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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. L'Gueuleton

    $$$ | Dublin South | French

    This exceptional eatery just off George's Street lost a little of its intimacy when it expanded, but the crowds still come for authentic French...Read More

  • 8. La Maison

    $$$ | Dublin South | French

    This Breton-inspired, unpretentious eatery has one of the most inviting and good-value menus in the city. The look is very much "casual bistro...Read More

  • 9. Mr Fox

    $$$ | Dublin North | French

    The stuffed fox on the wall with the pistol in his hand inspired the name of this warm, gamy, stylish new eatery in a Georgian basement conveniently...Read More

  • 10. Roly's Bistro

    $$$ | Georgian Dublin | French

    While the bistro food at this Ballsbridge stalwart is always top-class, it's the jovial atmosphere and superb service that keep locals coming...Read More

  • 11. The Green Hen

    $$$ | Dublin South | French

    It can be hard to re-create that classic bistro feel outside France, but this intimate spot at the heart of busy Dublin has managed to get the...Read More

  • 12. Thornton's Restaurant

    $$$$ | Dublin South | French

    Forget the stretched metaphors: if you're passionate about food, this place is simply a must. Kevin Thornton's cooking style is light, and his...Read More

  • 13. Les Frères Jacques

    $$$$ | Temple Bar | French

    Many restaurants call themselves French, but this elegant eatery next to the Olympia Theatre positively reeks of Gallic panache. Old prints...Read More

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