Best Breakfast/Brunch in Dublin

Breakfast and Brunch Options to Satisfy Every Palate in Ireland's Capital

For some people breakfast is a meal they'd rather skip, whereas for some it is the driving force of their day. Whether you like to start your day with a cooked breakfast, fresh fruit and granola or french toast with all the extras there is a plethora of great choices in terms of breakfast and brunch for all tastes. If you're looking for a picturesque, waterside venue then head down to Herb Street on the docklands. If you're looking for a hearty start to the day that includes a lot of meat then look no further than Whitefriar Grill or Coppinger Row. Both are located in the heart of the city and offer a brunch that is bound to leave you stuffed.

If you're looking for even more vegetarian options then take a trip to The Fumbally in Dublin 8, which has large tables for bigger groups, or Brother Hubbard on nearby Capel Street who specialise in Middle-Eastern inspired dishes. If you're planning on catching a rugby match in the afternoon then popping into Farmer Brown's for their Irish fry-cum-salad is the right way to set yourself up for the day. 


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 cooking. The interior is dark with light wooden benches in booths. You can just about peek into the action of the kitchen while sitting but when you take a trip to the unisex bathrooms you can find yourself transfixed with an eagle eye view of the culinary action. In recent months there has been a renewed emphasis on its brunch menu, which includes a lot of truly decadent dishes. The menu is called 'The Brunch of Champions' and features eggs with caviar and champagne and french toast with a coco pop crust and caramelised bananas.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: San Lorenzo's is another restaurant taking the concept of brunch to the next level in terms of high-end ingredients.

Local Expert tip: Try the panettone French toast for a twist on a classic.

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The Fumbally
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The Fumbally found its home in a large space that fell victim to the bust of the Celtic Tiger and had been left empty since its construction. What's come from that is a caf� and restaurant that is more reminiscent of continental Europe in it's interiors and use of space. You can see all the fresh produce used in the food stacked up in one corner and the salads and ingredients stare out at you invitingly from the counter of the open-plan kitchen. The brunch menu is simple but hearty and includes favourites like green eggs and ham (eggs on brioche with avocado and fried chorizo) alongside weekly meat and vegetarian specials. This is a great place to eat if you're a vegetarian as well.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: The Fumbally is one of the best-value brunch spots in Dublin for the quality and diversity of the 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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The Whitefriar Grill is definitely the right port of call who like their brunch to include lots of meat. These portions are serious and the staff seem serious about curing your hangover as well, with plenty of cocktails and 'pick me up' options available on the menu. Their eggs range from the usual suspects to fine dining - the lobster hash includes caviar hollandaise - and you can even splash out on a rib eye steak. They often have a DJ turning your meal into a disco brunch and a full house so get down early or phone ahead to reserve a seat.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: These guys are serious about their brunch options and are often voted one of the best brunches in Dublin.

Local Expert tip: If you want to forget the night before then definitely order an 'anti fear potion'.

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Herb Street
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This café has the perfect setting to blow away the cobwebs, situated in the heart of Dublin's 'Silicon Docks'. Herb Street caters to the myriad of beautiful, modern apartment blocks and trendy tech offices that line the mouth of the Grand Canal and their brunch menu is regularly touted as one of the most enticing in the capital. They have a strong selection of pancakes including virtuous fruit and Irish oak-smoked salmon with horseradish creme fraiche. If you always find yourself undecided then this is the place for you, the brunch platter gives you all the options you need to feel satisfied with your choice.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Herb Street has the killer combo of great location and an extensive menu. It's the perfect spot to people watch.

Local Expert tip: These guys can't split the bill at peak times so have your payment method ready in advance.

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Brunch in Coppinger Row is truly aimed at those wanting to dive straight into a hearty meal early on. The menu is mouth watering and diverse, from your usual fare of Eggs Florentine to a mixed grill with lamb chops and Merguez sausage or salt cod croquettas with paprika aioli. This Mediterranean style of eating is fresh and seasonal and takes some interesting turns from the usual menu items that you might find in other brunch restaurants around the city, like the black pudding and caramelized apple salad that gives a twist to the usual Irish breakfast. If you purchase unlimited still or sparkling water you'll also be donating to the Movember Charity.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: The Lennox Café's brunch is one of their star menus and deserves to be sampled.

Local Expert tip: If the weather is nice try to get seated outside, it's the perfect spot for people watching as you enjoy your food.

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Brother Hubbard has gone from a small restaurant to a brunch behemoth in Dublin. Within a few short years they've opened an adjoining takeaway café in the form of 'Little Brother' and a sister café in Portobello called 'Sister Sadie'. By far and away their greatest success however has been their brunch menu, which has proven so popular that they now serve it all through the week alongside their main launch menu. This has been expanded considerably to include lots of delicious, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired dishes like Turkish eggs menemen and Moroccan semolina pancakes. It's definitely one of the more adventurous brunch menus in Dublin and its popularity has only continued to rise as people find out about Dublin's best kept brunch secret.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Brother Hubbard has a clear emphasis on fresh food and progressive flavours, making it a must-visit in Dublin.

Local Expert tip: Things tend to get manic at about midday at the weekends so head down early or sample their brunch menu on a weekday.

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Tucked away in a residential area in Portobello, you'll have to look closely to find Bibi's but you will be more than rewarded once you do. This is a top class breakfast, brunch and lunch spot that boasts an ever changing and innovative menu. Expect things to go above and beyond the usual fare while never compromising on quality. Run by sisters Maisha and Petria Lenehan, this a quaint and intimate spot where you really feel as though you can have dialogue with the chefs and those serving you as well as read their inspiration in the tonnes of cookbooks that line the walls.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Bibi's is in a lovely picturesque area, and if you get there early you won't have to wait as long as many other spots.

Local Expert tip: If you're dying to taste one of their fantastic sweet treats but don't want to commit then order a tea - you'll get a tiny morsel of their sweet offerings on the side, free.

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Southside suburbs
Farmer Brown's
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Situated in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge, Farmer Brown's is a local restaurant specialising in simple Irish/American cuisine. Run by sisters Grace and Finnuala, Farmer Brown's is usually inundated with salivating customers at the weekends and when you take a look at the menu it's easy to see why. The portions here are really big and substantial, and with names like 'The Starvin' Marvin' you'll understand why. The Breakfast Salad is one of the more interesting and enterprising dishes - managing to make you feel like you've eaten a healthy salad while also consuming the entire contents of an Irish fry. The atmosphere is cosy and the lemonade is homemade, just make sure to book ahead.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Farmer Brown's is one of a string of interesting restaurants popping up around Bath Avenue and has a really strong local following.

Local Expert tip: Work off your meal with a walk into nearby Sandymount or Grand Canal Dock afterwards.

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Phoenix Park and quays
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Slice is a recent addition to the ever-expanding repertoire of northside suburb Stoneybatter. A sister-café to the Cake Café just off Camden Street, Slice is a small but perfectly formed little neighbourhood cafe that caters for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and supper clubs but has really excelled at breakfast and brunch. There are a wealth of options on offer from hearty sausage and avocado scramble on sourdough to a more virtuous series of porridge options that make provisions for those who prefer dairy alternatives. If you're feeling like carrying on the party there are also a seriously good range of brunch cocktails and the coffee is supplied by local coffee roasters 3FE.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: Slice has all of the great treats you might find at the Cake Café but with its own unique vibe and menu.

Local Expert tip: The cardamom buck's fizz is definitely worth ordering if you're not about to operate any heavy machinery.

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Southside suburbs
Forest Avenue
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Forest Avenue's brunch experience has really caught the imagination of Dubliners, who have been raving about the 5-course brunch menu since it came on the scene. Forest Avenue is best known for being a high-end dining experience just over the Grand Canal in Dublin 4. The brunch menu is unique however, in that it gives you the opportunity to experience a tasting menu without paying a hefty premium. €26 will get you a small, sweet starter followed by a typical breakfast dish like granola. This is then followed by a more brunch-y course, a more lunch-based dish usually with meat at the centre and finished off with a dessert. The menu changes often so you're guaranteed a new experience each time. Great value and well worth forking out for.

Recommended for Breakfast/Brunch because: There really isn't another offering in the city like Forest Avenue's brunch and it is a real showstopper.

Local Expert tip: Tables here are hard to come by so book in advance and get a group together.

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