The Best Restaurants in Dublin, Ireland

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In the past few years, the restaurant scene in Dublin has exploded. A foodie scene that was once reduced to pub grub and a pint of Guinness, is now being replaced with top-class restaurants offering both Irish and international delicacies. We explore some of our favourite places to eat in the city for both visitors and locals alike.

Where to eat in Dublin

1. Kerala Kitchen


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For Indian fine dining in the heart of the city, Kerala kitchen is the place to be. After a trip to Kerala in 2005, owner Lewis Cummings fell in love with Indian cuisine and started Kerala kitchen out of a food truck. Now considered to be one of the ‘finest’ curries in Ireland, Kerala Kitchen is a must-visit for anyone new to the city.

2. The Counter


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Just around the corner from Trinity College is the build-it-yourself burger joint, the Counter. Grab a craft beer from the bar and choose from the checklist-style menu to create the burger of your junk food dreams.

3. Elephant and Castle


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Known for serving up the ‘Best Chicken Wings’ in Ireland, Elephant and Castle is a Temple Bar institution. If you love a laid back vibe and diving into a pile of wings, then look no further. Heading further afield? Luckily they also have locations in Monkstown and Rathmines.

4. Bunsen Burger


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Bunsen Burger has a minimalist menu, but don’t let that put you off. They keep it simple, offering ‘straight up’ burgers and fries, but are safely one of the best burger restaurants in Dublin. Just be aware though, if you’re bringing a veggie friend there isn’t much on the menu for herbivores!

5. Klaw


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Klaw is the kind of crabshack that you might expect to find on a boardwalk in California. Offering up lobster rolls, chowder and oysters, this now iconic seafood restaurant keeps its ingredients as fresh as possible with oysters caught straight from Galway Bay, Waterford, Dooncastle and the Flaggy Shore.

6.  Veginity


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Not far from the James Joyce Centre, Veginity was started by Australian chef and author Mark Senn and serves up a range of plant-based street food. The restaurant has quickly become one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Dublin and is a great alternative to traditional meat-centric Irish dishes.

7. Yamamori


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Yamamori is a legacy sushi restaurant in the city, with three locations including a Izakaya, a  Japanese style sake bar. With traditional Japanese decor and enormous sharing platters, Yamamori is the perfect place to take friends for a special occasion.

8. Brother Hubbard


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A minimalist-style cafe putting a lebanese twist on traditional brunch spots, Brother Hubbard is the perfect place stop-off before a day’s sightseeing. Once you’ve tried the the Turkish Eggs Menemen you’ll find it hard to go back to a regular full Irish.

9. O’Neil’s

Perfect for traditional food in a classic pub setting, O Neil’s serves meat from the carvery, massive fry-ups as well as classic stews and pies. After a big night in Temple Bar, it’s hard to find a better hangover cure than their all-day Irish breakfast.

10. The Winding Stair


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A bookshop-cum-restaurant, little feels more authentic than tucking into traditional Irish food with a view over the river Liffey. Once a meeting spot for artists and writers alike, the Winding Stair now offer timeless charm as well as world-class food.

Interested in studying English in Ireland? Find out more about our English school in Dublin. In the city for St Paddy’s Day? Check out our guide to spending St Patrick’s day in Dublin

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