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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Dublin 2

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 D'Olier Street restaurant
4.9
4.9 (356)
€51 and over
Modern European
Temple Bar
About the restaurant
D'Olier Street is a new modern fine-dining restaurant located in Dublin’s city center on the ground floor of the historic D’Olier Chambers building.
Top review
Hannah
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding from start to finish! Service, atmosphere and food was 10/10. Can't wait to come back.
A photo of The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1439)
€51 and over
Afternoon Tea
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Ireland's most iconic drawing room looks out on the only garden grand enough to match: the glorious St. Stephen's Green. The Lord Mayor's Lounge is the perfect back drop for a special day in Dublin. A room sparkling with light; it is a welcoming setting for our celebratory theatre of that most civilised ritual: the art of Afternoon Tea.
The elements have remained unchanged over the centuries: a fragrant pot of tea, a succession of sweets and delicate sandwiches, fine china, fresh flowers and delighted laughter. This time is all about enjoying the lovely things in life, an experience designed to be shared and savoured. Time slows down and the art of conversation is revived.

From December 1st, our wonderful Lounge will convert to a casual dining venue from 7.30pm daily, allowing our guests to experience an exquisite food offering in our iconic setting.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our waitress was absolutely amazing and food was great 👍
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 Pichet restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2126)
€31 to €50
Contemporary European
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Described as “a modern take on a classic bistro”, Pichet launched in July 2009 and is an award winning restaurant and holder of a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand, Split into three unique areas, the front room is airy and spacious; the main dining room offers guests a front row seat to the theatrical displays provided by Pichet’s team of chefs and the quaint conservatory presenting guests with an intimate dining experience. Indulge your palate with the freshest cuisine prepared by Head Chef, Stephen Gibson, or savor a handcrafted specialty cocktail in Pichet. This chic eatery, located in the heart of Dublin city on Trinity Street, offers quality dining in a relaxed and informal surroundings with exquisite service provided to all those who walk through Pichet's door.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was delicious and the staff were so kind and helpful, this was my second time going back and I absolutely loved my experience here. My family also loved it as well !
A photo of One Pico - Dublin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (390)
€31 to €50
Contemporary European
Dawson Street
About the restaurant
One Pico is a modern Irish and French Michelin restaurant serving great food inspired by seasonal produce with many awards to our name.

Eamonn O'Reilly opened One Pico in 1997. From the outset, it was his intention to serve the very best food in relaxed, informal but luxurious surroundings.







Most recent awards received by the restaurant are:
Elite Traveller - Best Restaurants in Dublin.
Georgina Campbell Guide - Chef of the year.
Irish Restaurant Awards - Best Chef Dublin.
Food & Wine Magazine - Best Dublin Restaurant.

Top review
Edwin
Dined on 10 Feb 2024
An enjoyable evening for 4 people. Disappointed that choice of food was restricted to one of two set menus; no switching. Also, main course meat dishes were only available on the more expensive menu. That said, we all enjoyed what we ate. Although one of our party was late to arrive, we were never under pressure to order or to finish, which we appreciated.
A photo of Glovers Alley restaurant
4.7
4.7 (994)
€51 and over
Irish
Grafton Street
About the restaurant
Glovers Alley is a fine dining restaurant overlooking the beautiful surrounds of Stephen's Green.

Chef/Owner Andy McFadden as and his talented team create beautifully presented, impeccable, elegant dishes while the Front of House team provides an exceptionally memorable guest experience.

Top review
Clarkie
Dined 5 days ago
Friendly welcome,calm atmosphere, all staff smiling and attentive,star of the show was the suckling pig done 5 ways, amazing flavors. Thanks for a lovely meal, we will be back.
A photo of SOLE Seafood & Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3633)
€51 and over
Seafood
South William Street
About the restaurant
SOLE Seafood & Grill encapsulates the true taste of Ireland in the heart of Dublin, offering the ultimate dining experience for any occasion. A restaurant like no other; the chic interior is complemented by a stylish bar and tasteful food and drinks menu. Enjoy a warm Irish welcome in this stylish restaurant where the pleasure of fine wine and great food meets. From shore to soil, provenance is paramount in producing a menu full of show-stopping dishes such as the Captain’s Seafood Platter; a two-tier shared tower of grilled Irish lobster and steamed Roaring water Bay mussels, plus fresh oysters, prawns and Howth smoked Irish salmon, served with Guinness brown soda bread and traditional seafood accompaniments and sauces; or the Sole Meunière; a whole Dover sole, which is filleted at the table for you. Whatever the occasion, whatever your needs, we can assure you a memorable night of luxury and laughter at SOLE.
Top review
Jamie
Dined 7 days ago
What a fantastic meal. Staff were knowledgeable and attentive. Explained the Oyster menu and helped make a birthday meal very memorable. One of the best meals I have ever had!
A photo of The Coburg restaurant
4.6
4.6 (49)
€51 and over
Contemporary European
South City Centre
About the restaurant
The Coburg restaurant presents contemporary dining experience showcasing classic Irish cuisine, highlighting the finest locally sourced ingredients, and integrating them with both known and unknown modern and traditional dishes from around the globe. We enthusiastically welcome and embrace change, while also celebrating the melting pot of cultural influences that inspire our cuisine. Situated in a stylish central location right across National Concert Hall, we invite you to embark on a journey of culinary exploration with us.


Top review
JenniferG
Dined 5 days ago
First time but definitely not my last visit. Beautiful ambience. Lovely welcome. Pleasant but not pushy staff. Room temp was good for a cold Feb night and the creme brulee was the best ever! Delicious meal. My husband enjoyed the mac n cheese side and the sauce with my halibut was delish!
A photo of The Atrium Lounge at The College Green Hotel (Formerly The Westin Dublin) restaurant
4.5
4.5 (326)
€31 to €50
Afternoon Tea
South City Centre
About the restaurant
A unique and elegant experience awaits at the Atrium Lounge, a magnificent five-storey high glass atrium, flooded with natural daylight. Afternoon Tea at the Atrium blends tradition with exceptional service, creating moments of luxury and delight, setting the tone for serenity and relaxation in Dublin city centre.
Please note that if you have any dietary requirements, they will need to be pre-ordered 24 hours in advance.
Please note that a deposit is required for parties of six guests or more.
We ask all guests to note when making the booking to select if the reservation will be for The Afternoon Tea Menu or The Lunch Menu. Please note the afternoon tea is available daily from 12.00-17.30pm.

Top review
Megan
Dined 4 days ago
We had a fantastic afternoon tea in the atrium. Everything was perfect, the food and drink was delicious and the staff went above and beyond. Highly recommend!!
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