If you’d like to dine out but avoid the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Ranelagh is the perfect area to spend an evening. With an array of tempting restaurant options from stylish Italian to authentic Thai and everything in between, you’re sure to find something in this list that will make you want to get booking and head to the suburbs. Here’s our guide to the best restaurants in Ranelagh.
If you’re on the hunt for a ‘wine and small plates’ spot with a flair for the finer things, look no further than Host. Everything is meant to be shared here, whether it’s their smaller Italian inspired plates or mouthwatering fresh pasta dishes. Their selection of ever-changing wines comes from a number of small, natural winemakers. You’ll be impressed by what Host has to offer but be warned, get booking well in advance as this is one of the most popular spots in all of Dublin with good reason.
Address: 13 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: hostrestaurant.ie
An authentic Italian experience is promised at Gigi’s. With handmade pasta made fresh daily and ingredients that are left to take centre stage, you can be sure that the food at Gigi is prime. Opt for the Cannelloni Ricotta Spinaci, full of ricotta, burrata cream and just general goodness that will have you asking for seconds. With a wine menu consisting of Italian wines chosen to best represent each region’s offerings, you can enjoy a vino or two in the comfort of this candlelit but casual spot.
Address: 53 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: gigiranelagh.ie
An Irish Bistro with a modern twist, The Wild Goose is a stylish spot above McSorley’s Pub. A luxurious venue combining old charm and elegance, you’ll be taken with the quality of the seasonal Irish produce used to create classic, well executed dishes like McLoughlin’s Cote de Boeuf. The Wild Goose is well known for its extensive and well curated wine offering, packed with stellar choices from around the world so you can make an evening of it, and their Sunday Lunch menu is one of the best around.
Address: 1 Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: thewildgoosegrill.ie
A family business that began in Ranelagh before expanding, Michie Sushi puts the customer first. Michie means ‘filled with smiles and laughter’ in Japanese, and that’s guaranteed when you’re dining at Michie Sushi. The team hand roll each dish to order, and with an array of options to choose from, you’ll certainly find one you enjoy. If you’re not a sushi fan, worry not, as they also offer bowls of comforting Ramen, Poké bowls, Katsu Curry and a handful of noodle options. Michie is the real deal for sushi lovers.
Address: 11 Chelmsford Lane, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: michiesushi.com
Nothing beats a rooftop in Dublin, and Layla’s offers the best view of Ranelagh. Upstairs at The Devlin Hotel, Layla’s is an Italian-influenced restaurant and bar, and is an atmospheric spot no matter the occasion. Their rooftop terrace is available all year round, allowing you to enjoy Dublin’s skyline in the sun during the summer months and cosied up with blankets and heaters as the weather gets chilly. Delicious wood-fired pizzas and tasty cocktails are the order of the day here.
Address: 117-119 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: laylas.ie
An intimate, candlelit restaurant, Kinara Kitchen serves some of the finest Pakistani and Eastern cuisine in Dublin. Renowned for their impeccable food and hospitality with GM Talha Pasha at the helm, you’ll certainly be well looked after here. Ranging from highly seasoned and spicy dishes reigning from Punjab and Sindgh to more distinct, aromatic flavours of Balochistan, the variety available at Kinara will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Their Tandoori grilled dishes are full of smokey, delicious flavours, and their curries are filling and comforting. A menu of tempting cocktails will keep the night going smoothly; a meal at Kinara Kitchen is sure to impress.
Address: 17 Ranelagh Rd, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6
More info: kinarakitchen.ie
A taste of Nashville in Dublin, Firebyrd guarantees southern hospitality and an all-round great time. Mouthwatering crispy fried chicken, moreish starters and reasonable prices, this is a must visit for fried chicken lovers. The owners ensure that the Tennessee charm is maintained throughout, from the food, to the service, to the fiery range of sauces. A wall of hot sauces adorns this cosy spot, so if you’re a fanatic, you’re sure to find a sauce you’ll want to take home. Their Nashville burger is reminiscent of the classic, but certainly don’t leave before trying their famous Fried Pickles.
Address: 51 Ranelagh, St. Peter’s, Dublin 6
More info: firebyrd.ie
A relaxed and funky spot, The Butcher Grill provides a casual atmosphere where you can enjoy a delicious dinner. Steak lovers need to tick this one off their list; the beef here is sourced from the best and cooked on the wood-smoked grill to make for a delectable, smoky flavour. Can’t decide between fish or steak? Opt for their Surf n Turf with gambas, because why should you have to choose? Expect cracking cocktails and excellent service, making a night in the Butcher Grill a guaranteed good one.
Address: 92 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6
More info: thebutchergrill.ie
A cosy neighbourhood restaurant, this spot is great for a weekend brunch or midweek lunch. Expect home-style food for their breakfast options, including Brioche French Toast or a classic Irish breakfast. Opt for small plates in the evenings, or give their range of pizzas and burgers a try. Whatever time you choose to visit Cinnamon, you’ll be met with a friendly face and a cosy atmosphere to enjoy a catchup.
Address: 83-87 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: cinnamon.ie
A brilliant Tapas spot in Ranelagh, The Exchequer sources local ingredients and weaves in Spanish influences, making an exciting menu perfect for sharing. An inviting upstairs terrace bar is perfect for al-fresco dining during the warmer months, making sure it’ll always feel like a party. A wine bar at its core, what could be better than a tapas and wine feast? A night at The Exchequer is sure to be a fun one.
Address: 19 Ranelagh Rd, Ranelagh
More info: theexchequerwinebar.ie
If you want a little taste of Italy, look no further than Er Buchetto. Both a Delicatessen and a Café, this is a purple haven where you can find authentic Italian coffee, delicious food and quality Italian products. Whether you’re on the lookout for breakfast, brunch or lunch, Er Buchetto’s Paninis will tickle your fancy. Make it boozy with a glass of vino or a tasty cocktail, but make sure to end your visit with a taste of their authentic Italian hot chocolate – delectable.
Address: 55 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: erbuchetto.com
Urban Health proves to all sceptics that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. With unique dishes and friendly staff, this bright and inviting spot is a delight to spend an hour or two of your morning in. They’re all about sustainability here, operating a 95% zero general waste business, so you can enjoy their tasty food guilt-free. With breakfast bowls, protein pancakes and savoury sweet potato waffles on offer, you’re spoiled for choice with their innovative, healthy dishes. They make a number of smoothies and juices to order, so you’re sure to leave here feeling better than when you came in!
Address: Fields Terrace, 9 Charleston Rd, The Triangle, Dublin 6
More info: urbanhealth.ie
The newest addition to the Brother Hubbard group, they’re known for their unique brunch dishes, made from scratch with fantastic Irish produce – you certainly won’t find stereotypical brunch options here. Instead, this spot makes way for breakfast plates full of baba ghanoush, homemade potato waffles and Dukkah. Make sure to grab one of their many homemade desserts on the way out, because you’ll regret it if you don’t!
Address: 27 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6
More info: brotherhubbard.ie
Classic food with a New York twist, TriBeCa has been around since 2001 serving delicious dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. Competing as the spot to serve some of the best buffalo wings in Dublin, this laid back restaurant is a guaranteed win. Burgers, sandwiches and pasta are on the menu, but their weekend brunch is just as inviting, with Eggs Rancheros and French toast with lemon curd cream cheese served – sounds delectable.
Address: 65 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: tribeca.ie
Ranelagh being a true melting pot of cuisines, Thailand is very well represented by Nightmarket. Served here is authentic, regional Thai cuisine with a focus on the rustic food of Chiang Mai and the spicy seafood dishes of Hua Hin; you’ll find a truly traditional selection of Thai delicacies. A carefully curated wine list that pairs well with the dishes served, you can guarantee a memorable meal at Nightmarket. Traditionally made to be shared, you’re encouraged to order a few dishes and try them all together. Combining the best of Irish produce with Thai flavours, every dish you try promises a unique, exciting and often fiery affair!
Address: 120 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: nightmarket.ie
A popular tapas spot to Ranelagh, La Bodega has been producing delicious plates to share since 2011. If you can’t be in the bustling pintxo bars of San Sebastian or the rustic cellars of Catalonia, La Bodega promises a delicious Spanish experience, with a diverse menu using seasonal Irish produce and ingredients from the best suppliers in Spain. An intimate, candlelit venue, we can imagine a few hours here will pass with ease.
Address: 93 Ranelagh, Saint Peter’s, Dublin 6
More info: labodega.ie
Dillinger’s is a buzzy location where a delicious dinner and a good time are guaranteed. Dillinger’s is a Ranelagh stalwart and previously an American diner-style spot renowned for their brunch of champions, but after a recent revamp it now offers polished small and large plates packed with finesse and flavour. Feast on an array of smaller plates to share, from Connemara oysters with bacon vinaigrette to steak tartare, or go all out and dive into a Cote de Boeuf cooked over coal. Dillinger’s also offers an all day Sunday menu well worth lingering over.
Address: 47 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: dillingers.ie
A relaxed restaurant with a delightful family atmosphere, Mario’s offers casual Italian fare. With a range of pasta dishes, lasagne and delicious pizzas, everyone from parents, to grandparents, to kids are sure to be pleased at this charming spot.
Address: 37/39 Ranelagh, Saint Peter’s, Dublin 6,
More info: marios.ie/ranelagh
If you’re on the hunt for no frills, just simply delectable pizza, there’s no better than Rita’s. Their wood-fired pizza recipe took years to perfect, hours to make and 2 days to rise before arriving at your table. Hailing from West Cork, the owners took a trip to Naples to learn the tricks of the trade before venturing back to Ireland with a plan to open a spot with the mantra ‘No fuss, just pizza’ – and Rita’s was born. With a range of pie options to choose from, you’ll be sure to delight in whatever you choose, because everything tastes better than when it’s made with love and passion.
Address: 51 Elmwood Avenue Lower, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: ritas.ie
A bar restaurant with an impressive selection of craft beers, drinks on tap and everything between, TapHouse is pub grub done right. Whether you’re after some small plates to pair with a few beers, a burger or some tasty tacos, TapHouse has it all and does it with quality and style. A spot full of character and a fun atmosphere, a catch up with friends would be more than ideal here.
Address: 60 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
More info: taphouse.ie
I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!