Leisurely Lunches in Dublin
If you’ve got a bit of time to spare, where better to grab a leisurely bite to eat than our cosmopolitan capital city. The colourful dining experience of Dublin is begging to be explored after a spot of morning sight-seeing. Browse those famous streets. Take in the statue of Molly Malone selling her cockles and mussels. Or walk the hallowed halls of Trinity College and view the Book of Kells, to see where Ireland’s Saints and Scholars reputation comes from. Shop till you drop on Grafton Street or get the history of Ireland’s most famous pint at The Guinness Storehouse.
After all that activity, lunch will be a welcome respite before spending the afternoon on yet more sight-seeing adventures. Where are you going to go when you next visit to central Dublin?
O’Neill's Bar, Suffolk Street, Dublin City
Right in the heart of Grafton Street shopping and close to Trinity College, O’Neill’s marries traditional surroundings with right up to the minute Irish food. Local produce features heavily on the buffet and carvery.
Choose what you want then grab your seat in one of the famous alcoves here.
Watch the Dubliners roll in as they too alight on this place for a filling plateful in the lunch hour. You can take it all in while enjoying a pint of the black stuff, a glass of wine or something stronger.
1837 Bar & Brasserie at Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City
If you’re visiting the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll probably want to pop along to the restaurant on site, 1837 Bar & Brasserie. Guinness has been brewed in this location since 1759. This original brewery remains our most visited attraction. Right on the very top floor of the building sits a magnificent industrial space with sweeping views of the city and some stunning, architectural features to be treasured and protected.
Among the pipes and factory windows lies a glimpse of times past, which bonds us firmly with the rich history of the building. This space now houses the restaurant as the pinnacle of your visit to the Storehouse.
The restaurant takes its name from past British Prime Minister Benjamin Disralei (1874-1880) who in 1837 indulged in what he said was the perfect combination of Guinness and Oysters. Still on the menu, alongside chunky homemade burgers and the Signature Beef & Guinness Stew. Of course, you can order your food with a pint of Guinness original or one of the newer craft brews in the range. Drink in history as you dine.
L’ecrivain, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin City
Derry and Sallyanne Clarke’s iconic restaurant has served customers for almost three decades.
Chef Patron Derry and Proprietor/Director Sallyanne run an outstanding operation here, moving with the times to develop a signature cuisine which has become part of the Dublin culinary landscape.
L’Ecrivain is always in the running to win awards, bagging every single food gong in Ireland over the years. Best Chef, Best Restaurant in Dublin, Best in Ireland - you name it and this restaurant has won it.
Leisurely lunch here will cost you €45 for three courses or €35 for two courses, an absolute bargain for Michelin star cooking and quality Irish seasonal ingredients treated with care and cooked with love. The Lunch Tasting menu wanders it's way through six elegant courses at €65 without wine. Each plate shines with flavour, texture and colour. L’Ecrivan is named from the French for ‘The Writer’ and many a renowned food critic has waxed lyrical on paper about this place. You will too.
Pickle Indian Restaurant, Camden Street, Dublin 2
Sunil Ghai is a multi-award winning Indian chef. Pickle is his first venture into his own business, teaming up with business partner and Restaurant Manager Benny Jacob. Between them, the pair have created a hipster Indian dining experience in the capital.
Lunchtime at Pickle is a time for people-watching, as the slick chic of the city come flocking to get an affordable and wholesome lunch. Sunil has re-invented traditional Indian Tiffin Boxes, the typical home cooked lunch boxes which are delivered by bicycle to thousands of recipients in offices and businesses all over India.
All without the aid of technology or internet - it’s very rare a person gets the wrong Tiffin Box! In Pickle, this tradition is brought into Dublin lunch dining with a selection of Tiffin Boxes with different fillings on the menu. Sample a meat, fish or vegetarian box from the various regions of India, including Gwalior, where Sunil comes from. Pickle is probably the only Indian restaurant in Ireland serving Tiffin Boxes at lunchtime, so it’s worth making the journey to try one.
Dining in the Dublin suburbs
If you’d like to see the wider area of Dublin, it’s residential suburbs are easily accessible by bus. They offer great leisurely lunch opportunities in some of the most well known neighbourhoods in town.
Liam Moloughney’s lovely restaurant, in the residential waterside Dublin suburb of Clontarf, rings out its pride in Irish ingredients in every dish. Ballymaloe Cookery School trained Liam is a chef committed to promoting Ireland and its food.
At Moloughney’s he smokes his own meats, cures his own fish, makes his own sausages, supports his local butchers and fishmongers and generally takes good care of the eating habits of the residents of this gentile community. Lunch is served from 12 – 4pm. Sample light bites, something more substantial or super sandwiches on Bretzel Bakery bread.
You can add homemade soup or chips to your sarnie for an extra €3.00 and still get a bargain at lunchtime. Kids get their own menu - and you won’t find a frozen chicken nugget anywhere near it!
This time of year if you’ve time to hang around a bit at lunch, you might enjoy the fresh Dingle Crab Salad or a number of fresh fish specials in season on the lunch menu. Meat lovers gorge on Liam’s legendary home made burger served on a Waterford Blaa. Treat yourself to a glass of wine from a world wide choice to complete the leisurely feast.
Caviston's Seafood Restaurant, Glasthule Dublin
Caviston's is a landmark and a benchmark. Everyone knows this seafood restaurant in the heart of one of Dublin's trendiest neighbourhoods. Such is the popularity of Peter Caviston's Seafood Restaurant and Food emporium.
The Caviston story begins in 1948, when Peter's Uncle James had a casual pint with Glasthule's then fishmonger.
We don't know quite how many pints he had, but when he woke up the next morning, he found he'd bought the fishmonger’s business for the equivalent of €300! Cavistons was born.
Peter's father eventually inherited it. Now it's in the hands of the good man himself and through the years, it has changed from its original fishmongers and poulterers shop to an international Food Emporium with this lovely restaurant beside it.
Caviston’s claim to fame is it’s legendary seafood. From the freshest grilled seasonal mackerel to finest shellfish and everything in between. It depends on the daily catch and what comes in to the shop, which then makes its way next door to the restaurant menu. Which means you’re getting the absolute best in Irish seafood every single day. The Set Menu comes in at just €19.00, including a starter, main and side dish. You really can’t say fairer than that for dining in an iconic spot with a colourful host who, if he is in residence the day you visit, may well break into song as you dine. Money can’t buy that experience!
O’Connell's Restaurant, Donnybrook, Dublin
Tom O’Connell is an Irish food hero. Brother of Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School, Tom has his own way with Irish ingredients.
He’s one of that rare breed of restaurateurs who hardly ever misses a service, at lunch or dinner. He’s not a chef, but he knows how good Irish ingredients should be cooked - and how they should be served.
In short he knows his customers. In the residential area of Donnybrook, not far away from Ballsbridge, Tom has built a loyal and regular clientele at O’Connell’s of Donnybrook, but also welcomes new faces every day.
The Weekday Lunch menu at O’Connell’s offers a small and a big plate for €18.00, a small and a classic plate for €23.00. Add a Dessert Duo plus coffee for an extra €7.00. if you’re just choosing one main course from the A la Carte, these are priced individually and represent some of the best value food in the country. Add superlative service and the warm hospitality of the host himself and you’re talking pure Irish class.