I have been a fan of Cafe En Seine for many years now and it holds a very special place in my heart. I have very fond memories of spending hours and hours chatting with my buddies after work during the week.
The cocktails and the decor here are fabulous. Thankfully, the pretentious vibe that once put me off going has now disappeared and you will find all sorts of people in here on any given night of the week. The bar staff are generally attentive and with cocktails being only 6e between Sunday and Thursday, you're guaranteed a good time. If there's a cocktail you'd like not on the list, generally the barman will oblige. If you're feeling brave, ask for a surprise!
If you're hungry, this isn't the best spot for eats in my experience. Their food is okay but a little pricey in my opinion. It's been a while since I've ordered anything from their menu which was mostly tapas, so I could be wrong. I recently had finger food at a friends event and this was pretty good, so I will give them that.
As a non drinker, their selection of non-alcoholic beers isn't fantastic being just Paulaner and Becks. Other half was delighted that they do serve O Hara's stout, but not on draught.
I'd recommend at least checking this place out, especially on a weekend. It's got a bit of everything for everyone. If you like dancing, there's a dance floor. If you prefer a quieter spot, sit near the front. If you're trying to impress a newcomer to the city, this place is certainly not to be sniffed at.
Another Dublin landmark I haven't been to in a while.
You could tell that the Dubs were reeling from the Christmas holidays because there was barely a soul in the place. Or on Dawson Street. Or in the city core. Eerie for a Thursday evening.
I brought my students here so that they could get acquainted, and it was great that the place was quiet, though I'm used to it hopping.It probably would have helped things if it was, as we were practically ignored by the wait staff for the first 20 mins.
Not to leave on a negative note, the seats were comfortable, the ambiance was still quite cool and I didn't find the prices insane. Even the Guinness was good.
I was actually impressed by this place, having walked past it for years and years I finally made it in for drinks the other evening. They have a reasonably priced cocktail menu, but the quality of them is quite dependent on who is making it and how much they care about the quality of it.
However, the place itself is actually very very cool. I couldn't believe how big it was inside and although I normally wouldn't go for the gaudy decorations and indoor plants it is done quite well and suits the architecture of the building perfectly.
I had a really fun night in Cafe En Seine recently at a work function. I've always liked the decor here and its in a great central location in town.
The night I was there the place was closed to the public as it was fully booked for work functions. Our reserved area was on the top floor so we had no options to really mingle or mix with the rest of the crowd.
The reason I've deducted 2 stars in mainly concerning food and drink. We were served platters of a mountain of deep fried foods. Why oh why must places serve grease platters and consider it food? Anyway I think they were complimentary so at least we weren't paying for it.
The other reason I would remove a star is the poor drinks selection. When ordering a Mexican beer I was sad to see that my ONLY option is Sol. This must be the cheapest and most disgusting Mexican beers out there and I've noticed recently that nearly all Dublin pubs are selling it exclusively! What has happened to Corona's Pacifico's etc.
The only asian beer available was Tiger. I can't believe that in the city center of the worlds capital for drinkers and there is such a poor selection or options of beers!
It was a very warm but rainy evening and since we were on the top floor almost everyone was about to pass out. I asked the barman if he could turn on the air con and apparently they DONT have any! AND they couldn't open the windows because of the rain! So it was like a sauna for the evening !
On a positive side, the barman was great, really nice guy.and the place is a very nice venue with good music and we had a great evening overall.
One of my favorite places for soup & a cocktail. Beautiful French decor. Too much too see.
Well, I have been there twice - but not really because I liked it but because everything other closed down. There seems to be no normal Pub is open after 2am. So, go there. It is a crowded hybrid between club and bar, they have a good variety of beers - but still... crowded and loud.
I thought that I stepped back in time to the Belle Epoch period in Paris when I walked through the elegant doors of the Cafe En Seine.
Cosmopolitan & stylish, this large cafe, bar and restaurant boasts a spectacular décor, combining Art Nouveau and Deco periods. effortlessly. It flows beautifully... bravo to the interior designer! what a lovely place to enjoy a cup of coffee, dessert, drink or meal.
I can't speak for the food because I joined a group of friends for coffee and conversation but had a lovely time and hope to go back to sample the cuisine.
This place is truly beautiful on the inside. And the atmosphere is really cool too. Food is great, and the prices aren't too bad either.
However, this here are the reasons this place loses it's stars. Food amount can vary by plates. My friend got fish and chips.. Or should I say fish and 4 chips! We still have a good laugh at him for that. Service was not good at all, they seemed to forget about us several times. Took forever to bring the drinks out and the check.
I think the service was the main reason I am rating this place much lower, however it did ruin the experience.
Decor is quite interesting, looks like it was transported from the turn of the century Paris or Vienna. Food and hot drinks ain't bad, either. We tried the biscuit with chocolate. For those who like their chocolate bitter, rather than milky, it was good, but not great. I also tried the seafood chowder. It was very tasty, but it was not much like the clam chowder soups stateside. It had very strong fish smell and taste. Fine for me, but definitely not for those who dislike fishy fish.
Best part was the talented jazz group. Apparently, they are there every Sunday 2 to 4pm.
They were busy and overlooked me out of ten. They were late bringing my wine and my sandwich . The shrimp sandwich was good , did not care too much for the salmon part of the sandwich. The ambiance is stunning. Heard good comments about the chicken and leek potpie, but heard they had better fish Chips elsewhere.
First time I came here was on the corporate card of Trinity College Dublin, now that was a good night!
This place is pretty fancy, everyone dressed up and looking well, the girls more so than the guys.
Its the interior design that sells this place, its very different, and rightly or wrongly reminds me that really bad Batman movie with George Clooney.
Definately worth a few visits.
I have never seen a more splendid yet peculiarly decorated cafe! It reminds me of something from the imagination of Lewis Carroll or the set designers of the movies "Hook" or "Moulin Rouge". I really enjoyed how spacious the place is with different rooms and very high ceilings. Each room has its own "mood" for you to choose from. I enjoyed just sitting quietly looking around the place- it was that remarkable. The food was solid,consisting of normal french cafe cuisine with a great selection of cocktails and a young friendly staff hustle around the place to keep the guests happy.
Worth the stop in if you are near St. Stephen's Green!
A place of beauty and deserves my top marks. However, the music can become a little cheesy at times but the older and slightly balding crowd doesn't seem to mind to much.
This amazingly beautiful restaurant was where I had my first ever meal out in Dublin with the highlight, other than the decor, was the carrot and coriander soup.
Try to get a lunch special deal if you are looking to not spend an arm and a leg.
Sit and listen to the live music ... maybe even order a drink and relax.
Definitely has that old-world feel with a little opulence instead of dreariness.
Creative cocktails in a sharply decorated, chill bar out of a Parisian dream. Beautiful space, expert service, very comfy banquettes and tables. Different areas of the restaurant have different decor and vibes. Music is interesting but unobtrusive. Great location near St. Stephen's green and bustling Grafton Street.
As for meals, they are okay but nothing special. This place shines best for its liquid offerings.
When friends arrive from out of country take them there for a quick look, then point at the ridiculous queues, the ridiculously overpriced beer, the exasperated look on the faces of those still queuing, laugh, then head anywhere else to spend your hard-earned money.
Made for tourists, we're supposed to know better.
I don't know what it is about Dawson St, but wankers abound. Actually, I know exactly what it is about Dawson St: the proximity of the Arts block of Trinity College. Now, of course I'm not implying that everyone who went to Trinity are west-brit twats, but it would probably be the part of Dublin with the greatest concentration of them.
Which brings us neatly to Cafe En Seine. Seemingly ignoring the fact that it's actually in rain-sodden Dublin, Cafe En Seine is a brave to misguided attempt to bring sophisticated Parisian café culture to distinctly crass and non-sophisticated Dublin.
I'll give it this much: Cafe En Seine does have an amazing interior.
But this luxuriant décor is also its downfall. Because luxuriant Cafe En Seine attracts the biggest bunch of tools of any establishment in Dublin (especially now that Renards is closed). Expect broad-shouldered men loudly talking shop with their former school chums, and girls with orange make-up bitching loudly about their best-friend the minute that she goes to the toilet to throw up the stick of celery that she had for dinner earlier. Watch that you don't have an eye taken out by any of the ridiculously sized collars.
And don't get me started on the price of drink.
Cafe en Seine is a bursting spot on the weekends, and you can either start your night-out there with a couple of drinks, have dinner, or get there at 11 to hit the dance floor.
Expect to rather dress up than down and also expect to pay more for your drinks than the average in Dublin. I've been there a few times already but must admit that the quality of the drinks served at the different bars never really struck me - you're better off at Dakota for example.
My most recent visit to Cafe en Seine was last Saturday night and my was it busy! The place was packed, which is a good sign of a popular bar/club.
As many reviews have mentioned, the decor is fab in Cafe En Seine, although with the amount of people that were there the other night, you would not really notice it! :) The bars had the usual long queues. Although we found that the bar at the back of the dance floor had a much smaller queue, so you always got served faster. Although if you were taking your drink anywhere, you would have to negotiate the dancefloor with a full drink, which can be quite trickey!
I really think Cafe En Seine has a broad age range, I mean i am talking from my age to my mothers age and everything in between! But that doesn't take away from the great night I always seem to have there.
It is also fantastic to have a bar/club that is free in on a Saturday night, that can be hard to come by. Although drinks are by no means cheap!
Overall, I think most nights spent in Cafe En Seine will be fun!
This is a frequent stop of mine when I visit Dublin, it's close to Grafton St. and the the really high ceilings make this place a comfortable place to have a pint. Last time I was there I had an Irish coffee since I was a bit jet lagged and it was really good. The place is massive but can still get pretty crowded on weekends.
It can be a little on the expensive side but in my opinion the place is worth it.
The differences between Dublin and other Irish cities are shrinking more and more these days. The typical trip down the High Street passes the same shops, cafes and restaurants whether it's in Cork, Galway or Dublin. So Cafe En Seine is great when you want to show visitors something special.
Special is definitely the word for the interior. It's basically what the inside of Baz Luhrmann's head looks like. It's all lavish chandeliers, art deco ornaments and mirrors.
But it manages to be a good bar too. It says a lot that you can have a pint or some cocktails in there and not feel overpowered by the craziness. For lunch the food is decent, but weekend service is always a bit slow.
It's a cool Bar/Café. Once you walk in, you'll see a long dark-wood bar counter. Make sure to look up the ceilings and pay attention to the decor. It is a gorgeous looking bar! I tried to take some photos, but they did not do justice.
Just like other bars, it gets crowded later in the evenings, but I found bartenders were friendly and nice. Price wise, it could be a bit expensive.
In my opinion, this is one of the bars you should visit when you are in Dublin.
I was a little annoyed when i went in to note that, altho the dinner menus were out, the service was not available. At 2pm, i would have thought dinner would be on. So i ended up settling for the chicken burger although i wanted to sample the fish and chips. It does state that dinner isnt till 17:00-21:00 lunch is 12:00 till 15:00 not sure what happens inbetween.
Theres has always been a lot of hype from my friends at how great this place is but i found it to be quite generic and was a little disappointed with the decor at atmosphere, albeit lunchtime but it was a bit of a let down although there are some quirky statues and light fixtures to look at.
The chicken was a well seasoned, slightly dry breast in a wholemeal flavourless bun with a dollop of what claimed to be guacamole. It came with shoestring chips and a lovely, tasty relish (the highlight off the dish)
The nicest thing about c.e.s was the two little heinz jars they put on the tabe with my cutlery, one mayo one tomato ketchup.
My americano was standard and everything, including the staff, was just "nice". Nothing spectacular. I might give it another try, but i wouldnt be running back.
We could only stay for awhile because the whole place was closing for some after-party of the newly released film Kick Ass...but the time we spent was pleasant. It's a bit self-conscious with its Art Nouveau decor and over-abumdance of Erte-style odalesque statues (I'm a fan of bare breasts, but even I have my limits...sort of...)
Our server was polite, but lost a star for the place because he had no idea what the after-party was for and seemed to be surprised by each and every question we asked. Prices were ok.
But they hit one of my pet peeves by having a huge glass-front curio cabinet with massive amounts of dust on the bottles inside and the nick-nack shelves were filmed over with grime. More statues of stretching women...the whole thing was brightly lit from inside and would have looked great except the glare off the cloudy glass just made it look like something in an Aul Fella's pub that hadn't been cleaned in years.
I will be back, as the atmosphere is over all OK and I'd like to try the food.
Bottom Line: Star loss for carelessness with beauty...
No, just no! i will not go to this place on a night out and i always fight strongly against it when it is suggest it.
Its not a really awful place, I mean the decor is really nice and unusual, you could spend some time looking a that but that is where the niceness ends.
the customers in here are always so pretentious and stuck up and male customers feel it is okay to pinch your bum as you walk by (in my experience anyway).
the place is just huge so if your group is on the move and you get seperated forget about it they could be anywhere in this cavernous room and they could be on any level.
the toilets are beautiful really but again they are abboying too, they are miles away from the main drinking area!
A beautiful beautiful place... Loved the place from the moment I entered. It is 20's decor with a feel of time of glory. The prices are a bit more than what I would normally pay for food but it is possible to have some good food for a decent price. I shared a bowl of chips (fries for you Americans), a bowl of soup of the day and a sandwich with my boyfriend and it was all only 10 Euros. After all of this we were both very full and the soup was delicious and definitely going back for more and I am not a soup person, I always found soups boring but this was yummy.
Hoping to come back one day and enjoy another soup :)
My friends and I got a late start to our Friday evening and headed to Dawson Street around 11 pm. We saw a sign for Cafe en Seine and headed in to check it out. Upon entering we were stunned by the high ceilings and beautiful French decor. It does not look like much from the outside, but inside it is breathtaking. We had a wonderful time dancing the night away until 3 am.
The next weekend we returned a little earlier, around 10 pm. The vibe was not as energetic and we left shortly after arriving. I would recommend coming after 11 pm if you are looking for a place to dance. With it being so crowded by the bars, just head straight for the dance floor in the back. Also you should load up on drinks before you get here--it is overpriced for sure!
No one could say that Cafe en Seine's decor is not beautiful. Like Kate said, it does remind you of Moulin Rouge. Everything seems so extravagant from the naked marble statue outside to the intricate mosaic floor and steel railings inside. You really do feel like you left Dublin and headed to the South of France. The whole vibe is very French bohemian.
While I'm a fan of the look of the place, I do not like drinking here. Like in other big pubs, there is no real atmosphere at Cafe en Seine. Perhaps, this has something to do with the fact that the space is so large. You lose yourself in here. Also, some of the clientele are snobby.
I'd go here for one drink and then head somewhere else where people are a little less bourgeois.
This popular spot has a stunning physical interior - this alone makes it worth a visit. There are many rooms with high ceilings with tables and nooks for small gatherings. Absolutely gorgeous, really, and meriting 5 stars on this basis alone. Sadly, the food is average, the service is slightly below average and the high prices bring it down to 4 stars, in my opinion.
We had the chorizo panini for lunch, which was lovely & came with very good French fries. The coffee was quite good as well and the caiperinhas, often difficult to find on a menu, were a rare treat.
This place can get busy with tourists taking pictures of the interior (as I did!), but it is well worth a stop.
I note a few jaded Dubliners have provided lackluster reviews, and I understand that. But this is a "must try" for an out-of-towner and, based on ambiance alone, may well merit return visits...
I have to say I've always quite liked Cafe En Seine. My housemate recommended I try it and I confess that one step inside the doors and I was blown away by the grandeur.
It is not your Starbucks or O'Briens sandwich cafe. As the girls say, it's so much more of the Moulin Rouge, much less of the practical. And that includes the food. The lunch offerings are rather bland and unimaginative, I must say. I brought a friend from London here once, in an attempt to convince her that yes, Dublin is just as cool as London, but the Cafe En Seine lunch menu didn't do much for my case.
I've also tried the desserts here (they have a good coffee and cake special) but have found them to be dry and uninspiring.
I've never ventured here after dark so this would explain my lack of opinion on the pretentious clientele some of our other reviewers have mentioned.
I would recommend Cafe En Seine simply because it LOOKS beautiful. A good place to take a visitor for a glass of prosecco, but not much more?
I ended up here spontaneously around 10pm on a Saturday night. Very full but not too jammed. Large interior space with beautiful decor. Friendly bartenders. The bar itself is very impressive.
Most people were dressed up. However, I was in jeans from my daytime activities which carried me through dinner and I was fine. However, if I actually planned to be there (or out on the town at all) and wanted to hit the dance floor (in the back of the building) I would have ensured I was a little more decked out.
Although I did not eat, the menu looks good. Likely worth a try for lunch, dinner or anything in between. I appears to be a lot of things to a lot of people (brunch, lunch, dinner, jazz, bar drinks, dancing)...but it also appears to do all these things well.
Cafe en Seine knocked my socks off. I was amazed by the interior; it looks like a piece of 19th century Paris was transplanted here. From the statues to the marble fireplaces, this restaurant is gorgeous from top to bottom.
The food is reasonably priced and the service staff is polite and attentive. We had lunch here and I had the most perfect piece of lamb's liver in my salad. The coffee is fantastic and the menu is comprehensive, without being overwhelming. They offer loads of choices and the cocktails look tempting. I am definitely coming back here again and again.
Oh Cafe en Seine, so posh so lovely so exclusive so la di da! But oh so worth it, even just for one visit as it really feels special and makes you feel like you are in Vienna or Salzburg and not sometimes rainy grey Dublin!
The extravagantly long bar and high ceilings create a wonderful sense of space and elegance. But that sense of space disappears pretty rapidly on a Friday and Saturday night when the beautiful and posh people crowed in here to sip fancy drinks through straws.
The best time to visit is early in the day when you can relax with one of their delicious coffees and pastries and take in the beautiful surroundings and loose yourself for an hour or so!
Café en Seine always reminds me of The Moulin Rouge for some reason. With its high ceilings, grand staircase and elaborate décor it really does feel like you are in Paris.
Firstly, I have to mention the price. This place is not cheap and it was one of the first bars in Dublin to charge in the region of €6 for a pint. When I first started coming here about 5 years ago this seemed extortionate, but people were still prepare to pay it and since then, prices around Dublin pubs have pretty much followed suit.
But if you're going out for a special occasion this place is lovely - I highly recommend their glasses of sparkling rose, served with a strawberry, which cost around €6.
It's a late bar - open til 2amish and there's always a great crowd. Dubliners, tourists and everyone in between, all out enjoying a few drinks, or a boogie on the dancefloor.
On my second visit to Dublin, I wandered into this place on a Friday afternoon with some friends for some Irish Coffees. The place was relatively quiet (as it was early). The interior decor of the place is beautiful, and the place is much, much bigger than you would anticipate.
On a Saturday night, we went back around 10 pm. The place was full of people, but it never felt crowded. This place was excellent for people watching.
The service here was great and the music was very good, but not too loud that you couldn't carry on a conversation.
This is a definitely place I would bring friends, and I look forward to coming back.
The splendour and decorative indulgence of Cafe en Seine's interior is like that of no other bar in Dublin. It reminds me of a magical Parisian club from a forgotten age and, as already mentioned, the courtesans of Moulin Rouge would not look out of place swinging gleefully from its high ceilings.
It has a touch of class but that is marred by the pretension, posers and Dublin 'high rollers' that become fairly ubiquitous here in the evening. It's a nice place to drop into during the day though and you can park yourself outside when the weather is warm. Trinity students are a familiar sight and the odd end-of-term tutorial has been known to take place here.
If you need proof that the ornate surroundings attract Dublin's elite, then please note that I saw Mr. Gabriel Byrne himself coming out of les Jacques!.
Awesome looking place on the inside. The food is extremely good, and in pretty good portions (except the fish and chips, which came with 4 chips). I had the special (Duck with lentils and a red jus) which was cheaper than the normal mains, and was incredibly cooked. The biggest issue is that our orders seemed to get lost and no one ever came to check up on us so we were without drinks for 25 minutes and even longer before our food finally came. The service was disappointing and really took a lot away from the overall score for the restaurant. I would definitely try again though since the food was well worth the price (surprisingly cheap).
"Café en Seine" is just different to the usual bars and pubs of town. I like the fact that you can get almost everything there from hot meals and cake to scones and sandwiches.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and booze - all is available there, too.
It's a spacious place with loads of different areas - all differently well styled.
I always enjoy the atmosphere when I go there during the week - just as a tourist may do. :) The service is a bit slow and indifferent but if you got plenty of time it's enjoyable enough.
As a tourist just randomly wandering around Dublin for a weekend, imagine our surprise when my friend and I just decided to pop in for a drink and then found out what looked like a little pub from the street turned out to be a huge dance place with 4 floors! Very cool décor and an awesome find for us to spontaneously hang out and party on a Saturday night.
If I am really desperate and dateless in Dublin then I will go here :-)) This means that I am rarely ever there and usually get dragged in by others. I love the decor of the place but that's where it ends. The music is usually just ok and they have no control over how many people are let in and there are times when I have not been able to move in here. Maybe this is great for some but not my cup of tea ;-))