Where to Eat: Dublin
Anyone who has traveled before knows that finding the best place to eat is half the battle and fun of exploring a new city. Check out our top recommendations for places to satisfy your hunger ranging from Sicilian food to a pizza shop in a bus!
What do you get when you combine chill bar, hidden backyard venue and delicious fancy pizza cooked on a bus? You get The Bernard Shaw. Follow the hushed sound of music through a dark bar and you will find yourself in the middle of a packed yard, lined with Christmas lights with an old bus parked in the center. This bar/restaurant has the feeling of being "in the know" and your neighborhood pub. The personal pizzas are huge and creative. The beer is fast and cold. Added bonus, this bar is in the cool Camden Street neighborhood that's known for it's bars
Do you enjoy building your own burger or sandwich, large varieties of fries and shakes? This modern burger joint will fill your stomach without breaking your wallet. Comfortable seating in a relaxing atmosphere makes this a perfect destination point for a quick lunch.
We were recommended to visit this bar by a Dublin local and we are here to recommend P. Macs to you! Imagine modern gothic vibe with board games and craft beers. All lighting is through massive candles and their food menu is modern bar food. Nachos, chicken wings, sandwiches and burgers, all with a twist. This wonderful pub is a must visit for drinks and a late meal!
Every once and a while when traveling you want to eat something other than sandwiches and fries. When that happens in Dublin head on over to Di Luca on Harcourt Street.. This little restaurant will take you to Silicilly and back during your meal. The menu is a not massive and they have a variety of daily specials for both dinner and lunch. We walked into Di Luca with rather high expectations; not only were they met, they were exceeded. Simple food done well, paired with affordable wine and an incredible red wine cheesecake to finish the meal made for two happy travelers. If you want to try this incredible little restaurant but not spend a ton make sure to stop by for lunch or an early dinner to get their early bird special!
London might be known for it's curries but Diwali puts Dublin on the map. This traditional Indian and Nepalese restaurant will leave your tongue wanting more but leave you with enough food to have leftovers. They have enough options to satisfy every dietary need and flavor profile. If you are as an avid curry lover as we are, you will not be disappointed. They are open from lunch until late dinner, meaning you can get your fix at any point of the day! Do note that this is not your corner curry destination. It is under "splurging" for a reason, while the food is delicious and worth every penny, it will cost you more than your pocket change.
If you are anything like me and judge a restaurant based on it's name, you will be equally surprised by this Italian restaurant in Ranelagh. Mario's has affordable, recognizable Italian food in a trendy part of Dublin, just a 5 minute LUAS ride from city centre. Large portions, tasty pasta and bustling ambiance make this a perfect date destination or just a fancy meal. You will find young and older patrons enjoying a glass of wine over a shared piece of tiramisu. Treat yourself to a fancy night out, but be sure to wear your expandable pants! Take a look at those photos, you know you want to try a bite.