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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

#449 of 2,013 Restaurants in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
Mon - Fri 10:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Falls Church, VA
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64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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118 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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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139 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 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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100 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The sharing plates and various carafes of wine were excellent and made us all happy. Opus of duck and the cheese and pate latter's were first rate.

1 Thank Jim R
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

It's so utterly French! French meats, French pates, French wines, French cheeses, French waiters... I love that we can taste a few small glasses of wine before committing to a full glass or to a bottle, it's very exciting for the palate! It's our go-to-place for excellent wines and charcuterie on a romantic night out. Can't fault it.

3 Thank DoloresHayes
Dublin, Ireland
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105 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Excellent wine shop/restaurant in the heart of Ballsbridge, the food is excellent here a tiny bit pricey but well worth it - there is a wide selection on the menu, but if you wish you can just meats and cheeses and olives its really tasty, they have a full restaurant upstairs, you can also sit outside. The wine selection is... More 

1 Thank Tipperary_12

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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
USD 11 - USD 53
French, European, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?