From the city’s finest restaurants to authentic local fare
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud: Potentially Ireland’s most lauded restaurant, this contemporary French eatery has long held two Michelin stars. With prices that match its accolades, the restaurant is best suited to well-heeled gourmands, though its lavish menu and impressive wine list live up to the hype.
Thornton’s: More Michelin-starred fare is served by the creative and artistic chef Kevin Thornton. Seasonal menus deliver modern Irish dishes in an elegant, upscale atmosphere. The tasting menu is a great choice for the full experience, while the set lunch and pre-theater menus offer an incredible value.
Chapter One: A Michelin star is not the only noteworthy aspect of this restaurant, which is located below the Dublin Writers Museum in a building that was once home to whiskey’s own John Jameson. The spectacular food is the real appeal, however, with seasonal fare of Irish and French influence. A few to try include the creamed tapioca and ravioli of 36-month aged Parmesan.
L’Ecrivain: Chef/owner Derry Clarke’s passion for Irish culture is evident at his celebrated eatery, where inventive local cuisine is sure to delight. Game dishes and indigenous ingredients are the specialties of the ever-changing menu, served in a romantic atmosphere perfect for date night.
The Winding Stair:Housed in an old bookstore and offering gorgeous river views, this is one of the best restaurants in Dublin for a traditional Irish meal with modern flair. Local, organic ingredients make dishes like seafood chowder sing, and even simple cheeses and cured meats become stars on this menu.
Gallagher’s Boxty House: For classic Irish cuisine, there’s nowhere better to dine. Reasonably priced dishes range from shepherd’s pie and corned beef to smoked salmon and variations on traditional potato pancakes called boxty.
Leo Burdock Fish & Chips: This no-frills eatery has been serving up perfect fish and chips since 1913. Though there’s no place to sit while you eat, nothing deters crowds from lining up outside for a flaky fried bite.