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The Best Spots for Outdoor Dining in Dublin

By Visit Dublin

25th June 2021

Summer is upon us, and what better time to enjoy the best outdoor dining in Dublin. Whether you’re after a hearty brunch, light bites or a luxurious evening meal, Visit Dublin’s guide to the best outdoor dining venues has something that’s guaranteed to whet your appetite.

Isabelle's on South Anne Street

Isabelle’s

Sitting on bustling South Anne Street, Isabelle’s Restaurant & Bar is the perfect spot to start — or end — a day out in the city centre. With a huge range of dining options, including brunch, lunch, dinner and even a kids’ menu, there is a dish for everyone. Health-conscious diners and vegetarians revel in having an extensive menu that caters to their needs.

Mouth-watering must-haves include vegan hazelnut gnocchi with squash puree and pickled shimeji mushroom and the beef rib burger with smoked provolone, crispy bacon and burnt red onion mayo. Soak up the sun and city atmosphere on the outdoor dining area facing onto the Royal Hibernian Way.

Coppinger Row

Just off South William Street, Coppinger Row serves up light and tasty cuisine made using fresh Irish produce. Sit in the outdoor dining terrace and watch the world go by, as you feast on Mediterranean-inspired dishes including tomato and mozzarella bruschetta, meatball linguine or tuna niçoise. If gin is your thing, you’ll be spoilt with their gin-spiring extensive menu – Dingle Gin with orange and thyme or Gunpowder Gin with star anise are only two of the many favourites here.

FIRE Steakhouse

Enjoy outdoor dining on the terrace at FIRE Steakhouse & Bar at the Mansion House, Dublin 2. The bright, airy terrace overlooks the leafy Lord Mayor’s Garden and bustling Dawson Street. Try the alfresco menu, designed to highlight the best of outdoor summer dining. Options include oysters, quinoa salad or crayfish to begin your meal, followed by lamb, steak or chicken as a main and a gin and tonic mascarpone mousse for dessert.

Please your inner wine buff with the 'Wine Experience' menu, where a sommelier guides you through a six-course feast with a carefully chosen wine to match each dish.

Outdoor dining at The Grayson

The Grayson

Overlooking St Stephen’s Green right in the heart of the city is The Grayson’s outdoor dining area. With food for every occasion, the restaurant, in a glass atrium, serves brunch, dinner, a kids’ menu, afternoon tea and maintains and extensive wine and cocktail list. Highlights of the menu include classic dishes of pan-seared salmon and grilled chicken supreme, while brunch is hearty eggs benedict or buttermilk pancakes. Afternoon tea is perfect for a summer treat — try delicate sandwiches, mini scones and macaroons.

The Shelbourne Hotel

The iconic Shelbourne Hotel, founded in 1824, takes in views of St Stephen’s Green and combines historical architecture with modern cuisine. The open-air terrace, on the mezzanine level, serves delicious food in a relaxed outdoor dining area that’s sheltered from the elements. Enjoy a croque monsieur, fish fresh from the market or the satisfying Shelbourne Burger made with Hereford mince.

Mark a special occasion, or just spoil yourself, on the Champagne Terrace. The menu is a specially curated experience combining melt-in-your-mouth portions of seafood, charcuterie and mini desserts paired with a choice of Laurent-Perrier champagnes.

Saba

Serving authentic Thai and Vietnamese food, award-winning Saba on Baggot Street has the perfect outdoor dining space come rain or shine. Dine under canopies at Saba’s Secret Garden and treat yourself to a tasty lunch of oriental favourites like phad khing or hoisin duck rolls. The extensive dinner menu has a gorgeous selection of curries, noodles and light and tasty salads. Choose from Saba’s range of Asian and local beers, or select an exotic cocktail to complement your meal.

Sophie's rooftop terrace at the Dean

Sophie’s

Found in the bustling centre of Dublin City, Sophie’s Rooftop Restaurant in the 4-star Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street is the perfect setting to take your dining to new heights. Make your way up to the terrace and enjoy 360-degree views of the city while you tuck into breakfast, lunch or dinner. Brunch is also available at the weekend.

Woodfired pizzas and salads are a lunchtime favourite, while the evening menu includes irresistible plates of steak, duck and seafood linguine. Cocktails are a speciality at Sophie’s — indulge in a Nut and Berry Flip or a whisky-infused Honky Tonk Swizzle. Wander through the city after your meal and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city.

The Dylan Hotel

The Nurserie Terrace at 5-star The Dylan Hotel, just off Baggot Street, is a much sought after spot to dine on a sunny afternoon. The outdoor dining area is partially covered and full of lush plants and greenery, turning this pocket of the city into a magical oasis. Enjoy one of the Dylan’s unique champagne ice pops on a hot day; indulge in a luxurious menu including guinea fowl, fillet of turbot and saffron and tomato risotto.

The Marker Hotel

The Rooftop Bar and Terrace at The Marker Hotel is a stylish and modern setting to enjoy a decadent evening of outdoor dining. Devour tempura of monkfish or grilled tiger prawns while taking in the sky-high views from the top of the stellar hotel — or really splash out and try the flame-grilled blue lobster served with champagne. Grand Canal Square is just outside, so pop out for a walk afterwards and snap a photo with the famous red light poles.

On the rooftop at Layla's in Ranelagh

Layla’s

Sitting at the top of the Devlin Hotel in Ranelagh Village, Layla’s Rooftop Restaurant, Bar and Terrace is a tranquil outdoor dining spot on Dublin’s Southside. Gaze at views of the Dublin Mountains as you devour your meal. Head chef Eoin O’Connor has created a unique menu, with dishes such as hake with clams, chicken with gorgonzola and peas and a selection of hearty pizzas. Enjoy a drink afterwards at any of the exciting bars in Ranelagh, or head to the city centre – the Luas stop is just a few minutes away.

La Peniche

Enjoy outdoor dining on the water at La Peniche, a restored classic cargo barge moored on Dublin’s Grand Canal. Lunch and dinner are served on board, and you can also book the entire boat out for friends and family – ideal for family get togethers, weddings and just about any special occasion. Lunch options include a three-bean ragout or fillet of seabass and Bailey’s crème brûlée for dessert. Sit back and relax on this stunning barge while you watch the sun go down on the canal.

The Hole in the Wall

Nestled against the wall of the Phoenix Park is The Hole in the Wall pub. Choose from a range of filling tapas, including tempura prawns and rustic potatoes, and tuck into them on the benches outside the pub. Generous main course dishes include salmon, chicken supreme and vegan risotto. The venue’s burgers are another favourite; bring your appetite as they are stacked high with a choice of delicious fillings.

The Vintage Cocktail Club's outdoor seating

Vintage Cocktail Club

Temple Bar’s Vintage Cocktail Club is a throwback to the roaring 1920s, with award-winning cocktails and a menu for every appetite. Set over three floors with a rooftop terrace, the venue is packed with antique furniture and vintage trinkets. Sharing plates including risotto balls, garlic prawns and hummus boards are the perfect accompaniment to a Manhattan cocktail or classic Bloody Mary. More substantial meals of prawn rigatoni and strip loin steak are available as well.

Brother Hubbard

Perfect as a spot to refuel mid-way through a day’s shopping, Brother Hubbard — with locations both north and south of the Liffey on Capel Street, Harrington Street and a third outpost in Arnotts — is another great outdoor dining option. Brunch, lunch and dinner are available, with lots of choices for vegan and vegetarian or gluten-free diners too. The 'Middle East Feast' is a sharing meal that’s amazing for a group of friends. Choose from baba ghanoush, beef and lamb koftas and seafood stew; and finish sweetly with burnt Basque cheesecake.

The Church

Tucked away at the corner of Jervis Street and Mary Street, is The Church Bar and Restaurant. The building is a restored 17th century church — complete with stained glass windows and organ still in place — giving the restaurant a unique twist. Hearty gastropub grub is the order of the day, with dishes including deep-fried calamari, chicken wings and a buttermilk chicken burger on offer. A delicious BBQ menu, including pork ribs and burgers, is served from 5pm every Friday (weather permitting) — the perfect way to wind up the working week.

Aqua

For a cruise liner dining experience without ever leaving the shore, head to Aqua restaurant in Howth. Feast your eyes on striking views of Howth Harbour, Portmarnock and Malahide, while you fill your belly with fresh seafood fare. Found at the end of the West Pier in the seaside village, enjoy a stroll after your meal as you watch the sunset from a lookout point on the hill. The venue specialises in seafood, with piri-piri prawns and roaring bay mussels featuring on the menu, but beef, chicken and a vegetarian Buddha bowl also feature.

The streets of Dublin are alive with diners and restaurateurs — plan your visit to the capital and come try these amazing dishes for yourself. Remember to book ahead where possible so you don’t miss out on the best places.

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