Dublin Restaurants

With the Irish food revolution long over and won, Dublin now has a city full of fabulous, hip, and suavely sophisticated restaurants. More realistic rents have seen a new cohort of experimental eateries crop up alongside award-winning Euro-toques and their sous-chefs who continue to come up with new and glorious ways to abuse your waistline. Instead of just spuds, glorious spuds, you’ll find delicious new entries to New Irish cuisine like roast scallops with spiced pork belly and cauliflower au gratin topped with a daring caper-and-raisin sauce or sautéed rabbit loin with Clonakilty black pudding. Okay, there’s a good chance spuds will still appear on your menu—and most likely offered in several different ways.

As for lunches or munchies on the run, there are scores of independent cafés serving excellent coffee, and often good sandwiches. Other eateries, borrowing trends from all around the world, serve inexpensive pizzas, focaccia, pitas, tacos, and wraps (which are fast gaining in popularity over the sandwich).

Dubliners dine later than the rest of Ireland. They stay up later, too, and reservations are usually not booked before 6:30 or 7 pm and up to around 10 pm. Lunch is generally served from 12:30 to 2:30. Pubs often serve food through the day—until 8:30 or 9 pm. Most pubs are family-friendly and welcome children until 7 pm. The Irish are an informal bunch, so smart-casual dress is typical.

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  • 1. Bastible

    $$$ | Dublin West | French

    Even with its location in a relatively unfashionable corner of the city, this high-end bistro has the natives traveling miles to get a treasured...Read More

  • 2. Chapter One

    $$$$ | Dublin North | Irish

    This wonderful, culture-vulture favorite gets its name from its location, downstairs in the vaulted, stone-wall basement of the Dublin Writers...Read More

  • 3. Dunne and Crescenzi

    $ | Dublin South | Italian

    The unpretentious brilliance of this husband-and-wife restaurant and deli just off Nassau Street is what makes the classy little Italian joint...Read More

  • 4. Enoteca delle Langhe

    $ | Dublin North | Italian

    Situated in the self-styled Italian Quarter, this Italian eatery serves up the full enoteca experience: quality, affordable Italian wines...Read More

  • 5. Fallon & Byrne

    $$$ | Dublin South | French

    This fresh, one-stop shop for everything organic and delicious in Dublin combines a huge deli with a cozy cellar wine bar and expansive second...Read More

  • 6. Fish Shop

    $$$ | Dublin North | Seafood

    Irish seafood is finally getting the royal treatment it deserves at this simple but brilliant new eatery in the old market, Smithfield district...Read More

  • 7. Forest Avenue

    $$$ | Georgian Dublin | Contemporary

    Named after the street in Queens where chef-owner Sandy Wyer grew up, Forest Avenue is a rising star on the Dublin food stage. The menu is a...Read More

  • 8. Grano

    $ | Dublin North | Italian

    Owner Roberto Mungo brings his brand of simple Calabrian cooking to this classy little Italian, family-run joint in hip Stoneybatter. There...Read More

  • 9. Kimchi Hop House

    $ | Dublin North | Korean

    A unique Korean-Japanese standout in the slew of cheap and cheerful Chinese eateries on Parnell Street (the closest Dublin comes to a Chinatown...Read More

  • 10. L. Mulligan Grocer

    $$ | Dublin North | Irish

    This gem of an old Dublin boozer—which was once also the local grocer—has been turned into a gastropub and world-beer emporium, without losing...Read More

  • 11. Mackenzie's

    $ | American

    Located on the Grand Canal Basin which connects the River Liffey and the Grand Canal, the bright and stylish dining room of this popular new...Read More

  • 12. Musashi Noodles and Sushi Bar

    $ | Dublin North | Japanese

    This hot sushi bar on suddenly hip Capel Street has given birth to a Dublin franchise because it's finally made the Japanese staple affordable...Read More

  • 13. Nightmarket

    $$ | Southside | Thai

    Street Food" is a painfully abused term in the dining world, but this downstairs Thai joint in the heart of Ranelagh has the authentic flavors...Read More

  • 14. One Pico

    $$$$ | Dublin South | Irish

    Chef-owner Eamonn O'Reilly cuts quite a dash, but it's his sophisticated, daring, contemporary cuisine that tends to seduce visitors to his...Read More

  • 15. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

    $$$$ | Georgian Dublin | French

    Also known as "Dublin's finest restaurant," this do-be-impressed place on the ground floor of the Merrion Hotel boasts a menu described as French...Read More

  • 16. The French Paradox

    $$ | Georgian Dublin | French

    Relaxed, simple, but chic best describes the people of the south of France who inspired this relaxed, simple, and chic little restaurant above...Read More

  • 17. The Greenhouse

    $$$$ | Dublin South | French

    The elegant dining room of this Michelin-starred restaurant is a touch posh, with turquoise velvet seats and white tablecloths, but the food...Read More

  • 18. Variety Jones

    $$$$ | Dublin West | French

    Unassuming Thomas Street is the last place you'd expect to find Dublin's latest Michelin-starred restaurant, but that's exactly where celebrated...Read More

  • 19. 101 Talbot

    $ | Dublin North | Mediterranean

    Close to the Abbey and Gate theaters, so there's no danger of missing a curtain call, this creative eatery focusing on contemporary food—with...Read More

  • 20. Aqua

    $$$ | Seafood

    Stunning views over Howth Harbor are your first reward for choosing this impressive seafood restaurant located in the old yacht club building...Read More

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