Restaurateurs are waking up to the fact that breakfast is good business. A shift in our dining habits coupled with rising business costs means more and more restaurants are keeping their doors open morning, noon and night.
One of the most notable dining trends of the year globally, the new breed of eateries open round the clock are not your traditional all day diner or greasy spoon and come in a range of shapes and sizes.
There are cafe style spaces that transform as dusk descends, traditional evening restaurants that have built in a casual culinary crescendo to their high-end dinner service and deluxe food halls that are blurring the lines between retail and restaurant.
Here are 13 all day dining restaurants in Dublin that are catering to our cravings from dawn to dinner.
The newly opened gourmet food hall on Wellington Quay Dollard & Co is a must visit for food lovers – but you don’t necessarily need to pack your shopping bag. Successfully latching onto the ‘grocerant’ trend, a visit to the upscale market blends a restaurant experience with the grocery experience. Order from the all day menu at the Deli and grab one of eighty seats on offer, enjoy in store the spoils of the bakery, pizza and pasta counter or relax in the The Grill and watch the chefs in the open plan kitchen cook up your breakfast, lunch or dinner.
One of the first names you’ll be offered when you seek an all day dining option is Balfes, the stylish restaurant located on the doorstep of the five star Westbury Hotel. Be it for a healthy breakfast, light lunch, evening meal, or a quick pick-me-up after an afternoon of retail therapy on Grafton Street the menu featuring signature dishes like baked salmon with a quinoa crust, Josper grilled gambas and BodyByrne Eggs Florentine has something for everyone.
Far from just one of the city’s favourite weekend brunch destinations, Brother Hubbard caters to Dubliner’s cravings for their creative approach to Middle Eastern food all day long. Food lovers flock for their fix for breakfast, brunch (every day of week!), lunch and dinner to their original location on Capel Street, they have a day time only restaurant on Harrington Street too. If you’ve ever struggled to get a seat at the popular venue then you’ll be glad to hear BH are expanding into two adjacent buildings, an upgrade that’s expected to give them the capacity to sit up to three hundred diners.
The restaurant formerly know as Super Miss Sue, in the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter, has transformed into SMS Cafe, an eatery that sits somewhere between an Irish Cafe an American diner. The new all-day menu format means it doesn’t matter what time you surface there’s always breakfast on offer, think scotch eggs with homemade brown sauce and classic eggs and chips, or answer your comfort food cravings with dishes from your youth, like bacon and cabbage and steak and kidney pie. Craft beers, wines on tap and Bloody Marys are available all day too.
Castleknock Hotel offers a bubble of serene comfort just outside Dublin city, besides Phoenix Park. Now they have added a new and stylish venue to the already enticing range of amenities they feature: 22 Bar & Restaurant, a sophisticated and spacious dinning option with a menu that takes inspiration from Southern Italy and Sicily, with a local twist.
The style of cooking is uncomplicated and approachable, trattoria style open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and guests can find classic Italian dishes such as arancini, Italian meat platters, pizzas, and several pasta mains, as well as some international favourites.
Seafood specialists Klaw Pokē on Capel Street first created waves when they introduced Dublin to pokē, or ‘Hawaiian Sushi’, and then caused more ripples with the introduction of another healthy food trend, antioxidant rich acai bowls garnished with a variety of toppings – basically healthy ice cream for breakfast. If you’re after something more indulgent you can always opt for favourites from sister restaurant Klaw, like lobster rolls, Crab Mac’N’Cheese and the freshest oysters, all available for lunch or dinner alongside their signature pokē.
With so many restaurants populating Dublin city centre the question of where to eat can often be an overwhelming decision, but one of the best answers has been has been right in front of your eyes all this time. The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke on the third floor of Grafton Street’s landmark department store Brown Thomas is arguably situated on one of most enviable locations in the city. From morning to late evening, or whenever the need to shop strikes you, you can enjoy an exclusive dining experience sampling menus inspired by chef Cooke’s extensive culinary career and time spent in California and New Mexico.
Opened as part of the five star Conrad Dublin’s €8 million renovation plan the hotels new eatery The Coburg steers clear of the stuffy, fine dining style restaurants hotel’s have become associated with. Instead this relaxed brasserie features a locally inspired all-day menu deisgned by Executive Chef Dmitry Stroykov, who lead the team to win the award of two AA Rosettes just a year after opening. Staying late for dinner? Move onto the hotel’s cocktail bar Lemuel’s for some of the slickest service and creative cocktails in the city.
There is a lot to tempt you out to seaside suburb of Clontarf, a stroll along the promenade, (soon) a dip in the new Seawater Baths and for foodies the Pigeon House. The distinctive neighborhood restaurant on Vernon Avenue is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday and brunch at the weekend too. Restaurateurs Paul Foley and chef Brian Walsh have created with a menu that uses the best local and Irish produce, a commitment that was recognised by the award of a Michelin Bib Gourmand
Overlooking the Ha’penny Bridge and River Liffey, in the site of a former haberdashery where James Joyce once worked, the Woollen Mills is relaxed restaurant, bar and deli, with its own bakery to boot, specialising in rustic Irish dishes such as beef cheek and shin burgers, shredded corned beef on rye, and smoked Haddock brandade croquettes served morning to evening. Make the most of sunny mornings or summer evenings and dine al fresco on their rooftop terrace.
The Washerwoman in Glasnevin is a sister restaurant of the Woollen Mills and Winding Stair restaurants on Dublin’s quays and most recently the Legal Eagle, on Chancery Place, and here you can expect the same style of casual dining and honest, flavoursome food restaurateur Elaine Murphy has become known for. Located on Glasnevin Hill, this suburban gem is treasured by locals for family pleasing dishes like crispy bacon butties, bowls of Dublin Bay Prawn linguini and ‘Washerwings’ – their signature chicken wings.
Hatch and Sons prides itself on being an Irish Kitchen serving an all day menu that includes Beef & Guinness stew, spiced beef served on Waterford’s finest Blaas and Irish breakfasts, best served accompanied by fantastic coffee from The Barn Berlin. Part of the Domini and Peaches Kemp sister’s restaurant group which also includes cafés Itsa, Alchemy and Joe’s, the restaurant occupies a cosy basement space in the Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen’s Green but has just announced expansion across the Liffey, to be housed in the Hugh Lane Gallery.
Start your day at La Maison, a French Bistro in the heart of Dublin, with a classic Croque Monsieur, selection of freshly baked pastries or a bowl of Bouillie d’avoine, porridge apple and raisin to you and me. The authenticity spills over onto the lunch and dinner menus with traditional dishes like poele de la mer, tarte provençal and cote de boeuf on offer. The second level dining room is romantic relaxed affair, no matter what time of the day we suggest you grab a table by the sash windows and look out onto the bustling Castle Market Street below.
Erica grew up with a baker and confectioner for a father and a mother with an instinct and love for good food. It is little wonder then that, after completing a law degree, she went on to do a Masters in Food Business at UCC. With a consuming passion for all things food, nutrition and wellness, working with TheTaste is a perfect fit for Erica; allowing her to learn and experience every aspect of the food world meeting its characters and influencers along the way.Erica Bracken Erica Bracken