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Dining Out in Dublin - recommended restaurants

Wanting to eat out during your stay in Dublin? The list below are just some of our favourite restaurants and cafes. All offer good food and good value, though the price may vary - we've tried to give a range of options to suit every pocket.

Be aware that restaurants open and close in Dublin on a regular basis, and not all are open seven days a week. Make sure to call and check before visiting. Your hotel reception will be able to advise you on this, as well as giving you direction sto the restaurant from your hotel.


Our recommended restaurant list:

La Stampa: Opened in 1990, La Stampa is a cosmopolitan city centre restaurant. Elegantly decorated with fine works of art, the food in La Stampa is fit for a king. Having recently opened a café and hotel, La Stampa is a mature restaurant, and the skills of Executive Chef Paul Catterson will titillate your taste buds. La Stampa won Egon Ronay's "Restaurant of the Year" award in 1995.


The Unicorn: The Unicorn is a bustling little restaurant serving a fine Italian menu. Situated on Merrion Square, Unicorn is popular with media personalities and those with an interest in politics. The close tables mean that the cool buzz makes for an interesting background against which to enjoy a conversation. The food is even as good as the gossip that's always in the air!


Nostromo: Nostromo is an intimate basement café set in a Georgian building in Leeson Street. Open for breakfast and lunch, it is popular with the business clientele of the surrounding area. One of the unique aspects of Nostromo is its availability for hire for private functions in the evening. With the ability to choose your own menu and entertainment, and catering for up to 80 people, Nostromo is an ideal venue for private parties, group bookings and corporate events.


Monty's of Kathmandu: Monty's is Dublin's only Nepalese restaurant and is located on Eustace Street in Temple Bar. They offer an early bird menu and their regular menu is moderately priced. Nepalese dishes vary and customers will be advised as to which are mild tasting or spicy. Delicious Nepalese 'Shiva' beer is available here.


Peacock Alley: Peacock Alley specialises in new Irish cuisine. The atmosphere is sophisticated and relaxing. Chef Conrad Gallagher uses Dublin's finest fresh produce to produce such dishes as Broth of asparagus with wild mushroom and roast pink salmon. Peacock Alley is located in the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen's Green, right in the heart of Dublin's city centre.


Boccaccio's: Located on Dame Street, Boccaccio's is an authentic Italian restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere. Talented and handsome waiters create a truly Italian ambiance by singing traditional tunes and being charming.Their seafood cartoccio is simply mouthwatering! Boccaccio's is near Dublin Castle, the Olympia theatre and close to the Paramount Hotel & Adams Trinity Hotel.


Aya: Aya is a Japanese restaurant located at the back of Brown Thomas' department store on Clarendon Street. Home to Dublin's only sushi train, it also has a sit-down table menu and offers daily happy hour specials. Well positioned for those staying at the Central, Drury Court or Brooks Hotel.


Elephant & Castle: Located on Temple Bar Main Street, lovers of chicken wings must pay a visit to the Elephant & Castle! Serving American cuisine, the burgers & large salads are also excellent. It is moderately-priced but you get good value for money. Be prepared for a wait as it's always jam-packed!!


Pier 32: An old fashioned fish restaurant situated in the city centre close to St Stephen's Green.Pier 32 is warm and cosy with open fires and a traditional fish menu. With signature dishes including: Six Bannow Bay Oysters; Pier 32 prawn and scallop bake dressed with spring onion mash and escalope of lightly smoked salmon, topped with a mousse of cream cheese and crab, Pier 32 is a must for all hard core fish eaters.


Mexico to Rome: An interesting concept, this restaurant combines traditional Mexican and Italian cuisine. Located in Temple Bar, Dublin's most fashionable quarter, Mexico to Rome is full of character. The food is interesting, and the restaurant is very competitively priced. Definitely worth a visit!


Mao: Mao is a chic Asian restaurant located on Chatham Row. Combining Oriental and Far-Eastern cuisine, Mao is a relaxing, cosmopolitan restaurant. Reservations are not accepted and all food is cooked to order, so be prepared to queue. Despite this, Mao is popular. The menu is varied and includes such dishes as Thai Fish Cakes, Mussamann Chicken and Malaysian Spiced Chicken Fillets.


The Tea Rooms: The Tea Rooms are located in U2's Clarence Hotel. Elegant and stylish, the Tea Rooms are very select and fashionable. The food is tasteful as is the dcor, and The Clarence is ideally located right in the middle of Temple Bar, Dublin's most fashionable quarter. Within easy reach of all locations in Dublin City, the Tea Rooms in the Clarence are an excellent dining choice.


Dandelion Brasserie: Situated on St. Stephen's Green next to the Fitzwilliam Hotel, the Dandelion Brasserie offers a sumptious fusion of flavours from Asia, the Mediterranean, India, Indonesia and America's Deep South, complimented by an extensive wine list and drinks. For Dessert, chose from a wide range of Ben & Jerry's ice creams, alongside freshly prepared house desserts. One of Dublin's newest and trendiest of restaurants, it is a great place to start your night out!


Milano: Milano in Temple Bar is trendy and modern, serving a well-rounded Italian favouring menu. The ambience in Milano is friendly but sophisticated, and the clientele composes of everyone from local business people to visitors to Dublin. The food is excellent, and the service is friendly and helpful. Milano is also very competitively priced.


Trentuno: Located on Wicklow St, Trentuno is a relatively new restaurant. Popular with those looking for Italian cuisine in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, Trentuno offers great Swiss coffee, a delectable dessert menu, and a wide selection of wines. The food is prepared in a traditional Italian style with a few contemporary ideas thrown in. A selection of vegetarian dishes is also available.


Good World: Not fancy, not stylish, but authentic, the Good World is located South Great Georges Street. A late night restaurant, something unusual in Dublin, The Good World serves some interesting dishes including "Steamed Tripe and Duck's Feet". Reportedly home of Dublin's best Dim Sum, the Good World is a popular place for unorthodox food.


The Bad Ass Café: Off the wall and with a unique sense of humour, the Bad Ass Café styles itself as a Mexican restaurant. Serving good simple food, the Bad Ass is friendly and open, popular and usually busy. The Bad Ass is trendy in its own peculiar manner and its quirks are charming. The service is efficient, the staff friendly, and the food very affordable.


Bruno's: Open since 1997, Bruno's consistently receives good reviews. Menus change reflecting popular tastes and availability of fresh produce, and a children's menu is also provided. Food is traditional Mediterranean, and cooked with all the care of a true Mediterranean meal. The wine list is carefully selected and varied.


Eliza Blues: Located on the quays, opposite the Millennium Bridge, Eliza Blues is part of the Eliza Lodge. Windows are floor to ceiling giving a view out over the Liffey, which at dusk is particularly impressive. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. Eliza Blues is smart and sophisticated, and well worth the visit.




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