Best Dublin Restaurants

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    10. The Greenhouse

    The Greenhouse is another one of Dublin's tasting menu gems, opening its doors back in 2011 under the management of massively successful chef/restaurateur Eamonn O'Reilly. The goal of this place is to offer you a...

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    9. Dax

    Tucked away off Leeson St and covering two floors, Dax restaurant and tapas bar is an interesting mix of more casual menus paired with fine dining in the basement. The rustic basement restaurant offers a great...

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    8. Locks Brasserie

    Locks Brasserie is a one Michelin-starred restaurant and yet it stills remains somewhat of a hidden gem. Situated in leafy Portobello and Harold's Cross, Locks specializes in traditional French cuisine with an Irish...

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    7. The Pig's Ear

    Overlooking Trinity's playing grounds on Nassau Street and offering rich and comforting Irish fare with a contemporary twist, The Pig's Ear is a quaint dinner venue. The bread comes in a little sack, the soup in it's...

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    6. L'Ecrivain

    L'Ecrivain has been serving up French-style, Michelin-starred fare for over 20 years and is still as popular as ever. Headed up by husband and wife team Derry and Sally-Anne Clarke, L'Ecrivain brings the classical...

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    5. Chapter One

    If you want a Michelin-starred experience with less of an impact on your wallet then don't shy away from Dublin's other, much-coveted, fine dining experience. Situated just over the Liffey on Parnell Square, Chapter...

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    3. Forest Avenue

    Forest Avenue is another new entrant to this list, having popped up on Sussex Terrace beside the Grand Canal in November 2013. John and Sandy Wyer, who had previously spent time in the kitchens of L'Ecrivain, are the...

    Photo courtesy of Vania Ling
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    2. Etto

    Etto may appear to be somewhat of a casual dining experience, the room is quite small and the atmosphere is warm and convivial. However, this Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant and wine bar has something special on...

    Photo courtesy of Etto
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    1. Drury Buildings

    Drury Buildings is one of the newest additions to this list, popping up on the ever-changing Drury Street at the end of 2013 and now representing one of its strongest offerings. The colourful outdoor facade...

    Photo courtesy of Drury Buildings

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About Dublin Restaurants

Long gone are the days when Irish cuisine would conjure up the image of hunks of bread and stew washed down with a pint of Guinness. In fact, despite the recession there has continued to be a boom in the restaurant trade and culinary circles have continued to flourish. In a recent survey in The Irish Times it was revealed that as many as 8 restaurants a week are popping up across the capital to cater for the ever-hungry population of foodies. 

There is a good balance between traditional and modern, with more and more trendy restaurants such as Bear and 777 seeking to capture the ambiance of the restaurant scene in New York and London. However restaurants like The Saddle Room in The Shelbourne and Shanahan's On The Green still strike that definite tone of old-school glamour and opulence in their lush interiors. 

Dublin's seaside position also gives it the advantage of having the freshest seafood and more restaurants both in the city and in the coastal suburbs are striving to create excellence out of this high-quality produce. Seek out restaurants such as Caviston's beside Dún Laoghaire or Aqua, overlooking all of Dublin Bay in Howth for unmatched quality along with stunning surroundings.

Whatever your tastes, every palate is catered for in this vibrant restaurant scene and a keen eye for price means that it is easier to afford great food in the capital.


About Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe and Southeast Asia. She returned to Dublin after her studies to find it growing culturally (in spite of the economic downturn). While Dublin was once criticized...  Read more »

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