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 Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Lovely evening with friends

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

Lovely Atmosphere, Food and Wine divine !

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

The food was great, the service impeccable and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there . When I come back to Ireland to visit again, I will definitely make another reservation to dine here .

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

So impressed by the service & personal experience. Thank you for ringing me beforehand to confirm my friend’s name to bark her birthday. We had a great evening

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 December 2019

We had lovely fresh hot seasonal food which was served quickly with a smile. Highly recommend!

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

As we were eating very early at 5pm (we were going to a show), we had asked friends for recommendations of restaurants offering good value-high quality pre-theatre special menus. Hugo's stood out and we liked the menu, so we booked on-line. On arrival we were very impressed with the décor, ambiance and welcome from the team, It was however unsettling that the menu had changed - well the options were virtually the same and the starter and main course we had already fancied were still on the menu - it was the price, it had increased substantially from that advertised just a few days previously. The cost was almost 20 Euros greater for exactly the same dishes! We decided to just accept it and get on with enjoying the evening as we didn't want to spoil things with making comment to staff. It is understandable to make adjustments in the busy lead up to Christmas - but after all it was still November! Otherwise it is important to say food and service were superb. Those friends that recommended were however more than a little dismayed...

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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

We are a party of 4 - one person had visited your restaurant before, for the other 3 it was the first time. But it certainly won't be the last. We loved it - the food, service and ambience were excellent. The staff, from our first greeting front of house, to the staff who waited on our table we absolutely first class - the right mix of professionalism and friendliness. We couldn't fault the service. The food was also wonderful - extremely well presented and very flavoursome. If I could give just one small criticism - my friend had the hake with pearl barley. This dish could have done with some more pearl barley as there was very little on the plate. My friend had to ask for a side of mashed potatoes, All the other meals on the evening were of very good portion size. All in all an excellent evening and we will certainly be returning. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

This was our group second visit to the Restaurant. We enjoyed it and we want to come back next year.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 December 2019

Fabulous restaurant, great food, excellent staff and fantastic atmosphere! Loved everything about Hugo’s - I’ll definitely be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Fantastic service, lovely food.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Will def be coming back, great food, great service,

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

Food was delicious and the staff were so friendly and efficient. Will definitely go back again.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Had a lovely evening. Waitress was very accommodating. Atmosphere was relaxed. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Had another lovely meal there before heading to the NCH. Will be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Hi we had a very good meal we meet the owner Gina she was very warm and welcoming good experience thanks Ivan

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Visited On Thursday, 21 November 2019

Lovely meal in a beautiful restaurant with excellent service and friendly staff :)

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Visited On Friday, 22 November 2019

Delicious food & great service - mulled wine was very tasty as was the Crab & Salmon starter :-)

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

Hugos has become a place my husband and I go back to time and time again. We can rely on great dining experience, a warm and cosy atmosphere with lovely staff. Thanks again Hugos

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Absolutely love an evening at Hugo's. Gina, the reservation manager, goes the extra mile to accommodate everyone.

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Superb service. Food was good but I did expect better

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 November 2019

It is the first time I had been to Hugo's. We had an excellent meal accompanied by a really good bottle of French Bordeaux. We enjoyed our experience so much that we re-booked for a table of 4 for the following night.

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Visited On Tuesday, 19 November 2019

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Visited On Monday, 18 November 2019

This is the second time I have visited your restaurant, first as a couple & most recently as a group of 7. The service was excellent, from the greeting, food & drink orders & timing on courses the staff were excellent friendly and attentive but not overly. There was a number of parties in the restaurant one of which were blocking the passage way & wandering into our table space. Again the staff dealt with this very professionally. We were impressed from start to finish & will visit again. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 November 2019

Lovely restaurant in great lovely with friendly atmosphere.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 November 2019

A great location, efficient and friendly service and definitely will be back again. However, just one small point, the vegetables with my main course (potatoes) should have been warmer.

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