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L. Mulligan Grocer, Dublin 7
L. Mulligan Grocer, Dublin 7 | Courtesy of L. Mulligan Grocer
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The Best Spots for Sunday Lunch in and Around Dublin

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Updated: 17 January 2017
A British tradition widely popularised in Ireland, the Sunday roast is a beloved custom in homes across the country. But when no one feels like cooking, many Irish restaurants are ready to provide a carvery lunch that tastes just as good, without any of the hard work. Here are the best places to look for a delicious Sunday lunch in Dublin.

The Exchequer

Gastropub, Pub, European, Seafood, $$$
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The Exchequer, Dublin 2
The Exchequer, Dublin 2 | Courtesy of The Exchequer

The Sunday roast at The Exchequer gastropub is so greatly esteemed that there’s no such thing as a walk-in here – a seat at one of their extremely popular roasts needs to be pre-ordered well in advance. Served from 12.30 until 9 pm, the menu here consists of a roast of beef, pork or chicken and a bottle of wine starting from €59.95 for four people. If you can’t get a reservation in the city centre for your chosen date, they also serve their roasts in The Exchequer Wine Bar in Ranelagh on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thu - Fri:
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 1:30 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 1:30 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Relaxed, Modern, Stylish

Fire

Bar, Restaurant, Irish, European, $$$
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Fire Restuarant at The Mansion House, Dublin
Fire Restuarant at The Mansion House, Dublin | © William Murphy / Flickr

Part of the Georgian Mansion House building that has served as the home of the Lord Mayor of Dublin since 1715, Fire restaurant on Dublin’s Dawson Street was originally a supper room – built in the late 19th century – for the Lord Mayor and their family. Today, this elegant yet comfortable, award-winning dining space encourages family and friends to feel at home as they enjoy a mouth-watering Sunday lunch menu, with a selection of different roasts available – the most popular being their Irish Hereford prime ribeye beef.

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Mon - Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Traditional, Fine Dining, Modern, Stylish

L. Mulligan Grocer

Pub, Restaurant, Irish, European, $$$
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L. Mulligan Grocer, Dublin 7
L. Mulligan Grocer, Dublin 7 | Courtesy of L. Mulligan Grocer

Mulligan’s pub in Stoneybatter has become known for its high-quality food made with local produce. Serving food all day on Sundays, their menu includes a wide range of options for anyone looking for something a little bit different from a traditional carvery Sunday lunch – such as rare breed pork belly with black pudding mash, carrot purée and gravy. Vegetarians can enjoy a golden beet, smoked tomato and mushroom roast with root vegetable croquettes.

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Sun:
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue:
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wed:
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thu:
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri:
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat:
12:30 pm - 12:30 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Cosy, Casual, Quirky

O’Neill’s Pub & Kitchen

Pub, Irish, European, $$$
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O'Neill's Pub & Kitchen
O'Neill's Pub & Kitchen | © Laura Bittner / Flickr

O’Neill’s was always popular with tourists, and it’s become even more so since the famous Molly Malone statue was relocated to Suffolk Street due to ongoing work on cross-city Luas tram lines. But its central location isn’t the only thing that attracts people to O’Neill’s. This comfortable, welcoming pub serves a wide-ranging menu of traditional roast lunches daily that always hit the spot, from tenderly cooked Irish collar of bacon to slowly roasted Irish turkey with Mileeven honey.

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Mon - Thu:
8:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Sun:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Traditional, Casual, Cosy, Relaxed

Brookwood

Restaurant, Irish, European, Steakhouse, $$$
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Brookwood Dublin, Dublin 2
Brookwood Dublin, Dublin 2 | Courtesy of Brookwood, Dublin

The people behind Brookwood restaurant and cocktail bar on Baggot Street go all out on their Sunday roasts, offering a rib roast, roast chicken, pork belly or ‘the all in’ – which includes all of the above – along with Yorkshire puddings, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy. Optional sides like beer-battered onion rings or celeriac and walnut slaw keep things pleasantly intriguing, and you can get an accompanying pitcher of Mimosa for €30.

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Sun:
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon:
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Tue:
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed:
12:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wed:
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thu:
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Modern, Stylish, Casual

The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Steakhouse, Seafood, Irish, European
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The Saddle Room, Saint Stephen's Green
The Saddle Room, Saint Stephen's Green | Courtesy of The Saddle Room

The Saddle Room steakhouse and seafood restaurant at the landmark Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green provides a traditional two- or three-course Sunday lunch menu that changes with the seasons. Sample dishes include a roast suprême of Shercock chicken served with pearl barley and onion broth, slow-braised short rib of beef with wild Irish mushrooms, and a risotto of celeriac and Gruyère cheese. Carlingford oysters from their oyster bar are available as starters, and the desserts here are to die for.

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Mon - Fri:
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Stylish, Romantic

Bistro One

Restaurant, Irish, European, $$$
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Bistro One Restaurant, Dublin 18
Bistro One Restaurant, Dublin 18 | Courtesy of Bistro One

The charming Bistro One in Foxrock Village only began serving its Sunday lunch recently, but it has already been sampled by Patrick Guilbaud – of the eponymous two-Michelin star restaurant beside The Merrion Hotel – as well as by impressed reviewers from The Sunday Business Post. Reasonably priced at €29 for three courses or €24 for two, the menu features starter dishes like a Portobello mushroom soup and mains such as roast rib of beef with duck fat roast potatoes. Dublin’s newest Sunday lunch offering is sure to become one of its best-loved post-haste.
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Sun:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Romantic, Traditional