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Chapter One

French 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This wonderful, culture-vulture favorite gets its name from its location, downstairs in the vaulted, stone-wall basement of the Dublin Writers Museum. — Fodor's

Michelin-starred Chapter One is our choice for city's best eatery because it successfully combines flawless haute cuisine with a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. — Lonely Planet

Chef Ross Lewis is well known for his slow food philosophy... Staunchly loyal clientele is proof of this place's well-deserved popularity. — Concierge

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

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

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

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

Ireland's most award-winning restaurant (with two Michelin stars) holds court in elegant quarters at the equally elegant Merrion Hotel. — Frommer's

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

l'Gueuleton

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

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

Dubliners have a devil of a time pronouncing the name (which means 'a gluttonous feast' in French) and have had their patience tested with the no-reservations-get-in-line-and-wait policy,. — Lonely Planet

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

Superb, unpretentious brasserie cooking has earned this charming little restaurant a good reputation over the years, and they've had the sense to not go tinkering with a winning formula. — Time Out

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

L'Ecrivain

International 85 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

Classic Irish dishes get a truly gourmet twist at this stalwart of Dublin's fine-dining scene: the oysters in Guinness sabayon are legendary. — Time Out

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

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

Fallon & Byrne

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

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

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

A former telephone exchange: now a large, busy, New York style food emporium with a basement wine shop. — Michelin Guide

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

The Winding Stair

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

Hearty portions of upmarket traditional Irish food best describes the terrific menu, which is greatly helped by locally sourced ingredients. — Fodor's

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

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

This long-beloved bookstore cafe was reworked a couple of years ago into a sleek, gorgeous restaurant with wood floors, big windows, and stunning river views. — Frommer's

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 French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar

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

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

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

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

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101 Talbot Street

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

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

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

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

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Bon Appetit

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

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

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

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

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

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Bang Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dunne and Crescenzi

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

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

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

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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One Pico

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

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

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

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Brasserie Sixty6

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

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

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

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

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

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Aqua Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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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Cornucopia Restaurant

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

A stalwart for vegetarians, vegans, dairy intolerants or anyone looking for healthy, wholesome grub, Cornucopia is cramped, wooden and not exactly glam. — Time Out

Prepare to get your health on. Cornucopia serves meals that are vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, yeast-free, dairy-free, egg-free and low-fat. — Let's Go

This little cafe just off Grafton Street is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city, and it also serves wholesome meals for people on various restricted diets. — Frommer's

Wholesome, home-style vegetarian cooking, organic food and wine with yeast-free, dairy-, gluten- and wheat-free options. — Insight Guides

Dublin's best-known vegetarian restaurant is this terrific eatery that serves wholesome salads, sandwiches and a selection of hot main courses from a daily-changing menu. — Lonely Planet

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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ely wine bar

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

This cosmopolitan, clever place does everything right. — Frommer's

Scrummy homemade burgers, bangers and mash, or wild smoked salmon salad are some of the dishes you’ll find in this basement restaurant. — Lonely Planet

Cosy and smart, with brick walls, oversized armchairs and little nooks and crannies to sink into, Ely boasts a vast wine list that is possibly the best in the country. — Time Out

Owners Erik and Michelle Robson also run an organic farm in Clare, and supply beef and vegetables for entrees on the lunch and dinner menus. — Travel + Leisure

Dishes tend to be simple—for example, the panfried cod with potato terrine, samphire (a local coastal herb), and clam chowder—but incredibly fresh and succulent. — Fodor's

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Super Miss Sue

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

There are actually three restaurants here under the Super Miss Sue umbrella, each serving excellent seafood to a trendy crowd — Frommer's

A delicious seafood extravaganza that singlehandedly doubles up as an excellent restaurant and good old fashioned fish and chip shop. — On the Grid

Seafood joint Super Miss Sue fuses high class dining with world class drunk food. — Let's Go

One of the best new spots is Super Miss Sue, which manages to be bright and inventive but earthy at the same time. — Condé Nast Traveler

Not one restaurant, but three: on the ground floor is a bright cafe-style dining room that serves mostly seafood, including lots of types of oysters and a shellfish platter to die for. — Lonely Planet

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