Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, European, Irish
Price Point: Mains from €20 - €30
Ranked: #2 of 29 restaurants in Dublin

Expect the very best Irish cuisine and cocktails at this modern New York style restaurant.

Cleaver East serves exceptional Irish and European fare in a relaxed and stylish environment. Their menu is bold and creative, and showcases a selection of the finest quality ingredients from local farmers and growers.

Specialising in their dry aged beef cuts, discover the best rib eye steak in Dublin at Cleaver East! Or choose the popular #Pornburger, an outrageously tasty combination of double smoked rump patty, maple glazed bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and beer battered onion rings.

From crispy pork belly to pan fried chicken, all your favourite dishes can be found here and more. Don’t forget to enjoy your dinner with a fabulous cocktail (the strawberry rose slushy is a winner), or choose an elegant wine, craft beer or glass of champagne.

With superb service and stylish surroundings, Cleaver East promises a slick dining experience in the heart of Dublin. Located on Essex Street, Temple Bar.

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Cleaver East
6-8 East Essex Street
Temple Bar
Dublin Dublin 2

Open Hours:
Monday - Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Friday 12pm - 3pm // 5pm - 10pm
Saturday 12pm - 3pm // 5pm - 10pm
Sunday 12pm - 3pm // 5pm - 9pm

Phone: 01 531 3500
Website: www.cleavereast.ie

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Cleaver East
Location: Dublin 2
Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, European, Irish
Mains: €20 - €30

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Gary Ruane

It seems they are new to firstable so there was some confusion around the booking for ourselves and others who were arriving at the same time.

After that, the service and food were both pretty good

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Des Peppard

We ate here last night we were a party of four, the staff were efficient helpful and friendly. For starters I had the salmon and my wife had the duck sliders and our friends opted for the chicken dumplings all were delicious. For mains two of us had the lamb one had the chicken and the other had the salmon, again all were delicious and the sides were lovely with a special mention for the mash it was very tasty. It was very busy and a party of about 30 arrived just after us, but the staff coped very well and everything flowed with no delays. Well done guys we will definitely be back.

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Fantastic, couldn't fault a thing!

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Nicole Duffy

Fantastic experience. The food was delicious and the service was perfect. Highly recommended!

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Helen Campbell

We had a fantastic experience dining in cleaver east at the weekend, the food was superb and the staff were friendly, attentive and couldn't do enough for you, we dined as a family of 4, the kids are dying to go back, there is a limited kids menu so it was no trouble for the kids to share starters and mains from the normal menu and have the kids desserts from the children's menu.

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Sarah Keane

No record of my booking when I arrived but we were eventually directed to a table. We were left waiting for 45 mins before we ordered. People who came in after us were served before us. We didn’t get any bread as I saw tables around us get. We were never asked was everything ok. Asked for salt and pepper and it never arrived. I understand the restaurant was busy but service wasn’t up to scratch considering the number of waiting staff present. The food when it eventually arrived was nice which was the only saving grace.

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Amazing food and service could not fault

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Laura Egan-Smith

The starters were absolutely delicious!! I got there duck sliders and my other half got the carpaccio which was served beautifully!!
For main I got pork belly, which was very nice but not the best I'd had and my other half got the beef which was cooked perfectly! Got the side of parmesan fries which were only OK, wish we'd gone for something more adventurous side wise!!
Service was great, the let us pick our table and the space is so airy the restaurant has a great atmosphere!
The wine was delicious too!!
Will definitely be going again!! :)

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Lauren Dunne

Great quality food and very helpful staff! Would recommend

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elliott hannam

Wow! What a restaurant! We thought we’d try the surprise 5 course tasting menu and it was absolutely amazing! The lamb was cooked so perfectly and the fusion of flavours were wonderful. Thank you Cleaver East... we will be back!

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Had a lovely dining experience in Cleaver east. There was a lovely busy atmosphere In the place. Staff were attentive and assisted with allergy queries. The dumplings for starters were Devine. Would definitely recommend this place for a lovely evening meal.

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Excellent choices of starters, main course and sides from the menu. The decor is very pleasing on the eye and the staff were very friendly and attentive.
Pre theatre and 2 course specials are great value.
We had a very enjoyable experience and will definitely visit again

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Overall a very good experience, but with a few little glitches. Firstly, although we were the 'First Table' they weren't ready for us (even though the restaurant seemed to be well up and running with customers) and sent us to the bar which is a total bugbear of mine. I'm normally a real starter-lover but none of the options jumped out at me. My partner got the red pepper and tomato soup and it was absolutely delicious. We both got steak which was cooked to perfection, and absolutely delicious. We shared an apple crumble for dessert which was beautiful. The wine selection was great, we had a delicious Malbec. I didn't feel that the early bird was particularly good value - €26 for three courses plus a €10 supplement for steak plus €10.50 for three sides. So if two people share the sides it works out at €41 each before drinks and coffees. The service was very efficient, if a little haphazard. We probably dealt with 5-6 members of staff over the course of the meal. Each one was very polite and lovely to deal with. We had told one lady that we were in a hurry and asked for the bill, however it didn't arrive and then the lady we were paying didn't know to give us the discount. All was easily rectified and we left happy. I would highly recommend this place.

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Service great, food good.

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Gi Rocha

Our experience at Cleaver East was amazing! The staff was attentive and friendly and the food was absolutely gorgeous! The pork cheek croquetes are a must try. Cocktails are also delicious. Would highly recommend it!

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James Reilly

This was our second visit to Cleaver East. Since our first visit we couldn't wait to go back and try some of the other starters. This is a great place to eat with great service and great menus and we highly recommend it!

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On a snowy Dublin evening this was a warm and welcoming treat. The service was great and we didn't feel rushed. The menu was good and varied and the food very well presented. I would return and have recommended it to some friends already.

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Ionut Chepeneag

Had a great evening at the Cleaver East! We booked a table for two from 5:30 but we had to wait 5-10 minutes in the bar as the tables were not yet ready, probably because the restaurant opened a few minutes before.
Food was good, started with Pho Boy for myself and dumplings for my girlfriend, followed by Lamb Tomahawks and Pan Fried Salmon, with Sweet Potato Fries, Buttered Green Beans and Mashed Potato with Sweet Onion Gravy and Crispy Beef.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, greetings to Luca and Florin!

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Delicious food and good service!

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We had dinner here last night and the food was amazing. We had pork cheek croquettes and duck sliders to start, then the chicken dish and a steak to follow. We had sides of creamed corn, mashed potato and green beans which were all excellent. Even though we had eaten so much we decided to get dessert. We had the apple crumble and the yogurt panna cotta which were both lovely. The service was excellent and overall we had a great meal and will definitely go back again

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Keith Dempsey

It was our first time to cleaver East. We were greeted by Florini and we were Treated fantastically from start to finish. Atmosphere v cool, food was excellent, fantastic ingredients very well cooked. We had the squid and the duck sliders for starters. The squid great presentation and perfectly cooked and the duck sliders "wow". We had the lamb tomahawks and pork belly for mains with assorted sides, really enjoyed every fork full. Would recommend it without hesitation, food and service fantastic. Well done cleaver East

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Beautiful setting, delicious food, lovely attentive staff. 10/10

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Lauren Dunne

Tasting menu was amazing. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

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Nice place and food. Excellent service!

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Great experience. Lovely drinks, delicious well presented food. Nice atmosphere. Friendly service. Will go again.

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James Reilly

This was an excellent dining experience from start to finish. We were a table of four - some had goats cheese panna cotta starters which were excellent and others had the rice balls which were simply fabulous. Our main courses included steak, venison and chicken, all of which were very tasty and we had a number of side dishes which were also very good indeed. The desserts were as impressive as the main courses. Chocolate mousse was simply fabulous, the panna cotta and the apple crumble were also excellent. Every course was worthy of 5 stars and the service was also very satisfactory. This is certainly a venue to be recommended.

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Gav Redmond

Lovely experience , staff were friendly, food delicious, service was great and cocktails/wine were good value.
Will go again

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The food (venison and crispy pork belly mains) was delicious and, very reasonable. The sides were particularly good, especially the garlic potatoes!

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I went here with 2 work colleagues, service was excellent, we all enjoyed our 3 courses. I would recommend ordering a few sides. It's a lovely airy restaurant, it has a lovely ambience.

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Second time using First Table we booked a table in Cleaver East for Thursday 1st November and had a very pleasant meal.

There were three of us dining. The starter of BBQ Suckling Pig Belly was delicious as was the Seared Scallops. The soup Baked Potato with Chorizo was equally as tasty.

For mains we had Crispy Belly of Pork, Roast Rump of Wicklow Lamb and Venison. All of the dishes were extremely tasty; however the pork was the overall winner of the night. It was a wonderful tender piece of pork with an incredibly crispy skin.

All the dishes were very well presented and cooked to perfection. The 3 sides for €10 was great value.

To finish we shared an Apple Crumble. While the apple crumble was very moreish, I felt that the ice cream accompanying it was not of the high quality I expected.

The wine waiter stood out as very friendly and helpful.

I will return to Cleaver East, just to have the wonderful pork and I also look forward to trying the Confit of Duck and Barley Risotto Ball starter.

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Laura Shannon

Dined here with 2 friends and we were each blown away by the food. From the bread & dips right through to the mains everything was amazing.
More vegetarian options would be a good addition to a great menu!

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Paulo Lourenço

The food was absolutely wonderful, but the service wasn't which is a shame for a really good kitchen and restaurant wasn't that busy for the timing service. Although even with this fact is worth to visit the place.

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I’ve really enjoyed the food and the interior of Cleaver East. Memorable experience for my whole family!

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Éilis Noonan

Had a wonderful time last night at Cleaver East. Staff were so helpful and knowledgeable, and the food was absolutely stunning. I had the duck risotto ball and the rib eye steak, both were fantastic! The 3 sides for €10 is great value. We really felt like we had been spoiled, will definitely be returning.

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Fiona McGrath

First time using first table and loved it. Booked a table in Clever East for a Tuesday treat and the food was delicious, the staff were also so friendly and efficient.
The vegetarian main of polenta cakes was one of the best veggie dishes I’ve had before would highly recommend it - even to devoted meat eaters. Will definitely be back.

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Had a fantastic meal at Cleaver East, gorgeous food, lovely staff and delicious cocktails.

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Jennifer Pinson

Excellent location, and what a luxury... cleaver east is a beautiful restaurant with food to match! Highly recommend!!!

(***The mash is a must!!!)

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Excellent experience! Everything went very smoothly. First Table accepted without any problems. The decor is amazing as was the general atmosphere of the place. The staff were very attentive, our water glasses were never empty. The food was delicious and the service was very prompt. I would most definitely come back here again and will tell all my friends about it. Couldn't fault a single thing. Good job guys!

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Excellent food. Everyone enjoyed it. Service was a bit slow but the staff were lovely and we weren't in any hurry so we didn't mind. Would return.

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Mark Ruddy

Great food in a lovely venue, ordered loads of sides which where all delicious!

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The selection on the menu was exciting but it was hard to overlook the steak given the First Table discount. All the sides were delicious. And the three desserts we tried were full of flavour. The staff were also very helpful, particularly with our additional requests to accommodate a baby in our party.
Would definitely recommend.

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