Sample the Best of What the Irish Sea Has to Offer in Our Seafood Restaurants

One of the greatest benefits of being a city by the sea is the access to fresh produce for the city's vibrant and exciting seafood restaurants. Many of these restaurants are situated in close proximity to where they get their produce and are well worth making the pilgrimage to in order to sample some of their delicacies. That doesn't mean to say that the city centre's restaurants fall short in any way, with places like La Maison Des Gourmets, The Oyster Bar and Darwin's offering exciting and tasty options that are just as fresh. 

The range of produce on offer is particularly broad and you'll be sure to find somewhere that provides whatever you're hankering for from lobster to oysters to crab to crayfish to John Dory to sole to hake. Travel to Howth for Spanish seafood tapas or enjoy the classic French twist on whole grilled black sole in Les Frères Jacques at brilliant, affordable prices. Take the commuter rail out towards Dalkey or Dún Laoghaire to sample Ouzo's crab and lobster menu or Caviston's scallops and crab claws. Meanwhile restaurants like Darwin's and FX Buckley's combine their excellent meat range with seafood to create the best surf and turf possible. The one thing that you can be absolutely sure of is that you are receiving the best that the sea and the city have to offer.



This classically decorated French restaurant is a shrine to fish and seafood. Located next to the Olympia Theatre this is a perfect location to enjoy a pre-theatre menu with a distinctive French twist. Donegal rock oysters and turbot and...  Read More

Southside coastal areas


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...  Read More



La Maison des Gourmets is run by Breton Olivier Quenet and took the leap from French caf� and boulangerie to full time restaurant in 2009. Located centrally in Castle Market - a two-minute walk from Grafton Street � its interior is...  Read More

Southside coastal areas


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...  Read More



It's no secret that Argentinian steaks are considered some of the best on the globe but the Buenos Aires Grill seeks to recreate that South American style taste in Ireland's capital. With a mixture of top class steaks and mouth-watering seafood...  Read More



The Saddle Room is one of the The Shelbourne Hotel's historic dining rooms and the emphasis is certainly on class and opulence. The Saddle Room combines high quality beef with fresh seafood and it's renowned oyster bar. Relax in one of the...  Read More

Northside coastal areas


The name leaves something to be desired, but the food on offer does not. This restaurant is the perfect place to indulge in the seafood fare that is the main focus of Howth. The style is Mediterranean and the produce is sourced from the...  Read More



If you're looking for a serious steak and delicious seafood then there's only one place to head to. Shanahan's occupies a 250-year-old townhouse overlooking Dublin's central park. Founded by an American but using Ireland's best beef and seafood,...  Read More



Darwins names itself after Charles Darwin and his 'origin of the species'. In doing so, this family run restaurant seeks to source local produce and benefits from an in-house butcher that specializes in all Irish meats including Angus, game,...  Read More



Aqua is blessed not only with the quality of their produce, but also about the stunning surroundings in which they serve it up. Overlooking the Portmarnock and Malahide coastlines in Howth, this restaurant offers as much lobster as you can...  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