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May 8, 2012 09:02 AM

Eating in Dublin on Sun/Mon nights

I will be in Dublin later this month for two nights only, a Sunday and Monday night. Most of the highly recommended restaurants I've looked up are closed on those evenings. Does anyone have any good tips for eating well on those nights? We are staying in the Ballsbridge area, so would be particularly interested in things around there.

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  1. Sunday and Monday are unfortunately not great for dining but a few suggestions near where you are staying:

    - Roly's Bistro, Ballsbridge- classic, solid bistro cooking
    - Paulie's Pizza, Ballsbridge - excellent wood fired pizza & home made pasta dishes
    - Mulberry Gardens, Donnybrook ( open Sundays) Refined and elegant with high end food and relaxed service
    - Butcher Grill, Ranelagh - Tiny space serving top quality char grilled organic meats & lots besides
    - Wild Goose, Ranelagh - Lovely room, superb wine list, decent food.
    - Kinara Kitchen, Ranelagh - Excellent Indian food in contemporary setting

    Hope you find something you like. Enjoy your stay.

    6 Replies
      1. re: Patricko

        Same situation early next month. Any suggestions for an after hurling event dinner on Sunday the 8th? Gonna be walking back into town from the event site.

        1. re: thompkin

          Steps of Rome off Grafton St for a good pizza slice or hearty lasagne etc
          Yamamori or Izakaya on georges st if u fancy japanese...
          The Green Hen on wicklow st does french bistro stuff,
          777 for modern mexican, Coppinger Row for a european mix
          there's more, but tell us what you fancy eating?
          and don't forget there's eating and drinking in a pint of guinness!

          1. re: DublinChow

            My two sons and I kind of eat it all. We have a winery in So California and have had a bistro style restaurant in the past. My wife, sorry to say, tends toward vegetarian, but can be persuaded to eat a bite of fish every once in a while.
            Want to see good pub food at some point.
            Traveling from Dublin South, then West then over to Galway, Clifden, and then Belfast before returning to Dublin (2 weeks)

            1. re: thompkin

              Very helpful and trustworthy article yesterday in The Irish Times on good spots around the country:

              Great pub food, irish craft beers on draught at L. Mulligan Grocer - could be reached no problem after the match on Sunday!

              1. re: DublinChow

                Hi, I'm the original poster, just back from Ireland. We ate well in Dublin at Ely WIne Bar. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Also had a fantastic lunch at the Granary Cafe - just a few tables, but the best sandwiches we had of our entire trip.
                Before going I downloaded an iphone app of the Bridgestone Guide's 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland. I found this to be absolutely reliable. Everywhere we went, we had a superb meal from this book. Highlights:

                Oscar's - very memorable meal. Really fresh and inventive fish. Incredibly nice staff.
                Ard Bia at Nimmo's - also delicious, in a very funky informal setting. Loved it.
                Cava - this was wonderful spanich tapas - a nice change from all the Irish seafood we'd been having.

                We ate at the Wild Geese. It was a lovely seting in a small cottage and the food was good, but I was not that impressed and found the food a bit overly rich. Might just have been cranky because we didn't like Adare.

                Out of the Blue - an absolute must. Book ahead, it's very small. We saw them turn many away. Just fish, entire menu on blackboard.
                Global Table - half empty but we thought the food was terrific here too. We were in the mood for meat after many days of fish and it was excellent.

                Fishy Fishy - no complaints about the food, but it seemed to be a real 'operation' and the service was forgetful and messy. It lacked the charm of many of the other places above.

                We found the food in Ireland to be absolutely wonderful, our best culinary trip since Spain. Even the most humble spots had a great soup and bhome made brown bread that was delicious.

                Highly recommended for foodies.