Whether you feel like dancin’ or romancin’ this Valentines, in Dublin there’s plenty of ways to have a great evening. Perhaps you’re taking out a long-standing lover, meeting a new date, or gathering your pals for Galentines? Regardless of how you’re spending February 14th, you need to eat. So we’ve rounded up our absolute favourite spots for Valentines in Dublin. Some of them have limited availability so book in quick. Let’s get romantic…
Let’s get the fancy one down first. With two Michelin stars and a plethora of awards under their belt, this is the spot to head if you’re desperate to make a good impression. Go a la carte, or try a four or eight course degustation, depending on your appetite. Dishes like red king crab and cucumber maki, and native red sika deer with brassicas and cranberry will tickle your tastebuds as you tickle your date with great humour.
Whoever said that music be the food of love clearly hadn’t been to Mulberry Garden where food is definitely the food of love. Wrapped around their gorgeous herb garden, the glass-fronted restaurant serves up dishes that are sourced as locally as possible. It’s relaxed and cosy and makes the perfect place to relax with a date.
Put a bit of spice in your Valentines by heading to this vibrant Thai restaurant on Clarendon Street. Great if you’re looking for either drinks or food, their cocktail menu is a great way to kick off an evening. Although we do recommend that you stick around for their food, as these guys aren’t one of Dublin’s most beloved restaurants for nothing. Try out classics like a massaman curry, or hake served in a banana leaf for a real taste of Thailand.
If you’re looking for some stylish sophistication this Valentines Day, may we suggest Variety Jones? It’s the new kid on the Dublin block, newly opened by Keelan and Aaron Higgs, so you’ll definitely get some great Insta story points for heading here, but it’s also knocking the socks off restaurants reviewers in the food stakes too. Delicious dishes like oysters, and venison loin with faggots and all the trimmings are perfectly designed to be picked at by the whole table. With an ethos based around warmth, togetherness, and sharing, we can’t think of anywhere better for either Valentines or Galentines.
The Sidecar at the Westbury
We’ve included this one at the end as we think it’s the perfect place to head for an after-dinner aperitif. This classy cocktail joint is decorated in hues of gold and black and stepping inside feels like taking a trip back to Gatsby’s time. Neither you nor your date will be disappointed by the drinks on offer either; there’s everything from a classic mint julep to a “millionaire” served with Myers rum, sloe gin, apricot brandy, pomegranate syrup, and fresh lime on offer. If you’re not too full after a delicious dinner, we highly recommend winding your date down here.