Roly's Bistro - Restaurant Upstairs

4.2
725 reviews
€30 and under
Seafood
Roly's Bistro first opened its doors in 1992 and has served traditional European cuisine ever since. The restaurant offers both dining in the restaurant, take out and catering. The menu caters for most pallets with a Goat's cheese and vegetable tart and a selection of meat dishes from Roly's butcher block, such as sirloin steak and rib of prime Irish steak. Roly's Bistro is famous for it's fresh Dublin Bay Prawns Scampi & Chips, Fresh Dublin Bay Prawns with Garlic, Chilli & Ginger Butter and Dublin Bay Prawn Cocktail.
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4.3
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4.2
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4.3
Ambience
3.9
Value
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MichaelP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We loved the ambiance and the location by the window. The staff were excellent and very friendly and the meal was served very promptly. The food was excellent but the one crib I had was the potatoes. These "designer" potatoes should be barred from restaurants. They are tasteless and unappetizing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal in Rolys. Service was and food were excellent.

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YvonneW
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous night at Rolys. The food and service was outstanding.

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vipRachaelH
Anchorage
17 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a thrill to finally be back to Roly’s again! Our welcome at the restaurant was warm and inviting. Timely seating. Friendly and prompt service. And as always, wonderful dishes, all three courses.

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bredac
9 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely place and food. Looking forward to going back very soon.

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Since my first visit in 1995 every dining experience I've had at Roly's has been excellent in every department.
Highly recommended.

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mcd123
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service very good as always. I would say that prices are much higher now creating a question of value for money

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EdBrrrrr
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Food was cold and the service was poor. They offered to reheat my main course!

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MarieO
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A most enjoyable experience. Quite busy for a midweek.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The service we received was not the best, our starters were not to our taste, my dessert was undercooked and my partner’s dessert seemed like it was out of date

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Roisin
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food and service. They easily accommodated ten of us. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service needs attention. Waiting staff are inexperienced .
Quality of food was excellent

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Have never made a comment before but need to. We did not get menus or any attention for 30 mins after arrival. Another 15 mins before we were served wine. Stopped counting after that but service absolutely appalling. Not the Rolys I remember. And salmon ( not a difficult thing to cook) was dry and overdone. We’re told we needed to order potatoes on the side and then 2 main courses came with potatoes. Won’t be going back. Sorry to be saying that.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brillaint food, very attentive staff, lovely experience. Thank you

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KenB
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

We ate upstairs in Roly's Bistro on Fri 29th Oct. I booked a table for 5 people at 6pm as we needed to be somewhere else by 8:30pm. We checked in at the door and where shown to our table. Digital Covid certs were not checked. The restaurant was quiet at this time but it still took 10 minutes before we were given menus. We gave our drinks order, and perused the menu. We placed our food order (4 people having starters, all 5 having mains). Our starters arrived and we still had not received our drinks. Apart from the crab claws which were very good, the other starters weren't much to write home about (pate, fish cakes and bruschetta).
Sides are extra charge so when ordering we asked the waitress for enough baby potatoes and vegetables for the table. There were 4 baby potatoes (remember there were 5 diners)! So extra sides had to be ordered.
Two had Lamb and veg pie, which was nice, but for what you got €27 is pricey. It was literally just the pie. Fillet steak was fairly straight forward. Roast salmon was devoid of much by way of sauce, and a similar story with the duck.
We ordered two deserts: Mango panna cotta was good, strawberry tartlet was so hard it was inedible.
Service staff were perfectly pleasant but they were very slow. At 8pm I asked for the bill. It took 15 minutes for me to pay, despite asking a few times.
I've eaten in Roly's both upstairs and downstairs many times over the years, pre-Covid. I would have always recommended it. However after this experience I don't think I'll be back or will recommend to anyone.

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PaulF
5 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , good service.Nice to have Guinness on tap.

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NeilC
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I live in the UK but travelling to Dublin for the 1st time in 2 years I was only ever going to go to one place, Rolys.
I was not disappointed, as sissy’s, the food, staff, ambiance etc were just great.

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patricias
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Table too near next table.
Served main and veg delivered to other table and then brought
To us when I asked for our veg.
New waitress.

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Dino
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

To whom it may concern,

Rolys is famous for their customer focus. Unfortunately my wife's and my experience was quite the opposite. From the outset there were issues which continued throughout the meal.

The issues began as follows;

When you are seated customer's are normally offered Artisan breads as a welcome. This didn't happen until we noticed after we had our starter that other groups were being offered the bread. We had to request some.

We ordered wine with our meal but it didn't arrive until after we got our starters and the waiter had to come back and ask us a second time what type of wine we ordered.

There was only one wine glass on the table so we asked for a second one. After a while I noticed there was a chip out of the glass. I eventually received a second glass.

The menu no longer has veggies as part of the main course so we had to pay for them separately. The food was ok but the amount of sauce with my steak was so small that the steak was quite dry. The broccoli was way over cooked.

We ordered a Cheese Board for dessert and got three tiny pieces of cheese and some crackers. We ended up asking for more crackers.

Finally, the menu online is totally different to the in house menu and it didn't have the Ribeye steak which I was looking forward to. We paid €136 for our meal and added an additional tip. However, this was not good value and more should it be if you restaurant standards were normal.

We have enjoyed the Rolys experience on many occasions but this was an utter disaster. My wife and I were wholly disappointed and I feel it is very important to keep you informed.

Yours sincerely,

Donal Stewart

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

represented good value good food service was attentive without being "in your face"
overall its was an very good experience

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BredaM
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very over priced, bread basket could have a better choice

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vipOpenTable Diner
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night out. Great food, great service , great atmosphere. Nice to experience a restaurant that isn’t trying to turn you over as quickly as possible

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Haydenk
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible meal. Probably one of the nicest dining experiences for us. Staff are outstanding and owners just wonderful. Definitely coming back soon. 5 stars ++

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Colette
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambience. Staff really attentive. Highly recommend.

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish we ordered was delicious. Lovely ambiance. Very enjoyable evening as usual.

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Fi0101
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was excellent we thoroughly enjoyed it however the booth we were in was way too tight making it uncomfortable and given the table cloth was so long every time someone moved or got up the cloth got caught and pulled the whole table setting. This was disappointing as it did mar our experience and I saw other people in adjacent booths having the same problem.

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SheilaB
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Booked for 8.15, delayed with traffic so rang ahead which was fine. Got seated in a booth, service was slow, with no specific person assigned to table, very all over the place. The table beside us had very good service! One table differs to the other??!!!!
Starters were very bland, no imagination and the mushroom bruschetta was exceptionally dry with the wrong bread, it was too hard to bite or cut. The mains were ok but the chicken skin was burnt! Desert was lovely, mango panne cotta.
Overall a disappointing experience that we were really looking forward to as we had not been in a long time, way before COVID! Won’t be going again for a very long time either 😢

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bernardo
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Standard in roly's as good as ever. Excellent food, great service, good value, what more can you ask for.

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Ok too expensive for the quality- hate all the extra charges for vegetables on top of hefty prices for the main plate. NO SERVICE CHARGE is printed on every page of the menu.

Extraction of as much cash as possible is clearly the aim here.

All the feeling of a restaurant with a “name in D4” so they don’t try that hard.

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Fran
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Ate upstairs and was delighted to see that the table arrangement had been changed.There are fewer tables with a greater feeling of spaciousness but with no loss of the ambiance .Most enjoyable evening.

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DonalB
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience3

The menu contained a high percentage of supplements, of which the quality and quantity was very poor.
The prawn main carried (I think) a e10 supplement and Guest deemed it very poor value.
Equally, the beef carried a supplement and it was both very fatty and so thin it appeared to be cut with a laser.
The vegetables offered consisted of two portions for four people-I had to ask for more.
Pre-covid I was offered the same portions for two diners.
Desert was excellent.
Overall and very disappointingly,not the same experience as pre-Covid

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Roberta
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rolo's Bistro back at its best, food, service and ambience exceptional. High recommend the Sunday Lunch best Roast Beef in town! Looking forward to our next outing already!

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PatrickM
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent, only thing table booked for 8.30 but didn’t get table until 8.45.

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Interiors
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

I was so looking forward to eating in Rolys. I had been there a few days before and it was excellent.
I went with my fried, we were put upstairs (we booked inside dining ) it was a booth for four in an alcove. So we didn’t get the full Restraunt atmosphere.
We ordered from the menus we were given (the Terrace menu)
The food we received was from the up stairs menu ( so not the same) anyway we said nothing as the restaurant was very busy ) we also ordered wine and desert. When we got the bill the wine & desert were more expensive. The waiter checked and said no those prices were correct. We asked to see the menu. ( this is now half an hour later) he brought the menu from upstairs and sure enough the very same wine is more expensive up stairs! The same desert is more expensive up stairs. Another 20 minutes later no one came near us, we decided to go to the till, they said they pressed the wrong button. Well I wonder! They started to say it wasn’t their fault etc my real dissatisfaction was in how they handled everything. It was obviously a mistake and they do happen but the should have been more apologetic and at least offered us a drink for the inconvenience. Anyway that was our experience I hope you have a better one. We were actually made feel as if we had done something wrong!

Roly's Bistro - Restaurant Upstairs
Responded on 8 October 2021

Thank you for your review 'Interiors', we have noted that you had a very enjoyable experience a few days before and that it was excellent. This experience merely days later is most unfortunate, inefficient and we must immediately express our most genuine apologies. Please do contact me on events@rolysbistro.ie - I promise that we will have taken action and that we shall make amends. Tomo Roly's

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PatrickL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The staff really went above and beyond for my mom's birthday and she really appreciated it. Very attentive staff, prompt service, delicious meal (we all had the steak!), staff brought out a happy birthday surprise desert for my mom. Was great to be back after so long, and Roly's clearly didn't drop the ball during the pandemic, as sharp as ever. Kudos to the staff and chefs, will definitely be back!

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DavidK
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Starter of Pate was outstanding. However main course of prawns was somewhat disappointing. The prawns were tasty but overcooked and the rice was dry, probably overheated in microwave

Roly's Bistro - Restaurant Upstairs
Responded on 8 October 2021

Thank you DavidK, we have advised Chef of your comments and your disappointment with the prawn dish. If in again please do mention - seperately, I should mention we would have been very willing to ask Chef to make a new portion for you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Roly’s continues to offer consistently food with best ingredients all properly cooked. The menu is more comprehensive than many other post-Covid menus in other restaurants and varied enough to satisfy most tastes. Staff were very welcoming snd attentive without being obtrusive. The dining room was well ventilated with high ceilings and tables a safe distance apart. All in all a good night and definitely on our return list.

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GarryL
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Food over priced and very poorly cooked. Deserts not freshly prepared. Mains too expensive and potatoes extra. Poor quality food

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JohnG
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent venue with a good menu. Quality of service was excellent and food was excellent. Enjoyable evening out.

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Marie
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and ambience. Staff very friendly.
Felt very safe with table spacing etc

FAQs

Roly's Bistro - Restaurant Upstairs offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 668 2611.

Roly's Bistro - Restaurant Upstairs is rated 4.2 stars by 725 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.