Date Night in Central Dublin

Date Night in Central Dublin

Friday night means getting your groove on with the one you love! An intimate dinner or a relaxed bite. Smart casual  dining or pub grub and a pint. The choice is yours! Take a look at our date night locations in central Dublin, to see where you fancy hanging your hat this evening! 

We will also be featuring fine dining date nights in Dublin and date nights in the Dublin suburbs in future blogs. Watch this space! 

But first, to the centre of the capital and the lively atmosphere of a late spring evening – all set to put you in the mood for love! 


If pasta and pizza and a lively atmosphere is your thing, Pacino’s in Suffolk Street will fill your needs nicely. Casual dining with a great Italian chef, and authentic dishes made with Irish produce. A good selection of wines, cocktails and beers too. Pacino’s does hip as only the Italians know how. You’ll be in stylish company with the beatiful people and the night will glide by.

Pacinos, Dublin


O’Neill’s in Suffolk Street is one of the oldest and most well known Bar’s in Dublin. Step inside and step back in time. Food choices here include platters, oysters, traditional Irish dishes and award winning carvery. This is the place for a casual date night meet up after you’ve finished your day’s work. Enjoy the atmosphere of the ground floor with it’s coves and snugs. 

O'Neills Bar, Suffolk Street

Or hang out in the atmospheric beer garden upstairs, high in the rooftops of old Dublin town! You can even sit in the seats from the old Landsdowne Road Stadium which were once used for Substitute Bench and Sin Bin! Now there’s history! After dinner, enjoy free live trad music every evening. You can dance along too, if the fancy takes you! Session on! 


Sunil Ghai’s first venture in his own business is this beatiful eating house in Camden Street. Pickle is a world away from any of the usual Indian restaurants you’ve been to. This place represents real authentic Indian foods, served in an ‘eating house’ that looks like it came straight from the streets of old Bombay. In a good way! Kitsch Bollywood posters, original tiled floors, simple furnishings paint a very colourful picture. 

Pickle Restaurant, Dublin

Pickle is all about colour, fragrance, spices, taste and and the conjuring of an Indian experience, with dishes representing different regions, including the area where Sunil was born and brought up. If you manage to get a table this evening, you and your other half are in for a treat! Good place for a first date as well. You’ll certainly find something to talk about with the food and decor here if you get stuck for other topics! 


It doesn’t get much more hipster than Ely Bar and Brasserie. This place is made for date nights that have a laid back feel. In Dublin’s docklands, here is the spot where you can relax with your better half, browse through the wine list, choose some great food made with produce from the owner’s own farm and independent Irish producers, and get into the low key jazz/blues on the tunes.

Date nights at ely for food lovers

This is Ireland’s oldest wine venue, so you can expect a great selection of well chosen wines to go with whatever you decide to eat. With knowledgeable staff who will help out if you get stuck for what wine to pick. Outdoor terraces are jumping on the fine days.  


Vegans, vegetarians, raw food enthusiasts and those who just want to sample some fresh, healthy and extremely tasty dishes will love Cornucopia. Even meat eaters flock to this quirky little place in Wicklow Street, to enjoy a wholefood experience that will revive the stamina and the senses! Deirdre McCafferty’s vision for the restaurant is to give people ‘healthy, tasty, fresh food made from good quality ingredients’.

Cornucopia Restaurant, Dublin

Sit down at one of the tables and enjoy the wholesome buzz Cornucopa always possesses. Enjoy the surprises on each plate. You’ll be full of beans - and pulses, seeds fresh produce and vibrant flavours after dinner here! Prepare to be energized! 



Eileen Dunne annd Stefano Crescenzi are a husband and wife team, so they know all about date nights and how important it is to keep that flame of romance alive! No one does love and romance better than the Italians, they were born to it! So if you’re feeling loved up in the city, Dunne & Crescenzi in South Frederick Street is the place for you and your other half. 

Dunne & Crescenzi in South Frederick Street

Great Italian cooking with Irish produce, beautiful wines, chic atmosphere -  close to all the central sights of Dublin and Trinity College. What are you waiting for? A few outdoor pavement tables available if you get there early enough! 


In Dame Street, another Italian gem run by a married couple. Dee and PJ Betuci are Irish and Croatian respectively, cooking and serving proper Italian cuisine which PJ learned from his Italian mother. It’s quite some combo but it really works. The couple also grow a lot of their own fresh seasonal produce in the garden and tunnels of their home in Co. Wicklow. 

Toscana, Dublin

So at Toscana you are getting it the way Mama used to make it, with proper fresh veggies, pasta made with eggs from their own hens, seasonal Irish fish and shellfish and best quality meats. Toscana embraces the Italian feel totally, with an exclusive Italian wine list and a real Trattoria feel. Great for a cosy date for any couple, from first timers to those escaping the kids for the night! 

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