Three Great Dublin Eateries that Won’t Break the Euro Bank

Ely Wine Bar is an intimate and relaxing basement gem loved by the locals set in Georgian Dublin close to St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton St in the heart of Dublin. Enjoy wine by the glass from a list of 400 wines, or feast on gorgeous locally produced organic food. After a big lunch, we wanted a lighter dinner and opted to share three starters over a couple of glasses of suggested French wines. The organic Burren rolled lamb breast and Burren smokehouse, hot smoked organic salmon with Fivemiletown goats cheese parfait were wonderful — as were the pan seared Irish king scallops over a cauliflower purée. A selection of Irish cheeses and a glass of port rounded out our first dinner in Dublin! Dinner for two with wine was about €100.

With multiple Michelin starred restaurants in Dublin and many other internationally inspired eateries, finding a classic Irish pub in the heart of Georgian Dublin can be a challenge. We had an awesome lunch at Doheny and Nesbitt, which was established in 1867. Since then, it has been a landmark and social institution for politicians, journalists and loyal “Dubliners.” If you are looking for traditional Irish stew, classic fish & chips and/or bangers & mash, this is the place! The ambiance, service and humor found in a pub approaching 150 years cannot be replicated. Doheny and Nesbitt is true Ireland! I had a great shepherd’s pie and washed it down with a pint of Harp. Finally….I was at home! Lunch for two with a few beers was €35.

A very pleasant find was Matt the Thresher, a bright bar and seafood restaurant in the same area, a very short walk from the premier 5-star hotels in Dublin. After receiving multiple awards for “Best pub food in Dublin,” “Best seafood restaurant” and other accolades, our concierge said it was a must stop. We were thoroughly impressed. I had pan seared fresh plaice, which was a delight! We could write a series of blogs just about the potatoes in Ireland!   Kristene had freshly sautéed Dublin Bay shrimp. We have eaten shellfish all over the world; and without question, her dish was at the top of our list. The shrimp were absolutely incredible. Thankfully she shared! For lunch or dinner, this restaurant is a top suggestion from Frontiers! Lunch for two with wine and beer was about 65.

-Mike & Kristene Fitzgerald

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