Dublin + The East

Restaurants in Dublin + The East

A newly opened offshoot of the eponymous oyster bar in London, this Bentley’s marks a return of Irish chef Richard Corrigan to his native turf.

Featured on television and in books, Chef Kevin Thornton had made his mission clear to incorporate Irish ingredients into modern cuisine.

Suffused with an understated attitude of perennial hipness, the Mermaid has been an oasis of cool since it opened in 1996. The space is bright, clean, and contemporary, and Gavin Pedersen’s menu—which falls somewhere along the culinary spectrum between Ireland and New England—follows suit.

Down a few steps, into what was once Mitchell’s Wine Merchants, this underground cellar is now the location of the upscale Italian restaurant, Town Bar and Grill.

A dramatic restaurant setting can often mean underwhelming food—but Quay 16 is a happy exception to this rule.

Reservations aren’t accepted at this superb, if slightly self-conscious bistro, which is unmarked by signage of any sort (you’ll find the door beside Hogan’s Pub).

No visit to Dublin is complete without a taste of the city’s signature treat: a bag of greasy, deliciously crunchy fried cod and chips.

The Quartier Bloom is Dublin’s small, but busy Italian district. It is home to a handful of shops and restaurants, one of which is the wine-focused Enoteca delle Langhe.

In the back are stained-glass windows, designed by the early-20th-century craftsman Harry Clarke, glowing with parrots and feathery foliage.

The Irish comfort food at Roly’s is served in a dining room with yellow-painted walls, white linen-covered tables, and maroon banquettes. Located directly above its bakery and all-day café, which serves coffee and homemade pastries, it has been open since 1992.

At Michelle Darmody's Cake Café, a restaurant in the Portobello neighborhood, the building was designed to be sustainable and with materials that were apparently "healthy and organic," as indeed is the food.

Chef Aine Maguire is one of the rising stars of the Irish food scene (a fact that Michelin recognized by awarding The Winding Stair its Bib Gourmand in 2008).