The next time you are heading to a concert or show with the other 13,000 attendees, you can peruse this list of the best restaurants near 3Arena to get your foodie fix. From dining on rooftops to eating dinner on a docked boat restaurant, we have you covered. This list is home to some of the best views of Dublin that our restaurant scene has to offer.
The top floor of The Mayson hotel is home to Ryleigh’s Rooftop Steakhouse which also has an outdoor terrace with panoramic views of Dublin. Comfy leather clad booths line the windows, an open kitchen and grill adds a sense of theatre to the room, floor to ceiling windows make the most of the views and the only walls in the room are clad in beautiful veined marble.
Once a training vessel and now a maritime themed restaurant offering modern Irish / European cuisine. Tablecloth clad tables fill the room with dark wooden fittings to create a relaxing setting. Enjoy the unrivalled views of the waterfront in the heart of Dublin’s docklands in the MV Cill Airne. Cocktails can be enjoyed in the separate bar area or outside deck – a promising option for a sunny afternoon on the River Liffey.
Whether it’s arancini or wood-fired pizzas, antipasti or homemade pasta, Osterio Lucio food will satisfy your craving for Italian cuisine. The exposed brickwork and modern furnishings offer a spacious, bright and buzzy dining experience in this Michelin guide listed venue owned by Chapter One’s Ross Lewis. This is not one of the closest restaurants near 3Arena but it is certainly worth the extra walk.
Il Fornaio is located on the Luas track on your way to 3Arena and offers all of the classic Italian dishes you would expect and want from an Italian restaurant. Simple and stylish furnishings with some of the best pizza around the docklands area. Try their white base pizza Contadina with mozzarella, chicory spinach, njuda & pancetta.
The top floor of the Gibson Hotel is host to Coda Restaurant and The Hemi Bar. This is one of the closest restaurants to the 3Arena as the terrace actually overlooks the Point Village, so the views are worth a trip alone before you attend a show. It is open plan with high ceilings and the menus offer bar bites in Hemi Bar or a more formal setting In Coda which of course is home to the show First Dates Ireland.
Musashi branches can be found dotted around Dublin but their IFSC restaurant is just a short stroll from the 3Arena for a pre-concert sushi feast. Musashi is well priced with a varied menu including everything from curries to ramen in addition to their extensive fresh to order sushi selection, so it is a handy spot for groups with mixed tastes.
Bites By Kwanghi serves modern Asian fusion street food designed by TV Chef Kwanghi Chan, the winner of RTE’s Battle of the Food Trucks. This restaurant is a collaboration with Fresh The Good Food Market and brings funky tunes with delicious food which can be enjoyed both inside or in their covered outdoor terrace. We have an exclusive offer with Kwanghi available here.
The Green Room is a smart, wood-panelled piano bar with leather sofas, offering pre-show menus for 3Arena audiences. Located in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, their modern bar boasts a large heated beer garden where you can enjoy casual bites like burgers, sharing platters, wings or fish and chips.
Step down into the underground of the CHQ Building at Custom House Quay and you are met with a long corridor and cellars, each adorned with plush interiors and warm lighting. Cozy and stylish, Stack A Restaurant offers unique dishes like pan fried fillet of brill with Jerusalem artichoke & maitake mushroom or soy cured trout with kohlrabi, buttermilk & trout roe.
Mackenzies is located between the Grand Canal and the River Liffey. Their elegant dining space overlooks the Grand Canal with a panoramic view of the Dublin docklands. It is a stylish but laid back spot offering seasonal, American-inspired brunch and dinner options, plus great cocktails.
Article by: Anthony Nolan
I have been working in hospitality, media and digital marketing for over 15 years. I was the general manager of Brasserie Sixty6 for numerous years until I moved to take over digital marketing for the Primesteak / Dylan McGrath restaurant group. I was also a monthly columnist for ‘Service’ Magazine which was run by Menupages.ie. My articles helped restaurants to grow their online presence in an ever changing digital landscape.
I have always loved working in the food and beverage scene since living in Rome and since then, I have had a passion for food, hospitality and digital marketing. Working with TheTaste.ie allows me to combine all my passions and also my experience from studying digital marketing, web development, advertising and public relations through college. Dublin born and still living in the city, you can find me exploring Dublin on a daily basis and also sourcing the newest places to eat and drink with my personal Instagram below.
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