The Best French Restaurants In Dublin

Jillian Ellis

A melting-pot of culture, Dublin is the perfect place to go to encounter different cuisines while in Ireland. There are a number of great French brasseries, cafés and bistros in Dublin, and here we have compiled some of the most atmospheric, unique and memorable of them all.

1. L'Gueuleton

Restaurant, French

Monkfish at Pearl Brasserie
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Housed in what looks like an old-fashioned butcher’s window, L’Gueuleton has the feel of up-style, comfortable French dining. With red brick walls, blackboard menus and dark, wooden furniture, there is a romantic atmosphere. The building and atmosphere exude rustic charm with industrial beams and copper ceiling. L’Gueuleton serves French bistro cooking, combining Irish produce with French flair. There is a brunch, lunch and dinner menu, all with a fantastic level of variety.

2. Pearl Brasserie Restaurant Dublin

Restaurant, Brasserie, Irish, French, European, Contemporary

A modern, comfortable and intimate restaurant, the Pearl Brasserie Restaurant Dublin has peat fires throughout to create a truly warm and inviting atmosphere. Their focus is on innovative and well-presented dishes of modern French cuisine. The restaurant sources many of its ingredients from the surrounding areas in Ireland, but some things it sources from France. The menu is full of mouth-watering and delicious dishes, containing a fine balance of flavours which have been perfected since the restaurant’s opening in 2000.

3. La Maison

Market, Restaurant, French

This dining room inspired by an old European architectural style makes visitors feel like they have just stepped back in time, and the classic French dishes perfect the atmosphere. The restaurant is elegant and peaceful, with fantastic Parisian artwork lining the walls. La Maison is the latest of Breton chef Olivier Quenet’s famous restaurants, serving a selection of French dishes such as huitre(oysters), traditionnel Coq au vin and Filet de Chevreuil (Venison fillet).

4. Dax Restaurant

Restaurant, European

Chez Max, Dublin
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Named after a commune in south west France known for its spa facilities, Dax Restaurant reflects the spirit of the town by creating a relaxing and calming atmosphere where visitors can experience unique food in a charming setting. Dax Restaurant serves modern Irish-French cuisine in an intimate Georgian basement. There is an open fire, hardwood furniture and flagstone floors, combined with rough walls and modern art pieces. Dax Restaurant was awarded best fine-dining restaurant in Dublin in 2014.

5. Chez Max

Restaurant, Bistro, French, European

A pleasant and informal bistro, Chez Max recreates the experience of a traditional Parisian café. There is a charming, intimate back garden with plants climbing the walls and shade cast by the building. All of the outdoor furniture is chic and comfortable, with white thatched chairs and small, round white marble tables. Indoors there is a completely different atmosphere; lively, with warm lighting and dark brown furniture.

6. The Green Hen

Restaurant, French

Admitting no under 12s after 5pm, The Green Hen has a unique and very sophisticated atmosphere. It is a relaxed bar and restaurant serving French cuisine with an Irish twist, such as the charcuterie plate with cured meats, smoked almonds and fresh, homemade Guinness bread; or the confit pork belly, with roasti potato, summer squash, crispy wonton, cabbage and bacon. There are gluten-free options available for most of the options on the menu.

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