Date Night in the Dublin Suburbs
The weekend approaches and its time to think about where you’re going to chill out with your other half. Maybe you’re getting a babysitter so you can get away from the kids for the evening and reconnect over some nice food and wine. There are those of you who will be going on a date with their long time love, and others who will be taking the plunge on a first date with someone new. Whatever your plans for the weekend, opportunities for date nights in the Dublin suburbs are many and varied!
If you want to impress a first date, this is the place to do it. First you take them for a lovely walk by the historical pier in Howth, which has been a trading port since the 14th Century.
Then you take your pre-booked table at Aqua Restaurant which is housed at the end of the west pier in the former clubhouse of Howth Yacht Club. Panoramic views are enjoyed from the wall of glass windows in the restaurant. Ireland’s Eye seems just a stone’s throw away. Plenty to chat about as you dine on the freshest fish and seafood caught by the local boats which operate out of this fishing village. This time of year, you might even catch a stunning summer sky as the sun goes down. If that’s not a first date to remember, we don’t know what is!
The upmarket Dublin suburbs are home to Caviston’s Seafood Restaurant which is next door to Caviston’s Food Emporium in Glasthule. Owned by the larger than life restarauteur Peter Caviston. Fish lovers and pescatarians will love Caviston’s menu, which features the best in fresh seafood, brought daily to the restaurant and shop. Caviston's has two sittings in the evening, starting at 6pm and also at 8.15pm. The restaurant is a perfect place to sit back and relax with your loved one, over a glass of wine and indulge your love of seafood.
Set in the residential area of Clonskeagh, Ashton’s is perfect for long term partners and couples who are escaping the kids for the night for some downtime. A superb and award winning casual dining spot with great home brewed craft beers and wines, plus full bar service. No standing on ceremony here.
A cosy familiar atmosphere abounds at Ashton’s, with lots of regular locals from the neighbourhood who know a good thing when they see it. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and always ready to welcome a new face to the place. Grab a table outdoors if the weather’s fine enough. You’ll find a ton of local produce on the menu. Specialities are Irish fillet steak cooked on the hot rock, or free range Irish pork with Irish wild mushrooms. Fresh fish comes from a well known supplier at Howth pier.
‘When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, it’s Amore!’ No nationality knows more about bringing a little romance to proceedings than the redblooded Italians. Dunne & Crescenzi in Sandymount perfectly captures the Italian passion for good food and wine as a prelude to love, that’s for sure! This is the place for loved up couples still in that first flush of romance. Why do we say that? Well, for a start it’s located in the seaside Dublin suburb of Sandymount. So a date night here during the summer evenings could give you a stunning blood red sky beneath which to woo your loved one with a stroll on the strand. That’s after you’ve dined out on real Italian dishes made with Irish produce. Start by nibbling on a sharing board of Emiglia Romana charcuterie and Tuscan Cheese or Burren Organic Smoked Salmon and accopaniments, before you move on to the mains. These include pastas, risottos and traditional Italian dishes from the oven. Absolutely divine. Naturally you’ll get great wine to go with your meal and superb coffee afterwards. What’s not to love? Dunne & Crescenzi is Little Italy in Sandymount. It’s Amore!
If you want to spice things up a bit on a date night, look no further than Ananda in Dundrum. This is the place where Indian food and dining broke the mould in Ireland. Gone were the flock wallpaper, the shy waiters and the tinkling music.
In came contemporary interior design and an international approach to service and presentation of the cuisine of India. The open wall of the kitchen allows diners a glimpse into the kitchen. Dishes are presented exquisitely. Menus feature Irish ingredients used in traditional Indian recipes. A list of world class wines and craft beers accompany any of the dishes. Ananda is slick, cool and very stylish. An impressive spot for a date night, by anyone’s standards.
If you and your partner are into ancient history, Clontarf Castle is the place to go on a date night. There has been a castle on this site since 1172. But the location goes back before that, to the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. When Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, took on the mixed forces of the Norse, Irish and Vikings, in a battle which lasted from sunrise to sunset and killed almost 10,000 men. Brian Boru’s army won out, but the High King himself was killed on this momentous day. Fahrenheit Restaurant is the high end fine dining offering at the castle, and what a treat is in store. Super cooking and presentation of a menu that gives very little away in words, but allows each dish to tell its own story on the plate. Local produce forms the backbone at Fahrenheit with a choice of A la Carte dishes or the 33 degrees set menu served all evening Monday to Sunday. The dining room has fantastic atmosphere from vaulted beamed ceilings and castle features. Here is the perfect location for a full-on, romantic splash out date night dinner to celebrate a long standing anniversary, a birthday treat or just the fact that you’re together and in love. Awwww.