Dublin's Best Restaurants Come with Excellent Food and Beautiful Surroundings

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. If you're looking for haute cuisine then Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud or Chapter One will be sure to cater to your every whim and desire. Newcomers to the fine-dining scene like Forest Avenue or The Greenhouse are giving a fresh take on your typical tasting menu. Not only are there plenty of restaurants displaying the best of Irish local produce and updating our country's cooking styles, there are also restaurants happily and successfully riffing on some of the best world cuisine. While some of these establishments are on the higher end of the price range, there are also some more affordable options like Etto and Drury Buildings that illicit a similarly warm response. Dublin is having a real moment with high quality food both in the fine dining sector and the more casual dining restaurants that have popped up on our city's streets. Take time to sample some of the restaurants on this list and you will not be disappointed.

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 'memorable dining...  Read More

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 mix of Irish produce and...  Read More

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 twist. In the spirit of...  Read More

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 own little saucepan and the...  Read More

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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 French gastronomic experience...  Read More

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 One features wide ranging...  Read More

Patrick Guilbaud's certainly has the credentials of a top Irish restaurant, sporting our country's only two star Michelin kitchen. If opulence and fine dining to the extreme is your bag then make sure to sample this mix of contemporary Irish,...  Read More

Southside suburbs
Forest Avenue
Photo courtesy of Vania Ling

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 couple behind one of...  Read More

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Photo courtesy of 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 offer and at very reasonable...  Read More

Drury Buildings
Photo courtesy of 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 contains a nicely crafted interior,...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Emily

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