World-class dining in Dublin at these fantastic restaurantsLast Updated: August 1, 2020
The capital of Ireland is home to some fantastic restaurants, at all price points, where adventurous chefs & proprietors and their friendly, hard-working front-of-house staff offer top notch dining experiences, whether you’re looking for a casual meal or high-end dining.
Dublin is Ireland’s most popular tourist destination, renowned globally for its rich culture, history, business and sport. With such attractions as Phoenix Park and the famous Spire, the Irish capital is the among the most visited cities in the world. One of the major business capitals of the European Union, Dublin is also a hospitality hot spot, and there are fabulous hotels, restaurants, bars and offices, situated throughout the city. Home to some of the finest chefs—both world-famous and lesser-known—Dublin is also a slice of foodie heaven, with quite a number of incredible restaurants that make dining in Dublin a must for gourmands all over the globe. Here are a half-dozen of the best establishments that offer quality cuisine, atmospheric surroundings and embodying everything that makes Dublin hospitality so great.
1. The Winding Stair
For world class yet simple dining in Dublin, try the Winding Stair. Named after the WB Yeats poem, it’s a picturesque restaurant with a great location on the River Liffey quayside. Run by Elaine Murphy, the Winding Stair serves traditional Irish food and drink, tapping into the city’s rich literary heritage, ensuring a memorable dining experience for guest.
2. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Since the opening of its doors in 1981, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has become acclaimed for offering guest a high quality experience from start to finish. This venerable restaurant’s renown has spread far beyond the capital’s boundaries. Not only is it famous for prestige dining in Dublin—it’s also recognised as one of the finest restaurants in Ireland.
3. Fallon And Byrne
Fallon and Byrne offers exquisite French-influenced cuisine that is made from carefully sourced and prepared ingredients. The friendly, professional staff are only one manifestation of the high standards at this establishment, where the emphasis is firmly upon wonderful food, fine wine and a fantastic experience.
4. Dax Restaurant
Awarded Best Dublin Restaurant at The 2014 Irish Restaurant Awards, Dax Restaurant guarantees superb food and service. The establishment’s modern Irish-French cuisine is renowned as the best fine dining in Dublin city centre. The menu is enhanced by an excellent wine list that includes classic Châteaux and other continental and New World regions.
5. The Pig’s Ear
The Pig’s Ear Restaurant was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2009 and has retained it since, right up to the 2016 edition of the Michelin Guide. The Pig’s Ear has three stunning rooms, which can be booked exclusively for parties or corporate dining for groups. Head chef Damien Derwin is rightly acclaimed for his subtly modern spin on good, honest, Irish fare. For world class dining in Dublin that has all the hallmarks of the globe’s foodie capitals, do not miss The Pig’s Ear.
Etto is an award-winning establishment on Dublin’s Merrion Row. The Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant and wine bar has a special atmosphere and is famous for its great value. The menu includes regular main courses and starters and smaller dishes, allowing guests to choose between a more casual meal or an indulgent feast.