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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

#397 of 2,069 Restaurants in Dublin}
$$ - $$$French, European,
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“charcuterie” (12 reviews)
“fondue” (7 reviews)
“pates” (4 reviews)
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French, European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 169 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an unexpected gem for the area, and a lovely place for a (very good) coffee or a glass of wine. I didn't eat there but the options looked great.

Thank Angela L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice spot to sit outdoors if the weather permits. French food, meats etc. Limited enough menu but great for wine bar atmosphere.

Thank rca930
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Top wine Bar in Dublin. Great wines per glass. Excellent food for a very reasonable price. The cart is small, thus high quality. Very friendly french personell which are bilingual!

Thank Eric J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Solid selection of special French wines. Small range but delicious menus of food. Charming French waiter crew. Cosy atmosphere. Love it.

1  Thank LondonArnie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When The French Paradox first opened it was a breath of fresh air. Great wines,and basic french fare served by knowledgeable staff. The feeling you were in a wine shop that was a wine bar was unique, and Dubliners lapped it up. Fast forward to...More

Thank capetravller
Pierre C, Owner at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Capetravller, We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, as it is only with feedback that we can endeavour to improve the service that we offer. We try hard to keep the standards up and regret that we did not live up...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This family-owned restaurant has become my "go to" spot when visiting Dublin. The selection of wines and the expertise of the staff about those wines is exceptional. Start by selecting a wine and then match up a charcuterie to go along with the wine. If...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great for a social evening meeting. Either pre or post event meals in an intimate surrounding. Staff have super knowledge of food and wine.

Reviewed 6 September 2017

They know their food here. Reasonably priced but the true secret is the wine. Great for a post even meal in the Lansdowne Road/ Ballsbridge Area.

Thank Fosterbrook
Reviewed 28 August 2017

My husband and I had dinner at this wonderful Wine Bar last week. First of all, the wines on the wine list have all been carefully selected by the owners, Pierre & Tanya. They are all from family owned wineries with a keen emphasis on...More

Thank mauddevilsange
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We appeared to be having a superb evening at the wine class in the French Paradox until the bill arrived, which left a sour taste in our mouths (no sour wines were served). We had booked a private wine class for 6 people a few...More

2  Thank Jamesstephensxcv
Pierre C, Owner at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Dear James Stephens, We thank you for your review just published. We cannot tell you how much we are sorry for the massive misunderstanding we created by our own fault that damaged an otherwise 'superb evening', when 'you had great time tasting wines', described as...More

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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$59
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 660 4068
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Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine this, you have popped in to buy a bottle of wine from the range of more than 150. Hang on a minute, they offer freshly baked bread too... And cigars, cheeses, oils. It is enough to make your stomach gurgle with longing. And how on earth are you going to choose from those bottles, each one glinting at you cheekily? I suppose you could head for the tasting room and just try a little sip of wine and, seeing as your there, a dish or two from the amazing menu of French tapas-style dishes. A little charcuterie, a few cheeses, perhaps a larger salad or omelette now your stomach is in the mood. Now, what was it you came out for again?
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