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The 11 best Indian restaurants in Dublin

Want to spice up your trip? The very best Indian restaurants in Dublin brim with bargains (and chilli kicks galore)

A selection of dishes at Kerala Kitchen restaurant in Dublin
Photograph: Nathalie Marquez Courtney
By Nicola Brady |
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Some days, nothing hits the spot like a curry. And in Dublin, you’re spoiled for choice. Sure, you’ll find bog-standard takeaways spread all over the city, but Ireland’s capital also boasts quirky, authentic hole-in-the-walls serving bona fide Indian dishes and super-swish spots where you can enjoy a rooftop cocktail alongside your dhal.

In a city where eating out can often empty the wallet, the very best Indian restaurants in Dublin offer some incredible bargains, whether it’s a cut-price tasting menu or a lunch special that costs less than a tenner. And even better news? They’re not all in the city centre. In fact, many of the absolute best spots are sprinkled around Dublin’s other neighbourhoods, like foodie hub Capel Street and swanky Ranelagh. So, if you’ve spent a little too long at the pub – and need something to soak it all up – here’s where to head next.

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Best Indian restaurants in Dublin

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The interior of Pickle restaurant in Dublin
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Pickle

Camden Street favourite Pickle has a cult following among Dubliners, who can’t talk about their dishes without getting a faraway look in their eyes. And with good reason – this is a place that’ll leave you dreaming about curry for weeks. The speciality here is classic Indian flavours, combined with Irish ingredients – think Tandoori scallops from Kilkee and Tandoori guinea fowl. The kid goat curry is out of this world. 

Price: Mid-range

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A paneer makhni at Doolally curry house in Dublin
Photograph: Doolally

Doolally

The newly opened Doolally is headed up by renowned Indian chef Alfred Prasad, who was awarded a Michelin star at just 29. The restaurant itself is sleek and stylish, and the food is exceptional, with tender tikka kebabs and an incredible bone marrow butter naan bread. There’s a decent cocktail menu, but also a good selection of low-alcohol and alcohol-free options, including a richly fragrant Doolally Chai, which is topped up free throughout your meal. 

Price: High-end

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The exterior of Kinara Kitchen restaurant in Dublin
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Kinara Kitchen

If you’ve ever been to an Irish music festival, you will have spotted the huge lines by the Kinara food stand (or heard the rhythmic drumming of the chef hammering the BBQ). Their Ranelagh restaurant serves impeccable Pakistani cuisine, from Tandoori monkfish to a creamy Makhanwala Murgh. To be honest, you can’t go wrong with anything here. There’s even a cocktail bar on the roof. We recommend the Maharani, a cardamom-infused gin with a hint of chilli.

Price: High-end

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A selection of plates at Konkan restaurant in Dublin
Photograph: Konkan

Konkan

Let’s face it – Dublin isn’t the cheapest of cities. So if you’re looking for a budget meal, we recommend heading straight to Clanbrassil Street: here you’ll find one of the city’s best bargains. At Konkan, the tasting menu is just €26.50, and includes a selection of starters (samosas, kebabs, fish cakes) and three shareable mains, typically butter chicken, prawn jalfrezi and Keralan lamb with potato kari. You’ll also get rice, plus garlic and plain naan. If that doesn’t fill you up, nothing will. 

Price: Bargain

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Diwali

Sometimes, you just want a slap-up Indian feast that’s cheap as curry sauce-soaked chips. Enter Diwali. This Dublin staple on bustling George’s Street boasts super-friendly staff and a menu stuffed with Indian and Nepalese classics. Their early-bird menu is a ridiculous bargain, at just €19.99 for two courses from Monday to Wednesday.

Price: Bargain

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The exterior of Madina curry house in Dublin
Photograph: Flickr / Seamus Walsh

Madina

The area around Capel Street on Dublin’s Northside is a treasure trove of excellent (and good-value) restaurants. One of the highlights is Madina, on Mary Street. There’s a huge variety of curries, and you have the option of leaving chicken or lamb on the bone. The staff really know their stuff, so ask them for their suggestions – the lamb karahi is a winner, and an order of dosas for the table is a must.

Price: Bargain

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Kathmandu Kitchen

With the Olympia Theatre just a minute’s walk away, this Dame Street restaurant is the ideal spot for a pre-gig meal. Come before 7pm, and you’ll get two courses for €19.99, including all the classics like chicken pakora, aloo chap, prawn bhuna and a spicy Nepalese duck. The wine menu is great value.

Price: Bargain

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A selection of dishes at Kerala Kitchen restaurant in Dublin
Photograph: Nathalie Marquez Courtney

Kerala Kitchen

In a great spot on Baggot Street, Kerala Kitchen is the place to go with a gang – this way, you can order the menu and tuck into everything. Don’t go with someone who doesn’t share, is what we’re saying. Their crunchy, herby Bhelpuri is a dream, and there’s an excellent vegan bean curry on the menu as well.

Price: Mid-range

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A selection of small dishes and breads at Rasam restaurant in Dublin
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Rasam

Down in the gorgeous seaside Dún Laoghaire area, Rasam serves street food-style dishes including aloo tikki (potato cakes) and pork chatpata, plus an extensive array of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The roti and naan are all top notch, especially the aloo kulcha, a naan stuffed with spiced potatoes and onions.  

Price: Mid-range

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Vermilion

Long considered a suburb of sorts, Terenure has seen some cracking restaurants pop up in recent years. If you find yourself in these parts, Vermilion is a bit of an insider’s secret – the food is stellar, and the service punctual. There’s also an excellent selection of vegan dishes. Pop into Green Man Wines after to pick up a tip-top bottle to take home.  

Price: Mid-range

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A selection of dishes at 3 Leaves restaurant in Dublin
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Three Leaves

Three Leaves offers a different kind of experience – their menu changes regularly, and there’s no choice for dinner – only a (very delicious) set menu. Tucked away in Blackrock Market, it’s open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, and dinner from Thursday to Saturday. BYOB.

Price: Mid-range

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The exterior of Mulligan’s pub in Dublin
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