Catch-22

3.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
62 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
€30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Fish
Welcome to Catch-22, Dublin's tastiest Seafood restaurant! Here we focus on a comfortable dining experience, with friendly staff, delicious food and we boast a full bar, so we can cater to all your beverage needs, from an extensive beer selection, tasty wine list compiled to compliment our menu, and a selection of delicious cocktails. Come in today to enjoy a delicious range of fresh Seafood dishes including Fresh Cod, Fresh Shellfish and our daily specials which are always made to impress! If you're not a seafood fan, not to worry! We have a delicious Sea-free menu also available, you're guaranteed to find something you love!
What 62 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.7
service
3.6
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality and excellent quick service. Will be back soon :)

AC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service - interesting specials on offer and a great menu in general

A
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal! The service and food were great. I would 100% recommend Catch 22!

MM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

After booking online the week before, Catch-22 called less than 24 hours ahead to let me know that the restaurant was closed for renovations.

ET
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for my husband's birthday dinner. It was a wonderful evening with excellent food and stellar service. The restaurant was not very busy, so we sat downstairs, which was also a lovely ambience. Will definitely return to this restaurant next time we are in Dublin!

SH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, better than most of the other restaurants in Dublin. The fish burger was amazing. Fair prices.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I had the fresh cod with chips and my partner the smoked mackerel with a side salad. Both arrived quickly and were tasty meals. The tables for 2 are very narrow so there’s a lot of condiment shuffling that goes on with the wine bucket going on the floor. My biggest gripe is the over-priced and poor quality wine list. Shame!

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely atmosphere, setting with fantastic food and service.

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Great service. Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.

CO
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Catch 22! The food is fantastic! And it is a lovely little restaurant. We were there for dinner on December 23 so it was a busy day but our waitress was super. She was completely on her own running the whole restaurant which was awful for her but she never stopped smiling. She was polite helpful and managed to deal with all the tables efficiently. Christmas bonus deserving!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super solo dining experience here. Shame the mackeral starter was not available. The crayfish toast was a bit toast heavy. That aside my Halibut main was awesome, but could have done without the chillie in my opinion. Look forward to a further visit next time I am in Dublin.

OT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Disappointed that being a seafood restaurant there was not a more comprehensive menu on offer upstairs in the restaurant. Hubby was disappointed there were no scallops on offer.
The staff were very helpful & good atmosphere.
Would go back for lunch but not evening dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was kinda meh, but the bar was quite nice. I'd recommend if you're going for a drink only

BN
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Catch-22 was a perfect stop for an early pre-theatre dinner just around the corner from the Gaiety. We had a variety of seafood dishes - oysters, mussels, chowder and prawns - which were all tasty. They have a great and affordable kids menu.

FC
Raleigh
71 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a rambunctious child with us and they were understanding when we wanted to sit in a far corner. We shared the shrimp and avocado salad, which was wonderful, and the mixed seafood pot. The seafood pot had a nice broth but the seafood was a bit over cooked. Thank you for wonderful service!

ME
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had failed to make a dinner rsvn for our first day of vacation in Dublin. This place came up as available. Excellent oysters, the rest fairly average. Well-priced wine list. We had an awesome server.

MK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Three of us had dinner here - we were happy with our food and the service was excellent! Nice place to catch up with friends, have a very good meal, and linger over drinks or coffee

SJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It was busy night I understand they were busy but it took 90 min for food to arrive and we were sitting next to a banging Kitchen door which I couldn’t not believe they just left like that and couldn’t have done something about . Over all I did not enjoy it and regret I found that place as a recommendation for sea food

RL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was one of the nicest seafood dinners ever! We decided to go with several starters instead of a main, kind of tapas-ish.
The Sautéed Gambas Prawns, the mussels and the crab toast were incredible amazing! My boyfriend is not a huge seafood fan but he loved it so much!
Thanks again to the nice and professional service too!

JM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I would not recommend catch 22... they were out of so many things on the menu, the place was not busy and it still took 30mins for our order to be taken! I had to ask for the bill twice at the end..and in the whole dinner we were never asked if we wanted a second drink.. such bad service! Food was good nice but nothing special

D
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

we were seated in a room off the main dining room which we were very disappointed with. No atmosphere or ambience. Service was poor, probably as we were not in main dining room. Ordered a white new zealand sauv bland and was served another branded wine and never advised the reason why. We assumed it was wrong order and enquired. waiter then explained they didn't have the wine and this was an equivalent version. Food was lovely, can't fault this. Atmosphere and service really let it down. Disappointed and would not return based on this as was special occasion we were celebrating.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Food was average if it were a pub but as it was a restaurant with restaurant prices I would class it as below average.

Not a broad menu with a single special didn’t leave much option. Love fish and loved the idea of a completely fish based restaurant but just disappointed overall.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Booked a table here for 6 people last Saturday at 18:15. This restaurant has around 10 tables, with 4 people running around in chaos. We didn't understand why, since 2 people should have handled these tables easily. From the start the service was bad: they kept us waiting for so long before someone even attended our table. We told them that we had 1 hour to eat since we had to leave at 19:30. We ordered a bottle of wine and 2 cocktails. They brought the bottle of wine, 1 cocktail and 2 bottles of water. They had forgotten the other cocktail, so we ordered it again. When it came, it was the wrong cocktail, so we send it back.

For food, we ordered 18 oysters, 2 shrimp salads, 3 mussels, 1 crabcake, 1 shellfish pot. Again it took them ages for the food to reach us. First, they brought all the hot food, instead of the oysters first. The salad had brown avocado, it was just leaves of salad with cooked shrimps, no extra tastes or dressing. They had forgotten the crab salad. They had forgotten my cutlery to break open all of the shellfish and crab I had. Total chaos!

For us, this is really bad service! The biggest joke was the bill: they had put everything on there, even though they had forgotten half of it, so we had to send back or ask for stuff multiple times. 265 euro's, definitely not worth the service and the food were mediocre. I've had better seafood. And here's the kicker, without explaining this rule, they added written by hand an extra service fee of nearly 30 euro because we wherewith more than 5 people!!! Worst experience ever.

OT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very enjoyable. It is a small restaurant, nice decor. We ordered oysters and they only had six... however they were great. The staff was very friendly, but service was way too slow... and i have been to a few restaurants in Dublin for comparison. The fresh cod was very good. The mussel bucket was ample in size... but the broth was not as flavorful as I was expecting. All in all it was a good meal.

S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

service very slow, but the food when it arrives is very good

JA
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

easy to find, very friendly atmosphere, reasonable prices, food and service was excellent

C
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Anyone planning to visit, should definitely book a table in advance. The place is on the small side, and quite popular...consequently, when there are no more tables....there are simply no more tables. Fortunately, when you do arrive for your reservation the food (portions of the actual fish well prepared, but on the small side) and service are pretty good (we seem to have gotten the newest member of staff, who was genuinely helpful but a bit unsure of the menu and drinks list). Check out the menu on line before you book, as this is a SEAFOOD restaurant and non-fish eaters in your group may not find anything to their liking. The location is great, and the dining room is nicely finished.

MV
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most outstanding oysters, ever! The maître d' was very wonderful, very helpful and accommodating.

K
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was served quickly, but asked for the bill five times before it arrived.

GH
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Was very disappointed with the food.. over priced starters was fine mains didnt arrive for 25 mins and the potatoes and veg were cold..the fish was fine place was not busy so felt like they forgot... but did try to amend it by offering to get us more fresher veg.

g
Berlin
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Tasty food but a little overpriced and staff did not deal well when it was commented on

S
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The restaurant is really cute - the service is not great . The food was awful-,way over cooked seafood pot lacking flavour. The crab claw wasn’t even edible - the server didn’t care. My friend had a fish pie and fish cakes - both were “fishy”, which isn’t normal for quality fresh seafood. My seafood chowder lacked flavour and the bread was dry and stale. Even the Apple crumble was a miss. Definitely would not recommend.

MG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food's delicious - we polished it off - but the wine recommendations were a little off. We asked for a dry white but it was too sparkling. We also expected it to be dressier than it was so we were a little over-dressed for the occasion :)

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would never ever recommend this restaurant. I went there on the 10th of August, a Saturday, thought I was bringing my friends for nice dinner in a seafood restaurant but it was like going into a chipper. Food was shocking and the rest, so disappoint. I felt embarrassed for bringing my friends there, I even apologized. It's not cheap for what they offer.

MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience at a restaurant ever. We arrived for a late night dinner and were sat immediately, waited for over 30 minutes for our server to even arrive with menus and waters, finally got our drink and food order in and continuously received incorrect drinks. After placing our food order the restaurant was already empty, the server let us know they had run out of nearly everything on the menu and had to switch some orders. After 110 minutes our food finally come out, was cold, and was not what we had been told to switch our orders too. The staff not only was not helpful with the situation but didn’t care. Food was bad, service was terrible, and there was no ambiance since no one was even at the restaurant by the time our food had come out because it took that long. Would absolutely never ever recommend.

TL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food will definitely be back great service friendly and helpful staff

DD
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Looking for fresh/wild caught seafood. Found and excellent review on trip advisor so I thought we would try them. The food was very good, but still not what we were looking for.

a
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The calamari starter was tough and overcooked. Were they from frozen? The mains ( cod and hake) were delicious. The waiter's service was a little haphazard but the Italian waitress was outstanding.

JS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We dined on a weeknight around 7:30 pm. There were several tables available. There seemed to be just 1 server assigned to the top floor so service was a little slow, but very friendly and knowledgeable. We shared the charcuterie starter which was large and very tasty. I enjoyed the seafood chowder while my husband had the lamb shank. Both were plentiful servings and nicely flavored.

v
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fabulous food beautifully presented. Another wonderful evening at Catch 22.