Dublin's Best Spots to Grab a Casual Bite

Dublin’s city centre and environs is full of great places to grab a bite to eat without needing to choose between the set menu or the à la carte. Whether it’s delicious pizza chosen from a blackboard at Paulie’s Pizza or while ordering at the counter in Neon. Some of the best of Dublin’s casual dining comes in the form of ethnic cuisine, from the little enclave off Duke Street Yum Thai to the great Mexican treats you can pick up at Pablo Picante or its neighbouring venture Pablo’s Tortas. That said, some of the most unique offerings of Dublin’s casual dining scene come from the same Irish restaurateur who has created both Jo’burger and Crackbird - some of the only Dublin restaurants you’ll see with an in-house DJ and food that will leave you with cravings for months afterwards. If you’re a dedicated carnivore looking for a high-protein feed you’ll want to sample the Bison Bar’s new BBQ menu that features giant trays of Texan style offerings. Meanwhile for those who prefer their fare to come from the sea Bite has reinvented the fish and chip shop with a great pre-gig menu worth giving a go. If you can’t decide what you want but you’d like it cheap Green Nineteen has main courses for €10 with great variety yet excellent quality.

Pablo Picante's has been voted the best burrito in Dublin and the quick expansion of this Mexican Haven from a single small burrito bar into 3 busy restaurants is proof of this. Run by Irish man Colm McNamara, Pablo Picante is a fictional...  Read More

The ethos of Bite café 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 in a...  Read More

Green Nineteen is another relaxed eatery on Dublin's buzzing Camden Street and prides itself on its 'local cafe-bar' atmosphere where almost all main courses come in under €10. Don't think that this means compromising on taste and quality...  Read More

Located on bustling Camden Street, it would be easy for Neon to get lost in the abundance of asian restaurants that line either side of the road. The concept and execution however put them a cut above the rest. With chic décor and long, sharing...  Read More

Southside suburbs

Tucked away on the corner of South Lotts Road and Upper Grand Canal Street is a small restaurant serving what is arguably the best pizza in Dublin. Paulie's is always packed to the brim and serves up delicious wood-fired pizzas cooked to an...  Read More

The sister restaurant to the original Jo'Burger in Rathmines, the town version on Castle Market offers more space, more music and a bigger drinks menu to boot. The same branding and atmosphere that can be seen throughout all of Joe Macken's...  Read More

Yum Thai is the perfect place for lovers of Thai food that want a delicious, quick fix while wandering around the city. Located just off Grafton Street opposite The Duke pub you'll find this little wonder that offers healthy, locally sourced...  Read More

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Bison Bar & BBQ
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Bison Bar was initially just another annex to the ever expanding Workman's Club but has now managed to cultivate a vibe and clientele of its own. Beginning by offering a dedicated whiskey selection it has now branched out into authentic Texan...  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

Pablo's Tortas
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The latest addition to the Pablo's family is handily located just beside its Clarendon Market burrito-house but takes some of the most delicious Mexican treats and creates hearty sandwiches with great sides to match. See slow roasted pork, steak...  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