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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 Friday, 14 December 2018

Fantastic dining experience at Hugo’s with Gina & her team. Great service, loved it

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

The restaurant was quieter than we would have expected for Time of year. However Christmas decor was lovely. We were welcomed at the door by very friendly staff who took our coats immediately. Staff very very efficient throughout the night. One down side there is no spirits available so had to go straight to wine. Food was excellent with perfectly cooked steaks

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Our meal and the atmosphere was superb. The staff are all lovely and so easy to deal with. One very small issue we had on one table was that the potato and veg was very late coming out. The guests had almost finished their main before their Veg and potato arrived.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience with unhurried but efficient service in a welcoming environment amongst discerning guests. Will be back if in Dublin again and will mention to friends and colleagues

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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

My friends and i were very impressed by both the food ,ambiance,and service .From the first greeting having our coats taken was a nice touch to the very efficient and friendly waiting staff .Thank you so much for making our afternoon in Dublin so special

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Lovely restaurant, food was great.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 December 2018

I went to Hugo's for my graduation dinner with my friends and family (nine of us) and I was absolutely delighted with the decision to go there. There was something for everyone on the menu and everyone thought the food was delicious. The service was exceptional with great attention to detail. They also made me feel very special it being my graduation day. Thanks so much to everyone in Hugo's for making my day so special. See you soon!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Lovely restaurant, great atmosphere and food, lovely service, would recommend

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

We all had a brilliant time - thanks for making the evening so special . One thing that I would like to mention (but which did not spoil my evening by any means ) was a comment made by a male member of staff. All other staff members were pleasant but a bearded gingery man who manned the desk near the front door was quite rude . I said i hope I’m not annoying you by bringing you downstairs to see if there would be any possibility of moving the tables around to which he replied “you kind of are”. The restaurant was lovely and food was beautiful and the majority of staff were lovely . It’s just a disappointment that this negative staff member can let down the establishment .

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Lovely restaurant and friendly staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

great food in a comfortable setting with attentive but not fussy staff...what's not to like?

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Fantastic place, and really good food. Will surely recommend to my friends.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 November 2018

Excellent Service our waitress could not have done enough, the food was also 5 star. Thank you for being fantastic hosts.

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Visited On Friday, 16 November 2018

Excellent Service and Food!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 November 2018

Two comments (a) Both my friend and I ordered the venison. The waitress told us it didn't come with anything and that we should probably order sides. We ordered two sides - the mash and the broccoli. But when our mains arrived both mash and broccoli were part of the venison dish. If we'd known that we might not have ordered sides, and we certainly wouldn't have ordered those two. (b) Its not your fault, but a full bar would be nice.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 November 2018

Really good restaurant and really good service.

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Visited On Monday, 12 November 2018

Business lunch - attentive but not interrupting staff, good choice on menu. Well able to talk to prospective client without being crowded by others or drowned out by background noise. Will definitely use again.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 November 2018

Great quality and high levels of customer service. I would love to see the fish choices increased as we have some great local product.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 November 2018

We had a lovely evening!

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Visited On Thursday, 08 November 2018

lovely effort made by the manager for my birthday with a little pudding on a decorated plate - very sweet i was made to feel very special, thank you.

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Hugos hosted 16 of our closest family and friends for a small pre-wedding reception. They set us up exclusively in their cozy basement with the fire going and all! The service was top-notch and their team went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome. Not only was the service fantastic, the food was all the rave as well. We cannot thank Jackie enough for such an amazing evening. As out-of-towners from the US, we will definitely be back when we are in Dublin again. :)

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Visited On Sunday, 04 November 2018

We love your restaurant and we wanted our family to try it, I’m glad to say they really loved it too, everyone enjoyed their food, all steaks were cooked to perfection and they loved the ambiance in the restaurant too. Thank You Rosemarie

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Visited On Thursday, 01 November 2018

Wonderful food, cozy setting, great evening. Thx.

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Visited On Friday, 02 November 2018

Excellent food and service

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Visited On Friday, 02 November 2018

Try the goats cheese starter, it's divine

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