Here’s Where to Eat Right Now – The 15 Best New Restaurants in Dublin

Best New Restaurants Dublin

Dining is now a fundamental part of the cultural experience in Ireland and no more so than in Dublin where watching the ever changing streetscape and anticipating where the next restaurant is set to open is now almost a sport, with points awarded for who can share the big reveal on social media the fastest.

Some of these new restaurants are set to become essential modern classics, and all are energising the city’s food community, providing jobs and delivering remarkable dining experiences.

One at the time we’ve been devouring each new opening, and now we’re bringing you a digestible list of the fifteen best new restaurants in Dublin to use as your guidepost for your own culinary journey across the capital.

We’re also sharing the inside scoop on the most anticipated new restaurant openings… finding the answer to the question “where will I go for dinner tonight?” has never been easier.

Old Street

Husband and wife Mark and Adriana Fitzpatrick opened Old Street in April this year, transforming one of the oldest cottages in Malahide village into a grand two-story restaurant, bar and wine cellar. The ambitious project has been overwhelmingly well received proving their strategy to bring in the best from the industry, from one of Ireland’s best regarded restaurant managers Denise McBrien, to head chef Fergus Caffrey and sous chef Chris Fullam, a bright young kitchen talent, is paying off in spades.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

Old Street, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Nightmarket

With the arrival of Nightmarket, partners Conor Sexton, formerly of Koh restaurant, and Jutarat Suwankeeree, who was brought up in Thailand, have treated the well populated food scene of Ranelagh to a Thai restaurant that offers some of the most traditional, authentic regional Thai food you can find anywhere in Dublin. This corner of Dublin 6 truly comes to life during weekend brunch hours, and Nightmarket might just tempt you away from your usual order of Eggs Benedict with choices like Som Tam Moo Ping, tender skewers of marinaded pork served with juicy shredded papaya and crisp baby gem lettuce boats that invite you to scoop and savour with glee.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

120 Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Bagots Hutton

Opening its doors on Ormond Quay last November, just a few doors down from the Morrisson Hotel, Bagots Hutton is in fact a relaunch of a wine bar which first made a name for itself in its former location on South William Street. Owners Giovanni Viscardi and Brian Deery have made the most of the new property creating a slickly designed, multi-faceted venue, consisting of a 120 seater cafe wine bar, restaurant, and boutique styled retail unit. Their love of music brings this all together and the pair curate some of the best live entertainment evenings in the city right now.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 1

Fish Shop

Opening first within a converted shed in Blackrock Market, from their new home on Queen Street in Smithfield Fish Shop has become widely regarded one of the best seafood restaurants in the city, and took home the title of Winner of ‘Best Seafood Experience in Ireland’ at the 2017 Irish Restaurant Awards. If the restaurant’s tasting-menu-only offering doesn’t suit the occasion try their offshoot fish and chip shop come wine bar around the corner on Benburb Street, a more casual affair but no less of a sublime seafood sensation.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

6 Queen Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 2

Lobstar

The so-called ‘Golden Mile’ of restaurants on Monkstown’s main street is gleaming even brighter after lobster and steak bistro Lobstar opened in December last year. Don’t let the cool, playful vibes fool you, think low hanging lightbulbs and red claw cracker abound, Lobstar takes providing a great gastronomic experience seriously. Sensational seafood, sexy steaks and slick service will leave you starry-eyed.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

101 Monkstown Road, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

Hang Dai

Combining their skills, business partners chef Karl Whelan and gig guru Will Dempsey opened Hang Dai on Camden Street late last year, creating a venue devoted to duck and disco that is unlike any Chinese restaurant you will have ever visited. Karl’s signature Beijing style duck is complemented by the likes of Scallop Ceviche and Szechuan Kung Po Chicken as well as killer tunes and cocktails. The recently launched lunchtime set up allows diners to order their lunch at the hatch, take a ticket, and then ‘grab n’ go, or press pause and chill in the very cool surroundings, designed in the guise of a Hong Kong subway.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

20 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2

Roberta’s

The latest addition to the Press Up portfolio, the group behind chic eateries Angelina’s and Sophie’s, Roberta’s is subtle from the outside, with little more than a linear red neon sign on its black clad frontage to alert you to is presence off the cobbles of Temple Bar. Once you climb the stairs however you’ll soon realise there’s little low-key about it. This 220 seater is adorned with gold-rimmed mirrors and plush leather booths, and in the heart of the action, beneath the bespoke glass ceiling, is a spectacular free-standing bar. Pull up a seat there or enjoy casual Italian dishes, like rustic pizzas from their wood-fired oven, while enjoying views of the city.

Read TheTaste’s Feature HERE.

1 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Klaw PoKē

Dublin finally caught the wave of one of the fastest rising food trends of recent years with the arrival of Klaw PoKē, which brings a taste of island life to Capel Street via its speciality, pokē, or ‘Hawaiian Sushi’. On a mission to make seafood accessible, owner Niall Sabongi has combined the delicious, healthy pokē bowl menu with favourites from his other restaurant Klaw, like lobster rolls, Crab Mac’N’Cheese and oysters served three ways: naked, dressed or torched. The two venues share not only menu items but a guarantee of the freshest seafood and a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

Read TheTaste’s Feature HERE.

Ember

After a decade spent in Kerry working at The Milesian and Gregory’s Garden, chef Greg O’Mahoney returned to the Big Smoke to stoke the fires of the capital’s suburban restaurant scene by opening Ember in to Milltown late last year. Bringing with him his fine dining experience from his time working with Derry Clarke and Ross Lewis in L’Ecrivain and Chapter One, everything at this glamorous dining room and bar, from the red leather banquettes to the menu, is different to what you would expect to find in a quiet leafy suburb.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

Milltown Shopping Centre, Milltown Road, Dublin 6

Mr Fox

Ross Lewis’s Chapter One is no longer the only gastronomic gem on Parnell Square. After recently returning to his native northside of Dublin, head chef Anthony Smith opened Mr Fox with Stephen McAllister, who’s still manning the stoves at sister restaurant The Pig’s Ear. In the depths of this cosy basement dining room you can expect to see modern international dishes reinterpreted with local ingredients. Expect a wave of nostalgia come dessert time, with the likes of Clementine ‘Super Split’ and ‘PB & J’ sure to bring both the tastes of your childhood to mind and a smile to your face.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

38 Parnell Sq. West, Dublin 1

Beef & Lobster

If you are going to boldy make a statement by naming your restaurant after two signature ingredients then you’d want to make sure you serve them at their very best, and that’s exactly what chef Oliver Dunne has succeeded in doing at Beef and Lobster. The main attractions, dry aged Irish beef and local lobsters, can be ordered simply grilled over charcoal or in the form of house specialties like beef wellington or lobster rolls. With bottomless brunch at the weekend there’s little excuse not to head to Parliament Street, don a bib and dive right in.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

40 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

NoLIta

South Great George’s Street’s reputation as a thriving restaurant row was bolstered with the opening of NoLIta in March this year. Named after the New York neighbourhood, this decadently styled venue comprises a high-ceilinged front room, dedicated Irish Whiskey Bar and lush outdoor terrace among other striking spaces. The engine room of their modern Italian menu is the wood-fired pizza oven from which pizzas with beautifully blackened edges as well as fish and meat dishes are born, all complemented by authentic hand crafted pasta dishes, antipasti classics and a quirky cocktail menu.

Read TheTaste’s Feature HERE.

64 South Great George’s St, Dublin 2

Piglet

Space is limited at Piglet wine and tapas bar on Cow’s Lane, just off Dame Street, but what it lacks in size it makes up in substance when it comes to the authentic tapas menu and formidable wine list compiled by owner and wine importer Enrico Fantasia. With tapas at just €3 a pop you’ll get to taste a multitude of authentic Mediterranean dishes, and the addition of a Coravin to Piglet’s arsenal makes sampling a number of wines from their lengthy by the bottle list an affordable option.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The 1780 Restaurant

When Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links invested in a €5 million refurbishment plan last year The 1780 Restaurant did not go overlooked. Thanks to an impressive extension and stylish redesign the seaside hotel now boasts a fitting venue for Chef Tom Walsh’s accomplished cooking and slick service from Derek Yu, former front of house at Michelin starred Chapter One. With the award of 2 AA Rosettes earlier this year the luxury resort cemented its status as a dining destination.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Strand Rd, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin

SMS Cafe

Positioned in the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter, Super Miss Sue first won Dubliner’s hearts as a stellar seafood restaurant and now the new look SMS Cafe is answering all our comfort food cravings in its new guise as a playful, relaxed take on the Irish Cafe with just a hint of American diner thrown in, celebrating dishes from your youth, like bacon and cabbage and steak and kidney pie. And with an all-day menu it doesn’t matter what time you surface, breakfast and booze are always an option.

Read TheTaste’s Review HERE.

Units 2–3, Drury Street Car Park, Drury St, Dublin 2

COMING SOON: The Openings We’re Most Excited About

Klaw Cafe

suck n shuck

Klaw Poke was far from the end seafood ambassador Niall Sabongi’s drive to make seafood as accessible and inviting an option for Dublin diners as possible. After trialling his new space around the corner from the Central Bank with pop up ‘Suck n’Shuck’, his next opening Klaw Cafe will be a family friendly eatery by day offering poke, açai bowls, salads, quiches and fresh juices, and as the sun sets will transition into a more grown up venue serving a set seafood bistro menu with a Portuguese vibe.

The Urban Monger

However Niall’s biggest undertaking yet will see him merge his wholesale fishmonger business, Sustainable Seafood Ireland, and Klaw seafood Shack to create a new take on the traditional retail fish monger. Due to open on George’s Street later this year, at The Urban Monger fishmongers will fillet the customers choice of fish in real time and offer mini seafood masterclass. The fish counters itself will act as the menu for the adjoining seafood cafe, where the guests will choose there own meal and discuss there “dish to be” with the mongers. To top it off, the upper level of the building will host cookery and skillery classes.

John Farrell’s New Stoneybatter Restaurant

Stoneybatter John Farrell New Restaurant

Taking over a long vacant building in Stoney batter, restaurateur John Farrell’s latest venture will restore the character of the former fish shop as well as adding an old school Americana feel. The plan is to elevate comfort food and simple flavours to a new level with a menu based around “refined, rustic cooking,” using old school cooking methods, like fire, smoking and BBQ. Diners can expect dishes like blackened flank steak, served family style, along with fish dishes such as BBQ Monk tail, and more unusual cuts of meat like venison loin. The restaurant is expected to open this autumn.

The Legal Eagle

Due to open on Chancery Place, Dublin 7 at the beginning of August, restaurateur Elaine Murphy, of The Woollen Mills, The Washerwoman and The Winding Stair, The Legal Eagle harks back to a traditional old English pub, with a meaty menu that will embrace the ‘nose-to-tail’ world of dining. Lunch downstairs will feature Irish potato flatbreads with the likes of bacon, cabbage and parsley sauce and meat platters with traditional favourites like hay-smoked ham and corned mutton. For dinner you can expect roasted bone marrow, pork neck and roasted-buttered turnip tops. The twenty craft beers on tap and a wine list of over 200 wines will parch any thirst. There are also plans to open a ‘slightly formal’ dining room in October.

Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard North on Capel Street is about to experience a major expansion that will see it merging with Mary’s Abbey and the former restaurant by Gary Rhodes on the corner. The project will get underway this autumn, first with the restaurant moving to the newly acquired and bigger kitchens, which will translate into the potential for a more complex menu, as well as a part of the sitting area. Next, work will begin on creating an inviting outdoor terrace with plenty of greenery and interiors designed to match their gastronomic concept. The rest of the plans are largely under wraps but the upgrade is expected to give Brother Hubbard the capacity to sit up to 300 diners.

FEATURE BY ERICA BRACKEN

erica-brackenErica grew up with a baker and confectioner for a father and a mother with an instinct and love for good food. It is little wonder then that, after completing a law degree, she went on to do a Masters in Food Business at UCC. With a consuming passion for all things food, nutrition and wellness, working with TheTaste is a perfect fit for Erica; allowing her to learn and experience every aspect of the food world meeting its characters and influencers along the way.

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