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Pheonix, AZ
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Family dining in Dublin

Set Up: Two families - adults and three ten-year-old girls have two days in Dublin before seeing the countryside. Parents like to eat, kids less adventurous, no time for long, gourmet dining as we are trying to see as many sites as possible before Doolin, Dingle and Kilkenney. Would appreciate some restaurant, pub, picnic food (for the road trip) suggestions. We are staying at Buswell's, near St. Stephen's Green. Saw there is a Marks and Spencer on Grafton street (love a good food hall - much better cheeses than the U.S.). One night we have no kids before we head to U2 concert. So the question is - good, reasonable, kid-friendly food suggestions? Also, adult fare before the concert? Appreciate suggestions. Hoping Tapl, who seems to know food, has some ideas too. Thanks, Sheila

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1. Re: Family dining in Dublin

Hi Sheila

Dublinminx and Little Pumpkin are our resident 'foodies', so hopefully they'll chip in with some suggestions.

Picnic food: -

Yes, M&S is only a short walk from Buswell's and you're obviously familiar with their foodhalls. You can pick up ready made rolls, wraps, etc. there are well as the ingredients for making your own, plus drinks,salads, fruit, etc. Dunnes Stores in the St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre at the top of Grafton Street has a supermarket and deli counter and is cheaper. You'll also find convenience stores all over Ireland with deli counters where you can buy rolls, sandwiches, wraps etc. which will be freshly filled for you with ingredients of your choice for a few euro each, as well as hot food. Many petrol stations also have similar deli counters.

Casual dining with kids in Dublin city centre:

- Gotham Cafe, South Anne Street

- 101 Talbot, Talbot Street

- Dunne and Crescenzi, South Kildare Street

- Da Pino, Parliament Street

- Yamamori, Ormond Quay and South Great Georges Street

- Wagamama, South King Street

- Saba, Clarendon Street

- Elephant and Castle, Temple Bar

- The Bad A*s Cafe, Crown Alley, Temple Bar

- Pasta Fresca, Chatham Street

- The Steps of Rome, Chatham Street

- Carluccio's, Dawson Street

- The Farm Cafe, Dawson Street

- Milano's, Temple Bar, Dawson Street and Clarion Walk

- Enoteca delle Langhe, Blooms Lane

- Il Vignardo, Isaac Hotel, Store Street

- Bar Italia, IFSC

- The Kingfisher, Parnell Street

- The Larder, Parliament Street

- Zaytoon, Parliament Street

Pubs with food:

Most of these are traditional Dublin pubs and all are within about 10 minutes' walk of your hotel:

- The Stag's Head, Dame Court

- Davy Byrne's, Duke Street

- The Bailey, Duke Street

- O'Neill's, Suffolk Street

- The Market Bar, Fade Street

- The Porterhouse, Nassau Street and Parliament Street

Pre-concert dinner for adults:

These restaurants are all within about 10 minutes' walk of your hotel and you may want to take advantage of early bird/pre-theatre menus.

- Pearl Brasserie, Merrion Street

- Bang Cafe, Merrion Row

- The Unicorn, just off Merrion Row

- Hugo's, Merrion Row

- The Pig's Ear, Nassau Street

- Peploe's, St. Stephen's Green (the side with the Shelbourne Hotel)

- La Mere Zou, St. Stephen's Green (Shelbourne side)

- Il Posto, St. Stephen's Green (Shelbourne side)

- Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street

- Dunne and Crescenzi, South Frederick Street.

- Bleu Cafe Bistro, Dawson Street

I'd also recommend The Winding Stair which is just across the river at the Ha'penny Bridge. It's one of very few restaurants in Dublin which specialises in high quality modern Irish cuisine using the best of local ingredients.


If you want to immerse yourself in the full U2 experience, you could head to the Tea Room in the U2-owned Clarence Hotel on Wellington Quay for their special value Market Menu.


For more information on these and other restaurants, check out these sites.



You might find this Dublin City map helpful.


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2. Re: Family dining in Dublin

That great comprehensive post from tapl, has earmarked pretty much everywhere I would recommend.

Regarding food halls. I would suggest you have a look at Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer St. It is more upmarket, and hence more expensive than Marks & Spencer. But if you like cheese counters, you will love this.

They also have a good deli, with take away gourmet sandwiches, and a range of food that can be heated.

For the Adults, they have a fab wine cellar in the basement, which doubles as a wine bar. You can choose a bottle from the shelves, and consume there if you pay corkage. You can also order a range of food, from cheese plates, light snacks etc. So if you like cheese and wine it is a great spot.

On the 2nd floor they have a decent restaurant.

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3. Re: Family dining in Dublin

I can't add anything to TAPL's list and as usual he is dispensing sound advice. Remember Marks & Spencers are doing lunch deals at the moment - sandwich, fruit/crisps and a drink for €4 (have a look in Tapl's thread for good value deals in Ireland. Fallon & Byrne is also one of my favourites.

If you are a cheese fan and around the city on Saturday's - you must head to the farmers market in Temple Bar and taste/buy some of the Corleggy Cheese - www.corleggy.com

Enjoy U2!

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4. Re: Family dining in Dublin

Thanks so much for the great advice. I'm hungry already.

Also, as long as I have the experts handy, any suggestions for hop on/off bus tour? Best way to get to Croke Park? Thanks again, Sheila

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5. Re: Family dining in Dublin

Dublin Bus for the HoHO


For Croke Park, walk down to Westmoreland Street (just past Trinity College coming from Buswells) and pick up any of the following Dublin Bus routes - 3, 11, 11a, 13, 13a, 16, 16a. Get off at the stop by Drumcondra rail station (ask the driver) and from there it's about 10 minutes walk to Croke Park - you'll see it towering above the streets on the opposite side of the road. Fares are €1.60 per adult each way and children are 80c. You'll need the exact fare. The journey will take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic.


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6. Re: Family dining in Dublin

hey cafe bar deli is a great option for family, gruel is great too. la guileton(spelling?) near hogans is nice for before the gig, the best tapas is in port house on south william st,

the pink elephant in temple bar is also a good options as is juniors but its a bit out of town on bath ave.


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I have to recommend 'Johnny Foxes Pub' for your dinner and night out in Dublin. Check out their website (especially the 'Hooley'). Johhny Foxes Pub is a tourist attraction with great live irish music and dancing. The food there is fantastic, in particular the seafood.

I know that it is about 20mins outside Dublin city centre (it's up the mountaina!) but as far as I know there is a bus put on in the summer months to cater for its huge popularity amoung tourists.

Can't recommend the food, atmosphere and entertainment highly enough!! myself and my family went there sround Christmas time last year after the Leopardstown Races and had a memorable night (including my 12 year old sister)

Here's the website:


Enjoy your trip!

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