Thornton's

Price guide: Expensive

128 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Price guide: Expensive

Dessert

By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#5 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.9
4.9
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Celebrity spotting, Chilling out, People watching, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Thornton's

Stunning food from a passionate Michelin chef helps make Thornton’s a Dublin treasure.

The last time I ate here, after six courses and three hours, I was planning my next visit because the dishes (and wine) are so out of this world that Thornton’s has the potential to become an addiction. It’s a connoisseur’s dream. Yes it's expensive, but for the experience, money well spent in my opinion. Kevin Thornton is a consummate chef who takes his food seriously, just don't ask for chips with your meal - he’s not a fan. He even brews his own poítin.

Food and drink: 

My amuse bouche of fish was still smoking when it arrived at the table, this is a live performance by a Michelin chef. There are three tasting menus (5, 8 or 14 courses) if you really want to taste the genius of Kevin Thornton’s work. Delectable seafood, stunning desserts...it’s all exquisite, as is the wine menu. Sublime.

Recommended dishes: 

Dishes change regularly, but my trio of tuna was outstanding on my last visit.

Ambience: 

My one gripe is the space itself, it can be a little staid if the restaurant isn’t full. The overall effect lacks a bit of character.

Service: 

The waiting staff have personality and aren’t afraid to show it so you're treated to fine service with a bit of spirit.

Location: 

It's upstairs in the The Fitzwilliam Hotel where window seats look across to Stephen’s Green, at the top of Grafton Street.

Price advice: 

Lunch from 25-49 euros is the best deal, or dinner at 79 euros is fantastic value for the standard of the food. The most affordable option? Order a cheese board in the bar and watch the master work through the hole in the wall!

Tables to book: 

Request a window seat with views of Stephen's Green. Or book the chef's table for interaction with the chef and the kitchen.

More information on Thornton's :

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Irish, Modern, Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian
Address:
128 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Telephone:
01 478 7008
Website:
http://www.thorntonsrestaurant.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Wed 6-9.30pm, Thu-Sat 12.30-1.45pm, 6-9.30pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Michelin-starred, Tasting menu, celebrity chef

Have you been to Thornton's ? Would you recommended it?