SOLE Seafood & Grill

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SOLE Seafood & Grill encapsulates the true taste of Ireland in the heart of Dublin, offering the ultimate dining experience for any occasion. A restaurant like no other; the chic interior is complemented by a stylish bar and tasteful food and drinks menu. Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in this stylish restaurant where the pleasure of fine wine and great food meets. From shore to soil, provenance is paramount in producing a menu full of show-stopping dishes such as the Captain’s Seafood Platter; a two-tier shared tower of grilled Irish lobster and steamed Roaring water Bay mussels, plus fresh oysters, prawns and Howth smoked Irish salmon, served with Guinness brown soda bread and traditional seafood accompaniments and sauces; or the Sole Meunière; a whole Dover sole, which is filleted at the table for you. Whatever the occasion, whatever your needs, we can assure you a memorable night of luxury and laughter at SOLE.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.0
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EC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dined at the bar stools, great atmosphere, great service and fantastic food/drinks.

BR
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The place looks like you are in a ship I like the way it looks. Very warm and welcoming, staff are very attentive. Food is good but some of the sauces I would not put with Fish. Some of the food with the fish I would not put. I think more of the fish should be plain and cooked only in butter like the John Dory. Overall the food is very good with a little adjustments it would be perfect. The manager very good at what he does and noticed when customers were not fully satisfied and went out of his way to make are meal what we wanted. takes on what you say so next time he can make your meal perfect. Great restaurant and can only get better will go back.

OT
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Really poor service, average food, and stuck at table near the toilets, despite front of restaurant not being full. Let manager know on way out that we didn't have a good experience, but we were brushed off. Won't be returning.

NO
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Superb service, great food, but wouldn't recommend the fish and chips. Originally the batter on the fish was greasy and distasteful, when returned the batter wasn't cooked properly. All else was superb

D
Dublin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Sole is a wonderful experience. Excellent good, great staff and ambience.

AK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Lovely place - early bird menu was lacking - choice of fish dishes was limited unless you liked shellfish - we both chose fish and chips - the fish was a little over done and disappointing. On the other hand 😄 the starters and desserts were excellent- with a good choice- would visit again ...

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Food good, but waiting staff beyond annoying and really ruined the evening.

There is such a thing as trying too hard and the OTT sickly fake attention was really rather pathetic.

If I had a $ for every time I was asked if everything was ok or did I like a certain course I could have paid for the meal..! This became even more ridiculous when I ordered a single glass of wine, different to what I had been drinking (as wasn’t available by the glass) and more expensive (same grape). Whilst the waiter was happy to hear when we said things were ok, he became annoyed when in response to his question ‘how is your wine’, I simply said I far preferred the cheaper option - and told me well it’s obviously my personal opinion and I was basically wrong. If you don’t like hearing anything other than yes everything is ok - DON’T ASK THE QUESTION in the first place......

SOLE Seafood & Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Justin, I am very surprised to read your review especially that we are highly recognised and rated for the quality of our service. We work hard to offer our guests an excellent experience, I am sorry that you felt otherwise. The server just stated he respects your taste not that you are wrong and definitely not was not annoyed by your opinion. We only have 2 albarino in our wine list and he obviously offered you same grape varietal to please you. Kind regards, Victor N General Manager

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LC
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

One of the best seafood restaurants I've ever visited. Starter of mussels was very tasty and I also had the specials main which was monkfish and risotto balls which was beautiful. Would definetley reccomend this to seafood lovers!

N
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was good but not exceptional, therefore I felt that it was overrated. It’s overpriced too. The chowder was ordinary and the fish pie had too much mash potato for the amount of fish.

ES
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It was a fabulous experience. The noise levels rose as the dinner went on - it seems that perhaps it might be a very loud experience from 8pm onwards. The only criticism I have is, while the menu is quite detailed with the description of every dish, it failed to mention that bacon is part of scallops starter - my partner is a pescatarian, so it was a little disappointing to find bacon served on the plate. Otherwise, the food is fab, would certainly recommend.

SOLE Seafood & Grill
Responded on 13 January 2020

Dear Eve, Thank you for taking the time to review SOLE Seafood and Grill. I am very happy to read you enjoyed in your latest visit. However on our Scallop starter there is mention of Crispy pancetta,pea puree and scallop coral sauce. We are looking forward to welcoming you to SOLE in near future. Warmest Regards, Anita Jedlicka, Assistant Restaurant Manager

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Advertised as Europe’s no 1 fish restaurant. Not sure who came up with this claim, but definitely doesn’t live up to it, nice restaurant, decent service and very average food.

LM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic evening, food & wine were very enjoyable. Restaurant was busy but attention & service was impeccable. Our waiter was Emil he was very good - great recommendation of wine for what we where having for our meal - will definitely be back.

NC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On the 10th of January my boyfriend and I dined in Sole. As soon as we walked through the door we were greeted with a warm welcome from both the host and other staff members that were near the wait stand.
Our waiter (did not get his name a tall gentleman) greeted us and throughout the whole meal he was extremely pleasant and helpful.
To drink we ordered a bottle of Sancerre, a bottle of peroni and two glasses of Gruner.
To eat we started with the scallops and the mussels, then the seabass, fish pie and a side of broccoli and to finish a chocolate dome with passionfruit. The food was delicious, the presentation of the dishes was very appealing (kudos to the chef).
Overall, everything from entering to leaving the restaurant was lovely and we had a great overall experience in Sole. We shall be back!

GB
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I recommend only for the oysters and other cold dishes. Clearly they're using very high quality seafood but it's all a bit boring and stuffy. Firstly you're presented with two types of bread. The butter is stone cold and the soda bread is maybe the driest I've ever had (seated next to a gorgeous, chewy, open crumb ciabatta-y bread which would have been enough alone). The john dory was hammered and tasted like it was cooked in the frier. The sauce had no balance the aroma was dead. The oysters were exceptional and the crab was tasty. The drinks were fine, but a French 75 made with prosecco? Really? At least give cava a chance if you can't afford the price of champagne.

The only reason I'm this critical is because Sole charges like michelin but are miles away.

JK
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The atmosphere was good and the wine was excellent. The fish was over cooked which was disappointing . Generally we enjoyed the evening but the food disappointed.

DC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely excellent all round. Beautiful setting and ambiance, friendly staff and the food was fantastic.

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Very disappointed, food was very average and wine list was outrageously expensive. Unfortunately overpriced, underdelivered.

EM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food and very attentive service. Extensive menu

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Super restaurant avec une magnifique qualité

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CM
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Would highly recommend, excellent welcome,food and service.

GJ
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Excellent service Good food Comprehensive wine list
Very surprised to be charged for petit fours we did not order Fid not spoil a good evening by raising it but poor practice

JM
France
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent restaurant for New Year's Eve dinner with family. Staff very professional and pleasant. Fresh fish very well cooked. I recommand it for sure.

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience4

The headline for this review should be “Gastro Arrogance”. The food was really very good, we both enjoyed our entrées: John Dory and Seabass. However, the service that we received was truly nose stuck in the air. Our waiter all but ignored us and when we finally got his attention he told us they were very busy. Ok, it was New Years Eve, but shouldn’t the restaurant have anticipated the staffing levels and not impacted the enjoyment of its patrons? Maybe they just don’t like 2 women or or maybe they don’t like Americans! I would not eat here again, despite the great food and reputation.

CF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We very much enjoyed the evening and the food was very good with the exception of the pannacotta which was runny and a disappointment (serving a pannacotta in a jar kind of defeats the purpose!) However it was a great evening and the service was very well paced.

KC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for NYE dinner, and I have to say it was one of the better meals I've had. Everything was fab. Would do it again for sure!

DO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Really enjoyed and a lovely experience, highly recommended😀😀👌

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, food and ambience were amazing. Would definitely recommend! Reservations highly encouraged.

KM
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, fabulous experience, nice atmosphere, great food and lovely atmosphere

RI
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Great food and attentive service however the noise levels of the other "guests" made the overall experience one that I would not repeat. Shame considering the food and service was great. If you don't mind very noisy atmosphere then go for it but if a quiet, relaxed and sophisticated dining experience is what you are looking for maybe ask to be seated in the front of the restaurant.

AS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

an amazing restaurant - would recommend to all - certainly worth a visit great atmosphere and great food. Service was second to none.

KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific seafood restaurant in Dublin. Great service and ambiance and very helpful guidance by the waiting staff. Most enjoyable. Will definitely return

K
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff, delicious food, great atmosphere.

KM
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really fabulous restaurant, lovely atmosphere, friendly and efficient staff and gorgeous food. All of us enjoyed it immensely

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious seafood, really great quality cooking & very generous portions. It’s not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. Will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Highly recommend.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food combined with excellent service made for a brilliant overall dining experience. Would recommend and I’ll be back myself again!

LG
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Ate dinner here on the 23rd Dec and straight away bought a voucher for family as a gift. Top class

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food with quality ingredients. Lovely atmosphere, great staff. No pressure to order or to leave. Comfortable surroundings.

OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in great location. Food on the whole was great, my steak slightly under medium but still good. We ordered 2 bottles of sparking water at €5.50 each which was a bit steep.

BG
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fab and waiters knowledge on menu was fantastic!