Find out where to eat in Dublin for some of the best pre-theatre value right now.
Everyone loves the experience of wining and dining, we know we do! Dublin is full of amazing restaurants, especially at the moment with the vibrancy of the restaurant scene, there is an exciting place to try around every corner. But, it can be an expensive past time. With this in mind, we've searched for the best Early Bird/Pre-Theatre Menus Dublin has to over for under €30 and found some great value that we want to share with you.
Here's our pick of the best for value right now.
La Maison, Castlemarket Street, D2.
Two courses €24 | Three courses €29
Sitting next to Grogan's, one of Dublin’s most-loved local pubs, is the often-overlooked (and we can't understand why), charming French restaurant La Maison, where owner and head chef Olivier Quenet serves classic dishes. A visit to La Maison feels like you are being transported to a Parisian bistro beside Les Champs Elysées, from the décor with classic paintings dotted around the restaurant, to the ambience, to every bite from the plate.
The dishes are a beautiful marriage of the best of Irish produce in a classic French style, flavoursome and delicate just how you would want them. Along with this and impeccable service, this spot is a must-try.
Pickle Restaurant, Camden Street, D2.
Two courses €24
A favourite here at F&W, chef Sunil Ghai and his team produces wonderful Northern Indian food with extremely high culinary skill and spice combinations that set the palate tingling.
Pickle doesn't do traditional as we know it and that's what makes it special. Every visit here is a learning experience in truly regional cuisine that has been inspired right from the streets of Calcutta and other parts of northern India.
Pickle should be on your dining bucket list.
Grano, Manor Street, D7.
Two courses €19 | Three courses €24
There has been a recent buzz in Dublin about this spot and a visit will help you see why. This small Calabrian-style Italian makes you dream of trips to this sun-baked region. The food here is just simply delicious.
The use of quality Italian produce adds to the simplistic nature of the dishes, highlighting classic Italian flavours. Regional produce is a focus, starting with Parmesan, olive oil is from Amarion, wine is from Tuscany and Sicily, and lots more.
This place is the definition of value for money, and with passionate staff and charming atmosphere, it's one for the list.
Mr Fox, Parnell Square, D1.
Two courses €23.95 | Three courses €27.90
You may walk past Mr Fox without realising it, but you should make it your business to find it. Dublin-born owner Antony Smith showcases the best of Irish produce executed beautifully on the plate.
Their desserts are great twists on old classics like “the super split” with blood orange granita. They have little treats you can order with your coffee, their walnut whip is just a mouthful of heaven and nostalgia.
It is a great spot to try before a show or after a day in town, you will not be disappointed.
Etto, Merrion Row, D2.
Two courses €26 | Three courses €30
One of the finest restaurants Dublin, if not Ireland, has to offer. Their menu constantly changes with seasonal produce as you would expect, but their true hidden talent is the attention to the little details on the plate and extracting the best flavour possible from ingredients through cooking technique to make them stars on the plate. Less is more seems to be the rule of thumb and it works!
Located just off Baggot Street on Merrion Row, this is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat after work. The atmosphere is relaxed and the servers are knowledgable and friendly. Their wine list is carefully selected with a great focus on the grape and region.
Lobstar, Monkstown Road, Co. Dublin.
Two courses €25 | Three courses €29
Tasty food cooked to perfection is how we would describe Lobstar. The only issue is that you want to try it all! Each item on the menu sounds better than the next and with great value offered on their early bird, it is definitely not one to be missed.
Lobstar is a steak and lobster bistro in a relaxing and modern dining room. This neighbourhood spot in Monkstown, a stunning seaside town, is a superb spot after a walk in Dún Laoghaire with the family.
Feast, Castle Way, D2.
Two courses €24 | Three courses €28
Originally located in Dún Laoghaire, Feast made the big move into the city centre in 2018.
Once you walk into Feast, you can gauge what is in store for you, it is modern and local at the same time. The food is equal in character, with ambitious dishes on the menu that still manage to satisfy a familiar, comforting taste. A recommended spot for an early bird dinner.
Wuff, Benburn Street, D7.
Two courses €20.50 | Three courses €24.50
The best value for money on our list; a great neighbourhood spot, it is causal dining done right using local products. The menu is full of home comforts, which we feel is always a plus for groups.
The décor is modern, and the room has exposed brick walls which we adore. Along with having a great early bird menu, they're renowned for their sublime brunch, either way, its worth a visit.
Old Street, Malahide
Two courses €23 | Three courses €28
This beautifully restored building is one of the oldest in Malahide village and is a showstopper on a night out. A perfect setting for a romantic meal, in fact!
Seasonal products are at the centre of hearty dishes, owners Mark and Adriana Fitzpatrick wanting to showcase their great relationship with local farmers. The menu is full of family favourites like fish and chips and lamb pie. But there is a touch of style here on the plate too with a true culinary finesse with the best of Irish ingredients.
A walk along the seaside before/after your meal is also a must when you pop in for dinner here.
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The Oar House, West Pier, Howth.
Two courses €23 | Three courses €26
Not many restaurants are fortunate to have their produce right on their doorstep, and we mean literally outside the door! The Oar House is located in the picturesque fishing town of Howth and the restaurant is perched on the pier overlooking the harbour boats.
Using the locally-caught fish to produce some of the best seafood dishes around, The Oar House has all boxes ticked – fantastic food, beautiful setting, produce from their local surroundings, and great value. Check it out!
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What is your favourite early bird spot? If we're missed some great value in Dublin that you know about, please let us know in the comments below.