The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin


Based on 58 reviews

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Multiple award winning wine bars on 2 levels - Georgina Campbell in 2006 and Bridgestone in 2009. Exclusively imported wines. They regularly organise tasting sessions of their family owned estate wines complimented with a selection of French tapas. They are at your disposal to tailor private tasting evenings for groups.
The French Paradox is located only 5min by foot from the new Aviva Stadium making it the perfect location to have lunch, dinner or even just a glass of wine before or after an event in the stadium.
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Posted 23rd Mar 2015 by AUSSIEFOODIEGuru: 48 reviews

What a great find!

Great service. Yummy food. Heaps of wine.

What more could you want in a night out?

Small, cosy atmosphere; tapas style plates of food; vast wine selection and delicious deserts.

Congratulations on a really lovely restaurant.

Posted 5th Mar 2015 by KIKIDUNNEFirst Timer: 7 reviews

i LOVE this restaurant. the food is so good. the cheese and meat laters are so good that i go there and just have wine and the platters. they have lots of lovely salads too. i will say that they used to have better extra bits in the salad like slivers of citrus fruit instead now they have cherry tomatoes. sign of the times maybe. I dont knoe but the wine is lovely. their wines are delicious. num num. we sat outside for a drink while we waited for our table. It gave the night slow feel instead of being rushed through a meal.

Posted 8th Jul 2014 by RHONA.OCONNORFirst Timer: 9 reviews

My self and one of my pals who was celebrating his 60th Birthday went to French Paradox for lunch. We were greeted and shown upstairs where we were recommended 2 different wines by the glass. Both were spot on for our taste. We then ordered the French onion soup, Fish Pie and the Foie gras du Chef which was just excellent! The service was attentive and professional. We really enjoyed our visit and will be back.

Posted 26th Jun 2013 by ANN1MURPHIEFirst Timer: 1 reviews

Minor mix-up with the booking (which was last minute as it was requested at lunchtime on day of Robbie Williams concert in Aviva) - were we upstairs at bar counter or downstairs? As a result we got our own table set up which could have been ours for the night due to a last minute cancellation. We had a delicious bite to eat with some delicious wine and Prosecco. If it hadn't been for Robbie we would have stayed the evening. I have been to two wine tasting evenings there via our sports and social club and they were fantastic. Couldn't recommend the place any higher. It is a little bit of heaven!

Visited again Saturday 21st for late lunch - fantastic.

Posted 29th Mar 2013 by BASILCHICK01Connoisseur: 26 reviews

Stumbled across this little French bistro in donnybrook recently and we were pleasantly surprised. One can hardy swing a cat in it as its so tiny. That's the ground floor. Upstairs there is extra seating bit I think they only open in the evening. 3 of us sat around a small table and were served the most delicious French bread. We had an antipasto mixed plate which had a little bit too much salad to make it work. I was introduced to a white Beaujolais wine which I never knew existed. It was delicious! I was able to buy one to bring home too. A lovely quaint place with lots of interesting wines on offer, what more could you want ?

Posted 18th Jan 2012 by TAMTOUMIConnoisseur: 23 reviews

had dinner there yesterday - I was there before but a long time ago. anyway, I obviously have forgotten how delicious it is, otherwise i would have been going more.

the fois gras with mango is to die for, and the portion is a great size for 18 Euros. really delicious , i was licking my fingers afterwards. I had that and shared a camamber with my friend- that was delicious as well. Our waiter was very french and very nice and we kept him up till after midnight with no one else in the place except the four of us. he didnt mind at all and insisted we finish our wine before we go.

will be going again for the fois gras for sure.

Posted 28th Dec 2011 by SUEELLYGuru: 25 reviews

I really did enjoyed the evening with my friend at the restaurant.
Wine was good and my favorite duck salad was delicious.
I hope we will be back soon.

Posted 16th Oct 2011 by GCBFirst Timer: 5 reviews

This is one of my very favourite places, I love the food, the staff and the relaxed atmosphere. The food is excellent, so much so I'm there nearly once a week! The foie gras should definintely be tried and the confit of duck is always a pleasure. The wine is obviously excellent it being a wine shop and the staff are very friendly and helpful (and a little quirkly which is part of the appeal!).

Posted 1st Oct 2011 by MAIDANNewbie: 10 reviews

Myself and my partner went to French Paradox for a cheeky bottle of wine and some food to celebrate his birthday. We had the most wonderful evening it must be said. We were tucked away in the back ground floor corner which felt very cosy and rustic. We had a sharing charcuterie platter, aubergine caviar and the duck salad, all of which were simply divine. The staff were friendly and attentive and remembered our individual wine selections once the intended 1 bottle was long gone!!. Only gripe and its a tiny one is that the area can be quite small so if a group of people are chatting away, it can seem quite loud but a small price to pay for such a wonderful place

Posted 2nd Jun 2011 by JEANSEBGuru: 48 reviews

Was there for our friends surprise bday.

This place is fantastic. The 2 and 3 course menu's are great value.

The service is great, the staff are very attentive and the atmosphere is classical french.

They have an open kitchen and you can see your food being cooked.

The wine is fantastic.

Everyone must try this place.

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