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Photograph: Etto / Paolo Polesel

The 13 best restaurants in Dublin right now

Get that appetite ready. All tastes (and budgets) are catered to when it comes to the best restaurants in Dublin

Written by
Nicola Brady
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The people of Dublin have long cultivated a reputation for creativity, and that innovative streak extends to its kitchens. Sure, sometimes needs must and simplicity is required, but the best restaurants in Dublin are hubs of experimentation and excellence. The chefs of the city are taking the recipes of yesteryear and twisting them into new and exciting shapes, serving up some delicious grub in the process. The true winners? The diners, obviously.


There is something intangible about Dublin, excitement and energy that permeates through the bars, the cafes, the history and the sights. It simmers in the restaurants, where food is good and times are great.

Best restaurants in Dublin

  • Restaurants
  • Irish
  • price 3 of 4

It didn't take long for Clanbrassil House to become a firm favourite among Dubliners. This tiny restaurant has a friendly neighbourhood feel, with exposed brick walls, chalkboards and high wooden tables. On the menu, expect dishes like hearty homemade sausage and unusual cuts of Irish beef cooked on the charcoal grill. A side order of hash brown chips with pickled onion mayo? Mandatory.

Price: Mid-range

Featherblade
Photograph: Featherblade

2. Featherblade

If you’re in the mood for a steak, then hotfoot it to Featherblade. Not a place to bring a vegetarian, this steakhouse focuses on unusual cuts of excellent beef, using original methods to get the best results – and the prices are decent to boot. The menu changes depending on what’s in, but you’ll always find the namesake featherblade cut, and an excellent array of side dishes, from truffled mac and cheese to beef dripping chips. 

Price: Mid-range

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • price 4 of 4

If you want to go for one super-luxe, blowout meal when you’re in town, then Chapter One is the place to head. Yes, it’s pricey, and you’ll need to book in advance, but this is the pinnacle of fine dining in Dublin. As with most of the city’s fanciest restaurants, the lunch and pre-theatre menus offer tremendous value.

Price: High-end

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • price 2 of 4

The Temple Bar area isn’t exactly known for its first-rate dining options, but there are a few winners among the tourist-trap bars. Banyi is one of the city’s best sushi spots – it’s unpretentious, casual and reasonably priced. The tempura prawn and avocado roll is a winner, and their sashimi is quiveringly fresh.

Price: Bargain

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  • Restaurants
  • Burgers
  • price 1 of 4

If you’re craving a burger, then Bunsen is your only man, as Dubliners would say. The menu is so small it fits on a business card – they only do one thing, but boy, do they do it well. The patties are minced every morning and dripping pink and juicy, while the hand-cut fries are quite possibly the best in town.

Price: Bargain

Etto
Photograph: Etto / Paolo Polesel

6. Etto

You’re all but guaranteed an amazing meal at this cosy spot on Merrion Row. The Etto menu brims with dishes you’ll be dreaming of for months after you lick your plate clean, and there’s a great-value weekday lunch menu for two courses. Dishes often change by the day, but be sure to order a side of crispy hashed potatoes with Lyonnaise onions and the red wine prunes with vanilla mascarpone for dessert. 

Price: Mid-range

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • price 2 of 4

You used to only have one option if you wanted to nab a Dublin Pizza Company pizza – you could pick one up from their hole-in-the-wall, and take it to a pub or back to your bed (both stellar options, if you ask us). Now they’ve opened a proper restaurant-style outpost in The Well, a cool co-working space by day and bar by night. Whatever you opt for, make sure you get a pot of the black garlic and truffle aioli for crust dipping – it’s a game-changer.

Price: Bargain

  • Restaurants
  • price 3 of 4

It’s still (inexplicably) a little off the radar, but Mr Fox is serving up some of the finest food in the city, hands down. The menu is pared back and short, focusing on impeccable ingredients served simply – think seared trout with horseradish yoghurt and cucumber or juicy lamb with wild garlic. Be sure to leave room for dessert, as their adaptations of classic Irish ‘ice pops’ are heavenly, as is the Mr Fox walnut whip.

Price: High-end

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This restaurant down in Mount Merrion has an almost cult-like following among Dubliners. And with good reason, head chef and owner Gaz hand-picks the best the local waters have to offer each day, and there’s a cracking wine list. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here, but for the ultimate treat get the surf and turf with lashings of herby garlic butter. For something more casual, wander a few doors down to Little Mike’s, which has more of a wine bar feel.

Price: Mid-range

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • price 3 of 4

It’s always buzzing in this corner of the city, and you can watch all the action unfold from the outdoor seats at Fade Street Social. Opt for the tapas menu, and don’t be shy with your order. The slivers of pink duck breast with pickled kumquats are a must, but don’t skip the smaller sides – the salted popcorn mixed with crispy truffled chicken is a standout.

Price: Mid-range

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • price 2 of 4

This tiny Italian joint only has a few tables, but the food coming out of the kitchen is exquisite. This is the kind of earthy food you’d be served in a Tuscan village, with moreish pasta dishes and traditional secondi. The plates of pasta are rich and prepared perfectly, with just the right amount of flavour packed into the sauces.

Price: Mid-range

Pi Pizza
Photograph: Pi Pizza / www.killianbroderick.com

12. Pi Pizza

Join the inevitable line at the door, put your name on the list and order a pint while you wait for a table to come free – because this is the hottest ticket in town. The crust is charred, chewy and perfectly done, and the toppings, including Irish chorizo and artisan cheeses, are divine. Be sure to leave space for dessert – their vanilla ice cream, topped with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt, is dreamy.

Price: Mid-range

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  • Restaurants
  • Middle Eastern
  • price 2 of 4

It opened during the dark years of the recession, but Brother Hubbard has gone from strength to strength, recently expanding its branch on the vibrant Capel Street. It shines when it comes to brunch – try the Turkish eggs menemen, layered with zingy whipped feta, and get the fried halloumi on top (the accompanying zhoug has a real kick).

Price: Mid-range

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