Restaurant picks - advise from Irish colleagues and friends (and local Dubliners) - courtesy of RIPE!

The Greenhouse

Probably Dublin’s most talked about restaurant these days. Chef Mickael Viljanen’s menu is seasonal and highlights some of the finest Irish produce on offer. The menus (three, five and seven courses) are simple but imaginative. A surprise vegetarian menu is always available. Reservation necessary.


Joshua House, Dawson Street, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 676 7015


One of Dublin’s top restaurants, but not for those on a budget. Featuring locally sourced ingredients, intricate food preparation and imaginative reinventions of Irish classics in the beautiful Fiztwilliam Hotel. For something a bit less expensive, opt for the pre-theatre menu at EUR 47 for three courses.


The Fitzwilliam Hotel, 128 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 478 7008

Dunne & Crezensci

A popular Italian restaurant with a well- rounded and affordable seasonal menu. Consistently high reviews. Open daily.


16 Frederick St S, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 675 9892

Diep Le Shaker

Not your average Thai restaurant. This is a top-notch Thai experience, with a sophisticated twist on Thai favourites, an extensive wine list and award-winning cocktails.


255 Pembroke Lane, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0) 1 661 1829

Roly’s Bistro

A popular Dublin restaurant, cafe and bakery. For dinner, you can choose a set menu (three courses for EUR 35.50) or a la carte. Menu features European fare, lots of French inspiration and local Dublin favourites. Open daily.


7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin
TEL: +352 (0)1 668 2611

Green Nineteen

A popular cafe for coffee, brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails. The menu is modestly priced and features tried-and-true classics like Beef Bourguignon, slow-braised pork belly, chicken and leek pie and of course, organic 100% Irish beef burgers. Mains are no more than EUR 14 at time of print.


19 Camden St. Lower, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 478 9626

Bang Restaurant

A fashionable café with cool minimalist interiors, brash art, chandeliers and a menu with dishes like scallops with mousseline potatoes and pancetta and pan-fried fillet of Irish beef with sauteed girolles, braised shallots and dauphinoise potatoes is the stuff comforting dreams are made of. Cocktails are good, too.


11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
TEL: +353 (0)1 400 4229

Café Bliss

A popular spot with students and known for good food in hearty portions at low prices. Really long breakfast menu that suits all needs. It’s more of a dinner than restaurant but good food at great prices if you’re looking for a bargain.


Montague Street, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 478 9626

La Mere Zou

A popular French bistro recommended by locals for its stellar French classics made with ingredients sourced in Ireland. Closed Sundays.


22 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 661 6669


This newish cafe/food hall/wine bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. For dinner, patrons can choose from a set-course menu from EUR 25 - EUR 45 for three or four courses. Serving European fare with a modern twist (and there’s always a vegetarian option available).


83 - 87 Main Street, Ranelagh, Ranelagh
TEL: +353 (0)1 901 3020

The Pigs Ear

Menu features a sophisticated take on Irish favourites. Slow-cooked pork belly with Jane Russell’s pudding, tea & date jam, Lakeshore mustard mash and pork crackling? Oh, if I must!


4-5 Nassau St, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 670 3865

Unicorn Restaurant

A long-established eatery on the Dublin restaurant scene. Though not an “Italian restaurant”, the menu is still, well, Italian. You can opt for a 2-course (EUR 19.50), 3-course (EUR 24.50) or a la carte for dinner. Known for its good quality antipasti buffet on the weekends and one of the best risottos in Dublin.


12b Merrion Court, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 676 2182


If you’re tired of French bistros and fancy making a trip to Clontarf, head to Kinara for a bit of spice. It’s been touted by many foodies as Dublin’s best Indian: this is Indian/Pakistani food refined. Despite the linens, main courses will only set you back about EUR 20. Worth the 20 minute taxi ride.


318 Clontarf Road, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 833 6759

101 Talbot

Casual restaurant that also takes its vegetarian customers seriously. Straightforward, honest cooking geared to everyone from vegans to carnivores. Chocoholics rave about the chocolate cake. Closed Sun-Mon.


101 Talbot Street, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 874 5011

Locks Brasserie

If you want to eat Michelin star food but don’t want to max out your credit card, we suggest trying the very well-reviewed Locks Brasserie, just a 20 minute walk along the Liffey. The menu is short, offering only a few choice seasonal dishes in each course. Mains run from EUR 25-EUR 32.


1 Windsor Terrace, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0)1 420 0555

Winding Stair

A great restaurant overlooking the River Liffey that uses artisan Irish ingredients in imaginative dishes. The wonderful food is complemented by a fantastic wine list and craft beers and ciders. A real local favourite in Dublin.


40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin
TEL: +353 (0) 1 661 1829


A bistro producing wonderful food with great quality (mostly) Irish ingredients. Often booked out, if you can book a table here in advance and enjoy wonderful food and great service. It also has a café/patisserie that serves very good quality breakfast treats and coffee.


14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin
TEL: ++353 (01) 677 1060