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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Dublin 1

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Dublin 1? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Krewe North restaurant
4.8 (2401)
€30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
North City Centre
About the restaurant
Krewe is a brand new New Orleans Louisiana (NOLA) inspired bar and eatery located on Capel Street in Dublin city centre bringing the dirty south to the Northside. Here at Krewe we are all about fusing the vibrancy, craic and soul of Southern & Irish hospitality. Perfect for any Krewe gathering.

As they would say in New Orleans, 'Pass a Good Time' in our venue and soak up the atmosphere.

Our Menu, created after a fun filled trip to New Orleans, takes inspiration from the flavour of Cajun Creole Cuisine while locally sourcing ingredients.

So Round up your Krewe and 'Laissez les bon temps rouler'. Let the good times roll!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Awesome team. Best birthday dinner in ages :) next year again definitely
A photo of Bovinity restaurant
4.7 (670)
€31 to €50
Capel Street
About the restaurant
***WEEKEND ROAST SATURDAY (13:00 - 15:00) & SUNDAY (13:00 -16:00) ***

Seriously Curated Cuts, Savagely Crafted Cocktails.

Sharing is at the heart of Bovinity. We specialize in a variety of premium cuts to share, all hand selected for their rich flavour and tenderness.

Our cocktail bar features an extensive list of signature drinks, using fresh ingredients & modern techniques to produce interesting flavour combinations.

***Please note, tables of 6+ will be required to eat from a selection of two set menus. Email info@bovinity.ie for more info or view our website for more details ***

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Was the second time going The food was amazing and also was the atmosphere
A photo of Yamamori North City restaurant
4.6 (142)
€31 to €50
Creative Japanese
North City Centre
About the restaurant
Yamamori North City is located in the heart of Dublin, overlooking the Ha'penny Bridge. Opened in 2007, the restaurant is located in two stunning Georgian Houses and boasts original features which fit well into our modern Japanese theme. In this stunning restaurant, we display some beautiful 19th- century Japanese artwork, and also original Samurai Artifacts.
Yamamori North City perfect to fit for all occasions and parties, no matter how big or small.
Sushi, Tempura, Japanese Grill & Ramen are prepared fresh daily and are some of our staple favourites.

Top review
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
Great food, amazing service and excellent value, highly recommended
A photo of Murray's Bar restaurant
4.6 (415)
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
O'Connell Street
About the restaurant
Murray’s Bar is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Dublin with live music and Irish dancing every week. Enjoy a creamy pint of Guinness and a hearty meal in our comfortable lounge, or watch the match in our large, heated beer garden.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Great food great service and good live music overall very good.
A photo of The Woollen Mills restaurant
4.4 (1253)
€30 and under
North City Centre
About the restaurant
The Woollen Mills has been one of the most iconic buildings and businesses in Dublin for over one hundred years, and to have taken over this site is a serious privilege. Much like our award-winning sister restaurant next door, The Winding Stair, we feel like we are custodians of something very special... a piece of history (James Joyce worked here, how unbelievable is that?!) and we must do it proud! Spanning over four floors and with a glorious roof terrace overlooking the River Liffey. The Woollen Mills is quintessentially Irish, local and of its locale. We want it to be an 'Eating House', a house of food, a place to grab a coffee and bun, a plate of Irish fish and chips, a place to score a casual bite befre the nearby theatres and cinemas or sit with seven courses of Irish antipasti, burrata, crab, lamb or cauliflower steak, overlooking the Ha'penny Bridge with a fine bottle of red or a craft beer. We hope we do it well.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Great time and fantastic service. Could not fault the waiters in any way. They were really helpful, friendly and accommodating. We had a large party, all the food came at once and everybody was happy. Food was lovely, too, although the menu could have been a bit more extensive.
A photo of Urban Brewing Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.4 (326)
€31 to €50
Contemporary European
International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)
About the restaurant
We offer a fresh and inventive twist to traditional Irish fare, bringing together flavours from our travels around the world and local seasonal ingredients to create food you’ll fall in love with. Our dishes are influenced by our journeys around the world, childhood memories and seasonal changes. They are crafted using locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality, with a lot of care, and respect, for the environment that sustains us and the suppliers that share our hands-on approach.

This is where the old and favourite flavours meet contemporary, Irish ingredients, in a smart casual restaurant suited to intimate small tables, social gatherings or larger groups, with a capacity of up to 275 people. The layout each separated by centenary brick, makes for an unrivalled atmosphere and cosy setting. Serving both lunch and dinner and group and tasting menus, it is a destination not to be missed, whether entertaining clients or celebrating family occasions.

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
We had a great night there, service was excellent and food was lovely
A photo of Elephant & Castle – The Mayson restaurant
4.3 (683)
€30 and under
Contemporary European
North Wall
About the restaurant
Elephant & Castle is located on the ground floor of The Mayson Hotel. It’s interiors pay homage to the original warehouse with exposed brickwork and timber ceilings, floor to ceiling crittall windows and bespoke wall lights. A beautiful large island bar is the centrepiece of this space, with specially commissioned hand-crafted stitched leather panels. It is a local gathering place for family and friends, neighbours, concert goers and colleagues. With an innovative menu that brings together old world flavours and contemporary international cuisines. Each and every plate is packed with fresh, honest, tasty food, created with the very best Irish produce. Try our world famous chicken wings or one of our juicy homemade burgers and much more. Guests can also enjoy a drink or a nibble on the outdoor original truss roofed courtyard with three-storey living wall.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience, delicious food. staffs are amazing and wonderful ambience
A photo of Wishbone - Dorset Street restaurant
4.2 (242)
€30 and under
Contemporary American
Dorset Street
About the restaurant
Welcome to Wishbone, a culinary haven on Dorset Street in Dublin. Immerse in a modern dining atmosphere where sophistication meets comfort, promising a memorable experience.

Our marble-adorned tables provide the backdrop for your flavour journey. The fresh marble counter reflects our commitment to quality. Lush greenery adds a touch of nature to the ambience, blending aesthetics and comfort.

Whether sharing with friends or igniting romance, Wishbone is perfect. Revel in a modern dining encounter that elevates every moment.

Indulge in culinary delights, from succulent dishes to delectable desserts. Each creation showcases dedication to exceptional flavours.

Located on Dorset Street, Wishbone is a hub of culinary creativity and inviting ambience. Join us for an unparalleled dining adventure that fuses modern charm with unforgettable tastes

Top review
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
Enjoyable experience, staff were super nice , food was good would visit again
A photo of The Gibson Hotel restaurant
3.8 (215)
€31 to €50
Contemporary European
International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)
About the restaurant
The Gibson Hotel right beside Dublin's 3arena. Overlooking Point Square, this is an unbeatable dining spot to soak up the concert buzz. Short stroll to Aviva Stadium and super convenient to Croke Park too.

Hemidemisemiquaver bar serves cocktails and delicious informal dishes 7 days a week.

Coda Eatery is a stylish yet informal spot, Home to First Dates Ireland. Coda aptly takes it's name from Led Zeppelin’s final studio album, and like its namesake is pretty legendary too!
Coda Eatery open dates are subject to demand, for more information please contact the hotel on 01 681 5000.
Coda Eatery is available for private bookings and large functions too.

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Top review
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Lovely atmosphere. V friendly staff. Food was so tasty and service was excellent. Would def return!!
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