During my recent trip to Ireland, my Mom and I spent three days together in Dublin doing lots of sightseeing and eating. As usual, I did some research beforehand and made a Google map of well-rated restaurants and bars that I wanted to try when we were there. Of course there was no way I’d get to try all of them; in fact, I think we only visited one out of 20 or so places that I researched in advance! The rest of the spots we visited were all recommendations from locals (or Google) and each of them turned out to be a hit.
Here I’ve put together a list of my recommended restaurants in Dublin for you. After the name of each place, I’ve included the address. At the end of this post, I include a map which lists the restaurants we tried, as well as the ones I saved. Hopefully you will at least get to try them!
My Top Dublin Restaurants
Taste Food Co.
40 William St S, Dublin, Ireland
Taste Food Co. was recommended to us by the staff at our hotel. We ate here twice during our trip and enjoyed their mix-your-own breakfast bowls with porridge, fruit, and muesli, smashed avocados and poached eggs on an English muffin with pico de gallo, and Americanos. The food was tasty and the service was fairly good.
43 William St S, Dublin 2, Ireland
Located around the corner from Taste Food Co., Metro Cafe was another convenient breakfast choice. The restaurant is known by locals for its all-day brunch and cozy bistro vibe. We easily found a table for breakfast one morning and ordered their Breakfast Booster (yoghurt with dried cranberries, fresh berries, organic honey, and a homemade granola bar), sourdough toast, porridge, and lattes.
The Atrium Lounge
The Westin Westmoreland Street 2, College Green, Dublin, Ireland
One thing I absolutely wanted to do in Dublin was to go out for afternoon tea. I haven’t been able to find anywhere in Germany that offers afternoon tea service so I made it a priority to fit in during our time in Dublin. There are lots of upscale hotels that offer it, but one of the best rated was at The Westin Dublin in The Atrium Lounge. They offer several kinds of afternoon tea service, including A Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea (with a teapot filled with Victorian Mojito instead of tea!), Traditional Afternoon Tea (with all the classics), and Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea (with an optional Red Rose Queen cocktail). We opted for the Traditional Afternoon Tea which included tasty gourmet sandwiches, freshly-baked scones, jam, cream, and a variety of dainty desserts. The service was very friendly and we were offered refills on our pots of tea. Delicious! Reservations recommended.
28 Clarendon St, Dublin 2, Ireland
After a long day trip to Northern Ireland, we returned to Dublin early one evening and went on the hunt for dinner. We asked the staff at our hotel for a Thai restaurant recommendation and they suggested Saba, a Thai and Vietnamese eatery serving nutritious dishes and award-winning cocktails. We immediately fell in love with the restaurant – the ambiance was upscale modern and the servers were prompt and helpful. We shared delicious hoisin duck rolls (pictured below), a prawn noodle dish on their special menu, and Panang chicken. To drink, I ordered the Yam Cherry Cooler (a mocktail made with kaffir lime leaves, lime, pineapple juice, black cherry syrup, and soda) while my Mom chose an apple cider.
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2, Ireland
On our last night in Dublin, we went to Al Vesuvio, a charming, brick-walled Italian eatery serving authentic, tasty dishes. It was exactly what we were looking for. We ordered two pasta dishes – ravioli golosi with spinach and ricotta cheese, and paccheri mare e monti (fresh egg pasta with prawns, wild mushrooms, and tomato sauce). To start, we shared an order of focaccia on their specials menu and it was to die for! Recommended for a cozy, affordable meal in Temple Bar.
I’ve included a map of the Dublin restaurants I mention above (marked in yellow), plus a few other recommended restaurants and bars that we didn’t get a chance to visit (marked in blue). Hopefully this will be a helpful food guide for you as you get ready for your trip to Dublin!
What are your favourite Dublin restaurants? Which restaurants should I check out next time I’m in town? I’d love to hear in the comments below!