Favorite Restaurant(s) in Dublin?

Dec 15th, 2009, 11:50 PM
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Favorite Restaurant(s) in Dublin?

Hello everyone!

I will be in Dublin over New Years Eve and was wondering what your favorite restaurants are in Dublin?

I am a big foodie and love in San Francisco, so I am used to international foods. I really want to experience traditional Irish food while I am in Dublin - not looking for Asian, Italian, etc. restaurants.

I love pubs and quaint, warm places. So basically, I am looking to find out which are your favorite local restaurants/pubs to go to.

Any advice you can give would be most helpful!
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Dec 16th, 2009, 01:02 AM
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i am sorry,i have never been to Dublin,it is cold now,i am planning to trave in South.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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You could do a lot worse than go out to Johnnie Fox's in Glencullen, just South of Dublin. They have a website: http://www.jfp.ie/ so you can check out the food and entertainment.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 01:18 PM
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Best chowder I ever had was at FXB Grills Ryan's in Dublin. It is seafood and not filled with chunky potatoes as is the case in the USA. According to their website http://www.fxbrestaurants.com/ it is open NYE.

Also, O'Neill's has a good buffet and is very popular.

Don't miss the Guinness Storehouse.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 02:17 PM
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Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant adjacent to the Merrion Hotel. Just spectacular. http://www.restaurantpatrickguilbaud.ie/
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Dec 16th, 2009, 03:48 PM
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Or much more casual, the John Gogarty Pub in Temple Bar, very friendly vibe. We sat with a group of girls weekending from Scotland and had a wonderful time. We ate there prior to taking the Pub Music Crawl. But, oh, those scallops at Patrick Guilbaud...
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Dec 16th, 2009, 04:57 PM
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Unless the above poster (rncheryl)is going to treat you, it's possible you are not prepared to shell out a few hundred €'s or more for dinner at dear Patrick's. Gogarty's is far more Irish, casual, and decidedly less expensive...this is true of most of the pubs in Dublin. We favor the colorful and very noisy Lanigan's in the Clifton Hotel on Eden quay off O'connell, if it's still there. There was talk of their selling out a few years back. Whatever you do, you will be sure to love Ireland...but if it's Irish dishes ye want
head for the pubs.
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Dec 17th, 2009, 02:14 AM
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I travel to Dublin alot for work and here are some of my favorites (not really traditional but good food):

Cafe en Seine: http://www.capitalbars.com/

Johnnie Foxes (see above - the most traditional of my list)

La Mere Zou: http://www.lamerezou.ie/

Fire: http://www.mansionhouse.ie/

Ely Wine Bars: http://www.elywinebar.ie/

Pearl Brasserie: http://www.pearl-brasserie.com/

Hugo's Wine Bar: http://www.hugos.ie/

To be honest, I havent found good traditional Irish food in Dublin...

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Dec 17th, 2009, 07:43 PM
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In Dublin there are lot of places where you can enjoy traditional Irish food
you can check sites like menupages.ie
or http://www.ebookireland.com/dublinrest.htm
Reviews and full details about menu and rate is given
According to me best place The Quays Irish Restaurant is www.quaysrestaurant.com enjoy
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Dec 18th, 2009, 04:59 AM
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If you are planning on eating anywhere, anywhere, on New Year's Eve, please book as soon as you can. Places here get very very busy on New Years Eve so if you don't want to be disappointed do book somewhere.
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Dec 20th, 2009, 03:02 AM
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Sorry for being picky here but have yet (in a long career)to have enjoyed the pleasure of a pint of Guinness to its full extent with the smell of cooked food wafting up my nostrils.
So the advice would be to pair a restaurant with a decent nearby pub - for befores.....and some afters.
Your remit of a restaurant doing "Irish" is our first problem (suitable pubs in Dublin by the way is no problem at all at all). Gallagher's Boxty House in Temple Bar is about the only place that comes to mind that promotes itself on Irish only; most do European with an Irish twist. Can't recommend the place as I haven't been (boxty is a form of potato cake, by the way) but the Elephant and Castle next door does excellent chicken wings (not what you want of course; you can go to NYC for that). The Palace Bar further up Fleet St would be my recommended watering hole for either.
Brasserie 66 on Georges St is a lively spot (everywhere will be lively - heed the warnings about Dec 31st!); Mermaid Cafe on Dame St is a bit more expensive. Pubs nearby: the Long Haul on Georges St or the Stag's Head.
This area of town is accessible to Christchurch where the populace who have failed to get a seat in a pub head up to ring in the New Year at midnight; has been known to get a bit "messy" up there over the past few new years so maybe best not explored solo.
A little further away around the Grafton St area, One Pico might be worth checking out (just off Molesworth St.) a bit contemporary, a bit pricey. Kehoes pub, just off Grafton St will be wedged/jammed on the night but maybe you like Irish people very very close up.
All of this advice may be yet another slice of Irish fiction if you don't move pronto on a meal reservation. There may be a great urgency and enthusiasm in Dublin to see out what has been a pretty bruising 2009 so a seat in a decent restaurant may be, to coin a phrase, as scarce as hen's teeth.
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