Top Dublin Restaurants

12 November 2013

For those who missed the festivities of the recent Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week, a biannual event that features promotions and special offers, the good news is that Irish cuisine is served fresh and delicious year round. Dublin's restaurants are fast establishing an international reputation that deserves attention. Whether you're visiting Dublin during Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week or at any other time of year, here are the top five inner city restaurants to try.

 Temple Bar, Dublin. Photographer Flight Centre's Mark Robertson.

Rustic Stone
Dublin's Rustic Stone, located on South Great George's Street, serves "simple" food; it's delicious, nutritious and original, using only the best and freshest local produce prepared by Chef Dylan McGrath and his team. Reserve your table online and select a set menu or choose the “On the Stone” option to cook your meal yourself on a hot stone. Try truffled chips and stuffed sweet peppers before stone-cooked steak or tempura salmon, and choose from creative desserts including chocolate soup served with chocolate mousse and homemade banana sorbet. Not just for foodies, the beautiful presentation and exquisite dishes at Rustic Stone should be seen and sampled by everyone.

Dunne and Crescenzi
On South Frederick Street discover Dublin's original Italian café and delicatessen in three adjoining spaces; it's intimate and always busy. With its authentic Italian fare, including fresh salads and Panini, cured and smoked meats, full-flavoured coffee, an extensive wine list and traditional Italian deli next door, every day is a busy day at Dunne and Crescenzi. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here, in a warm, friendly environment offering exceptional food, beverages and service.

Brioche
Brioche, located on Aungier Street in Dublin, is a cosy coffee house and food hall offering a French tapas-style tasting menu. For breakfast, try a Danish, a toasted bagel, scrambled eggs or Irish Oats Porridge with banana and honey. The lunch menu features innovations on French classics, including buckwheat crepes with creamed leeks and avocado and authentic twice-baked goat cheese soufflés. The dinner menu features foie gras, seared scallops, braised oxtail and delicious pot roast pork belly.

Fallon & Byrne
Find Dublin's popular Fallon & Byrne in Exchequer Street for fresh, modern Irish cuisine using the best seasonal produce. Dishes include pan-fried Barbary duck breast with pickled cabbage and red wine jus, and oven-baked cod with pomme galette and pickled cucumber. In addition to the restaurant, Fallon & Byrne boasts an impressive artisan Food Hall, and superb Wine Cellar and Wine Bar.

Cassidy's Bar
Join the craic and experience the fun of Cassidy's Bar on Westmoreland Street. Extending over three floors and featuring an old-fashioned piano bar and random posters of superheroes and chickens, Cassidy's was once the home of Ireland's oldest newspaper, the Irish Freeman's Journal. It's a hip, happening place that became famous for hosting Bill Clinton in 1995 (it's still owned and run by Clinton's cousins). Enjoy Indie music, a pint of Guinness, complimentary crisps and lollipops, beer and pizza, and table games including Connect4 and Jenga.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.