Best Places for Lunch In Dublin

Emily Carson

By , Local Expert, Dublin
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The Irish lunch could usually be typified by the limp, refrigerated sandwich served with vegetable soup in a pub. This is no longer the reality and the standard of the lunchtime offerings in Dublin has sky rocketed with great options for vegetarians and those with food allergies and intolerances. Colourful and inventive salads from Brother Hubbard and Roasted Brown are accompanied by excellent coffee. Sandwiches stuffed with high-quality ingredients and bread sourced from the best bakers in Dublin City Food and its spicier counterpart at Pablo's Tortas on Clarendon Market.

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    Dublin City Food

    The added extras like special homemade sides makes this great value and something different.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Rialto is Dublin's answer to the New York Reuben and is absolutely delicious."

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    Roasted Brown

    Light and spacious with good quality food, this is a perfect place to spend an afternoon.

    Local Expert Tip: "Opt for a bowl of salad and get your money's worth with huge helpings of freshly made salads and a dollop of hummus on top."

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    The service here is great and add in the little mug of green tea that greets you on arrival and you're onto a winner.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you have the time avoid the lunch rush and take a late lunch to enjoy this to the full."

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    The Fumbally

    The Fumbally is really a one of a kind in Dublin in that it's a great space making fantastic, different food.

    Local Expert Tip: "The weekends will see this place fill to the brim so go on a quieter weekday or arrive early to avoid disappointment."

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    Pablo's Tortas

    This is a different and welcome addition to Dublin's vibrant Mexican scene.

    Local Expert Tip: "Keep an eye on the Pablo Picante Facebook and Twitter feeds for news on specials and games to win free meals."

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    Itsa Bagel

    Plenty of options for those looking for low G.I. or gluten-free.

    Local Expert Tip: "The cookie and a cuppa deal for €3.50 is a great way to get a treat with your caffeine fix."

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    Brother Hubbard

    This is great for vegetarians and gluten-free diners alike without compromising on taste.

    Local Expert Tip: "The scones here are something special, get a fruit one with orange blossom butter and never look back."

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    There are few places where you can get affordable steak at lunchtime so this is well worth trying.

    Local Expert Tip: "While the wine list is excellent be sure to try one of the homemade lemonades they're fresh and delicious."

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    Foam Cafe

    When you're getting sick of the same old traditional lunch fare and décor this is a wonderful antidote.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you want to arrange an event in an unusual location the upstairs of Foam Cafe can be rented for upto 40 people!"

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    The Pepper Pot Cafe

    It's unusual balcony-top location and lovely staff are a treat to experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "The sausage sandwich is delicious and a great way to tuck into proper Irish pork."



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