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.
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
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 and 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 and 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
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