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Breakfast, Lunch, Bar Bites, Cocktails, Dinner & Weekend Brunch. Located on Balfe Street, where Grafton Street and the Creative Quarter meet, Balfes features a 20 seater outdoor terrace, a zinc-covered bar and open kitchen.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
CUISINES
Irish, European, Healthy
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A great dining experience - superb service from.Anna & Isabele Great atmosphere Thank you ÝyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear LorraineQ16, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and I am delighted to hear that you had a lovely time with us. I am proud to hear that Anna and Izabela have provided such great service and...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Balfes is a must! Great food, cocktails and atmosphere. Isabel was very warm and welcoming. We'll be back again.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Mobile424095, Thank you very much for your feedback and for taking the time to provide us with feedback following your recent meal with us in Balfes. I am confident Izabela will be very proud to hear that her friendly service, along with a great...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Very nice Bistro, with good quality food, service is pleasant but constrained by new staff due to covid ( this is only temporary and not an issue)

Date of visit: December 2021
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Voproductions, Thank you very much for your feedback and for taking time to share your experience, it is greatly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Florie Ghibaudo General Manager, Balfes

Reviewed 6 days ago

I would like to thank Renato, Anna and Thomas for making our time in Balfes so very special. We had the most fantastic time and the staff could not have been more attentive and kind to us. The food was incredible but it was the...people who truly made the experience fantastic. I had the steak which was melt in the mouth incredible, the others had the salmon which was truly delectable. It’s my go to restaurant and I’m always so happy when we come here. Thank you so much to the Balfes team for being amazing as alwaysMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear B1138JPveronicaa, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and I am delighted to hear that you had a lovely time with us. I am proud to hear that Anna, Renato and Thomas made you feel special and...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We had the most wonderful time. I had bought mum a voucher 2 years ago for her bday but due to covid we only got to use it now. We were first greeted by Renato, who made us gorgeous cocktails that we loved. Throughout the...meal we were served by Anna, who was so kind and thoughtful. She kept us entertained and made us feel so comfortable and special Thomas also checked in with us throughout the meal and could not have been more diligent or sweet. All in all, another wonderful experience at Balfes. Our favourite place in Dublin.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Florie Ghibaudo, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear 998evea, Thank you so much for choosing Balfes for your mum's special occasion, I am so glad that it was an evening to remember, even if Covid delayed the celebration! I am proud to hear that Renato, Anna and Thomas ensured you had a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a friends birthday brunch on Saturday 8th Jan. The food was okay, I was excepting more from a 5* hotel restaurant, however the waiters were brilliant, especially Anna and Alina. Thanks girls for making our birthday brunch very enjoyable - we will definitely...come back :)More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Mr-Vincent-OGorman, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear josipk877, Thank you very much for your feedback and for taking time to share your experience, it is greatly appreciated. Whilst I am delighted to note you enjoyed your experience and that the service delivered by Anna and Alina made for a special birthday...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and my boyfriend were staying in "The Westbury" to celebrate my 30th birthday. We had our evening meal booked in Balfes, from the moment we entered we were greeted warmly and soon met our server Anna. There was a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant....I informed our server I was coeliac and she was very knowledgeable making me feel at ease. She recommended the Gambas for starters and the fish and chip for mains. I ordered both and didn't regret it, the empty plates from both myself and my boyfriend were evidence that the food was a 10/10. Anna was very friendly and attentive to our needs during our time in the restaurant. Anna ended our evening by presenting me with a desert and singing happy birthday, thank you for making our evening so special. We will look forward to returning soon.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Mr-Vincent-OGorman, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Grace M, Thank you so much for choosing the Westbury and indeed Balfes for the very special occasion of your 30th Birthday, i am so glad t note that it was an evening to remember. I am proud to hear that Anna ensured you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Saturday late afternoon. Decor and setting is very nice. We were blow away by the service from Anna. So friendly, help and attentive. The Fillet Steak was amazing. Will definitely go back again and hopefully have Anna looking after us.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Mr-Vincent-OGorman, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear H4632NBchrism, Thank you very much for your feedback and for taking the time to provide us with feedback following your recent meal with us in Balfes. I am confident Anna will be very proud to hear that her friendly service, along with a great...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite all of the covid madness, Balfes has handled it so well. We had an anniversary lunch there and the food was glorious. The only thing better than the food were the incredible staff Huge thanks to Anna and Manuela. We had a lovely time....Happy New Year!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Mr-Vincent-OGorman, Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Paul B, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback following your recent visit to Balfes for your anniversary. I am delighted to know you enjoyed your meal with us despite everything and I am proud to know you felt the team handled...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The unwarranted rudeness we received left us startled. We asked politely when we may expect to receive our meal and we’re shouted at from a distance that it would arrive soon. It didn’t. We got up to leave, and again with raised voice asked what...our problem was,drawing the attention of the entire restaurant. I have never experienced anything like this treatment. We lézt And certainly will not be back. We gave our feedback to the restaurant via an email seeking our opinion and are surprised not to receive the courtesy of a reply. Steer clear of this place. Having read some reviews here, this is clearly the type of reception you can expect in this establishmentMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Mr-Vincent-OGorman, General Manager at Balfes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear LaoiseBee, I wish to thank you for sharing your feedback with us and for taking the time to do so. We always appreciate hearing back from our guests, especially in this case, where the experience was not that of which we pride ourselves on....More

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hi a lot of the places reply alright i find when they must see a good review they respond perhaps i am wrong as i gave a very good honest review which one didn't like and they also replied. cannot say why.
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Response from David M | Property representative |
Hi there, Balfes is very child friendly and we always do our best to fit in buggies and prams. Saturday afternoon tends to be very busy however but we'll do our best for you. David
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
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