Thunder Road Café

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234 reviews
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American
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Thunder Road Café is based in Dublin's Temple Bar. The themed restaurant has been serving American diner food for over 20 years. The restaurant bar offers a selection of live music on Friday nights, and an extensive drinks menu to match their colorful theme. Cocktails such as Woo Woo and Blue lagoon have made it into the specials section. Food is served throughout the week and diners can enjoy a selection of traditional diner dishes with a European twist. A chosen few to mention from the menu are Buffalo chicken wings, a selection of pasta dishes and as wel as a selection of steaks.
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JH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Tasty food and good service. Didn’t have to wait too long for food even with a group of 12!

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DG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to eat, great music, service was excellent and food was unbelievable, not very expensive great overall

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OC
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing taste and great service. Enjoyed the chicken wings though the starter portion size is quite big.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We were a bit rushed to go to the table (the waitress was practically running) and rushed to order and then when we wanted to pay we had to wait a bit longer than expected. Otherwise, the staff was extremely friendly and polite.

The chicken burger was okay, arrived quickly but a little bit dry and not much taste... Maybe worth 7-8€ (chips included) definitely not worth 18€ - the quality is far far far from that.

The cocktails were amazing but again, a bit too pricey since this is not a high end restaurant.

We wanted to go here for 2 years and when we finally did it was pretty disappointing because of the food price and actual value ratio. Unfortunately not recommending it to anyone and we ended up telling our family that it's not worth even trying.

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E
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yes the two staff members were amazing that served my tabel on Thursday the 14th at 8pm in the VIP area!!

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JN
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food, atmosphere and staff at thunerroads

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AF
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

The food had been left sitting as child's burger bun hard my sizzling hot plate with peppers and onions were soggy ,cheese was hard not that pleasent . Toilet was dirty .Sorry but won't be back but on the plus side your staff are lovely.

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C
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The menu has taking away my favourite foods which was pretty disappointing..
The dish that I did get has changed alot and lacked in taste and was much smaller than usual. The menu is to basic now you can get a burger any where don't need to travel to temple bar for it.

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JN
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun place, yummy food and great staff. Really the food, great service. Will be back again

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

I was very disappointed with the food ordered a steak sandwich and the meat wasnt up to scratch at all. I'd ordered it to be cooked medium and it arrived more well done. We hadn't been to thunder road in a while but we won't be returning.

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s
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Vegan options are not the best, better options last time i was in.

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SI
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Thunder Road Cafe as a family of 3 on Sat 9th. The atmosphere was great, even when we there so early (6pm). The food it's was really good - we got the shared combo to start and there was enough for the three of us, and then myself and my husband got steals which were cooked exactly as we asked and we're so tender. Will definitely return

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T
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fabulous food lovely atmosphere few tweaks needed but nothing to much . We also had a living social voucher and loved how hassle free it was to use will definitley come again

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MM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Unpretentious food at reasonable prices. Usually busy given the central location but lots of seats and space for kids. Hot tasty food served by energetic enthusiastic staff.
I was unable to get hot water from the taps in the bathroom though.

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ET
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

From start had table booked for 6.46 we arrived early about 6.20 i diddent mind waiting as our time was 6.45 we were stil waiting at 7.20 for table finally got a table at 7.28 we ordered our drinks and food and jug of water the drinks arrived den our food came no knifes or forks or napkins stil waiting on the girl to come back i went looking for staff all were bissey we sat with our food on the table for 10 mins food was going cold and we never got out water
. Normanly i lv going here but after that well give it a break

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AO
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was really nice and the services provided by the staff was great. I was wondering how I will communicate my order but they have this cool thing on our table to notify the staff. I'll defo go back again

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EM
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

The quality off food has gone downhill, the chicken wings had a horrible smell, the burger was no more than a Big Als burger & the kids chicken nuggets were from Iceland- I can't see this place surviving with this quality of food- I was in TFIs the week before & the quality of food was outstanding - I won't be returning or recommending Thunder road

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

We were disappointed this time as the menu has changed. There was a smell of sick from the table cloth which we had to get cleaned. The chicken wings were dry and we needed to order more sauce, the garlic bread looked and tasted like it was from Aldi. We ordered desert and after waiting 20 minutes we were told it would take about another 15 minutes so we cancelled it. We have eaten here many times before but were really disappointed this time and won't be rushing back.

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m
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

we were celebrating a double birthday we had a very enjoyable time with excellent service the chips needed to a bit more crispy and the décor seems a little jaded

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NA
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

The waiting time to place an order and then for food to arrive was way too long even taking into consideration that the restaurant was very busy . They have plenty of staff that were happy to play with each others hair (!) and clear empty tables instead of taking our order. Over an hour from when we arrived (on time for pre booked table) to when we got the food. Once the food arrived it was only half correct. The ribs and wings combo on the menu specifically says the wings are suppose to be buffalo yet they were smothered in the BBQ sauce same as the ribs. Ribs were the only decent food we got that night. The steak fajita which we eventually got (steak sandwich arrived first) was lacking in flavour (don't think any salt or pepper was used at all) and chips were cold. As we were in a hurry we asked for the bill once the meal arrived. We had to chase the bill again after we finished eating. Generally very disappointing meal and overall experience. Won't be back.

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1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It's great that they've introduce a vegan menu but they could offer more diverse options. Also they've started serving food on wooden boards which is annoying and a little unhygienic tbh. They should go back to plates!

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CC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Booked table for my 15 year old daughters birthday, overall experience was very very good, staff extremely friendly and very fast service, the food very tasty. I would definitely go back again and also recommend The Thunder Road Cafe to other people. Thank you very much 😎😎

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PD
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Was a nice experience would have preferred a table for 2 and not a table for a group of 5 other than that it was grand.

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RV
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always loved Thunderroad, great place to eat and drink. Service always at the highest and food is good quality.

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r
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fab fab love it...always go there... fab food n fab service...

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A
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Said it was for a birthday we go every year for my 15 year old sisters birthday and wrote on the booking it was for a birthday they usually sing happy birthday to her when we go and she loves it that’s why we always come back for her birthday but not this time and floor staff very rude then you ask for something

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AS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Waitress of temple bar. Congrats for the service and food was wonderful.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Nothing special about cafe. Thought they'd do something for my 11 year olds birthday but they didn't even wish him happy birthday even though I emailed in advance. Food was only ok.

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F
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

It was the definition of an 'ok' experience. Service was a bit slow, but the place was packed so that was kind of inevitable. We went solely to try the new vegan offerings after seeing them online, but the 'Chick Hun' strips were so overcooked I couldn't cut into them. Very little flavour to them either, with a strange coating that provided no taste. Staff asked for recommendations on how to improve the food on the way out, and seemed to take the advice on board, however I'd be reluctant to return until I was sure they'd really redesigned the offering. The rest of the experience was just fine, and I'm sure if we ordered something else it may have been much better.

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D
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Was really looking forward to visiting my favourite restaurant in town, but was very disappointed as the menu has changed and there is not as much choice anymore, Sad to say we won't be visiting again. The food wasn't the best the chicken wings were dry and burger was like rubber overpriced fast food and €8 for a dessert 🍰 is ridiculous. I definitely will not be recommending to friends anymore it's a shame 😣 The only positive was the staff are still great.

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L
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff are extremely friendly and efficient. Food was lovely and we got a free child's meal, which was a lovely bonus! We'll be back!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Happily eating there since it first opened. Never disappoints!!👍

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AK
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We booked our table for 9pm , we arrived 15 minutes before our time but we weren’t shown to our table until 9.40 , we ordered our food which took a further 25 minutes , I ordered thunder zingers but received regular chicken strips with no sauce . At this stage I didn’t care as we were already in a rush to be somewhere else so i sent them back and had nothing , they took them off the bill which was nice but I was already annoyed that we had to wait 40 minutes before getting our table after being there early to make it more convenient for them , very bad experience

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DS
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great night in Thunder Road, in spite of having a booking for 8.45 ( for which we arrived 2 minutes late, traffic!) we had a 20 minute wait for our table but that was entirely understandable given how busy it was. Food was it's usual delicious self although the limitations of the menu is putting off some family members from joining us, the rest of us live in hope and dare I say it, expectation, at the return of the glorious Mississippi Mud Pie 😋
Special mention to the wonderful staff who always look after the customers fantastically well.

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D
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant food and great atmosphere with loud music and friendly staff.

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d
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Seated in a four chair table with my partner, two chairs in front of us occupied with our shopping bags, scarf, and coats while we sit side by side. Partner went to loo, table behind us needed another chair. Which is fine. Waitress asked to take chair beside me, told her my partner is sitting there and that she could take one of the chairs in front of us. She still took the one beside me and dashed off. Leaving me to take shopping bag, coat off the chair rearranging and moving it beside me in place of the chair she took. Ridiculous.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very lively and energetic cafe. arrived early as finished earlier than expected from day out but had to wait until timeslot got table (which we understood so went for drink at bar). Huge dining area but small bar area! (Where you wait for your table) took 15 mins to order a drink as that busy. Prices ok. Music very loud, had to shout at my other half as we couldn’t hear each other. Like the light on table to show when you need service. Would come back. Thank you!

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S
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was delicious as always great cocktails and music, we will be back, glad we arrived at 5pm as it was busy then but was out the door when we were leaving at 7.30 love this place

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LH
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love thunder road and never had a bad experience. Food and drink is beautiful

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Lovely place been many times. The only 2 issues are how packed they allow the bar to get and how loud the music is

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