couple enjoying romantic dinner restaurant

dublin city centre might not have the same reputation as paris or rome when it comes to romance, but believe us, this old town is full of it! below is our favourite ‘date night’ restaurants to get you in the mood.

the green hen

33 exchequer st, dublin 2

budget range: medium

this french-style bistro offers classic dishes in a relaxed atmosphere that will have you feel like you’re dining in the centre of paris. there’s a number of menu options available at the green hen:

  • lunch
  • a la carte
  • table d’hote
  • group dinner
  • early bird
  • vegan

popular dishes include pan fried fillet of hake, celeriac steak and roast fillet of duck – you’re bound to find something to suit every palate! a trip to the green hen won’t break the bank either, you can get three courses from the vast table d’hote menu for just €32 and it’s available on friday and saturday evenings. winner, winner, french dinner!

there’s an extensive wine list and awarding cocktail menu in the green hen and staff are only delighted to advise on what wine best matches your meal. they offer french, italian and spanish wines along with new world selections from australia, new zealand, argentina and south africa. there’s a bottle to suit every budget.

 

chameleon restaurant

1 lower fownes street, temple bar, dublin 2

budget range: medium

what’s more romantic than getting dressed up and strolling around dublin’s temple bar?

run by husband and wife team carol and kevin, chameleon restaurant serves up contemporary indonesian cuisine with warm irish hospitality. guests can fully trust the staff recommendations in this restaurant – they know their stuff! the menus work in two ways: set and tapas.

with the set menus, diners can choose from four sets, one of which is vegan. each set comprises of five or six taster dishes that will be served piece by piece as they are ready. it’s a great way to taste a bit of everything. couples can choose a set each and share the delightful dishes while sitting at the traditional low tables surrounded by candles, wall hangings and asian artefacts.

patrons can choose their own sets with the tapas menu. chameleon have a full wine and craft beer list and can cater for vegetarians, vegans and wheat allergies.

peruke and periwig

31 dawson street, dublin 2

budget range: medium to high

a truly unique dining experience in dublin, peruke and periwig has stayed true to its victorian heritage with the addition of modern cocktails and irish dishes. walking into the restaurant – which was a wig shop in the 1700’s – is like taking a step back in time. the interiors are dark, luxurious and oh so romantic.

almost more important than their food is their award-winning cocktail menu. the mixologists have been expertly trained and create cocktail masterpieces for guests often completing the finishing touches at the table with a portable blow torch to give drinks that smoky flavour.

diners can enjoy chicken supreme, beetroot wellington and gnocchi among other delicious options including set menus, sharing plates and decadent desserts. are you vegan? they have a full vegan menu. take date night back to the victorian ages and indulge in a night to remember at peruke and periwig.

peploe’s

16 st stephen’s green, dublin 2

budget range: medium

located inside a renovated 1970’s bank vault beside st stephens green, peploe’s wine bar and bistro offers diners a warm, inviting atmosphere while serving traditional french dishes created with top class irish produce. their philosophy is simple, to be informal yet sophisticated.

they do this by supplying great wine and excellent food at affordable prices – true european style. appealing dishes include monkfish scampi, burrata truffle, and salt aged duck. they also offer an early bird and pre-theatre menu daily from 12pm to 6pm where you can enjoy two courses for €32.50 or three courses for €38.50. there’s a full menu for vegans and vegetarians too.

peploe’s has earned its great reputation – you’re sure to enjoy a special evening here that’s full of romance!

raspberry and white chocolate heart

la caverna

12 fownes street. temple bar, dublin 2

budget range: medium

la caverna is an italian restaurant located in dublin city centre’s cultural hotspot, temple bar. established in 2006 by owner and proprietor dan balau, the restaurant is set in a 300-year-old cellar and spans over three floors. the cellar is an ideal location for their impressive wine collection which owner dan says, “you won’t find anywhere else”.

serving authentic italian food, their menu includes steak, lamb, seafood and of course, pizza. they also have a full vegan menu that offers lasagne, pizza, pasta and more. diners can enjoy a three-course set menu for just €28 at la caverna or else opt for their early bird or a la carte menu options.

the stone walls, candle lit tables and great food makes la caverna the perfect spot for your next date night.

chapter one

18-19 parnell square north, dublin 1

budget range: high

different from the others on this list, chapter one has been awarded a michelin star. eating here is a true fine dining experience. the restaurant is in the former home of whiskey maker george jameson and the menu pays homage to the homely irish cuisine that we’re all so fond of. they are so dedicated to honouring irish tradition that the dining room is wonderfully decorated with pieces of art by some of the best in irish craft.

guests can choose from a range of menu options at chapter one: dinner, tasting, chef’s tasting and vegetarian. though a little pricier than your average meal, we can assure you that splashing out and visiting chapter one will not be something you regret! once you sample the terrine of chicken and smoked bacon or the rib of olive-fed pork, you’ll understand.

trocadero

no. 4 st. andrew street, dublin 2

budget range: medium

trocadero is something of a tradition in dublin. they’ve been serving pre-theatre meals to theatre-goers and actors alike since the 1950’s. established over 60 years ago, this eatery has welcomed countless famous faces through its doors. just look to the walls for proof – they’re adorned with images of smiling actors such as colin farrell, robert sheehan and aidan gillen along with handwritten notes of thanks to the chef.

trocadero’s cooking style is described as ‘simple and meticulous’. they feature a european-style menu that’s created with the finest, locally sourced irish ingredients – an instant winner. dishes on their €29.50 pre-theatre menu include prawn and sambuca risotto, open vegetable lasagne and guinness caramel pudding.

the restaurant oozes romance with its rich fabrics and upholstery and beautiful light fixtures sourced from the old theatre royal.

coda eatery

gibson hotel, point square, dublin 1

budget range: medium

located in the uber cool gibson hotel, coda eatery is easily recognisable as dublin’s most romantic restaurant as it’s home to first dates ireland. date night is their speciality! stylish yet casual, coda serves two or three course meals for €30 or €35 respectively and there’s an a la carte option for concertgoers. the restaurant is named after led zeppelin’s final studio album – fitting as the coda balcony overlooks ireland’s top concert venue, the three arena.

first dates restaurant dublin

the dishes at coda are delicately designed by head chef igor cikarev with love as his main inspiration. highlights include 28-day aged hereford prime rib eye steak and the iconic love heart shaped strawberry and cream cheesecake. love is most certainly in the air at coda eatery.

treat yourselves and take date night to the next level with a lush overnight stay at the gibson hotel. there’s a range of packages available with offers on breakfast in bed, late check out and more.

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