Where to eat in Dublin: My 5 best recommendations


In this series, our Lonely Planet locals share the restaurant and bar recommendations they tell friends coming to town about. This week, Sasha Brady, a Dublin-based editor who’s always looking for the best new places to eat, shares the five places she encourages anyone visiting Dublin to try.

Dublin punches well above its weight when it comes to its thriving food and drink scene. The city is home to so many great places to eat that whittling this list down to just five spots almost seems cruel. You’d need at least a few weeks (and a generous budget – this city is expensive) to really get a feel for the dynamic culinary scene here, but in the meantime, if you’re here for a short time and a good time, don’t leave Dublin without visiting some of these five spots.

Collage of food and drink at Note, DublinSee why critics have been singing the praises of one of Dublin’s newest wine bars and bistros © Note

Note, south city center

Why should I go: Follow the rave reviews to Note, and you’ll see why critics have been singing the praises of this stylish wine bar and bistro.

What’s the vibe? Perfectly polished Scandinavian minimalism from the decor to the clientele (everyone here dresses like an architect). It’s an excellent spot to bookmark if you’re traveling solo; there are seats at the bar where it’s easy to strike up a conversation with someone over a glass of wine and nibbles.

What should I order? Some of the most creative cooking in Dublin is happening at Note, and whether you show up for lunch, dinner, or just a plate of cured sardines and a glass of wine, it will always feel like a treat here. Each dish…

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