Restaurants in Dublin City Centre

Known for its unique culture, diverse cuisine and signature craic, an evening spent in Dublin's city centre promises to be a memorable affair. From Michelin Starred fine dining, to laid back burger joints and a city centre crab shack that looks to be straight out of Galway Bay, this small city offers something to satisfy every taste and budget. Whether you're on the hunt for the perfect date night spot or a family-friendly venue for a large gathering, we've rounded up the very best restaurants in the heart of Dublin.

Last updated on 20th February 2020

This romantic city centre spot is the perfect place for an Italian-style date night. The simple menu is jam-packed with delicious pasta and pizza dishes made from local ingredients, freshly cooked to order. Pacino's also offers an affordable early bird menu, perfect for a pre-show dinner.

The Market Bar Group

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Having recently undergone a facelift, The Market Bar is located in the part of Dublin referred to as the Creative Quarter. The building previously housed a sausage factory but is now a sophisticated tapas restaurant with a range of meat, seafood and vegetarian small plates ideal for sharing.

Farrier & Draper

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Farrier & Draper is spread over three floors, hosting an authentic Italian restaurant and multiple bars perfect for casual drinks and late-night tipples. Visit La Cucina for the chance to see chefs hand-making mouthwatering pizza and pasta using the traditional Al-Forno cooking technique. 

This waterside restaurant boasts a beautiful terrace perfect for soaking up Dublin's unmistakable atmosphere in the summer months. The ideal setting for group dining, Angelina's interiors are made up of a long bar and luxurious leather booths, with Irish fare making up the menu. 

This restaurant is tucked away on one of Temple Bar's hidden cobbled streets, but if you're lucky enough to stumble across it, you won't be disappointed. The menu is focused on northern Italian cuisine, with a wine list to please even the pickiest of sommeliers. 

NoLita is a New York-style bar and eatery serving hearty Italian cuisine a stone's throw away from Dublin Castle. The vast space is broken up in to several different bars and dining areas, offering everything from delicious weekend brunched, to mammoth-sized cocktails and dancing on tables.

This Michelin Star city centre restaurant is offering dining experiences like no other. Their chef's table is the ideal way to celebrate a special occasion, with impeccable service, a view straight into the kitchen and a seven-course tasting menu made up of Ireland's finest ingredients.

Known for their famous oyster happy hour, the team at Klaw are on the mission to bring crab shack dining to Dublin. Their chalkboard menu changes daily depending on what produce can be sourced, but expect plenty of fresh crab, lobster, crayfish and more. You may want to pack a bib...

This birght and airy brasserie boasts a chic aesthetic to please even the pickiest of Instagrammers.  With lofty ceilings, marble tables, and a sunny outdoor terrace, Balfe's is the perfect place for a spot of brunch at the weekend, or a sophisticated business lunch setting.

The number one Dublin destination for straight-up burgers, Bunsen is identified by its no-frills menu and cool contemporary interiors. If you're after choice in abundance then this is not the place for you, but if you're on the hunt for good food done well, this is the perfect pit-stop.

This traditional pub boasts deep leather armchairs, proper pints and luxe toasties served alongside warming bowls of soup. Housed in a historical building, Lucky Duck has been frequented by Dublin locals for over 150 year, so you can trust that you'll be in good company. 

This South Anne Street spot offers a touch of class right in the centre of the city, with a long sweeping bar, contemporary art and an open kitchen for peeping at your food in anticipation. Topping it off, Isabelle's vast à la carte menu makes it the perfect place for a family gathering.

This ultra-chic Temple Bar bistro has been recognised by the Michelin Guide for their innovative fusion of Irish and French cuisines. Acclaimed chef Stephen Gibson spent a decade working all over the world, culminating in Pichet's exciting à la carte menu that simply must be tasted. 

777 is a mini slice of Mexico in the heart of central Dublin; leave your inhibitions at the door and dive into their insane (and somewhat scary) selection of tequilas whilst chowing down on tacos, quesadillas and fiery sides. Mexican wrestling masks are, of course, encouraged.