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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

#466 of 2,007 Restaurants in Dublin
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53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
10:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank James J
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 'je ne sais quoi' beauty... Bedecked & fragranced with seasonal flowers & welcoming lights &... More 

1 Thank Eunan O
London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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
Falls Church, VA
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64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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
Wexford, Ireland
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126 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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 so some very intresting organic and biodynamic producers on list but this style of wine... More 

Thank JamesS6523TS
Dublin, Ireland
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159 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Stopped by the French Paradox for a late lunch. Had lovely soup, omelette and dessert with nice glass of wine. Simple but quality food with friendly service.

Thank rockville41
Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We had a lovely dinner at the French Paradox, the hosts were delightful - it was highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed.

1 Thank kathiefolk
County Dublin, Ireland
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Have visited here a couple of times over the past couple of months and each time have been very pleased with all aspects of this cosy little cafe. The food is excellent, the portions are large and the service superb. The staff are both helpful and extremely friendly. The wine list is excellent and extensive if a little expensive. Couldn't... More 

1 Thank ptrat
Cork, Ireland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

While lunching in this lovely restaurant on Saturday we were joined by an unwelcome companion , a fly in the wine we had just been served. We alerted the waiter immediately and he took the glass to the counter removed the fly with a spoon and returned the glass of wine to our table. Following a few minutes of shocked... More 

2 Thank Maura49
Pierre C, Co-owner of a small family business at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this review

Dear Maura49, We thank you very much for your review published on Sept 19. We also cannot tell you enough how sorry we are with the fruit fly incident. We assume the small insect itself would not have trigger such a reaction of yours, as this year Irish nice summer seems to have allow the proliferation of these little creatures.... More 

Portsmouth, UK
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102 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I've been buying wine from this place for months. The staff are knowledgeable and have helped me choose some great ones - though I've a particular love for the sweet dessert wines. Then, last night, I actually went with a friend to eat there. We didn't arrive until about 9pm but they were still serving food and we sat at... More 

1 Thank WendyAM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$54
French, European, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?