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“Not respectful of big tables booked in advance”

Out of the Blue Seafood
Ranked #4 of 78 Restaurants in Dingle
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 56
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A Seafood Only Restaurant, perfectly situated on the harbour in Dingle. Pretty fine, interesting, colourful, fun and fresh dining for a Shack !
Reviewed 13 July 2016

I had been here before and absolutely loved it. The staff was nice, the food was delicious and we were charmed. That is why we chose it as the location to have our pre-wedding family meal ( we booked it for 13 people 6 months in advance). I was told that a certain time was best for them, I confirmed this by email and by phone and even in person as we walked by that day. When we arrived, we were told no it was actually 30 minutes later and the woman in the front was so rude about it. We would have been fine waiting but her reaction and showing how it was written down and needing to prove she was right was a bit ridiculous. I showed her the several emails I had regarding the agreed upon time and so they tried to accommodate us at the correct time, but insisted on putting us in 2 separate tables on other sides of the restaurant. Why would a pre-wedding meal, of 13 people, want to be sitting apart? We were not happy about that, as it could simply be done by putting two tables together. We found out that they took an extra table of guests before our reservation, and that they were hoping they would be done before us, but when they weren't tried to make it look like we we wrong with the time, and we never expected to sit together. It really seemed like the wrong thing to do, just for a couple of extra bucks. PLUS the food was not that good this time. I actually felt bad for choosing it because no one liked it. We had ok fish, but then we all had like 10 random vegetable/salads on our plates with strong different flavors that didn't make sense to have. It was not like that the last time we went. They were nice to us the rest of the time, but it felt like if we didn't speak up, they would have been happy to get us in and out quickly and didn't care that this was a special night or us where we wanted to be together. I was very dissapointed. We come to Dingle often, and we will not be back.

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Reviewed 13 July 2016

We all really enjoyed our meals - fresh local fish and lobster. The atmosphere is low key and relaxed. Our waitress Troina was excellent. She was so helpful, informative and attentive. Go and enjoy.

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Reviewed 12 July 2016

A suggestion from Rick Steve's guidebook, led us to this restaurant, and we LOVED it. We went in at about 1730 to see if perhaps we should make a reservation, and boy were we glad that we did. We secured the last reservation of the night. The seafood was sooooooo fresh. Put it this way, the fish is so fresh that the menus are a large chalkboard that they bring to your table - because you're only offered that day's catch! I recomment the oysters on the half shell. As a starter, and then we each had a 3-course Special. I had the John Dory - a fish that was fed to Captain James Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand in 1769. if you're a Jules Verne reader, you might recall that in his novel, "An Arctic Mystery," Verne termed the fish the 'door keeper', referring to the fish that St. Peter brought to Jesus at Jesus' command.
We paired our meal with the restaurant's reasonably priced bottle of Sancerre (a white wine, of course). Great. And the staff was friendly and helpful.

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Thank Diane M
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

This is a great place to eat - using the Catch of the Day, the menu is then chalked up on huge boards - no chips, no processed food - just beautiful fish, beautifully cooked and beautifully presented. Divine puddings!!! And great service.

Thank Judith H
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

Owner is Irish and a fisherman. Chefs are French. Great combination for perfect seafood. Had the Fresh Oysters for starts and the Seabass with a great French combo White wine .."Mas" . Fresh Seafood Only, Don't come here for fish & chips or anything fat fried or meat. This tiny restaurant is hugely popular so make reservations early.

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