Looking for a beautiful city full of gorgeous people, great craic, delicious food and amazing music? Then you need to get yourself to the amazing city of Dublin. The capital of Ireland has long been the place to go if you’re looking for a good, relaxing time.
With the hospitality scene booming in Dublin, you know that the food scene is going to be great. As Dublin is home to expats and students from all round the world, there are plenty of amazing cuisines to choose from.
So, with so many great spots to visit, it can be difficult to choose the best places to eat. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the seven restaurants that you’ve absolutely got to visit the next time you’re in beautiful Dublin.
The 7 Best Restaurants Dublin
1. Dublin Pizza Company
Whether you’re wanting to grab a delicious slice to take back to your hostel after a long night or drinking, or you want to sit down and savour a tasty pie, Dublin Pizza Company have everything you need. Choose from their iconic hatch or their actual restaurant and tuck in.
The owners actually travelled to the home of pizza, Naples, to hone their craft before returning to set up shop in Dublin. They have a focus on freshness, and even grow some of their own ingredients in their homemade polytunnel! With a choice of traditional toppings and more out-there options, there’s a lot to love about this Dublin staple.
Looking for gorgeously fresh seafood or a hearty steak that’s not going to cost the Earth? Head to cult-classic, Michael’s for an ever-changing selection of seasonal, local produce, that’s hand-picked by the head chef each and every day.
Sit back with a glass of one of the many wines on offer and relax with good food, good vibes and perhaps great company. If you’re wanting a spot that’s a little more laidback, you can head a few doors down to Little Mikes. Here you’ll find more of a wine bar vibe that suits the after-work crowd as well as being a great location for first dates!
3. Banyi Japanese Dining
When you think of the iconic Temple Bar region of Dublin, there’s a few things that come to mind. Pints of Guinness flowing, tourists stumbling around the cobbles, Gaelic music pouring out of the plethora of bars. What probably doesn’t come to mind is super affordable, super tasty sushi. This is where Banyi Japanese Dining comes into play.
Tucked away in between the bustling bars and pubs, Banyi Japanese Dining offers authentic Japanese fare including sushi, sashimi, katsu, bento boxes and more. They pride themselves on fresh, traditional flavours in a contemporary setting. Not sure what to order? The friendly staff are always on hand with tasty recommendations and drink pairings.
4. Fade Street Social
If you’re looking for something a little bit more upmarket, but still don’t want to spend a fortune, you might want to check out Fade Street Social. This huge building is home to a gastro bar, restaurant, cocktail bar and roof terrace, so whatever vibe you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it here.
Fade Street Social specialises in small plates with a European influence. There’s plenty of veggie, vegan and gluten-free options available, so whatever your dietary requirements, you can enjoy the delicious food and ambience of this gorgeous Dublin spot.
Looking for delicious plates that are designed to be shared with friends? If so, Shouk should definitely be on your must-visit list when you’re next in Dublin. This Middle-Eastern restaurant smells as good as it tastes.
Whether you’re digging into a huge mezze platter, tucking into smoky charred aubergine, or chowing down on some shawarma, Shouk cooks up deliciously authentic food at affordable prices. Want something tasty to wash it all down with? Choose from Shouk’s large variety of cocktails. In Dublin on one of those rare sunny days? Grab a table in their outside dining area and take the opportunity to people watch.
6. Bread 41
There’s something truly special about the smell of a great bakery. If you visit Bread 41, you’ll know exactly what we mean. Churning out fresh loaves of gorgeous sourdough as well as inventive and interesting pastries, whether you’re eating in or grabbing breakfast to-go, it’s well worth a visit.
If you are eating in, head to their small restaurant upstairs. It’s super bright and airy, despite its location under a railway arch, making it the perfect place to enjoy lunch or brunch. The menu changes frequently based on what’s available and in season, but one thing is consistent – it’s always delicious.
7. Piglet Wine Bar
It’s a rare sight to see locals in the Temple Bar area, but the friendly atmosphere of Piglet Wine Bar is the exception. Despite it being at the upper end of the most touristy area in Dublin, this wine bar has a host of regulars, giving it a friendly, community vibe.
It’s far enough from the touristy bars, to have an atmosphere all of its own. Whether you’re there to enjoy a glass or three with friends, or enjoy a hearty plate of pasta, it’s a winner. If you’re looking to save money, they have a set lunch menu which is much more affordable. It also leaves you with more money to spend on wine!
So, there you have it, the seven must-visit restaurants in Dublin. The Irish capital is a beautiful city, full of great places to eat, drink and be merry, so you can’t go far wrong. But if you want to have a delicious and varied culinary adventure, these seven spots are the perfect jumping off point for your next Dublin trip.
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