Restaurants

Top Choice French in Merrion Square & Around

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Ireland's only Michelin two-star is understandably considered the best in the country by its devotees, who proclaim Guillaume Lebrun's French haute cuisine the most exalted expression of the culinary arts. If you li…
Top Choice Italian in Merrion Square & Around

Etto

Award-winning restaurant and wine bar that does contemporary versions of classic Italian cuisine. All the ingredients are fresh, the presentation is exquisite and the service is just right. Portions are small, but t…
Top Choice French in Merrion Square & Around

L’Ecrivain

Head chef Derry Clarke is considered a gourmet god for the exquisite simplicity of his creations, which put the emphasis on flavour and the best local ingredients – all given the French once over and turned into som…
Top Choice French in Merrion Square & Around

Coburg Brasserie

The French-inspired, seafood-leaning cuisine at this revamped hotel brasserie puts the emphasis on shellfish: the all-day menu offers oysters, mussels and a range of 'casual' lobster dishes, from lobster rolls to lo…
French in Merrion Square & Around

Dax

Olivier Meisonnave's posh-rustic basement restaurant, named after his hometown north of Biarritz, is popular with serious foodies. They come for the expertly made dishes such as fillet of halibut with a fennel confi…
French in Merrion Square & Around

Marcel's

An elegant brasserie with Hermès orange-coloured chairs, blue-and-white Churchill china and superb, French-inspired cuisine – just the way they'd eat it in New York. It's owned by the same crowd as the Green Hen, an…
Italian in Merrion Square & Around

Unicorn

Saturday lunch at this Italian restaurant in a laneway off Merrion Row is a tradition for Dublin’s media types, socialites, politicos and their cronies who guffaw and clink glasses in conspiratorial rapture. The ext…
Modern Irish in Merrion Square & Around

Ely

Scrummy homemade burgers, bangers and mash, and braised wild mushroom are some of the dishes you can find in this basement restaurant. Meals are prepared with organic and free-range produce from the owner’s family f…
Modern European in Merrion Square & Around

Bang Café

Fashionistas and foodies have long been aficionados of this stylish spot, which turns out top-notch contemporary Irish fare, including Slaney lamb rump and free-range Challans duck. The two-course pre-theatre menu (…
Mexican in Merrion Square & Around

Xico

It's quite the scene at this underground Mexican restaurant, where the music is loud and the food – tacos, tostadas and main courses such as tuna ceviche and a fine chilli bowl – is washed down with margaritas. Yes,…