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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
+353 1 660 4068
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“foie gras” (19 reviews)
“charcuterie” (13 reviews)
“fondue” (7 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
French, European, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
53, Shelbourne road | Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We have just moved from the Southern Hemisphere and having walked past the wine bar several times decided we had to go in. The wine recommendations were good, the food excellent and the service was spot on, we are now very happy local supporters 😉

Thank 666SteveC666
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this little gem last night for a quick glass of wine (Devine wine) before our dinner reservation in Roly’s Bistro. The aromas coming from the kitchen were amazing. Needless to say we were so disappointed to leave for our reservation. However we...More

Thank Lynda W
Reviewed 28 January 2018

This is an interesting place and is essentially a wine shop that does food. The menu is simple and authentically French; delicious and well prepared. The owners / staff are passionate wine buffs, whose love for what they do is more than apparent. The wines...More

Thank jhnsfdbck
Pierre C, Manager at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Hi Jhnsfdbck. Thank you very much for taking the time to share with us your generous feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food that you selected and we hope that you had a lovely experience. We do hope that you will...More

Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

A birthday trip to Ballsbridge for the other half. Both well acquainted with Ballsbridge but had never ventured into the French Paradox. A recommendation prompted us to give it a go and we loved it. Attentive staff, a varied menu and absolutely top notch food....More

1  Thank DSP1963
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Four of us had dinner at the French Paradox Wine Bar and we thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We had a selection of pates and foie gras and we also opted to taste different wines (you can have bottles or glasses but also small carafes which...More

Thank vincent m
Reviewed 3 December 2017

From the moment we entered we were enchanted. The wonderfully warm greeting on arrival, the completely unfussy elegance, the aroma of good food, the charming staff - its all most compelling. This restaurant looks and feels natural and exudes quality with no pretensions. Super staff...More

Thank Ray B
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

This was a disapponting visit. Good French food was not what we found here. The wine was lovely and if that is all you would wish on a visit here then no better place. The french soup was poor and the duck average. The stew...More

Thank Gillian H
Pierre C, Owner at The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Dear Gillian, We appreciate you taking the time to write your review, as it is only with feedback that we can endeavour to improve the service that we offer. We try hard to keep the standards up and regret that we did not live up...More

Reviewed 16 November 2017

What a fantastic little restaurant and wine bar. It is rare that you find a location which feels like you are transported to a chic boulevard in France. This gem serves up excisiquit french treats - Foie gras, Confit of Duck and a choice of...More

Reviewed 4 November 2017

This French/Irish-owned venue with fine food served upstairs and downstairs has a wonderful selection of French wines and a friendly atmosphere with very helpful staff!

Thank Philip M
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Came upon this wine bar by chance as staying nearby. Wine Shop at front with restaurant tucked away . Warm welcome and quick service. Delicious traditional French Bistrot food - haven't had this outside France before . Great wine recommendations as a good price. Planned...More

Thank Juliet O
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$58
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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