Dublin Restaurants and Dining
(Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Dublin is full of wonderful and exciting places to eat out, with a wide choice of every kind of food imaginable. The many stylish locations and enormous variety of excellent, mouth-watering menus provide nothing short of culinary perfection. Whether you are looking for a romantic meal for two or trendy, lively dining, the only problem is deciding where to go as there are so many restaurants to choose from!
Address: 101 Talbot Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 874 5011
North of the River Liffey is the Talbot restaurant, located near the popular Abbey and Gate theatres. The food is creative and contemporary, with strong Mediterranean influences combined with fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant is situated upstairs and showcases an exhibition of local artists' work, which regularly changes. Reservations are essential and there are healthy options and vegetarian choices available.
Closed: Sunday, Monday
Address: Abbey Street, Howth, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 839 0307
With flagged floors, original stone walls and blazing fires, this ancient building is full of traditional character. The upstairs restaurant serves many Irish dishes and also Continental cuisine, specialising in tasty fish dishes. Reservations are essential and dinner is not served on Sundays.
Cuisine: Irish / Continental
Bad Ass Café
Address: 9-11 Crown Alley, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) /671-2596
This Temple Bar café is best known for one of its past waitresses, the now famous singer Sinead O'Connor, who used to work here many years ago. She is remembered in the café with a plaque. The atmosphere is fun and the food mainly consists of burgers and pizzas.
Address: 9 James's Terrace, Malahide, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 845 0314
Malahide's Bon Appetit has a lively floral interior, traditional atmosphere and smartly dressed staff. The menu combines a variety of flavours and includes warm salads with Dublin king prawns and many other sumptuous meals.
No lunch on Saturday
Brasserie Na Mara
Address: Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 280 6767
Irish dishes are served with a modern touch in Brasserie Na Mara. In Gaelic 'na mara' means 'of the sea' and fish has become a speciality, particularly baked monkfish, but many other dishes are also served. The building used to be the first railway station in Ireland and it has been sympathetically converted into this restaurant. With views of the Dun Laoghaire ferry port, weekend reservations are necessary.
No lunch on Saturday / no dinner on Sunday
Address: 22 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 638 3939
This Georgian town house is situated in the city centre and is now a popular boutique hotel. The restaurant provides an ideal place to enjoy an intimate meal and with crystal chandeliers and a luxurious interior, the mood can be quite romantic. With good classic food, reservations are necessary.
No lunch on Saturday
Address: 30 Essex Street East, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 6767
The French / Mediterranean bistro can be found in one of the busiest corners of Temple Bar and is a very popular place to dine and relax. Simple dishes, friendly service and great surroundings ensure that your meal will be a memorable one.
Address: 21 Werburgh Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 454 0306
This famous fish and chip shop is always popular, so prepare to queue. The wait will be worth it and the nearby gardens of St. Patrick's Cathedral provide an ideal place to sit and enjoy your takeaway food.
Address: 18-19 Parnell Square, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 873 2266
The basement of the Dublin Writers Museum is home to Chapter One, probably one of the most notable restaurants in north side Dublin. With succulent roast venison and classic bread-and-butter pudding, reservations are understandably required.
Closed: Sunday and Monday
No lunch on Saturday
The Commons Restaurant
Address: 85-86 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 478 0530
The restaurant can be found in the basement of Newman House and has patio doors that open onto a delightful, paved courtyard. Meals are often served outside in the summer and the wonderful gardens of Iveagh Gardens are nearby. With great Irish food, reservations are required.
No lunch on Saturday
Address: 21 Duke Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 671 1298
Serving hot daily specials and a selection of bar food, including fresh salmon and salads, this pub was immortalised by James Joyce in his famous novel 'Ulysses'.
Diep Le Shaker
Address: 55 Pembroke Lane, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 661 1829
This large Thai food restaurant was a success as soon as it opened and its interior is both elegant and modern, making it a romantic place to dine. The restaurant has become a trendy place to be seen and is often frequented by Ireland's wealthy, who enjoy the party atmosphere that always seems present.
Address: 2 Crow Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 671 1248
The Dish restaurant is located in the Temple Bar area and has a loyal following. Gerard Foote's clever, modern cuisine can be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. Most popular for Sunday brunch and mid-week lunches, which are all excellent value, reservations are essential.
Address: 15 Stephen's Lane, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 676 4679
With cosy traditional bistro cuisine, booth seating and a very friendly service, Dobbins is popular with business people. The interior is simple and there is even sawdust on the floor, but the food is great. Owner John O'Byrne is justifiably proud of his extensive cellar, which stores wines from all over the world. Reservations are essential and there is also valet parking available.
Address: 18 Glasthule Road, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 230 0210
Above the Eagle House pub, on the north side of Dun Laoghaire, you can find Duzy's Café. This is a stylish restaurant with a flamboyant Mediterranean feel, and large, specially commissioned paintings. Pan-fried scallops with lime dressing is a speciality and worth trying. Lunch is not served on Saturdays.
Address: Meeting House Square, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 5372
This trendy brasserie-style restaurant has an open kitchen and views across one of Temple Bar's main squares. There is also an outdoor eating area and with great food, reservations are required.
Elephant and Castle
Address: 18 Temple Bar, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 679 3121
This restaurant has quickly become one of the most popular places to eat in Temple Bar and serves traditional America food, including burgers, salads and sandwiches - all generous portions. Reservations are not accepted.
Address: Mulberry Gardens, Donnybrook, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 269 3300
In South County Dublin, Ernie's Restaurant provides traditional Irish cuisine with seasonal menus. Fish, freshly caught the same day, are transformed into tasty meals, together with many other dishes, include roasted rack of Wicklow lamb.
No lunch at weekends
Address: Custom House Docks, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 1688
Harbour Master restaurant is north of the Liffey, in the Irish Financial Services Centre. At lunchtime this is a popular haunt for nearby business people, but at night, dinner has a much more relaxed atmosphere. Overlooking a canal basin, the interior is very large and airy. Beef and Guinness stew is always a well-received dish.
Address: Montague Street, off Harcourt Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 478 3373
With a cosy, casual feeling and old wooden furnishings, this restaurant has a keen following, with many regulars enjoying the imaginative and more traditional Italian dishes. There is also an extensive wine list, full of delightful Italian wines.
No lunch at weekends
Address: 41 S Great George's Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 677 0999
This restaurant provides a modern twist on typical Indian food and the contemporary interior reflects the Jaipur's approach to cooking. More traditional dishes, such as chicken tikka massala, are also served and, with a great wine list and friendly service, reservations are essential.
Address: 44-45 S. William Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 4855
Specialising in Pakistani cuisine, the Khyber Tandoori restaurant also serves a variety of other traditional Indian dishes, ranging from kebabs to hot and spicy curries. With a tandoori oven, this food has an authentic flavour.
No lunch on Sunday
Address: 35 Dawson Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 677 8611
The glamorous interior, complete with huge gilt mirrors and elaborate decorations, means that your meal will have a real sense of occasion. The menu changes frequently and always reflects the restaurants international style.
Lemon Crêpe and Coffee Co.
Address: 66 S. William Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 672 9044
A popular spot with locals, the Lemon Crêpe and Coffee Company is the perfect place for a quick snack, either inside or on the pavement, where you can really soak up the atmosphere. Both savoury and sweet crêpes are served here and there is also a takeout service.
Les Freres Jacques
Address: 74 Dame Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 679 4555
has come to Temple Bar with this typically French restruant. With seasonal food and traditional cooking, seafood is a definite speciality, although many other meals are served, including game dishes. Reservations are essential.
No lunch on Saturday
Address: 2 Chatham Row, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 4899
This busy café serves wonderful Asian food, with strong Thai and Vietnamese flavours. The Mao proves can be a popular place to dine and as reservations are not accepted, it is advisable to arrive early. There is also another branch in nearby Dun Laoghaire.
Address: 38 Dawson Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 7744
For late Italian dining, the Milano is the ideal spot, with last orders at midnight. With a large open kitchen and a bright interior, meals include pizzas, baked pasta dishes and many prawn dishes. There are also two other branches in Temple Bar and Bachelors Walk, along the Quays.
Address: 21 Suffolk Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 677 4804
This café is owned by Norman Hewson, the brother of the famous rock group U2's Bono and the menu is predominantly vegetarian. All the ingredients are fresh, organic and free-range. There is also another branch which is for takeaway food only.
Address: Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 647 3304
With buffet breakfast and lunches, this modern restaurant has many tasty dishes and a wide selection of freshly baked bread.
Address: 90-91 Street Francis Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 454 2028
Specialising in Russian and Scandinavian cuisine, the Old Dublin brasserie-style restaurant is located near St. Patrick's Cathedral . With warm fires, candlelit tables and traditional dishes, this can be the perfect spot for a memorable, romantic evening.
Cuisine: Russian / Scandinavian
No lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
Address: 5-6 Molesworth Place, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 676 0300
South of the Liffey is the modern and stylish restaurant One Pico. Serving tasty, contemporary dishes made with traditional Irish ingredients, the reasonable prices make the food good value. Reservations are essential.
No lunch at weekends
Address: 5 Crow Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 670 8662
This Italian restaurant in Temple Bar is a fun place at eat, drink and be merry, serving authentic Roman cuisine and flaming sambucas, an Italian liqueur.
Address: 21 Upper Merrion Street, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 676-4192
With superb, simple cooking and an airy interior, full of paintings, this French restaurant is located South of the River Liffey. Duck à l'orange is a popular speciality dish.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Address: 119 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 407 0939
This city centre American-style steak house is proving to be a popular place to eat. It was the first restaurant of this style in Dublin and is set in an beautiful, elegant Georgian building. With dishes including tasty Irish Angus beef and seafood, reservations are advisable.
No lunch is served
Address: 168 Capel Street, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 872 3277
North of the Liffey and serving and enormous range of soups and broths, this small café provides excellent value. There are vegetarian soups, fish broths, chicken soups and more exotic spicy Thai soups. Each portion of soup comes with fresh bread and a piece of fruit for desert. The Soup Dragon also provides a takeout service.
The Tea Room
Address: Clarence Hotel, 6-8 Wellington Quay, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 407 0813
The Team Room is part of the Clarence Hotel which is where many celebrities regularly stay when they are in Dublin. The food is good, with modern twists on more traditional food. Reservations are usually essential.
Address: 1 Portobello Road, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 454 9067
South of the River Liffey and owned by one of the best chefs in the country, Thornton's has a reputation for great French food and wonderful presentation. Reservations are necessary.
No lunch from Tuesday to Thursday
Address: S. King Street, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 478 2152
This Japanese restaurant provides a friendly, unique dining experience, with benches and long, wooden tables. The bar is always busy and food is served as soon when it is ready, rather than as formal courses.
Address: 71-72 S. Great George's Street, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 475 5001
With sushi, sashimi, noodles and other splendid Japanese meals, a meal is the Yamamori restaurant is always an enjoyable one.
Others restaurants include:
Address: Woodlands Avenue, Stillorgan, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 288 6945
Address: East Pier, Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
Tel: +353 (01) 832 5235
Address: 35 Dawson Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 677 8611
Address: 109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 661 1919
Le Coq Hardi
Address: 35 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 668 9070
Address: Fitzwilliam Hotel, 47 South William Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 662 0760
Address: Hotel Merrion, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 676 4192
Patrick Kavanagh Room at the Hibernian Hotel
Address: Hibernian Hotel, Eastmoreland Place, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 668 7666
Address: 7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 668 2611
Address: 34-35 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin, County Dublin
Tel: +353 (01) 878 7212