The best i've ever had. !!
HUGE piece of fish and TONS of chips.
Can't wait for the next trip....
After a full day of touring around Dublin, we needed a hot meal before heading out to our secluded hotel. This got highly reviewed, and it seemed we should probably partake in some traditional fish and chips. The area around this chippie was interesting and fun to walk through.
However there was literally nothing impressive about the meal we got. The cost for the meal was quite high. Granted the piece of cod was very large, I didn't find the food particularly tasty. The chips were soggy and bland. The fish was alright but certainly not the best. If this IS the best, Dublin has a long way to go in measuring up with other locations that boast fish n chips as a signature dish.
I am just confused why yelpers rated this so highly when the food, atmosphere, and qualify was mediocre at best. This place certainly missed the mark for me.
My two pence.
T'was a traditional rainy autumn November and the wind spat flecks of cold drizzle at my rosey red cheeks- the only exposed skin visible beneath my marvelously morbid marine anorak. The year was 1950 and I had a hankering for some fried spuds which had implanted their selling power into our bleak and wounded Dublin city culture. Mr. Burdock handed me a hefty shovel full in a newspaper with all the crispy bits a growing lad could ask for. The grease illuminated in the lightning outside (a wella wella wella umph!) "Tell me more tell me more" you say? It was one of a kind. I did'nt put up a fight.
A warm hearty meal for a lad with a big heart for good food.
When I had finished, I looked down at the grease stained newspaper and read the headline- "We won the war, the Brits are going home". It was a good day for everyone. The famine was most definitely over and we had reclaimed the north through passive resistance.
Now in 2014, The experience has not changed even the slightest... Even the weather outside is still awful! what! weh weh weh weh..
We just arrived in Dublin at 10 pm and everything else around our hotel was practically closed! Thankfully, we found this place and they served us with good, hot food. The chips are a bit oily, but the than that the meal was good for the money spent.
There is no hangover that cannot be cured by a bag of chips out of here. Be prepared to queue at peak times !
This place will change your life. The best fish and chips I've had anywhere in the world. The fish, the batter, and the fries were all perfect. Just what one would expect for a business that has been serving fish and chips for over a hundred years. You can get it to go and nosh outside of Christ Church Catedral.
Their hours can be strange so be sure to check before you go. Also, all Leo Burdocks are not created equal. The one in Temple Bar is OK, but as everyone says (including a Dubliner we met in Krakow), "it just isn't the same as the one next to Christ Church."
I'm going to be honest and say, I've already found the best chipper in Ireland, and while it might not be the oldest, it has divine chips.
Leo Burdock's chips - I am afraid to say - are nothing to write home about. They're OK, they taste like chips and look like chips, so as far as doing what they say on the tin, they pass the standard mark. However given the amount of times Dubliners have gone into raptures over these chips, I am sorely disappointed.
Where's the oomph or kick I was waiting for? It's nowhere because there is none. They're just chips and there's very little of them. Then there's the chicken pieces, which I ordered because I was starving, and I got four tiny - barely see them with a magnifying glass, pieces.
Cut your losses short, and wander into any other run of the mill chippers in Dublin, you'll get more chips for your money, and probably a better tasting bag of chips too.
So, I'm eating at Bull & Castle Pub across the street from this place. I run upstairs and tried to order food. "It's gonna take 45 minutes", says the waitress. Nevermind that! I run back to the patio area downstairs and my coworker says, "Get fish'n'chips over there. It's the oldest chipper in town" While pointing at Leo Burdock, only about 30 steps away.
I ordered a Fresh Cod Meal for about €9. It came out fast and hot! I went back to the the pub and opened up the meal for everyone to share. Of course most of the fish was mine, but I truly enjoyed that cod with my MetalMan Beer. This fish perfectly breaded and huge, about the size of an envelope. The chips were about 'steak fries' size. Freshly cut, crisp on the outside, hot and soft on the inside.
Other than hearing the fact that it's all deep fried in lard, I gotta say, it was pretty gosh darn good!!! I can't wait to return!!!
Easily, the best fish and chips in Dublin! A little storefront for take away food, and the food is amazing! Burdock's was recommended to us by a friend as a place not to miss. Boy, was he correct!
I had the cod and chips, and it was easily enough for both my husband and I. The fish was so fresh and cooked to perfection! We will definitely be back next time we're in Dublin!!
I am not a huge fish fan, and while we were on vacation this stop was on our short to-do list.
I ordered Haddock and Chips and I was not disappointed. I marked it down 1 star, because I wasn't a fan of the bones in the fish, but I guess it is more of a preference. The chips were crisp and fresh, and the fish was crispy on the outside and soft and wonderful on the inside. You do get a lot of food, and I couldn't finish it all. I did eat all the fish, but not the chips.
Walking around Dublin, eating Leo's, in the rain was the greatest and quintessential Irish imagery we experienced. Next time I am in Dublin, I will be stopping here. Maybe I will try the cod next time.
Overrated if you ask me.
Fish was nice and fresh - but bland, since it evidently was not seasoned before it was battered. Chips were a bit soggy. But check it out if you want to experience the 'Dublin Institution' as your guidebook recommends.
And, you WILL be stuffed and not able to finish it all. it's also pretty cheap considering the pile of food you get.
I've eaten a ton of fish n chips in my life, this is one of the best ice ever had. Burdocks is very popular, as evidenced by a huge board with the names of all the celebrities who have eaten there. It's just a counter so it is primarily for take out but there is small area to stand and eat if it is raining or whatever the case may be.
Burdocks is exactly what you think of when you imagine an English/Irish fish n chips stand. The fish comes with salt and vinegar, if you choose. I recommend salt and extra vinegar. Which seems to be the way the locals often order it. If you are a tourist and you go to this location (and If the whether is nice, that's a big if) walk downhill Wherburgh/Bride st. About half a block (so walk out of burdocks and take a left), then cut through that alley/street and wall towards (along the back) of Dublin castle towards the guard station and archway. Keep walking and you will come out to a really nice courtyard/park/garden. The perfect place to enjoy your fish. You will thank me.
The reason I took one star off is because there is often bones in the fish. A small price to pay for a wonderful meal. Also I assume the bones are in there because the fish was hurried from sea to plate in the interest of freshness, so I can live with it. I also put on 15 pounds during my summer in Dublin, and Burdocks was no doubt a key factor.
If you love fish and chips you need to eat here before you die. Goddam I miss this place.
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When in Dublin right? I had to partake in fish and chips while in Dublin. The fish itself was good.... and very fresh. Was it amazing.. I've had better. Do not get me wrong... its very good, but I might have been expecting too much. The chips were great.... and the fish was tasty. Would I eat here again... yes.
Cheap price. Love the steak chips.
Heard about this place all the way from N.Y. has to give it a try.
Huge servicing. One order is good for two. Good valve in dublin.
Had American pals over recently who were looking for food after 10pm in Dublin City on a Tuesday night. They were staying close to Christchurch, so it was an automatic reflex to take 'em to Leo Burdocks! The boys have NEVER enjoyed "chipper" so much. ONe had a something from each food group- just to "check it all out". It was a no brainer for me- love the food! The good word is no being spread all over San Diego!!! Thank you Leo's for opening the eyes of Americans to "Chipper!" Never doubted you for a second!
The potato is an oft abused vegetable. Some careless hands boil it to a pulp. Some ruthless hands fry it to a carcass with a filling of grease.
The chip is a hard delicacy to do right. With the chips from here, you can taste the potato, there is a soft hardness - which is a paradox of sorts I know but it's the truth.
It's got to be robust enough around your fingers and al dente. It soaks the salt and vinegar much better that way.
There is something very romantic about getting your bag of chips wrapped in paper and then bagged in a brown bag. It's like a present to yourself.
Some avid smokers say that when they roll their cigarette or unwrap it from their packet there is that moment of silent reflection were all worries are forgotten and time stops. That's what getting a bag of good chips is to me. That once and a while gift to myself. That silent moment when you hold the warm bag and find a place were you can unwrap it and enjoy. Some peace time.
Also it's great pre-run prep food or so I am trying to convince myself on the eve of a city run.
As long as I can remember my parents always brought me to burdocks, even at an age when all you wanted was a happy meal (had the appeal of a toy) Burdocks could still top it.
Today I still love it, well worth a bit of a walk wherever you are in the city. Go for the lemon soul goujons and remember to ask for crispy bits. Then head into the grounds of Christchurch and enjoy. And don't complaint, because your can of coke will feel greasy, just embrace it and remember to grab a few napkins.
A Dublin institution. But so too is Mountjoy Prison, and you don't see anyone queuing around the corner on the North Circular Road for a one and one with just a little salt, lots of vinger, and those crispy batter bits that can't be in any way good for you. Pedants may point out that this is because the distance between Burdock's in Phibsboro and the North Circular Road is just slightly beyond the scope of even the most dedicated and/or/starved queue.
Received wisdom holds that the original chipper on Werbergh St offers the best fish and chips in Dublin. And here's the thing, it's really not bad; it's just that it's nowhere near as good as the reputation that precedes it. There's a certain timeless charm to the queue that frequently builds up outside, and surely the fact that the queue always has a north-south and never a south-north orientation invites an anthropological study. The chips are good, and the aforementioned crispy bits are the epitome of guilty pleasure. But the fish... that's what you come here for, isn't it?
The batter is perfunctionary; it could and should be better. The taste and texture of the fish itself are fine, but these guys are really treading water by neither removing all the bones, nor getting rid of all of the skin before battering (places like Beshoff Brothers on Mespil Road and in Howth have no problem doing this). If I pay someone for battered fish, the last thing I want to have to do is un-batter it, de-bone it and skin it. And then rebatter it. Or simply dispense with thoughts of eating it, and attempt instead to revive and reanimate the fish, and throw it back in the Liffey, which would be a more rewarding and less labour-intensive process.
As Public Enemy advised us, Don't Believe The Hype. They sadly don't appear on the impressively long list of celebrities (it's actually worth visiting just to read this, in amongst the international luminaries sit such incongruous names as Derek Davis and Thelma Mansfield, probably), but Frankie Goes To Hollywood do, and to take their words so far out of context that you have to put your watch forward by three-hours, relax, don't do it. When you want to come... to Burdock's. HWUH!
After consuming this food, you will begin to feel bloating, cervical dilation, and the need to deliver a fish-n-chips baby.
I recommend it as stomach lining before a night of drinking or a questionable choice after a night of drinking. Just make sure there's booze involved and for god's sake ask for extra vinegar.
Three stars for the wall of supposed diners (I think they claim the Rza and the Gza ate there once), one star for the food.
The best darn fish and chips on the planet. And again (just like the bagels people) YES, I have had Fish and Chips all over the planet....
It's been years since I've been, but I remember it clearly. My sister and I made the trek here based on a recommendation from one of my fellow irishman in New York. They were not wrong.
We took our paper wrapped fish packages to our hotel around the corner and ate it in the courtyard.
Yummy fresh tasting fish inside crunchy batter engulfed in hearty steak fries. Mmmmmm.....
Leo Burdocks is a Dublin insitution;-). When I was younger I always looked foward to going there with the folks. There was an incident with pigeons outside that led to tears. My little sister was made share. My Dad worked with the Irish press and the queues outside were legendary. Worth the wait..
Went in there with my mate recently. Great as always. Fish bits n chips are lovely. Portions are big and side orders are massive. I didnt finish mine - oh the shame. Only drawback is not being able to eat in there. Always end up going to the square down dame street and people stare at you like an art exhibit.
Never thought about going into christchurch grounds. Good idea
Ever since the hotel concierge guy recommended this place to me, I am hooked. In fact, this is another place that I must come every time I am in Dublin. It's just like The Oyster Bar at Harrods in London, or Joe's Shanghai in NY to me. :)
They've been in business for awhile - focused on fish and chips. It's such a tiny place which you could almost miss, but if you come here during lunch hours, you'll see lots of people waiting in a queue.
Anyhow, I always get cod which I am supposed to do according to my local friends although they may have some specials (aka deals) on other fish. ;) You can get fish only or with chips. I used to get cod and chips, but they got me tons of chips, so now I just order cod - but they still put some chips which are good enough for me. I also make sure to add extra vinegar - makes them taste so good.
Sometimes I find a place to sit nearby and unwrap the package right outside of the store to eat, or walk 5 min to go back to Westin hotel to eat. When I get in a hotel elevator (very tiny) and if there are other guests, it's obvious that I have a fish and chips package and I get their "oh, it smells so good..." smile. :)
Came here while on holiday in Dublin. It's a pretty famous place and they have a huge list of the celebrities that have visited on the wall. It's a tiny place where they only offer takeaway items and be warned that they only take cash! I imagine there are huge lines that form during regular meal times - luckily we came at an awkward time (around 16:30).
We took two orders of fish & chips to go. I asked for mine generously doused with malt vinegar and salt. We had a 15 minute walk to get back to our hotel, but we hustled. I could feel the warmth of the food while clutching the bag.
Once we unwrapped our goodies, we could see that everything was still warm and dug in. It was really yummy! The fish was tender and moist and the batter was crisp but chewy. The portions were huge and we each had a lot of chips left after we'd had our fill.
I have to say I have never finished a full portion (if you can call it that... it's like a truckload) of fish and chips there. :) If I must I rather go for the fish with a few chips. And no vinegar for me please.
I am officially a fish&chips fan! (any oily it is - after all, what do you expect?? it was deep fried in oil...)
If 11 people review this site on Yelp.ie, you know its famous. That's like getting 1000 reviews for Cheeseboard Pizza in Berkeley, CA. The ratio is roughly proportional.
But, I digress.
Leo Burdock's is exactly what I wanted for fish and chips and it did not disappoint what-so-ever. After a 30+ minute walk, I was finally standing outside in line for this deliciousness. The line moved fast and soon enough, I was treking through the city, clutching onto my precious package of golden battered fried fish and fries on the way to St. Steven's Green. Eating this was one of my best meals in Dublin. If there's a restaurant you need to go to while in Dublin, I would say it's here. Yeah, it's well known, but, sometimes when you travel, you need to go to the well-known places.
It's a cliché, but Leo Burdocks do serve the best fish and chips in Dublin (with Beschoff's not a million miles behind).
I don't think that Burdock's is the be all and end all in terms of chippers per se (there's a lot of chippers in Dublin that do a decent bag of chips), but in the quality of the fish they serve, Burdock's is head and shoulders above the competition. And Burdock's also do crispy bits as a menu item, so you can buy a bag of chips that consists exclusively of the frazzled and extremely greasy crispy bits.
I am going to commit a minor heresy against the sacred Leo Burdock's when I say that I am not that keen on their batter sausages. The batter sausage is my accompaniment of choice whenever I buy chips, and I have eaten them the length and breadth of Dublin (not the length and breadth of Ireland though; they can be quite tricky to find outside of the Pale, being noticeably absent in the deep south of Kerry). And the batter sausages of Burdock's DON'T SPLIT DOWN THE MIDDLE. To my mind, this is the single most important factor in deciding whether to make a purchase of said item, and batter sausages that aren't split down the middle just do not cut the mustard. This is not just a personal grievance, as I have discussed this issue with a number of other connoisseurs.
So definitely give Leo Burdock's a visit, they make a damn fine bag of chips and fantastic fish, but give the oul' batter sausages a miss.
This was the first place we stolled to after dropping our luggage off at the hotel upon arriving in Ireland. We decided, we want some REAL fish n chips when we get to Ireland and boy, we found it.
Leo Burdock's is known as the best chipper in Ireland among the locals and everyone knew each other in this tight hallway of a joint. You literally walk inside the place and you are at the counter where you see what you get. We ordered 1 filet of cod with chips (which are french fries if you're American) and it was enough to feed me and my hungry 6'4" hubby! The fish was battered and fried up golden and it was just perfect. Oh and the chips were fantastic too; just the right amount of salt. We added a little bit of malt vinegar because that's what the locals were doing...yum in your tum!
It was all wrapped up together in parchment paper and we ate it as we strolled around Dublin for the first time. Irish bliss!
Count me as another happy fan of this FAB fish and chip take-away counter.
Leo Burdock's is the best at what it does. The quality and tradition cannot be beat.
I seem to recall another Burdock's-- along a bus line, somewhere between City Centre and the Airport-- which might have actual seating. But this one on Werburgh is the original.
Sooooo... the batter on the fish is a bit thick, and a few of the chips/fries might be from the bottom of the vat and a little chewy.
But, I dare you to find a tastier fish and chips order in the entire city of Dublin. Beshoff's? Pfshaw. :P
A Burdock's order is hella value! Very much worth the 10 euro. That's what it cost last summer, anyway. Beverages are a great price too.
Take-away is the only way at this Leo's. It's like a deli counter. Buy and leave. There's no spot inside to sit and enjoy your meal. Besides, do you really want the fishmongers staring at you snarfing down all that greasy goodness? Yeah, I didn't think so.
So just grab your order and wander down into the park adjacent the church. Beware rats with wings, aka pigeons.
Or, if you want to be obnoxious, just stroll all the way down slope and chomp in front of the workers entering and exiting the mod-looking municipal building. Guaranteed strange looks and cig smoke. ;[
Back to the food. I have NEVER seen a larger portion of cod fish anywhere. Und aye am frahm zee Amerikaaa-- you know, land of the outlandish portions.
I've also never been able to finish eating an order; there are just too many steak-fry-size chips.
Your order is salted and vinegared to request, wrapped up in a couple of food sheets and tucked into a heavy-duty thick brown bag.
Seems to me, it's about as authentic as you can get nowadays--- and that's saying something.
I adore you Leo Burdock's, don't ever change!
My boyfriend and I were looking for a good place to eat fish and chips as soon as we arrived in Dublin. The night we arrived we decided to take a stroll when we stopped to dine at Beshoff's ( a recommended spot on our guide book). Well...it was awful...there was no flavor and the chips were a tasteless as well. We were sooooo very disappointed and thought we would find a decent place for fish and chips in Dublin.
A couple days later we took another stroll and I had this pocket map and it mentioned Leo Burdock. After an afternoon in Temple Bar we took a 10 minute walk and found this hole in the wall and it was the best thing we did all day because the fish and chips there were phenomenal!!! My bf had the regular cod chips and I went with the smoked cod. They wrapped in paper with a load of deliciously warm chips and we were set to roll.
The only downside is that there's nowhere to sit so we walked down Lord Edward and sat in front of what I believe was a municipal building. The second time we visited we sat behind Christ Church, but were hounded by pigeons.
But all in all...this place was one of the highlights of our trip, especially because there weren't too many places we found with good food. Even if this place was in Chicago or anywhere in the states we'd recommend it.
Great portions, great taste...can't go wrong with that!
Want to know why Leo Burdock's fish and chips taste so good? They use animal fat!
It's true! Having taken a couple of tourists here (the first, a man from New Orleans, said, "There's something different about Irish grease... It's, like, thicker than the grease back home"), each of them has loved Burdock's and couldn't figure out what made it taste so good. Finally, my boyfriend and his cousin (both Canadians) managed to figure it out between them: Burdock's apparently uses animal fat to deep fry their food.
Yes, this makes it infinitely more unhealthy, but also insanely tasty. The boys say this is something that is just not done anymore in Canada and that everywhere uses vegetable oil because it's healthier.
Having eaten fish and chips in Canada, I can tell why they were so mad about Burdock's. The fish tastes like it was made in your at-home deep fat that hasn't been cleaned... Obviously, it's just a difference in taste (I'm assuming these places clean their stuff quite regularly!), but it's impossible to get past that oily oil taste.
Leo's is where I go when I come home!
Delicious and the real deal.
If you are looking for quality fish & chips, then look no further.
Leo Burdock's in Dublin is a favorite place of mine to visit and I can't wait to return for more.
They also have burgers and chicken tenders but I can only speak for their fish & chips.
No chairs at this eatery, but who cares, the food is so good you won't even notice.
A great fish and chips shop needs to have good throughput, and Leo Burdock has it. The fish is constantly being battered and fried. Nice crunchy breading, fresh fish, rich, fried-in-animal-fat flavor, it's got it all. Too bad the chips were pretty lousy, mealy and undercooked. Still, if you need a quick snack or are hankering for fried fish, Leo Burdock is an excellent choice.
I have to comment on the shirts the guys where there calling Leo Burdock "Probably the best Fish Chips in the world." It's ok guys, you can say it's the best. No one can prove you wrong.
Hmm... Fish and Chips!
It was quite wonderful, though I have nothing to compare to since I've never had Fish and Chips before.
But due to overwhelming recommendations, my friend and I went here for our late night dinner.
Fish was HUGE - we were able to share it and it was quite delicious! no line at all, though I've been told that there was a huge line...
Fish with vinegar, with chips surrounding it, wrapped in paper.
Was this the best fish and chips ever? Yes!
If I were in Dublin, would I come back? Yes!
I ordered the cod and chips with salt and vinegar. It was just above freezing outside, but I ate them squatting against a brick wall, trying to devour all of the crispy goodness before it turned to cold mush in the bag. The portions are ginormous, so be prepared!
Everyone will probably give me a hard time because I'm American, but this was the only place in Ireland I ate at and was disappointed with. It might have been the hype, but it was a bit too heavy for me. Galway had a better fish and chips joint, I think.
PS I am SO happy there's a Yelp Ireland now!!!
Sorry Cathal, but I've gotta say I've tasted better... Leo's is a-ok, but WAY too fatty for me! I think Jessie M was justified in her comment 'they do it better in Galway' - they do, at McDonaghs on the main drag.
As for best in Dublin though... you could be right there... although I'm quite the Beshoffs fan...
For those crazies like me who like their fish'n'chips with a lotta lemon: bring your own, crime that it is, they don't have lemon here (unbelievable I know, I cannot eat fish and chips without lemon!)
You know a place is great when you force feed yourself far more than you should eat because it's so tasty. Cheap, huge portions, and if you avoid the busy times (lines can stretch around the block), incredibly fast.
Sitting on a stone wall in the small park by Christ Church, eating out of the bag. Doesn't get much better than that.
Oh how I miss this place!!!! I eat here every time I visit! I can no longer eat fish n' chips in the states because NOTHING compares!! I'm sorry lads if I pissed you off when I asked for ketchup but I'm a ketchup loving American (what can I say?)
Be sure to ask for extra vinegar... I miss you Leo Burdock I hope to bite into you again. I'm talking about the cod of course xoxo
Beat chips in dublin, when people say that they have not eaten here i make it my business to take them so they can experience it!
Portions are really big, big enough to share.
Only downside is there are no seats inside!
Dublin would be nothing without this place. Be sure to look at the list of famous people who've eaten here - it's the missing link between Edif Piaf and Metallica.
I recommend a simple sausage and chips. Don't eat for two days beforehand, or after...