Nine Places to Eat in Dublin's City Centre

Discover a flourishing restaurant scene that offers a diverse menu of delicious, and sometimes quirky, options

Ireland’s relationship with food has changed dramatically in recent years, transforming the traditional fuel-up into a deep love of dining out. 

But, rather than abandoning the past, eateries in Dublin are celebrating the country’s distinctive ingredients—from Kerry lamb to Dublin Bay mussels—and reinventing age-old dishes like potato pancakes and coddle stew. Chefs who once looked overseas for their influences are now clamouring to serve Irish-grown, fished and foraged dishes to diners who are more receptive than ever to fresh, local flavours. 

Restaurant Hit List

Forest AvenueSnag a candlelit back table overlooking the open kitchen at the invitingly intimate Forest Avenue—which is at the centre of the contemporary reinvention of Irish dining—then order the multi-course tasting menu. Slow down, add wine (ask the solicitous staff for recommendations) and savour seasonal dishes from butter-soft hake to mussels served with pickled seaweed. 

The GreenhouseA sophisticated, Michelin-starred restaurant that nevertheless feels warm and relaxed. Book ahead, dress up and linger over dinner’s seasonal tasting menus—or drop by for a less-pricey lunch. 

Hatch & SonsTraditional dishes ranging from beef stew to Irish smoked salmon get a contemporary makeover at this rustic-chic dining room beneath The Little Museum of Dublin. Book ahead for the popular monthly Supper Club. 

The Boxty HouseBoxty—traditional pancakes made from mashed and grated potatoes—are served in innovative new ways at this chatty, pub-like eatery. Shredded as finger-licking fries, rolled into gnocchi-like dumplings or fashioned into corned beef and cabbage wraps, the options here will put you in comfort-food heaven.

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Hatch & Sons/Photo by Conor Ó Mearáin

Sweet Spots 

Queen of TartsThis charming, red-painted café is the perfect spot for a slice (or three) of chocolate pecan tart. Enjoy it while people-watching from one of the sunny tables outside. 

CamerinoRun by a Canadian expat, this crumb-lickingly good bakery café serves fresh-made carrot cake and lemon drizzle pick-me-ups. Grab a chocolate fudge brownie to-go. 

Pubs to Visit 

Peruke & PeriwigWith Dublin’s cocktail scene surging like the River Liffey, the swoon-worthy Irish whiskey concoctions at this Dawson Street townhouse include an unmissable Old Fashioned made with Jameson, Guinness and bitters. 

Grogan’s Castle LoungeDublin drinking isn’t just about the party-hard Temple Bar area. Head to old-school Grogan’s pub in the heart of the city centre’s shopping district, where you’ll discover Guinness really does taste better in Ireland. 

P.Mac’sThis ever-friendly bar (located at 30 Stephen Street Lower) lures patrons with a selection of board games, mismatched lampshades and a kaleidoscopic craft beer list. Hit Skinflint for a pizza nightcap.