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May 15, 2011 12:53 PM

Eating in Dublin with children

I will be in Dublin for 4 days with my children (7 and 9). Can someone suggest places to eat in the city center area? Thanks.

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    1. Hi glimmerii. I don't have kids myself (yet) so I can't speak from personal experience, but at ages 7 and 9 you really shouldn't have too many problems, especially if you eat at the earlier end of the spectrum (and given the early bird deals in Dublin at the moment, that's not a bad plan anyway). What kind of food are you looking for, and at what kind of budget?

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      1. re: Diapason

        I'm looking for cheap eats for the kids.

        1. re: glimmerii

          Okay, I'm a bit out of my comfort zone here, but there are always lots of kids in Wagamama -- it's very child friendly (although Yamamori is probably better, and you should be fine with kids there too) and in a similar vein there's Cafe Mao. Gotham is good (especially for pizza, but they do other things), and Captain America's, while not exactly haute cuisine, is a favourite of many. Obviously there are the TGI's of this world, and a variety of other burgery places (Eddie Rocket's, for example) although I'm not sure if that's the kind of thing you're looking for.

          To be honest, I've never in my life chosen a restaurant specifically with kids in mind, so I'm probably not being much help. Possibly worth looking at to get a flavour of menu options around the City Centre, although I'd take the reviews with a pinch of salt.

          Enjoy the trip!

      2. The food scene leaves A LOT to be desired, at least when I lived there 5 years ago.

        But, for lunch, nearly every pub in City Centre will have a "roast" that serves up sandwiches and hot lunches. Mostly business lunchers and not at all a pub scene at that hour. Just grab a tray and select what you'd like, then pay the cashier and find a seat.

        For dinner I would second the suggestion for Bewley's. Also recommend Gotham Cafe just off Grafton Street (Anne St. I believe?) - decent pizzas. I loved Elephant & Castle in Temple Bar area (closest thing to wings and burgers I could find across the pond!), and I'm sure there are other cafe's that will suit your liking in the same vicinity. This area definitely caters to the drinking tourist though, but still great craic to walk around.

        Definitely take them to Leo Burdock's for the best fish and chips ever! It's just across the street from Christchurch Cathedral.

        My other favorite place when I lived there was Brasserie Sixty6 - if you're looking for a little more upscale meal. I'm sure you'll find something for the kids there. Dobbins was very nice as well, on a small street near Merrion Square.

        1. The food scene in Dublin is vibrant and of excellent quality although like anywhere else it has its many faults and I certainly wouldn't be recommending pub lunches. Apart from a few exceptions, they're hopeless.
          As well as the restaurant in Bewleys and Elephant and Castle, I would recommend: The Silk Road Cafe in the Chester Beatty Library, Avoca Cafe on Suffolk St, Simon's Place for sandwiches, Dunne & Crescenzi for decent italian food and coffee, Odessa's brunch, Gourmet burger kitchen (2 in Dublin 2),Green Nineteen on Camden St near another good choice the Cake Cafe,the cafes in the 'Italian Quarter' on the north quays. Also, a new pop-up restaurant Crackbird on Crane Lane which kids should enjoy - kind of upscale KFC with louder music! There's more, certainly in the suburbs inc the weekend markets esp Dun Laoghaire, any decent guidebook will help you out.