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Chameleon Restaurant

#119 of 2,173 Restaurants in Dublin
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Asian, Indonesian,
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 671 0362
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“rijst tafel” (38 reviews)
“rijsttafel” (26 reviews)
“tapas” (58 reviews)
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Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Chameleon Restaurant
1. Dining experience
"A hidden gem; one of my favourite Dublin eateries"
Liam B
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2. Amazing atmosphere
"A wonderful little place, great ambience, friendly service"
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3. Great for groups
"Booked for a work Christmas Party.......The food was amazing"
alan j
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1 - 10 of 734 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

My aunt suggested we meet here to start her holidays. Staff are lovely as is the decor. There two menus to choose from, we went with the tapas menu. We chose the yellow curry with basmati rice, prawn fritters, short rib of beef, crab cakes,...More

Thank Leah M
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 29 September 2017

We have been to Chameleon a few times now and each time, we fall more in love. The staff are outstanding in their ethos, knowledge and can do attitude. The food is a delight to the senses and is so fresh and aromatic. We will...More

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Thank kk62
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you very much we really appreciate your comments and custom.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bijou restaurant that hits the 5 stars, again. Everything was just great, the food, flavours, wine, service, all really really nice. Recommend for couples, family, all there on the Thursday night and all enjoying it. Food enjoyed was, Java set meal, and king prawns with...More

Thank nhsdutchy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Relaxing and really good food. The staff is really friendly and knowledgeable. The tables upstairs with the pillows are tough to leave from, but perfect for a big party.

Thank BrianGroth
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks Brian, Yep those opium tables can be very comfy, I will pass your comments onto the team, we really appreciate the 5 Stars.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For anyone interested in trying something a little different a visit to the Chameleon is a must. Lovely atmosphere, excellent service, good wine and fantastic food

Thank polyt
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks from the team for your kind words and we do hope to see you in again. Carol

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this place for the first time after recommendations and was not disappointed. I’ve no prior experience of Indonesian food so could not vouch for its veracity - what I can say is that it was delicious. It’s tucked down a side street but...More

Thank JReading156
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic food and service. It was really busy but our food was delivered promptly, the waiter took plenty of time to explain each dish. All staff were very friendly and helpful. The Bao are fantastic, set menus are great value for money and mean...More

Thank desudo84
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many many thanks for your review and 5 stars, I will pass your comments onto the team as they work very hard to be helpful and friendly. Carol

Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

It was our very 1 st visit and friend of ours recommended this place but Wasn’t impressed, some staff weren’t friendly. Overpriced overrated. Girl who were in charge tall dark very short hair weren’t friendly at all. It’s almost like She’s doing us favor or...More

Thank Davka L
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are very sorry you were not impressed, we would love to discuss your issues in further detail, would you kindly phone myself or Kevin on 01 6710362. thanks Carol

Reviewed 13 August 2018

The restaurant is quaint and small, and although very close to the heart of Temple Bar, it is mellow and chilled out inside. The staff are friendly and have a great knowledge of the menu. The food is beautiful, everyone in my party got 3...More

Thank Shauna M
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thank you very much and we do look forward to you returning. Carol

Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

The food here is so tasty. We ordered the set menus and the spread was brilliant. Would definitely recommend the set menus. Really cool interiors, we sat at one of the low tables where you are on cushions on the ground. Overall great experience and...More

Thank teal-eire
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Brilliant to receive a 5 star and thank you very much, yes the opium table is very popular, hope to see you in again soon. Carol

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Saiyidatus S
25 October 2017|
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Response from Carol W | Property representative |
No we are not halal-certified we can pre -order chicken and lamb which is certified upon request.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 47
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: South City Centre
  • Phone Number: +353 1 671 0362
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Chameleon is an award-winning Dublin restaurant specializing in rijst-tafel or Asian tapas such as Javanese short rib, Otak Otak Crab cakes, and free-range chicken satay served with our very own peanut sauce. Established in 1994, Chameleon has become renowned for its intimate and ambient atmosphere, excellent service, and outstanding contemporary Indonesian cuisine. Chameleon restaurant has won many prestigious awards including best restaurant in Temple Bar, and John & Sally McKenna Guides "100 Best Restaurants" every year since 2013. Carol and Kevin are a husband and wife team who are inspired by travel and great tasting food. Like their namesake – the chameleon is an expert at adapting to its environment – and attribute their recent success to their continual focus on how Irish people want to dine today. Recent additions include a range of craft beers and wines as well as catering for the dietary choices of vegetarians, vegans and celiacs’ looking for gluten-free options.
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