Over the last few years, Dublin’s food scene has really come into its own and there is no shortage of restaurants to satisfy your culinary cravings. The real challenge is deciding where to eat in Dublin, amidst the many wonderful possibilities. Here are three tasty spots to visit for some of the best food this city has to offer—for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Let’s face it, if you want a great breakfast, you need to hit a neighbourhood spot. Herbstreet Restaurant is a popular choice for Grand Canal Dock’s residents, but judging from the crowd it draws on the weekend, its fabulous food reputation is getting around, boasting that Herbstreet is more than just a neighbourhood gem. You order a full stack of pancakes and choose from a large array of accompaniments. You tuck in, and savour every sweet bite with a perfectly prepared café Americano. The eggs Florentine and eggs Benedict are incredibly fresh and served with a light, yet deliciously complex hollandaise. They might even be the best in the city. You can dine inside, but it’s a lovely Irish day, so you decide to sit outside. There’s nothing better than breakfast with a view of the canal.
The Bailey Bar
You don’t need to spend much time wondering where to eat in Dublin for lunch, because just a stone’s throw from bustling Grafton Street, as you can take a well-earned break from your shopping, you can grab an outdoor table at The Bailey Bar. This great little urban bar and café is a perfect place to grab a light bite and engage in a spot of people-watching. The menu is selective, but offers plenty of choice. You order the Irish stew with a pint of Guinness, grab a blanket for your lap, and sit under a patio heater. You feel so cosy, you don’t want to leave. So you grab another pint and stay for a bit.
The Winding Stair
If you’re looking for fresh, locally sourced ingredients, traditionally prepared by expert chefs then The Winding Stair is your dinner pick. Before you enter, you take a look at the stacks in the historic bookshop on the ground floor, one of the oldest in Dublin. The restaurant is set in the shadow of the famous Ha’Penny Bridge, so when you arrive in the the dining room upstairs, you are greeted with a beautiful view of the River Liffey. The menu, full of old-fashioned dishes with curious names, has you guessing at first, but the friendly staff are on hand to offer explanations. You’ve always fancied eating traditional cockles and muscles, now here’s your chance. The beer menu matches perfectly with the dishes, so you grab a cider or an ale and enjoy your evening.