Chapter One

Address: Basement of Writers Museum, 18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland
Telephone: 01 873 2266

- Expensive

4.9

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
4.9
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Service
5
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Food and drink
4.9
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Value for money
4.6
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Ambience
4.7
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Location
4
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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. 

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • People watching
  • Special occasions
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

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