I really wanted to go for a good brunch while we were in Dublin and read a lot of reviews and articles looking for the perfect place. Odessa seems to be "the" place than brought brunch to Dublin and the reviews were great as well.
We arrived right at opening on Sunday it is good we did as just about every other table than the one we got was reserved and the place was shortly packed. I loved the funky mosaic on the walls and the townhouse feel. I expected it to have Russian influences with a name like Odessa but the brunch menu was a hybrid of Anglo and American favourites from Huevos Ranchero, Full Breakfast and French Toast.
My husband is a sucker for black pudding and went for the Odessa Breakfast and I had the French toast, bacon (instead of ham), maple syrup with a side of home fries. My French toast was lovely but I wish my bacon had been crispier. The side of home fries was HUGE as was our main portions. We really like our breakfast and if I was back in Dublin I'd come back again.
I will say that everyone around us seemed a "ladies who lunch" type of crowd but maybe that's who's just awake first thing Sunday morning in Dublin :)
My stomach is growling a bit now as my Odessa brunch was a disappointment. I had really been anticipating my big girl brunch today. Booked in for 12:00,we arrived on time, and were happily sat at a great table near the sunny window, lucky spot as it is quite a popular spot on Sunday AM. The remainder of the main dining room seemed very dark and cramped.
So, first order of business, order up the brunch staple, a Bloody Mary, as I peruse the small and unimaginative menu. I thought I wanted the Odessa vegetarian breakfast, a little balance of healthy to make up for the early drinks (but you still get poached egg and chunky fried potatoes.) A snuck a peek at the neighbouring table and it was a greasy messy veg fry up. I settled for the asparagus, almond, and blue cheese omelette. Due to anticipated large amounts of cheese, I sadly requested mixed leaves in place of the hash browns.
I also sadly sipped my flavourless bloody mary. It must have been a pre-packaged bottled mix. I could not exactly put my finger on why it tasted so bad, even beyond the blandness. No real tomato flavour, no heat, and no spice. I could have overlooked the wilting celery stick, if even a sip was slightly pleasing.
I did not have too much time to criticise about the drinks with my brunchmate, because the food did arrive very quickly. The omelette was average, it was egg and cheese and asparagus. Though the almonds were a pleasant addition to the flavour combination. I should have stuck to the hash brown side, as my mixed greens were soggy and dripping with lemon oily dressing anyway.
As the bloody marys sit left 3/4 full, (with no question, comment, or care from our waitress) we evaluated if the definition of english muffin is piece of whitish bread cut into a circle!
Please note, I am not afraid of a yummy greasy full breakfast for a weekend morning treat. But today I was going for fancier, fresher delight, plus I showered before I arrived. Apparently for Odessa, I set my expectations too high, for a brunch that requires a booking, I expect a lot more refinement and zest.
This is such a frustrating place... Did you get that? ... Did you hear me scream?
Anyhow, I arrived to catch up with a great friend. Sat down, ordered a coffee and waited..... and waited..... and waited.....
This seems to be the order of the day (who ordered the waiting??!) After 10 minutes or so (real time) I informed a different waitress that I had ordered said Americano 10 mins ago... Eyes thrown up to heaven .... "too cool for school" hair cut all off kilter now... Quick trip to mirror before checking in on my caffeine order.
We finally get our coffee, friend gets 2ND coffee of the day-well, HE was popular! We order our food... I'm losing hope... But talking helps...
The food arrives. It's tasty, good portions, and again, very very very tasty! I got the scrambled egg with tomato and chorizo! WOW!! THIS is their unique selling point! The food, NOT the service.
I'm not sure how I feel. I finish the grub and order another coffee...
I will go back tomorrow and see how it has all developed.
I might throw my eyes up to heaven. Or a hissy fit. Level of hunger dependant!
Just left now after a mid week dinner with two friends and very impressed. We had two course each with soup of the day, fried calamari and goats cheese salad to start. Soup was lovely (reportedly), goats cheese was smooth yet tart and my calamari was extremely tender (very impressed). Followed by sea trout, chicken and lamb tagine. Each of us thoroughly enjoyed out meal and the bottle of Spanish house red. All for under €80 for three. Not bad at all for two courses and a bottle for three. Very happy and look forward to trying the rest of the menu. Enjoy
I have been looking forward to going back to Odessa - I used to be a regular, back when I was younger, thinner and hairier.
Perhaps my standards were different back then, perhaps as I have become older my tolerances have dropped a bit, I am much less likely to forgive slow service and bad food; whatever the reason, the prodigal visit was not a success.
It starts with a family gathering, some 12 of us descend upon the restaurant, it is for brunch, we are all hungry, we have all behaved and not had breakfast.
* We arrive for 12
* Orders taken by 12:35
* We wait, the family as one grows impatient,
* the children (for we had 3 under the age of 6) grew restless. Cranky and hungry
* Food arrived by 1:40 or so
When the food arrived, we threw ourselves on it, it could have been made of stale cigarettes and sand and we would have been just as enthusiastic - we were starving.
Stale cigarettes and sand would be an uncharitable and unfair description of the fare we got but to be honest, not one of the 12 of us felt the food was anywhere close to satisfactory. The balance of most dishes was just wrong - the breakfast had a lovely bean salad thing, but only a tiny bit and was thrown off by the seriously sub par quality sausages... the French toast was Huge, big & thick, too much and had a funny taste.
Perhaps we caught Odessa on a bad day but wow, what a bad day. Very disappointing.
I've been here several times over the last few years and I've always been impressed with the food and the ambience.
Dinners are tasty and rich with fresh, quality ingredients.
The only negative comment I have is that the menu can be too limited for my tastes sometimes.
Excellent lunch and even better Bloody Marys. I had a heavy night on Friday, so this Saturday brunch was just what I needed to perk me up. We had a large group that the restaurant easily handled. Will return here! Salmon eggs Benedict- perfect.
I thought I would try and get a seat for the ever popular Sunday brunch. While the main restaurant was jammers, they also serve in the club, so I took a table up there and waited for my friend to arrive.
I knew what I wanted even before I walked in; French toast and bacon with home fries. Very healthy I know. But a woman wants what she wants!
My friend thought this was a fabulous idea, so had the same. But we had to order a separate plate of home fries as they weren't on the plate. Plus coffee.
What arrived were nice thick pieces of french toast with rashers. Not the biggest fan of the latter, but I can't expect everything and then a tiny little dish of maple syrup. Rather disappointing to be perfectly honest, as I'm a fan of practically drowning my pancakes and french toast with bacon in the stuff.
The toast was delicious and the bacon was fine. The coffee wasn't as strong as I would like it to be and the home fries were also tasty. Service was also pretty good.
In the end, we paid €19 each including tip. A bit pricey for brunch and I think I will try other places for my pain perdu au lard before I head back here...Glad I didn't have to wait for a table.
This place met expectations, but was a bit too quiet at dinnertime - maybe only 1 or 2 other tables.
Calamari appetizer was excellent as was the seared cod. The massive amount of green potatoes were a bit underwhelming though and the cod didn't have enough cool company on the plate.
Went here recently with a group of old college friends to take advantage of the early bird menu running all day Sundays.
While it was solid and tasty, you could see where they had cut corners to save on outgoings compared to the a la carte menu. I had the goats cheese salad to start which was lovely, but very basic and the sea trout with mashed potato, spinach and black olive vierge (but which which tasted more like black olive tapenade to me) for the main which again was nicely cooked but lacked imagination. The eton mess we had for dessert was more cream than anything else, with only a tiny offering of fruit and small pieces of meringue.
I enjoyed the atmosphere and the staff were friendly and efficient, but the food lacked imagination and with so many other amazing restaurants around Dublin doing something a little different, I'm not sure i would spend my money here again in a hurry.
I think it was an off day for our dear friend Odessa.
The brunch ravings from yelpers gone before me surely wouldn't have been singing on this particular Saturday...
Overbooked on bank holiday weekend. We were sent to the third floor bar (entrance next door) as an overflow -- and the vibe was a bit subdued. Obviously this was a bar being used to house the brunch crowd, and it felt clunky. Not inadequate, just not the experience I had come for. The main brunch area was buzzing. Food and service suffered upstairs I'm afraid. Coffee and mimosas were good, staff was trying their best, but seemed flustered and out of breath from running up and down the stairs.
I appreciate a business trying to accommodate, but think folks would've been better served waiting in a que until a real table opened. Instead I felt like I was hanging out in a hotel lobby/bar.
My Ham and French toast was dryyyyyyy. It was literally a few pieces of promising French toast topped with dry ham and a small cylinder of syrup. It was so boring. And hard to swallow. And by the time it ascended 3 flights of stairs...sort of cold. Not great. My husbands Odessa breakfast fared a bit better.
I truly think it was an off day, but it just so happened it was the day I arrived to eat brunch. It was by far the most lackluster meal I had in all of Dublin...though I would give it another go, just not on St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Once we finally ended up getting a table, the service was pretty decent. We received our food 20-25 minutes after we ordered. Although I think that's quite a while for breakfast food, taking into account all aspects that was not too bad. Thankfully the food and the Bloody Marys made up for the bit of frustration we experienced at the door. I had the Eggs Benedict and my friend had the Eggs Florentine, which were both delicious. My only other complaint is that it took 15 minutes to get the check once we asked for it. Although I wasn't particularly, well not at all, satisfied with the service fortunately they have good food that keeps you coming back. It might be a while though.
My new favorite brunch place in Dublin. Great service, ambiance, the food is great and for our family a key thing is that they have high chairs and welcome families with babies. The service was very friendly and quick.
They have quite a few fresh brunch/breakfast items and is definitely difficult to choose. I have defaulted generally to the Odessa Breakfast, which is always incredible and always very fresh.
The Brunch starts at 11:30 AM and usually there is a small line of people at the door waiting to get in at that time. There is some hype about this place and it seems to be popular with both tourists and locals. As far as I am concerned, it has lived up to the hype and this is my #1 breakfast/brunch place in Dublin.
I hardly get up early to get breakfast or am functional enough to make it even to brunch, but if I were able to eat at Odessa I might make more of an effort!! Thanks to the great recommendation by Bridget R., we able get a real breakfast instead of that not so good hotel stuff.
Odessa can be easily missed from the outside and can make you feel a little like "where the hell am I" retro inside, but it is well worth it. I didn't get to explore the place to much due to the staff watching me like I stole something. I'm sure it was me, I wasn't awake yet and probably had something stuck to my cheek and had massive bed head hair. Then again, I wasn't even sure I was wearing any pants at the time.
Our waiter was cool and let me substitute a few things out and a few things in. I figured if I was awake, I was going to eat like a pro. Give me bacon, give me toast and jam, and of course followed up by french toast (amazing!!) and orange juice. Sure I ate a little bit of my dates vegetables and eggs scrambled too. WHAT?! I'm a growing boy. Oh, I was in heaven!!
I never made it back for their dinner but after the morning's experience, I'm guessing it's fantastic.
P.S. I almost forgot, what is with have weird things in the Men's bathroom (see Solas)??! A picture of Charles Bronson??! I felt like he was staring at me and couldn't pee.
Decent enough - but definitely not up to the hype.
The egg in my salmon Benedict was overcooked, therefore missing the saucy yolk that should have added taste and texture to the rest of the dish. The salmon was ok, but overall decidedly average.
It came with a bland side of potatoes. They are called 'home fries' on the menu, but are really just diced potatoes.
Best part of the experience was the service from the friendly, attentive, and prompt staff.
The menu has a nice selection for a variety of tastes.
It was my first time here and it was arranged by Annie for the 'Breakfast Club'.
I was first to arrive (what a surprise!) and I had been directed her by a local Estate Agents (thank you Douglas Newman & Good) and told to look for the door with an unusual knocker. I felt I was in a spy movie.
I arrived at the door with the knocker (there were two doors and two knockers) so I tried to get in both doors and neither opened. It was getting even more like a spy movie.
I am just about to make a call to my contact (spy movie undertones) when the door creaked open just like a ghost movie...okay it did not creak but saying it did added to the story.
Just a note when you go here for brunch arrive a little after the opening time of 11:30 so you are not left outside panicking that you have the wrong day...wrong location.....or it is a private club and you need to know the special knock to get inside.
I was in and I had a choice of tables so picked one for 5 to allow for me being there on the right day, right location and to be joined by the right people - fellow Yelpers.
I was handed a menu, water and asked what I would like to drink so I ordered the Mimosa and easy on the OJ. While waiting I was able to read through the menu which was a good choice of food. There is a special so remind your waiter if they forget to tell you what it is.
I was joined by Annie so I did not have to resort in going to another table to ask if I could join them as I had no one to talk to.
I ordered the Breakfast and Annie ordered the French Toast between you and me I think I had the better meal. My breakfast included 2 sausages, 2 rashers, black pudding (big), 2 poached eggs (perfect), sauted potatoes (perfect), tomato and a huge croissant.
They must have been very busy as we had to keep attracting the attention of our waitress when we wanted anything else....like coffee...butter...jam ....tomato ketchup...the last 3 were for me.
Not too sure why they dont give you butter and jam when you have a croissant.
Anyway it was great and I enjoined everything. The manager had not heard of Yelp before (after 20 reviews?) but he has now.
Come on guys be brave tell the restaurant after you have eaten you will be writing a review on them for yelp!
Odessa's brunch has become a serious habit of mine. Where else can I guarantee that I'll get brunch at the late hour I wake up? With brunch at Odessa served until 4.00pm on Sundays, I am one happy camper.
Along with being snooze-friendly, the food has remained consistently amazing. I am in love with the crunchy home fries and creamy hollandaise sauce. Even though there is a vegetarian breakfast, a breakfast quesadilla, and a red pepper scramble on the menu, I cant bring myself to order anything new. When my brunch arrives at the table, I weep bitterly as I whisper to the plate, "Smoked salmon benedict...I wish I knew how to quit you!"
Since the first visit I have not experienced any more surly waiters but I do have a suggestion to avoid a wait. Best idea would be to make a brunch reservation over the phone as soon as you roll out of bed. Or, if you are supremely lazy like myself, just show up, put your name on the list, and then go for a 10 minute walk. Personally, my modus operandi is to sneak into Carousel around the corner for a quick dress-shopping pick-me-up.
With an interesting interior that seems like a mix between grandma's living room in the basement (seriously, I think the chair I sat in came directly from someone's home) and a cool diner on top, Odessa is one of those places that has a more than meets the eye kind of feel. A lot of places try to do the hip/retro thing, but Odessa also backs it up by making great food.
I've been here a couple times now and stick to ordering the huevos rancheros. As a former resident of California who misses Mexican food the corn tortillas, fried egg, and guac really hit the spot. My friend also got this because I raved about it so much, but they found it a bit heavy and had a stomach ache for most of the day after eating it. I'll agree that it can be heavy, but that's pretty much why I love it. I should probably branch out a bit and try something different, but whenever I think of huevos rancheros I think of Odessa so I think I might be stuck ordering the same thing. If you associate a meal with a restaurant it must be a good thing though, right?
Oh...and they do pitchers of mimosas :-)
Maybe it was the wine, or the underlit dining room, but I had a serious experience at Odessa.
We were part of a large party with an adventurous birthday girl in the lead -she loves trying new places, and while Odessa isn't new to Dubliners in the know, practically everyone at the table was delighted with this discovery.
Smooth-as-silk service and an unbelievable series of tastes left me staring in wonder at that open kitchen churning constantly at the back of the main dining room. The wine (an Australian Shiraz) was less than thrilling, and certainly not cheap at my per-glass sipping rate, but all my worries melted with that starter: Vietnamese Chicken Salad.
Holy Flavour Shock!
Those cashews! That dressing! The chicken itself was, underneath it all, very average but I let it all go and took in those spicy, sweet and sour flavours. My main was a quesadilla... normally something I'd avoid, but I wasn't in the mood for the overly rich chicken confit or a heavy steak.
Once that plate hit the table, I was completely won over: crisp flat breads mired in gooey cheese and well-seasoned grilled chicken, stacked high and accompanied by rich dollops of sour cream, zingy tomato salsa and a cliantro-esque guacamole.
That must be where those two glasses of wine kicked in, and I started to chant and chatter about my dinner in that hyperventilating sort of way that makes people move their chairs an inch away.
And then... dessert.
Actually I'd wanted to skip but a friend at the table insisted I help with the meltingly gorgeous hot fudge sundae she was "struggling" through. I am nothing if not a natural assistant. A few spoonfuls of that and I was done for the night.
This was my first time to eat brunch here and as Gilli pointed out it was with the Yelp breakfast club and as she also pointed out, I think I got the short straw with what I ordered.
I got the French toast and rashers. Rashers were great, the right side of salty. Maple syrup was sweet as you obviously would expect and not too watery in consistency.
The French toast? Yeah it didn't really rock my world. I actually can make some pretty great French toast and for a start it was far too thick, it's ideal to have it on bread that is not as thick as my wrist. For me, it was very disappointing and I would not recommend that dish but everyone else raved over their dishes as I made surgical incisions into glaciers of bread.
I've had a thing for Aidan Bishop since the first time I attended The International Comedy Club about five years ago. So, I was a teeny bit giddy when I spotted the cheeky comedian dining nearby. I stage-whispered behind my hand to a table of eight females, "Guess who's sitting over there?", with the obligatory, "Don't look!" Eight heads whipped around instantly. There was staring and someone even pointed. Why do I bother?!
I ordered the quesadillas, which were good but not as amazing as I'd remembered. We sipped wine and chatted. Each time there was a lull in conversation, I gazed over at the sexy comic. We spent about three hours in the restaurant and we never felt pressured to leave. The waitress was incredibly nice too. An extra star has been awarded for the eye candy. I didn't even need dessert!
I was walking down dame court in the rain with my mate yesterday and we were looking to go for a coffee, this was around 6pm, so we turned our head and there was odessa on our way to dame st...
We walked up a massive amount of stairs as we wanked to go to the roof top.. i was on the phone and I was out of breath by the time i go to the top floor!!! The bartender was really cool, good for the chats, look like she was only settin up the place!
We bought one round... i owe my mate the next round... dont worry ronan i know! 2 bottles of Heineken guess.....
€5.20 EACH!!! ouch on the wallet!
But still a cool funky place and we asked about renting the spot, its fierce cheap!!!
Cool palce id say it gets busy later on in the night
Oh they also do BBQs, on the patio!
Very very very good. Perhaps the best brunch menu in Dublin?
I had simple, Eggs Benedict. But - if *I* owned an establishment doing brunch in Dublin, or indeed anywhere, *this* is the brunch menu I'd want to serve! I can' t understand why every other place in town with brunch pretensions doesn't just copy this menu and serve it :-) Of course, anyone doing Huevos Rancheros is always going to get extra marks from me to begin with :-)
Here, for your delectation, is the full brunch menu:
Brunch Special: Changes daily, please ask your server
Vietnamese Chicken, spiced cashews, cucumber, mint, coriander,
nuoc cham dressing 11.75
Haloumi salad, basil, Kalamata olives, tomato,
red onion, toasted almonds, rocket 11.75
The Odessa breakfast: Sausages, bacon, roast tomato, black pudding,
home fries, croissant, scrambled or poached eggs 11.75
The Odessa Vegetarian breakfast: Thyme-roast Portobello mushroom, caramelised
onion, spinach, roast tomato, croissant, home fries, scrambled or poached eggs 10.75
Chorizo and fire roast red pepper scrambled eggs, pico de gallo,
toasted English muffin, home fries, mixed leaves 10.75
Huevos rancheros: Corn tortillas, fried eggs, salsa,
guacamole, home fries 10.75
Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs, smoked ham, toasted
English muffin, hollandaise, home fries 10.75
Eggs Florentine: Poached eggs, spinach, toasted
English muffin, hollandaise, home fries 10.75
Smoked salmon eggs Benedict: Poached eggs, smoked salmon,
toasted English muffin, hollandaise, home fries 11.75
Omelette: Wild asparagus, almonds, Cashel blue cheese 9.75
French toast, berry compote, maple syrup 9.75
French toast, smoked ham, maple syrup 10.75
Smoked chicken or quorn quesadillas, salsa, sour cream,
guacamole, jalapeños, lime tequila dressing 13.5
Char-grilled steak sandwich, roast red onion, horseradish
mayonnaise, watercress, home fries 13.5
Sweet holy Mama reading that again makes me think I'm going to head there again as soon as possible :-)
I had high expectations for Odessa and to be honest I was disappointed. The ambience was great, I loved the comfy seating and lighting was subtle but the menu and quality of food let them down. I was with a group from work and we all opted for the prawn and avocado starter. it was ok but nothing to write home about and my fish maincourse was too dry for my taste. But the eton mess was a triumph. I will go back for that alone.
Service was good although my water glass was filthy and I had to ask for it to be replaced. I will go back to sample their brunch which by all accounts is wonderful. Sorry Odessa but you need to pull your socks up on the standard of cooking in the evening.
The only thing I dislike about Odessa is that sometimes the wait is quite long. Great spot for brunch and good to bring a date to, which I did last Sunday. Tables on main level are quite close together, however the buzz about the place makes it difficult to hear the next table unless you try quite hard.
Two Eggs Benedict and a bottle of Sancerre, the perfect combination. Perfectly cooked eggs with just the right amount of Hollandaise and those fantastic home fries. I definitely recommend this place for Brunch and it's pretty good value too!
If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate. ~Diogenes the Cynic
well eating eggs benedict here is thoroughly more enjoyable!
I tried to remember the last time I had been here for dinner and shivered to think it was about thirteen years ago - yikes! I had been here for brunch since, but this review will be about the dinner we had on this occasion.
We were seated down stairs in a pleasant corner. It's a tad dark, but adds to the atmosphere I think.
I went for the Chicken Liver Pate to start and the Lamb Tagine for my main. The pate was divine, really tasty and not too strong. The jam/relish that came with it really complimented it. The dish could have done with one more crouton slice though.
The tagine was very tasty, the lamb was perfectly tender. Thoroughly enjoyable.
After both those starters and one cider, I was perfectly full and decided to skip the desserts.
A good evenings eating in a pleasant ambiance with great company.
The service could have been more attentive though, but it wont keep me away.
Another plus, they served Bulmers pint bottles. I will definitely be back ;)
I have been too Odessa three times in 3 years. I'm not sure why I haven't been more often really. Possibly because its a bit of a walk and I am somewhat lazy?
First of all Odessa is well known for its brunch's. I would personally say that its probably the best breakfast I have had in Ireland when eating out. However I don't usually eat breakfast so I guess that's not the greatest comment ever! The full Irish breakfast is delicious and my girlfriend says the egg dishes are also great.
I've also been once for the evening early bird meal. I must say this was quite good value and very tasty.
This has become our go-to place for our late weekend breakfast - their Odessa Breakfast gets me every time, and whether I order the eggs poached or scrambled, they're perfectly cooked (and hot! So essential for serving eggs! Thank you!). Having been on four of their floors to eat, today's breakfast in their club upstairs was my favorite.
Since my last review, the service has improved, with more attentive servers each time (my water glass was never empty - awesome), & the breakfast has been consistently fresh. Consistency, comfort, & deliciousness - it's a beautiful thing.
Bad music, overpriced (but, to be honest, lovely) food.
I'm really confused and confustictaed by this place.
It's a member's club, but they accept non-members, even to hire the function rooms. I wonder if anyone pays the member's price? I suppose you get to skip the queue or something, but it just seems silly. Just be a club. With crappy music, overpriced food, and a nice upstairs function room.
That's kind of the point-- the function room you can hire post weddings or for your birthday or whatever. They have decent drinks makers and OK beers but it's up on the roof and you can step to the balcony and smoke. If that's your thing.
Staff always nice.
But the music... it's really bad.
I liked this place a lot!
The service wasn't the friendliest in the world, but it was efficient enough.
The food was lovely - generous portions with good ingredients.
They also have a very reasonable menu of mains for 10 euro each.
They have a decent cocktail menu as well which is always good (though they are pretty pricy)
I'll be going back!
The food is good, the staff are great, you can't miss here.
I was introduced to brunch and later met dinner. This is going to be a regular spot for me and any visitors I host!
Only been here for brunch and the food has always been great. Only downside is that the atmosphere on a Sunday used to be the best in town but seems to be lacking in recent months, also the staff are friendly but could be a little more attentive.
Could I have found the best place for brunch in Ireland? Just saying.
Bloody Marys and French Toast of a Sunday
Sure you couldn't beat it with a big stick.
"That really hit the spot." That's what my dad told anyone who would listen when we went to Odessa for breakfast yesterday. We had a lovely brunch on the comfortable chairs downstairs in this cosy restaurant. Odessa has the members club feel that makes you feel as if you're sitting in your own sitting room at home.
We had four full breakfasts and they were all devoured. Good food (usual fry fodder but with the added bonus of home fries and a croissant on top) which was very tasty and just right for the morning after the night before. I've been here in the evenings too and it's great food any time of the day. Reasonably priced too. We all left happy and full - "that really hit the spot."
Looking seriously at joining this place as with members clubs you should get a good quality of patrons. I'm sick of pushing and shoving in venues.
Was attending a 30th birthday here. A lot of stairs but worth it. Seems to be some Georgian houses meshed together. Top floor balcony with smoking area. Friendly staff and great decor.
It's funny, when I say I love brunch everybody always suggests Odessa. I've been here numerous times over the years for brunch as quite a few people I know really love it and who am I to rock that boat if the majority are in favour. But to be honest, it wouldn't even be close to my favourite brunch in Dublin city centre.
This time round I had french toast with ham and maple syrup. Big mistake. The eggy mixture had barely penetrated the bread before it was cooked, thus leaving me with a thick slice of kind of tasteless bread with a bit of egg cooked on both sides. Not eggy enough for my tastes. Also as it wasn't brioche the egg mixture could have done with something... maybe cinnamon or something to give it more taste. Also sliced ham with it? No thanks.
They got my brekkie companion's order wrong but fair credit to the waitress, when we asked her to check the order she didn't question us, she just said, I'll go get you the right order. Brilliant service.
The Hollandaise sauce for the eggs Benedict was delicious and the poached eggs and homefries fab, but again, sliced ham? It looked like it was out of a packet.
All in all, an ok brunch place, but not amazing.
I have never had a bad meal at Odessa. While it might not be the cheapest restaurant on the block, I have always had good service and an excellent meal. I have been to Odessa for dinner on three occasions and not once have I been able to get past the Char-grilled Fillet steak: always cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Sublime!
The Honey-Glazed lamb is amazing as well. I have also had my fair share of Odessa brunches and I am yet to find anywhere in Dublin that matches it for Eggs Benedict/Florentine. Again, nicely soft-poached eggs and delicious hollondaise sauce.
I highly recommend Odessa for dinner and brunch!
Had dinner there on Tuesday evening. Couldn't get a table until 8.45pm (on a Tuesday - that tells you something) but when we got there, it was well worth the wait.
Bottle of house tempranillo (upgraded, because the usual had sold out) starters and several 'Fivers' (tapas) between three of us... and the bill was less than 55 Euro! For the centre of Dublin, that is stunning!
Great atmosphere, tremendous, cheerful service and great food; dubbed "Dublin's favourite Restaurant" and I'm not going to argue.
Pay it a visit; you will not be disappointed.
I had lunch here last week - Sweet Potato Soup along with a huge plate of brown and white bread & butter was delish! And so was the slow roast rib eye steak sandwich. It encouraged me to go back again for Brunch today and I wasn't disappointed. I had the Odessa Breakfast (although I was very tempted by the steak - will have this next time!) and it was lovely with a huge croissant on the side. I tried their Smoothie of the Day which was very nice, but the tea was a little weak - could have done with 2 teabags in the large pot, but that's hardly going to keep me away! I plan on trying Odessa for dinner through the week - can't wait to try their Crayfish, Crab & Shrimp Tian I have read so much about!
This place has good value, good vibe and is very reliable.
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