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Hugo's Restaurant

6 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin 2
Critics Review 10/10
Restaurant info
Opening Information

Monday - Thursday 12pm - 10pm
Friday 12pm - 11pm
Saturday 5pm - 11pm
Sunday 5pm - 10pm

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Business Lunch
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Free WiFi

About Hugo's Restaurant

We have a huge bias towards locally sourced ingredients (organic where possible) and a dedication to fresh and imaginative food. Our head chef Peter Byrne leads a keen and innovative team who are eager to prepare for you the very best ingredients which Ireland has to offer. Our wine list is worldly and extensive, and it allows our guests to choose from over 50 wines by the glass. These elements are married with smart professional service, brought by a long serving, but young, full-time team both front and back of house.

Cuisine: Contemporary, Bistro, Irish, Wine Bar
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Gina Murphy and Maggie Roche together form a mighty two-hander that powers the food and the mood of Hugo’s Restaurant
10/10
What’s more important to you in a restaurant: cutting-edge, or comfort? In the media, it’s no contest: cutting-edge wins out, everytime. Reviewers never stress the comfort of a room, or its cooking. We write about the guys who move fast, and break things, and who ask you to sit on an orange crate while they are at it. But comfort has a beguiling beauty. Take Hugo’s Restaurant, for example, on Merrion Row, just off St Stephen’s Green. It’s a beautiful room, precisely because it is so comfortable. It expresses the restaurantness of a restaurant – the welcome; the lighting; the uniforms; the attention to detail – and, by doing so, it makes you feel incredibly comfortable. Walk in the door, and you relax immediately. They have you at “Hello.” But comfort isn’t all Hugo’s offers. Owner Gina Murphy, and chef Maggie Roche, are two exemplary talents. Ms Murphy could run the country single-handedly, and would do a good job while she was at it. But it’s to the benefit of the capital that she has run Hugo’s with ease and assurance for a decade now. In the kitchen, Ms Roche shows that she shares Ms Murphy’s pernickety devotion to detail. You can see that in one detail in particular: the jus that animates several of her dishes. Start with scallops with braised chicken wings, and it’s that chicken jus pooled around the plate that fires up this lovely dish. The same sweet, sticky, comforting note is struck with her dish of stuffed saddle of rabbit with tarragon, kidney and liver. In and around the wild mushrooms and peas and pea shoots is another animating jus, perfectly complementing the precisely rendered rabbit. This is complex cooking – the amount of graft in a dish like this, or in the vegetable pithivier, is formidable – and yet what strikes you about the dish is its comforting sweetness, and how joyful it is to eat. Ms Roche cooks the right food for the right room. Hugo’s is an homage to the classical idea of a restaurant, and Ms Roche’s food, with its beignets, its Café de Paris butter, its Tournedos Rossini, is an homage to the classical school of European food. But her brilliance lies in the fact that every dish feels modern, contemporary and Irish, despite the deep historical background. She’s learnt the rule book, but then she’s torn it up, and made the dishes her way. She is cooking marvellous, comforting food in a marvellous, comforting city restaurant. 6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

A pre theatre meal, so it was imperative we were in and out! Great, efficient, friendly service. Delicious food, nicely presented. A good choice of wines, clearly described under different headings e.g 'full bodied", "medium and velvety", but a little over priced per glass which would be my only criticism.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Food was not great,especially haddock in the main was swimming in some watery souse,poor choice for vegetarians.Expensive and service was not good, I never have got my change back after awaited 10min,they must assume 11% that was their tip,I find this unacceptable.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

One of my favorite restaurants

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

First visit to Hugo’s & we will certainly return. The food was fabulous & the pre theatre menu is great value for money. Friendly staff & a lovely restaurant

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Perfect

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Very enjoyable night and waitress very attentative

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

My colleagues and I had a very good experience of Hugo's restaurant. We met as a small team at the restaurant on a Wednesday night and experienced a combination of high quality, professionally presented food prepared with first class ingredients and superb service and hospitality. The booking process I went through to reserve a table at Hugo was smooth and attentive; representatives from the hotel were very pleasant to engage with and helpful. I would definitely recommend it.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

We had a corporate lunch in Hugo's yesterday and the staff were extremely attentive and professional, the food was delicious and we will definitely be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

The staff were really friendly and worked very well together to ensure we had everything we needed. The food was mouthwatering and I can not wait to go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 February 2019

Great experience in a beautiful cosy restaurant. Delicious food, wine and super service. Friendly fun atmosphere on Ireland-England Rugby Match Day. Would totally recommend to visitors and locals alike.

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Our visit was a relaxed one and we enjoyed both the food and amosphere. I have no hesitation in recommending Hugo's and have in fact done so on a few occasions. Continued success to you. Dublin needs your kind of solid reliable restaurant while still being innovative. It is a pleasure to dine with you. Elizabeth

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Lovely food and great staff! :)

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Excellent service.

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

We had a lovely night in Hugo's. Delicious food and vino and a wonderful atmosphere. The friendly and efficient staff were wonderful and really contributed to our enjoyment of the night. Thanks so much to everyone and we look forward to visiting Hugo's soon again.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Perfect!

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

Lovely evening

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

We had an excellent night out. Food was really tasty, service was excellent and the bill represented real value for money. We'll definitely be going back soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Many thanks for all your efforts on our behalf. You really contributed to making our celebrations very special. Not one person in our group of 16 had any complaints and all were very impressed.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Superb food and great gluten free options. My only complaint would be our table - we were seated in the back corner of the restaurant at a very quiet time.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

wonderful warm reception from Jackie at front desk. Main course melt in the mouth venison.Excellent service at table. traditional style no frills menu with full selection of very good well priced wines. I will be returning when next in the City.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

The food in Hugo's is always amazing. There early bird menu is brilliant value. Would not eat anywhere else while we are in Dublin.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 January 2019

Just perfect for post matinee dining. Everything top notch. To be revisited for dinner soon.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Lovely atmosphere and great food

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 January 2019

Exceptional in every regard. We were very impressed and had a wonderful experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Our second visit to this restaurant and once again everything was amazing. Great selection of food and drink. Catered well for one of our party who has a nut allergy. Staff very well informed. Will definitely recommend to friends and will return.

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