Ireland is home to some fantastic chefs serving unique and intriguing dishes. And there’s no better place for an Irish chef to open a restaurant than in Dublin. If you’re looking for a night of amazing food experiences, you won’t want to miss these chef-driven restaurants in Dublin.
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When you’re looking for an elevated meal, head to a restaurant led by Ireland’s top chefs. They’ve trained at the best institutions, they’ve created praise-worthy menus, and now you can taste their creations at their award-winning Dublin restaurants.
Below are only a few of the top restaurants, and the top chefs, in Dublin. To find even more incredible chefs in Ireland and worldwide, you can check out the SquareMeal website.
Top Dublin Restaurants: Chef-Driven Concepts
Glovers Alley is a fine dining restaurant in Dublin led by chef Andy McFadden. The restaurant serves refined contemporary food in a luxurious space on St Stephen’s Green.
Andy McFadden retained a Michelin Star during his time working as Head Chef at London’s L’Autre Pied and Pied á Terre. He returned to Dublin in 2017 to launch Glovers Alley and bring his signature style of French-influenced dishes to the city.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Acclaimed French professional chef Patrick Guilbaud’s self-titled Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is one of Ireland’s most award-winning restaurants. Established in 1981, the French fine dining restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star each year from 1989-1995 and 2 stars from 1996 to the present. It was the first restaurant in Dublin to receive 2 Michelin stars.
This chef-driven concept is one of the most expensive restaurants in Dublin, but the food is worth the price tag. Their menu changes seasonally, and an 8 course surprise tasting menu is available daily.
Their menu makes use of a variety of international flavors. Choose from a 3-course lunch menu, a 4-course dinner menu, or the surprise tasting menu.
Opened in 2018 by chef Keelan Higgs, this tiny restaurant makes the most of its space in a long, narrow room with a funky, modern style and relaxed atmosphere. Variety Jones has retained its 1-star Michelin rating since 2020.
Many of this acclaimed restaurant’s dishes are cooked over the open fire and burst with freshness and flavor. They only serve a Chef’s Choice sharing menu with courses in the categories of Snacks, Cold, Warm, Pasta, Family Style, and After.
Liath is a fine dining restaurant located in the Dublin suburb of Blackrock. Led by Australian chef Damien Grey, this 1-star Michelin restaurant offers a surprise tasting menu with the dishes explained as you dine, as well as a souvenir menu before you leave.
You can expect modern and creative cooking with both Asian and Nordic influences shining through. This top restaurant also offers plant-based dishes, three dessert courses, wine pairings, and non-alcoholic drink pairings inspired by the seasons.
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