Are you in Dublin and looking for a good bite to eat? Have no fear! Our Dublin foodie has curated a list of the best 12 Dublin restaurants in the capital.
The Top 12 Places to eat in Dublin
Dublin has a long-held reputation for its drink culture; Guinness, Jameson, Baileys… The late Irish poet, Brendan Behan, even went as far as to say, “I only take a drink on two occasions – when I’m thirsty and when I’m not.”
That being said, Dublin’s food scene is fast becoming a commodity of its own. From food stalls born out of pandemic restrictions to more upscale eateries, this list of insider Dublin picks will point you in the right direction.
Los Chicanos Taqueria Dublin
€€ | Mexican Taqueria Food Truck | Family Friendly | Contemporary | Camden Row
Los Chicanos set up shop just three weeks ago but has already garnered a cult following. Their turquoise food truck is nestled between “Liberty Lane,” an artsy, graffiti-filled laneway, and “Wexford Street” – a hive for local bars and nightlife. It marks the perfect spot for an after-drinks food refuel.
Ordering lamb barbacoa is the way to go here. The soft tortillas are made from corn flour and there are two vegetarian options available (“salsa macha cauliflower” and “barbacoa sweet potato”). You’ll get two reasonably sized tacos for each order, but those with real hunger pangs should add a side of chips and guac to feel fully satisfied.
Address: 12 Camden Row, Saint Kevin’s Dublin
Hours: 6 – 9 pm Thursday and Friday. 3:30 – 9 pm Saturday and Sunday
The Hairy Lemon
€€ | Irish Food | Family Friendly | Dine-in | Stephen Street
The Hairy Lemon has the charm of a typical Irish pub. It has decades of memorabilia on the wall with the occasional bout of live Irish music. It’s named after one of Dublin’s notable characters; a dog catcher who worked in the 1950s.
You’ll have the chance to sample some of Ireland’s regional cuisines, such as Irish coddle (usually leftovers with no specific recipe), beef and Guinness stew (personal favorite) and bangers and mash. There’s also a children’s menu and the turnaround is pretty quick, so you can walk in without a booking.
Address: Stephen Street Lower, Dublin
Hours: 11 am – 11.30 pm Monday – Sunday
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€€€ | Casual Restaurant | Contemporary | Camden Street
This is a place where you can smell the restaurant before you see it. This is due, in part, to the massive charcoal fire working overtime in the open kitchen. The interiors are dark and woody to match those aromas. There’s also a large, communal table downstairs.
You have standard steakhouse options, such as dry aged rib and sirloin, but the more experimental flavours: smoked strawberries and honeycomb, burnt end rendang spring rolls – those are the combinations people come back for. Order more than you think you’ll need.
Hours: 5 – 8.30 pm Wednesday. 12 – 8.30 pm Thursday and Friday. 1 – 8.30 pm Saturday. 1 – 8 pm Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
€€€ | Vegetarian and Vegan | Fine Dining | Contemporary | Outdoor Seating | Chatham Street
Glas earned its first Michelin Star this year, proving that meatless options can be just as innovative and adventurous. The focus is on sustainable and locally sourced vegetables, as well as seasonal produce. The ambiance is cosy chic.
An example of how far this creativity stretches, can be seen in the form of their artichoke croquettes, blue cheese crème brûlée and flamed kohlrabi. Everything on the menu is very intentional but never appears to try too hard. It’s recommended to book in advance.
Address: 16 Chatham Street, Dublin
Hours: 4 – 10 pm Monday – Thursday. 12 – 10 pm Friday – Sunday
Coke Lane Pizza at Lucky’s Pub
€€ | Neapolitan Pizza | Casual | Outdoor Seating | The Liberties
You get a two-for-one at Coke Lane Pizza because the food stall is situated in a local indie pub. On top of that, it’s based in the oldest part of Dublin, “The Liberties”, which is home to Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle and The Guinness Storehouse.
All the classics here. Marinara. Margherita. Then some superb house specials like the “Locard” pizza with goat’s cheese, butternut squash, rocket and Irish honey. The pizzas are wood fired and thin crusted, and of course, nothing better than sipping on a craft beer by candlelight, while soaking those crusts up.
Hours: 4 – 10 pm Sunday – Monday. 4 – 10.30 pm Tuesday – Saturday
Las Tapas De Lola
€€€ | Spanish Tapas Restaurant | Outdoor Seating | Wexford Street
The romantic setting of Las Tapas De Lola is unparalleled. There’s a heated canopy with outdoor seating, while a buzzing restaurant waits for you inside. The paper menus are also the place mats, which feels very true to table service in Spain.
On the menu, you’ll find items such as chicharrones, croquetas de jamón, patatas bravas, as well as more pricey ibérico ham. Just a heads up though, tapas are more expensive in Dublin than in Spain. You can pay upwards of €6-10 for a single tapas dish here. Although, the food is delectable, so you won’t feel too bad parting with your cash.
Address: 12 Wexford St, Dublin 2
Hours: 4 – 10 pm Sunday – Monday. 4 – 10.30 pm Tuesday – Saturday
Yamamori North City
€€ | Japanese Restaurant | Dine-in | Contemporary | Ormond Quay Lower
There are three Yamamori venues in Dublin city, but you specifically want to go to the North City one. The lighting is particularly flattering (perfect for couples) and you can also grab a stool by the bar to have your food served there. In a separate area after midnight, there’s an underground nightclub called Tengu that plays alternative electronic and RnB music. Very popular with local millennial’s and gen z’s.
Apart from the excellent sushi selection of nigiri, norimaki, sashimi… There’s also a menu packed with noodle and rice based dishes. A personal favorite are the kimchi oysters and the off-menu espresso martinis.
Hours: 12 – 9 pm Sunday – Wednesday. 12 – 10 pm Thursday – Saturday
Sophie’s Rooftop Bar at The Dean Hotel
€€€ | Restaurant and Cocktail Bar | Outdoor Seating | Harcourt Street
The appeal of Sophie’s rooftop is undoubtedly the panoramic views across Dublin’s South city. You take a lift to the rooftop, which is easily accessible by wheelchair (but perhaps not ideal for those who don’t like using a lift). There are about five flights of stairs in the event of that.
Once you reach the summit, it would be rude not to reward yourself with one of their specialty cocktails, such as the “Mad Ting,” a rum infused drink with passion fruit and grapefruit. Food wise, a top pick is the confit duck leg. After dinner, you can have a nightcap on the terrace and watch the city lights go by. Booking in advance is recommended.
Hours: 7 am – 11.30 pm Monday – Friday | 8 am – 11.30 pm Saturday and Sunday
Luncheonette at NCAD
€ | Lunchtime Cafeteria | Takeaway | Dine-in | Thomas Street
You can’t get more under the radar than Luncheonette. Started by Dublin based artist, Jenny Moran, the premise of this restaurant is “placemaking, comfort and shared experiences”. As it operates in the basement of The National College of Art and Design, the food is all subsidized – meaning that you won’t pay more than €4 for a dish.
Health conscious visitors will relish in what’s on offer here. Think of Indian dahl and coconut soup, samosa burgers, “butterless” butternut squash cake and tofu noodle pots. You somehow walk away feeling like you’ve been good to mother earth.
Address: 100 – 108 Thomas Street, Dublin
Hours: 8.30 am – 3.45 pm Monday – Friday
Hatch and Sons
€€ | Irish Food | Dine-in | Family Friendly | Stephen’s Green
“Hatch” was named after a nearby dairy parlor that ran during the 18th century. The owners felt the name was apt, considering that milk and beef are two popular ingredients in Irish cooking. As you take in the surroundings, you’ll notice the restaurant looks like the kitchen of a modern Irish farmhouse. There’s ample seating, so walk-ins shouldn’t be a problem.
Worth mentioning that all the dishes are very Instagram worthy. The double baked skillet eggs with homemade soda bread tend to be the most regularly snapped plate. The beef and Guinness stew and the sandwich blaas (a soft white roll, native to Waterford) are also a must try!
Address: 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Hours: 8 am – 5 pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 8 am – 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday. 9 am – 6 pm Saturday. 10 am – 5 pm Sunday
Locks Windsor Terrace
€€€ | Fine Dining | Dine-in | Contemporary | Portobello
Locks is a neighborhood favorite and one that visitors might not be acquainted with. Historically, the building used to be a sweet shop. However, during the Irish rebellion, it was used as a vantage point to spy on the British soldiers’ barracks across the road. Now it just serves marvelous food.
Their menu is a hot take on French cuisine, but uses only the freshest Irish ingredients. For example, you could start with the Kelly oysters from county Galway and finish with the côte de boeuf. Honorary mention must also be given to the pastry chefs for their spread. Namely, the Seville orange cake and salted caramel tart. Make sure to book in advance.
Hours: Dinner from 5 – 9 pm Wednesday – Saturday. Lunch from 12.30 – 3.15 pm Friday – Saturday
€€ | Ethiopian Food Truck | Takeaway | The Liberties
Mel Roddy, one of three siblings from Ethiopia who grew up in Dublin, is serving the only Ethiopian food available in Ireland! And boy, we are lucky to have it. Gursha’s food truck is situated in the heart of The Liberties, available for both collection and takeaway.
For €21, you can mix five dishes, which includes national Ethiopian foods, such as yebeg tibs, doro wat and gomen. All dishes are served on injera bread and are meant to be eaten with your fingers.
Hours: 5 – 9 pm Thursday – Saturday. 2 – 7 pm Sunday. Closed Monday – Wednesday