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Welcome to our new decorated Roly's Bistro - Roly's Bistro, Dublin, Co. Dublin

Roly's Bistro

4.5
4.5
1002 Reviews
€30 and under
Seafood
Roly's Bistro first opened its doors in 1992 and has served traditional European cuisine ever since. The restaurant offers both dining in the restaurant, take out and catering. The menu caters for most pallets with a Goat's cheese and vegetable tart and a selection of meat dishes from Roly's butcher block, such as sirloin steak and rib of prime Irish steak. Roly's Bistro is famous for it's fresh Dublin Bay Prawns Scampi & Chips, Fresh Dublin Bay Prawns with Garlic, Chilli & Ginger Butter and Dublin Bay Prawn Cocktail.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (01) 668 2611

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Cartwright

What 1,002 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Dublin 4

    Best Food

  • Dublin 4

    Best Ambiance

  • Dublin 4

    Best Value

  • Dublin 4

    Good for groups

  • Dublin 4

    Neighborhood gem

  • Dublin 4

    Romantic

  • Dublin 4

    Good for special occasions

  • Dublin 4

    Most Booked

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  1. c

    caitrionab

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous memory as I brought my close friend Siobhan from Monaghan to celebrate her Retirement and my sister Aileen From the time I rang & talked with Lorraine to book to time we left the staff were absolutely so attentive, efficient and very well trained The food, ambiance and service was way above 5***** Staff couldnt do enough for us Love Rolys Thank you one and all We will be back Have special birthday & look forward to attending your beautiful restaurant later in year
  2. CH

    ClaireH

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and did not disappoint. We would have preferred a side of vegetables to have been included with the main courses. Overall it was a lovely Monday evening treat.
  3. SO

    StephO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Would definately recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good but average age into 70s so atmosphere different.
  5. N

    Nicolas

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Food was great as usual. Atmosphere was very nice. But we found the service very poor on this occasion. It took over 30min and a reminder to get our glasses of wine. Our table wasn't cleaned after we finished our dinner. And it took 35min to get and pay for the bill. Also, we did not enjoy sitting on a table (17) which was squeezed between 2 other tables, leaving us with little intimacy.
  6. AB

    AidanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought some US colleagues for lunch. Everyone had very enjoyable meals. Staff were attentive, without being overwhelming. Definitely on my list of favourite restaurants now, when I'm back in Dublin.
  7. UG

    UnaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent experience as always at Rolys.Great value Sunday lunch for the quality of food provided.Friendly,professional service,lovely ambiance and their home made breads are absolutely delicious!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    My wife and I were there for lunch and to summarise, the front of house let the restaurant down. It felt like the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing. For example; asked for a bottle a still water and a jug of tap was put down. 20 seconds later a bottle of still was opened and brought over. I was felt it was my fault. Secondly, a basic ask (and maybe I’m expecting too much) but why can’t restaurants take coats anymore?! So we had two long coats draped over the floor. “We don’t take coats!”. Food was pretty good but was so disappointed with the service. It’s a shame as I’ve been going to Roly’s since a child. We won’t be back unless we have to.
  9. JF

    JulesF

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an excellent dinner here on Tuesday night. I had the chicken wontons to start. They were delicious, followed by the halibut and smoked mashed potatoes, which were really exceptional. The service was very good and attentive and the place had a lovely ambiance. I would highly recommend Roly's and will definitely be returning.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely top notch!
  11. AR

    AislingR

    Bavaria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with friends. Great venue, lovely atmosphere. We had a booth upstairs and it was very cosy. Excellent service and attention to detail. Lots of choices between the Al a Carte and set menus. We had the starters and main courses with a nice selection on the wine list also. Very enjoyable evening.
  12. F

    Frank

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and staff friendliness, could not recommend enough.
  13. BF

    BlackrocFamilyDining2021

    Dublin

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just superb, never had a bad meal in 25 years
  14. RK

    RobbieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Day,Beautiful Food in a beautiful setting.
  15. PM

    PhilM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience as usual for Sunday lunch. My Roast rib beef was perfect. My husband had the Dublin Bay prawns for a main which was delicious. Service excellent
  16. BC

    BernadetteC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent lunch NY day, friendly staff& reliable food
  17. C

    Christo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and seemless service. A great all-round restaurant 🍴👌😊
  18. MB

    MaryB

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have made many return visits for its Excellent Food Service and Ambience
  19. CO

    CatherineO

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu, no Christmas rip off, delicious food as always
  20. MS

    MiriamS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    An old staple in Dublin - great for special occasions and gatherings. Great food and nice restaurant
  21. JS

    JoeS

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, efficient and friendly service, no rush to leave table. We’ll be back.
  22. SM

    SaraM

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A very good restaurant with good food well presented. Friendly service with good advice from very well trained staff.
  23. BG

    BrianG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic consistency in quality all thru C19 and now back to normal, really excellent venue.
  24. DG

    DeclanG

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted a booking where both the meal & the experience would be special. Roly’s exceeded our hopes and expectations. Birthday celebration went off brilliantly. Taste, presentation & service were all superb. The restaurant was full but no detail was left unattended. We look forward to another occasion to celebrate at Roly’s.
  25. PN

    PatN

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Two small dishes of potatoes? Asked to move after 90mins? Food was nice but expensive won’t be rushing back!
  26. KN

    KilianN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Having never been before as it was always difficult to get a booking, we were delighted to get a table. Loved the atmosphere and the service. Food was very good. If I was to be critical, felt the menu needed a little updating. But I really don't know what would look like.
  27. BM

    BrianM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very attentive but too many different servers Food good. Probably as good as can be expected in lead up to Christmas
  28. JR

    JacquelineR

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit for some years having been firm fans of the restaurant since 2000. It did not disappoint The food was amazing the staff attentive but not overbearing and the high energetic enjoyment noise of our fellow diners did not interfere with our enjoyment not actually enhanced it as it was very apparent that the whole restaurant were having the best time
  29. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food V good, Service V good. Avoid Table 29. Seats very cramped and staff use the area during there breaks. Staff should have seperate Canteen area .
  30. MM

    MichaelM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal, served by friendly efficient staff, in a lovely atmosphere.
  31. JC

    JacquelineC

    Dublin

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice Menu. Something for everyone on it. Good Wine selection and House wines reasonably priced and good quality. Food was very nice and fresh and good portion sizes. Service was very good
  32. DO

    DorO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Lunchtime restaurant was cold. Food tasty but portions were very small. Very small portion of carrot and broccoli plus one small potato each for myself and guest. Lobster bisque should be warmer. Soup was poured into cool container and so cooled by the time it was served. Rolys not as good as pre-Covid times.
  33. E

    Ellie

    Dublin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Lovely classic restaurant with nice and tasty food
  34. JC

    JimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t have been any better. Just such a cosy restaurant with great ambiance. Staff are very pleasant, the service is excellent and most importantly the food was 5 star ⭐️.
  35. SM

    StephenM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Great staff. A little noisy but good atmosphere. Definitely would recommend it.
  36. JM

    JohnM

    Dublin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is outstanding. Seems to be a lot of new staff and communication between them was not great so service was a little disjointed. I found it unusual that so many different members of staff attended our table. It would have been more personable if one person attended our table
  37. D

    alanD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Overpriced. Had heard good things about Roly's but the food was average at best. Staff were excellent however.
  38. s

    suzannel

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It's always lovely to dine at Roleys. Always a lovely experience. We have been coming for years as a couple and its a big family tradition.
  39. C

    Corkers

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    The service was appalling. There was no welcome on arrival. One guest had to find her own way to the table. We had to look for someone to remind them we had ordered wine and again remind them of a second pint of Guinness. We also had to remind them of the coffee. One staff member passed a snark remark when one guest asked for ‘extra hot water’ When it came to getting the bill I had to leave the table and seek someone out. We did not leave so tip on the bill but did leave €20 on the table. There appeared to be no plan in place to serve tables. No one person appeared to be responsible for an area. The restaurant was not full. The food was very good so well done to the chefs.
  40. K

    Kate27

    Dublin

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Roly’s is an institution and the main dining room has changed very little in the last 20 years both from aesthetics and food perspective. It suited the occasion as it appealed to my older father. Staff were very pleasant and suitably attentive. Whilst I acknowledge that this restaurant appeals to its regular clientele, there is a need for some updating of the menu. All sides were laden with butter/ sauce or fat. We should have checked with regard to lactose free alternatives. Perhaps the restaurant do offer a vegan/ vegetarian option and don’t advertise it. The bathrooms were adequate but basic and water was cold. I note that downstairs has been upgraded so perhaps the main restaurant is due an overhaul too.

FAQs

Roly's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (01) 668 2611.

Roly's Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 1002 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Roly's Bistro

7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Co. Dublin D04 DT78

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7, Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin D04 DT78

  • Neighborhood

    Ballsbridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    On street parking, particularly on the adjacent Herbert Park Road.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Cartwright

  • Additional

    Takeout

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