While most of us probably aren’t travelling to Dublin this year for St. Patrick’s Day, we certainly can plan our holidays for the future. St. Paddy’s Day means we’re all likely getting in the Irish state of mind so I’m sharing my official guide of where to eat in Dublin. Before you question anything, I feel you should know that I am actually Irish and I’ve spent a bit of time in Dublin myself. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world as it encompasses basically everything I love. Friendly people, amazing food, charming architecture, and stunning sceneries. Oh, and the view of the river ain’t half bad either.
If you thought Irish food was just cabbage and potatoes, then think again because today’s Irish fare is so much more than that. Irish cuisine has been really on the up-and-up and it’s worth knowing, and someday, visiting these restaurants in Dublin’s fair city.
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Here is the official WanderEater guide to eating in Dublin!
Situated in the heart of the city centre is The Green Hen. On my trips to Dublin, I always look forward to coming here as it is cozy and the food is just so good. The atmosphere has that of a French brasserie but it oozes Irish charm through and through.
If it’s an Irish pub experience that you’re after, don’t miss out on visiting The Porterhouse Central. Located right at the bottom of Grafton Street, it’s tucked away and known for serving some of the best pub fare in the city like fish n’ chips, burgers, wings, and more.
If you think all the food you’ll find in Ireland is heavy, unhealthy, and starchy, then you’re sorely mistaken. Dublin’s Grano restaurant is all about using fresh, natural ingredients to create contemporary dishes that respect the traditions of Italian cooking. Think beautiful pasta, flavourful starters, and of course tasty desserts to balance it all out.
In the mood for an updated version of Irish classics? Then head on over to The Pig’s Ear. It’s here that you’ll dig into contemporary dishes like Roast Halibut, Scallop Ceviche, Fois Gras Parfait, and much more. For dessert, the house-made Walnut Whip sounds too good to pass up.
Based in the heart of the Drumcondra area of Dublin is Shouk and it’s where you’ll sink your teeth into some amazing and authentic Middle Eastern food. From fresh hummus and pita to salads bursting with flavour, and falafel, this is one meal you’ll wish would never end.
Bringing sophisticated Northern Indian cuisine to Dublin is Pickle. Offering up curries that are chock-full of flavour, Tandoori chicken, Biryani, and so much more, this is definitely the place to go for Indian when in Dublin.
If you fancy a short drive from Dublin’s city centre, then venture on over to Mamó Restaurant over in Howth. This contemporary spot serves up a gorgeous dining experience that’s relaxed yet upscale at the same time. The menu highlights local and seasonal produce which results in unparalleled dishes.
While some locals may scoff at the addition of a Temple Bar institution, if it’s your first trip to Dublin, then you need to at least visit this pub. Temple Bar is, yes touristy, but so charming with it’s quintessential Irish vibe. Enjoy a pint if you can even get in the door but just revelling in the atmosphere is just as enjoyable.
There’s something so irresistible about Afternoon Tea. I don’t know if it’s the teeny sandwiches, classy atmosphere, or just the warmth from drinking copious amounts of tea but I can’t ever get enough. If you’re in the mood for a cuppa, then you’ll want to go to The Shelbourne Hotel for the Afternoon Tea in The Lord Mayor’s Lounge. It’s a time-honoured tradition and you’re sure to love every minute of it.