Welcome back to this next post of mine on Dublin, which is a round up of my favourite restaurants that I recommend that you try. After visiting the Emerald Isle for the last twenty years, I’ve had lots of hits and misses when its comes to meals out, but thought it would be useful to let you in on my current top 5 places to eat in Dublin. Like most city’s, it can be hard to know if a place is good or not, even if you spend the time to research and read reviews. All of these restaurants I have tried, more than once, so would definitely recommend them.
Breakfast & Brunch
Love this place! Dublin seems almost synonymous with a brunch. Well it does for us, maybe that’s a lot to do with the late nights we always end up having whilst we are there. So if you are looking for an affordable place to have brunch that’s a real local gem, then I suggest Meet Me In the Morning.
4 Nassau St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Amazing food, using local ingredients, in relaxed and simple surroundings. If you looking to taste Irish fare, then this is the perfect combination of modern Irish cuisine. It prides itself on being affordable, but look out to see if they have tasting menus, or early bird ones for lunch time if you are looking to save a little money.
76 Benburb Street
This is a high-end fish and chip joint, opened by the managers of a the fish stall in Blackrock market. Locals say it’s some of the best fried fish you’ll get in the city, and I think we would agree! Make sure you try some of the unusual seafood starters (razor clams, oysters with chilli) and a maybe a glass of wine for €3.50, which is great value for Dublin!
The Barge £
42 Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, Ranelagh
If you are looking for pub grub away from the tourist areas, then this place is great. It describes itself as a Bistro, but I’d say that’s a bit of a stretch. Its good honest pub grub that had no airs and graces. I loved the decor of this following its recent renovation to give it a real cool edge. The bars (all six of them) have a great selection of wines, beers and spirits.
Chapter One £££
18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland
A Dublin must! It always amazes me how comprehensive the menu is at Chapter One. Great ambiance, good wine and excellent food. Yes its more costly but great for a special meal, or if you are trying to impress! The setting was actually the former home of George Jameson, the whiskey maker, so its a uniquely Irish dining space. With options such a pre-theater, private dining or an 8 course chefs table experience. You won’t be disappointed!