The sea is generally within 30 minutes distance from anywhere in Dublin, so you know the fish is gonna be at its finest.
Although you'll find an impressive plate of fish and chips at just about any seafood restaurant or pub around town, there are certain spots that 100% top the rest of them.
As a seafood fanatic, I am always seeking restaurants that offer something fresh and new to try. I'm a firm believer that if you fancy fish at all, Dublin will not let you down.
Here's your seafood bucket list – start crossing them off...
1. Open prawn sandwich – Catch-22
Just off of Dawson Street, here's a spot that specialises in every type of fish.
I absolutely love the open face prawn sandwich here – done to perfection with creamy flavours and incredible textures.
In my opinion you can't go wrong with anything on the menu at Catch-22. Plus, their lunch deal is just toooo good.
2. Smoked salmon – The Waterloo Bar
You'd never guess, but this pub on Baggot Street serves up some of Dublin's nicest smoked salmon.
There are loads of meats, salads, sandwiches and light bites to choose from on the menu, but I would go with the Greek or Moroccan Salad, and ask for smoked salmon on top.
Honestly, it's mouth-wateringly good.
3. Oysters – Brockwood
If you're a fan of oysters, this place is a goldmine. It's a lovely little steak and seafood restaurant that just doesn't get it wrong.
The cocktails are unforgettable as well. I think you should give it a go.
4. Seafood chowder – The Abbey Tavern
I'm only a chowder fan when in Ireland – when you're by the sea, and it's a bit breezy, it just feels right.
Everyone knows that Howth is where you'll find high quality fish, but you've gotta try The Abbey Tavern. Their chowder is absolutely loaded with salmon, haddock, and other seafoods, and comes served with a fresh slice of Guinness brown bread.
Creamy and delightful.
5. Red Tuna – La Maison
La Maison offers fine French cuisine and is known for its beautifully cooked and prepared fish. They've a fabulous outdoor patio area for the warmer evenings, yet it's both cosy and chic inside.
Treat yourself, and dine like the French do.
6. Fish and chips – Fish Shack Cafe
Here's a spot in Sandycove that will absolutely blow you away.
This hidden gem has just about every type of fish you could ask for, with chips that make for a perfect combo, regardless of what you order
Do not pay this place a visit without ordering fish and chips – fried or grilled, hake or monkfish – whatever suits you, do it. You really can't go wrong.
7. Fish Skewers – The Market Bar
Always a good choice. The Market Bar specialises in a lot of things, but I've been dreaming about this dish ever since my first bite. They have stolen my heart.
Please – do yourself a favour, and give this a try.
8. Lobster – Deep Restaurant
Recently described as 'The Best Lobster In Dublin', you must make the trip out to Howth to get a taste of these.
It doesn't get much fresher and more authentic than these, where you're right on the water, and the stunning views are an extra bonus.
Deep, you're brill.
9. Calamari – Beshoff Bros
Here's where you'll find some of the tastiest and most affordable fish in Dublin.
The fish and chips dishes are amazing (obviously), but there's something about their calamari that is just perfect.
You'll find one in Howth, Clontarf, Malahide, and off both Dame Street and Mespil Road. In other words, you can enjoy your fish on the sea or smack in the middle of city centre.
They even do gluten free options – buzzing.