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Hugo's Restaurant

6 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin 2
Critics Review 10/10
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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 Saturday, 13 October 2018

Lovely little wine bar! Great night out for my husband and me on our honeymoon.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Such a memorable visit again! The menu was so interesting making it difficult to choose, but we did and weren’t disappointed. The wine list was extensive and so easy to choose from to pair with our food choices. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thank you so much!

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Had a lovely extended midweek lunch, would go again!

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Visited On Monday, 08 October 2018

Great value Pre Theatre menu with really good choice. Food delicious and very well presented. Would definitely recommend. I brought my elderly parents who can be hard to please and they really enjoyed it, so we’ll be back. Thank you!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

2nd time in Hugos and another very enjoyable evening. It just ticks all the boxes. Location, menu, setting, good quality and great staff. Would highly recommend it. We had the pre-theatre 2 course menu which was great value for money

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Hugo’s is a very professionally run restaurant with very tasty food & wonderful service. I always enjoy dinner here.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Love Hugos

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

A pleasure to dine in, as always. The staff who work in Hugo's are second to none. Attentive but not intrusive. Group of seven - thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

We had a fabulous night celebrating my 60th Thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Not the overly friendly Irish hospitality that I expected.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Great Food but extremely rude disinterested waiter...Have been going here for years no problem ....but would not return unless this man who served us was was no longer working there!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The sea bass and quail were outstanding. We were a group of 11 and the service was excellent.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Great food and service

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Love this restaurant. The warm, cosy décor, the ambience, soft lighting, the entire atmosphere. Our table of 6 all agreed the food was outstanding and our waiter was the perfect combo of professional yet friendly and not overbearing. Already looking forward to going back.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

We had a fabulous dinner last Saturday. Everything was excellent, from the amazing food, service and exceptional value. I have booked again next week

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

A wonderful dining experience overall. Service was a little slow as the restaurant was very busy, however, the staff were courteous and professional. Food was first rate.

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Visited On Monday, 17 September 2018

Personalized service!

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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

Perfect. Enough said.

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Visited On Friday, 14 September 2018

Our waiter was great - I forget his name but he was lovely and went above and beyond. The food was excellent and the wine was extremely good quality

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Visited On Thursday, 13 September 2018

Had dinner with a group of 20. Perfect experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 September 2018

Very good service and lovely decor

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Best filet of sole ever!!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 September 2018

We had a lovely lunch and enjoyed personal attention from the lovely owner Gina😀 We will be back

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Visited On Sunday, 09 September 2018

Always one of my Dublin favorites.

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Visited On Friday, 07 September 2018

What a great choice for dinner in Dublin! Outstanding food and fun atmosphere. Definitely one of our trip highlights.

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