The 10 Best Restaurants In Dublin 2, Ireland

Saint Stephens Green
Saint Stephen's Green | ©Nicolas Raymond/Flick
Julie Daunt

Located south of the River Liffey, Dublin 2 is a bustling, buzzing district in Ireland’s capital. Encompassing the popular areas of Temple Bar, Dame Street, Grafton Street and Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 is a thriving hub of cultural activities. This southern microcosm is home to a number of critically acclaimed and noteworthy restaurants, from tasty tapas bars to the establishments boasting the finest French cuisine. We take a look at the top ten restaurants in this trendy neighborhood.

1. Pearl Brasserie

Restaurant, Brasserie, Irish, French, European, Contemporary

Monkfish at Pearl Brasserie

Serving French cuisine with a modern twist is the Pearl Brasserie. This restaurant opened its doors in 2000 and it has since become a favorite among critics and diners alike, having been awarded a number of accolades. Dishes on their menus can include lamb shoulder fritters with spiced aubergine, mint yogurt and cucumber, or roast venison with crèpes, polenta, sherry and cauliflower. These delicious plates can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s intimate nooks and dining areas, accompanied by friendly and attentive service. The Pearl Brasserie is a food haven which, coupled with an extensive wine menu, makes this restaurant an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city.

2. Café en Seine

Restaurant, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Irish, Coffee, Tea , Beer, Wine, Cocktails, European, Soup

Café en Seine
Over the years, 39-40 Dawson Street has seen a number of reincarnations, from a clerical club, to a car showroom, to a doctor’s surgery and even a bicycle shop. In 1993, the building adopted the name Café en Seine and has since enjoyed its new lease of life, expanding further in 2001 to become the thriving venue it is today. Café en Seine exudes style with the building luxuriously decorated throughout. During the day, visitors can enjoy a casual cafe menu whilst relaxing in lounge chairs. Come nightfall, diners can clink glasses and tuck into Café en Seine’s brasserie style dinner menu, which features a wide variety of local and more exotic dishes. There is often live music too, meaning there is always an exciting atmosphere.

3. The Bernard Shaw

Bar, Pub, Craft Ale Bar, Cafe, Pizzeria, Beer, Wine, Cocktails

The Bernard Shaw, Dublin
©John Walton (51)/Flickr

Run by the organisation called Bodytonic, The Bernard Shaw Café burst onto Dublin’s culinary and nightlife scene in 2006 and has made a lasting impression. Unlike anywhere else in Dublin, The Bernard Shaw brings an exciting buzz and trendiness similar to that of London’s Shoreditch to Ireland’s capital. The Bernard Shaw comprises of an Italian cafe, the famous Big Blue Bus pizza kitchen and a large beer garden. For a relatively small venue, The Bernard Shaw offers a lot. Serving all the daily meals, this eclectic space is always busy with regular and new visitors. Music is Bodytonic’s first love and The Bernard Shaw offers weekly late nights, playing a range of musical genres to suit everyone’s taste. For appetizing pizza and ambient sounds, it is hard to beat The Bernard Shaw.

Dada Moroccan Restaurant

Bringing the tastes of Northern Africa and Andalusia to Ireland is a relatively new addition to Dublin 2’s culinary scene, Dada Moroccan Restaurant. This restaurant aims to bring diners a unique and authentic dining experience, and these efforts extend not only to the menu, but also to the decor. Noteworthy plates include their range of tagines and couscous dishes, and can be finished off perfectly with a cup of mint tea, expertly poured by the serving staff. Food can be enjoyed in the main dining area of the restaurant, or on the cozy terrace. An unusual aspect to the restaurant is that diners can bring their own wine to accompany their meal. For an interesting and memorable night, this exotic haunt should not be missed.


5. Fade Street Social

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, European, Cocktails

The sister restaurant to the Rustic Stone, Fade Street Social is another critically acclaimed gastronomic gem. Fade Street Social consists of a restaurant, a tapas and gastro bar, and a cocktail winter garden. The menu is created from a number of culinary influences, from Irish to more international fare. Examples from the menu include beef Carpaccio with celeriac and apple remoulade bound with wasabi mayonnaise, apple puree and horseradish, or salted popcorn with crispy, free-range chicken cooked in tapioca flour, rolled in sumac and truffle butter. The restaurant’s popularity is a good indicator of its quality and with new dishes added regularly to their menu, a night at Fade Street Social will be one to remember.

6. The Farm

Restaurant, Irish, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Potato Rosti
The Farm became a part of Dawson Street in 2007 and is a celebration of Irish produce and food. Aiming to use only locally sourced ingredients whenever they can, this restaurant creates unique and inspiring dishes. There is also a range of gluten-free and organic dishes available, so there is something for every palette and dietary requirement. Although the exterior is unassuming, The Farm’s menu is larger than life, with dishes such as wild Irish confit duck leg with mini herb potato rosti, crispy carrots and cherry brandy jus, as well as their braised organic belly of wild boar with colcannon mash potatoes, caramelized apples and organic highbank cider jus. With unusual flavour combinations and a buzzing atmosphere, it is no surprise that diners return again and again to The Farm.

7. Market Bar

Bar, Irish, Pub Grub

The Market Bar and restaurant in Georges arcade, Dublin, Ireland
© Phil Crean A / Alamy Stock Photo
Once a pig abattoir, the building now houses the Market Bar. Reminders of the past vocation of the space are still visible, such as the draining grates dotted along the floor. Today, they are merely a decorative and quirky feature. Other focal points of this vast space include the wall of clogs and various artworks located around the dining area. Unlike a typical restaurant, Market Bar has a no music policy and, as a result, the space is filled with the clinking of glasses and lively chatter. A highlight from the menu is their great value Spanish-style tapas, which feature a variety of plates and generous portions, perfect for sharing with friends. These tasty dishes are accompanied by a wide selection of craft beers available on tap and a delicious cocktail menu. With friendly service, the Market Bar is a must visit in Dublin 2.

8. Odessa

Restaurant, Irish

Chocolate Parfait
©Charles Haynes/Flickr
With something to suit every type of occasion, Odessa has three dining areas on offer; from a chilled basement dining space to their main ground floor cosmopolitan eatery to a more private first floor room. Diners can enjoy dishes such as nam beef salad with ice leaf, Asian vegetables and a chardonnay vinaigrette, or a vegetarian nut burger, tomato relish, smoked Applewood cheese, dill pickle, tomato, rosemary and sea salt chips. For dessert opt for a double chocolate parfait with caramelized orange and raspberries. Odessa also offers great value early bird and sharing menus. Dining at Odessa promises to be a memorable night out.

9. Rustic Stone

Diner, Restaurant, Irish

At the Rustic Stone, diner satisfaction is central to the ethos of the restaurant. The venue aims to cater for individual tastes and dietary needs. Their menu is created using seasonally changing ingredients, meaning there is always something new to try. Dishes are also devised to prioritize healthy eating, using only organic ingredients and no butter or cream. Ingredients are also sourced locally from farmers and producers, guaranteeing freshness and a fullness of flavor. Sumptuous meat and fish dishes are served on the hot volcanic stone on which they were cooked, an old Spanish technique. There is also a range of salads and dressings which diners can mix themselves. The Rustic Stone is the brainchild of Dylan McGrath, a big name on Dublin’s restaurant scene. Dylan opened the Rustic Stone in 2010 and it has since become a popular destination for food lovers.
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article