Balfes

Balfe Street, Dublin, Ireland, D02 CH66
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Opening Information

Breakfast
Mon - Fri 8am - 11.30am

Brunch
Sat 9am - 3pm
Sun 9am - 4pm

All-Day Dining
Mon - Thur 12pm - 10pm
Fri 12pm - 10.30pm
Sat 5pm - 10.30pm
Sun 5pm - 10pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Balfes

With Parisian and New York influences, Balfes is an all-day dining brasserie and uptown bar in the heart of Dublin 2’s Creative Quarter. 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 and is open from 8am until late Monday to Friday and from 10am until late Saturday and Sunday.
The menu offers healthy breakfasts, leisurely lunches and dinner using the best of Irish seafood and quality meat, with all produce expertly sourced by our experienced chefs. Strong on Irish artisan ingredients including farmhouse cheese and house smoked salt, Balfes also has its own coffee blend, home-baked pastries, muffins and cakes, homemade preserves and chutneys and cold pressed juice, making it the perfect space for breakfast meetings with tempting treats.
Grilled steak, prawns and whole fish are roasted on a charcoal grill using grass-fed Irish beef, dry aged for 32 days, while fresh oysters, ceviche, seaweed cured Gravlax and Castletownbere crab make up the seafood offering. Fresh local produce goes into creating Balfes’ salads, weekend brunches, juices and cocktails.
Balfes caters for specific dietary requirements and offers plenty of gluten-free choices across the menu including gluten free omelettes, fish and chips, pancakes and offerings from the charcoal grill including the burger which can be served in a gluten free wrap. The menu also offers pilaf rice, a vegan rice option, and dairy free rice pudding.
Formerly Pitt Street, Balfe Street was renamed in honour of internationally celebrated composer, Michael William Balfe, who was born and spent his youth in a house on No. 10 Pitt Street. The musical tradition continues today, rebooted for the 21st century. Complimentary all-day WIFI makes Balfes the perfect place to work or meet.

Cuisine: European, Brunch, French
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Friday, 03 July 2020

very well run system with Covid restrictions. Felt safe and well managed throughout.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Fantastic food for adults and children. Lovely staff, great location and relaxed atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Lovely healthy options. Tiny problem solved in professional manners. Filipas service was exceptional.

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Dear Ms.Capron, Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your visit to Balfes. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal and the healthy options on our menu. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Filipas who will be delighted to hear them. I hope that you will return to us very soon.

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Great food, lovely staff

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Dear Ms.Gibson, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your experience in Balfes. I will be sure to share you kind words with the whole team who will be equally as delighted to hear them as I. We hope to welcome you back in the not so distant future.

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

A consistently lovely treat the odd Sunday morning

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Dear Cliona, Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your Sunday morning breakfast with us. We do hope to welcome you again soon in the future.

Responded On Monday, 09 March 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Service was slow, hard to get the waitress attention when finished our main course

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Dear Ms.Walsh, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your recent visit to Balfes. We appreciate and take all feedback on board. I apologize that you experienced a lag in service this time around. I can assure you this is not the normal standards that wr pride ourselves for. I hope we will have the opportunity welcome you back to Balfes in the not so distant future to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

It was my wife's birthday and as usual Balfes looked after us very well, Regards.

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Dear Sidney, Thank for taking the time to leave us with a review from your visit to Balfes. I am delighted that we could be part of your wife's birthday and you felt looked after by us. I do hope you will afford us the opportunity to welcome you back very soon.

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

As always, Kevin Hurley and his team were fantastic.

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Dear Mr.McGuinness. May I first begin my thanking you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your recent visit to Balfes. I am delighted to hear of your very kind words which I will be sharing with the rest of the team. I hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you back to the restaurant very soon.

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

It was okay. It took some time for staff to take our order and it wasn’t busy. Also we never received a side dish we ordered however we did not inform staff as we knew there would be a delay. Atmosphere was good and staff were friendly when they were available.

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Dear Meabh, Thank you for your feedback. I am terribly sorry to hear about your experience with us. We will be looking into why the service was delayed and can assure you that this will not happen again. Hopefully we can welcome you again in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact us on (01) 646 3553 or email [email protected] for any future reservations

Responded On Monday, 09 March 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Lovely lunch, a great buzz & terrific staff keep up the good work

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Dear Ms.Cahill, Thank you very much for providing us with feedback from your recent visit to Balfes. On behalf of the whole team, we appreciate your kind words and I am delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. I hope you will allow us the opportunity to welcome you back in the not so distant future.

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Far to noisy. Nothing to cushion sound with the result that food, service was great but very difficult to have a conversation without constantly repeating oneself. Plus tables too close to each another

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Dear Ms.O'Connor, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your visit to Balfes. I am disappointed to hear that your visit did not live up the standards that we pride ourselves for. We appreciate and take all feedback on board. I hope that you will allow us the opportunity to welcome you back in the not so distant future.

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

Booked for daughters birthday . All lovely .

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Dear Fionnuala, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Staff, service and food excellent!!

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Dear Ms.Skinner, May I first begin by thanking you for providing us with feedback from your visit to Balfes. I am delighted to hear that you were impressed with your visit, this is very important to us. I hope that you will afford us the opportunity to welcome you back very soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

Small issue with being initially served cold tea (issue with the boiler we believe) the staff were very helpful and no issue with providing fresh ones for our table. Food was delicious and will be back!

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Dear Sinead, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 29 February 2020

Fantastic restaurant, very friendly staff and not too expensive.

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Dear Ms.Mailley, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your visit to Balfes. I am very happy to hear that you had a fantastic experience with us and I do hope we will have the pleasure to welcome you back to the restaurant soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Visited On Friday, 28 February 2020

Service was a bit on the slow side - but the experience was enjoyable nonetheless. Will be back!

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Dear Michael, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Visited On Thursday, 27 February 2020

Food was really good with excellent service and flexible with rescheduling our booking when plans changed.

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Dear Miriam, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Visited On Thursday, 27 February 2020

Audrey an amazing host Great service Charged my phone for me Great food Super all round

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Dear Patricia, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Responded On Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

Our group of 11 were very pleased. Audrey was extremely helpful and attentive. We will be returning

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Dear Ms.Farrell, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your experience in Balfes. I will be sure to share you kind words with the Audrey and the whole team who will be equally as delighted to hear them. We hope to welcome you back in the not so distant future

Responded On Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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Visited On Friday, 21 February 2020

Venue and food were lovely. Staff were a bit miserable and did the bare minimum. No charisma etc. But overall it was still a nice place for breakfast.

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Dear Lucy, Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your experience with us. We will be looking into this matter and can assure you it will not happen again. Please do contact [email protected] if you would like to make a future reservation.

Responded On Saturday, 22 February 2020
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Visited On Friday, 21 February 2020

We ordered orange juice, avocado and smoked salmon and tea/coffee. The hot drinks came well before the food. The drinks were half drank and cold by the time the food arrived. When I explained this to the waitress we weren't offered replacements and when I had to ask fo a jug of hot water. Although most tables for two were empty we were put sitting at a small round table and my husband was at an angle to me. There was no lemon with the smoked salmon or any kind of sauce.

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Dear Joan, Thank you for your feedback. We take all feedback on board and will look in to your issues raised about your meal and the table. I do hope that we get the opportunity to welcome you back to Balfes in the not so distant future and not only meet but exceed your expectations. Please do not hesitate to contact us on (01) 646 3553 or email [email protected] for any future reservations

Responded On Saturday, 22 February 2020
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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

Everything was perfect, the meal was very well prepared and served. The non-alcoholic cocktail was delicious.

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Dear Mr. Roe, Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. I have passed your lovely comments onto our team. We hope to welcome you again in the near future.

Responded On Friday, 21 February 2020
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Visited On Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Our party of three were dissatisfied with the service we recieved. It was difficult to get attention of our waiters and while they were most pleasant, we waited almost 15 minutes to get our bill. Our food was below standard and my fish was cold and overcooked. We tried to speak with staff to provide feedback on our experience but failed to get a waiter when we were leaving.

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Dear Ms. Buckley, Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to here about your experience with us. I can reassure you that this will not happen again. If you would like to make a future reservation please do contact me directly at [email protected]

Responded On Thursday, 20 February 2020
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Visited On Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Went for lunch, sandwiches were nice but abit over priced, sweet potato fries were very soggy and not nice at all!

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Dear Ms.Gilgunn, Thank you very much for taking the time to provide feedback from your lunch in Balfes. We appreciate and take all feedback on board. I am disappointed to hear that we did not exceed your expectations this time and I will be passing your comments over to our head chef. I do hope we will get the chance to welcome you back in the near future.

Responded On Thursday, 20 February 2020
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Visited On Monday, 17 February 2020

Handy place to meet when in and around grafton street.Way over priced for the amount of food that you get. Loads of people working but staff half ignored us. We got our coffees half way through our breakfast after asking for them twice. It was my second time there and I was really disappointed

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Dear Mr.O'Donovan, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your recent visit to Balfes. We take all feedback on board and will look in to your issues raised about staff and your coffee order. I do hope that we get the opportunity to welcome you back to Balfes in the not so distant future and not only meet but exceed your expectations. Please do not hesitate to contact us on (01) 646 3553 or email [email protected] for any future reservations.

Responded On Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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