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 Sunday, 15 September 2019

starters and desserts really good. Steak a little disappointing in size and flavour. Side veg dishes good. Service excellent. Atmosphere lovely adn cosy. Will definitely return.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Very great venue with good food

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Visited On Sunday, 08 September 2019

Waiter was Fabulous. Food, wine and service all top notch.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 September 2019

Always great at Hugo’s!

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Visited On Sunday, 08 September 2019

Excellent food,service and value for money in beautiful surroundings.Really lovely atmosphere in the restaurant Highly recommend Hugo's and will definitely be returning.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 September 2019

Lovely food. The staff had great attention to detail and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. Highly recommended for a date or a close friends/family kinda dinner

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 September 2019

Very well looked after as always at Hugo’s yesterday, we were accommodated even though a big party was coming in. Delicious food.

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Visited On Saturday, 31 August 2019

My party ( 6 people) enjoyed our meal very much, the service was good and the staff were very friendly. We had the early bird menu and the value was great. It was first time there for the whole group and we all agreed Hugo's is worth a return visit

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Visited On Saturday, 31 August 2019

Good service along with great food. Very clean.

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

Great restaurant - good food - good service and great atmosphere

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Visited On Thursday, 29 August 2019

Excellent and comfortable choice for quality dinner in Dublin not overrun by tourists

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Visited On Monday, 26 August 2019

One of my favourite restaurants

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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

Very happy with the service and food in general. Thanks

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Great attentive service in a pleasant city centre restaurant.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

Nice food and friendly service. Good atmosphere French bistro feel. But expensive for portion sizes and side orders, wine etc. Overall nice experience

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

This is an excellent venue with lovely staff! The atmosphere is great and would definitly go back :)

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Very enjoyable

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Fantastic early Saturday evening dinner.The staff were all so friendly and the food was first class for quality and value. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to friends or anyone visiting this wonderful City.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2019

Always a wonderfully warm and delicious experience!

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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2019

as always a fantastic meal

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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2019

Pineapple parfait disappointing but the rest was excellent. Although we felt very expensive

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Visited On Monday, 05 August 2019

Outstanding! Best open wine selection ever.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 August 2019

Brought my family to Hugo’s for daughters 21st Birthday, enjoyed a lovely meal all round.

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Fantastic restaurant! Pre-theatre menu was excellent, extensive wine menu was a plus. Staff were welcoming and ambience amazing. Highly recommended, I'll be back without a doubt. Thank you Hugo's 😀

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 July 2019

We had a window seat which was lovely. Food was nice and the atmosphere pleasant

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