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The French Paradox

4.7
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21 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Wine Bar
Since 2002, The French Paradox, an Irish institution, is a unique wine-themed place in the heart of Ballsbridge. Our ground floor Wine Shop has a fine selection of directly imported artisan wines. Our first-floor kitchen uses locally sourced and directly imported produce from suppliers we personally know. We use traditional recipes to make quality French tapas, sharing plates and three-course set menus. The French Paradox customers find everything they need on two bright and welcoming levels.
Wine is the leitmotiv in the French Paradox Experimental Hall of taste, sense, texture and food pairing experiences. In a combination of the traditional and contemporary, we use the romance of candles to light our oak, terracotta, glass and zinc designed bars. Our modern temperature-controlled wine keeping equipment preserves 50 different wines for the service of wine by the glass. We have 160 different wines available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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Annanore
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful experience - marvellous food, charming ambiance and delightful wait staff. We will definitely be eating here again!

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EnriqueG
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The waitress was very nice the food was incredible and the wine was also perfect I had to bring a bottle with me to enjoy another evening. It’s great that they have the wines downstairs you can always go home with a few bottles

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Michelle
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff, tasty food, sat at high table on the second floor - most enjoyable

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Daniel
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food. Beautiful simple menu very well presented. Wine is incredible. Extremely well priced and seemingly from smaller producing chateaus. Service was exquisite. We will be back. A lot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super healthy food, good service and a great variety of wines

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MargaretM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening. Lovely French food and welcoming knowledgeable staff.

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LisaR
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic evening- great staff. Can’t wait to go again.

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LMM4
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a gorgeous evening. The waiter made a very thoughtful recommendation for our food and wine choice, which was perfect. Table was intimate, and even though there were several parties in the restaurant, it didn't impose on our evening. Exceptional wine, delicious food, great service.

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MaggieK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

GreF food and service. Wine was terrific!

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vipDsmy
London
80 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Absolutely great on wine and food despite under seasoning. Service, ambience and price really good.

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PhilipH
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Perfect starting point for our night out at the RDS to see Fleetwood Mac. If we had a different table it might have gotten full marks, we were a little snug between the counter and the door to go down the stairs, but still enjoyed ourselves.

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Margherita
Dublin
10 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice French style tapas and wines in a nice, cozy atmosphere. Unusual place in Dublin, I totally recommend it.

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vipSteveC
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful night as always, excellent wine recommendations, great food and service.

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vipVictor
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service, great wine list, delicious food

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vipFuzz
London
85 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My first time at The French Paradox and it was all that I expected and more. Myself and my fellow diner chose three of the tapas to share as starters, anchoïade, goose rillettes and andouille Basque and we also shared the main course dish of foie gras presented four ways. All of the food was superb and there was no skimping on portions. We entrusted our waiter with the task of matching wines by the glass with each dish and his skill at this was excellent. All in all it made for an impromptu tasting menu with appropriate wine pairings and, as such, was very good value. We also had a bottle of Badoit and two excellent espressos to round off the meal. I will certainly be back to try the other tempting dishes on the menu and to enjoy more well-chosen wine pairings.

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Rogerj
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the French Paradox is just such a great, welcoming venue. Food is great, wine is fantastic and the hosts are just great people. My only problem with writing this review is that I dont want it to get any harder to get a table there on match days!!!!!!!

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vipVisitorX
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, knowledgeable people, who created an intimate evening for me and my wife. The food is delicious and the wine is delicious and priced to enjoy several glasses or carafes, regardless of budget.

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EllaO
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable experience as always, it was New Years Eve and we chose to go here for a quick charcuterie board and glass of wine before an evening out. We knew it wouldn’t disappoint as it’s always so reliable and it exceeded all expectations as per usual.

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Paul
Amsterdam
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We had a family birthday and the wines, starters and service could not be faulted, the mains could be improved but it was Christmas. No hesitation recommending

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Alex
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Late lunch for two people prior to a Leinster match in the RDS. Nice atmosphere, sitting upstairs with a small but more than adequate menu with a good selection of wine. Hassle free service in an ideal location for RDS / Aviva.

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HeHongWei
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

French Paradox, serves ultra classic French food....so it is good and the service is very good, very classic too and by the way I am French even if I have not lived there for a very long time.

However, I feel the cuisine at French Paradox lacks a little bit of finesse, and although I enjoyed my food , I was not submerged by sensations, tastes... it was actually rather bland.
They do have decent wine list.

So do I like it... yes, but I am not sure I'll go back, its a good "local" if you live few streets away...
After a match at the Aviva or the horse show at RDS it will definitely satisfy most of us...

FAQs

The French Paradox is rated 4.7 stars by 21 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.