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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Dublin 2

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in Dublin 2? 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 The Little Pig Speakeasy restaurant
4.8
4.8 (87)
€30 and under
Italian
Grafton Street
About the restaurant
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Little Pig Speakeasy is for over 23s only. Please make certain to read your confirmation email carefully as it contains all the information on how to find us.




The Little Pig, under the genius of Patrick Thomas, is a truly sophisticated and opulent 1920s speakeasy. With a cocktail menu to die for, it is covered in opulent, rich red velvet upholstered walls with a rustic copper ceiling. Reminiscent of old school glamour, The Little Pig is plush and sexy, offering intimate seating for groups both large and small. Boasting some of the finest cocktails you’ll find in the city, you may find yourself transported back to 1920s high society. If you find yourself hungry while sipping on our Great Gatsby-inspired tipples, why not try some of our delicious New York-Italian dishes, all of which have been created to match our drinks.


Top review
LauraB
Dined on 18 Feb 2024
This was a great cozy place for delicious cocktails. We loved it!
A photo of Pearl Brasserie restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1099)
€31 to €50
European
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Located right in Georgian Dublin City Centre. Next door to the famous 5 star Merrion Hotel. Pearl has catered for lovers of fine dining for the past 20 years. French and Asian fusion is the norm. The Pigeon Rossini or Bluefin Tuna Ponzu is still a staple on the menu but it is the €99 -Six course tasting menu that will demonstrate Pearl’s culinary legacy.

We work closely with our dedicated suppliers enabling our team to source the best of ingredients. Culinary ingenuity and skill from the kitchen combined with warm, professional service makes Pearl one of Dublin’s premier fine dining experiences.

Featured in Michelin Guide since first year of opening.
Travelers Choice Award 2021 - Top 10% of restaurants worldwide Tripadvisor
Awarded Chef of the Year 2017 in the Georgina Campbell Awards
Travelers Choice Awards 2020, 2019,2017 - Delighted to be included at No 5

For the past 22 years Pearl Brasserie continues to perform at the top of the game in Dublin.

Bon Appetit!

Top review
12334vip
Dined 4 days ago
I ate here with friends last year at the end of an annual conference. Was so good we rebooked for this year and added more friends. The food is amazing, the chef accommodating to Allergies, the staff totally on top Of things. As a native New Yorker we can be spoiled and this restaurant exceeds my expectations each time! Everyone was duly impressed. See you next year!!
A photo of Vintage Cocktail Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2643)
€30 and under
Modern European
Temple Bar
About the restaurant
VCC is a unique, multi award winning, exclusive dining and cocktail experience in the heart of Dublin's Temple Bar. Walk through the cobbled stone streets of one of Ireland's most famous multi cultural vintage quarters in search of our secret door, on finding you will be rewarded with being transported back in time, engulfed in crushed velvet and candle light all whilst enjoying some of Ireland's best cocktails & small plates.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Cocktails and food were perfect. Intimate atmosphere was so unique. Highly recommend.
A photo of Aperitivo Cicchetti restaurant
4.7
4.7 (657)
€31 to €50
Italian
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Aperitivo Cicchetti, is an Italian Small Plate, Wine & Cocktail Bar located on Nassau Street, Dublin 2. With a focus on great Italian Food, Italian Wine & Classic Italian Cocktails with a selection of Aperitifs, Negronis & Spritz. We have meticulously picked our Italian Wines & plates, which will be rotating so we can always be offering the best selection.
We chose to offer small plates of the Italian classics as we wanted to allow you to taste & enjoy more! From the traditional Roman dishes Carbonara & Cacio e Pepe to Panzanella from Tuscany & Arancini from Sicily, we wanted to give a good representation of the whole of Italy. The interior of our location hosts an intimate ambience that will make you feel as though you have been transported to an Italian swing joint in the 1950s..
And as always we ask you to… Enjoy Yourself!

*Please note as we are an intimate 20 seater restaurant we cannot take bookings over 6 people or for drinks only. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Top review
LindaT
Dined 2 days ago
Really good Italian food enjoyable experience more expensive than average Italians but worth the treat 💫
A photo of La Caverna Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (966)
€30 and under
Italian
Temple Bar
About the restaurant

Welcome to La Caverna Restaurant and Wine Bar in Dublin's vibrant Temple Bar district. Immerse yourself in our delightful ambiance, where culinary brilliance and warm hospitality create an unforgettable experience.
Led by our Italian Chef, La Caverna curates a symphony of tastes, igniting passion and creativity in every plate.
Our strategic location offers easy access to Dublin's cultural richness and historical landmarks, making La Caverna an ideal retreat after exploring iconic sites like Dublin Castle and Trinity College.
Celebrate the essence of Italian cuisine and hospitality with us. Whether it's an intimate dinner for two, a joyful family gathering, or a special private event, each moment is crafted with culinary delights and memories.
Revel in the enchantment of La Caverna Restaurant and Wine Bar - a true haven of culinary artistry and comfort in Dublin. Indulge in the magic as each bite transports you to the essence of Italy, creating an unforgettable dining experience. Enjoy

Top review
AnneC
Dined 4 days ago
The best Italian meal I’ve eaten. We were there for a birthday and put a candle on the dessert. Also gave the birthday boy a rose and a glass of Prosecco
A photo of Rosa Madre restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1290)
€31 to €50
Italian
Temple Bar
About the restaurant
Rosa Madre is the most authentic Italian restaurant in Dublin. We are located in the heart of Dublin, one of the most exciting and vibrant areas of Dublin with great shops, bars and many five stars hotels.


We specialize in fresh fish, delivered daily by local suppliers and we guarantee to always have the finest quality available. Our seafood cuisine is characterized by the simple quality of the catch. We place our orders during the night, directly from the port where the fish is delivered to ensure we always get the freshest product available.

Top review
JohnT
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding food and service. Wonderful wine list. Can’t recommend highly enough
A photo of The Lucky Duck restaurant
4.6
4.6 (429)
€30 and under
Indian
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Lucky Duck, a cosy neighbourhood bar on the ground floor, with a series of elegant cocktail rooms as you venture up the stairs to the first and second floor. We are serving up the finest Indian tapas and delectable cocktails 7 days a week

When you come in for your booking, please mention the name on the booking to the bartender and our host will seat you in one of our Cocktail Lounges.

Our cocktail menu is centred around great produce, bold flavours and simplicity. We aim to produce drinks that are sustainably minded, less waste and more taste. If it’s a straight-up drink you’re after, we have plenty of those, too.

Our food menu is a modern take on classic Indian cuisine. Our small plates pack a big punch and will never fail to deliver. Perfect for any occasion or appetite!

We are proud to have revived this Dublin landmark and look forward to welcoming you!

All reservations automatically add a 12.5% service charge which goes directly to our hard-working staff.

Top review
FionaD
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Very happy with every aspect of the experience in the Lucky Duck
A photo of 9 Below restaurant
4.6
4.6 (126)
€30 and under
Cocktail Bar
South City Centre
About the restaurant
A COSY LITTLE SPEAKEASY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
9 Below bar is Dublin’s hideaway for seductive cocktails and stimulating conversation. Nestled in the former basement of historical Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club, we have taken great pleasure in refurbishing our own piece of this prestigious building, originally built in 1756. Our beautifully designed space offers 4 intimate rooms in which to drink and be merry (and a little mischievous).

Our menu features an enticing selection of champagnes, spirits and cocktails, all dispensed by a couple of fun-loving bartenders who really know their craft. Swing by for after-work libations and you might just find yourself staying all evening!

Top review
Roko
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Staff was great. Everything was running smoothly. Nothing to complaint about. I will be back again for sure. Thank you.
A photo of Peruke & Periwig restaurant
4.2
4.2 (388)
€31 to €50
Contemporary European
Dawson Street
About the restaurant
Peruke & Periwig is a unique and memorable drinking and dining experience on Dublin’s thriving Dawson Street, number 31 to be exact. The ground floor bar offers guests a draught pint, a bottle of craft beer and an extensive selection of the finest cocktails, whiskeys, spirits, liqueurs and wines.
If you’re feeling peckish, why not give our tasty food menu a try. We're serving food from 5pm to 9:30pm seven days a week.
Diners and drinkers are most welcome on our first and second floor lounge areas where you can peruse our expertly mixed cocktails with some unconventional yet appetising adjustments that have allowed us to express our creativity and serve delightfully delectable drinks. Our current cocktail menu, the fourth menu from Peruke & Periwig, is inspired by wigs from around the world to bring back the history of our beautiful building.
*Please note: a discretionary service charge of 12.5% it's added to all our reservations which goes directly to our staff.
- Strictly over 21

Top review
KellyT
Dined 6 days ago
Came in for drinks and had some of the best cocktails we've had in awhile! The service was lovely and we ended up coming back after dinner. Absolutely recommend!
A photo of Pen & Player restaurant
4.2
4.2 (30)
€51 and over
Tapas / Small Plates
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Pen & Player Cocktail Bar, Dublin's Premium Cocktail Experience.

The dash of alchemy, a measure of anticipation & a twist of surprise are to be savored slowly.
The spectacle and the show, something to share, something to whisper. Stories we like to tell, other to discover.

Enjoy the best expertly crafted cocktails in Dublin along with our selection of fine wines and spirits.

A light bite gourmet menu is available to compliment our expertly crafted cocktails or fine wines.

Welcome to Pen & Player.

Top review
David
Dined on 16 Feb 2024
Great atmosphere and staff, cocktails unbelievably good
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