Choosing the perfect venue for a business lunch can lead to a life-changing handshake. While great food is of course important, it’s just one of many boxes the ideal place must tick and the right atmosphere, tone of music and style of service are just as important. To help you seal the deal before dessert arrives, we have compiled a list with 10 of the best restaurants for a smart business lunch in Dublin.
Balfes is a solid choice for your business lunch as it has everything you need for the occasion the be productive and successful: excellent lightning, comfortable and elegant furnishing and decor, flavourful daily specials and a lunch menu with plenty of lighter choices that won’t get in the way of the real reason you booked. With a privileged location and efficient service, it is the ultimate spot for a business lunch in Dublin.
Where: Balfe Street, Dublin 2
More info: balfes.ie
This sleek restaurant with a privileged waterfront location really knows how to please the business crowd. With a tempting a la carte filled with modern and international flavours and an express menu for those looking for a fast-paced yet high quality lunch, Charlotte Quay is a great fit for anyone looking to talk business mid-day.
Where: Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4
More info: charlottequay.ie
If you’re looking for a place to make a statement and to really impress a guest, this Michelin star is ideal. Elegant, sophisticated and with award-wining cuisine, it even has a private Chef’s Table that perfectly suits a small group with big ideas. Seasonal, contemporary and flawlessly presented dishes are just the beginning of a winning experience.
Where: Parnell Square, Dublin 1
More info: chapteronerestaurant.com
Adjacent to the IFSC, this sharp looking restaurant combines the relaxed spirit of a brasserie with the sophistication and high standards expected for a five star hotel such as The Marker. Just what you need when you’re looking for a place to discuss and negotiate while feeling at ease and well looked after. Its minimalist decor is a reflection of its menu, defined as simple dishes, built around one great ingredient.
Where: Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2
More info: themarkerhoteldublin.com/the_brasserie
French cuisine at a Michelin star is the right choice when you want your lunch experience to go beyond a productive meet-up and become a memorable occasion. With nearly 3 decades in business, l’Ecrivain offers excellence and consistency, and its well light, beautiful interiors are just what you want surrounding you while discussing important matters.
Where: 109a Lr. Baggot Street, Dublin 2
More info: lecrivain.com
A refined steakhouse in which premium cuts of meat share menu space with the freshest seafood. They even offer gourmet sandwiches for those who prefer a quicker 12 O’clock. Its polished, timeless look and its classic menu provide a winning mix, it’s the type of place that just encourages good decision making.
Where: Haddington Row, Dublin 4
More info: asador.ie
Refined and sophisticated, this multi award-wining restaurant offers either a 2 course set menu or a fabulous a la carte with plenty of gourmet choices. You can book in the main area or for privacy and to really woo a group of guests, you can entertain at The Polo Room. Impeccable service and a wonderful wine list are also there to help you seal the deal.
Where: Molesworth Court, School House Ln, Dublin 2
More info: onepico.com
This fine casual dining restaurant is part of the chic Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin. A creative fusion of flavours achieved by head chef Paul Devoy is flawlessly presented. Their set menu offers an ideal balance between convenience and indulgence, with two and three courses options served timely and priced quite reasonably.
Where: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
More info: fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com/eat/#citron
Chef Johnnie Cooke has given a wonderful twist to The Restaurant at Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, introducing a colourful and fresh menu filled with Mediterranean influences and dishes ideal to enjoy on a busy schedule. Surrounded by luxury and at the top of Dublin’s most glamorous department store, The Restaurant’s privileged location just adds to its charm.
Where: Grafton St, Dublin 2
More info: brownthomas.com
Lively and just laid-back enough without being too casual, this stylish bistro’s atmosphere just invites conversation. There’s a beautiful terrace ideal for days of sun, and a smart indoors space where you will enjoy their tempting blend of Irish and continental flavours. If you are looking for a private venue for your business lunch in Dublin, they also run No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place, a perfect place for groups that want to take their meeting to the next level.
Where: 26 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
More info: sueseystreet.ie
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.