Whether you’d like to try elevated gastropubs, unique brews or Michelin starred restaurants, Dublin has plenty to offer the discerning foodie visiting the Emerald Isle. Here are Dublin’s eight best gourmet experiences.
Try Unique Brews at the Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience
The Vibe: Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s most popular attraction with its numerous levels of stout-focused information and 360 degree rooftop bar. But, the Connoisseur Experience turns the standard Storehouse visit up a notch. Guests walk through a secret door and enter a hidden luxurious old-fashioned bar. A Guinness expert provides an intimate guided tasting experience through different Guinness variants and teaches guests how to master the perfect Guinness pour.
What to Order: The connoisseur experience comes with a pre-set drink itinerary, ranging from their Guinness Dublin Porter to their Foreign Extra Stout and, of course, a taste of the iconic Guinness Draught. Once you’ve tried the Connoisseur Experience, head to the flagship 1837 Bar and Brassiere, which focuses on Guinness-infused small plates, mains, and desserts. The restaurant name commemorates the year Benjamin Disraeli noted in his diary that he had capped off “the most remarkable day” of his life with the combination of oysters and stout, making it Dublin’s best spot to try the famous duo.
Indulge in Irish-style Tapas at Fade Street Social Gastro Bar
The Vibe: Dylan McGrath hosts Ireland’s MasterChef, making him the country's most popular celebrity chef. In 2013, he opened Fade Street Social, which serves Irish-style tapas and main courses in a sleek and modern lounge. The mood is simultaneously upbeat and calm, perfect for celebrations and parties.
What to Order: Fade Street’s ratings and celebrity chef helped put the gastropub on the map, but it’s the fresh Irish ingredients and commitment to local produce that delivers the taste and experience that has made it a Dublin staple. Try the Irish steak, which melts in your mouth, or scallops served in the shell. End the night with an upscale take on the classic banoffi pie made with crème fraiche, banana sorbet, and digestive crisps.
Visit Dublin’s Only Restaurant With Two Michelin Stars
The Vibe: Receiving both local and international praise, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has been recognized as the epicenter of fine dining in Ireland. The restaurant’s self-proclaimed goal is to provide an “impeccable dining experience” and their menu and ambiance do not disappoint, serving up great service and food.
What to Order: At Restaurant Patrick Guilbauld, each dish is a masterpiece. Start with the Castletownbere King scallops or the blue lobster ravioli in coconut scented lobster cream, and follow it up with the local Wicklow lamb glazed in coriander mojo with shitake, cauliflower, and peal lamb jus. While the restaurant offers beautiful desserts, the Irish farmhouse cheeses is a lovely way to end the meal.
Enjoy Food and Art With the Pre-Theatre Menu at Chapter One
The Vibe: Ideal for small groups, Chapter One’s pre-theatre menu offers a simple way to indulge in high-end dining before setting off for Ireland’s famed theatre district. Made up of several detailed and themed private dining rooms, Chapter One’s interior exudes a rustic elegance while its menu is full of modern flair.
What to Order: Chapter One’s Pre-Theatre Menu offers Michelin-rated dining at an extraordinary price: for 40 Euros, diners choose three impeccable courses. Although the menu changes seasonally, standouts include its take on duck with blood orange and foie gras and dry aged and roasted Irish beef. Diners rave about the Irish coffee made in front of the guests, by heating sugar and coffee on a small burner and then setting off a miniature conflagration once the waiter adds the whiskey. If you try Chapter One’s Irish coffee, you’ll be spoiled for life.
Indulge in Certified Irish Angus Steaks at Shanahan's
The Vibe: Shanahan’s On the Green is an American Steakhouse that serves certified Irish Angus Steaks. Owner John Shanahan is the Bostonian responsible for the classic 1990s program “Hooked on Phonics,” but he’s always associated himself with his Irish heritage, retaining dual citizenship in both countries. Likewise, the restaurant intertwines Irish-American memorabilia and traditions, including the “Oval Office” bar which has documents and mementos from each of the American Presidents of Irish heritage.
What to Order: Anthony Dunne is the restaurant’s meat specialist and the man responsible for verifying the quality of all steaks. The restaurant guarantees that all aged beef originates from specially selected cattle. The meat is the star here, but the side dishes stand up to any steakhouse on either side of the Atlantic, with creamed spinach and potato mash served in gleaming copper pots and mountains of their signature onion rings.
Sample a Variety of Gourmet Restaurants on the Deluxe Dublin Food Trail
The Vibe: The three-hour long Deluxe Dublin Food Trail visits multiple gourmet restaurants which allows guests to get a good look at the city’s fine dining selections in a quick stretch. The walking tour is located primarily in the Temple Bar area and may include top restaurants like Fade Street Social, Boxty House, and Fallon & Byrne.
What to Order: The food is pre-selected on this tour but you’ll try everything from cured meats and cheeses paired with Italian wines to Irish fish board, including an oyster-opening demonstration with local stouts, and end the night off with three whiskeys and three desserts.
Discover French Twists on Ireland’s Ingredients at Pichet
The Vibe: Headed by chef Stephen Gibson, Pichet provides a uniquely French experience in the middle of Dublin. The interior is quaint, giving off a busy Parisian vibe, while the menu focuses exclusively on Irish ingredients.
What to Order: Start your evening with your choice of wine from their exquisitely sourced collection and pair it with the roast carrot served with quinoa, pickled apple, mint, and smoked yogurt. For the main course, try their exquisite roast potato gnocchi made with roast cauliflower, caper golden raisin, and smoked gubeen.
Eat Like a Mayor at Fire Restaurant
The Vibe: In 1715, the Mansion House in Dublin became the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. While the building remains in care of the state, in 2005, the original supper room was converted into FIRE Restaurant at the Mansion House. In fact, the Lord Mayor still lives in the Mansion House and often comes to dine in the “Supper Room,” which today is one of Dublin’s most modern and upbeat fine dining establishments.
What to Order: Though the restaurant building is over 300 years old, the food is definitely 21st century Ireland, mixing local ingredients with international flavor. Try their Moroccan spiced Slaney Valley Irish lamb skewers or the sesame crumbed monkfish scampi. Finish off the night with a passionfruit bavarois with a basil pastry cream.