Taste at Rustic

4.5
286 reviews
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€31 to €50
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of Operation
Tue–Thu 17:00–22:30
Fri, Sat 17:00–23:30
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Phone number
(01) 526 7701 ext. 00353
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Dylan McGrath
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Private Party Facilities
Please contact our Head of Events Tanja Johnson for any special event requests.
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Private Party Contact
Tanja Johnson : (01) 901 2268
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wine
What 286 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
24 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
2 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
1 review
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 3Food 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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b
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, been twice now. Food is immaculate with some great choices available. Slightly on the pricier side but well worth it.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress from Romania made the event extra special. She patiently answered all our questions and handled one rude customer very well. Excellent service, 5 star food quality, especially melt in your mouth, tender Wagu beef steaks and meringue dessert. Great choice for a special occasion. I would take someone here to impress them. I'll be back!!

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BS
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Dinner was dinner. But 12.5% service charge was added. We were table of 4, but on the meniu was written 6+. Bit disappointed as misleading information.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional dinning experience.
Great food, friendly service, remarkable environment.

Highly recommend for any special occasion...

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m
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Taste at Rustic was the peak dining experience we had in Dublin. The menu is creative and surprising, and everything we had (and we ordered quite a variety) was amazing, with the maki roll earning everyone's highest mark. But everything - sahimi, nigiri, tempura veg, hot pot - was prepared with care and with an eye to focusing intense flavors - even on those things that might seem like standard sushi bar fare. From start to finish (the deserts are incredible!) we loved everything about Taste.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just loved this restaurant. The location is central. The atmosphere is cosy And cool. Love the decor. The waiters and waitresses couldn't have been more helpful.

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K
7 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent wine list, great and informed service in a chic ambience. Highly recommended and amongst the best in Dublin.

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RK
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing pre-concert meal, variety of sushi and other Japanese options, fresh and amazing flavours

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A
4 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Finest Japanese food in Dublin, perfect atmosphere for celebrating a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

The overall experience was good, but it felt overpriced for what it was and service was not at the level I would expect for such a nice restaurant. We started off with the chef’s selection of nigiri, which was excellent. We continued with a selection of items from the hot menu. The waitress tried to make us feel like we hadn’t ordered enough food and encouraged us to order an extra salad and the full portion of the chicken karagee when we had wanted a half portion. After receiving the nigiri selection, we were expecting the salad, but it didn’t come until 30-45 minutes later with the rest of the dishes we had ordered. We had only ordered the salad at the suggestion of the waitress as a palate cleanser between our nigiri and our main course, but it didn’t come before our main course as it was promised. At the end of the meal, the waitress gave us desert menus and said she would be back to check in to see if we wanted desert. By this point, all we wanted was the check, but we accepted the desert menus out of our usual politeness and spent the next 30+ minutes staring at all the wait staff to try to get someone’s attention to get the check. The waitress finally checked in after over 30 minutes to see if we were ok. If I had wanted dessert in the first place, by this point, I would have no longer wanted it. For such a small restaurant, I would expect more attentiveness from the staff. Overall, the food was great, but I couldn’t justify the cost and experience again.

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FF
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wir sind mit hohen Erwartungen in das Restaurant gekommen und diese wurden in allen Punkten übertroffen. Die Qualität und Harmonie des Essens waren bestechend. Das Lokal selbst vermittelt eine tolle Stimmung, hip und traditionell, geschmackvoll, einladend, wiederum harmonisch.
Dazu kommt der Charme des Servicepersonals, in diesem Fall eine charmante Schweizerin. Alles in allem eine echte Empfehlung, wir kommen wieder!

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S
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a mini celebration of my 30th with some friends and everyone loved it. The food, the atmosphere, the menu (all nutritionists) and the interior. The hospitality of course - Florian is as always making the place. Thanks!

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P
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

The food quality at Taste at Rustic was excellent however the presentation although pretty to look at was a little impractical. This was our second time there and the first experience was outstanding hence we came back. The service was rather slow and the waitress lacking in knowledge but still making recommendations when we didn’t ask for any. Her lack of knowledge on various gins and how to pair them up with the right tonic was frustrating as she kept saying that this gin would go well with the elderflower tonic to every gin. When we asked what is a chicken karage, her reply was it’s chicken.... despite lacking in basic skills she was pleasant and smiling at all time. Don’t let our experience put you off as the food is truly exceptional.

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b
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, lovely food. The Wagyu sushi was one of the best bites I had. Highly recommended. Will be back.

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