Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, European, Irish
Price Point: Mains from €20 - €30
Ranked: #1 of 30 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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Ranked: #1 of 30 restaurants in Dublin 1
Cleaver East
Location: Dublin 2
Cuisine: Cocktail Bar, European, Irish
Mains: €20 - €30

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Lisa Arnold

As always the food and service was fantastic in Cleaver East we will definitely be back.

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We were a group of 3 and we chose a selection of 6 starters with a side of truffle fries and a spicy tomato salad and they were delicious. Presentation was as impressive as the taste.

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David Kavanagh

Nice ambiance , excellent service the food was nicely presented and it tasted delicious. Wine selection was varied.

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Jayde Parkes

Had a brilliant time in Cleaver East yesterday evening. Myself and my friend booked in for 5.30pm yesterday. We were the only people in the restaurant for the majority of our time there which we really enjoyed. Haha. My friend had the chicken wings and I had the duck dumplings to start, they were absolutely fabulous. We both had steak as our main, he went with the sirloin and I went with the fillet. My steak was cooked perfectly and the pepper sauce i ordered to accompany was really nice. We both had a cocktail each and then ended up ordering the same ones again 3 times after they were so good. My friend went with the cleaver slushy and I had the salted caramel espresso martini. Oh my god it was gorgeous. Really good service also, attentive but not in your face either. I'd definitely go back :)

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Alexa Kirstein

Great food. Great people. Everything was so brilliant. Thank you!

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We had a fantastic meal. The food looked stunning and tasted even better. So many delicious flavours packed into each dish. The sides selection is so good we had to get 3! The staff were happy, friendly & attentive. The atmosphere was really chilled. I will definitely be back & happy to recommend Cleaver East to everyone

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fab food and service was excellent

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Kerry Rodgers

Wonderful dining experience at Cleaver East. Will definitely be going back!

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Another fabulous dining experience in Cleaver East. Food was delicious, in particular, the sides are a joy to behold! the Broccoli & Almonds, the Caesar Salad, and we had three types of fries - all amazing, especially at 3 sides for €10.50 - extremely good value. Lovely cocktails too. Would highly recommend this restaurant, the food is just so good!

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Sadhbh McCrann

Amazing food. The new menu is so good. It looks and tastes beautiful. We tried a great selection of the menu. The chicken wings, gyozas, while sea bream and the halibut. Sides of truffle fries, broccoli and spicy tomato salad. For dessert we went for the signature and the cacao tart. Our favourites were the duck gyozas and the truffle fries with poutine. . We will definitely be back. This is such a good deal if you want to try the a la cart menu.

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Cleaver East is worth a visit! I had a delicious Yellow Fin Tuna starter, with a citrus gel which was tangy and full of flavour. Had the Fillet Steak accompanied by tasty sides such as the Tomato and Basil Salad, as well as the lovely Chilli & Garlic Butter sauce. Great Gin cocktail too and worth the €10.50 price tag. Staff were attentive and very pleasant and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Great food and super attentive staff.

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Catherine Kelly

My mother and I wanted to go somewhere special in town for dinner and were delighted to see Cleaver East listed on First Table! We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated at a lovely table over by the windows. The restaurant was really nice and atmospheric, and the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful, as we wanted a lot of advice about the menu!

We had the beef arancini and wings to start, both of which were wonderful, though the arancini were the real standout! For mains we had the rib eye steak and the lamb - both excellent! The chilli and lime sauce was incredible - an unexpected combo with the lamb but just divine. For dessert, we had the house dessert and the panacotta. They were nice and had wonderful elements, but we thought maybe they should have gone simpler as there was a lot going on, but that may just be personal preference!

It was a lovely meal out and we'd definitely come back to Cleaver East!

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The food in Cleaver East was really great, really nice presentation and I love the idea of picking your own sides from a list of options to go with your main course. Service was fast and the interiors was really different but cool. Overall had a really good first experience with First Table and will definitely use again as well as recommend a friend to try Cleaver East.

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Beautiful food served by very friendly and attentive staff

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Great experience at cleaver easy and food was fantastic

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Bernie Mates Donnelly

Beautiful pork belly would highly recommend it. The dessert had to be the highlight of the evening. We chose the signature dish and it was delightful. Great friendly service lovely surroundings. 10/10

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Chris Doyle

We arrived at cleaver east a little early, and were shown the direction of the bar which adjoins the restaurant - The Octagon Bar. We had a nice cocktail while we waited for our table.

On entering the restaurant we were greeted by courteous staff member, who showed us to a table. Initially the table we sat at had a wet seat, so we were moved without issue. We ordered another cocktail and some food (Steak, Arancini, Duck & pork belly spring rolls and brisket - all of which were pretty amazing! (special kudos to the spring rolls, presentation and taste was beautiful.

We ended up getting a free cocktail as the server took the order down incorrectly, but didn't make an issue of it & apologised which was a nice resolution. Cocktails were nice (albeit one was almost warm but as it was free I wasn't complaining - we got an extra glass of ice and it was great) and in my opinion they all deserved the 10$ price-tag. Espresso martini was tops!

All in, great experience and meal, will certainly be back to try C.E again!

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Brendan Geoghegan

Food was well presented and the menu had lots of choices. Atmosphere was perfect and enough of a buzz in the restaurant with the many other diners. Overall I was happy with my experience. If I had one criticism it would be the shortage of red wine glasses, other than that small issue the over experience was perfect start to an evening out.

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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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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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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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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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Lisa Arnold

As always the food and service was fantastic in Cleaver East we will definitely be back.

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We were a group of 3 and we chose a selection of 6 starters with a side of truffle fries and a spicy tomato salad and they were delicious. Presentation was as impressive as the taste.

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David Kavanagh

Nice ambiance , excellent service the food was nicely presented and it tasted delicious. Wine selection was varied.

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Jayde Parkes

Had a brilliant time in Cleaver East yesterday evening. Myself and my friend booked in for 5.30pm yesterday. We were the only people in the restaurant for the majority of our time there which we really enjoyed. Haha. My friend had the chicken wings and I had the duck dumplings to start, they were absolutely fabulous. We both had steak as our main, he went with the sirloin and I went with the fillet. My steak was cooked perfectly and the pepper sauce i ordered to accompany was really nice. We both had a cocktail each and then ended up ordering the same ones again 3 times after they were so good. My friend went with the cleaver slushy and I had the salted caramel espresso martini. Oh my god it was gorgeous. Really good service also, attentive but not in your face either. I'd definitely go back :)

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Alexa Kirstein

Great food. Great people. Everything was so brilliant. Thank you!

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We had a fantastic meal. The food looked stunning and tasted even better. So many delicious flavours packed into each dish. The sides selection is so good we had to get 3! The staff were happy, friendly & attentive. The atmosphere was really chilled. I will definitely be back & happy to recommend Cleaver East to everyone

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fab food and service was excellent

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Kerry Rodgers

Wonderful dining experience at Cleaver East. Will definitely be going back!

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Another fabulous dining experience in Cleaver East. Food was delicious, in particular, the sides are a joy to behold! the Broccoli & Almonds, the Caesar Salad, and we had three types of fries - all amazing, especially at 3 sides for €10.50 - extremely good value. Lovely cocktails too. Would highly recommend this restaurant, the food is just so good!

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I dined here with 3 of my friends. The service was good as was the food. We were all happy with our dishes but we did feel that the full price for the food (4 starters, 4 mains, 5 sides and 1 dessert = €176) was expensive. We were glad we booked through first table and got a 50% discount. I have eaten in many high end restaurants and have had better food. I got the tuna steak and for my taste it was over-cooked. I wouldn't be in a rush back.

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Sadhbh McCrann

Amazing food. The new menu is so good. It looks and tastes beautiful. We tried a great selection of the menu. The chicken wings, gyozas, while sea bream and the halibut. Sides of truffle fries, broccoli and spicy tomato salad. For dessert we went for the signature and the cacao tart. Our favourites were the duck gyozas and the truffle fries with poutine. . We will definitely be back. This is such a good deal if you want to try the a la cart menu.

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Cleaver East is worth a visit! I had a delicious Yellow Fin Tuna starter, with a citrus gel which was tangy and full of flavour. Had the Fillet Steak accompanied by tasty sides such as the Tomato and Basil Salad, as well as the lovely Chilli & Garlic Butter sauce. Great Gin cocktail too and worth the €10.50 price tag. Staff were attentive and very pleasant and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Great food and super attentive staff.

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Catherine Kelly

My mother and I wanted to go somewhere special in town for dinner and were delighted to see Cleaver East listed on First Table! We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated at a lovely table over by the windows. The restaurant was really nice and atmospheric, and the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful, as we wanted a lot of advice about the menu!

We had the beef arancini and wings to start, both of which were wonderful, though the arancini were the real standout! For mains we had the rib eye steak and the lamb - both excellent! The chilli and lime sauce was incredible - an unexpected combo with the lamb but just divine. For dessert, we had the house dessert and the panacotta. They were nice and had wonderful elements, but we thought maybe they should have gone simpler as there was a lot going on, but that may just be personal preference!

It was a lovely meal out and we'd definitely come back to Cleaver East!

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The food in Cleaver East was really great, really nice presentation and I love the idea of picking your own sides from a list of options to go with your main course. Service was fast and the interiors was really different but cool. Overall had a really good first experience with First Table and will definitely use again as well as recommend a friend to try Cleaver East.

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Beautiful food served by very friendly and attentive staff

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Great experience at cleaver easy and food was fantastic

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Bernie Mates Donnelly

Beautiful pork belly would highly recommend it. The dessert had to be the highlight of the evening. We chose the signature dish and it was delightful. Great friendly service lovely surroundings. 10/10

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Service was good, food was good. I will return here again

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Lovely meal. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. My partner has egg allergies and we were delighted when our waitress brought out an extra side without mayonnaise. Really appreciated that.

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Melanie Meisch

We really enjoyed the dinner at Clever East. Service was very good, staff was very friendly making sure we are fine and taken care of. The food was really good, can only recommend the lamb and the sides were also very tasty. Would definitely go again.

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Robert Murphy

Great Service Great staff. Very Professional.Had a wonderful Time.Will be back.

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Chris Doyle

We arrived at cleaver east a little early, and were shown the direction of the bar which adjoins the restaurant - The Octagon Bar. We had a nice cocktail while we waited for our table.

On entering the restaurant we were greeted by courteous staff member, who showed us to a table. Initially the table we sat at had a wet seat, so we were moved without issue. We ordered another cocktail and some food (Steak, Arancini, Duck & pork belly spring rolls and brisket - all of which were pretty amazing! (special kudos to the spring rolls, presentation and taste was beautiful.

We ended up getting a free cocktail as the server took the order down incorrectly, but didn't make an issue of it & apologised which was a nice resolution. Cocktails were nice (albeit one was almost warm but as it was free I wasn't complaining - we got an extra glass of ice and it was great) and in my opinion they all deserved the 10$ price-tag. Espresso martini was tops!

All in, great experience and meal, will certainly be back to try C.E again!

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Brendan Geoghegan

Food was well presented and the menu had lots of choices. Atmosphere was perfect and enough of a buzz in the restaurant with the many other diners. Overall I was happy with my experience. If I had one criticism it would be the shortage of red wine glasses, other than that small issue the over experience was perfect start to an evening out.

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The food was lovely - starters we went for gyoza and prawns - two very nice dishes , the prawns cooked to perfection in a lovely chilli sauce. The gyoza were just as nice - nicely flavoured filing and in a nice light sauce. We both went for steaks as main - fillet was very tender - great cut of meat and sides were nice also. It was comfortable to sit in and nice atmosphere -I will be back again

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Bernie Mates Donnelly

beautiful restaurant. We were greeted immediately & seated. very friendly & efficient staff. A group of nearly 30 people arrived and the staff just sailed through the service. our starters of salmon mousse & pork belly were delightful. We both opted for steaks which were perfectly cooked. Desserts were delicious. Lovely selection of wine. A very enjoyable evening, I could not find fault with any aspect of our experience.

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Very tasty food, portions were quite big and filling. Overall great experience.

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Dawn Moss

A little bit of a mixed bag review. I chose the chicken goyza as a starter and hubby the prawns. Both a little different which I like but also a bit tepid. I was half way through and noticed a fly on my dumpling. I showed the waitress who said sorry do you want a new portion. I declined. A bit of a wait for drinks and food as a large hen party arrived. I got my steak and it was cooked as ordered but again a little on the tepid side. Hubby had the lamb and enjoyed it. We tried a few different sides unusual to most places. Nice to have something different. Near the end of meal the manager was near and i asked if he has been told about the fly as no-one had come to us to address it. He said no he knew nothing about it. I thought that was bad communication between staff. So food was nice enough but definitely not at full price as all sides need to be ordered separately.

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Avril Matata

Great as always! Very tasty food and cocktails

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A warm welcome and attentive staff. We enjoyed our meal and will visit again.

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The food here is amazing. This was my second time visiting and I will happily return again. You can tell a lot of thought has been put into what flavours they use and the food is good quality. The staff are friendly, polite and very attentive. Really can't fault the place. Also, thumbs up for the choice of music.

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Great first visit here last night. Couldn't fault the food, drinks or service. Definitely be back!

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Linda Sheridan

Friendly waiting staff, nice food. An enjoyable evening. The 50% off is on the a la carte menu only. Will definitely go back.

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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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We went to Cleaver East on a Saturday. We ordered from the early bird menu, had the salmon and prawn starter followed by a cheese burger and fish gnocchi. The salmon and cheese burger was truly amazing, really really good, but the other two dishes left room for improvement.

The staff was friendly and accommodating. Our food was served perfectly on time. The place was had a lovely vibe to it.

What was frustrating though is even though we ordered from the early bird menu they rang it up differently and where we should have paid 21 euro per person for 2 courses we ended up paying a little more.

Would we go back, yes. They have a cocktail, late dinner special after 9.30pm some nights that sounds fantastic.

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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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Michael Thompson

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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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