Some suggestions for Dublin below.
Odessa – Cool vibe, very good Eggs Benedict and juices. Avoid for dinner!
Espresso Bar , Ballsbridge – Usual brunch staples done very well. Good place for celeb spotting too!
Green 19, Camden Street – Essential hangover food for Sundays!
Rolys Café, Ballsbridge – A bit noisy sometimes but very good scrambled egg and smoked salmon!
Panem Café, Ormonde Quay – Seats about 6 people but makes fantastic croissants and stuffed savoury focaccia.
Gruel, Dame Street - Good Home Cooking, Modest Surroundings
Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St - Italian anti pasti, panini, pasta etc
Yamamori Noodles, Georges St-Decent sushi and good noodle dishes
The Exchequer Gastro Pub, Excehquer St - All the usual gastropub staples
Michie Sushi, Chelmsford Lane, Ranelagh – Tiny place but best sushi in Dublin IMO
Manifesto, Rathmines – Really good pizzas and simple pasta dishes.
Mid Level Lunch/Dinner:
Pichet, Trinity Street - Contemporary bistro - very popular
Winding Stair, Ormonde Quay-Modern Irish Cooking, great wine list
La Maison, Castlemarket St - Classic French bistro cooking in bright, modern room
Nona Valentino, Portobello – Interesting Italian cooking in bright room by the canal.
Juniors, Bath Avenue – Great buzz, simple dishes cooked well.
L'Gueleuton, Fade St - French style brasserie with an Irish twist
Pig's Ear, Nassau St- Good quality Irish cooking with nice views of Trinity College
The Brown Bear, Naas – High quality gastro pub ( www.thebrownbear.ie). In the middle of nowhere but worth the journey!
Dillinger’s Ranelagh – Small space but cool vibe, great cocktails and solid cooking.
Eatery 120 Ranelagh – Good bistro fare and decent wine list
Camden Kitchen, Grantham Street – Small but bright, modern space. Cooking is good and inventive bistro moderne style.
The Green Hen, Wicklow Street. Usual bistro staples. Can be hit and miss but when it’s good it can be very good.
Bang Café – Awful interior design but decent mid level bistro cooking!
China Sichuan – The best Sichuan cooking in Dublin. Worth the 25 minutes or so on the Luas from St. Stephen’s Green.
Blooms Brasserie, Baggot Street. Solid cooking in cosy basement.
Wolfe’s Artisan Bistro, Capel Street – Very new and right on top of their game. Very good quality ingredients cooked simply.
Café Bon, Malahide – The little sister of Michelin Starred Bon Appetite but IMO a far nicer experience. 30 minutes on the Dart from Pearse St. It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday!
The House, Howth – Really chilled out spot. I’d recommend for brunch on a Sunday particularly.
Dylan Restaurant ( at Dylan Hotel) – A bit of style over substance but early evening menu is decent value for the standard of cooking on offer.
Cellar Restaurant at Merrion Hotel – Very nice space for a Hotel restaurant and good quality ingredients cooked simply.
High End - Relative Good Value Lunch/Expensive Dinner:
Thorntons, St. Stephens Green - my personal favourite in Dublin. Great lunch deal at the moment for stellar cooking. 1 Michelin Star but tipped to win back second.
Chapter One, Parnell Square - Very popular, high end Irish cooking and service. 1 Michelin Star.
Salon des Saveurs, Aungier St. – They only do tasting menus at night but prices are very reasonable for the standard of cooking on offer. Very good lunch and early evening deals at the moment.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel. Currently Ireland's only 2 Michelin Star. Sublime service, very good food, very expensive.
One Pico, Schoolhouse Lane. So far overlooked by Michelin but excellent lunch deal for the standard of food and service.
Pearl Brasserie, Merrion St. Stunning room with great service and excellent quality cooking.
Dax – Decent tapas in the bar for moderate price, very good food and service in the dining room and excellent wine list.
Hope you find somewhere from this lot.
I was in Dublin last week. From December 26 to early January, most of the top restaurants recommended by Patricko (in an extremely helpful posting) were closed for the holiday season. I was there at the same time last year, and made return visits this year to Pichet and L'Gueuleton. Enjoyed both very much. But purpose of this posting is to mention The Green Hen. The food was very good, and taking into account the price (I had a 3 course prix fixe), it was excellent. Service was also professional, efficient and friendly. Highly recommend!