Some Of The Best Restaurants In The Heart Of Dublin City

Dublin’s city centre is constantly awash with new dining options and eateries pop across the city every week. If we focus on Dublin’s city centre though - in the case of this list spanning from Trinity College and taking in the Dame district, Temple Bar and the Quays on both sides of The Liffey  - there are some great restaurants that range from high-end Michelin star, to mid-range and inventive, to budget eating with a difference. Whether you’re looking for an 8-course tasting menu or an entire chicken fried in buttermilk there’ll be a dining style that will match your travel plans.

Get a gorgeous view of the Liffey at The Winding Stair, a bookshop and restaurant that showcases great Irish ingredients. Get Michelin star treatment at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, or the next best thing with tasting menus at The Greenhouse or The Pig’s Ear. For modern Italian cuisine head to San Lorenzo’s on George’s Street, modern Mexican next door at 777 or around the corner to Coppinger Row for delicious Mediterranean fare. For fish and chips with an upmarket feel take a seat in Bite and for next-level fried chicken it’s got to be Crackbird. That just leaves the steak lovers...and for them we have Fire.



The ethos of Bite caf� is that of 'Uptown Food, Downtown Vibe' and it's basically recreating your average fish and chip shop into a more upmarket fish experience with some interesting reinventions along the way. Gone is the greasy batter...  Read More



Located in the opulent surroundings of Dublin's Mansion House on Dawson Street, Fire has been built in what was originally the Lord Mayor's supper room and is now a magnificent space with stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. The food...  Read More



CrackBird, one of restaurant entrepreneur Joe Macken's litany of trendy Dublin eateries has been rehoused several times, now taking pride of place in an old Chinese restaurant on Dame Street. Macken has pretty much single-handedly brought...  Read More



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 you'll see what all the fuss...  Read More



San Lorenzo's in one of the city's premiere Italian spots that isn't relying on the homely, rustic style that is the usual hallmark of Italian restaurants. The aim is modern cuisine that fuses classic Italian ingredients with a New York style of...  Read More



Coppinger Row is mid-range mediterranean cuisine at its best, featuring exciting takes on the usual mains you would expect of a similar establishment. Menu highlights include Foie Gras terrine with spiced apple and brioche, salt marsh duck...  Read More



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 to offer you a 'memorable...  Read More



The Pig's Ear is a combination of two restaurants. On the first floor you'll find the consistently good fare that put it on the best restaurants list, but upstairs is a different ballgame entirely. On the third floor is the Chef's Counter, an...  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

The Winding Stair


This quaint bookseller is a great place to browse for literary treasures before heading upstairs to the lovely restaurant on the top floor. So named because of its twisting staircase that brings you up to stunning views of the Liffey, The...  Read More


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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