Dublin may not have the same reputation for romance as Paris or Florence, but we happen to think it’s a pretty magical town, especially when you’re cosying up to your favourite person in one of these romantic Dublin restaurants! There’s something so exciting about getting all dressed up for a multi-course meal with cocktails or expensive wine, especially if most evenings in with your other half revolve around wedding-related spreadsheets! That’s why we’ve rounded up 25 of the best romantic Dublin restaurants for you to try – some of which incidentally would also make great wedding venues!
Romantic Dublin Restaurants
1. Pichet, Trinity Street
A Parisian-style bistro with an Irish twist, Pichet is a foolproof mix of sophisticated French cuisine (think crab beignets and steak tartare) and exceedingly chic interiors. After your meal, take your date over to the marble-top cocktail bar for a grilled pineapple margarita!
For more information, visit pichet.ie
2. Liath, Blackrock
Getting a reservation for this Blackrock hotspot alone, will be enough to make your date swoon – Liath is notoriously hard to get a table in. But your determination will be well-rewarded with stylishly-presented seasonal tasting menu that leans to vegetables in summer, wild game and pickles in late autumn, and fish and preserves throughout the winter. Head chef is Damien Grey, of the location’s predecessor Heron and Grey, and the chic neighbourhood spot proved the proof really is in the putting, with a newly-scored Michelin star.
For more information, visit liathrestaurant.com
3. Delahunt, Camden Street Lower
Dublin city centre restaurants don’t get much more cosy than Delahunt, an off-licence-turned homely restaurant, serving up delicious Irish gourmet cuisine against a backdrop of vintage furniture, roaring fireplaces and kitschy net curtains. There’s a five-course tasting menu nightly (with a vegetarian option), and we highly recommend a pre-dinner tipple in The Library cocktail bar.
For more information, visit delahunt.ie
4. Glover’s Alley, St. Stephen’s Green
At the Fitzwilliam Hotel you’ll find the impossibly chic Glover’s Alley, a fine dining restaurant with a Michelin star that could happily grace the pages of any interiors magazine. The food is French-influenced but playfully experimental – the tasting menu features the likes of goat with black pearl curry, squid with buckwheat and Brazilian Itakuja chocolate, while the à la carte includes classics like beef tartare and Irish stew.
For more information, visit groversalley.ie
5. Bresson, Monkstown
A fine dining restaurant with oodles of character in a quiet, village setting, Bresson recreates classic French dishes using Irish produce (venison from Slane, Co. Meath, pork from Claremorris, Co. Mayo, and scallops from Kilkeel, Co. Down, to name but three). The indulgent menu, which celebrates the French calssics done to perfection (sometimes with a twist!) is the brainchild of chef Temple Garner and is matched with extensive wine and cocktail lists. There’s also a new sublime weekend brunch menu if you are leaning more towards a day date.
For more information, visit bresson.ie
6. Terra Madre, Bachelor’s Walk
This humble, owner-run trattoria on Bachelor’s Walk may not look like a special-occasion restaurant from the outside, but descend the concrete steps for some of the tastiest and most affordable Italian food in the city, in a setting that, if it weren’t for the pesky cold, would convince you that you were enjoying a lazy Tuscan holiday!
For more information, visit terramadre.ie
7. Bastible, South Circular Road
Hugely popular with locals who prioritise food over formality, this unassuming Dublin 8 gem serves up impressive yet vaguely nostalgic fare (crispy pig’s head, smoked eel, toasted barley panna cotta) using ingredients from artisan producers, accompanied by to-die-for sourdough bread that’s baked in-house every morning.
For more information, visit bastible.com
8. Locks, Windsor Terrace
Whether the canal is thronged with joggers and dog-walkers or there’s no-one about but a family of swans, the view from Locks, a cosy and comforting, formerly Michelin-starred restaurant on the banks of the water is seriously magical. Expect hearty, seasonal fare, inventive small plates and a sophisticated take on Sunday lunch.
For more information, visit locksrestaurant.ie
9. Bloom Brasserie, Baggot Street Upper
Classic cocktails like Vespers and Kir Royals get things off to a good start at Bloom Brasserie, the chic Upper Baggot Street hotspot which is also a vibey wine bar, is where you’ll find such distinctive Irish specialties as whiskey-glazed fillet of beef and tian of Kilmore Quay crab.
For more information, visit bloombrasserie.ie
10. Marco Pierre White Courtyard, Donnybrook
The Courtyard Bar & Grill is a total hidden gem, literally concealed behind a gate which leads to a sizeable enclosed courtyard festooned with fairy lights and plenty of cosy seating on the heated terrace. The restuarant’s dark and moody decor is what makes this place one of the most romantic Dublin restaurants. As it’s the sister venue of Marco Pierre White’s steakhouse in Dublin City centre – beef really is the star of the menu, whether that’s a classic steak frites, or scrumptious beef cheek.
For more information, visit marcopierrewhite.ie
11. La Maison, Castle Market
It’s impossible not to feel a little giddy walking through the doors of this classic French-style bistro, which provides a dose of old-world charm in the centre of the buzzing Castle Market. On the menu you’ll find tasty reliables like coq au vin, pain perdu and a near-legendary côte de bœuf , but the folk at La Maison aren’t about to let vegetarians go hungry, serving up winter truffle risotto and the contemporary hamburger vegetarien.
For more information, visit lamaisondublin.com
12. Patrick Guilbaud, Upper Merrion Street
As Ireland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud doesn’t need much of an introduction – the Merrion hotel-adjacent French restaurant, which invites top-quality Irish ingredients to take centre stage, is an obvious choice for a very special occasion.
For more information, visit patrickguilbaud.ie
13. Etto, Merrion Row
You’ll find generous charcuterie boards, and stylish, Italian-inspired mains on the menu at this casual Merrion Row eatery that is the perfect intimate setting for a low key, but excellent meal. It also boasts an extensive wine list and a much-hyped dessert menu (most diners will direct you towards the red wine prunes and vanilla mascarpone!). The côte de boeuf is the best in town, and meant for sharing!
For more information, visit etto.ie
14. Vintage Cocktail Club, Temple Bar
Although best known for its devilishly good cocktails, this hidden-away celebration of all things retro also serves dinner nightly, from a menu featuring laid-back bistro classics (open Irish hanger steak sandwich, rack of new season spring lamb) as well as the odd curveball (yellowfin tuna and avocado salad). You can reserve tables in advance for drinks as well, with a cosy heated rooftop bar, which can be opened in summer!
For more information, visit vintagecocktailclub.com
15. La Cave, South Anne Street
If you’re looking for somewhere to have your very own Lady and the Tramp moment, the infinitely reliable La Cave just off Grafton Street is a great shout. The food is classic French and the vibe is old school bistro, complete with red table cloths and wine bottle candle holders.
For more information, visit lacavewinebar.com
16. Peploe’s, St. Stephen’s Green
A 2017 refurb has turned Peploe’s on St. Stephen’s Green into a space worthy of a French movie, and the menu, featuring timeless dishes like French onion soup, and sea trout tartare, is unfussy, but still fitting of a special night out.
For more information, visit peploes.com
17. Chapter One, Parnell Square
A rare two Michelin Stars has given this popular Northside haunt a reputation for culinary excellence, but what makes Chapter One really romantic is not the inventive, eclectic menu, but the fact that it’s served with a large dollop of welcoming Irish charm. The vegetarian options are always a cut above your typical meat-free fine-dining dishes too.
For more information, visit chapteronerestaurant.com
18. One Pico, Molesworth Court
Elegant interiors and a notions-free menu filled with Irish produce, including Wicklow Venison and St. Tola Cheese, make One Pico a no-brainer for a romantic night out.
For more information, visit onepico.com
19. Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place
Wine cellars dating back to 1821 give Ely Wine Bar a unique edge, but the cool interiors are matched with a small but creative menu centring around beef and pork from the owner’s organic family farm in the Burren, Co. Clare. There are small plates and a charcuterie board available if you don’t fancy a three-course meal, but this is a wine lover’s haven and the selection of organic and artisan wines is second to none.
For more information, visit elywinebar.ie
20. La Bodega, Ranelagh
Because Spanish-style tapas and wine is one of the most seductive combinations around and one that works for almost all dietary requirements, this Ranelagh spot had to make our list of the most romantic Dublin restaurants. You really will feel transported to another place and time!
For more information, visit labodega.ie
21. Variety Jones, Thomas Street
This exciting restaurant by Keelan Higgs, former head chef at Luna and Locks, has earned rave reviews and a newly minted Michelin star, thanks to its creative, hearty and eclectic cuisine, much of it cooked over open flames. The vibe at Variety Jones is informal and intimate, so it’s perfect for couples whose focus is firmly on delicious food and incredible wine, with a chef’s choice sharing menu on offer. But beware this isn’t one for vegetarians!
For more information, visit varietyjones.ie
22. Uno Mas, Aungier Street
A sister restaurant of our other pick, Etto, Uno Mas takes inspiration from Spanish cuisine and consistently gets great reviews. With small plates, large plates, and generous vegetarian and pescatarian options, it’s the next best thing for couples seeking a little taste of San Sebastian.
For more information, visit unomas.ie
23. Library St, Setanta Place
Is there anything more perfect for a date night than an entire menu that is meant to be shared. Library Street is a buzzy, cosy spot that’s central but which feels removed from the business of nearby Grafton Street. Expect classic delicious seasonal dishes done simply but with enough creative flair to keep things interesting. Snacks include crispy chicken wings with morel and tarragon mayo, or for larger dishes try the chargrilled pork chop, with cêpes. All appear as they are ready. The creamy Paris Brest pastry for dessert is a religious experience!
For more information, visit librarystreet.ie
24. Roberta’s, Essex Street East
An award-winning glasshouse restaurant and industrial chic bar located in the heart of Temple Bar in Dublin City, this light-filled restaurant features a New-York Italian style menu, serving beneath a spectacular glass atrium ceiling that will make for a romantic yet buzzy date night.
For more information, visit robertas.ie
25. The Stella Diner, Rathmines Road Lower
A trip to the supremely glamorous Stella Theatre in Rathmines is our idea of a perfect date night, but a pre- or post- cinema supper at The Stella Diner next door takes things to the next level! A stylish take on the iconic American dinner, it serves comfort food of all kinds, from burgers to egg sandwiches to pasta. This is far from fine dining by candlelight, but a slice of cherry pie with two forks says romance to us.
For more information, visit stelladiner.ie.
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