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Restaurants in Dublin

Dublin's restaurants now show a variety you wouldn't have found a few years ago, offering food from almost any corner of the globe - and much of it at reasonable prices.

The restaurants in Dublin below have been grouped into three different price categories:
Expensive (over €60)
Moderate (€40 to €60)
Cheap (under €40)

These prices are for a three-course meal for one with half a bottle of wine or equivalent, including VAT. A service charge of 12.5% is often added to bills (this will be clearly stated, 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.

Expensive

Fallon & Byrne

Cuisine: Modern Irish

An informal way of delving into Ireland's top class local produce, Fallon & Byrne boasts a restaurant, a wine cellar and a food hall, which works well with diners looking for an casual meal with a side of decadent shopping. A true foodie haven, menus change through the seasons.

Address: South Central Dublin, 11- 17 Exchequer Street, Dublin, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 472 1010.
Website: http://www.fallonandbyrne.com

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Cuisine: French

Tucked inside the Merrion Hotel, this is Dublin's only two Michelin star offering. It's home to a romantic atmosphere as well as sumptuous, ever-changing menus and a particularly outstanding line in high-end desserts. The lunch menu is a bargain, if still pricey compared to the rest of the city, but the evenings see this palatial spot really come into its own.

Address: Central West Dublin, 21 Upper Merrion Street, , Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1676 4192.
Website: http://www.restaurantpatrickguilbaud.ie

The Pig's Ear

Cuisine: Modern Irish

Featuring views over Trinity College, The Pig's Ear has established itself as a top class, sumptuous purveyor of adapted Irish staples. 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: Trinity College, 4 Nassau Street, , Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 670 3865.
Website: http://www.thepigsear.ie

Moderate

Bon Appetit

Cuisine: Modern Irish

It's well worth the DART ride out of the city to sample the excellent fare at Bon Appetit. Head chef Oliver Dunne works miracles in the kitchen with fresh local ingredients, and the restaurant has moved away from its Michelin star guise to plate up wonderful European cuisine like wild boar chop with braised red cabbage, potato fondant, parsnip and vanilla purée. Its tapas bar is fantastic too.

Address: Malahide, 9 James's Terrace, Dublin,
Telephone: +353 1 845 0314.
Website: http://www.bonappetit.ie

Farm

Cuisine: Irish

There are not many places that serve Irish food this fresh and well sourced 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 loudly for themselves. Probably the best children's menu in town for trendy kids too.

Address: Grafton Street, 3 Dawson Street, , Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 671 8654.
Website: http://www.thefarmfood.ie

Les Frères Jacques

Cuisine: French

Located right 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 a popular choice for business lunches.

Address: Temple Bar, 74 Dame Street, , Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 679 4555.
Website: http://www.lesfreresjacques.com

Cheap

Gallagher's Boxty House

Cuisine: Traditional Irish

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 coddle (sausage, onion, bacon and potato hotpot), plus stews, steaks, seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Address: Temple Bar, 20-21 Temple Bar, , Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 677 2762.
Website: http://www.boxtyhouse.ie

Leo Burdock's

Cuisine: Seafood

Be prepared to queue a while 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. Burdock's has a list of previous clientèle on the wall that reads like a who's who of Irish society - and you'll only need the one trip to understand why.

Address: South Central Dublin, 2 Werburgh Street, Dublin, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 454 0306.
Website: http://www.leoburdock.com

The Mongolian Barbecue

Cuisine: Mongolian

An unusual take on indoor BBQ, this place allows you to pick your own raw ingredients, blend them with your own selection of spices and hand them over for a quick, piping hot grill. The 'all you can eat' option can prove a huge temptation, but the novelty value and personalisation are the big draw in this lively central buffet.

Address: Temple Bar, 7 Anglesea Street, , Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 670 4154.
Website: http://www.mongolianbbq.ie
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Central Hotel

This cheap, city centre hotel harks back almost 200 years. It is very old school Dublin and as such boasts some impressive period features in its façade and public areas. The rooms have been recently refurbished, with free Wi-Fi available in most of them, though snuggle up in the Library Bar and the years still drift away.

Number 31

Overlooking elegant Fitzwilliam Place, Number 31 is the former home of Ireland's leading architect, Sam Stephenson. It has since been converted into a highly sophisticated, award-winning guesthouse with an emphasis on detail, luxury and simplicity. This stylish property offers a variety of en-suite accommodation, as well as secure car parking, but it's the intimate beauty that wins guests over.

The Shelbourne

A veritable Dublin institution immortalised in James Joyce's epic Ulysses, and now something of a hub for the Ireland rugby team, the 5-star Shelbourne Hotel has been home to the rich and famous (and even royalty) since its opening in the 18th century. Centrally located beside St Stephen's Green, with 265 opulent rooms, celebrated bars and restaurants, and a smart health club, it remains one of Dublin's most distinguished hotels.

The Merrion Hotel

Dublin's most sumptuous 142-room hotel looks like a standard Georgian block of houses, but behind its modest façade, it has been sensitively restored to combine period elegance with 5-star modern facilities. There's a classy restaurant, sizeable pool, gym and spa, but also magnificent formal, landscaped gardens, forming a serene haven far removed from the frenetic city centre.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Luxurious and ultra-modern, The Fitzwilliam commands a striking central location with the calm and tranquillity of St Stephen's Green to one side and Grafton Street to the other. Theirs is a stark, minimalist interpretation of typical country house features, using chrome, frosted glass, large leather sofas and dramatic down lighting. Its large roof garden is great for summer sunshine.

The Dylan

Located in the western canal belt, this small boutique hotel is the epitome of style and sophistication. It's housed in a former 17th-century theatre, which in its heyday staged concerts conducted by Antonio Vivaldi. Today, the minimalist east-meets-west designer décor of the 40 individually designed guest rooms, combined with an intimate courtyard garden, spectacular canal views, efficient staff and an excellent restaurant, ensures a luxurious stay.