Restaurants in Dublin

The Dublin restaurants scene has improved in leaps and bounds over the last decade. VAT is generally included in the price of a meal, and a service charge of 12.5% is also usually added to restaurant bills, although many diners add a discretionary tip of around 5 to 10% of the bill. If service is not included, a tip of between 12.5% and 15% is usual. Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants. The restaurants in Dublin below have been grouped into three different price categories:
Expensive (over €50)
Moderate (€35 to €50)
Cheap (under €35)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one with half a bottle of wine or equivalent, including VAT.

Fallon & Byrne

Price: Expensive

A great but very informal way of delving into Ireland's top class local produce. This venue boasts both a restaurant and a food hall, which works well with clients looking for an informal meal with shopping either side and also for hosts looking to offer gifts with a story attached. As you might expect the wine choices are excellent as there is a wine cellar on site too.

Address: 11- 17 Exchequer Street, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 472 1000.

Pig's Ear

Price: Expensive

The Pig's Ear has recently sprung up near Trinity College and has wasted no time establishing itself. The menu covers a lot of classics such as potted crab to start and shepherd's pie, but also experiments with a rough terrine spiced up with a pineapple chutney.

Address: 4 Nassau Street, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 670 3865.

The Dylan Restaurant

Price: Expensive

It comes as no surprise that this is one of the city' chicest dining spaces given the style of the hotel itself. Thoughtful local sourcing backs up a comforting menu that goes for fine ingredients and strong flavours rather than too much experimentation. Starters include the likes of Dublin Bay Prawns with pork belly while the main course boasts such treats as saddle of Irish lamb served with dauphinoise potatoes, pancetta and mushrooms.

Address: Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 660 3000.
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Bon Appetit

Price: Moderate

It is well worth the DART ride out of the city to sample Michelin star cooking at a restaurant that has only been open since 2006. Head chef Oliver Dunne works miracles in the kitchen with fresh local ingredients key. The multi-course tasting menus are a decadent popular option, while also on site is more affordable but still excellent brasserie.

Address: 9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 845 0314.

Farm

Price: Moderate

There are not many places that serve Irish food this good and so well sourced right in the centre of Dublin. Opened in 2007 this bright modern restaurant has already attracted a loyal clientele who come to enjoy the certified organic beef and lamb. The cooking is simple and the ingredients are left to speak very loudly for themselves. Probably the best and freshest children's menu in town for trendy kids too.

Address: 3 Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 671 8654

Les Frères Jacques

Price: Moderate

Located in the city centre, opposite Dublin Castle, Dublin's top French restaurant is celebrated for its classic, seasonal cuisine and its superb seafood, with west coast oysters and grilled lobster especially popular choices. The intimate, traditional décor, combined with crisp white linens, an exemplary wine list and impeccable, formal service, make it an especially popular choice for business lunches.

Address: 74 Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 679 4555.

Ely

Price: Cheap

This lively wine bar, occupying the ground floor and basement of a splendid Georgian townhouse near St Stephen's Green, serves tasty Irish fare (including Irish stew and genuine Dublin coddle, which consists of bacon, bangers and potatoes) and around 80 different wines by the glass.

Address: 22 Ely Place, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 676 8986.

Gallagher's Boxty House

Price: Cheap

This popular, traditional Irish restaurant, in upbeat Temple Bar, has a simple, homely décor of pine dressers and bookcases. It specialises in boxties (griddled potato cakes containing savoury fillings, such as beef and Beamish stout, smoked fish or bacon and cabbage) and other tasty Irish fare such as coddles (sausage, onion, bacon and potato hotpot), plus stews, steaks, seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Address: 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 677 2762.

Leo Burdock's

Price: Cheap

Be prepared to queue awhile at the oldest and best fish 'n' chip shop in town, for delicious fresh fish and huge portions of crispy chips made with the finest Irish potatoes.

Address: 2 Werburgh Street, Dublin, Ireland
Telephone: (01) 454 0306.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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