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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 11.30am - 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 Maggie Roche 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 Saturday, 26 May 2018

We had such an amazing evening at Hugo's. Recommended by The Merrion Hotel. Great recommendation.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Staff are very friendly and very attentive for a large group of people. food is top notch aswell Highly recommend it

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Visited On Monday, 21 May 2018

Superb evening, excellent attentive and friendly service. Food was top notch, look forward to returning soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Excellent as always.

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

Always a warm welcome at Hugo's Restaurant, lovely food and ambiance and great staff who look after the customer so well. I have lunch here every week and have never been disappointed with the service, value and warmth of welcome.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

The service was a bit slow and unattentive, but super friendly. Food was delicious!

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Just simply a fabulous night. Great service and advice on wines etc, super atmosphere and a delicious early bird menu at a great price. Ursula was wonderful!

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Delicious food beautifully presented. Very attentive and pleasant service. Was quite noisy during my visit and the restaurant could do with some air conditioning but otherwise fabulous.

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Food and service was top notch. would highly recommend this restaurant. Grat atomosphere

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Excellent food and service but please offer more GF dessert options

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Visited On Thursday, 26 April 2018

We really enjoyed our experience at Hugo's. The food was delicious - especially the chocolate dessert! The staff were friendly, helpful and professional. We will definitely be back. Thank you (a special thank you to Shane!)

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Visited On Thursday, 26 April 2018

As always the staff in Hugo's are friendly, welcoming and very helpful. The food was delicious and while there was a large party of us all food was delivered efficiently. The restaurant and bathrooms are spotless! I cannot recommend Hugo's highly enough.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Very good dinner. Cozy atmosphere. Loved downstairs dining room. Pre-theater menu a great bargain.

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Lovely evening. Many thanks, specially to Sarah, who made us so welcome. We will be back. Btw, downstairs very nice.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Pre-theatre menu excellent value for money whilst also incredibly tasty with a great variety. The Daube of beef for mains was a resounding success around the table, other highlights included the pork belly starter and brownie for dessert. The staff were attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Overall an excellent meal, enjoyed by all and we look forwrad to returning in the future. Many thanks for a great meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 April 2018

Enjoyable¡

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Visited On Friday, 13 April 2018

Every thing was spot on for my party of 14 - we'll be back - Mackie Moyna

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Visited On Thursday, 05 April 2018

Had a lovely evening. Service great and food fabulous

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 March 2018

We have been to Hugo’s a few times and each time we have really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, the staff are always very friendly, just love Hugo’s. R&S

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Visited On Sunday, 18 March 2018

food and waiting staff great, host could have been more welcoming and friendly but overall a lovely evening

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Visited On Thursday, 08 March 2018

First time visiting Hugo's and we will definitely be back. Really good food. Great value for money, we went for the pre theatre menu. The atmosphere was lovely and the staff were very professional and friendly. See you again soon.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 March 2018

Staff were superb -addressed issue with tepid main course speedily and professionally - tea & coffee complimentary as a goodwill gesture . Couldn’t fault our evening -Lovely engaging staff .-made the difference ! Well done

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

Enjoyable experience

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Visited On Saturday, 03 March 2018

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