Best Dublin Restaurants for Enjoying Haute Cuisine

Dublin’s fine dining scene has been expanding rapidly over the past few years although the heavy-hitters that have dominated the culture are still stalwart favourites. New restaurants like San Lorenzo’s and The Greenhouse are muscling in on the famed Michelin-starred territory of Chapter One and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Head to L’Ecrivain for another Michelin-level French eatery with beautiful décor. If you’re looking for more than on place offering great vegetarian options then head to Kinara Kitchen in Ranelagh for exquisite Pakistani cuisine that offers more than just the prerequisite single option for veggie diners. For a more experiential dining option look to Forest Avenue, one of the most exciting new entries to the fine finishing scene, or the Chef’s Table in Chapter One that give you the option to enjoy a tasting menu with special insight into the kitchen. Fine dining options around the capital have expanded and while all of these restaurants have a dedication to local Irish producers, the nature of the dishes are becoming more experimental and exciting. These are the places to go if you’re looking for special menus and chef interaction, nods to international cuisine and beautiful surroundings where there is plenty of attention to detail. 

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L'Ecrivain has been serving up French-style, Michelin-starred fare for over 20 years and is still as popular as ever. Headed up by husband and wife team Derry and Sally-Anne Clarke, L'Ecrivain brings the classical French gastronomic experience...  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



Locks Brasserie is a one Michelin-starred restaurant and yet it stills remains somewhat of a hidden gem. Situated in leafy Portobello and Harold's Cross, Locks specializes in traditional French cuisine with an Irish twist. In the spirit of...  Read More



If you want a Michelin-starred experience with less of an impact on your wallet then don't shy away from Dublin's other, much-coveted, fine dining experience. Situated just over the Liffey on Parnell Square, Chapter One features wide ranging...  Read More



Kinara Kitchen is a new addition to the great restaurants to be found in southside suburb Ranelagh. It has the unusual combination of having a fantastic dedicated cocktail bar with high-end Pakistani cuisine. The cocktail bar is headed up by...  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



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



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

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Forest Avenue
Photo courtesy of Vania Ling


Forest Avenue is the newest addition to this list, having popped up on Sussex Terrace beside the Grand Canal in November 2013. John and Sandy Wyer, who had previously spent time in the kitchens of L'Ecrivain, are the couple behind one of...  Read More

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Photo courtesy of Etto


Etto may appear to be somewhat of a casual dining experience, the room is quite small and the atmosphere is warm and convivial. However, this Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant and wine bar has something special on offer and at very reasonable...  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