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Hugo's Restaurant

6 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin 2
Critics Review 10/10
Restaurant info
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 Thursday, 16 August 2018

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

All good, enjoyed the evening, mains a little pricy, Californian Chardonnay excellent!

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Everything about the retirement party for our friend held at Hugo’s was perfect! The food was absolutely delicious and the service superb! We asked that decorations we brought to them be used and they made it so festive and special. Everything exceeded all expectations and the rating really exceeds 5 stars! We can’t thank everyone enough for making the occasion so memorable for our friend. A huge shout out to Gina and Jackie, Michael and Sarah.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 August 2018

great food as always

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

Lovely place with delicious food and great atmosphere. Very friendly staff!!

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Excellent food and outstanding attentiveness from the front of house manager.

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Visited On Monday, 30 July 2018

Our food and drinks were all excellent, the only negative was that we were visiting on our lunch hour and our food order took nearly 30 mins to arrive.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Main course was served to us by the manager 95 minutes after we were seated. Delays in the kitchen happen and I understand that, however the manager's response to my complaint was unprofessional and nothing short of rude. Being told the meal was served on time and there was no issue before walking away without any kind of apology or effort at recompense is a level of customer service far short of my expectations. I will be advising my friends and colleagues to stay away from Hugo's.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

Really great evening here. Brilliant service and good value. There was something for everyone on the pre-theatre menu. Would recommend!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Lovely evening in a beautiful restaurant.Great value on the pre theatre menu .

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Visited On Friday, 27 July 2018

Yasuko and Gary said you were amazing, they were delighted with the food service and staff 10 out of 10 they said

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Visited On Sunday, 22 July 2018

Excellent!!

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Visited On Friday, 20 July 2018

We had the early bird and could not fault food or service at all. It is well worth the money and food is amazing. We also were not rushed out of our table either which was really great as we had a great catch up with friends.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 July 2018

Great service and friendly. Good excellent. We were there mid afternoon so atmosphere was a bit lacking. However, I would hesitate to recommend Hugos

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Very tasty food and friendly service. Will return!

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Wonderful.

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Visited On Monday, 09 July 2018

A hidden Gem! Truly lovely lunch, great atmosphere and ideal for people watchers :)

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Visited On Saturday, 07 July 2018

My latest visit was last Saturday and as usual it was excellent. That was my fifth visit since Christmas 2017. I have told most of my friends and family about Hugo’s and they agree, it is excellent. Keep up the good work, I will look forward to returning in the coming weeks. A number of years ago myself and my family including my grand mother visited Hugo’s for an occasion, my grandmother told us of great stories from her days at jammets restaurant in the 1940s, she said it reminded her of that great restaurant known of its excellent in food, service and atmosphere. Talk soon,

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Visited On Thursday, 05 July 2018

Fantastic work night out here. The food was excellent, the service was attentive and night was enjoyed by all. Would definitely recommend Hugo's and I will be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 July 2018

Fantastic.

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Visited On Friday, 06 July 2018

Lovely evening, tasty food, good early bird on a Friday, friendly staff

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Visited On Thursday, 05 July 2018

Really enjoyed lunch, as did my guest.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 July 2018

perfect for a work lunch

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Visited On Thursday, 28 June 2018

A hidden jem of informa dining

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Visited On Thursday, 28 June 2018

Very enjoyable evening.

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