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 Friday, 12 July 2019

I’m always looking for new good quality restaurants and Hugo’s didn’t disappoint. The food was amazing, the decor is really nice. The service was fantastic. It worked out about €70 with drinks and three courses. I was happy to pay it for such amazing food and service. Can’t wait to go back. Angela Dolan

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Visited On Monday, 15 July 2019

It wasn’t good.... it was perfect. Thank you

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Staff Lovely, food delicious. Wonderful Caesar Salad and great fish and chips. Recommend the Panna Cotta for desert. Will be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Great food as always - consistently high standard

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Excellent food. The mains were simple but exquisitely made. The dessert wasn’t as good but still 100% worth a visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Fantastic value early bird. Delicious food, and really lovely service team. Will be back

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Visited On Thursday, 04 July 2019

The food was lovely, as were staff. The food was good value but disappointed by wine choice as this really killed the value for money aspect. Love my wine but for an early bird night out would like option of one wine below 30euro!

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 July 2019

We were only in Dublin for three nights and came here twice on our trip. Once for drinks and once for lunch. The lunch was very nice with a great choice of wines too. We only wish we'd had time to stay longer, because there were a lot on the menu I still wanted to try. Will have to come back another time!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Thanks for a great evening

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Visited On Friday, 28 June 2019

Great city center restaurant. Lovely atmosphere, great staff and food. Excellent value

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Visited On Monday, 24 June 2019

Thank you so much for such an enjoyable experience. Your staff were fantastic as was the food. I will definitely be back

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Visited On Sunday, 23 June 2019

We had an excellent meal and wine yesterday evening in Hugo's, the service was top class.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

We had an intimate wedding party here at the weekend. The service and food was absolutely exceptional not to mention the attention to detail and personal touches, provided by the staff, particularly Justin and Gina. I couldn’t recommend Hugo’s enough.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Excellent dining experience! Enjoyed meeting everyone.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

very enjoyable night, relaxed atmosphere, first time for dinner, as we would have always enjoyed the Sunday brunch, when it had that running, will be back again

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

Beautiful place, friendly staff and the food was lovely too!

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Visited On Friday, 21 June 2019

What an amazing dinner! The staff was gracious, despite a large party that ordered separately and could not remember what they ordered. A situation like that could turn chaotic, but the staff was professional, made excellent recommendations for us and we were made to feel as if we were the only diners. The food was sublime - definitely recommend!

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Visited On Friday, 21 June 2019

Thank you for a superbe evening.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Lovely lunch great service

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Visited On Monday, 17 June 2019

Delicious food and friendly atmosphere

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

Amazing staff, beautiful food, great atmosphere. Will definitely return 😃

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Hugo's always a favourite of mine in Dublin - quality never seems to drop!

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 June 2019

fab staff, great food!

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Visited On Thursday, 06 June 2019

On two recent visits, enjoyed dinner the first evening and lunch another day. On both occasions French Waiter Liam, provided a warm professional service. We enjoyed the varied menus, the quality of the meals and were very impressed with the wide range of excellent wines served by the glass. In summary, great quality and value.Will be returning again. Seamus Cody

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