Dublin’s quays have long played an important role in the city’s cultural history, most notably as the setting for many of James Joyce’s stories such as Eveline and An Encounter. There has been an effort to turn the quays into a culinary hotspot. We take a look at the 10 best restaurants in the North Wall Quay.
J2 Grill & Sushi
It is always crucial that sushi be served as fresh as possible, and here you will find some of the freshest fish in Dublin. This small and cozy spots provides a beautiful view of the iconic Liffey river, thanks to its enormous glass windows. It would be difficult to mistake Dublin for Tokyo, but J2 is about as close as you can get without having to travel to the other side of the world. Sit back and savor the taste of traditional Japanese cooking on the fringes of Western Europe.
This highly underrated restaurant is situated on a wooden-decked tugboat from the 1960s, called the MV Cill Airne. It still has its original fittings in place. Such a unusual setting may warrant a visit in itself. Thankfully, the food at Quay 16 is of high quality and the service is prompt and friendly. At night you can get a wonderful view of the Dublin Convention Centre, all lit up in spectacular fashion.
Located within Dublin’s financial sector, and just behind the convention center, this upmarket French restaurant attracts a lot of local business men and women heading out after a long day at work. It is therefore somewhat overlooked by visitors to the city. This is unfortunate, as Dublin Wine Rooms serves delicious French dishes comprising only the finest and freshest locally procured Irish ingredients.
It’s very hard to find somebody who dislikes pizza, especially when it’s as good as what’s being offered at the Broadway Pizza Parlour. Modeled on the American style, the owners have made a real effort to take their customers to New York via taste and atmosphere. In this they’ve definitely succeeded. They even have a home-made special sauce to bring a bit of local originality to the table.
Very much a traditional Irish pub and restaurant, Becky Morgan’s offers up a no-frills lunch menu to be washed down with a pint of whatever you want. And, it’s all at a very affordable price. This place is a well-known and well0regarded establishment frequented by locals on their lunch breaks. You could very well enhance your Irish experience by striking up a conversation with one of the regular customers.
This modern and stylish restaurant provides plenty of choice for customers, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There is also a tapas-style menu with party foods for larger groups. Lagoona is also only a short tram ride away from the iconic O2 Arena and within walking distance of the Dublin Convention Centre.
This trendy cafe and bistro is located just a stone’s throw from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Unprocessed, unrefined and healthy food is the order of the day here. Be sure to check out KC Peaches if you’re feeling health conscious, or if you’re just in the mood for something organic and nutritious. You can’t go wrong with the extensive wine selection either, which the staff take special pride in.
Harbourmaster Restaurant & Bar | Image courtesy of Harbourmaster Restaurant & Bar
If you’re searching for a filling meal and a refreshing drink while you look out upon Dublin’s recently renovated docklands, then Harbourmaster may just be the place for you. The staple lamb shank and chicken wings are held in high regard by many tourists who decide to stop in while walking along the river.
A popular, casual restaurant with a laid-back vibe is 101 Talbot. It has built itself a reputation as being a favorite haunt for those heading out to, or returning from, the nearby Abbey and Gate theaters. Prices are very reasonable. The staff is warm and welcoming to all, including those who don’t particularly care for the theater.
If you’re intrigued by the process of cooking and food preparation, then you will enjoy seeing dishes being prepared in the open kitchen of this pan-Asian restaurant. It is situated on Custom House Quay. As the name implies, you can choose between a wide selection of tasty noodles and healthy salads. You can either eat in or take out. TOSS’D is a relatively unknown destination that is well worth a look if you fancy some Eastern flavor.