Best Dublin, Ireland Restaurants

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    9. Ananda

    If you're looking for more ethnic cuisine then Ananda's Indian Restaurant in Dundrum is where you should make your first stop. Awarded the gold medal for ethnic cuisine in 2010 and included in this year's Bridgestone...

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    8. 777

    If you caught a glimpse of 777 from the outside, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's not much going on. There are no wide windows peering into the action but don't be disheartened, when you take a step inside...

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    7. The Greenhouse

    The Greenhouse is heralding a new wave of fine dining in Dublin having opened its doors just a year ago. under the management of massively successful chef/restaurateur Eamonn O'Reilly. The goal of this place is...

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    6. Dax

    Tucked away off Leeson St and covering two floors, Dax restaurant and tapas bar is a cut above the rest. The rustic basement restaurant offers impeccable cuisine and a cosy atmosphere along with an excellent...

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    4. 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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    2. 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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About Dublin, Ireland 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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