The hustle and bustle of Grafton Street is an unmissable experience when in Dublin city centre. Full of shops, pubs, and restaurants, it’s one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets and you can be sure you’ll need at least one re-energising break. Thankfully you’re spoiled for choice as the nearby streets are teeming with delicious food spots. Check out our guide to the best restaurants near St Stephen’s Green.
For something a little more sophisticated but still relaxed and friendly, make your way to Luna. Grab yourself a Negroni and soak up the New York style. Enjoy freshly hand-made pasta, seasonal ingredients, and a charcoal grill. After our visit, we’d highly recommend the roast tail of lobster and the turbot roasted over coals. If you’re looking for restaurants near St Stephen’s green, trust us you won’t be disappointed.
Peploe's Wine Bistro
Located just across from the People’s Art Exhibition, where local artists showcase their arty wares, this restaurant serves a modernist menu and offers wines from Europe and all around the world. With plenty to do near St. Stephens Green, why not catch a show in the evening and treat yourself to a three course pre theatre menu (€37.50)? Feast on anything from grilled purple broccoli to chicken milanese, rounded off with a hot chocolate fondant to satisfy that sweet tooth. If great food and fine wine are your vice, then reserve your spot quick.
So you’ve had some great wine and now you’re looking to get a bit of culture in. Why not try the Little Museum of Dublin? Often topping the charts as the best museum in the city, this fascinating spot tells tales and history of Ireland’s capital city. If you’re a history buff, make sure you book ahead and get yourself a tour reserved. (Entry to the museum is by booking only.)
A proper old fashioned hotel brasserie, The Coburg promises local charm and simplicity. Located just across from the National Concert Hall, this place is ideal for some pre-show dining, and is one of the classiest restaurants near St Stephen’s Green. Bring your appetite as you’ll be dining on anything from seafood bouillabaisse to a succulent fillet steak straight from the grill. Oh, and we mustn’t forget a treat for the champagne lovers; you can sip away on your drink whilst enjoying elevated views of the restaurant at the champagne table, a focal point of the brasserie.
Located on Merrion Row, Hugo’s exterior conjures up memories of old-style coffee shops. Wander inside and you’ll find the old-school charm extends to their fantastic food. Since opening its doors in 2007, Hugo’s has gained a stellar reputation for French cuisine. All dishes are freshly prepared on the premises, and the meats are locally sourced. The steak in particular is a treat! We’d recommend going down on a Sunday when you can enjoy some live jazz alongside your meal.
It’s the hero Dublin deserves and most definitely needs. Since 1993, the Gotham Cafe has been Dublin’s connection to the Big Apple and serves up some top notch American style food. If you are looking for authentic pizza or a hearty sandwich in a restaurant near St Stephen’s Green, then grab your cape and head to the Gotham Cafe.
Next up, we have the award-winning Asian restaurant, Saba. Boasting a Thai and Vietnamese menu, this place is sure to satisfy your Asian food cravings. The main course dishes are created by Executive Chef Taweesak Trakoolwattana, who creates original and tasty dishes, including crispy fillet of seabass with Thai herb, or you can opt for a gluten free hake in banana leaf with a red curry sauce, delish! Saba is centrally located on Clarendon Street in the heart of Dublin city and if you’re looking for restaurants near St Stephen’s Green, this place is perfect for you.
The Greenhouse Restaurant
Whether it’s a special occasion, or you’re looking for a treat, get yourself to The Greenhouse Restaurant for some fine dining. This restaurant off St. Stephens Green is perfectly located and is easily found in the centre of Dublin. Offering a wide range of European dishes, you’ll find something to please any palate, from freshly caught fish to inventive meat dishes. The four course dinner menu (€85) is a great choice for groups, including Anjou pigeon and turbot dishes to be enjoyed by the entire table.
Think stylish 1930’s cocktail bar with elegant interiors and a buzzy atmosphere and you’ve got The Sidecar at The Westbury. It’s the ideal place to enjoy a post-work martini or pre-dinner champagne. Sip your drink at the bar while watching the cocktail masters at work or sit at the balcony and enjoy a spot of people watching below.
Perhaps recommending you use your brain after a trip to an excellent cocktail bar is not the best idea, but here we go. If you like a challenge, Escape Dublin might just be the perfect place for you. Use your puzzle skills to unlock codes, clues, and passwords and escape one of their two custom rooms within a certain time. The perfect interlude from a day of culture and eating.
With a story as exciting as their food, Platform 61 offers tasty bites and imaginative cocktails in an underground hideaway on South William Street. It takes inspiration from a secret platform under New York’s Waldorf Astoria where Andy Warhol’s infamous Underground Parties were held, and VIPs could gain secret access to the hotel. If you’re ever near St. Stephens Green, make sure you stop by for the mid-week lunch, or if you’re in a group, head over for a bottomless brunch available Tuesday to Friday 12-4pm.