Although it's called "Cafe Sofia", this is probably the closest you can get to an American diner in Ireland. The small cafe is very simply decorated, the food is good and not too expensive, and while we were there some customers were greeted with a "Hi, the usual?". I ordered the vegetarian breakfast, sort of like a full Irish breakfast without the meat: it included some sauteed mushrooms and onions, some chips, beans and one egg - quite filling!! Overall it was a good experience, but perhaps not special enough to go back during the week.
Favorite Dish: The beans were my favourite part of the breakfast, they were really, really good!
Ever since I got back from Madrid I've had this craving for traditional Spanish tapas so when I spotted this little tapas bar on South William Street, I thought I'd give it a try. I wasn't too sure how "traditional" the tapas would be, but I was most pleasantly surprised: the ones we ordered were excellent, not too expensive, and went really well with the house wine! Because it was a beautiful evening we decided to eat out on the small sidewalk terrace, but when I went inside to use the restrooms I was amazed at how great the place looked: a cozy atmosphere with candles on every table and wine bottles all along the old brick walls. If we'd had more time left in Dublin, we would surely have come back for another round of tasty tapas at The Port House - it turned out to be one of my favourite restaurants in the city!
As we were walking down Parnell Street around lunch time, there was no way we could resist the sunny sidewalk terrace of The Kingfisher once we spotted it. As you might have guessed from its name, this restaurant is mostly known for its seafood and fish & chips, but they actually offer a pretty varied and extensive menu. For some reason I just felt like eating a burger on that day so that's what I got, and it was very good. It came with chips and a small salad, all for only 6 Euros. Service was quick and efficient, and it definitely was fun to watch people walking down the busy street as we downed yet another pint of beer!
We sort of stumbled upon Kennedy's after our visit to Trinity College, as we went looking for Oscar Wilde's birthplace on Westland Row. Because it is slightly outside of the most popular touristic areas, Kennedy's has a very casual charm and atmosphere - at lunch time it almost felt more like a coffeehouse than a pub! Service was nice and friendly, and there was a nice selection of sandwich for lunch. I very much enjoyed reading the different quotes by Oscar Wilde that were posted on the walls - Wilde was born at 21 Westland Row, just a few doors down from Kennedy's (see pic #3). Definitely a good place to stop for lunch!
Favorite Dish: I had the roasted turkey sandwich and it was really good: it was seasoned with cranberry sauce and stuffing, and it came with a nice salad on the side.
O'Neill's was the first pub we stopped by when we arrived in Dublin. We hadn't eaten much on the plane so we went out looking for a good lunch in a nice atmosphere, and that's exactly what we found at O'Neill's. We went to the carvery (there is also an "a la carte" menu and a sandwich bar) and I got the Irish beef and Guinness stew, and got to pick all the side dishes I wanted. With a pint my meal came to about 17 Euros, and I was stuffed to the brim! Service was fast and friendly, and as for the atmosphere, I'd say O'Neill's is your typical Irish pub, clearly more popular with tourists than locals but without necessarily feeling like a tourist trap. There's live music every night, and you can watch football games during the day. It sure was a good place to kick off our week in Dublin!
Favorite Dish: I love that we got to pick all the side dishes we wanted: I got some mashed potatoes, some cabbage, some stuffing, carrots & turnips... it was delicious!
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (gbk) is a chain restaurant in the UK and Ireland mainly that puts a nice spin on the standard burgers. The decor is clean and modern with comforting medium wood tones. The menu offers several choices of beef burgers and a few other types of burgers. I ordered the lamb burger with mint relish, and a side of onion rings. The lamb was cooked well and blended nicely with the mint. At first the burger looked enormous, but then I realized that the meat was thin and the size came from the large portion of lettuce and tomato. The onion rings were fair. Everything was very messy and the rings were greasy (but not in a horrible way).
The service at the Temple Bar location was good, and the staff very friendly.
This was a good place to eat if you just want a burger, but if you are looking for something memorable and special, I would go elsewhere.
Sixty6 (or 66) was a fair place, with a great atmosphere, however, I was a little let down by the experience. The atmosphere is one of any trendy but classic styling places found in any number of larger cities. It was filled with dark and warm woods, low lighting, and several rows of plates with various patterns on the wall. The restaurant was pretty full and seemed popular. The service received was a bit uneven throughout the evening. My main server seemed virtually nonexistent, however, another server picked up the slack for him, which saved the experience a bit. It took a noticeably long time to get my glass of wine (and I am a very patient person). The manager did come around & was pleasantly welcoming.
My choice of wine (Paso a Paso) was not bad or great. The starter salad of rocket, chorizo, and manchego was very good, and my favourite part of the meal. Firstly, it was huge for a starter salad. The chorizo was plentiful, and had a bit of sweetness with great spicy undertone to it (paired well with my wine). For entrée, I had the spiced pork chop that had a satisfying blend of cinnamon and similar spices that blended well; however, it did not wow me with every bite.
Generally, I was okay with the restaurant and would give it another chance, but it did not live up to my hopes on the first try. The menu has great variety of options.
Gruel is a small place on Dame St beside the popular, pricier Mermaid, which is a sister restaurant. Gruel sets itself as a offbeat diner style place with great options not found in a typical diner. The floor looked like it was from the 60s (in a good way), which small tiles in various patterns. The walls were adorned with quirky modern art pieces. Once again, I find myself thinking it would fit in as a stereotypical West Village restaurant. There were about 10 mismatched tables, with part of the kitchen set up in the front of the house. The menu had several different & intriguing food options, all written on a large chalkboard on the wall. The drink selections were limited to about 5 beers and a couple wine choices, in addition to sodas. The service was fair, and the wait staff pleasant enough.
Favorite Dish: I started with the focaccia with dip trio (pesto, hummus, & sundried tomato), which was plentiful and a good start. I really liked the pesto dip. The other two were mediocre. For my entree I had the confit chicken with string beans & red peppers, on a bed of chorizo studded mashed potatoes. The chicken was tasty and juicy, while the mashed potatoes were a great surprise. The chunks of chorizo were scrumptious and blended well with the potatoes and the chicken.
I was pleased with my visit here. If I lived in Dublin, I would probably adopt the place a regular stand-by, particularly if the menu changed at times to offer variety.
The Queen of Tarts is an excellent choice for breakfast, snack, or dessert. While it also serves sandwiches, its main claim is the selection of tarts, scones, and other desserts. The atmosphere is a quaint, casual cafe. The original location (Dame St) is quite small with about 6 small tables, while the newer second location nearby (Cow Lane) is much larger with numerous tables inside and outside.
For breakfast one morning, I had a wonderful apple scone, accompanied by raspberry jam, and a cappuccino. This scone is not what many Americans think as the hard, somewhat dull tasting scones. This scone was very flavorful and soft & moist on the inside. The raspberry jam was excellent. The cappuccino was a standard cappuccino. I went another day for an afternoon snack of mint tea and carrot cake. The tea was good, served with a pot and cute china teacup. The carrot cake was generally fantastic. The flavor was rich and nuanced on the inside, and had a pleasant frosting. The only small issue I had were a couple of dry spots I hit when eating it. This could have been the part exposed when it was previous cut. This was easily overcome by using the fresh dollop of cream provided on the side.
Please make sure you try this eatery if you are looking for a small breakfast or snack.
I had read that the Winding Stair Restaurant (above the bookstore) has been rated one of the best restaurants in Dublin, and it did not disappoint me. The atmosphere was pretty casual, but the clientele was obviously mixed with local business types and tourists in the know. The setting reminding me of bright, airy farm kitchen touched with a touch of urban class. It has small tables to accommodate various group sizes. The servers were all very pleasant and knowledgeable of the menu. The service was excellent.
Favorite Dish: The a la carte menu offers some wonderful choices, but the 2- or 3-course prix fixe were equally great and offered a good deal. There are chalkboards on the wall with a wine list, and the changing prix fixe menu. I chose a wonderful blended Spanish red wine (Granache, Syrah, & Temp) to accompany my 2-course of fried brie with tomato chutney (fantastic), and my spinach, tomato, pepper, & goat cheese pie, with chips. I topped off these wonderful choices with the bread & butter pudding w/ whiskey sauce from the regular dessert menu. It was amazing as well. I loved this meal, and was happy to spend a few more dollars for it all.
I spent 38EUR for my three courses and two glasses of wine.
I highly recommend going to this restaurant.
We went to MJ O'Neill's based on some recommendations from local VT'ers, and were not disappointed. It is absolutely impossible to leave this place not completely stuffed. It is more of a buffet, where you can heap things like Shepard's Pie on your plate and tons of heavy food. You will absolutely need a small rest or walk to let the food settle after eating here. Provides a great base in your stomach for the fun nightlife of Dublin.
Myself and my husband came across this place one day when we went into town specifically to go for an early bird somewhere. We wanted to try somewhere new, and had probably passed La Caverna hundreds of times in the past. We noticed it because there was a couple going in, we checked out the menu outside, and decided to give it a go.
The décor when we first went in was really nice, we were seated on the right hand side in what reminded me of an american diner at first but then felt a little claustraphobic. There are tables to the left as well which are arranged with a long diner-like couch on the inside wall and chairs on the outside facing in. When I went downstairs to the bathroom, the décor was much more atmospheric down there and I wished we had sat down there. After we had ordered, I was a bit dubious about whether we should stay there or go somewhere else, but the meal more than made up for it! There was only us, and I think 2 other couples in there when we arrived and I was wondering if we’d made a wrong choice in place to eat.
Favorite Dish: Its an Italian restaurant, but has a selection of European dishes as well. They do the standard selection of pasta and pizza and these range from €10-€16. They do a selection of early bird options, as well as the ala carte menu.
We decided to go for the earlybird menu of Two Course Meal plus Tea or Coffee and this worked out at €16.95, which was an excellent price.
I went with the Calamari to start which came served with a sweet chilli sauce and basil “aoili” and my husband went for the chicken wings which were served with a lovely spicy chilli sauce and a blue cheese sauce. We are so predictable with our starters!Both were lovely, but I preferred the hubbies chicken wings this time round.
Main course, we both decided on the La Caverna Char-Grilled Irish Burger, a bit of a boring choice, but at the time I was limited on what I could eat due to a food intolerance. We were not disappointed at all, in fact, if I went back again soon I’d order the exact same thing! The description of the burger was a mountain of meat served with a choice of mushroom or pepper sauce and fries. The burger came out on an open bun, and we had both gone for the mushroom sauce which came in a little pot at the side. There were big chunks of mushrooms in the sauce and it was really tasty. There was a salad to the side. The fries were actually home made chips and were big and chunky and delicious, perfectly cooked. I had been expecting the american style fries as the discription indicates that, so was pleasantly surprised. The best bit of all was the burger- it was perfectly cooked and was nicely spiced. Everything came together very nicely and I really really enjoyed the meal, and it will be somewhere we return to. Neither of us were drinking, so we opted for tap water.
At €16.95 a head for a really good meal, this is definitely a must visit for anyone visiting the area. When we were going after our tea and coffee, the place was getting really full up, there were people queueing at the door for tables, so that’s also a good sign.
The food is Middle Eastern and Mediterranean and we have a wide selection of vegetarian main courses and salads and you can find both gluten and dairy free food. My sister had a greek mousaka and i had spicy chicken with rice, all was delicious and after had a coffee with a piece of chocolate cake.
The place is really nice, its very french, and very nicely atmospheric. The waiters are genuinely french, its small, one of the tables for 4 is up on a little platform, and there is also a little cubby hole which would probably seat 2.
There were tealights on the tables, dim lights, and music playing, and when I went downstairs to the bathroom the kitchens were down there as well and they had different music blaring and the chefs looked as if they were practically dancing to the music!
They didnt rush us at all, and kept coming back to fill our water glasses.
Definately the recession isnt affecting them, the place was full pretty much the whole time we were there.
They do an early bird ( from 5-7 I think) but we had our booking for 7.30, for 5 of us. I left earlier than the others as I had to catch a bus, and that was at 9.45, the others were probably there for a lot longer.
Favorite Dish: 3 of us went for the Boeuf Bourguignon, which was lovely, really rich, lots of beef , rich gravy, bacon pieces and mushrooms and came with a side order of boiled potatoes, one of us went for the Toulouse sausage which came with lentils and pork belly (?) the pork belly was a little fatty but the rest was lovely, and the 5th of us went for the chicken supreme which came with mash, looked really nice actually and in hindsight I would also have gone for that..
4 of us went for the creme brulee for dessert and the 5th went for the chocolate cake, which had chocolate sauce dripping over it and cream on the side.
The creme brulee was mouth wateringly nice. drool. I'd eat another one of them right now! It was very generously sized as well.
Wish I'd thought to bring my camera with me!
Is situated on Talbot Street, in front of The Ripley hotel where we stayed, is only for delivery, they have a selection of pizza, drinks and fries. We bought a vegetarian pizza for a very good price, 5 euros and it was delicious.