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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

) #415 of 2,060 Restaurants in Dublin $$ - $$$ French, European,
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“charcuterie” (10 reviews)
“fondue” (6 reviews)
“pates” (4 reviews)
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French, European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I've dined in this amazing little Resturant / Wine bar on a number of occasions. Both pre Leinster rugby (who play close by in the RDS arena) with my pals and also when looking for a nice romantic evening with my wife. The standard of...More

Thank Eddie K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You could be in a Paris backstreet restaurant this place is so French! Delicious french dishes accompanied by the finest wines served by French men with humour!

Thank Eddie G
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely lovely, so characteristic and has such a relaxing atmosphere not forgetting the food and 🍷 wine... just gorgeous! Will definitely be back. Thanks to the wonderful staff and owners 👌 we had a brilliant time.

Thank NikitaKitaGibbs
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

We go here regularly and we absolutely love it.you feel like you are really going out with out too much palava.great service and lovely wine by carafe .relaxed and fantastic value .

Thank Shaneybabydoc
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Eat here on Friday just before the rugby and it turned out to be a great find. The staff were brilliant and the food truly French / Basque. We started with a traditional basque sausage meal and various French tapas, including escargot, then an Irish...More

Thank whealchow
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Great for a spontaneous dinner with great wines. Enjoyed our visit here immensely and loved the atmosphere.

Thank James J
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Ines de la Fressange, writing in her guide book 'Parisian Chic' (2010), states that; 'Parisian style is an attitude, a state of mind'. 'French Paradox', a jewel of a wine bar & restaurant, in Ballsbridge, captures & conveys that rustic Parisian style, with a sublime...More

1  Thank Eunan O
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Went here after work with some friends, and was presently surprised. However, the cramped surroundings detracted from the evening. wine list good, staff friendly, but menu somewhat limited.

1  Thank Catherine494932
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A lovely little French bistro amidst an unlikely strip of shops. Excellent food at a good price. Duck is a specialty. I had the braised lamb shank on my last visit and it was fabulous. Great wine selection.

1  Thank MGF88
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Eat here lately with family and friends and found this cafe to be very friendly with relaxed athmosphere. The food is quite plain but very tasty- Duck terrine good - confit duck good but simply presented. The owner imports a lot of his wine directly...More

Thank JamesS6523TS
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$56
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 660 4068
  • E-mail
Ballsbridge's The French Paradox is the stuff of food legend. Imagine this, you have popped in to buy a bottle of wine from the range of more than 150. Hang on a minute, they offer freshly baked bread too... And cigars, cheeses, oils. It is enough to make your stomach gurgle with longing. And how on earth are you going to choose from those bottles, each one glinting at you cheekily? I suppose you could head for the tasting room and just try a little sip of wine and, seeing as your there, a dish or two from the amazing menu of French tapas-style dishes. A little charcuterie, a few cheeses, perhaps a larger salad or omelette now your stomach is in the mood. Now, what was it you came out for again?
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