A lush oasis of green in the heart of the busy city, St. Stephen’s Green is one of the most iconic and beloved locations in Dublin. The current gardens were designed by William Sheppard and opened in 1880, although the park has been a feature of Dublin’s landscape since the 17th century. Check out our selection of the top restaurants dotted around this tranquil park.
La mère ZouThis elegant French restaurant has served the area for more than 20 years and is still going strong. Le mère Zou can be found in the basement of a spectacular Georgian-era residence on St. Stephen’s Green, which has been refurbished and is now a sleek, modern and elegant space. It combines the best of French cooking with the world renowned hospitality of the Irish. A very popular and busy stop for hungry travellers on their way to the nearby Gaiety Theatre and National Concert Hall.
Le mère Zou, 22 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, +353 1 661 6669
The Shelbourne is a world class five star hotel overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, and within its walls is the The Saddle Room, named after the hotel’s historic dining rooms. Featuring an open kitchen and two private dining rooms, here the staff take pride in the fact that they use only the freshest local ingredients in their modern, seafood-focused menu. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is also an impressive oyster bar and an overall atmosphere of class and sophistication at all times.
Il Posto is among the very best Italian restaurants in Dublin. Here patrons will find delicious Mediterranean food served in an intimate and very comfortable setting. The wine is predictably excellent and reasonably priced, while the service is prompt and helpful. The perfect choice if you’re looking for a romantic evening for two in Dublin.
Il Posto, 10 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, +353 1 679 4769
For a distinctly non-Irish experience you could pop by this Asian buffet on the top floor of St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. You can feast upon everything you can think of, from jumbo prawns to strawberry ice cream. There is also an impressive selection of vegetarian options available. Of special note is the magnificent view of Stephen’s Green you are treated to when you look out the window, which may be worth the price of the meal in itself.
Chief Changs, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2
Tucked away in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin, incidentally one of the capital’s best hidden gems, Hatch & Sons is an old fashioned establishment in the very best sense of the word. Nothing beats relaxing in peace and quiet after a long day’s shopping and sightseeing with a refreshing cup of coffee and some traditional home made Irish soda bread in front of a warm fireplace. One of the best places in the city if you’re after a quick bite to eat in a quaint environment.
Hatch & Sons, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, +353 1 661 0075