Dublin Restaurants

Old Feb 7th, 2001, 06:57 PM
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Dublin Restaurants

Am visiting Ireland with a tour, but the two evenings in Dublin are freetime. Looking for suggestions for restaurants (price not an issue if food/atmosphere are exceptional)and things to do at night - must see pubs, etc. Any help will be appreciated.
Old Feb 7th, 2001, 07:17 PM
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Stay away from anywhere that promises real irish food ...it's a rip off!!
If price isn't a problem I would sugest thatyou try any one of the folowing.

Bruno's(no it's not italian)
corner of east essex st in temple bar
also at top of kildare street.

Eden- meeting house square in temple bar
Roly's in ballsbridge is excellent

Both roly's and Eden are great value lunch venues
Shalimar-indian retaurant on south great georges street

Luigi malones in temple bar is always full and has allnight happy hour on monday

Most pubs do good value lunch (carvery)
must see pub is the lomg hall on south great georges st.One of the last remaining old style pubs.the palace bar on fleet st,keogh's on drury st off grafton st are also worth a look.
If you want to see the more modern dublin bar check out morrison hotel,
Q bar at o'connell bridge ,the bailey off grafton st and samsara on dawson st.
that should do for two days
Old Feb 8th, 2001, 05:57 PM
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I should proof read before i click send

the pub on georges st. is called the long hall and keogh's is on duke st.
Old Feb 9th, 2001, 01:25 PM
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There are plenty of good pubs in Dublin which offer good atmosphere. Regarding food it depends on what you're looking for. Anywhere offering traditional Irish food in the evenings is usually selling tourist junk - if you want the closest to traditional food, try a fry in Bewleys in Grafton street for breakfast / brunch.

However for evening upmarket contemporary mediterrean dining try Edens in Temple Bar. Cookes Cafe is a good choice also. Mao's offers nice Asian fusion food (although compared to west coast US it's limited)All of the above restaurants are close to Temple Bar and Grafton street where many of the good bars are.

The Lang Kawai in Baggot St. offers superb Malaysian food ( better than any I've found in the US)

Indian food in Dublin is usually better than in most US cities so thats worth a try also - Eastern Tandoori in South William St is good.

There are a bunch of newer restaurants that I didn' get a chance to try the last time I was there also.

In terms of more cheaper places, Dublin has some good Pizza and pasta joints. Avoid the chains such as Pizza Hut etc. Pizza Stop or DaVincenzos are a much better bet for Pizza. Il Bocaro in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar offers good pasta, atmosphere and reasonable priced wine selection.
Old Feb 9th, 2001, 02:18 PM
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I concur with most of the above suggestions, with the following exceptions:

Go to Bewleys for coffee or tea (which are excellent-great place to sit and read). Do not go there to eat. The food there has never been very good. Also, do not eat pizza while you are in Dublin (or anywhere in Ireland, for that matter). I lived in Dublin for 3 years (left 3 weeks ago), and although I tried the pizza in many, many places, it was always bad. Remember, this is a country where they like to put corn on pizza (you can also buy frozen pizza with baked beans as a topping at the supermarket)! Also, do not eat hamburgers there. They always add some sort of filler, so you never get just ground beef.

Aside from these caveats, the food in Dublin is excellent. I fell in love with Indian food while living there.
Old Feb 11th, 2001, 06:31 AM
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Will you be eating by yourself? Would definitely second Eden & Rolys (but you would need to make reservations - Rolys do a particularly good lunch).

If you like Indian food I would recommend Montys of Katmandu opposite IFC in Temple Bar. I personally don't like the food in Maos, having said that you could chill out on the atmosphere.

If you like vegatarian food try Juice in Georges street (very inexpensive lunchtime deals). Blazing Saddles in he Powerscourt Centre also does very good veggie food.

The Dome in St Stephen's Green does self-service food and the view is amazing if you get a window seat. (busy though, expect long queues at lunchtime).

Bewley's in Grafton is a must for coffee (they open late at night too).

Finally as regards pubs, being by yourself at lunchtime is fine, however if you are planning a solo outing after dark I would pick my pub carefully (this is just a personal opinion). Most pubs cater for lunchtime trade.
Hope this helps - have a great holiday.

Old Jan 16th, 2002, 08:06 PM
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Sharik, these suggestions might help.
Old Jan 16th, 2002, 09:11 PM
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We certainly enjoyed our lunch in the upstairs dining room at Oliver St. John Gogarty's pub in the Temple Bar area. Check ahead to be sure there will be informal musician jam sessions just below in the bar.
Old Jan 16th, 2002, 09:14 PM
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Try Gallaher's in Temple Bar. Traditional, but good. Make reservations.
Old Jan 17th, 2002, 07:55 AM
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Old Jan 17th, 2002, 10:57 PM
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I can't believe Bewleys is still around, adn I'm sorry to hear it isn't that special anymore. 30 years ago, I spent 2 weeks as a teenager in Dublin. on my first day, I discovered trifle at Bewleys and ate it there everyday until I left. I bought a tin of tea as a souvenir and we're still storing our tea in it!
Old Jan 18th, 2002, 02:10 AM
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Shanahan`s in St Stephens Green,just 100 yards fronm the top of Grafton St is an American Restaurant which specialises in steaks.Top class and quite expensive.They have JFK`s Rocking Chair on display there too.
Old Jan 18th, 2002, 05:07 AM
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I highly recommend the Stag's Head in Temple Bar. It's a wonderful pub. Stop in for a pint of Guinness. We also enjoyed the live Irish music on the second floor of the Oliver St. John Gogarty's pub. Go early enough to get a seat and enjoy the night. The food is good too.

For the best Fish & Chips, skip Beshoff's and try Leo Burdock's.

Have a great trip!

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