Though many visitors come to Dublin just to sample our pubs and famous pints and whiskeys, over recent years Dublin has become a top foodie destination in Europe! Yes in 2023 Dublin was listed as number 10 on the Foodie Index Score – comfortably just behind Monaco.
Much more than stews and hearty food Dublin has become a paradise for foodies with a mix of cuisines due to our vast mix of cultures. To celebrate we have put together a list of a few our favourites – some close by and others a stroll into the city.
Let’s start with a favourite of locals and tourists – the Boxty House. For lovers of ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ this may already be familiar to you.Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake which was traditionally made from leftover mashed potato. Today Boxty house has made Boxty the main dish rather than a side. Their vast menu contains plenty of varieties of Boxty as well as some other Irish favourites such as Corned Beef and Coddle.
Boxty House is ideally located in Temple Bar and holds a range of Irish whiskeys and gin, they even have their brand of beer – ‘Jack Smyth Stouts & Ales’ brewed right in Dublin.
McGowans of Phibsboro
A family run pub for over 70 years McGowans is known favourite in Dublin and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing drink and bite to eat with friends or an exciting night out, McGowans provides a memorable experience for all.
Within McGowan’s you will be spoilt for choice – Choose to sit in the beer garden, the cocktail bar or the sports bar depending on what takes your fancy. You’ll also find a late bar upstairs with DJs every Thursday to Sunday.
Couldn’t get a ticket to Croke Park? McGowans Sports bar is the perfect place to watch the match. McGowan’s specialises in comfort food – everything from chicken wings, burgers, pizzas, and of course fish and chips.
The Bernard Shaw Drumcondra
A unique venue the Bernard Shaw is also home to ‘Eatyard’ a street food market and the Eatyard wine & cheese shop! The Bernard Shaw is the perfect place for getting lunch or even a drag brunch.Depending on the size of your group you can even book your own karaoke room.
So much more than restaurant, Token pays tribute to classic arcade and pinball games. In token you will find 3 bars, a delicious food menu and over 40 games to play while you dine or drink.
Maneki Karaoke, Dawson Street
A delicious restaurant and karaoke bar, on Dawson street sits Maneki – a modern Japanese restaurant. Open 7 days a week after a delicious meal you can head into your private karaoke room for a traditional Japanese past time. Rooms are available for groups from 1 to 20 people.
Some days pizza is a must. At Pi Pizza on you can enjoy delicious wood fired pizza , just perfect after a long day of sight seeing. Enjoy your pizza with a chilled glass of wine or a nice frosty beer. Pi now has two central locations in Dublin. Temple bar and South Great George’s Street.
Glas Restaurant, Chatham Street
A gourmet vegetarian and vegan option, Glas prides itself on being veggie food that everyone can enjoy . Their menu contains a delightful selection of dishes such as ‘cauliflower and truffle terrine or Glazed Romaine Lettuce with confit potato, sauteed samphire, horseradish mayo.
Glas Resturant is tucked away in the Westbury Mall located just off St Stephen’s Green.
BBQ in Dublin
Over the years Dublin seems to have a uprising of top tier barbeque restaurants, there are so many to mention its hard to pick when everyone has their own winner. So we’ve picked the three most popular to let you make your mind up.
Claiming to be ‘the first barbeque restaurant in Dublin’ Pitt Bros opened in 2013 to rave reviews. Located on South George’s Street (next to Pi) you can even buy their rubs and sauces to make your own version at home.
On Wellington Quay attached to the Workman’s Club (A great after work drinks spot) you will find delicious wings, smoked meats and delicious brisket.
My Meat Wagon
Texas style BBQ with an Irish twist. Located in the trendy Smithfield area you can enjoy their ‘moonshine cocktail menu’ with your meal.
No matter what you fancy Dublin has restaurants, pubs and gastro pubs to suit all tastes and budgets. Staying at DCU Rooms gives you easy access to some of the best spots in the city while not breaking the bank. To check our availability and special offers check here, remember if you book on our own website you’ll get our best rate guarantee.