Best restaurants in Dublin

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in North of the Liffey

    Chapter One

    Flawless haute cuisine and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere make this Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement of the Dublin Writers Museum our choice for the best dinner experience in town. The food is French-inspired contemporary Irish; the menus change regularly; and the service is top-notch. The three-course pre-theatre menu (€44) is great if you're going to the Gate around the corner.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Temple Bar

    Banyi Japanese Dining

    This compact restaurant in the heart of Temple Bar has arguably the best Japanese cuisine in Dublin. The rolls are divine, and the sushi as good as any you'll eat at twice the price. If you don't fancy raw fish, the classic Japanese main courses are excellent, as are the lunchtime bento boxes. Dinner reservations are advised, particularly at weekends.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Greenhouse

    Chef Mickael Viljanen might just be one of the most exciting chefs working in Ireland today thanks to his Scandi-influenced tasting menus, which have made this arguably Dublin's best restaurant. The lunchtime set menu is one of the best bargains in town – a Michelin-starred meal for under €50. Reservations necessary.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Pi Pizza

    Reg White cut his pie-making teeth at flour + water in San Francisco before opening this fabulous restaurant in 2018, and it's already a contender for best pizzeria in town. The smallish menu has just eight pizzas, each an inspired interpretation of a Neapolitan classic. Highly recommended are the funghi (mushroom) or broccolini, 'white' pizzas made without the tomato layer.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in North of the Liffey

    Mr Fox

    In a gorgeous Georgian townhouse on Parnell Sq, the fantastic Mr Fox is cooking some of the finest food in the city. The plates celebrate Irish ingredients with a cheeky twist – think venison with black pudding, chestnut and blackberries, or pheasant with lentils and Toulouse sausage. A Michelin star can't be too far away.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in North of the Liffey

    Fegan's 1924

    A slice of rural Ireland in the city centre: this wonderful cafe is all distressed furniture and rustic charm, but there's nothing old-fashioned about the food and coffee. Fluffy scrambled eggs, perfectly made French toast and excellent brews…this is a place designed for lingering. Weekends also feature 40-minute creative workshops for kids (€6 each). No cash; cards only.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in North of the Liffey

    Legal Eagle

    With the aesthetic of an old Dublin pub, combined with a kitchen churning out top-notch comfort food, this is one of Dublin's best new restaurants. There's a wood oven for potato flatbreads topped with Toonsbridge mozzarella and oxtail, and the retro-influenced Sunday menu is a contender for the best roast in town.

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Camden Kitchen

    Tucked away off busy Camden St, this inviting little bistro prides itself on its fresh, seasonal menu of changing and beautifully presented dishes, like handmade gnocchi with spring greens and wild mushrooms topped with a free-range egg; or slow-cooked duck leg with fresh sweetcorn and Morteaux sausage. The somewhat expensive wine menu complements the reasonably priced food.

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Fade Street Social

    Two restaurants in one, courtesy of renowned chef Dylan McGrath. At the front, the buzzy tapas bar, which serves gourmet bites from a beautiful open kitchen; at the back, the more muted restaurant specialises in Irish cuts of meat – from veal to rabbit – served with homegrown organic vegetables. There's a bar upstairs too. Reservations recommended.

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Murphy's Ice Cream

    Get your sugar hit on with a visit to what might be the best ice-cream shop in the country. Everything is handmade with fresh ingredients from Dingle, home to the first branch of this mini-chain. Flavours rotate but the Dingle Gin ice cream is always popular and the sorbets use distilled Kerry rain.

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Eatyard

    Spend an hour or two eating and drinking your way through a dozen or so of the city’s best food vendors. There's always seasonal produce, and plenty of veggie/vegan options, as well as craft beer. The vendors rotate every few months and the market can close for a short time to accommodate this – confirm opening times online.

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Pichet

    Head chef Stephen Gibson (formerly of L'Ecrivain) delivers his version of modern French cuisine to this newly refurbished dining room, whose elegance matches the fabulous food and service. Load up on an expertly made cocktail before feasting on as good a meal as you'll find at this price anywhere in the city centre.

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Port House

    This dark cavern restaurant is full of flickering candlelight. The extensive, delicious Spanish tapas menu is best enjoyed with the impressive Iberian wines (which the friendly staff can help you navigate). It doesn’t take bookings, so if you go at the weekend prepare to wait for a table.

  • Restaurants in North of the Liffey

    Thundercut Alley

    This tiny, hipper-than-thou joint is a great little spot full of electric-bright '80s decor with a menu of delicious cocktails and mouthwatering nibbles. It's great for a boozy (bottomless) brunch, too.

  • Restaurants in Temple Bar

    Bunsen

    The tag line says Straight Up Burgers, but Bunsen serves only the tastiest, most succulent lumps of prime beef cooked to perfection and served between two halves of a homemade bap. Want fries? You've a choice between skinny, chunky or sweet potato. Order the double at your peril. There are two other branches: on Wexford St and S Anne St.

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Uno Mas

    Sister restaurant to Dublin favourite Etto, Uno Mas quickly rose in the popularity stakes following its launch in late 2018. Expect to see dishes like octopus with kale, potato and violet garlic, alongside a tapas menu of jamon croquetas (ham croquettes) and Padrón peppers. Booking is essential, with more availability at lunch (two/three courses €24/28).

  • Restaurants in Grafton Street & St Stephen's Green

    Silk Road Café

    This vaguely Middle Eastern–North African–Mediterranean gem on the ground floor of the Chester Beatty Library is no ordinary museum cafe. Complementing house specialities including Greek moussaka and spinach lasagne are daily specials such as djaj mehshi (chicken stuffed with spices, rice, dried fruit, almonds and pine nuts). All dishes are halal and kosher.

  • Restaurants in North of the Liffey

    Enoteca Delle Langhe

    Developer, Italophile and, latterly, outspoken parliamentarian Mick Wallace's Italian Quarter – as the lane between Ormond Quay and Great Strand St is known – has a trio of restaurants that serve simple pastas, antipasti and cheeses. It also has an excellent selection of Piedmontese wines. Their pre-theatre menu is great value at €19.75/€22.75 for two/three courses (5pm to 6.30pm Sunday to Thursday).

  • Restaurants in North of the Liffey

    Musashi Noodles & Sushi Bar

    One of the better Japanese restaurants in town is this low-lit spot that serves freshly crafted sushi and other Japanese specialities for those who don't fancy raw fish. The lunch bento deals are a steal. It's BYOB (corkage charged), and evening bookings are recommended. There is a branch in the IFSC and another near Merrion Sq.

  • Restaurants in North of the Liffey

    Winding Stair

    In a beautiful Georgian building that once housed the city’s most beloved bookshop – the ground floor still is one – the Winding Stair’s conversion to elegant restaurant has been faultless. The wonderful Irish menu (potted crab, haddock poached in milk, steamed mussels and gorgeous fat chips) coupled with an excellent wine list makes for a memorable meal.