7 affordable date night options in Dublin

By Fiona Frawley

September 16, 2022 at 12:11pm

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If you're trying to literally exist under the crushing weight of the Cost Of Living, forking out for an extravagant date night might not be on the cards right now.

In a city where merely stepping outside the door seems to cost you and the mere idea of turning the heating on will cost you your life savings, we've searched high and low for date night options that won't break the bank. You can still treat the one you love without putting yourself into debt, and we're here to show you how.

Dada

Step into Morocco without ever leaving Dublin 2 at Dada on South William Street. From the decor to the dishes, Dada is such a beautifully unique dining experience, and their early bird menu will set you back just €23.95 for two courses or €27.95 for three. It's also BYO friendly so you can spend as much or as little as you want in that department.

Rotana Café

This cosy spot in Portobello is home to some of the best Lebanese dishes you'll find in Dublin. You'll get a two course meal (with huge portions) for €22.90 –  along with a BYO option, no corkage. They've also now got a second spot open on Parnell Street, for northside Lebanese lovers.

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Sano

Sano is quickly earning a reputation as one of Dublin's most affordable pizza spots without compromising in the slightest on flavour or quality. With locations in Temple Street and Ranelagh, pizza prices start at just €7.50, with beer and a selection of house wines starting at €6.

Lucky Tortoise

As many Dublin foodies will already know, you can order Lucky Tortoise's entire menu (literally) for just €28, or €25 for the vegan option. Can't argue with that.

Sprezzatura

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Sprezzatura has gained notoriety among Dublin foodies for its fresh pasta, selection of specialist wines on tap and the fact that main dishes start from €8.95.

Shouk

If you're a "let's order a few bits and share" type of couple, Drumcondra's Shouk is just the ticket. Their mezze platter will provide you with an almighty, flavourful feed for just €35.

Shaku Maku

In a similar vein, recent addition to Rathmines Shaku Maku is a great spot for sharing plates with your loved one - small plates start from €6.50, mains from €8.

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Any affordable date night options we missed? Let us know, we'd love to include them!

Header image via Instagram/sano.pizza

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