13 Of The Best Restaurants In Dublin

Sit down with a glass of wine, and enjoy an elevated food scene in these delightful restaurants in Dublin. 

Despite Dublin’s image for its pub culture, the city’s food scene has risen to the next level since a decade ago. Many Irish chefs have been trained in major cities like London and Paris, then decided to bring their culinary skills back home. Today, there are numerous modern establishments that welcome visitors with contemporary Irish cuisine, highlighting the country’s agricultural landscape by working with smaller famers and local producers.

This list combines the ones we visited and recommendations from local restauranteurs and mixologists. Here are some of fan-favorite restaurants in Dublin so you can eat well and carry on.

 

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Note Dublin

26 Fenian St, Dublin, D02 FX09, Ireland

Owned by three friends: Andy Collins and brothers Acky and Essa Fakhry (chef,) Note is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Its concept of a new typology, integrating bistro and wine bar results in style and sophistication. The interior décor is minimal, with seating available at the bar. The menu features Irish beef products and influenced by Italian delights. Start your meal with the Focaccia Arbequina Olive Oil, then advance onto Crab Crumpet with Sea Urchin Espuma. For main courses, we loved Gnochi Basil Pesto, Monkfish with White Asparagus and the Pork Tenderloin with Broad Beans. Reservation is highly recommended.

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Fish Shop

76 Benburb St, Smithfield, Dublin, D07 X3PN, Ireland

In a land known for fish and chips, a meal at Fish Shop is one of the best places to devour a crispy classic. Ten years ago, Fish Shop began at Blackrock – Dublin’s oldest market. The new and improved wine bar and seafood restaurant opened its doors in 2015, now topping every list. The menu changes daily, and expands beyond fish. For seafood lovers, there are also cockles, oysters and mussels. Since the Fish Shop has limited seating, reservations is needed.

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Library Street Restaurant

101 Setanta Pl, Dublin 2, D02 W3Y7, Ireland

Combining both Irish classics and international dishes, Library Street Restaurant is busy with both locals and travelers. Chef Kevin Burke’s menu consists of local ingredients, with delicious plates that include: Flaggy Shore Oyster, Cured Red Mullet, Turbot Head, Lamb Cutlets…and more. Servings are meant to be shared in family style, and don’t miss its expansive wine list. The bustling restaurant is a hotspot, so make sure to book a table ahead of time.

Spitalfields

25 The Coombe, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, D08 YV07, Ireland

Famous for its Cock-a-Leekie Pie (meant to be shared for two,) Spitafields has made its mark with a fascinating menu that spans from Càis Na Tire Fondue, Aged Balsamic & Truffle Toast to Beef Checks & Ox Tail Parker House Roll and Bone Marrow Gravy. The pie is gloriously hearty, a glamorous comfort food perfect for Dublin’s constant rain. Chef Stephen McAllister and his wife Andrea Hussey are the team behind this renowned restaurant, housed in a former traditional Irish pub. Reservation is recommended.

Uno Mas

6 Aungier St, Dublin, D02 WN47, Ireland

For Mediterranean flair, head over to Uno Mas for family-style tapas. Simply Ibéricos alone, variations cover Morcilla, Salchichón, Chorizo, to Lomo. Don’t miss starters like Fried Veal Sweetbreads with kohlrabi, pumpkin and buttermilk ranch. Then, Milk fed lamb and Salt aged Delmonico are both fabulous choices. Uno Mas’ unique drink options also shine with lovely sherries.

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allta

1 Three Locks Square, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, D02 A5W7, Ireland

The man behind this buzzworthy restaurant, Niall Davidson, accomplishes his aim at modernizing Irish cuisine. At Allta, there’s local produce, seasonal ingredients utilized in every dish. Apart from food, what sets it apart is the carpark rooftop design, right in the heart of Docklands neighborhood. Hailed as a wine bar with food, Allta focuses on quality ingredients by working with Irish farmers and producers. Certainly, it’s the best barestaurant in town.

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The Fumbally

Fumbally Ln, The Liberties, Dublin 8, D08 HFF2, Ireland

If you want to eat sustainably, then grab a table at The Fumbally, where ethically-sourced food is key. The restaurant’s ambiance is cozy, and friendly. From locally-sourced ingredients, the team behind Fumbally ferments, creates and delivers clean and natural dishes. Mostly importantly, each is incredibly delectable. Don’t miss the sourdough bread, it’s marvelous. Pair it with a cup of coffee, you can’t go wrong at this community café. 

Bread 41

41 Pearse St, Dublin 2, D02 H308, Ireland

Here’s one of the best places to grab breakfast, especially if you’re a huge fan of sourdough bread and pastries. Bread 41’s flagship bakery is so beloved that there’s often a line outside starting even early in the morning, most locals will ask for a “a batch loaf.” Along with your toasty, crusty morning meal, accompany it with a hot cup of coffee. What a great way to start the day!

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Little Pyg

59 William St S, Dublin 2, D02 E521, Ireland

Ranked as one of the top pizzerias in Europe, Little Pyg is located inside the beautiful Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Headed by Michelin Maestro Enzo Coccia, this Irish pizza restaurant serves all types, including the classic Margherita, Four Cheese, to specialty options like Spicy Little Pyg for those who crave for a bit of a kick, and the Italian Job which also comes with flavorful pepperoni spicy salame.

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Assassination Custard

19A Kevin Street Lower, Portobello, Dublin 8, Ireland

For something completely unpretentious but truly delicious, check out Assassination Custard. Owners Gwen McGrath and Ken Doherty hosts this intimate 10-seater restaurant which uses products from their organic farm. Be prepared to share your table with other locals, which is part of the fun. The menu is delivered in a pastry bag, and is mostly European-influenced, leaning towards Italian and Mediterranean.

Bunsen Burger

Multiple locations

The best burger chain in Ireland has to be Bunsen Burger, with its ingredients freshly handmade every morning. The meat is from FX Buckley’s Black Aberdeen Angus, while the buns are produced by the baker’s bakery in Tallaght – a suburb in the Dublin Mountains. The menu is simple: Hamburger, Double, Cheeseburger, Double. Despite the few options, each is juicy, savory and satisfying. Throw in the shoestring or sweet potato fries with your order, this is the perfect quick bite.

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The Millstone Restaurant

39 Dame St, Dublin, D02 VX43, Ireland

Right on the bustling Dame Street is Millstone Restaurant that might appear to be touristic, but the favored restaurant’s food is both Irish and luscious. It specializes in meats, especially the steaks that come in seven different cuts on the menu. The Slow Roasted Wicklow Lamb Shank might be the star, the meat is cooked so divinely that it falls right off the bone and melts in the mouth like butter. The restaurant also offers a separate coeliac menu as well as vegan options.

BAMBINO

37 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin, D02 T862, Ireland

Even if you’re in Dublin, there’s always a needed break for a New York-style pizza. And the best place to grab a yummy slice would be at Bambino. The pizza dough is made from sourdough fermented for 48 hours, mixed by three types of organic flour. Once the toppings are placed on top, each thin pizza is put in three-deck electric oven to deliver a crispy taste. The menu is simple, with crowd favorites like: cheese, pepperoni, sausage and peppers…etc. The perfect spot for a grab-and-go lunch break, or a late night snack after a night out!

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