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Chameleon Restaurant

#130 of 2,142 Restaurants in Dublin
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Asian, Indonesian,
1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar | Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 671 0362
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“rijst tafel” (38 reviews)
“rijsttafel” (26 reviews)
“tapas” (59 reviews)
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CUISINES
Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
RATINGS
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LOCATION
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"
Fakerfi
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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 748 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I haven't been to The Chameleon in years and I was so pleased to see that nothing has changed. From the beautiful interior to the amazing staff, it was out of this world. Our lovely friendly hostess took the time to explain how the menu...More

Thank Julie W
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much we are delighted to read your review and I will pass your comments onto our team, hope to see you again. Carol

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 23 September 2018

My wife and i paid our first visit to this restaurant a couple of days ago . They offer a number of set menus which are tapas style and also individual tapas . Also have an early bird which operates on weekdays and up to...More

Thank Leitrim59
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you very much for your review, you can't beat the Javanese short rip, it is a winner. Delighted you enjoyed your first visit and we do hope when your in Dublin again you will come in. By the way you have some great restaurants...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there once was very dissatisfied with service and organisation , paid a lot for food that didn’t eat due their unorganised service. Decided to try again with different friends and to no surprise the service was again bad , the set menus are a...More

Thank GioArruda
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for coming into us for a second time, I cannot understand how you have had this experience twice, we serve groups now for over 24 years now, so we are definitely used to giving excellent service otherwise we would not still be in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here a few times now and it never disappoints. Every morsel of food is super tasty and delicious. I especially love the satay and short rib. We ordered 2 tafels between 3 of us with one extra piece of satay and beef...More

Thank monapower
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much, we are delighted, you have made our day Carol, Kevin and the team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just wow. I booked this place as i wanted somewhere special for my partners birthday. It certainly didnt disappoint. Very warm welcome, shown to our table upstairs. Service was fabulous throughout. The food - wow! We had the Java set meal and everything was just...More

Thank Cnh1273
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much, we are blushing with your comments. We are very lucky to have a great team in Chameleon and I will pass on your comments to them. Please cone in again before the next birthday. Kevin & Carol

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great meal @ Chameleon - each one of the five of us selected a different menu of topas, and we shared. Service was excellent, food was flavorful and the wine was selected appropriately.

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

Thank you very much I will share your comments with the team we are delighted.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a table for 4 on boyfriend’s birthday and had specially requested to arrange a cake or even a bao with an candle which can be included in bill. On arrival, despite of booking the place more than a week ahead we were allocated a...More

Thank gnoweiy89
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Very sorry to hear that, we always do our best to make sure special occasions are made special and we make a complimentary dessert for birthdays. If you would like to contact me directly we can discuss as it woukd be most unusual for us...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never been in an Indonesian restaurant before, although I have been other Asian ones. This was great.The decor was very pleasant and beautiful.

Thank Benzi-R
Reviewed 21 October 2018

We have eaten here on several occasions. However, on our most recent visit the food wasn't served as hot as it should be (it was warm) and the chicken satay was most disappointing, unlike in the past. Disappointing.

Thank K6741DTmichaela
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Hi Michaela, sorry to hear that, we would love to speak with you directly if you would be so kind to direct message us. book@chameleonrestaurant.com thanks Carol & Kevin

Reviewed 16 October 2018

Upon researching places to eat in Dublin, we selected to have dinner at Chameleon because we had never eaten Indonesian food before and we love to try new foods. I used their online reservation service which worked great and they even re-confirmed my booking twice...More

Thank dropalinetoemily
Carol W, Owner at Chameleon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Thank you very much, you have brought a big smile to the team today on reading your lovely comments. We are thrilled you enjoyed the whole expericence and do hope you spread the word, small independent restaurants need support from delightful people like yourself. thanks...More

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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 46
Meals
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
Sunday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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