Hugo's Restaurant

6 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin 2
Critics Review 10/10
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Wednesday to Saturday 12pm - 10pm
Sunday -Tuesday Closed

Facilities
  • Private Dining
  • Business Lunch
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Free WiFi

About Hugo's Restaurant

We have a huge bias towards locally sourced ingredients 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. 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,Business 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 Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Gina and John were unbelievably welcoming, helpful, friendly, attentive and all round amazing front of house. This, coupled with fantastic food made it an unforgettable first experience in Hugo's; it definitely will not be my last. I'm looking forward to returning to the restaurant in the new year, when we get back to some normality.

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Top class service, great food and the best atmosphere in Dublin

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Wonderful restaurant, fantastic evening.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

We had such a lovely evening at Hugo’s. The food was delicious, atmosphere was warm and above all, the service was top notch. Everyone was very friendly and attentive - we were so well looked after. The best possible end to dining out in 2020 we could have hoped for. We’ll definitely be back!

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

A lovely experience from start to finish.Food amazing and service excellent. A visit to Hugo's is always great

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Highly recommended

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Love you guys 😍

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Only taking one star away from atmosphere as we were one of the only other table by the end of lunch service but faultless otherwise

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Wonderful as always! A Christmas tradition. Thank you so much!

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Had a really good time right before Christmas as well. The staff were excellent and the food was sublime. Can't wait to go again!

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

A lovely and enjoyable restaurant where good food is matched with a very personal and friendly touch

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Great food, great atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, highly recommended

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

As always a perfect meal great food and service keep up the good work Gina and team

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed it . Highly recommmend it . Cant wait for my next visit

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Atmosphere more convivial in the upstairs area

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

It’s our 4th time at Hugo’s and - as usual - we thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Great lunch with appropriate controls regarding Covid. We'll be back as soon as we can.

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

We really enjoyed our family dinner on Monday evening, The restaurant was decorated beautifully for the festive season, the food was top class and the service made us feel very welcome and most importantly 'safe'. Well done to all in Hugo's and look forward to returning when the latest lockdown is lifted.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Lovely restaurant, always enjoy eating here

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Excellent as always and looking forward to returning when you get to open up again.

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

I had last been here in mid February and in spite of rhe pandemic this was an equally lovely experience. Great food and charming staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Never disappoints

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

Always a pleasure to eat again in one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin Lovely staff and Gina is a great restauranteur! Let’s hope we can all survive the Christmas and have a better New Year Ciaran Desmond

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Visited On Monday, 21 December 2020

Lovely experience. Lovely food and great service. Fully covid compliant

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Visited On Saturday, 19 December 2020

So enjoyed our evening food was beautiful and out table was amazing so safe services and atmostphere just fantastic and a wonderfull welcome from Gina and Justin super cant wait to be back 👍👍

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