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 yo
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 wh
With the Irish food revolution long over and won, Dublin now has a city full of fabulous, hip, and suavely sophisticated

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. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. The French Paradox

    $$ | Georgian Dublin | French

    Relaxed, simple, but chic would best describe this little restaurant above a wineshop in the heart of Ballsbridge; it also describes the people...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Busyfeet & Coco Café

    $ | Dublin South | Café

    One of the city center's best-situated spots for a bit of people-watching, this bustling, bohemian café emphasizes good, wholesome food. Organic...Read More

  • 17. Chai-Yo

    $$ | Georgian Dublin | Asian

    The Japanese teppanyaki area at this classy Pan-Asian restaurant on bustling Baggot Street, where the chef cooks your food right on your tabletop...Read More

  • 18. Dax

    $$$ | Georgian Dublin | French

    When is a wine bar not just a wine bar? When it's also one of the city's most talked-about restaurants where you can drink or dine (tapas-style...Read More

  • 19. Elephant & Castle

    $$ | Temple Bar | American

    The Elephant was long established in Temple Bar before the Tiger (Celtic, that is) came and went and changed the neighborhood forever. Large...Read More

  • 20. Ely Winebar

    $$$ | Georgian Dublin | Irish

    Almost equidistant from the twin dames of Dublin hotel elegance, the Shelbourne and the Merrion, Ely started out as a mere wine bar—and oh,...Read More

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