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Grab a Bite to Eat Near Dún Laoghaire



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.


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Located on the main road between Dún Laoghaire, Sandycove and Dalkey, Tribes is a contemporary European bistro that has heavy influence from French cuisine. The menu is constructed around seasonality and sourcing local produce. With an early bird menu available all night throughout the week and the restaurant itself open 7 nights, this is one restaurant where you can count on value. Dishes include braised lamb shoulder with aubergine purée, pan-fried plaice with a salad of tomato, lardons and samphire and free range chicken supreme there is certainly a diverse range to choose from. A great place to stop by if you're walking around the area.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Value for money is paramount here and with such a great range on the menu it's a winner.

Emily's expert tip: If you're stopping by on Sunday head in for a three course Sunday lunch.

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Caviston's is located right by the source of its produce in Glasthule and its menus are influenced by exactly what is coming out of the sea that day. After 50 years in the seafood business the restaurant opened its doors in 1996 and has been at the top of the seafood game ever since. You can get almost every seafood delicacy possible from fresh John Dory or scallops to Dingle crab claws and oysters. Both the restaurant and the food emporium are dedicated to fresh, different and delectable produce and any seafood lover should definitely give this place a visit.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: A great, family run restaurant that has the background to prove its quality.

Emily's expert tip: If you want to drop in without having a full meal then get the necessaries for a delicious picnic and go for a walk in the lovely environs.

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You can't get better attention to detail than the name and fishing spot of the supplier but Ouzo's in Dalkey does just that. All their crab, shrimp and lobster is supplied by Ivan Toole, skipper of the MFV Lynn Catherine and is caught locally between Sandycove and Arklow Town. Situated in the quaint little town of Dalkey, about a half an hour from the city centre, this restaurant has a dedicated 'crab and lobster' feast menu with a wide range of appetizers and mains that come with your choice of sauces and sides. If you're dining with people less inclined towards seafood never fear, there is a large meat and poultry selection that boasts a similarly high standard.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Knowing the name of the fisherman that catches your dinner is a great touch.

Emily's expert tip: If you drive to Ouzo's the staff will often help you to find a parking spot. However if you take the suburban rail system Ouzo's is a very short walk from the Dalkey station.

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Situated in the houses where the Weafer and Cooper families resided in 1911, this fairly new addition to the Sandycove main street is a purveyor of tapas, pizzas, brunch and deli offerings. There is definitely a dedication to quality here and you'll note that the pizza toppings are just that little bit more on the luxurious side: Cooleney cheese, truffle oil, filante mozzarella. For those looking for something more hearty, a rib-eye steak with pistachio butter or cedar-planked salmon with a lemon pepper rub is sure to make the mouth water. Cool, modern interiors and an all-day offering means you might end up coming back for breakfast or dinner.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Weafer and Cooper have something for every time of the day when you seek to indulge yourself

Emily's expert tip: Try the pizza, it's being hailed as one of the best in Dublin

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Winner of the 'Dublin's Best Gastropub' title of 2013 - 2014, The Purty Kitchen is the third oldest pub in Dublin and the oldest in the Dún Laoghaire area. Taking regular gastropub fare and putting a unique twist on the ingredients, The Purty Kitchen takes some high quality Irish produce like dry-aged Irish beef and fluffy white buns native to Co. Waterford. You'll also find a range of great Irish craft beers. Upstairs, The Purty Loft has a long-standing reputation of playing host to some of Ireland's best musical exports from The Dubliners to Aslan. Having reopened in 2012 under new management, the desire to return to these glory days is strong and it seems like the Purty Kitchen is back on form with regular gigs featuring great local bands.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: The Purty Kitchen has great history and legacy behind it and is on a return to form.

Emily's expert tip: If you fancy a craft beer head down to the main lounge to enjoy one with free finger food from 6pm on Fridays.

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Gourmet Food Parlour is one of several establishments in coastal towns across the city that have positioned themselves as cafés and wine bars. The Dún Laoghaire GFP has the added bonus of tapas and live music nights that are fast becoming a hit with the locals. Emulating the late night café culture of the continent, Gourmet Food Parlour specialises in delicious antipasti plates and signature sandwiches that include vegetarian and vegan options. For tapas lovers there are plenty of great vegetarian, meat and seafood options to choose from and an array of great wines to accompany. The perfect place to catch a bit of local culture with some delicious food.

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Located at the crossroads where Dún Laoghaire's main street hits the coast road and winds round to the ferry port, Hartley's lies in the old Victorian Railway station that used to serve 'Kingstown'. With beautiful high ceilings and classic décor in a wonderful space, Hartley's has the menu to match. In late spring and summer the outdoor terrace is opened, allowing you to relax with a cocktail or a bite to eat and take in the goings on of the local yacht club. The focus of the ? la carte menu is certainly on prime Hereford beef - in both delicious burgers and steak cuts. Fish also gets a look in with blackened swordfish and beer-battered Halibut.

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Purple Ocean is one of the beacons of Dún Laoghaire that you will see as your cruise liner docks. Located on St. Michael's Pier and with stunning 360 degree views, Purple Ocean has a rich menu featuring more traditional meals alongside ethnic recipes and a large and impressive seafood menu. A seafood platter is just the thing for someone looking to sample some of Dublin Bay's finest bounty. Purple Ocean is also part of the Irish Food Board's quality and origin programme 'Féile Bia' which seeks to keep a standard of excellence in Irish food. A great place to mix dining and gazing out on the bay.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: The unique location of Purple Ocean and its dedication to good food make it stand out

Emily's expert tip: Check out the 'Chef's Page' on the Purple Ocean website for recipes and videos.

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Dún Bistro is the main restaurant in Dún Laoghaire's premier seafront hotel The Royal Marine. Their Michelin-trained Head Chef Darrin Parrish strives too bring some of the best of Irish cuisine to the table in these plush surroundings. There is a great mix of fish and seafood - as one might expect from an establishment overlooking the surf. For meat-eaters there is plenty of Irish beef, duck and chicken to choose from and vegetarian options as well. The restaurant also has space to accommodate larger groups - perfect if you're on a business trip or with family. A lovely, reserved dining experience.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Great views and elegant surroundings make this a lovely place to stop by

Emily's expert tip: Check out the Royal Marine Facebook page for daily specials

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Salt in the seaside suburb of Monkstown is the most recent addition to the Avoca family but it prides itself on the same ideals of great, wholesome food and drink. It is the first of the Avoca franchises to be solely based around food with both a market and an excellent restaurant that serves breakfast lunch and dinner depending on which day you come. The market features a butcher, rotisserie and bakery along with other artisan products. Salt embodies the perfect neighborhood restaurant and delicatessen combo.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: A great community restaurant that showcases high quality local produce

Emily's expert tip: The rotisserie chicken here is to die for and you can order ahead to pick up.

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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

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