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L'Ecrivain

Price guide: Expensive
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expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

21 years in business tells a story – l’Ecrivain is one of Dublin’s most spectacular eateries.

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Chapter One

Price guide: Expensive
#2/30
expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Best for Gourmets -
Expert overall rating:4.9 (out of 5)

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

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expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

The name Patrick Guilbaud is spoken with reverence amongst Dublin foodies, and rightly so.

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L'Gueuleton

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

A bite of Paris in Dublin, L’Gueuleton is a must for lovers of French food and wine.

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Thornton's

Price guide: Expensive
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expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

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

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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Steaks are king at Shanahan's amid regal, old world surroundings of a Georgian townhouse.

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Pichet

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Book far ahead as since Pichet opened last year free tables have been few and far between.

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Ely Wine Bar

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Dining alone -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Excellent wine, organic food, a relaxed mood, Ely is one of Dublin’s most atmospheric spaces.

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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Michelin-inspired food in glamorous surroundings opposite Dublin’s Stephen’s Green.

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Green 19

Price guide: Budget
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Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

This trailblazer bucked Dublin’s recession with low prices, delicious food and funky music.

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Saba

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Spirited Saba houses tasty Thai and Vietnamese dishes, plus a cocktail bar for afters.

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Peploe's

Price guide: Mid-range
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expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Dublin wine bar Peploe's has that special something that keeps the crowds coming back.

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The Exchequer

Price guide: Budget
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expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Dublin’s favourite new gastropub, The Exchequer is home to terrific food, music and cocktails.

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Yamamori

Price guide: Budget
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Grab your friends, book a booth and savour sake at Dublin’s most fun Japanese restaurant.

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Il Primo

Price guide: Mid-range
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expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Il Primo is one of Dublin’s best Italians wrapped in a tiny and truly romantic package.

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The Pig's Ear

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

One of Dublin's little secrets, The Pig's Ear is a sure bet for the best local Irish produce.

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Eden

Price guide: Mid-range
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Best for Outdoor dining -
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Eden is by far the best choice of restaurant in Dublin's medieval Temple Bar area.

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Fallon & Byrne

Price guide: Budget
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expert-rated restaurants in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

With four fabulous floors from the wine cellar up to the brasserie, Fallon is a Dublin legend.

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Cavistons

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Legendary Cavistons seafood restaurant is well worth a trip out of the city, fishy fishy.

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The Winding Stair

Price guide: Mid-range
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

The Winding Stair has matured into a hip Dublin eatery while holding onto its quirky appeal.

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It's never been a better time to dine out in Dublin as the recession has pushed standards up and prices down! Lap it up as there's amazing value to be had.

  • You'll find lots of French and Italian eateries and seafood and steak are definitely staple foods in Dublin. Tapas and wine are also easy to find.
  • There are many Michelin-starred chefs resident in Dublin so gourmets will have plenty of options in that department. 
  • As Dublin is such a cultural city with lots of theatre and arts events, early bird menus are common and offer the best value in top restaurants. They are generally offered between 5pm-7pm so, if you're looking for great value, plan to eat out a little earlier. 
  • Top eateries, especially Michelin-starred properties, are pushing amazing value for two and three-course lunch menus these days...so again, shop around. 
  • The Irish love their hearty breakfasts! Hotels and guest houses in Dublin offer generous hot and cold breakfast options, and this is why I don't recommend hostels as the breakfast generally isn't included in the price there.
  • As for culinary habits, busy times are generally from 12.30-2.30pm for lunch or from 7-9pm for dinner. Spanish diners should remember that our eating patterns are earlier for dinner, so while it's common to eat out after 11pm in Spain, you'll be hard pressed to find many Dublin restaurants serving after 10pm.
  • Price wise, it's cheaper to eat north of the River Liffey, as the most expensive areas for food are on the southside around the Grafton or Merrion Street areas.  
  • Temple Bar is notorious for overpriced restaurants so apart from Eden , one of my recommended eateries, avoid if you're on a budget. 
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Almost 15 years of eating and drinking my way around Dublin on various budgets over the years has given me a well-informed knowledge of Dublin's most trusted restaurants and cafes where the best food and value can be had. Exciting new eateries have been opened up by Dublin's best chefs in recent years, where delicious food at even better value, lower prices is being offered to attract custom and counteract our struggling economy. Literally, only the best have survived.

I've chosen my 30 recommended places to eat to reflect a range of different budgets and preferences - I'm a stickler for atmosphere and a social setting so there are more than a few of my personal favourites in there, balanced by a few of Dublin's Michelin-starred eateries, as well as equally fantastic cafes offering amazing value.

One of Dublin's best features is its compact city centre space, so you can walk to and from most of my recommended hotels to almost all of these eateries and cafes.