Thunder Road Café

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171 reviews
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Thunder Road Café is based in Dublin's Temple Bar. The themed restaurant has been serving American diner food for over 20 years. The restaurant bar offers a selection of live music on Friday nights, and an extensive drinks menu to match their colorful theme. Cocktails such as Woo Woo and Blue lagoon have made it into the specials section. Food is served throughout the week and diners can enjoy a selection of traditional diner dishes with a European twist. A chosen few to mention from the menu are Buffalo chicken wings, a selection of pasta dishes and as wel as a selection of steaks.
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R
Dublin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Ordered Medium steak but it was Medium well. The ambiance was really energetic.

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AM
Dublin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

All pre made food with sauce over it, this place is not what it was years ago. Toilets were very dirty. Bring back the old TRC !

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R
Dublin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waited 40 mins for bland dry food. kids meal was the worst

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MB
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Great atmosphere with live DJ playing requests. A Saturday night so understand it was extremely busy but reservation made for 8.15 eventually seated at 8.55 after reminding front of house we were still waiting at the bar. Drinks were great I got the cocktail of the week. Enjoyed starter to share. Mains were ok and my partner's included a raw chip. Our waiter seemded a bit distracted and got our drinks order wrong and had to be reminded about bringing us the bill. Enjoyable atmosphere with good enough food.

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DK
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The only problem I had with thunder road was my burger was not cooked it was raw. I never complained as it was my daughters 18th and I didn’t want anything to upset her night. We had a brilliant night. Everyone else’s food was top notch. Drinks and servive were top class. Well worth a visit I’ll be back

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DS
Dublin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Even for an early evening reservation the place was buzzing, great start to the night.

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed my meal in thunder road, the only problem we had was the noise of the speakers! We had to ask to be moved twice! As we were seated directly under a speaker both times! Far too loud for comfortable conversations.

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CM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good place to bring kids and adults , very relaxed atmosphere

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SB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The atmosphere was very energetic which is great for a Saturday night in Temple Bar and the staff were excellent as well as the cocktails. However, I wasnt happy with the food I think its very over rated and pricey for what it was.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Buzzing atmosphere, very good service and good American grub & cocktails. Had a great time here as a large group

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RD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waited 45 mins for food, drink was well gone at this stage had to order another maybe a business tactic I don’t know I was hungry didn’t eat all day and wasn’t expecting to wait so long. Likewise my partner was the same. Recommend eating before you get there just Incase . That’s all that ruined it for us .

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A
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location. Service was a bit slow but in fairness the restaurant was very busy. Couple of the drinks had to go back as they were flat.All of the food arrived hot and together.. Food was very good quality and tasted lovely..

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DN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service from Andre(?) was terrible, he was so rude! He kept turning our light assuming we were asking where a friends drink order was again (as we were waiting a very long time for 1 drink) but we had wanted to order dessert so then took our order in a hurry, which came out wrong for one friend. Jo Jo was lovely though! However, absolutely no choice on the menu anymore as it has gone so, so limited and expensive! Strawberry daquairi gone from €5 to €8?! This used to be a favourite place for myself and friends where we went regularly but we are very reluctant to return as it has just gone downhill so much! Food still tasted nice but at the end of the day, a burger is a burger. Very disappointed which is a pity to say as it used to be so great!

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal but drinks way too expensive.

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SB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed in the meun choice and flavour off the food chips were full off grease and the spagetti bolagnse was water .

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KT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice service, nice food. Loud music add energy in your life.

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JS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had our 7th New Years Eve visit, best of treatment and VIP club free cocktails

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CB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Very noisy and full of children at 8pm. Not at all relaxing or enjoyable because of this.

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N
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, great atmosphere, food was really good

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there new year eve with my fiance and friends too I also had my 18th birthday there I love this place

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Forgot drinks few times

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L
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Family of 5, 2 ordered from kids menu. Kids bbq wings were amazing and more than enough in portion. She could have done with a few wipes or a finger bowl. Kids chicken burger, same as anywhere else. Adult meals chicken tenders a little tough but tasty seasoning. Two beef burgers were divine, both adults enjoyed them. Chips on all 5 plates could have been cooked longer. They were still some hard and left alot of waste. Would however go back for the burgers and wings.

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s
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big improvement on food and noise level we were here eariler in the year and couldn’t hear one another talk the music was great and level was perfect . Food was amazing again a big improvement compared to previous visits.

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TO
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The vegan food was lovely, the meat based food not so good - the taste of the meat (ribs and wings) and sauce was bland and the chips were frozen and tasteless. Drinks were good and service was very good as was the atmosphere.

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E
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab friendly staff!

Very friendly to the kids. Very good value for
Money!

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F
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have been going to Thunderoad for 14 years each Christmas. I dont think we will be back though. We always went as it was great value for money, the food was excellent and the atmostphere was really lively.

However this year the menu was reduced, the prices had gone up and the quality of the food was really not very good. We ordered 2 10oz Sirloins one of which didnt look anywhere near 10oz, which were served with vine tomatoes and some fries, for € 24.95 this was not good value for money. Chicken Curry was very dry and a a pasta dish cost € 18 as she added some chicken. € 146 for 5 mains, 2 starters and 1 Dessert was very poor. Service was pleasant. Restaurant didnt seem as busy as previous years. Maybe word is getting out. Such a shame as it used to be briliant and I used to recommend to everyone I knew. Not anymore i'm afraid.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was very good but the music was a bit too loud to have a conversation

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RG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Waited over 40 mins for our table although we’d booked. Waiting staff very inattentive, asked for water twice, it never came. Asked three separate staff for colouring crayons. In the end we got then ourselves. Food was nice and fairly priced. Would have paid extra for better service. Interior of restaurant very shabby and needs a serious renovation.

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KS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible value for kids at weekends. Very friendly staff

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LN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Was a lovely evening, except the music was too loud

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RG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had to wait a long time for someone to serve us. Our food was cold and I couldn’t finish my meal becuase It was turning my stomach. The prices for the food were too much for the quality.

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OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow & it took a really long time to get our food. It didn't seem that busy.
The chips were cheap.
Burgers were nice & cocktails good.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good atmosphere, service not great, meals all arrived in stages, kids were almost finished eating before all the adults were served, one person wasn't served at all until we asked. Food wasn't great. Music was just a shade too loud, had to shout over it to talk. Good for a bit of Christmas atmosphere but think we'll be trying somewhere else next year

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J
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall really good experience with the one exception we were seated under a speaker and the music was playing way too loud.

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KM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff were really nice and particularly good with the kids. Great choice of menu and the food was really tasty. We found it to be a very enjoyable dining experience.

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RG
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a birthday booking. We had a group of 14 and they had no problem dealing with that. We all got served very quickly too.

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PV
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Staff are always amazing and so helpful. 100% recommend it.

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OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice food with great service

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PD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, great menu and fast friendly service.

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GR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch burgers
Child friendly and overall a great atmosphere

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