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 Modern Irish 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 best dinner experience in town. The food is French-inspire…
Top Choice Modern Irish in North of the Liffey

101 Talbot

This Dublin classic has expertly resisted every trendy wave and has been a stalwart of good Irish cooking since opening more than two decades ago. Its speciality is traditional meat-and-two-veg dinners, but with vag…
Top Choice Cafe in North of the Liffey

Oxmantown

Delicious breakfasts and excellent sandwiches make this relatively new cafe one of the standout places for daytime eating on the north side of the Liffey. Locally baked bread, coffee supplied by Cloud Nine (Dublin's…
Top Choice Cafe in Kilmainham & the Liberties

Fumbally

A bright, airy warehouse cafe favoured by hipsters, who come for the healthy breakfasts, salads and sandwiches – and the guitarist strumming away in the corner. In 2016 it introduced Wednesday Dinner (mains €15), wh…
Top Choice Japanese 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…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Grafton Street & Around

Fade Street Social

Two eateries in one, courtesy of renowned chef Dylan McGrath: at the front, the buzzy tapas bar, which serves up gourmet bites from a beautiful open kitchen. At the back, the more muted restaurant specialises in Iri…
French in Grafton Street & Around

Pichet

Head chef Stephen Gibson (formerly of L'Ecrivain) delivers his version of modern French cuisine to this elongated dining room replete with blue leather chairs and lots of windows to stare out of. The result is prett…
Top Choice Italian in Docklands

Juniors Deli & Cafe

Cramped and easily mistaken for any old cafe, Juniors is anything but ordinary. Designed to imitate a New York deli, the food (Italian-influenced, all locally sourced produce) is delicious, the atmosphere always buz…
Top Choice Chinese in North of the Liffey

M&L

Beyond the plain frontage and the cheap-looking decor is Dublin's best Chinese restaurant...by some distance. It's usually full of Chinese people, who come for the authentic Szechuan-style cuisine – spicier than Can…