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“Sadly disappointing”
Review of Tartine Restaurant

Tartine Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 29 Restaurants in Bushmills
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$50
Cuisines: Irish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’ve been keen to sample the fare at Tartine for quite a while but it can be a hard place to book, especially during the tourist season. So we were delighted to get a short notice cancellation! As previous reviewers have said, the early bird menu looks great and good value but unfortunately we were too late for this. We therefore had to choose from the main menu and we found this limiting. We did ask our server would it be possible just to have a sirloin (as they had served them all night on the early bird) but this was promptly dismissed without negotiation. Perhaps she felt we wanted a cheaper meal - we only wanted a steak at any price! We ended up ordering a chicken supreme dish which was a grilled chicken breast served with local veg. The food was cooked ok, but was lacking in taste. The presentation was poor - cramming the elements of the meal into a soup plate rather than a dining plate. At the end it actually looked like something we had fed our children when they were younger. Surprisingly not once were we asked if we had enjoyed our meal. It was also interesting to hear another party close by complain about their meal. This surprised us as a lot of reviews mention the attentive staff. Perhaps we just got the B team. So we paid our bill and left, probably never to return. Disappointed when we expected so much more.

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank alexis000007
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Gary S, Owner at Tartine Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Alexis,
At Tartine we are good at what we do and have many years experience looking after our guests. When we get things wrong we are the first to hold our hands up and we have many ways in dealing with any in-house complaints that a diner may have and which results in a benefical manner for all. At this stage we have now listened attentively to you in the restaurant,we have replied to your email and i am now responding via tripadvisor.
On the evening of your visit you were indeed much too late to avail of our early bird menu which ceased at 6.30pm and not all night as you have suggested. Our Chef on duty that evening deemed it not possible to have the steak from early bird as the kitchen team were now in the midst of a very busy a la carte evening dinner menu service. This menu offers lots of choice with an array of local Seafood and Meat dishes that included our popular Hay Smoked Beef fillet steak ...but you found this limiting.
At this pivitol point when you were refused the sirloin you well and truly threw your Adult rattle out of the super king size!! My lovely staff had no chance from here on in. You were indeed checked twice throughout the evening with varying degrees of response from yourselves. To keep things factual the other party you 'overheard' were asking for a change of sauce which is a very minor query and was sorted efficiently by the team in a matter of minutes..to the complete satisfaction of the guest.
Thank you for honouring your bill on the evening but it was at this exit stage that our Covid Safe one way system was completely ignored by yourself and you proceeded to meander through the restaurant to the way out without wearing a mask breaking all the Covid statutory regulations. We are happy for you to take your patronage elsewhere. Gary Stewart

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here with our two children. The restaurant has a great menu with lots of variety and also a great kids menu. The early bird special was exceptional value and all of the food was delicious. The quality of the food, the fantastic service and the reasonable price made for an excellent visit. We would definitely recommend a meal here and will return again.

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank kitty_1904
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Reviewed 18 July 2021 via mobile

Fantastic meal, brilliant service. I had Scollops followed by muscles in a Guinness sauce. My husband had a fish creme brûlée followed by an incredible pork dish.
We can’t wait to go back to Bushmills and try this restaurant again.
We did notice that they do an early bird menu which we would definitely be interested in next time.

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank 571bellew
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Reviewed 7 July 2021

We had a fabulous family meal here. Early bird menu extremely good value & great quality. Staff were attentive, we felt safe with all the covid measures in place. Will look forward to a return trip

Date of visit: July 2021
Thank Jpdolo
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Reviewed 26 June 2021 via mobile

Early bird is great value. It seems to have the same staff as pre Covid and they certainly haven’t lost their edge. Great one way system and Covid arrangements. Lovely ambience and the best steak in town. It’s a minor point but was disappointed that the draft Lacada beer (north coast beer) had been replaced with an offering from Whitewater (near the Mournes). Really a minor thing and this place is not to be missed

Date of visit: May 2021
Thank Con_and_Julie
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