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Chameleon Restaurant

#102 of 2,105 Restaurants in Dublin
$$ - $$$Asian, Indonesian,
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 671 0362
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“rijst tafel” (38 reviews)
“rijsttafel” (26 reviews)
“tapas” (56 reviews)
Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Dining experience
"A hidden gem; one of my favourite Dublin eateries"
Liam B
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2. Amazing atmosphere
"A wonderful little place, great ambience, friendly service"
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3. Great for groups
"Booked for a work Christmas Party.......The food was amazing"
alan j
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1 - 10 of 697 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic food and excellent service. Pleasantly surprised when the bill came- very good value for what you get. Lovely atmosphere. Will certainly go again.

Thank MaireadK1010
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We have been to Chameleon a few times now and each time, we fall more in love. The staff are outstanding in their ethos, knowledge and can do attitude. The food is a delight to the senses and is so fresh and aromatic. We will...More

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Thank kk62
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you very much we really appreciate your comments and custom.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely fabulous. Food was great. Waitress was very helpful on what to order. We, a group of three ordered six tapas plus at the recommendation of the waitress a nasi goreng. This was plenty of food for us. Will definitely recommend and go back.

Thank niamhco
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was our first day in Dublin and we found this lovely restaurant by chance. We were given a table upstairs. The food was very tasty. We went for the Tapas menu. The waitress suggested that we should order atleast 3 dishes per person so...More

1  Thank melrose99
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dined with 3 friends on Friday night. From the moment we walked in we were all in awe of the place. We were seated at a raised area and sat on the ground in the most perfect table. I had requested a seat on the...More

Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much, you were seated at our Opium table, this table I brought back from Bali over 20 years ago and is still one our most requested seating areas. Delighted you had a great evening I will pass your comments onto the team,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our meal at Chameleon. We ordered the vegetarian and meat multiple course options along with 2 appetizers for the 3 of us as recommended by the waitress. Everything was delicious and unlike anything I'd eaten before. Make a reservation as it was...More

Thank tungesvik
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks, generally it's a good idea to reserve especially at weekends or if you want a particular table. Mid week we are usually able to take lots of walk-in's, so don't be put off. Please come back in again, many thanks for your kind...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seven of us went for a meal here. We freely chose to sit at one of the low tables with cushions for seats....we laughed and enjoyed it but would opt for regular seats the next time! More importantly the food is fabulous. We opted for...More

Thank dublindweller2015
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your review and we would be delighted to see you in Chameleon again, the Tapas and Bao menu are ideal for for a quick bite and this week we have introduced some delicious new craft beers. The Set menus are perfect...More

Reviewed 12 March 2018

I came across this restaurant by accident but I'm glad I gave it a try. The staff were very attentive and knowledgeble despite being rushed off their feet with the many patrons there so make sure you book in advance. I was skeptical when reading...More

Thank Danno77smith
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review, glad you gave us a try and please do call back, little independents like us need customers like you. Cheers Carol

Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We had dinner here after a show at the gaiety theatre. We weren't sure how to work the menu but our waiter was most helpful and pointed us in the right direction. We had plenty of food with different varieties, delicious. The red wine went...More

Thank susiec931
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your reveiw, delighted you enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Visited this old favorite recently and was just as enjoyable as I remember. Friendly, knowledgeable staff with delicious food. Got a mix of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes between Two people from the Asian tapas menu. Great range of options for both and fairly priced....More

Thank Largetogo
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks, the Tapas menu and the Bao menu are our new, and thankfully, very popular additions to our menu. Please call back in again. Carol

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Saiyidatus S
25 October 2017|
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Response from Carol W | Property representative |
No we are not halal-certified we can pre -order chicken and lamb which is certified upon request.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$49
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: South City Centre
  • Phone Number: +353 1 671 0362
  • E-mail
Chameleon is an award-winning Dublin restaurant specializing in rijst-tafel or Asian tapas such as Javanese short rib, Otak Otak Crab cakes, and free-range chicken satay served with our very own peanut sauce. Established in 1994, Chameleon has become renowned for its intimate and ambient atmosphere, excellent service, and outstanding contemporary Indonesian cuisine. Chameleon restaurant has won many prestigious awards including best restaurant in Temple Bar, and John & Sally McKenna Guides "100 Best Restaurants" every year since 2013. Carol and Kevin are a husband and wife team who are inspired by travel and great tasting food. Like their namesake – the chameleon is an expert at adapting to its environment – and attribute their recent success to their continual focus on how Irish people want to dine today. Recent additions include a range of craft beers and wines as well as catering for the dietary choices of vegetarians, vegans and celiacs’ looking for gluten-free options.
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