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Chapter One

French 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stylish basement restaurant under the Writers Museum, with a modern lounge and two smart dining rooms hung with specially commissioned art. — Michelin Guide

Special-occasion restaurant in the basement of a large Georgian house, renowned for its fine modern Irish cooking and elegant atmosphere. — Insight Guides

The critics love it, the punters love it and so will you: a meal at Chapter One is easily the most accessible, affordable and enjoyable fine-dining experience in Dublin. — Time Out

In the cellar of the Dublin Writers’ Museum, Chapter One is often cited by critics as the best restaurant north of the Liffey. — DK Eyewitness

Artfully lighted and tastefully decorated, it's one of the best restaurants in town, although prices certainly reflect that. — Frommer's

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food is innovative without being fiddly, beautifully cooked and superbly presented. — Lonely Planet

Looking every bit as stellar as its two Michelin étoiles would suggest, Guilbaud's is pretty much the top table in town. — Time Out

Luxurious lounge and stylish restaurant in an elegant Georgian house; the epony- p mous owner has run it for over 30 years. — Michelin Guide

For almost 30 years, Cognac native Patrick Guilbaud has dominated Dublin’s culinary landscape—and with good reason. — Travel + Leisure

Also known as "Dublin's finest restaurant," this do-be-impressed place on the ground floor of the Merrion Hotel boasts a menu described as French. — Fodor's

l'Gueuleton

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The classic bistro fare like Toulouse sausages, rib-eye with béarnaise, and roast chicken à la Bourguignonne is delicious and perfectly prepared. — Travel + Leisure

Rustic restaurant with beamed ceilings, Gallic furnishings, a shabby-chic bistro feel and a large pavement terrace. — Michelin Guide

Dubliners don't do waiting, but you'll see hungry crowds doing just that outside this no-reservations-accepted, exceptional eatery just off George's Street. — Fodor's

Under Warren Massey, L'Gueuleton remains at the center of Dublin's affordable restaurant revolution. — Concierge

Rated by local critics as one of the best restaurants in Dublin, L'Gueuleton is worth the effort you'll have to put in to book it well in advance. — Frommer's

L'Ecrivain

International 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A well-regarded and busy restaurant with a glitzy bar, a whiskey-themed private dining room and an attractive terrace. — Michelin Guide

This is one of Dublin's truly exceptional restaurants, from start to finish. The atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming, and unpretentious, and chef Derry Clarke's food is extraordinary. — Frommer's

A firm favourite with the bulk of the city’s foodies, L’Ecrivain trundles along with just one Michelin star to its name, but the plaudits just keep coming. — Lonely Planet

Hidden away in Dublin's Georgian neighborhood, L'Ecrivain is a small restaurant built on a split level, with a high, peaked ceiling and blond woods that lend it a Scandinavian feel. — Concierge

One of the best restaurants in the city, L’Ecrivain combines classic formality with contemporary cool. — DK Eyewitness

Fallon & Byrne

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Upstairs is an elegant brasserie restaurant that serves Irish-influenced Mediterranean cuisine. — Lonely Planet

It's a pleasant, business-like kind of space with an excellent menu of refined brasserie fare and some lovely wines to complete the picture. — Time Out

A top-floor adjunct to the wonderful food and wine store, Fallon & Byrne, this food hall serves delicious, seasonal Irish fare sourced from artisan producers. — Frommer's

This former telephone exchange on happening Exchequer Street is the best food hall in town. — Travel + Leisure

A fresh, one-stop-shop for everything organic and delicious in Dublin, Fallon & Byrne combines a huge deli with a cozy cellar wine bar and expansive second-floor French brasserie. — Fodor's

The Winding Stair

Cafés 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food is good, old-fashioned home cooking, with produce sourced from artisans within the island. The beer list focuses on local and international micro breweries. — On the Grid

Maguire uses native produce in dishes like fried Clonakilty black pudding and a tart made with local parsnips, shallots, and Gubbeen cheese. — Travel + Leisure

Housed within a beautiful Georgian building that was once home to the city’s most beloved bookshop... the Winding Stair’s conversion to elegant restaurant has been faultless. — Lonely Planet

The best meal I had in all of Ireland was at the Winding Stair in Dublin — Afar Magazine

Part bookstore, part restaurant, the Winding Stair is the perfect hideaway for a rainy day. — Condé Nast Traveler

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

French 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This bright and airy wine bar over an excellent wine shop of the same name serves fine authentic French dishes such as cassoulet. — Lonely Planet

Relaxed, simple, but chic would best describe this little restaurant above a wine shop in the heart of Ballsbridge; it also describes the people of the south of France who inspired the place. — Fodor's

This darling little bistro and wine bar endears itself to everyone. Wine's the thing here, so relax with a bottle of Bordeaux or Côte du Rhône and nibbles from the menu. — Frommer's

A wine shop, deli and almost accidental restaurant (that side of the business just evolved on its own), the adorable French Paradox is a joy to behold. — Time Out

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101 Talbot Street

Steakhouses 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Casual, but serious about its vegetarian customers, this long-running restaurant nourishes wise locals who pay little attention to food fads. — Time Out

This modest, second-floor restaurant above a shop may be unassuming, but don't be fooled -- it's actually a bright beacon of good cooking on the Northside. — Frommer's

Close to the Abbey and Gate theaters, so there's no danger of missing a curtain call, this slightly frantic upstairs restaurant showcases an ever-changing exhibition of local artists' work. — Fodor's

Funky 101 Talbot is a perennial favourite of artists, students, locals and theatre-goers. They’re attracted by its eclectic menu, canteen-style atmosphere and artwork. — Lonely Planet

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Bon Appetit

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food has earned top marks from local critics, and now has a Michelin star, so it's packing in the wealthy suburban crowd. — Frommer's

Have an aperitif in the subtly lit bar then head for the elegant first floor dining room with its ornate cornicing, crisp linen and detailed service. — Michelin Guide

Bon Appetit is luring Dublin's gourmets away from the city centre with the promise of culinary fireworks from young Irish chef Oliver Dunne. — Time Out

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Thorntons Restaurant

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Forget the stretched metaphors: if you're passionate about food, this place is a must. — Fodor's

Featured on television and in books, Chef Kevin Thornton had made his mission clear to incorporate Irish ingredients into modern cuisine. — Travel + Leisure

Elegant restaurant overlooking St Stephen's Green, on the first floor of the Fitzwilliam Hotel. — Michelin Guide

One of the most talked-about fine-dining restaurants in Dublin, Thonton's is the culinary seat of celebrity chef Kevin Thornton,. — Time Out

Chef Kevin Thornton's culinary genius is to take new French cuisine and give it a theatrical, Irish once-over. — Lonely Planet

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Bang Restaurant

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Across the road from the Shelbourne Hotel, this hip restaurant is the essence of stylish minimalism, reflected in its food as well as the decor of natural tones and dark wood furnishings. — DK Eyewitness

Cool minimalist interiors with brash art, chandeliers and a menu that is full of dishes you want to eat. — Time Out

Almost as much art gallery as eatery, this elegantly bohemian joint is a thing to behold. — Frommer's

Fashionistas and foodies alike have been aficionados of this stylish spot for over a decade, which changed hands a few years ago. — Lonely Planet

Stylish, three floor restaurant with a pale blue colour scheme: the basement is intimate, the ground floor, light, and the top floor, elegant. — Michelin Guide

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Dunne and Crescenzi

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Despite the arrival of the much-discussed Carluccio's, D & C is the probably still the best Italian café in town. — Time Out

This exceptional Italian eatery delights its regulars with a basic menu of rustic pleasures, such as panini, a single pasta dish and a superb plate of mixed antipasto drizzled in olive oil. — Lonely Planet

This rustic Italian restaurant lies at the heart of the growing food empire of husband-and-wife team Eileen Dunne and Stefano Crescenzi. — Concierge

The menu is extensive but simple: panini (sandwiches), a horde of antipasti choices, a few choice pasta specials, and some evening meat dishes and desserts. — Fodor's

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Brasserie Sixty6

79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This New York–style brasserie's specialty is rotisserie chicken, done four different ways at any given time. — Lonely Planet

A great-looking restaurant, Sixty6 is precisely the kind of place most people would love to have right on their doorstep. — Time Out

It’s known for its rotisserie chicken, which is as juicy as you could ever dream. It’s not unusual to see a whole suckling pig on a platter being brought to a large table. — Condé Nast Traveler

This cheerful, well-run bistro near Trinity College is a popular choice with locals for special occasions. — Frommer's

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Aqua Restaurant

Seafood 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With a jaw-dropping view over Dublin Bay, this has to be one of the most romantic dining spots in the region. — Frommer's

Smart restaurant at the end of Howth's busy West Pier, with superb views across the Sound to Lambay Island. — Michelin Guide

A contender for best seafood restaurant in Howth, Aqua serves top-quality fish dishes in its elegant dining room overlooking the harbour. — Lonely Planet

This industrial first-floor building used to be the yacht club, although when you actually see it, you'll find it looks a lot more like a factory of sorts. — Time Out

Stunning views over Howth Harbor are your first reward for choosing this impressive seafood restaurant located in the old yacht club building only a few yards from where local fishermen still land the. — Fodor's

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One Pico

International 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stylish, modern restaurant tucked away on a back street; a well-regarded place that's a regular haunt for MPs. — Michelin Guide

About a 5-minute walk from St. Stephen's Green, on a wee lane off Dawson Street, this is a sophisticated, grown-up place, with excellent service and fantastic food. — Frommer's

Chef-owner Eamonn O'Reilly cuts quite a dash, but it's his sophisticated, daring, contemporary cuisine that tends to seduce visitors to his little restaurant. — Fodor's

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Peploe's

International 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There is a reason - no, make that several reasons - why Peploe's is considered to be the best wine bar in town. — Time Out

In the vast basement of a Georgian building, this wine bar and restaurant is so chic even the waitstaff are nattily attired. — Frommer's

Atmospheric cellar restaurant - formerly a bank vault - named after the artist. Comfy room with a warm, clubby feel and a large mural depicting the owner. — Michelin Guide

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Shanahan's on The Green

Steakhouses 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This American-style steak house in a restored Georgian town house offers a sleekly elegant setting in which to chow down on some of the tenderest Irish Angus beef this side of the Atlantic. — Fodor's

There are those who believe this classy steakhouse to be the finest restaurant in the city. — Time Out

This upmarket yet relaxing steakhouse is the brainchild of Irish-American talk-radio tycoon John M. Shanahan, who followed his dream of building a temple to his favorite food: Irish beef. — Travel + Leisure

You could order seafood or a plate of vegetables, but you'd be missing the finest cuts of juicy and tender Irish Angus beef you'll find anywhere. — Lonely Planet

Georgian townhouse overlooking the green; the basement 'Oval Office' bar features one of JFK's old rocking chairs. — Michelin Guide

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The Pig's Ear

International 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Skip fish and chips pub fare. Instead sample re-imagined traditional Irish dishes crafted from original recipes using seasonal ingredients in a cozy and elegant setting at the Pig's Ear. — Afar Magazine

Well-established restaurant in a Georgian townhouse, overlooking Trinity College. — Michelin Guide

This fashionably formal restaurant is spread over two floors and is renowned for its exquisite and innovative Irish cuisine. — Lonely Planet

With its hot pink front door and humbug-striped awning, one only has to see this place to infer a certain playful imagination in the mind of its chef. — Frommer's

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Enoteca delle Langhe

Italian 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Officially called Quartier Bloom in tribute to Joyce's most famous character, a charming little (very little) Italian quarter has sprung up just off Ormond Quay. — Fodor's

Simple pastas, antipasti and cheeses. It also has an excellent selection of Piedmontese wines. — Lonely Planet

The cuisine and wines of Piedmont (or more specifically the Langhe region of Piedmont) are at the heart of this excellent operation. — Time Out

The Quartier Bloom is Dublin’s small, but busy Italian district. It is home to a handful of shops and restaurants, one of which is the wine-focused Enoteca delle Langhe. — Travel + Leisure

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the Cake Cafe

Cafés 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At Michelle Darmody's Cake Café, a restaurant in the Portobello neighborhood, the building was designed to be sustainable and with materials that were apparently "healthy and organic". — Travel + Leisure

When the former head of the Slow Food Dublin movement opens a café, expectations are going to be high. Michelle Darmody's dreamy little Cake Café fulfills every one of them. — Fodor's

Dublin's best-kept pastry secret is this great little cafe on a tiny lane parallel to Camden St. — Lonely Planet

This adorable new venture has already won itself a loyal following. — Time Out

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