Restaurants in Dublin
Dublin is a famous destination for nightime revelry and good food and drink is vital to this reputation. The dining scene in Dublin is booming and has improved considerably over the past few years. Much like other international cuisine hot-spots, good food in Dublin can be pricey. For the foodies with deep pockets there are many impressive high-end restaurants; for those travelling on a budget there is lots of less formal dining in charming eateries and traditional pubs. All varieties of international cuisine are available in the city but be sure to sample the good old home-cooked Irish fare as well.
Irish cuisine consists of simple meat dishes, usually paired with boiled root vegetables such as turnip, carrot, parsnip and an Irish favourite, potatoes. Other popular dishes include mutton and beef stews, often cooked with Guinness, as well as tripe, meat and blood puddings, and sausages. A new trend in Celtic cuisine, known as 'modern Irish' has become increasingly popular and can be described as French cuisine infused with the natural flavours of the Irish countryside and coastal waters.
The cobblestone streets of the Temple Bar district, as well as the Trinity College area, offer a wonderful and eclectic selection of eateries where visitors can whet their appetites.
Renowned for its traditional music ballad sessions, this 16th century tavern, complete with blazing fires, original stone walls and gas lights, features a wonderful restaurant upstairs. The menu changes on a seasonal basis but features such culinary delights as crepes fruits de mer (seafood crepes), roast duckling with ginger and pineapple, or spinach and ricotta tortellini. After the meal, guests can enjoy the live entertainment downstairs in the form of some traditional Irish music. Open for dinner Monday to Saturday from 7pm to 11pm. Bookings are recommended and credit cards accepted.
Address: Abbey St., Howth, Northern Suburbs
Telephone: (0)1 839 0307
The iconic Café Mao has been a firm favourite with Dubliners since its opening a few years back and is frequented by anyone who's in the mood for a little Asian flair. The exposed kitchen lines an entire wall, and the rest of the space is wide open which makes this an excellent environment for people watchers. The menu comprises everyone's favourite Asian dishes, such as Thai fish cakes, nasi goreng, chicken hoisin and salmon ramen, to name a few. Everything on the menu is delicious and it is hard to go wrong when dining here. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: 2 - 3 Chatham Row
Telephone: (0)1 670 4899
This trendy laid-back restaurant is highly popular with Dubliners for a tasty weekend brunch where club sandwiches, soups and salads are the order of the day. Dinners are slightly more exotic with Nosh offering some wonderfully different dishes such as grilled filet of plaice with crabmeat. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon until 10pm. Closed on Mondays. Reservations recommended.
Address: 111 Coliemore Rd, Dalkey
Telephone: (0)1 284 0666
One of Dublin's finest restaurants, L'Ecrivain offers diners a relaxed and unpretentious experience. Chef Derry Clarke's food is absolutely mouth-watering, from his seared wild Irish venison loin with caramelized pear, or seared Bere Island scallops with lobster strudel. Menu prices are changed regularly and are extortionate but L'Ecrivain gives guests the opportunity to sample some of its dishes in the form of a two-course lunch menu at a more reasonable price. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. Saturday dinner only, closed Sunday. Reservations essential.
Address: 109 Lower Baggot St, Fitzwilliam Square
Telephone: (0)1 661 1919
The Wicked Chef
This affordable neighbourhood eatery serves some of the most humble Irish cuisine Dublin has to offer. It's a firm favourite packed with locals who come to enjoy its flagship dish of Irish stew cooked in Guinness as well as its 'Dublin Coddle', among other local specialties. Open Sunday to Friday for lunch and dinner. Saturday dinner only. Reservations recommended.
Address: 73 Meath St
Telephone: (0)1 416 3472
The Bad Ass Cafe
This loud and busy restaurant has been a much-loved eatery with Dublin's locals for over 20 years. The menu serves old favourites such as burgers, pasta, steaks and salads, appealing to just about everyone. This quirky restaurant in the lively Temple Bar District, where orders are clipped to a wire before being whizzed off to the kitchen, is known as the place where Sinead O'Connor used to wait tables. Open daily from 11:30am until late.
Address: 9-11 Crown Alley
Telephone: (0)1 675 3005
Located in Dublin's lively Temple Bar District, Tante Zoé's serves some of the finest Creole and Cajun cuisine this side of the Mississippi. With cosy and colourful décor, calypso music and warm hearty meals, this restaurant does not disappoint. Try the fresh fillet of pan-fried seabass served with a coconut lime and chilli sauce, or the Dooky gumbo, a hearty Cajun stew with whiskey salami, Kabonossi sausage, chicken, pork & beef. Open Monday to Sunday. Closed Sunday lunch. Bookings recommended.
Address: 1 Crow Street, Temple Bar
Telephone: 01 679 4407
Popular at lunchtime, Yamamori Noodles has a casual yet lively atmosphere with an exciting menu to boot. Prices range from bargain to complete over indulgence and meals like chile chicken ramen or the yamamori yaki soba with its mound of wok-fried noodles piled high with prawns, squid, chicken, and roast pork won't break the bank. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations only for parties of four or more.
Address: 71 - 72 S. Great George's St
Telephone: (0)1 475 5001
With its long wooden bench tables, stone pillars, clean lines and light, airy atmosphere, this spacious eatery lends itself perfectly to the ritualistic art of eating sushi. A favourite with locals and tourists alike, Yamamori Sushi is one of Dublin's favourite Asian restaurants, and for very good reason. Feast on Karubi beef, salmon teriyaki and Yamamori Ramen, which is made up of char-grilled chicken, king prawns and char shu with crispy tofu, egg, wakame, menma and spring onion in a chicken and pork stock. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
Address: 38 - 39 Lower Ormand Quay
Telephone: (0)1 872 0003
One of Dublin's most popular eateries, One Pico has become something of an institution when it comes to dining out in Dublin. Thus multi award winning restaurant serves delicious local fare including organic smoked salmon with pickled cucumber, remoulade and herb crème freche, and a firm favourite on the menu, the filet of Irish Hereford Beef served with a white onion puree, parmesan fondue and crispy tempura onion. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Reservations essential.
Address: 5 - 6 Molesworth Place Schoolhouse Lane
Telephone: 01 676 0300
Gallagher's Boxty House
One of the most popular restaurants in the Temple Bar District, Gallagher's Boxty House specialises in traditional Irish food like fish and chips, soda bread, and especially the boxty, a quintessentially-Irish potato pancake. Gallagher's goes through a tonne of potatoes every week, serving them up to buzzing crowds who come for the filling food and lively music.
Address: 20-21 Temple Bar
Telephone: +353 1 677 2762
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