Taste at Rustic

4.5
302 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Taste is an exciting restaurant in the heart of Dublin City. A food experience by Dylan McGrath to explore the idea of flavour, tastes and in the room cooking, while being influenced by Japan, Spain and South America.
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AR
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a really enjoyable experience. Fantastic food and atmosphere. The staff we brilliant and the manager was extremely attentive. We were seated on the 'counter' seating which was actually very pleasant and wonderful to see the chefs in action. Not overly large selection of vegetarian dishes but the ones they do have were delicious. The desserts were the highlight! Will definitely be going again.

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C
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Great food
Lovely atmosphere
Service was poor, we were unable to get the attention of staff throughout our night

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VF
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Over-priced for the standard of the food. It was nice but nothing out of the ordinary, which is what you'd expect at these prices.

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

Good fun watching my friend struggle to eat her dinner with chopsticks. Great staff and food, a little pricey.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Food was fab we had an early table so was very quiet. Place a little cold but it was a very cold evening.
Would definitely return

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent. The air could be less smokey and fresher

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LK
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

I have eaten here on two occasions once at the counter and once in a corner. The staff have been lovely, attentive and helpful with the menu. The main maitre d has a presence which I like, and a good sense of humor. However I find the seating tight.

I last dined at Taste on Thursday 17th January and unfortunately our order was not taken correctly, which was fine in the end as we had plenty of food, but at the same time, not great.

However, our bigger problem was your smoke alarm system went off above our heads! and kept going on and off until we could no longer listen to it, and left. The windows were also opened to dispel the smoke which made for a very loud and cold experience. Your staff apologized repeatedly, but I would have loved to have stayed on and enjoyed a coffee and desert and conversation.

I guess these things happen.

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FG
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect, escept that we stay for 3 days in Dublin and came to the restaurant recommended to taste the sushi but the chef was on a training in Japan. So most of the menu was not available. For a restaurant like this, They should prevent this situation and delegate those menu option to the chef's team in his absence.

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b
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant with delicious Japanese food, one of our favourites in the city!

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The nigiri sushi is delicious although expensive, but otherwise the food does not come close to its marketing hype. Some of the cocktails are very odd tasting mixtures and the sticky pork main course we had was very fatty.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at Taste. Service was fantastic and they really went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Really surprised by how good this place was, service was great even though they were really busy, food was on the pricey side but worth it for the experience, I got a whiskey sour which was grand, bit bland but still good. The food is really good, everything was well cooked, well presented and the service was excellent. I'd really recommend - definitely walk upstairs from the Rustic Stone, a million times better.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere and food..Service was great as well. We really enjoyed our evening at taste. Highly recommended

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Over priced when you realise that each item is charged by unit. Service was very slow even though not busy. Wine was continuously poured which is annoying. Main courses were very good. Starters disappointing. Was there 3 or 4 times before and was much better. Menu changed and now over priced

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KK
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My husband and I enjoy diverse cuisine in particular Japanese. It was an excellent experience, delicious food. We sat at the food bar and had a birds eye view of everything being cooked. Loved it!

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CO
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food! First time there for all 3 of us but will most definitely return.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food & great service. Will definitely be back!

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L
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a pre dinner drink in the Bonsai bar ,the service and cocktails were excellent here. Our meal in the restaurant was truly delicious, we really enjoyed the food. The eel nigiri was the best I have tasted in Dublin.Service was professional and very good overall however our waitress although efficient was extremely pushy and was upselling at every opportunity to the point of it being tiresome. We found ourselves needing to be assertive in order to choose what we wanted to eat .

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D
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Sorry but lacking atmosphere, slightly over priced , service slow .. not really the experience that we had been expecting

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e
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Possibly the best sushi I've ever eaten, and I've eaten a lot of it. Each maki was a work of art. We sat at the counter and watched them being made, and the care and attention to detail was something to behold. Sushi is served without additional soy or wasabi (unless you ask for it) because each piece is already perfectly seasoned. Staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.

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M
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Possibly one of the best food experiences I have shared with my wife. The sharing menu was delightful and something I would recommend to anyone

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MP
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful decor and ambience in Taste. The sushi is simple but delicious. Loved the lamb dish and tempura also. Nice margaritas and a great wine selection. The staff were very friendly, attentive but not annoyingly so. Will be back for sure.

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E
25 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Not a great experience all round, the staff we encountered were very nice but the food is not good. Chicken tempura was just awful, the sushi was tasteless...and the mains just a piece of meat...oh I was offered an eggcup full of kimchee cabbage to go with mine (eye roll) with ONE alcoholic drink bill came to €130. A total joke. Would never dine here again. We both woke up the next morning with pounding headaches so i can only assume massive levels of salt in all the food and yet still no flavour. There are much much better Japanese restaurants in Dublin.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We had been saving this restaurant for a special occasion and it did not disappoint - Service was impeccable, confident but thorough - and the food was so creative and perfectly executed - the tasting menu was recommended to us and I would have it again without question, choosing all the other alternative to what I had this time just so I can experience more. It is not cheap but what you are getting is not standard. I am very much looking forward to going back again.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This pick in Dublin was for a special birthday and gathering of friends, and we were not disappointed!
If you have a chance and don’t mind spending for quality... you won’t be disappointed. Trendy with out being pretentious. Beautiful 3 story venue... Dining upstairs is a must for all foodies. I really didn’t regret paying the tab at the end of this true dining experience!
I will be back again, even all the way from Portland, Oregon.

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M
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant. The food was delicious and overall I would recommend. The presentation and flavours were 10/10. It's slightly pricey but as we were there for a special occasion it didn't matter.

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s
8 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I don't even know what to say other than I'd fly to Dublin, Ireland just to eat here again!!

The Rustic Stone Restaurant is the absolute
R E A L D E A L ! ! !

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great sushi, but the entrees were unimpressive. I've had better shabu-style hot pots for less than half the price.

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DO
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Goood interesting food - drinks are expensive
Bar was quite noisy

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SB
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Tasting menu with wine pairing, this is an expensive option but it was outstanding.

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f
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

This menu is restrictive and extremely expensive. €5 for one piece of nigiri that is one bite? The Dexter beef was tough (at €38 for 5 small slices) and the peppered chocolate dessert was so highly peppered as to be cough inducing.

There are lots of good restaurants in Dublin offering good food for value for money. This is unfortunately not one of them. It started a few years ago as an interesting experiment. It has now moved into the realm of an unpleasantly ecletic dining experiene at a price that makes your eyes water.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding customer service,
Food was amazing, alot of surprises, the decoration of the food was good, the taste was amazing.
Definitely would recommend this to all my friends!

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EH
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was superb, as was the welcome & atmosphere. The wait staff were friendly & knowledgeable & sitting at the counter, talking to the Chefs & seeing them prepare your food from scratch in front of you was an excellent experience. Would highly recommend a visit & we'll be back again

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EQ
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Thoroughly enjoyed our night at Taste. We had a counter table which had plenty of space and was cozy for the two of us. Nice buzz in the restaurant. Staff were great. Food was superb. We tried the Nigiri 6 piece Chef’s taster, chicken pieces in a light batter as well as two mains - lamb & duck served on skewers over charcoal burners served with potato & veg also on skewers. Shared a green tea flavored dessert which was sublime. Definitely will return. Will definitely have more Nigiri - so fresh & gorgeous flavours.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was fantastic - attentive but not overbearing. Food was really good - both thought provoking and tasty without being self obsessed. Sommelier was very helpful and offered great pairings. In summary really enjoyable!

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DR
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We had visited Taste a few years ago when it opened and experienced a wonderful evening with many small dishes with vibrant flavours. There was no concept of starters or main course, but rather loads of options for your taste buds. The menu on Saturday was difficult to comprehend and it was neither tasting menu or traditional starters and mains, even though the waiting staff used the term starters and mains. We had sushi and miso (both very nice) and then I had the pork, which was served on a cool table bbq. However, as the 'mains' were relatively expensive (€29-€40) I was only going to be having one, so I thought I would try to add some sides. Outside of a salad or Tempura there were no options, so I ended up eating a very nice piece of pork but it was just a piece of pork with a small salad and it just felt like something was missing.

Aside from this, service was poor. We booked a counter spot and arrived in the bar downstairs and hour before our booking and had some drinks. At 9.15 we asked if our table was ready and nobody came back. We then went upstairs ourselves to be told there was no counter available. After a few moves we got a suitable table, but then getting drinks, ordering food and waiting for the food was all a challenge. We were told several times that the chef was on his 'own' and that the waitress herself was under pressure. None of which were our concerns. Sushi and miso eventually arrived at 10.15 after getting frustrated. All during which, Dylan McGrath seemed very relaxed behind the counter engaging with staff rather than focussing on customers.

Taste is a great concept and I love what Dylan McGrath has brought to Dublin. We also have had some very nice meals in Fade Street, However, Taste needs to get the basics sorted and if it wants stand out and get people coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my top meals of all time - pork and salmon entrees were absolutely amazing, so much flavor, so fresh- loved the broccoli tempura and the banana dessert too - phenomenal service too! She gave excellent recommendations and was always there to take care of any.

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D
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic
A great experience
On the expensive side, but really great food,service and a brilliant ambience

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Was not impressed. Sushi was just ok. And the steak wasn’t great for the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly, and really went the extra mile pulling together a menu of dishes to share and experience.
Our meal was brilliant, and every course was much enjoyed.
I would very much recommend this place, and would say this is by far the best sushi I’ve had.

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