The making of a great holiday to Ireland is digging into a great meal at a local restaurant. Some of Dublin’s best restaurants are within walking distance of the Castle Hotel. Here are our favourites:
Old Music Shop Restaurant
Whether it is an informal get together with friends, a special family gathering or a romantic meal with a loved one, The Old Music Shop Restaurant at the Castle Hotel offers the space to house it all. Beautifully restored interconnecting Georgian Rooms create beautifully intimate and comfortable spaces for dining. Serving a mix of Irish and European dishes for lunch and dinner, you can choose from juicy steaks and classic fish & chips to gourmet salads and pizzas. Specialities include the Irish Seafood Chowder and the Irish Guinness Beef Stew. To mark your special occasion in Dublin why not try Afternoon Tea? The delightful Classic Afternoon Tea has an array of tasty finger sandwiches, delicate desserts and of course the Chef’s homemade buttermilk scones and preserves. Old Music Shop Restaurant welcomes families and children can enjoy burgers, goujons and even whipped ice-cream sundaes. The Old Music Shop restaurant is an extremely versatile restaurant with fantastic personable service, a must book during your stay in Dublin.
Open Monday – Sunday 12:30 – 8pm €€
Castle Vaults Bar & Restaurant
The Castle Vaults is located in the basement of the Castle Hotel and is open every evening for dinner and drinks from 5pm. The spacious restaurant and bar takes its name from the vaulted ceiling of the original 18th Century wine cellars that it is housed in. The space exudes a comfortable and cosy atmosphere with original exposed stonework, warm tones and subtle lighting. The restaurant itself offers a more formal dining service which is ideal for a romantic candlelit evening with a loved one, whereas the bar has a more relaxed seating scheme with individual nooks to enjoy a quiet drink or a meal. The service is fantastic and, on the nights when traditional Irish music accompanies the great food and drinks, the atmosphere is second to none. A truly Irish experience in Dublin, within the Castle Hotel. The Castle Vaults Bar and Restaurant is also ideal for groups and larger parties.
Open for dinner Monday – Sunday from 5pm. €€€
Located at No. 18 and 19 Parnell Square North, just across the road, Chapter One is best known for its Michelin Star fine dining. Like a fantastic well-kept secret, you descend the iron staircase into the unassuming basement to find a sleek and elegant restaurant serving some of the finest dishes in Dublin. Renowned for cooking with only the freshest and locally sourced Irish produce, the menu shows Irish food at its best. Chapter One combines impeccable service with a good dash of Irish conviviality and good humour. The dining rooms are tastefully decorated in elegant furnishings. Bespoke art works from Irish artists and craftspeople provide an equally enjoyable experience for the eyes, as well as for the palette. This high-profile award-winning restaurant is a must book and ideal for a romantic night with a loved one or marking a very special occasion. Ross Lewis, chef and proprietor brings unsurmountable passion for Irish Food to his restaurant. In 2011, he held the Head Chef honour for the state banquet for Queen Elizabeth II, during her visit to Ireland.
Open for dinner Wednesday - Saturday from 7.30pm - 10pm with a special Pre-Theatre sitting from 5pm-7pm and Lunches on Friday and Saturday 12.30pm – 2pm. 7 course Tasting Menus Available. Advance Booking Essential €€€€
The Kimchi Hophouse is an authentic Korean Fusion restaurant, housed in an old Irish bar at 160-161 Parnell Street, just a stone’s throw from the Gate Theatre and the Castle Hotel. Well restored and updated, the staff and owners take pride in the authenticity of the food in Dublin’s oldest Korean restaurant. Serving Japanese and Korean favourites such as Kimchi, Nigiri Sushi, bulgogi, Dolsot bibimbap and Tuna Gimbap. Kimchi Hophouse have an eclectic mix of craft beers or Maesil Ju (Korean Plum Wine) to wash it down. You’ll be pulling out your phone to capture these insta-amazing dishes. Perfect for dining in with friends, an easily accessible restaurant, with options for call & collect takeaway and delivery on offer also. Only a 4 minute walk away, The Castle Hotel recommends this intimate Asian fusion restaurant while you visit Dublin.
Open Tuesday - Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday 5pm – 11pm and Saturday 12:30 – 11pm. €€
Brother Hubbard, North
Brother Hubbard opened in 2012 as a simple café serving baked goods and beverages. 8 years on they are now a successful and much-loved restaurant serving breakfast, brunch and dinner in Captel Street. The building has been extended into next door to create a beautiful open and airy space with floor to ceiling windows in the front and a double height atrium in the rear. Here, light is at an absolute premium flooding into the dining and bar areas. The place is designed to exude a natural feel with fresh colours, wooden flooring and plenty of lush greenery throughout.
Their focus is on Middle Eastern cuisine, yet still throwing a few Irish and European classics into the mix and largely vegetarian and vegan friendly. Breakfast and brunch is available 7 days a week with dinner served Thursday to Saturday. Taste more of what’s on offer with their ‘Mezze’ , where you choose multiple smaller dishes to make up your main. The ‘Middle East Feast’ is an absolute must try for groups to share and their original baked treats are a perfect light snack while chatting to friends over a coffee. Did we mention they roast their own coffee? A favourite of the Castle Hotel, a 15 minute walk away, we would highly recommend a visit while in Dublin!
Open Monday – Wednesday 8:30am – 4pm, Thursday & Friday 8:30am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 10:45pm, Sunday 10am – 4:30pm €€
Mr Fox is located at 38 Parnell Square West, known for its relaxed atmospheric bar and dining service with a modern take on international dishes, while all made with home grown produce. The restaurant opened in 2016 at the hands of Anthony Smith and has been thriving ever since. Tucked away in a basement in a beautiful Georgian house on Parnell Square, with their fine dining approach to classic dishes this Mr Fox is truly fantastic! You can choose to dine in the comfortable surroundings of the tastefully decorated main room or the very urban chic terrace. They have an exceptional 5 course meal on offer (with vegetarian alternatives if requested) which can be accompanied by a tried and tested international wine list. Just 3 minute walk from the Castle Hotel.
Open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday dining times start from 5.30pm. €€€
M&L Chinese Restaurant
Sometimes the best restaurants are hidden in plain sight! With an unassuming shop front, located on 13/14 Cathedral Street beside Dublin’s Pro Cathedral, M&L is a stylish but relaxed Chinese restaurant with an outstanding reputation for Sichuan cuisine. Although housed literally seconds away from Dublin’s O’Connell Street and around for several years, this is a widely unknown hidden gem of the Asian community. The dishes are relatively inexpensive but coming here you will experience the most authentic and exquisite Chinese cuisine on offer in Dublin. So authentic, that the menu is in simplified Mandarin characters but you can request an English menu also. Traditionally spicy Sichuan dishes that are freshly prepared are their forte and they sport vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options to boot. Nothing beats their freshly made dumplings and garlic fried green beans! M&L has private dining and welcomes large groups. They also have take-out options. Conveniently located only 8 minute walk from the Castle Hotel.
Open 11.30 am -10pm Mon -Sat and 12pm -10 pm Sunday. €€
The Veginity concept began as a Vegetarian and Vegan food truck venture in Portobello on Dublin’s South side and developed into a much loved restaurant on Dublin’s Northside. The subtle dining space off the beaten track on Dorset Street Upper, really packs an unexpected punch specialising in vegan and vegetarian dishes with that comfort of the street food vibe. Chef Mark Senn hails from Australia and brings his love of developing truly tasty alternative dishes. You’ll find a menu without meat imitations but instead, quality plant-based products. All elements of their dishes are made from scratch on site and their pastry chef prides herself on baking fully vegan pastries, without scrimping on the flavour or texture, a real rarity! Whether you are a vegan, veggie or curious carnivore, you will find something to tickle your taste buds here. This award winning Dublin Vegetarian restaurant is within 3 minute walking distance of the Castle Hotel.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Thursday to Sunday 10am – 9.30pm. €€
Some restaurants you hear about before you ever realise they are there. Tucked away beside Drumcondra Train Station at the ABC centre in Drumcondra, Shouk has garnered unparalleled word-of-mouth recommendations amongst Dubliners. With a spacious outdoor terrace, there’s a festival like quality to the atmosphere at night. Self-described as a ‘Middle Eastern Soul Kitchen’, the team create ultimate tasty comfort cuisine with dishes such as ‘The Batata’, falafels, hummus, chargrilled aubergine or the wonderful sharing ‘Mezze’ platters. Vegetables get the royal treatment but meat dishes are also celebrated like the beef and lamb mince served with pita or the ‘Shawarma’ chicken. What they do, they do well and no one leaves hungry. While a 15 minute walk or 9 minute bus journey, The Castle Hotel recommends Shouk for Food lovers who search for great atmosphere, as well as excellent cuisine. Vegans are also accommodated but advance booking advised.
Open Wed 12pm – 9:30pm, Thursday 12pm – 10pm and Sunday 12pm – 9pm €€
The Church Café, Late Bar and Restaurant
The Church Café, Late Bar Restaurant is located on Mary Street, a continuation of Henry Street - one of Dublin’s iconic shopping streets and a 12 minute walk from the Castle Hotel. Once an imposing 17th century church, the building has been lovingly restored and sympathetically converted into a stylish restaurant and bar. The impressive bar makes a fantastic focal point in the centre of the main room which can be seen from all aspects. The birds eye view you get from the elevated gallery restaurant is second to none and allows you to enjoy all the intricate details of the restored church. Note for a moment that Arthur Guinness was married here in 1761 and perhaps raise a toast. Their menu is a mix of Irish and international classics such as burgers, nachos and steaks teamed with an equally all-round wine list. They pride themselves on having something for everyone. The Church has multiple areas to choose from including the Main Bar, the Gallery Restaurant, The Tower Bar (private function room) and the Cellar Bar (cocktail bar at weekends)
Currently open for Dinner 12-8pm from Thurs – Sat and 12-7pm on Sun. €€