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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

#376 of 2,095 Restaurants in Dublin}
$$ - $$$French, European,
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“charcuterie” (10 reviews)
“fondue” (7 reviews)
“pates” (4 reviews)
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CUISINES
French, European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days 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 today

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 days 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank RBPJOS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Great little place very nice food and fantastic wines available. Had the duck and quail egg salad and a good chablis.

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 5 August 2017

After too many years to this superlative operation led admirably by Jacques and his team. Stand out dish by a country mile and perhaps even taking the honours from the legendary Boyer in Rheims was the stupendous pan seared foie.

Thank 977mike
Reviewed 5 August 2017

The French staff were very welcoming , professional and efficient However the food on the prix fixe menu was poor Caviar d'aubergine looked awful and did not taste much better Warm 'silk purse' was a pigs ear complete with cartilage with pork meat on toast...More

Thank graham w
Pierre C, Manager at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

Dear Graham, We are very sorry to read your disappointing experience with us. We were saved from total humiliation, thanks to our staff performance and your sweet tooth that gave top marks to our tarte Tatin and our café gourmand. These positive comments go straight...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Lovely little spot with great food (the salads are huge, by the way), a wonderful wine selection and friendly and efficient staff. Loved it.

Thank wheelie07042
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$60
Meals
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
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 22:00
Thursday
10:30 - 22:00
Friday
10:30 - 22:00
Saturday
10:30 - 23:00
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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Description
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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