Over the last fifteen years, eating out in Dublin has become a far more international affair than it used to be. Before, like any other capital city, it was brimming with Italian restaurants, but now you'll also find a healthy helping of Indian, Japanese and Thai restaurants. This is largely due to the sudden influx of migrants to the Irish capital, and many of these Asian restaurants can be found north of the River Liffey on Moore Street and, in particular, on the northern end of Parnell Street which you will find at the top of O’Connell Street.
The highest concentration of restaurants can be found around the cobbled streets of Temple Bar, Dublin’s tourist quarter. Due to the high volumes of tourists constantly populating this area, you won’t find too many bargains. The quality of food is still good, with many locals regularly visiting the area for a bite to eat.
Head to Georges Street on the southside of the River Liffey and you'll find some of Dublin's most established eateries, while Parliament Street and Chatham Street (off Grafton Street) boast a cluster of Italian restaurants.
30 Lower Stephen St, Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland
Due to cheap (and tasty) pizzas and toe-tapping music, it’s hard to find an empty spot in this bar just off Grafton Street. This might have a lot to do with their great pizza special which allows you to get two of their delicious pizzas at a pocket-friendly price.
Open Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-2.30am, Sun 12 noon-11pm.
18 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
This busy brasserie serves up a wide variety of New York-style dishes and has been in operation for over 2 decades. Popular with locals and visitors, the spicy chicken wings make a really good snack for two.
Open Mon–Fri 8am–11.30pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am–11.30pm.
South King St, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
This spotlessly clean Japanese noodle restaurant is always a favourite for a quick bite thanks to its informal atmosphere and menu filled with healthy and delicious dishes. Due to the communal type seating, you never know who you might meet when grabbing a bite to eat here.
Open Sun-Wed 12 noon-10pm, Thurs-Sat 12 noon-11pm.
14/15 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Zaytoon is a firm favourite with both tourists and locals who flock to enjoy their Persian specialities. You can choose from shish, steak or chicken kebabs and enjoy either on their lonesome or as part of a meal deal along with chips and a drink.
Open daily from 12 noon-4am.
Various locations all over the city, Dublin, Ireland
Found all over the city, these are part of Ireland’s best known chain of sandwich bars. Choose from a wide variety of breads (doorstep, wraps, pita bread etc) and even more fillings. Most restaurants are take-away but others also have dine-in facilities.
9/11 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
This restaurant mightn't be as trendy as it was number of years ago, but it is still one of Dublin's best pizza joints with a lively atmosphere and reasonable prices.
Open Mon-Thurs 12pm-9pm, Fri-Sun 9am-11pm.
2 Werburgh St, Dublin, Ireland
Seen as the best fish and chips in Dublin, the food you get at Leo Burdocks is so good that it's often hard to get a table. Mr Burdock also has fish and chip shops in Phibsboro (northside) and Rathmines (southside).
6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
The Irish Film Institute has it all because, as well as enjoying a delicious meal, you can also catch the latest arthouse movies followed by a drink at the bar.
Open for lunch & dinner Mon-Sat 12.30pm-9.30pm & Sunday 4pm-9.30pm, tapas & platters served everyday from 5pm, brunch served on Sundays from 12pm-4pm.
, Dublin, Ireland