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Eating Out in Dublin

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Introduction

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Modern Dublin is a multicultural city and this is reflected in the variety and the quality of cuisine available. However, given Dublin is an expensive city to live in, many visitors also find the eating out in Dublin relatively pricey, if not overpriced. The key is to look out for board outside of the restaurants/cafés for any special of the day, and all eateries is by-law requires to put a menu with prices outside by the door so customers can gauge if they're happy with the prices before sitting in.

Eating out at lunch is usually cheaper than at dinnertime, and following the onset of international recession, prices are becoming somewhat more reasonable and affordable as more places roll out value menus in order to keep their customers happy.

Traditional Irish cuisine generally consists of hearty food (e.g. Irish stew, colcannon, bacon and cabbage) but in recent years have taken on influences from other cuisine and introduces European-fusion/Asian-fusion dishes to the table. Moreover, it is not just immigration that helps to drive the development of food culture in Dublin. As more and more locals travel abroad, and returning wanting authentic exotic cuisine on their tables, it creates a demand and a gap in the market to be fulfilled.

Drinking is also a part of Irish lifestyle, and the number of pubs and bars reflect this aspect of Irish social life. Most restaurants are licenced and the markup for alcoholic drinks such as wine could easily be two to three times the retail price, making them very pricey items on the menu. A very small number of them operate a BYOB policy. It is also common for diners to meet at a pub nearby for pre-dinner drinks, before proceeding for dinner at the restaurant of choice. Many pubs also serve food, usually from around 12.00pm to 8.00-9.00pm. You can gauge if they're still serving food by checking the condiments on the table - usually, if salt and pepper sets and sauces have been collected away from the table, they have stop serving.

Tipping

At a sit down service, it is customary to leave a 10% tip based on the total bill (which is inclusive of tax), more if you think the service has been exceptional. However, if a service charge (usually between 10%-12.5%, and will be denoted) is added to the bill, no further tip is needed. Many restaurants also have a policy of adding a service charge for large parties, generally from 6 people onwards.

Tip is not expected for counter/self service and fast food places, nor is coffee and sandwich shops. It is not out of the norm to see a tip jar/bowl nonetheless, in which customers can drop in the loose change they get after paying for their purchases if they wish.

Tipping is not expected in bars/pubs, although if a large round of drinks is being served, it is reasonable to leave some tips, usually a couple of Euros or by rounding up the bill. Some customers also leave the small change (on the counter, or in the small dish where bill is presented) after paying the drinks. If you're having a right craig, then you can also leave enough to buy the barman a drink. If food is being served at the table, treat this as a sit down service and tip appropriately.

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Browse by area

Temple bar district

Temple bar district

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Most eateries in the city centre are located in Dublin 1 (North City Centre) and Dublin 2 (South City Centre) areas. There are also other good restaurants away from the central area but remain nearby and accessible to visitors who are staying in central locations.

Grafton Street and Trinity College Area

  • Café Bar Deli - inside Bewley's Café, 78-80 Grafton Street, 01-6727720; also at 12 George's Street and 62 Ranelagh Village; daily 12.00pm to 10.00pm (Thurs-Sat until 11.00pm); excellent value, main course from €10; pasta, pizza, salads; menu valid for all day.
  • Cornucopia - 19 Wicklow Street, 01-6777583; Mon-Fri 8.30am to 9.00pm, Sat 8.30am to 8.00pm, Sun/bank holiday 12.00pm to 7.00pm; Vegetarian; delicious meat-free food, flavoursome and a good variety, menu changes regularly; table sharing is common and art works on display are for sale (they're part gallery too); menu valid for all day.
  • Dunne & Crescenzi - 14-16 South Frederick Street, 01-6759892; Mon-Sat 8.30am to 11.00pm; Italian cuisine, reasonably good value although portion size on the lighter side, recommended - antipasto misto, foccacia.
  • George's Bistro & Wine Bar - 29 South Fredrick Street, 01-6797000; Mon-Wed 7.30am to 11.00pm, Thurs 7.30am to 1.00am, Fri-Sat 7.30am to 2.00am, closed Sun; European fusion; lunch menu - starter €4, main course €10; dinner menu - starter €5, main course €12.
  • l'Gueuleton - 1 Fade Street, 01-6753708; Mon-Sat lunch 12.30pm to 3.00pm, dinner 6.00pm to 10.00pm, Sun lunch 1.00pm to 3.00pm, dinner 6.00pm to 9.00pm; French cuisine; great food with good portion size; no reservations but if busy, name can be given to waiting staff and drop over to Hogan's next door, or Market Bar across the road, or The Secret Bar upstairs.
  • Lemon - 60 Dawson Street, 01-672889; also at 66 South William Street (much smaller place); Crêperie; cheap and cheerful, with filling savoury crêpes as well as sweet crêpes, priced between €5 to €7; menu valid for all day.
  • MJ O'Neills Bar & Restaurants - Suffolk St, 01-6793656; daily 10.30am to 11.30pm (Fri-Sat until 12.30am); great pub grub with a carvery, sandwich and salad bar; prices from €6 to €20, most carvery/bar menu about €11-€13; sports screening makes it a popular venue for food, drink and cheering for the team!
  • Ukiyo Bar - 7-9 Exchequer Street, 01-6334071; daily 12.00pm till late (esp Thurs-Sun); Japanese cuisine; lunch special €6, bento box €10; dinner special €10, bento box €15; excellent value for very filling bento box which changes every day.

Temple Bar and Christchurch Area

  • Tante Zoe's - 1 Crow Street, 01-6794407; daily 12.00pm to 12.00am; Cajun cuisine; lunch/credit crunch menu - starter €4.50, main course €8.50, dessert €4.00; dinner early bird menu - 2 courses €19.50, 3 courses €23.00; try the jambalaya and blackened chicken (or salmon).
  • Queen of Tarts - 4 Cork Hill, Dame Street, 01-6707499; also at Cow's Lane, Dame Street, 01-6334681; Mon-Fri 7.30am to 7.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am to 7.00pm; Tarts specials; lovely baked goodies and pastries to tempt even the most diet-conscious; sweet tarts about €4 and savoury tarts during lunch time €8; menu valid all day.

Harcourt and Camden Area

  • BóBó's - 22 Wexford Street, 01-4005750; Mon-Wed 9.00am to 11.00pm, Thurs-Fri 9.00am to 11.30pm, Sat 12.00pm to 11.30pm, Sun 1.00pm to 10.00pm; Gourmet burger; between €7 to €10 for juicy gourmet burger, stacked high and presenting a challenge to anyone trying to have a full bite in one go; menu valid for all day.
  • Green19 - 19 Camden Street Lower, 01-4789626; Mon-Sat 10.00am to 11.00pm, Sun 12.00pm to 6.00pm; Irish fusion; starters €4-€5, main courses €10, salads €6-€9, desserts €5; solid, hearty food and while menu is limited, the dishes are cooked well; very good value, making it a new favourite in town; menu valid for all day.

O'Connell Street and Parnell Street Area

Further Afield

  • Millers Pizza Kitchen - 50 Upper Baggot Street, 01-6606022; Sun-Wed 12.00pm to 11.00pm, Thurs-Sat 12.00pm to 11.30pm; Gourmet pizza; may seem expensive (pizza from €7, at dinner time average price €16-€18 each, value menu available) but where else can you get delicious, non-traditional pizza with wild boar, or scallops, or thai chicken, as the toppings?

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Browse by type of cuisine

From Thai to Japanese, French to Polish, Mexican to Brazilian, there are options aplenty. These are eateries listed above, just regrouped by cuisine type, so the descriptions remain the same.

Irish/European Fusion

  • George's Bistro & Wine Bar - 29 South Fredrick Street, 01-6797000; Mon-Wed 7.30am to 11.00pm, Thurs 7.30am to 1.00am, Fri-Sat 7.30am to 2.00am, closed Sun; European fusion; lunch menu - starter €4, main course €10; dinner menu - starter €5, main course €12.
  • Green19 - 19 Camden Street Lower, 01-4789626; Mon-Sat 10.00am to 11.00pm, Sun 12.00pm to 6.00pm; Irish fusion; starters €4-€5, main courses €10, salads €6-€9, desserts €5; solid, hearty food and while menu is limited, the dishes are cooked well; very good value, making it a new favourite in town; menu valid for all day.

Pub Grub

  • MJ O'Neills Bar & Restaurants - Suffolk St, 01-6793656; daily 10.30am to 11.30pm (Fri-Sat until 12.30am); great pub grub with a carvery, sandwich and salad bar; prices from €6 to €20, most carvery/bar menu about €11-€13; sports screening makes it a popular venue for food, drink and cheering for the team!

Italian

  • Café Bar Deli - inside Bewley's Café, 78-80 Grafton Street, 01-6727720; also at 12 George's Street and 62 Ranelagh Village; daily 12.00pm to 10.00pm (Thurs-Sat until 11.00pm); excellent value, main course from €10; pasta, pizza, salads; menu valid for all day.
  • Dunne & Crescenzi - 14-16 South Frederick Street, 01-6759892; Mon-Sat 8.30am to 11.00pm; Italian cuisine, good value although portion size on the lighter side, recommended - antipasto misto, foccacia.

French

  • l'Gueuleton - 1 Fade Street, 01-6753708; Mon-Sat lunch 12.30pm to 3.00pm, dinner 6.00pm to 10.00pm, Sun lunch 1.00pm to 3.00pm, dinner 6.00pm to 9.00pm; French cuisine; great food with good portion size; no reservations but if busy, name can be given to waiting staff and drop over to Hogan's next door, or Market Bar across the road, or The Secret Bar upstairs.

Asian

  • Ukiyo Bar - 7-9 Exchequer Street, 01-6334071; daily 12.00pm till late (esp Thurs-Sun); Japanese cuisine; lunch special €6, bento box €10; dinner special €10, bento box €15; excellent value for very filling bento box which changes every day.

Vegetarian

  • Cornucopia - 19 Wicklow Street, 01-6777583; Mon-Fri 8.30am to 9.00pm, Sat 8.30am to 8.00pm, Sun/bank holiday 12.00pm to 7.00pm; Vegetarian; delicious meat-free food, flavoursome and a good variety, menu changes regularly; table sharing is common and art works on display are for sale (they're part gallery too); menu valid for all day.

Other International Cuisine

  • Tante Zoe's - 1 Crow Street, 01-6794407; daily 12.00pm to 12.00am; Cajun cuisine; lunch/credit crunch menu - starter €4.50, main course €8.50, dessert €4.00; dinner early bird menu - 2 courses €19.50, 3 courses €23.00; try the jambalaya and blackened chicken (or salmon).

Specialty/Niche Eats

  • BóBó's - 22 Wexford Street, 01-4005750; Mon-Wed 9.00am to 11.00pm, Thurs-Fri 9.00am to 11.30pm, Sat 12.00pm to 11.30pm, Sun 1.00pm to 10.00pm; Gourmet burger; between €7 to €10 for juicy gourmet burger, stacked high and presenting a challenge to anyone trying to have a full bite in one go; menu valid for all day.
  • Lemon - 60 Dawson Street, 01-672889; also at 66 South William Street (much smaller place); Crêperie; cheap and cheerful, with filling savoury crêpes as well as sweet crêpes, priced between €5 to €7; menu valid for all day.
  • Millers Pizza Kitchen - 50 Upper Baggot Street, 01-6606022; Sun-Wed 12.00pm to 11.00pm, Thurs-Sat 12.00pm to 11.30pm; Gourmet pizza; may seem expensive (pizza from €7, at dinner time average price €16-€18 each, value menu available) but where else can you get delicious, non-traditional pizza with wild boar, or scallops, or thai chicken, as the toppings?
  • Queen of Tarts - 4 Cork Hill, Dame Street, 01-6707499; also at Cow's Lane, Dame Street, 01-6334681; Mon-Fri 7.30am to 7.00pm, Sat-Sun 9.00am to 7.00pm; Tarts specials; lovely baked goodies and pastries to tempt even the most diet-conscious; sweet tarts about €4 and savoury tarts during lunch time €8; menu valid all day.

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Cheap places to eat

By Dublin's standard, main dish at around €8 to €10 in restaurants/cafés serving good quality food is considered cheap and reasonable. However, this price range is normally found during lunch time rather than at dinner time, although quite a number of cafés now use the same menu throughout the day, therefore keeping the same affordable prices.

There are also quite a large number of sandwich and bagel chains (and coffee shops), such as Subway, Bagel Factory, O'Brien's Sandwiches, Café Sol, Insomnia and West Coast Coffee around the city, offering food on the go between €2.50 to €5.00. Often there are promotional prices for soups and sandwiches, or tea/coffee and sandwiches too.

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Food Markets

There are several food markets in different locations on different days, serving inexpensive food to eat on the go. Often, disposable cutleries will be provided upon request.

  • Temple Bar Food Market - Temple Bar Meeting House Square, Sat 10:00pm-4.30pm; the most popular market in the city, bustling with vendors selling crêpes, risoles, sushi, cakes and breads, apple cider, olives, cheese, oyster, pies, tarts; most prices between €3-€5; organic fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish are also on sales.

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