Hugo's Restaurant

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

Tuesday to Friday 12pm - 10pm
Saturday 5 pm - 10pm
Sunday -Monday Closed

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
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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, 11 July 2020

Hugos never disappoints. The staff are warm and attentive. The food and wine are second to none. We will be back!

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Our 1st post lockdown night out and what a fabulous night it was. We were made to feel safe, secure and well fed!!! The food was delicious, the atmosphere amazing (great tunes) and all the staff were well versed in safety and hygiene proceedures. Justin (our beautiful, witty waiter) was superb. Well done to all in Hugo's - can't wait to return.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 July 2020

Excellent - could not speak more highly of Hugos. Am going there years and have never had reason to complain - always top standard - great food and choice of wine served by people who care deeply ... and it shows. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Really enjoyed first visit here. Well done Gina and team. Great food and service

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Great Food. Great Service.

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Great night, staff were very welcoming. Our party felt completely at ease and in a safe environment. we will definitely be back. well done to all the team.

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Our group had an excellent lunch, thanks to the usual brilliant service of Gina and her team and delicious food. The staff made us feel very relaxed and safe by explaining all the new measures they are taking due to Covid-19 and we were made feel at ease with the new dining experience. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 July 2020

Lovely food and the staff were excellent

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

As always a great night had by us all

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Lovely night

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Visited On Saturday, 11 July 2020

Great night out in Hugo’s ! Staff and food fab!!!!!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 July 2020

We had a great first post lockdown meal at Hugo's. Great care taken of both diners & staff. Really enjoyable experience. Would highly recommend Hugo's

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Absolutely lovely to see you open again for business Everything was five star as usual.

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

This was our first visit to a restaurant since the Covid restrictions were lifted. While nervous before we arrived we felt very safe and comfortable in the restaurant. It was great to see all the precautions in place and being used. The food was as great as always, the staff very accommodating and the atmosphere excellent. Very happy to recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Great lunch experience !

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Visited On Thursday, 09 July 2020

Great experience. The staff were fantastic. Warm and welcoming. The atmosphere was great and although their care to our safety was paramount the atmosphere in the restaurant was still very special. Thanks Gina and all your wonderful staff. Siobhan

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Visited On Thursday, 09 July 2020

This establishment is fast becoming my favourite place to dine in Dublin. I have never been disappointed with the food, wine, atmosphere or service. Welcome back...you’ve been missed.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Visiting Hugo's following the lockdown was a very good experience The staff were excellent, the repositioning of tables ensuring social distancing was very reassuring and the atmosphere was one of ease and comfort, well done to you all and a big Thank You from us, We are looking forward to our next visit to Hugo's

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 July 2020

Delighted to be back in this gem of a restaurant.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Felt so secure and safe with all the procedures they’ve put in place and so lovely to be back in this beautiful restaurant with great food and amazing service! They’re the best!

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Excellent as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Highly impressed with the safety measures put in place. Temperature taken on arrival, hand sanitiser, disposable menus, all staff wearing cask masks or visors. Warm welcome from Gina and all her staff. Would highly recommend and will come again !

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

When we visit Dublin it is a real treat to go to Hugo’s where the atmosphere is friendly, unhurried, relaxed, quiet, the staff attentive and helpful, and we can enjoy the delicious food and wine and each other’s company - it is always a great night out! The current space restrictions did not affect the cosy and comfortable feel of the restaurant and staff did everything possible to warmly welcome all guests.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Outstanding as always. The mushroom vol au vent and panacotta stole the show! Really was just fantastic. Gina and her team have gone above and beyond with their covid protective measures for their staff and customers. Cannot recommend enough

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Visited On Saturday, 04 July 2020

Hugo’s was recommended to me by a friend. As frequent (too frequent) restaurant goers we are very critical and have high expectations of dining out. To say Hugo’s exceeded these expectations would be an understatement. The atmosphere was warm and relaxed. While the restaurant followed all restrictions and guidelines (went above and beyond to ensure the safety of all customers) it felt as if I had stepped into a restaurant pre COVID while also feeling safe. Hugos had a great buzz and charm about it. Gina (owner) phoned me earlier in the day to wish us a happy anniversary and ensure that they we’re going to give us a great restaurant experience. She also checked In with us throughout our meal and you could feel the passion she has for her work. It was much appreciated. Our waitress Sarah was friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious. The steak was cooked to perfection and the Sean rings chicken breast was so tasty. The night was full of surprises for our anniversary. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic date night, the service was 10/10. Thank you Gina and staff. Looking forward to returning soon.

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