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08th Mar 2018

These Are The Best Spots For Dinner In Dublin – According To Our Team


Working for a company like Lovin Media Group comes with a few requirements and one is that you have to LOVE your food.

As a result, our team tend to eat out a lot and we spend half of the week discussing the latest hidden gems or delicious dishes that we’ve stumbled across.

The most common question that we’re asked by readers is where we like to go for dinner so we decided to share some of our favourite spots around the city.

Some are central, some are off the beaten track but these are the restaurants that are top of our list when we’re heading for an off-duty bite…

The Good World, South Great George’s Street

“My grandad is from Hong Kong and we were always brought to The Good World as a treat growing up. The Dim Sum here is the closest to the real thing that you’ll find in Dublin. Now that I’m a bit older, it hits all the boxes as a place to catch up with friends and family as it’s affordable, central, and the food is as good as ever.”

– Daryl, Direct Sales Manager

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Chameleon, Temple Bar

“This is an Indonesian spot with set menus based around either fish, meat or vegetables. This way, you get to try a bit of everything, and it’s all absolutely incredible. Also, it’s suitable for every taste and every person. 

Better still, there’s a couch upstairs where you can perch yourself after you’ve inevitably eaten too much and rendered yourself useless.”

– Kate Demolder, Journalist

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Castello Bruno, Castleknock 

“Located in the village close to the Castleknock entrance to the Phoenix Park, this place is a local favourite. Once you’ve tasted any of the pizza and pasta, you’ll be sure to return and even if you’re not into Italian, the fine selection of burgers, salads and seafood mean there’s be something for everyone. 

Grab a bottle of wine, some mates and a seat outside on a sunny day. You won’t regret it.”

– James Fenton, Journalist

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Fishbone, Clontarf

“Where to start? There’s amazing fresh seafood and a great drinks menu, as well as a decent early bird and super friendly staff. Head for dinner after a stroll on Bull Island. Their seafood pot is ????”

– Cathal Fleming, Account Director

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Terre Madre, Bachelor’s Walk

“This is a cosy little Italian on the quays that seats no more than 20. The menu changes depending on what’s in the kitchen or what the chef feels like cooking, so it’s the kind of place where you can pick something off the menu at random with your eyes closed and be assured that it will taste absolutely amazing.

“The owner goes the extra mile and makes you feel like you’re an old friend who has just stopped by for a catch-up dinner rather than a customer ordering.It’s also the only place in town that I know of where you can get bruschetta with lardo di colonnata, a warm pork lard spread that sounds disgusting but tastes unreal. It’s basically like meaty butter.”

– Sarah Clayton-Lea, Journalist

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Las Tapas De Lola, Wexford Street

“I suffer from a terrible affliction that goes by the name of ‘order envy’ – basically, I always want whatever the other person at my table has ordered. For this reason, my ideal evening with friends involves a full table of tapas plates so that I can sample everything!

“Tapas De Lola is one of the most authentic spots in the city, with lovely staff and incredible wine, so it’s definitely one of my favourites. I’m also a big fan of Bagots Hutton on Ormond Quay – brilliant live music and their Neighbourhood Menu is a steal.”

– Marie Madden, Editor

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