Samphire Restaurant

5 reviews
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€30 and under
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Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch

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Locally sourced and produced food with stunning views across the Irish Sea to Lambay Island and Howth Head, Samphire Restaurant is an undiscovered jewel in North County Dublin. A true taste and feel of Ireland can be sampled here with every care taken to make sure your dining experience is a memorable one.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Irish, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Friday: 5pm - 9.30pm
Saturday: 5pm - 9.30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
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Phone number
(01) 843 6153
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Arnold Markvaldas
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Parking Details
Free Parking
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Public Transit
Free transfers to and from Donabate Train Station if pre-booked
Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wine
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4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Booked on opentable but received a call to say the restaurant was fully booked, but I could be out in bar.

Got bar menu rather than restaurant menu.

Service was very good.

Food was okay, some good / some alright.

1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Website photos of food available in 'Samphire' restaurant completely misleading.
Very basic/limited menu, descriptions of dishes not correct.
Voucher purchaser mislead.

1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Went on a package last weekend, it was a gift. Bit the whole experience was very disappointing. Room (the Ireland eye suite) is very old fashioned and looming. .everywhere in the room there wereally fake flowers and cheap wall decoration. Carpet has stain and look leki it never been cleaned, shower doesn't have a place to hold soap!
Restaurant was poorly decorated, the waitress was nice and the food was average. Won't recommend and will definitely not come back.

1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Following excellent reviews from friends and in the newspapers over the years we decided to stay at the Waterside Hotel and book a meal in the "Award Winning" Samphire Restaurant. On our way into the restaurant we read the excellent framed reviews that were adorning the walls and we couldn't wait for our meal. We were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff. It is after this point that our disappointment really hit home. We were shown to a table in the middle of a cold room and not at the window table that we had booked. I was very disappointed to be handed an early bird menu that resembled a bar food menu so I asked to see the A la Carte offering. This menu was not much better and had none of the fantastic local seafood that we were expecting but we decided to try and make the most of it.

I then asked the friendly waitress for the wine menu but she politely informed me that there was not one. She asked if we would like red or white and when I said red she then informed us of the two choices that were only available. We then studied the menu in more detail and we soon came to the realisation that we were not going to experience the "Award Winning" meal that we had been anticipating for many weeks. We double checked with the waiting staff if this was the same restaurant that was featured in the framed reviews on the walls and they said it was. At this point we cancelled our table and retreated to the bar feeling a little down trodden.

I think they should remove the Samphire name from the restaurant as the experience is not as advertised.

1 review
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & great service and a special gift for all the Mam's on Mothers Day. Thank you Samphire!! We'll be back.