With only three days in Dublin, the decision not to wait in line to see an old book but to search the best restaurants in Dublin. and the likely chance that it would rain most of the day I put the word out on Facebook for suggestions of what I love most – where and what should I eat?
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I was surprised to see so many people recommended champ – which is essentially mashed potatoes with green onion.
Does it really need its own name? Just call it what it is, mashed potatoes with green onion. Many people also recommended soda bread, which left me feeling a bit deflated – was the best of Dublin really a cocktail of carbs?
I stayed a few hours at my hostel in Dublin to have a quick look at options. Fortunately I was on Twitter at the right time to see Not Without My Passport whole-heartedly recommend The Winding Stair, which lead me on a very interesting journey through restaurants in Dublin.
Best Restaurants in Dublin I Discovered
The meal at The Winding Stair was amazing and I discovered my server Colin was a fellow Canadian so I asked for his advice on where to eat in Dublin.
At Oxmantown I met Connor who lead a kitchen with incredibly hearty sandwiches that are ridiculously low priced for Dublin standards. After I had his pulled pork sandwich I decided to continue to trail and ask him about restaurants in Dublin.
And when I asked him where he ate in his spare time he admitted he had little but enjoyed the ribeye steak at L’Gueleton French bistro. I decided that would be my last stop but I made the mistake of having the braised venison instead as I adore venison. It was…okay. I should have tried the ribeye.
If you’re traveling as a family these may not be right for you, I’d recommend Karen’s post on things to do in Dublin with kids.
But overall it showed me that there are interesting restaurants in Dublin and perhaps I didn’t try the most traditional but I guess that means I’ll simply need to come back. But I’d like to stay longer and see more of the country, especially after reading about this Ireland road trip.
Top Restaurants in Dublin as Chosen by Travel Bloggers
I asked the travel blogging community to share good restaurants in Dublin that they enjoyed. I love these choices as they are all over the city and at a variety of different budgets.
Located mere steps from St. Stephen’s Green on Dawson Street, Beanhive is one of those tasty Dublin restaurants that it’s easy to end up at again and again.
Tiny and adorable, with only a few tables inside and picnic tables spilling out onto the sidewalk, Beanhive serves up delicious coffee, homemade pastries, some truly delectable breakfasts in the morning, and tasty sandwiches in the afternoon.
Those interested in coffee art will find plenty of unique options to go around here, but the food is far from an afterthought at Beanhive.
With vegetarian and vegan options available, as well as plenty of more traditionally Irish ones (in other words, heavy on the meat), everyone will find a tasty breakfast or afternoon snack to tuck into a Beanhive.
Beanhive is cozy and casual, with a slightly overcrowded feel inside that only adds to its charm, but if you’re headed for breakfast and hope to sit inside, be prepared to show up early before the tables are grabbed (doors open at 7:15 AM on weekdays, 9:00 on Saturdays, and 9:30 on Sundays).
Beanhive is the perfect way to kick off a couple of days in Dublin: stop in for a hearty breakfast, a tasty cup of coffee, and an excellent location that will make it easy to stroll to popular spots like Trinity College and Dublin Castle as soon as you’re finished.
Read Reviews Here.
Dawson St, Dublin 2
By Kate at Our Escape Clause
Opened by Michelin-star chef Oliver Dunne, this stylish restaurant just a stone’s throw from Temple Bar is a must for meat lovers.
Its cleaver-themed interior is bold and to the (razor-sharp) point: they know their meat. The menu comprises Irish like lamb sirloin and pork belly with international fare such as steamed duck gyoza dumplings and chilli lime glazed chicken wings.
Prices are on the high end with starters around €10 and mains between €20-30. But fear not, the dishes are worth every penny.
If there’s one thing Oliver Dunne is known for, it’s his penchant for quality locally-sourced ingredients. Flavours that you might not expect paired together somehow work perfectly from sharp and smoky to bitter and sweet.
Dessert is a reason to visit Cleaver East alone thanks to the mind-blowing selection of sweet treats. Opt for yoghurt and vanilla bean panna cotta or why not coconut and cacao ganache tart? If you end up spoiled for choice, opt for a 5-course tasting menu and sample some of the chef’s favourite dishes.
Rather than a boozy brunch, Cleaver East offer a boozy supper club: sip on bottomless bellinis or Prosecco as you make your way through three courses. Heaven!
Read reviews here
6 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
By Rose at Where Goes Rose
Sophie’s is a beautiful glasshouse restaurant known for its panorama views as well as its exquisite fining dining menus. Located in the heart of Dublin in the Saint Kevin’s neighborhood, Sophie’s is located on top of the iconic boutique hotel, The Dean.
The atmosphere changes with the flow of the day, from a laid back sunrise through to a buzzing night sky. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the amazing view of Dublin while enjoying high-end meals cooked by world class chefs who only use locally harvested ingredients.
The menu at Sophie’s have three main styles – New York, Italian, and Irish dishes. Its most popular dishes are the seafood linguine, garganelli and the potato gnocchi.
The best thing about Sophie’s is really the diverse array of menu dishes that can suit anyone’s taste buds depending on their mood. Its dessert menus, especially the tiramisu slab and the vanilla gelato, are renowned among Dublin locals who frequent the beautiful venue.
All in all, the Sophie’s is a perfect place for a special occasion dinner, or a romantic night out with a partner. Their service staff is also known to be very friendly and accommodating for any guest needs.
The visit to the Sophie’s is a must-do for anyone looking for great fine dining opportunities in Dublin.
Read reviews here.
33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, Ireland
By Andrew at Road Goat
If you follow a vegetarian, vegan, or healthy diet, head directly to Cornucopia. It’s Dublin’s first vegetarian restaurant, which opened back in 1986. Cornucopia is a casual dining establishment, catering to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, sugar-free, and raw diets.
If you have any allergies or restrictions, you’ll likely be able to find an appropriate meal at Cornucopia.
Cornucopia is right in the middle of all the action in the city centre on Wicklow Street. The place is always packed with diners, no matter what time of day. I suggest heading up to the second floor for a quieter atmosphere. Snag a spot near the window if you can for views of the street below. You’ll order your meal at the front counter.
Every day, there are five main courses, ten salads, hummus plates, wraps, and two soups. Each meal is clearly marked with allergen information and whether it is vegan or gluten-free. I ordered a pastry pocket with eggplant, chickpeas, mushrooms, beets, and peanuts.
Main courses come with two side salads, so I chose the garlic potato salad and an Asian noodle salad. My dining partner enjoyed a completely different meal. It consisted of a tofu, cauliflower, and fennel pie, along with two side salads.
You can’t go wrong with ordering brownies for dessert as they were delicious! Dublin is very friendly for vegetarians, vegans, and the veg-curious. Here are more Dublin vegan restaurants that offer yummy plant-based meals.
Read Reviews Here
19-20 Wicklow St, Dublin
By Lauren at Justin Plus Lauren
Boxty House Temple Bar
For those that don’t know boxty (Irish: bacstaí) is a traditional Irish pancake made with mashed or raw grated potatoes. Boxty is an unleavened patty and it is a tradition that goes back generations in Ireland and is also known as farls, potato pancakes, fadge, or poundies.
The Boxty House in Temple Bar is raising the profile of boxty to another level. In 1988 Padraic Og Gallagher used his grandmother’s recipe to develop the Leitrim Boxty which retains the traditional 70% potato content. The Boxty House in Temple Bar is the place where Padraic features this fabulous Boxty.
Padraic also grows his own potatoes which you can see in the boxes high above the front of the restaurant. He is also working to establish Boxty as a regional specialty like Champagne and Parma Ham by obtaining EU Protected Geographical Indication Status (PGI). The theme for the Boxty House is “the humble spud made beautiful”.
At the Boxty House, which is very casual and authentically Irish you can have the traditional boxty with a full Irish breakfast but you have to try the boxty fries they are simply addictive. Did I mention the boxty dumplings?
Dishes featured here include traditional with a twist Irish stews, beautiful smoked haddock with boxty dumplings a superb vegan chilli with boxty crisps that is off the charts.
Read Reviews Here.
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
From Faith at XYU and Beyond
The Woollen Mills Eating House
If you’re looking to eat some delicious modern Irish cuisine in a trendy, yet casual setting, then look no further than The Woollen Mills restaurant.
Overlooking the Ha’penny bridge, The Woollen Mills is located in a historic building where iconic author James Joyce once worked. Not only is the building and location absolutely lovely, but the food is fantastic as well.
The Woollen Mills is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food they serve is of high quality no matter what time of day you visit. If you go for breakfast, you can choose between an authentic fry-up or more modern morning options. For lunch, there are numerous soup and sandwich combinations to choose from that are sure to hit the spot.
The best time to visit The Woollen Mills, however, is for their early bird special. In a city that is known for being quite pricey, The Woollen Mills offers a great set menu from 5-6:45PM during the months of January to November.
During this time, you can get delicious 2-course meal for €28 or a 3-course meal for €33. The top notch cuisine at an affordable price is an attractive option for those who are looking to visit Ireland on a budget. The food and service is also always of great quality. You are sure to love the delicious modern Irish cuisine
42 Ormond Quay Lower, North City, Dublin
From Maggie at The World Was Here First
The Market Bar
Dublin is filled with wonderful restaurants. However, they can be hard to find when you are traveling and don’t have some good leads.
Walking around in Dublin 2 when hunger struck, my husband and I decided to just stop in a busy pub and order something to go with a pint. It’s often a great way to enjoy an inexpensive meal.
We chose the old-school Long Hall on Great George’s Street and managed to find a table. It even had an extra chair for my purse. We settled in only to find out that though they do serve a potent gin and tonic, they don’t serve food.
Fortunately, some friendly folks at the next table offered up the name of a place they liked that was about a block away. We gathered up our things and headed out for dinner at The Market Bar.
Located down a side street, within an open room in a gigantic repurposed warehouse, The Market Bar is casual and fun and positively buzzed with excitement. We were seated at a back wall on a high banquette, where we had a great view over the space.
The tapas-style menu offered items in two sizes. We discovered from watching other tables that even a small serving was large for two people. We ordered marinated olives, feta and chorizo salad, stuffed and roasted little red peppers, and more.
Still, we had leftovers, which we packed up and gave to a homeless person we encountered on the way back to our hotel. All this and free WiFi, too!
Read Reviews Here
14A Fade St, Dublin
By Carole at Travels with Carole
The Blind Pig Speakeasy
Hidden bars known as “síbín” in Irish have been popular around Ireland since the Prohibition era. Today, drinking is legal in Ireland, in fact the Irish are famous for craic. People travel from all around the world to party in the home of the famous pubs and brands like Jameson Whiskey and Guinness Beer.
When in Dublin head to The Blind Pig for a tasting of their seasonal menu and world class cocktails. The speakeasy in located in an underground intimate wine cellar. It is only open to guests who make a reservation and are over 23.
First, make an online reservation then you’ll receive an email with clues about finding the bar and restaurant. The clues will lead you to a bookshelf with an amazing bar hidden behind it. Upon entry guests receive a bible with rules like please don’t ask for a strawberry daiquiri and the customer isn’t always right.
Adventurous guests should tell the bartender what types of drinks they usually like to give him a sense of your preference in flavors. He then whips up a custom selection.
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18 Suffolk St, Dublin 2
Queen of Tarts
The food scene in Dublin is to die for, but one of my absolute favorite spots is Queen of Tarts, a positively sassy cafe and patisserie.
It’s more than earned its reputation as one of the best casual weekend brunch spots in Old City. If you find yourself on Dame Street, you simply must pop in!
I’m partial to their soups. If you’re an adventurous spirit, try their soup of the day and pair it with some of their delicious homemade bread. This is an especially wonderful treat if you’re visiting during the gloomier months. Nothing warms you up quite like hearty Irish soups!
If you want to indulge in a decadent afternoon tea while in Ireland, you’ll be happy to hear that the Queen of Tarts has been recognized as one of the best tea spots in Ireland. Though if you prefer wine to tea, their wine list has earned them quite a bit of praise as well.
Of course, with a name like Queen of Tarts, you might be tempted to focus your attention on their desserts and pastries. Scones, cakes, and fruit tarts are made daily, so everything is as fresh and light as possible.
So whether you want brunch, lunch, or afternoon tea, you’re covered! In fact, when packing for Ireland, leave a bit of room to sneak a few scones back home with you (or at least keep a few in your carry-on for the flight).
Read reviews here.
Cow’s Ln, Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin
By Stephanie at History Fangirl
BoCo Bar + Oven
Located in a former chemical factory turned bar in the city centre, but away from the tourist trail, BoCo offers some of the best pizza in Dublin.
Not just any pizza, but wood-fired pizza with a light texture, that is crisp and chewy. There are around 15 different kinds of pizza to choose from with vegan and gluten-free options.
The entire place is spotlessly clean and there’s a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. What I like is that the ingredients, although simple, are fresh and make for good flavour combinations and generous portions.
The drink selection is top notch, including frozen Irish coffee, craft beer, wine, homemade lemon-limeade, and a great mix of cocktails and gin. What really sets this place apart are the friendly staff.
It is recommended to make a reservation, especially during weekends. I would also leave room for the wood fired spicy chicken wings, with a crispy and spicy skin that never disappoints.
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57 Bolton St, Inns Quay, Dublin 1
By Rai at A Ray of Light
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