The Top 10 Early Bird Menus In Dublin

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Everyone likes to treat themselves these days - and the best way to enjoy your hard earned cash after payday is to spend it on discovering our city.

Eating out is one of our favourite past-times but doing the full 3-courser a couple of evenings a week can be expensive. The solution for this is to have a taster of an early-bird or a pre-theatre menu in a restaurant you might not have been to before. One way that restaurants have been known to get people through the doors is by using an early-bird or pre-theatre menu.

The winning points of note here for you are - your spend per head will be cheaper and you'll get a nicer variation of the outlets menu. A little while ago, Niall did a similar feature which you can read all about here, but we like to give you guys as much choice as possible so here are Dublin's top 10 early-birds at the moment...

10. Riba

4 Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan

Out in the 'burbs of south Dublin you'll find Riba - which is perfect if you don't want to trek into town one evening or if you want to grab a bite to eat before heading next door to the cinema. Their menu is super-fresh and is sure to hit the spot. Check out their early-bird here.

  • Two courses €19.50
  • Three courses €23.50
  • Early-bird is available Sunday - Thursday all evening, and Friday - Saturday 5pm - 7pm.

9. Chez Max

1 Palace Street, Dublin 2

Chez Max serve classic homemade Parisian style dishes and nothing will make you feel like you've literally walked into Paris quite like Chez Max on Palace St. Their staff are unbelievably welcoming and there's always a seriously good atmosphere here too. The perfect place to drop into if you're going to a gig in the Olympia or simply having a date night without breaking the bank. Check out their early-bird menu here.

  • Two courses €19
  • Available 5:30pm - 7pm, Sunday - Thursday
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8. The Larder

8 Parliament Street, Dublin 1

Serving up the freshest Irish produce and buying all their meat from FX Buckley, you know you're in for a quality meal in The Larder. Their steaks and lamb burgers are what people come here in droves for, wash it down with a nice craft beer - they've a super selection. Check out the menu here.

  • Two courses €19.95
  • Three courses €23.95
  • Ring ahead to see about early-bird times
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7. Odessa

14 Dame Court, Dublin 2

Odessa are renowned for their epic brunches but that doesn't compare to their early-bird. The choice on the menu is very rich and tasty and again it's in a great, central location so if you're running off to meet pals or heading to a gig it's the perfect place to line your stomachs.

  • Two courses €19.50
  • Three courses €23.95
  • Runs everyday from 5.30pm - 7pm
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6. Pearl Brasserie

20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2

If you're looking to really treat yourself and you're heading out with a big group of friends for a meal, I'd suggest you head here. It's a fabulous fine-dining experience and their early-bird menu makes it nice and affordable. Check out their menu here.

  • Two Courses for €25, 6pm - 6.45pm
  • Runs Monday to Saturday

5. Whitefriar Grill

16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

There's a reason why it's almost impossible to get a booking any day of the week here - these guys run a serious operation and serve up quality grub no matter what time of the day it is. It's excellent value and they never skimp on portion sizes - you'll be rolling home. Check out their menu here.

  • Two courses €19.50
  • Three courses €24.50
  • Served Monday-Wednesday all evening
  • Thursday 5pm - 6.30pm, Friday-Sunday 5pm - 6pm
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4. The Winding Stair

40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

If you're looking for a charming place to spend a couple of hours in the city then this is the ideal spot. There's something for everyone on this menu whether you're a fan of seafood or you like something meatier. You won't be short of atmosphere here either and with beautiful views of the Liffey you'll feel right at home in the cosy Winding Stair. Check out the menu here.

  • Two courses €26.95
  • Three courses €30.95
  • Served daily 5.30pm - 7pm

3. Marcel's

1 Saint Mary's Road, Dublin 4

Sister restaurant to The Green Hen in town, this suburban hideaway is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday or a nice family occasion. Their presentation is on another level and the friendly staff will really enhance your dining experience. Their early-bird is ridiculously well priced. Make sure you order the beef or risotto. Check out their early-bird here.

  • Two courses €20
  • Three courses €25
  • Runs 5pm - 7pm, Monday-Saturday
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2. San Lorenzo's

South Great George's St, Dublin 2

Up there with one of the best modern eateries in the country, San Lorenzo's serve up some seriously flavoursome food. Everything is cooled and presented to perfection and their desserts and cocktails are an added bonus. Always packed to the rafters so be sure to reserve before heading. Check out their early-bird here.

  • Two courses €21.95
  • Three courses €26.95
  • Served 5pm onwards Sunday - Wednesday
  • Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 6.30pm
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1. Ananda

Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dublin 14

Ananda is Dublin's best Indian and you won't get a fine-dining experience like it in the country. They're constantly winning awards for their incredible food so we suggest you give it a try if you haven't already. There are a ton of places to eat in Dundrum but if you're looking to treat yourselves to a hearty meal before you catch a movie this is perfect. Check out the menu here.

  • Two courses €25
  • Available 5.30pm - 7pm Sunday - Friday & Saturday 5.30pm - 6.30pm

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