Dining out in Dublin offers so many tempting choices. From old favourites to a range of new eateries, a tasty night on the town is not to be missed, whatever you fancy.
There’s plenty to get your taste buds a-tingling, from traditional Irish fare to innovative new cuisine. Hopefully, you’re staying for several nights, as one certainly won’t be enough.
Here’s our guide to five of the best restaurants in Dublin.
The Bank on College Green
This former bank is an ornate riot of stained glass, mosaic tiling and the occasional palm tree. Somehow it all works. The food is simple but seriously tasty. Full Irish breakfast, fish and chips and melt-in-the-mouth steaks are particularly irresistible, and fresh, local produce is very evident.
Prices are mid-range and breakfast, weekend brunch, dinner and lunch are all catered for. The Bank is ideal for posh but hearty fish and chips in grand surroundings.
For excellent and authentic Italian food in the heart of Dublin, head to this family-run restaurant. Scrumptious, wood-fired pizzas a big favourite here and the cellar features a fine range of delicious Italian wines. All the favourites are here, from pasta and salads to meat, fish and vegetarian options.
A simple but tasty bruschetta, followed by a calzone classic is highly recommended, but so is everything else. The two-course lunch specials are well worth a look; scrumptious and great value.
Housed in two redbrick Georgian buildings, this Dublin institution has been around for 60 years. The food is elegant and delicious, and the staff are warm and welcoming. You may spot some celebrities as well as the locals. The Troc is a great place for a special occasion.
The menu offers a good selection of food and a very fine wine cellar. The prawn and Sambuca risotto, followed by the Kilmore Quay black sole with lemon and dill butter is a very good idea. The orange and cardamom crème brûlée should fill up the cracks.
The traditional Irish boxty is a feature here. A type of pancake, bread or dumpling made with potatoes, it’s delicious and versatile. Food is sourced from local artisan producers are much in evidence and it’s comforting, filling and utterly delicious.
Try a boxty with tender corned beef and cabbage, a traditional lamb stew with homemade soda bread, or chicken with bacon and leeks, wrapped in a boxty pancake. This is a friendly and homely place with a fresh and modern feel.
This smart and minimalist restaurant features inventive and stylish cuisine. The menu offers fine, modern dining with intriguing and mouth-watering combinations. The smoked cheese and wheat beer doughnuts make a light and tasty starter. The braised lamb with garlic puree and kohlrabi is a tender and flavoursome main course, and the sour caramel and reduced milk ice cream is a luscious way to end.
The Chefs Menu offers a variety of small tasting plates, and there’s even a selection of smaller, tapas style dishes. There are set menus and à la carte options.
If you’re planning a trip to Dublin to explore this fascinating city and eat your way around its many wonderful restaurants, get started by booking your transfer to Dublin airport. If you want to find out more, then read this guide to the best pubs in Dublin.