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Cuisine: Family, International, Irish
Price Point: Mains from €20 - €35+
Ranked: #7 of 39 restaurants in Dublin

Welcome to Darwins, a family run restaurant in the heart of Dublin!

Opened by mother and daughter team Amy and Dolores, Darwins Restaurant is a warm and vibrant dining choice for all occasions. Serving modern international cuisine with an Irish twist, their extensive menu is ideal for all carnivorous, coeliac, vegetarian and vegan diets.

Proud to support local farmers, growers and butchers, the kitchen focuses on fresh and seasonal flavours. From Irish black Angus beef and Wicklow lamb, to fresh seafood and seasonal veggies, everyone will find something to love on the menu. Signature dishes include the striploin steak with buttered mashed potato, or the fresh trofie liguri pasta.

Located in the heart of Dublin, Darwins is a stone’s throw from the city’s castle, as well as many popular attractions, museums and theatres. For central dining, this is the place to be!

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street
Dublin D2

Open Hours:
Monday - Saturday 5pm - 10pm

Phone: +353 1 4757511

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Ranked: #7 of 39 restaurants in Dublin 7
Darwins
Location: Dublin 2
Cuisine: Family, International, Irish
Mains: €20 - €35+

Reviews

Jan Bolger

Had a lovely meal in Darwin’s last night. Warmly greeted by the front of house manageress seated immediately in a warm cosy room.
We were served breads to start we had prawns for starter and we both had fillet steak with a side order of sautéed onions we shared our blue cheese and pepper sauces both excellent, we followed with a delicious lemon desert and a lovely bottle of Malbec.we will be back.

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Aimee Cinelli

Darwins was a top quality dining experience. Service is wonderful and so quick. Our meals were delicious, will definitely be back soon.

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Best rib eye steak I've had in any restaurant, full of flavour and cooked to perfection. The roulade dessert was melt in the mouth delicious. Wine selection was very good. We will definitely be back.

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Sean Whyte

Food was delicious and the staff were really nice and helpful too. If you like steak I highly recommend this restaurant

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Had a lovely meal in Darwin’s. He’s food was delicious and the staff were very courteous!

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Amazing from start to finish. Food, atmosphere and staff are second to none. Have been several times and never disappointed.

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Gareth Parry-james

Absolutely delightful experience, very wide ranging menu with copious options for veggies and vegans - try their home developed and made vegan steak, no meat substitutes just pure plant knockout. Delightful owners friendly, welcoming and treated my wheelchair bound mother as a person not an old biddy in a chair, which she really appreciated. All this plus outstanding value not just for Dublin which is expensive but excellently sourced foods as a very reasonable price, highly recommended.

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How have I not discovered this lovely restaurant before now? From the welcome as we entered to the chat as we were leaving this was customer service as it should be. As I vegetarian I was delighted with the choice and my meat eating friend was similarly delighted. The food was superb and the wine list extensive. I'll be back!

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Excellent experience overall! Had a really nice meal in a lovely atmosphere; restaurant looks festive and full of character! Dolores and Colm made the evening for us! Definitely will come back

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My favourite restaurant in Dublin!

The food is simply divine. The staff are so attentive, friendly and sincere.

Couldn’t recommend enough.

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We were very happy with our portion sizes and the lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. The fish soup made for a fantastic starter and we’d highly recommend checking it out!

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Delicious food and nice atmosphere. Will be back

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Theresa Murphy

really nice atmosphere, the staff were lovely 7 the food was really good. I will definitely go back.

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Gav Redmond

Top class! HUGE steaks perfectly cooked, great service

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Clodagh Hilliard

This was my second time at this restaurant and it was as good as the first. Delicious food, fab menu and lovely warm atmosphere. Highlight was my orange & rhubarb fool honeycomb dessert, so unusual. Will definitely be back!

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Even the threat of a hurricane couldn't keep us away from another exquisite First Table experience at Darwins. From the minute we were warmly welcomed by Dolores and her team, we felt we were among friends. Our table in the wooden ship-styled space, was perfect. We shared the rich and creamy mushroom and wild garlic risotto to start and the main event was two fillet steaks, one with surf. Cooked to perfection and every mouthful a treat for the taste buds. The mash and spinach were perfect companions and a delicious bottle of Portuguese Reserva was the icing on the cake, so to speak. However, there was no room for cake or any of the other delightful desserts but there is always next time. Thanks to all, we will be back.

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Seán Mchugh

I love Darwins, you will too.
That is all!!!

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Can't recommend this place enough. Food was amazing. Service was superb.

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Amy McHugh

Excellent place to go!!! Fab food amazing service, good cocktails! We will be back!

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Mary Grogan

A beautiful dining experience. Staff so welcoming and considerate, any thing we asked for was carried out with no problems. Beautiful food. Lovely restaurant. Would recommend and look forward to returning myself. Lady owner very friendly!

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Ive Milat

From our entrance the restaurant, until we left, everything was very good. Warm welcome, great service, delicious food(Calamari, Carrot soup, Steaks). We will come back for sure

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Bernie Mates Donnelly

We have eaten here a twice and consider it one of the best steak restaurants in the city. This time we decided to stay away from the steaks and try something different. the carrot soup with lemon grass, coconut milk and coriander was delicious. then we opted for the chicken and the catch of the day. The chicken was soft and moist, really lovely. The fish was John Dory served with prawns & polenta with a rich sauce. It was a beautiful plate of food perfectly cooked and presented beautifully. The service as usual in this restaurant is 10/10.

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Excellent food. Fantastic service. Will be back again.

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Barbara Van Sinderen

Beautiful food, steak, lamb and fish special, all equally delicious

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Darwins is such a hidden gem. The steak rivals Shanahans 100%. The staff are all so attentive and charming. Can genuinely say it is one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin.

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Aiste Garjonyte

I always passed by Darwins and I knew what a good place just by people telling me - but I thought it has nothing to offer for me - I thought it is a pure steakhouse with zero vegetarian options.

And here my friends arrived from New Zealand - the home of First Table where we all used to use the website to try out new places. And we went to Darwins. Guess what - there are so many vegetarian options i found it very difficult to choose. I had a vegan steak it was amazing! My friends had quinoa wellington and fillet steak they were so happy. We were so full.
This will be a definitely recommendation for those who have veggies and meat-eaters in the group and want to keep everyone happy.

Wine pour list is great. Malbec is a super nice one!!!

Thank you Darwins staff as well for letting us to sit for a bit longer and have a chat.

Will be definitely coming back and recommending to everyone who asks about a good place to eat - I do get this question asked a lot.

Aiste

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Darwin's was by far one of the best dinning experience in Dublin. We went there twice in the last two weeks just to convince ourselves that the first time wasn't just luck.
We had 5 starters between 4 of us because we couldn't decide what we wanted so we tried all of them.
Prawns are amazing, the risotto is creamy, and the pork belly juicy.
For mains we had steaks, and I need to say is the first time that my steak was so big that I couldn't finish it.
The girls went for fillet and the boys had T-bone, all cooked to perfection.
Dolores and the team offer us an amazing experience, we definitely gonna go back very often.

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Seán Mchugh

What can i say about Darwins. Its just the best. The end.
But really, from the moment you arrive you're treated like you're the only one there. You are escorted by friendly knowledgable staff, from here you know the experience will be wonderful. I’m a big fan of their wine menu and its served with aplomb, and with some beautiful breads. We had a starter of prawns, simply delicious. Then the main event, it’s Darwins, it has to be STEAK. I go to a happy place here, all is well with the world. It has always been perfect for me and tonight was no expection, but the mash deserves a special mention. We didn't have desert, it was a perfect meal as it was. Thank you Darwins, thank you.

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Innessa

Had a great experience here, there were three of us dining and we were all happy with our meals. We shared the prawns and a selection of fresh bread with dips to start. For mains we all had steak with a few sides between us. All the steaks came with mash and sauce which they had noted on the menu you could ask for more of, it was nice to see that they are making an effort to reduce food waste. We then shared a brownie for dessert which was delicious. The service was brilliant all night and there were no issues with the first table vouche. Will definitely be back!

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Took my bf here for his birthday - Darwin’s was excellent ! Great service and food. Starters -we went for prawns and calamari - prawns were in lovely mild spiced sauce and calamari was fresh and crispy with no chew on them Steaks were cooked beautifully and all sides were delicious ! Service was super - friendly attentive staff - no issues with using voucher - very smooth !
Will be back !

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We had a really lovely time.

The food and service was really excellent! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for somewhere to eat in the Highly competitive Dublin restaurant market.

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Bernie Mates Donnelly

Excellent service. Every course was cooked to perfection. Best steakhouse in Dublin & the staff are super friendly & efficient.

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Caroline Flood

Lovely meal in Darwin’s. very nice comfy restaurant with well cooked food. Only issue was at end of meal - first table discount wasn’t applied. This was rectified - I also felt the server was being a bit pushy asking us to leave tip on credit card. I prefer to leave cash tip (which I did!). We will definitely go back

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Siobhán O'Connor

Had a really lovely experience. The host was warm and friendly. Staff were also friendly, attentive and efficient. Food and wine were great.

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Chantal Williams

Perfectly cooked steaks & great service! Would definitely recommend!

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Amazing food and not rushed out!

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First Table and Darwins is the perfect combination. We love it here. The most delicious food and fantastic staff. Welcomed like family and treated like royalty! From the spicy prawns to the succulent lamb and perfectly cooked steak, and of course, the South African red the whole evening was treat. Thank you all including FT for the 50% discount. We'll be back.

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We got a lovely warm welcome on a very cold evening from friendly staff. Food was excellent, prawn starter had lots of prawns and pork belly was lovely and crispy. Steak of course for mains and the best place to go for a great steak. Staff were attentive but not intrusive.

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Kate Geoghegan

Great night again in Darwins!

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Went early on a Thursday evening restaurant busy good atmosphere! Waiting staff very warm and friendly! The pork belly and steak both delicious and good servings. Will definitely return!

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Susan Lambert

First time to use First Table but pleasantly surprised. On entering Darwins even though we were their first customers as we choose 5.30pm we were meet at the door with a welcoming smile showed to table and explained how First table works . Basically each course you order one is free but as opposed to other voucher offers we never felt under compliment . Our servers were pleasant and efficient and delivered great food .we also had option of carafe rather than bottle of wine which is all ways a good on Wednesday. Overall 10 out 10 . Happy out .

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Jan Bolger

Had a lovely meal in Darwin’s last night. Warmly greeted by the front of house manageress seated immediately in a warm cosy room.
We were served breads to start we had prawns for starter and we both had fillet steak with a side order of sautéed onions we shared our blue cheese and pepper sauces both excellent, we followed with a delicious lemon desert and a lovely bottle of Malbec.we will be back.

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One of my favourite restaurants in town. the staff are great and the food is amazing.

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Rachael Pratt

Pleasant atmosphere and a friendly table service. The food (steak and fish) were both excellent with lovely presentation. Will definitely be dining here again soon.

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Aimee Cinelli

Darwins was a top quality dining experience. Service is wonderful and so quick. Our meals were delicious, will definitely be back soon.

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Best rib eye steak I've had in any restaurant, full of flavour and cooked to perfection. The roulade dessert was melt in the mouth delicious. Wine selection was very good. We will definitely be back.

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Sean Whyte

Food was delicious and the staff were really nice and helpful too. If you like steak I highly recommend this restaurant

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Very enjoyable meal!

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The food and service in Darwin’s was amazing. The staff were helpful and charming. Would highly recommend

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Had a lovely meal in Darwin’s. He’s food was delicious and the staff were very courteous!

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Amazing from start to finish. Food, atmosphere and staff are second to none. Have been several times and never disappointed.

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Gareth Parry-james

Absolutely delightful experience, very wide ranging menu with copious options for veggies and vegans - try their home developed and made vegan steak, no meat substitutes just pure plant knockout. Delightful owners friendly, welcoming and treated my wheelchair bound mother as a person not an old biddy in a chair, which she really appreciated. All this plus outstanding value not just for Dublin which is expensive but excellently sourced foods as a very reasonable price, highly recommended.

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How have I not discovered this lovely restaurant before now? From the welcome as we entered to the chat as we were leaving this was customer service as it should be. As I vegetarian I was delighted with the choice and my meat eating friend was similarly delighted. The food was superb and the wine list extensive. I'll be back!

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Excellent experience overall! Had a really nice meal in a lovely atmosphere; restaurant looks festive and full of character! Dolores and Colm made the evening for us! Definitely will come back

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Kate Geoghegan

We had such an enjoyable experience at Darwins. The staff could not have been more helpful, friendly and efficient. Highly recommend

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My favourite restaurant in Dublin!

The food is simply divine. The staff are so attentive, friendly and sincere.

Couldn’t recommend enough.

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We were very happy with our portion sizes and the lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. The fish soup made for a fantastic starter and we’d highly recommend checking it out!

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Delicious food and nice atmosphere. Will be back

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Theresa Murphy

really nice atmosphere, the staff were lovely 7 the food was really good. I will definitely go back.

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Gav Redmond

Top class! HUGE steaks perfectly cooked, great service

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Clodagh Hilliard

This was my second time at this restaurant and it was as good as the first. Delicious food, fab menu and lovely warm atmosphere. Highlight was my orange & rhubarb fool honeycomb dessert, so unusual. Will definitely be back!

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Excellent all round.

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Even the threat of a hurricane couldn't keep us away from another exquisite First Table experience at Darwins. From the minute we were warmly welcomed by Dolores and her team, we felt we were among friends. Our table in the wooden ship-styled space, was perfect. We shared the rich and creamy mushroom and wild garlic risotto to start and the main event was two fillet steaks, one with surf. Cooked to perfection and every mouthful a treat for the taste buds. The mash and spinach were perfect companions and a delicious bottle of Portuguese Reserva was the icing on the cake, so to speak. However, there was no room for cake or any of the other delightful desserts but there is always next time. Thanks to all, we will be back.

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Seán Mchugh

I love Darwins, you will too.
That is all!!!

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Can't recommend this place enough. Food was amazing. Service was superb.

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Amy McHugh

Excellent place to go!!! Fab food amazing service, good cocktails! We will be back!

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Service was fantastic. Meat was tender and juicy, but there was just a small issue: light bitter taste of old oil burned. I would still return back and give another try. The service and the meat quality are worth it.

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Mary Grogan

A beautiful dining experience. Staff so welcoming and considerate, any thing we asked for was carried out with no problems. Beautiful food. Lovely restaurant. Would recommend and look forward to returning myself. Lady owner very friendly!

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Ive Milat

From our entrance the restaurant, until we left, everything was very good. Warm welcome, great service, delicious food(Calamari, Carrot soup, Steaks). We will come back for sure

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Bernie Mates Donnelly

We have eaten here a twice and consider it one of the best steak restaurants in the city. This time we decided to stay away from the steaks and try something different. the carrot soup with lemon grass, coconut milk and coriander was delicious. then we opted for the chicken and the catch of the day. The chicken was soft and moist, really lovely. The fish was John Dory served with prawns & polenta with a rich sauce. It was a beautiful plate of food perfectly cooked and presented beautifully. The service as usual in this restaurant is 10/10.

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Excellent food. Fantastic service. Will be back again.

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Barbara Van Sinderen

Beautiful food, steak, lamb and fish special, all equally delicious

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Darwins is such a hidden gem. The steak rivals Shanahans 100%. The staff are all so attentive and charming. Can genuinely say it is one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin.

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Alexandra McDonnell

Absolutely fantastic experience - loved the food and the service! The risotto was incredible!

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The food, atmosphere and service was second to none. We were celebrating our son and daughter's recent achievements. It was a very pleasant evening and I will definitely pass the name of Darwins onto my friends and family.

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Bernie Mates Donnelly

Absolutely the best steak in Dublin. Every aspect of the meal was cooked to perfection. The service is one of the best I have experienced, from the warmth and friendliness of the welcome we received to the attention of the waiting staff. Lovely comfortable setting and judging from the interaction between staff and diners they have a lot of loyal return customers. I can easily see why!

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We booked Darwins for 4 of us last Thursday evening and had a really good quality, tasty meal. We all had starters and main courses and it couldn't be flawed. My mum and partner had the risotto for starter, my dad had the peri peri prawns and I had the tomato soup, all excellent. I had the vegan steak for mains but I have no idea what everyone else had because frankly my meal was so delicious I couldn't keep my eyes off my plate. All I know is there was not a spec left on any of our plates. Would definitely recommend.

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The food and service were excellent, as always! Will be planning a return visit soon.

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We had a fantastic dinner at Darwin’s. We brought our 5 month old son and were welcomed warmly and seated at a table appropriate for his buggy to sit beside us. The wait staff were attentive & friendly and the food was delicious. As a vegetarian & carnivore couple Darwin’s ticked all the boxes. We’ll be back!

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Aiste Garjonyte

I always passed by Darwins and I knew what a good place just by people telling me - but I thought it has nothing to offer for me - I thought it is a pure steakhouse with zero vegetarian options.

And here my friends arrived from New Zealand - the home of First Table where we all used to use the website to try out new places. And we went to Darwins. Guess what - there are so many vegetarian options i found it very difficult to choose. I had a vegan steak it was amazing! My friends had quinoa wellington and fillet steak they were so happy. We were so full.
This will be a definitely recommendation for those who have veggies and meat-eaters in the group and want to keep everyone happy.

Wine pour list is great. Malbec is a super nice one!!!

Thank you Darwins staff as well for letting us to sit for a bit longer and have a chat.

Will be definitely coming back and recommending to everyone who asks about a good place to eat - I do get this question asked a lot.

Aiste

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