It's a good place to have food in a typical Irish environment with both groups of tourists and Dubliners. The food is quite good and the portions are big. No live music, but it is a busy and lively place to go to. It has a great beer list, serving many sizes, which lets you try a few local brands that are difficult to find in other pubs.
The site is great for dinner because it is at the Temple Bar. Its wings are mythical and delicious! But beware if you are more than six people at the table, as they charge 22 euros for table service. There were 11 of us and we had the anchovies. If we'd known that it was mentioned in the menu, we would have been placed at 2 tables ... Otherwise well, go try the choriceras wings (as I call them)
When travelling, it's a must to head somewhere after dinner and try a local dessert. It's like an unwritten law in my book. We were out on Saturday April 14th, 2012 in Dublin doing an intense tourist route, and I began to mentally catalogue places to satisfy my sweet tooth. On one corner, I was struck by the number of people ve were inside and the indescribable smell of chocolate. I knew the brand of chocolates but didn't know they had a string of bakeries and cafes. It was a delight to stop there and have a blueberry muffin with creamy cheesecake. Highly recommended and the prices are more or less acceptable (2.40 euros per muffin).
Well, to say that it is not known and already a Hard Rock, it always has a great ambience, in particular has a bar which is located on the lower floor. It is always lively with a great priced pints (4 eur). As you know it is very expensive to eat there.
It's not easy in Dublin to eat well and cheaply, so it's a good idea to take advantage of the Sunday brunch offers. Cafe en Seine is a lovely place. You can go any day for coffee and beer, and don't be surprised to see people all dressed up and sipping champagne. On Friday and Saturday evenings, they have pints of beer for 5 € and a great atmosphere. Wear your heels - it's a relatively upscale joint. For me there's nothing better than brunch on Sunday. The site used to be a museum, which explains its opulence. You can eat well for less than 10 euros, and it has live jazz music.
Right next to Dublin's famous historical downtown and the Spire is the restaurant Flanagan. A family run business since 1980, Flanagans has built a solid reputation among locals and tourists. We ate a wonderful and relatively inexpensive meal there. It has a good atmosphere and friendly staff. All the dishes come with great sides.
Interestingly enough, the Gourmet Burger Kitchen chain is one of the few options for fine dining at a reasonable price that you can find in Dublin after a certain hour. And I don't mean the middle of the night, but the time at which Spanish people would normally eat dinner, because the pubs and restaurants close their kitchens early.
This is typical "good vibes" restaurant to visit with friends and enjoy a couple of hours in a room decorated with "crazy" American décor. The food is fine (it's Tex Mex) but the dishes are huge so you should come hungry. Their bartenders are super fun and laugh a lot. The prices are normal for Dublin ... I really liked it! :)
Wheelhouse is a pub-restaurant that's near the sea, in the village of Howth, north of Dublin, Ireland. Howth is renowned for its scenery. It's a traditional fishing village that you can get to easily from Dublin if you take the train. The Wheelhouse was an old house with a wheel, as the name suggests, and it worked with water, a bit like a windmill. Food is served until 10 p.m., but after a day at the beach you won't want something very heavy. There are several rooms. The ground floor doesn't have good views but it's beautifully decorated, the top faces the harbor and the sea, with large windows. On the menu you'll find typical pub dishes like lamb gravy, steaks, and also salmon dishes and other fish from the port of Howth. Prices are high-medium for Ireland but for what it is, I think it's on the high side. A duck dish or fish will cost you 23 euros, one simple pasta 17 euros, and appetizers will be between 8 and 12 euros.
Casa Pasta is an Italian restaurant located in the centre of the charming village of Howth. It's an alternative to all seafood that all the surrounding restaurants serve. The pasta is made daily in the restaurant. There is tagliatelle, lasagna, ravioli, etc. Some dishes include fish or other seafood. It can get pretty full, so its better to book in advance. A lot of people from Dublin come for lunch on the weekend, especially for a good time. It's also very lively at night. Howth is a seaside resort, but just 20 minutes outside of Dublin, there is a total change. They also serve woks, in case you are sick of pasta. There is fried vegetables with chicken or beef, and you can share the bruschetta. For 4 people to eat a main course and a dessert, it will be around 25 euros per person.
Beshoff Bros is a fish and chips place that's dedicated to making only takeout food. The place is really popular and is very successful because , for one, it is in the beautiful village of Howth where people come from Dublin. And the second reason is because it is the perfect choice for families with children so the kids run and play in the park so that they don't get bored in a restaurant. There are several choices of fish, you can also choose the type of breading you prefer, but with so many people, most of the preparations are now ready to order. A mid-day menu usually comes with a nice piece of fish and potatoes, with appropriate sauces. It'll run you about 8 euros, not including a drink. They do not take pre-orders, which is a shame, but they are quite animated and serve you quickly. They've got about 10 people there who are dedicated to customer service. Beshoff Bros. has decades of experience in the area and it serves fish right from the port. It doesn't have more than 500 meters to travel before being prepared, so it's really fresh.
Darkey Kelly's is a nice Irish pub just behind Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin's medieval quarter. It used to be called the Maiden Tower, and is housed in an old 18th century century brothel. Darkey Kelley was in fact the madam of the brothel but was executed in 1746 for the alleged murder of her son. During the thirteenth century, the whole area was known as Copper Alley and was full of restaurants and bars, and the Darkey Kelly tries to recall that era with its decor and atmosphere. The menu consists of Irish dishes like Irish stew or Irish smoked salmon, as well as some international dishes (it's a touristy area, after all). Main course costs about 10.00 euros, starters are 5 euros, and desserts are about 4. On certain nights, they have live music and the atmosphere is quite lively. The drinks are a bit pricey, but worth it for the ambiance.
We were in Ireland for a week and 2 of the nights we ate there. It's FABULOUS! The food was great, the service was great, and it's in front of Temple Bar so you can head there afterwards for a few pints. Reserve ahead because it's usually full, but usually you can find a spot if you wait around one hour. 100% Recommended
People always say Dublin, or better yet Ireland, isn't a top destination for food lovers, as the food isn't great but they charge you like it is. But hey, every rule has its excepecion, as you know, and that's what happened here. In my case, I had a great soup to start with and, if I remember well, pasta. I highly recommend it. Oh, don't forget to try something from the wood oven.
If you visit Dublin, especially if it's your first time in the city, you can't miss out on Trinity College. You're sure to enjoy these monumental buildings, where you can see students looking like something out of Harry Potter, and of course the Old Libary, where you can see the Book of Kells. In addition to the typical tourist activities, I recommend that you make time to eat at the university, particularly in the students' dining room. It's easy to find, in the building next to the Chapel. This is a typical British-style school canteen, with large wooden tables and ancestral portraits on the walls. Food is self-service and cheap. Just a recommendation, though - don't ever try their coffee!
I'm a big fan of Arepas, a sort of stuffed cornbread. Besides having had them in Venezuela, I've eaten them in the Canary Islands and this outlet in Dublin. It's on a narrow street near Temple Bar and is run by Venezuelans. You can eat and drink for €5.00 and get a delicious dessert like cheesecake of lemon pie for 3.00€.
The Med restaurant is in the heart of Temple Bar, right on the opposite side of the pub "Temple Bar". It is a restaurant specializing in Italian food, as well as French and Irish. They offer pizzas, seafood, meat, pasta, and several menus which you can combine to your liking.
This is a pub in central Dublin at the edge of the area called Temple Bar. It's nice and roomy and there are no problems to stand or to be comfortably seated. The décor is nice and they have a respectable menu. It gets full for lunch and in the afternoon to early evening. I recommend it for the friendly atmosphere and €3.50 pints of Fosters and 4.40 ~ € 4.90 pints of Guinness.