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! :)
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.
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.
You'll find the The Wicklow Heather when you're leaving Dublin on the road toward Glendalough. I like pubs outside the cities because they usually have a rustic, local feel with fireplaces and quaint decor. The Wicklow Heather is a traditional pub that has been in business for over 40 years. You can go there for a drink around, but as it's kind of in the middle of nowhere, people usually go for a weekend lunch or dinner. The cuisine is a mix of traditional Irish and international dishes with a modern twist. The management believes in fair trade and tries to help local organic farmers whenever possible. In general, they have Saturday and Sunday specials in addition to the standard menu. The pub is open daily until 10 pm, but the kitchen closes a bit before. It's a classic place if you want to escape to the countryside near Dublin.
With tradition, live music and more than 200 years of history, Johnnie Fox's pub has become almost a symbol of Dublin. You'll find it on the outskirts of the city, in Glencullen, and it claims to be the highest pub in Ireland. It's certainly among the most authentic that I went into. It's popular with the rich and famous who visit Dublin, as you can see by the photo of the Prince of Asturias which hangs outside the bathroom. They have a menu specialising in fish, and offer "Hooley Nights": a four courses meal, traditional Irish music, and dancing. The show, choreographed by Joey Comerford, has been described as one of the country's best cultural shows. Reservations are necessary, and the shows run from 19:30 until almost midnight.
While in Dublin, the first idea that comes to mind as a dinner option is of course, the famous Temple Bar. Sadly, at 8 in the evening it was so crowded that we couldn't even step inside. There are plenty of options nearby, but most were heaving - really, all of Dublin's tourists seem to be concentrated in about two blocks. We were about to give up when we saw this small restaurant with an empty table in the window. The restaurant is The Shack, serving typical Irish food. I opted for the lamb which was very tasty. The other options were also very good.
Abbey Tavern is one of the oldest pubs in Ireland and was formerly a seminary for the monks who lived in the Abbey of Howth, one of Europe's leading monasteries during the Middle Ages. These days, it's a welcoming pub where you can enjoy lunch with friends while listening to traditional Irish music. It's located only a few steps from the Howth waterfront.