With so many restaurants in Dublin it can be hard to find the ones that you want to go back to all the time. I found three great restaurants that I would easily go back to many times. The food, service, and atmosphere were all marvelous. If you are shopping along the famous Grafton Street in Dublin and you find yourself hungry, there are two great restaurants I recommend. One block off the popular street you will find the Farm Restaurant. It uses a large number of organic products and has a great selection of organic wines. Across the street from the famous St. Stephen’s Green Park is Il Posto restaurant, serving Italian food and wine. If you are close to the Grand Canal, go to the modern and trendy Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar.
The Farm Restaurant
The Farm Restaurant is known for using organic, free range, and local products as much as possible. They believe it is “better for your health, better for the environment, better for farmers, and more delicious!” The creative menu includes a wide selection of fish, poultry, and meat dishes along with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free plates.
The family run restaurant opened its Dawson Street location in 2007 followed by a second location in a Georgian building on Leeson Street in 2012. Farm’s casual and relaxing atmosphere is ideal for friends, families, and casual business meetings.
I enjoyed a wonderful lunch beginning with the delicious crab cakes along with a glass of organic white wine. For a main, I had the Farm Irish fish pie. It is a combination of organic salmon, cod, and smoked Irish haddock and is served with a side salad. It was a large portion and I did not finish all of it because I wanted to try dessert. I chose the white chocolate and blackberry cheesecake. It was the creamiest cheesecake I have ever eaten.
The lunch recommendation from the server were perfect. The food is outstanding and the service was superb. For more information about the Farm Restaurant, see their website.
Il Posto restaurant
Located across the street from St. Stephen’s Green Park, you will find Il Posto. With the only patio on the block, it is a great place to enjoy the summer weather and people watch. Alternately, you can go down into the restaurant and escape Dublin by feeling like you are in a restaurant in Italy. The elegant and intimate setting is perfect for friends, business, or families to enjoy the fantastic food and excellent service.
I enjoyed a wonderful lunch inside the restaurant. I started with a salad made with radicchio, sun dried tomatoes, pecorino, and olives with a mango dressing. My main was a whole grain crusted fillet of sea trout on a bed of risotto. Dessert was a mixed berry crumble with vanilla ice cream and a cappuccino.
The food was fantastic and service was amazing. For more information about the restaurant, including all five menus available, see their website.
Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar is a contemporary restaurant in Dublin. The classic design with neutral wood tones, green chairs, and accented stone wall give a warm classy feel to the brasserie. With large windows at the rear of the restaurant, you lose the feeling of being below the main street in the front. The patio in the back is a quiet escape of the bustling city around you.
Situated in the ideal location on Baggot Street between trendy Dublin 4 and Dublin 2, the business district. In under one minute, you can walk along the beautiful Grand Canal or in five minutes you can be at Aviva Stadium. Two local Dublin brothers own and operate the restaurant creating an extraordinary dining experience and magnificent dishes.
I enjoyed sitting out in the sun on the patio during my visit. For lunch, I had the three-course menu option. I started with a salad made with goat cheese, marinated beetroot, mixed baby leaves, candied walnuts, and berry coulis. This was followed by the 28-day aged Irish fillet steak with home cut fries. Dessert was a chocolate salted caramel tart served with house-made raspberry sorbet.
Lunch was magnificent and the service was perfect. For more information about Bloom Brasserie and Wine Bar, see their website.
Three perfect restaurants
All three restaurants were very different in terms of food options. However, they all had an excellent selection of various items on the menus, the food was exceptional, and the service in all of them was outstanding. When I return to Dublin, I will definitely eat at all of them again. But next time it might be for dinner instead of lunch.
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