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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
  • Outside Seating Area
  • 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 Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Great that they did not rush us out of the place. Enjoyed the meal and will be back!

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Very poor options for a vegan. Very disappointed as all I could have on menu was side dishes and couldn’t be accodated by kitchen to alter menu. Food came out for each of us at different times, so my food was served almost ten minutes before everyone else’s. Not good experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Was disappointed. We had heard such wonderful things however the service was terribly slow and our food took ages to come out. We had ordered extra drinks that never came. However, The head of house was lovely and think she realised we still hadn’t been served our food and got it for us. We had requested a seating with room for a buggy which we got, had lots of space. My turkey burger was over cooked and hard. I should have send it back. Disappointed overall

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

We had a lovely brunch, sat in the sun, staff were attentive and service efficient

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Thank you for a wonderful brunch

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my husband. I had heard great things from friends who had been, was not disappointed, it’s our new go to place in town! Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Gorgeous meal.

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Steak was nice but was certainly not the best I’ve ever eaten for €34. Drinks were also good. Menu was restricted.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

Thank you to the team at Balfes who organised flowers on valentines day for my Fiancée - she was over the moon and you made it easy to organise. Food lovely too. Thanks again.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

We had the lunch special which is very good value and the staff were really nice. We had our 6 month old baby with us and we also arrived earlier than our booking time but the staff were very accommodating. This was our 2nd lunch at Balfes, an excellent experience on both occasions and we will be back again.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Gorgeous experience at Balfes- a couple of drawbacks- we would have preferred a more extensive menu for Saturday lunchtime, however what we ordered was of excellent quality. The sourdough that came with the gambas wasn’t toasted which was disappointing- simple error but did take away from the enjoyment of the dish. Service was ok if not a little slow at the start however it was at peak service time so understandable. We weren’t pressured into finishing up even though we overstayed our 1.5 hour time slot, so that’s a 5 star vote from me!

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

We enjoyed our meal in Balfe's very much. Our waitress was particularly lovely - thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

The pancakes are always out of this world, and the atmosphere is superb!

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

I’d prefer grilled fish and the option of a mixed salad instead of chips! Also a few veg wouldn’t go astray! A healthier desert menu would make the experience more attractive.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

For Americanos, fill the cup up!! They are expensive enough as it is without only getting a half a cup 😁. Food was lovely otherwise!!

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

Very nice venue for meeting up with friends/ family.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

fantastic place to meet up with friends - relaxed atmosphere, lots of room for buggy, lovely food.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

This restaurant has been emailing me for years and I can’t seem to get them to stop. I’ve never been near it. So not great service from this perspective....

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Visited On Monday, 28 January 2019

Had a fabulous time here, we had my brothers wedding dinner here last October and the food , drink and service were just out of this world fantastic I will definitely be back!!

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Visited On Sunday, 27 January 2019

Went here for the first time at the weekend for brunch. Staff were excellent and attentive. Food was delicious. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Lovely evening, lovely food, good value and excellent service!

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Visited On Friday, 25 January 2019

Excellent service, child friendly and really good tasting food.

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Visited On Friday, 25 January 2019

We went for a family dinner to celebrate a special occasion and had a lovely evening. The food was great and the service is really good. If being picky I would like to see a few less rich desert options on the menu.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Loved that we were left chatting for over an hour after we had finished our food, would definitely go back

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