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The Terrace at the Shelbourne, Dublin
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Dublin’s best bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces

Top spots for eating and drinking in the city

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With COVID-19 level 3 restrictions in place for the next three weeks, pubs and restaurants in Dublin have adapted with the guidelines to offer outdoor dining. Here, we round up the best spots for al fresco dining that could do with your support. 

Until October 9, pubs and restaurants in Dublin are under strict new orders not to allow indoor dining and to only offer outdoor dining to a maximum of 15 people at one time. Takeaway and delivery services are still allowed but the news still came as a blow to an industry that has had the most tumultuous of years due to Covid-19 restrictions and the number of changes to planned reopening dates.

With that in mind, we've rounded the best restaurants and bars offering outdoor dining in Dublin. Be sure to bookmark this page as we update it over the coming days and if there are any we've missed, do let us know!

Saba secret garden, Dublin 4

Saba on Baggot Street has added a secret garden at the back of the restaurant (currently open-air but awning to follow) with holiday style lighting and art by Subset. It's open from 12pm seven days a week serving food all day and there's an extensive range of cocktails and wines, along with craft beers and Wicklow Wolf on draft too. Book online or call them on 01 5631999.

Sprezzatura, Dublin 8

When news broke last Friday that pubs and restaurants in Dublin were under strict orders not to allow indoor dining and to only offer outdoor dining to a maximum of 15 people at one time, Sprezzatura was quick to adapt. Now, with a fully covered and heated outdoor terrace, the tasty Italian restaurant remains open. Visit prezzatura.ie to make a reservation. 

The terrace at the Shelbourne hotel, Dublin 2

The Terrace at The Shelbourne is a hidden secret in the heart of Dublin city, an outdoor drinking and light-dining space, adjacent to the 1824 Bar, at the top of the hotel’s central staircase. Open to both guests and non-guests of the hotel from Monday to Sunday 9 am until 9pm, it will be serving an all-day dining menu. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +353 1 663 4500.

Angelina's, Dublin 4

Located on a pleasant strip of the canal, Angelina’s is a great spot for lazy weekend brunches. Grab a seat by the water, sip on mimosas and dig into a selection of sourdough toasts and egg classics. That said, it's also a great spot for dinner - we highly recommend their delicious stone baked pizza. Angelina's will remain open with outdoor dining in their heated outdoor area/terrace as well as offering take away options. For bookings, email b[email protected] or phone 01 6602262.

The Yarn, Dublin 1

Speaking of delicious pizza, The Yarn is somewhat of a hidden gem. Follow the neon ‘Pizza & Booze’ sign on Liffey Street up the stairs to find The Yarn, a buzzy restaurant serving just that - pizza and booze. A simple but tasty food menu is joined by a strong drinks list, with plenty of craft beers, rotating guest draughts and refreshing cocktails. The Yarn remains open serving their full pizza menu and cocktails for reservations only. To book, phone +353 1 828 0839 or email [email protected] 

L'Gueuleton, Dublin 2

The perfect spot for people-watching, l'Gueuleton offers up some of the most coveted streetside seats in the city. Best known for superb French bistro-style lunch, dinners and weekend brunch, l'Gueuleton are accepting walk-ins from 12 pm or you can visit the website to make a booking. 

Piglet, Dublin 8

Piglet might be cosy inside but outside on the terrace is as close to a Mediterranean holiday as most of us are going to get this year. As long as the weather allows, the wine bar will remain open with limited outdoor dining.  Book online or email [email protected]

Lemon and Duke, Dublin 2

Situated on Duke Lane, Lemon and Duke is open 7 days a week from 12pm, offering a variety of tasty dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. Head chef Anthony Duffy has focused on fresh and local produce and created a menu that borrows heavily from both European and Asian food styles. With an outdoor terrace, the popular brunch spot is staying open while also providing food and drinks to go. For bookings, email [email protected] or phone on 01 679 6260.

Brother Hubbard, Dublin 1 + 8

With a North restaurant in Dublin 1 and a South in Dublin 8, Brother Hubbard has become a brunch/lunch institution in recent years. From the black pudding and feta-infused Full Hubbard or halloumi sabiche (a traditional sandwich), to the lip-smacking Moroccan pancakes, the all-week brunch offerings are just what we could all do with right now. Both cafes open from 8.30am for all your coffee, baked goods and breakfast/brunch/lunch needs.  No reservations, walk-ins only.

Eaton 6W, Dublin 6w

A modern restaurant in Terenure serving up European classic dishes in a contemporary setting, Eaton 6W was quick to adapt to the new guidelines. With limited outdoor seating available, it will now serve a limited menu as well as taking orders over the phone for brunch and dinner. Open for outdoor dining or take away available 7 days a week from 11 am. For bookings, call 01-4905989 or visit the website. 

The Dyflin garden at Radisson Blu Royal hotel, Dublin 8

The Dyflin Garden at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin remains open to both residents and non-residents for lunch and dinner for the next three weeks from 3 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and 3 pm – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, the stylish and relaxed terrace tucked away within the hotel serves an all dining menu. For bookings, call 01 898 2900 or visit www.thechancerygrill.ie. Walk-ins are welcome.

Volpe Nera, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Volpe Nera is now offering outdoor dining for up to 15 people on its terrace thanks to some extra space kindly offered by next-door neighbours at The Wishing Well. Open from 3 pm-8 pm Wednesday to Saturday and 2 pm-6 pm for lunch on Sunday, all tables are heated and well sheltered. The Volpe Nera team is also working on bringing back the Volpe Nera at Home boxes as soon as possible, keep an eye on the restaurant’s website and social for updates. 

The Eddison Terrace at the Dylan Hotel, Dublin 4

The Dylan Hotel has not one but two covered, heated terraces you can avail of. There’s a new all-day dining menu from 12pm with a range of classic dishes such as Irish smoked salmon, steak sandwich with parmesan fries, and burgers. For weekends there’s a great brunch offering too that includes French toast, maple syrup and crispy bacon with berries, and poached eggs on smoked salmon with hollandaise sauce. To book email [email protected] or call 01 660 3000.

This article first appeared on our sister website, Irishtatler.com