In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we are spotlighting five of Dublin’s greatest restaurants. While many of you will be bar hopping this Sunday, if you’re really festive you’ll be celebrating in Temple Bar, one of the Dublin’s busiest neighborhoods. From an upscale restaurant with a pretty view to a pub in the heart of the city, we’ve gathered a wide range of Irish delights.
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Chapter One: Upon entering this high-end restaurant, you'll feel as if you’re in a posh lodge (the stone walls and green carpet probably have something to do with that). Overall, the authentic Irish dishes are prepared and served like a work of art. Chapter One has received many awards, one being best chef, and has been dubbed one of Dublin’s best restaurants. If you’re in the neighborhood, this is one spot you shouldn’t miss. 19 Parnell Square; chapteronerestaurant.com.
Elephant and Castle: “Copied by many, excelled by none,” is the motto of this Dublin restaurant. Well known by locals for its chicken wings and homemade burgers, Elephant and Castle is a whole lot of Irish soul. Located just off Temple Bar Square, rowdy crowds love coming here for the friendly service and a typical Irish meal. 19 Temple Bar; elephantandcastle.ie.
Roly’s Bistro: Since 1992, Roly’s Bistro has been a Dublin favorite. Situated close to the American Embassy and many hotels, this restaurant is well accustomed to tourists. We suggest you try the lamb pie with roasted celeriac and thyme or the deep-fried haddock with beer batter chips. While distinctly considered a fine dining restaurant, Roly’s Bistro recently expanded to also offer a causal alternative –a café. So whether you are looking for something elegant or a simple weekend brunch, you can’t go wrong with this Dublin pick. 7 Ballsbridge Terrace; rolysbistro.ie.
Tea Room: This restaurant makes for a great way to experience both old and contemporary Dublin. Situated in the Clarence Hotel, the Tea Room has high ceilings and offers a lot of natural light. We highly suggest the pan fried tiger prawns and the Irish burger. 8 Wellington Quay; theclarence.ie.
Thorton’s: Located in the heart of Dublin, Thorton’s is an elegant dining choice. If drinks before dinner is more your style, take a seat in the Canape Lounge. Equipped with a fully stocked bar, you can enjoy a drink while watching Kevin Thorton and his trained chef’s hard at work, preparing sophisticated Irish dishes. The dining room looks out onto St. Stephen’s Greens and has a modern but cozy feel to it. We recommend trying the tasting menu, so you can enjoy five to eight of Thorton’s greatest dishes. St. Stephens Green; thorntonsrestaurant.com.