When it comes to fine dining in Dublin you’re spoiled for choice. Ireland’s agricultural success means that sourcing great quality ingredients and top-class meat is easy, and you shouldn’t expect anything less. Discover how head chefs across Dublin are combining this produce with inspirations of their own to create modern dishes like you’ve never tasted before.
Whether you’re taking out clients or treating yourself to a swanky meal to celebrate an occasion, here’s our list of five our favourite fine dining restaurants in Dublin.
Fire Restaurant and Lounge
The Mansion House, Dublin 2
Fire Restaurant and Lounge is a multi-award-winning venue located in the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House on Dawson Street. The dining room dates to 1864 when it was originally created to be the Lord Mayor’s ‘supper room’. It contains high vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and an outdoor terrace overlooking the wonderfully kept Mansion House gardens.
Serving their idea of what modern Irish food should be, Fire’s menus have been created to utilise fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. They only use the finest selection of 100% Irish meats.
Dining in Fire is a true culinary experience, your personal server can explain the origin of all their dishes and make wine pairing recommendations from their extensive new and old-world wine selection. Their signature dishes include wood fired jumbo prawns and Irish Hereford prime steak.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
21 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is a two Michelin star restaurant located in the heart of Dublin City Centre. The menu is a combination of contemporary Irish cuisine with French classical roots and it’s highly rated both here and abroad.
Diners can choose one of four dining options at Patrick Guilbaud: lunch, a la carte, four course digestion and an eight-course tasting. There’s also a resident sommelier on hand to recommend matching wines for your meal.
The menus at Patrick Guilbaud change seasonally depending on what’s best in season and market. The restaurant’s team are dedicated to pursuing excellence when it comes to providing clients with a first-class dining experience and they’ve done just that since opening in 1981.
16 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Located inside a renovated 1970’s bank vault, Peploe’s Wine Bar and Bistro supplies guests with a warm, inviting atmosphere while serving traditional French dishes created with top class Irish produce. Their philosophy is simple, to be informal yet sophisticated.
They do this by supplying great wine and excellent food at affordable prices – true to European style. Appealing dishes include monkfish scampi, burrata truffle and salt aged duck. They also offer an early bird and pre-theatre menu daily from 12.00pm to 6.00pm where you can enjoy two courses for €32.50 or three courses for €38.50. Peploe’s offer a full menu for both vegans and vegetarians.
Peploe’s is deserving of its great reputation. You’re sure to enjoy a special evening here.
18-19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Chapter One has been awarded a Michelin star – eating here is a true fine dining experience. The restaurant is in the former home of whiskey maker George Jameson and the menu pays homage to the homely Irish cuisine that we’re all so fond of. They are so dedicated to honouring Irish tradition that the dining room is wonderfully decorated with pieces of art by some of the best in Irish craft.
Guests can choose from a range of menu options at Chapter One: dinner, tasting, chef’s tasting and vegetarian. We recommend trying the terrine of chicken and smoked bacon or the rib of olive-fed pork.
Sussex Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Forest Avenue is relatively new on the fine dining scene in Dublin but in the year since it’s opened, it has quickly become one of the top-rated fine dining restaurants in the city.
Described as a ‘neighbourhood dining room’, Forest Avenue is run by a husband and wife team: John and Sandy Wyer. Sandy grew up in Queens, New York and this location feeds into the types of dishes prepared at the restaurant. They serve modern food sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients from local producers. The menu frequently changes due to this.
Guests at Forest Avenue can enjoy a six-course tasting menu for €68 and there is a vegetarian menu available. Keep room for desert – the Tonka bean ice cream is not to be missed!
Why not top off your glamorous evening with an overnight stay at the four star Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge? Situated beside a host of fine dining restaurants and buzzing bars, Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge caters for couples, businesspeople and families alike.