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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Dublin

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Dublin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Black Forge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3592)
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
Drimnagh
About the restaurant
The Black Forge Inn is Dublin's newest premium bar & venue. Located in the heart of Dublin 12, the Black Forge has been completely renovated, and is under new management.

Featuring a mouth watering food offering, created by our Head Chef Ed Raethorne, there is an offering for every taste, including our signature dish "Steak on a stone" and award winning Cheesecake.

Our Drinks offering is the most diverse and unique that Dublin has to offer.
With an extensive selection of cocktails, our very own forge stout and lager,
The Black Forge has the most impressive drinks collection in Dublin.

***Casual Dress Essential****

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
What a way to celebrate our 24th Wedding anniversary and last night in Ireland. Fantastic food. And bonus pic with Conor McGregor himself. Thanks for the memories.
A photo of Johnnie Fox's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2218)
€30 and under
Irish
Glencullen
About the restaurant
Johnnie Fox’s prides itself on an excellent selection of veritable, heart-warming dishes and welcomes all our customers with open arms and delighted hearts. Johnnie Fox’s has gained, over the years, significant international recognition for its unique and unrivaled, super-quirky interior, vibrant atmosphere, and traditional Irish music and Irish dancing.

Hearth Menu - 12:00hrs to 21.15hrs Daily

Last Bar orders 11:30 (Sunday to Thursday) & 00:30 (Friday & Saturday)

LIVE Music Everyday
Monday to Wednesday 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Thursday: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Friday: 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Saturday: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
9.30 pm to 12.30 am
Sunday: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
8.30 pm to 11.30 pm


We are located less than 10 mins from Junction 15 on the M50 (D18X635)

Top review
GregIvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great music, food and ambiance … beautiful setting in Wicklow
A photo of Lundy Foot's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (54)
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
Dame Street
About the restaurant
Situated in the historic cultural center of Temple Bar, Lundy Foot's is among Dublin's best traditional Irish pub & restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Food was good, service was ok, I also liked live music.
A photo of Amy Austin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (268)
€31 to €50
Wine Bar
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Wine bar on Drury Street serving delicious sharing plates along with a wide selection of wines.
Top review
SimonD
Dined 3 days ago
I have to say the food ,service , and quality of food we had with four buisness colleagues was outstanding and we had a fabuolous evening , would truly say Gold standard
A photo of Murray's Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (455)
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
O'Connell Street
About the restaurant
Murray’s Bar is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Dublin with live music and Irish dancing every week. Enjoy a creamy pint of Guinness and a hearty meal in our comfortable lounge, or watch the match in our large, heated beer garden.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and music and dance. Friendly staff and great variety.
A photo of Arthur's Pub restaurant
4.6
4.6 (29)
€31 to €50
Gastro Pub
Killester
About the restaurant
Arthur's is the nearest pub on the route to The Guinness Storehouse, one of the city's foremost tourist attractions. It is popular both with locals and tourists.

Arthurs is a classic Dublin pub, old style but well appointed. It has been a pub for over 200 years, and has many historical connections, being beside St. Catherines Church, outside of which the patriot, Robert Emmet, was hung, drawn and quartered in 1803.

We light a real turf fire everyday, a kitchen serving traditional Irish meals and bar bites from 12pm until 8pm, and have live music sessions in the evenings.

Upstairs at Arthur’s, we have a room that operates as a restaurant in the day, but at night becomes Arthur’s Blues and Jazz Club, where we host top national and international blues and jazz acts.

Please note that there is no food served in the music venue.
If you would to attend any of the blues or jazz concerts you can find our listenings and purchase tickets through Eventbrite.
https://www.eventbrite.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Excellent food and service. Highly recommend the shepherds pie. Delicious 🤤
A photo of Row Wines restaurant
4.6
4.6 (228)
€31 to €50
Wine Bar
South William Street
About the restaurant
A new natural wine and music bar serving locally sourced small plates in the heart of Dublin City.
From the team behind Coppinger Row, Orwell Road + Charlotte Quay.
Reservations are for dining only.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was great! I just suggest that the front door had a mechanism that closed automatically. Some customers leave the door open when entering or leaving, and the noise from the bar in front interferes with the restaurant's atmosphere.
A photo of Fade Street Social - The Cocktail Bar & Rooftop Terrace restaurant
4.2
4.2 (930)
€30 and under
Cocktail Bar
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Our Cocktail bar & Rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy exciting cocktails and take in the fantastic views. It's an ideal place to have pre or post-dinner drinks or enjoy late-night drinks with funky tunes.

The outdoor rooftop terrace is a heated area that complements both restaurant downstairs, providing a place for pre or post-dinner drinks, smoking, and late-night drinks with funky tunes. It's a valuable addition to Dublin's outdoor lounging spaces, offering outstanding cocktails and stunning views.

This unique, picturesque, stylish rooftop garden is also perfect for corporate events, launches and private functions.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Great spot for some Monday cocktails! Staff were lovely and accommodating! The rooftop is a little sun trap in the evening time ☀️
A photo of 777 restaurant
4.2
4.2 (104)
€30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
South City Centre
About the restaurant
777 is based just a 4 minute walk away from Dublin's famous Temple bar. Serving Mexican food and tequila cocktails this restaurant also offers late bites to diners who are enjoying the Mexican tequila until late. The menu offers dishes such as the traditional Taquitos as well as dishes from their wood burning grill. 777 are said to house premium Tequila, which can be enjoyed by diners throughout the week, especially on evenings when Margarita Mondays is running.

We have two areas – ‘Main Dining’ indoors & ‘Afuera’ outdoors. Both operate a walk-in policy for parties up to 5 people. We only accept bookings for groups of 6+

Top review
FabricioMvip
Dined on May 15, 2024
Food and service was great. The ambience is way too loud, we have emailed about a reservation saying it'd be a business dinner and nobody warned us that it would be this loud. Having a conversation with anyone not sitting right besides you would be near impossible. We asked for the music to be turned down a bit but the answer we got was "we can't, that's the vibe of the place, you should have known that". Quite disappointed in that front. While I'd recommend it to a friend, I wouldn't organise another business meeting dinner here.
A photo of The Green Room Bar restaurant
3.6
3.6 (118)
€30 and under
European
North Wall
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, The Green Room Bar is the perfect spot for some of Dublin’s tastiest food and delicious drinks with friendly staff and great service.

It’s known for it’s beautiful outdoor dining area, which is perfect for al fresco dining. The outdoor area is adorned with lush greenery and twinkling lights, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. But, the real star of the show at The Green Room Bar is the food. The menu features a delicious selection of seansonal dishes, all made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

The Green Room Bar operates by their QR-ordering system for food on 3Arena concert nights. This is to make getting to your show on time even easier by not waiting to pay a bill. Simply, scan order and let the deliciousness come to you! (All drink orders are placed through the bar directly)

They also have a certain amount of tables reserved for walk-ins, so if you can't get a booking head down early and grab a table!

Top review
RozMc
Dined 3 days ago
This is my second time eating in The Green Room Bar before a concert in the 3arena. Both times were very enjoyable and I will definitely be back again. Definitely recommend booking a table beforehand
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