. I would recommend to anyone looking for a place for family brunch / lunch. It was a bit loud but to be expected with an open restaurant like that. Really lovely food.

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KN
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

we visited this restaurant on Saturday evening. It's a busy spot, decor is good and we had a nice table. The food was good apart from the lamb I ordered which was fatty and not up to standard. The staff at no point visited our table to see if all was well or did we need anything, we had to flag a member of staff to order a second bottle of wine and we were barely in the door when the young lady was over to see if we were ready to order.
Over all the food was pretty good but the waiting staff need to be better.

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