Chapter One

Price guide: Expensive

Basement of Writers Museum, 18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Price guide: Expensive

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By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#2 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.9
4.9
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
5
5.0
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, People watching, Special occasions

Best for Gourmets - Expert review of Chapter One

Bookings are essential at this Michelin-starred Dublin icon and it’s well worth the trouble.

A mother-in-law has been known to exclaim; “That’ll never fill you” at this superior restaurant, but that’s exactly why Chapter One and chef Ross Lewis are synonymous with fine food and excellent service – superior food is delicately served and elegantly presented. The best choice for dining on Dublin’s Northside, there is an excellent pre-theatre menu that nods to the Gate Theatre around the corner.

Food and drink: 

Meat and fish lovers, prepare to meet your nirvana. Duck breast with black pudding and a veal boudin or halibut in a shellfish and cap consommé with langoustines...and so it continues.

Recommended dishes: 

The charcuterie trolley is the best value and most interesting starter for sharing at 22 euros with a selection of foie gras, black pudding, rabbit terrine, salad and breads. Chapter One is renowned for its selection of game on the menu - rabbit and duck are at least two options.

Ambience: 

Chapter One sits in the former home of John Jameson and authentic granite walls and sash windows downstairs create a homely, intimate cellar-type atmosphere. The table settings are formal (super crisp white linen tablecloths) and I’d recommend dressing up to fit in – you’ll feel more comfortable.

Service: 

Faultless - the type of Michelin service you’d expect. Celebrity food critic Tom Doorly says; “Chapter One is not just about truly brilliant food. It’s also about the very essence of Irish hospitality”.

Location: 

On Parnell Street on Dublin’s Northside – it’s the best restaurant this side of the River Liffey.

Price advice: 

The pre-theatre menu (6pm-7.40pm) offers by far the best value at 37.50 euros for three courses. There's a special Christmas menu for December. 

Tables to book: 

A private chef's table was added last year, made from volcanic rock, this really is the hottest seat in the house where you can engage with the chef and the kitchen for the most educational dining experience. 

More information on Chapter One:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, Irish, Seafood, Traditional, Vegetarian
Address:
Basement of Writers Museum, 18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Telephone:
01 873 2266
Website:
http://www.chapteronerestaurant.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Fri 12.30-2pm, 6-10.30pm, Sat 6-10.30pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Michelin-starred, Tasting menu

Have you been to Chapter One? Would you recommended it?