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The Black Dragon Bao - Big Fan, Dublin, Dublin

Big Fan

4.7
4.7
476 Reviews
€30 and under
Asian

Dublin's newest Chinese restaurant serving up handmade dumplings, fresh bao and delicious cocktails.
We offer an exciting menu of authentic Chinese small bites large sharing dishes and drinks with a twist.
Quality ingredients developed and crafted with care by talented people in a cool but inviting environment.

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2 people

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sun 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 538 8886

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alex Zhang

  • Neighborhood

    Dame Street

  • Cross street

    16 Aungier St, Dublin 2

  • Parking details

    Lots of parking on the surrounding streets. Lost of free parking after 7 pm and on Sundays.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 476 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Dublin 2

    Best Overall

  • Dublin 2

    Best Food

  • Dublin 2

    Fit for Foodies

  • Dublin 2

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  • Dublin 2

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waitress was so attentive, bubbly and amicable! She was ready to attend to our every need. She was so enthusiastic with her two cute space buns in her hair.

  2. NM

    NikkiM

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great good and atmosphere

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Last dinner spent in Dublin. We have had Chinese food from all over the world, and we really enjoyed our dinner at Big Fan. The chef provided authentic tasting Chinese with a modern twist.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Loved the food. The she’s hot and she’s sweet chicken was delicious. Will definitely return to try more

  5. l

    livndub

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent family night out. Something on the menu for everyone. Friendly attentive staff and super helpful with advice and recommendations.

  6. PM

    PennyM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was off the charts! The entire staff was the most welcoming, attentive, and knowledgeable. Fun, lively vibe and decor with incredible flavor combinations. Highly recommend!

  7. N

    Nilo

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply amazing, as always. Great food, fantastic service, super atmosphere

  8. JM

    JamesM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really love this place! The food was amazing and the staff were super friendly.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing experience with our 10month old.. food was amazing and the servers were great, they had our daughter in stitches throughout and were very accommodating..also the cheeseburger dumplings..gamechanger! Who wpuld have thought.

  10. OR

    OrlaR

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Such a lovely restaurant, staff were excellent and very friendly. Food was so good, will definitely be back!

  11. OF

    OliviaF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    People are too loud as place is small and you hear them a lot. Can not have pleasure from the food eaten. Can not hear my friend talking as Customers around are too loud, treating the place as pub and not a restaurant. It should be a rule that the staff will politely calm the nosiest Customers. Overall lovely design and good food.

  12. CM

    CMMD

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had been before so knew the food would be delicious but was also met with incredible service both from the very welcoming hostess and the member of the wait staff who went through the menu with us and gave us her personal recommendations (all excellent!)

  13. J

    Jessmcg1987

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had our baby with us & the staff were so accommodating. We sat out the front and the food came quickly and was delicious! Looking forward to going back when we can get a babysitter 😊

  14. m

    maireadg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really enjoyed our night out in Big Fan Bao, our waitress was really welcoming and gave great recommendations for food. All food servers were lovely. Food was delicious, it was my first time eating here but I will definitely be back

  15. JG

    JackieG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    fantastic! highly recommend, very central and great atmosphere with lovely service

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    We came based on a recommendation - while pork bun was good the dumplings were rubbery and tepid, the flank steak not good strong strange flavour and not great beef or cooked well when u think of all the great Irish beef there is here hard to fathom, cocktails v poor sugarey and artificial Flavouring and no punch, green vegetables raw and not properly prepared or cooked - sea bass nice but not hot Luke warm - the service was poor it was a special occasion and we we were told half way through meal when we had to leave - the food is expensive as is the drink and there is absolutely nothing special about the food or Service - look for somewhere else to spend your hard earned cash to treat someone - charmless and not good food - Dublin is better than this

    Big FanResponded on June 16, 2022

    We are very sorry that our place was not to your taste. As you can see the review you left is quite the opposite to the reviews we normally receive? In regards to price, we can guarantee you that we are good value as we know are margins and they prove to be exceptionally good value to our customers. Our greens are steamed and done so on a timer each time, It's how we believe they should be served to maintain the integrity of the produce. Booking with us you are informed of the 1.45hr sitting.

  17. RG

    RoisinG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, and good value- will definitely recommend and come back again.

  18. ND

    NiamhD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great fun, fab food, and fantastic service. Will visit again.

  19. JA

    JetmiraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food, great location and service, lovely ambiance music and friendly staff.

  20. P

    Penguin44

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Really buzzy and delicious menu of very tasty chinese tapas - lots of vegetarian options too. Spicy Taiwanese Chicken and the Crayfish Dumplings and Steamed Greens were some of my favourites. Great cocktails and wine by the carafe. Service was so efficient and friendly. Planning my next visit already.

  21. BT

    BrendanT

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Took the staffs recommendations and they were all incredible..

  22. H

    Hb77

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time eating at Big Fan, it definitely lived up to the positive reviews I had heard from friends! We ate outside in a covered over area, it was way nicer than I expected. Food, beer and wine was all delicious. Great, friendly service.

  23. S

    Santiago

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food is wonderful, it's very tasty and the service was awesome!

  24. EF

    EdytaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and atmosphere! The staff are very friendly, food is yummy and on another level. Highly recommend!

  25. EV

    ErinV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Amazing culinary experience with incredibly enthusiastic staff. The restaurant is extremely noisy so its can be difficult to hold a conversation.

  26. T

    Tracey

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service, very friendly staff. Delisious food, will be back.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service and atmosphere to match the delicious food!!!

  28. M

    Motherof2adults

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Really good food, really nice vibe - fair bit of a downer = when we asked for the bill, our server remarked somewhat sourly on how we had out-stayed our allocated time… the place still had many empty tables and our bill was hefty (as was the tip) so, suggest, a little more charm from the staff wouldn’t go amiss - otherwise good place to eat

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food which of course is the focal point! Was a bit loud but then again it is a small enough place. Staff were great, really friendly and the service was very quick. Definitely will be back to try some more of the menu ☺️

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, staff are so friendly and helpful

  31. MH

    MelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3

    We really loved the food, interesting and tasty, well worth a visit and we will be back again.

  32. DR

    DavidR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very delightful. Made a last minute reservation and was easily accommodated. Staff was lovely and food was delicious.

  33. AE

    AliceE

    Leinster

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service, each visit is better than the last. Keep up the great work, will definitely be returning! 10/10

  34. I

    Isabel

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Phenomenal food, really excellent service who knew the menu well and were very passionate about the food and drinks too.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious, we were recommended some dishes & picked the majority of them, each dish was really good & the mushroom dish is a must try. Staff couldn’t be nicer & service was excellent.

  36. RM

    RobertaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friends and I got a table at the end of the night and we’re already welcomed with a big smile! The place was buzzing with great atmosphere. Service was beautiful, helpful and outgoing, making us feel at home. Food was fantastic, everything extremely tasty, shout out for the chilly mushrooms and cheese little fried dumplings. Thank you guys, you made our night!

  37. HK

    HelenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. Extremely tasty and beautifully presented. The staff were great.

  38. MD

    MatthewD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal food and an amazing night. Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of going.

  39. S

    Saulie

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Make sure you get The Black Dragon! The crayfish dumplings are also to die for

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was devine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Big Fan offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 538 8886.

Big Fan is rated 4.7 stars by 476 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Google Map for Big Fan

16 Aungier Street Dublin, Dublin D02X044

Additional information

  • Cross street

    16 Aungier St, Dublin 2

  • Neighborhood

    Dame Street

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sun 2:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Chinese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lots of parking on the surrounding streets. Lost of free parking after 7 pm and on Sundays.

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Zhang

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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