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Review: Le Bon Crubeen, Talbot Street

Eating steak is imminent. Sue is excited.

Steak, chips, and salad for €13. Bangers and mash for a tenner. Three glasses of red for €16.50.

Why, it can only be Le Bon Crubeen on Talbot Street. It’s easily one of the best cheap eats in Dublin, and a very pleasant place to dine too.

Geordie Sue and I ate there recently. It was my turn to buy dinner, so I got my cheap skates on and wheeled into this little joint. It’s a popular place, and you’ll often have to wait for a seat. You could call it the northside’s version of Green 19, only I think it’s better.

The sirloins were really good: tender, juicy, full of flavour, and served as ordered with a nice rich gravy. No messing around. My friend joined us towards the end of our meal and ordered something for himself; there was no problem fitting him in at our table for two.

Despite the slight “hotel lobby bar” feel of Le Bon Crubeen, everybody who eats here seems really happy. I guess they’re pleased with the friendly service, the great value, and the tasty food.

But one quibble: their coffee is rank. Quite possibly the worst coffee in Dublin.

The bill for two steak dinners, bangers and mash, three wines, two Cokes, a horrible coffee, and a creme brulee, came to €67.45. I’ll be back.


  1. Love this restaurant……have been there many times! Have only recently found your blog and it’s great!! Just one point regarding Le Bon Crubeen – i find that they tend to over-cook the steaks there… word of warning – if you want a steak cooked medium, ask for it to be cooked rare. Apart from the steak mishaps, it’s a great restaurant and always packed out the door so book early!!

  2. I ate there here last night for the first time and had a main, glass of wine and shared a desert. It came to about €22 each. Food was gorgeous. I had salad to start, cod on what I think was puree of sweet potatoe with lentils and parma ham as a main and a chocolate torte with salty caramel icecream for desert. De – lic – ious. Our waiter Edward couldn’t have been nicer. Great place. Will be back.