Dún Laoghaire and its surrounding villages have a strong tradition of seafood restaurants, classic Irish pubs and music venues. From Hartley’s, which resides in the old Victorian ticket office of the now defunct Kingstown train station, to The Purty Kitchen which claims the title of Dublin’s third oldest pub and the food market and restaurant Avoca Salt in Monkstown. A short walk, bus or DART ride will take you to the hearts of each of these village suburbs and allow you to sample some of the great food on offer nearby.
In Dalkey there are fabulous seafood restaurants and lovely pubs filled with locals, Ouzo's is a particular highlight. As you walk back to Dún Laoghaire via Sandycove you can stop for delicious pizza in Weafer and Cooper or tapas and live music at the Gourmet Food Parlour. For those pitching up at the port, the Royal Marine Hotel boasts fabulous views and a lovely dining atmosphere in their Dún Bistro. Anywhere where you can get a good view of the coastline alongside some great food is definitely ideal in these parts, first and foremost of these is Purple Ocean, a seafood restaurant jutting out from the ferry port with panoramic views of the harbour. Between stunning views and exciting, modern restaurants there are plenty of great establishments to grab a bite to eat in.