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Heading out for Dinner and a Show? Our Guide to Restaurants near the Bord Gáis

The Bord Gáis Theatre brings the best of the best to Dublin, whether it’s plays, concerts or comedy gigs. If you’re trying to find a spot for dinner or a pre-matinee brunch, you’ll want to guarantee that it’s going to be delicious, so you can start your outing off with a bang. Whether it’s a casual affair or fine dining, this list has it all. Here’s our guide to some of the best restaurants near the Bord Gáis.


A view of the Docklands is always welcome, especially when it’s accompanied with delectable food. Mackenzie’s is an exciting spot famous for their brunch dishes, from pancakes to French toast platters. A reservation here would be brilliant for a pre-matinée show at the Bord Gáis, but they have you covered for dinner too. Tasty wood-fired pizzas are served, so you can indulge in a bit of comfort food before sitting back to enjoy an evening show. With a range of wines sourced from around the world, you’ll certainly find something to suit your taste at Mackenzie’s.

Address: 6 Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

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Charlotte Quay

If you’re on the hunt for a buzzy spot to get the adrenaline pumping pre-show, look no further than Charlotte Quay. Based right in the heart of Grand Canal Dock, you can pop in to their stylish bar for some tasty signature cocktails and snacks, or take a seat in their dining room to try their pre-theatre menu. Whether it’s Smoked Haddock Croquettes or Hake Mouclade, you can guarantee that you’ll be served the finest Irish produce topped off with a Mediterranean feel.

Address: Charlotte Quay Dock, Millennium Tower, Dublin 4

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Osteria Lucio

If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, there’s nowhere better than Ross Lewis’ Osteria Lucio. An Italian restaurant with a flair for the finer things in life, you’ll be tempted by everything on the menu. Simple dishes full of clean flavours demonstrate the skill of their chefs, and paired with one of their many Italian wine options, you’re sure to be impressed. So whether it’s arancini, wood-fired pizzas or handmade pasta, head down to Osteria Lucio for a pre-show experience you’ll love.

Address: The Malting Tower, Clanwilliam Terrace, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

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Another pre-matinee option, a brunch at Herbstreet will always satisfy. If you’re a savoury over sweet kind of person, you’ll enjoy their famous Herbstreet Eggs Benny or their Popcorn Shrimp Po’Boy, but the sweet-lovers are not left out with their moreish Buttermilk Pancakes or indulgent French Toast. Herbstreet also serves pre-theatre supper on show nights, with gorgeous dishes like Baked Camembert or some delicious Moules Frites.

Address: Hanover Quay, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 2

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The Marker

If you’ve been around the Docklands, you wouldn’t have missed the striking five star Marker Hotel. Located right beside the Bord Gáis, this is a prime location for a pre-theatre dinner. Although their rooftop restaurant is only open during the summer, you can enjoy year-round stylish dining in The Brasserie. Showcasing Irish flavours through simple cooking, chef Gareth Mullins’ menu offers seasonal, locally-sourced produce to guarantee the highest quality in every bite you eat. Their pre-theatre menu is certainly one to please, with sophisticated dishes like Venison Loin and Grilled Tiger Prawns featured.

Address: Grand Canal Quay, Docklands, Dublin 2

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Bites by Kwanghi

If you’re after Asian street food with a modern twist, Bites by Kwanghi is the ideal spot. TV Chef Kwanghi Chan is behind the operation, offering up an enticing menu with pre-theatre options. Think Spice Bag Bao, Korean Fried Chicken (the new KFC!) burgers and comforting Ramen bowls, all to be paired delightfully with a glass of their organic house wines. You’ll be sure to enjoy a pre-theatre feast at this stylish and funky spot on the Docklands.

Address: 83 Sir John Rogersons Quay, Capital Docklands, Dublin 2,

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A flexitarian’s dream, Nutbutter is all about serving healthy food that doesn’t skimp on flavour or innovation. With Irish ingredients and a Californian twist, expect a multitude of Tacos (Jackfruit or Tuna Sashimi anyone?), Poké bowls, and perhaps a Rainbow Pad Thai is on the menu. Feel good desserts are also up for grabs. Think raspberry truffles and their inviting Nutbutter bar – we can guarantee that you’ll enjoy a delicious range of flavours at this spot.

Address: 2&3 Gallery Quay, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

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If you want a hearty, comforting meal that’ll make you crave slumping back into a comfy theatre seat afterwards, look no further than BrewDog. Monster burgers, spicy buffalo wings and tasty pizzas, the service here is laid back and casual with plenty of satisfying dishes to choose from. With an array of plant-based options, there’s something for everyone, and you’re sure to love whatever you choose. If you’re after an indulgent brunch pre-matinee, BrewDog have you covered. Chicken and waffles, anyone? Finish it off with one of their many craft beers on tap – you’re in for a delight in this bar.

Address: Three Locks Square, 4, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 2

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YOI Ramen

A cosy and friendly atmosphere perfect for a long catch-up, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the time when you’re at YOI Ramen. A laid back restaurant all about showcasing Japan’s delicious flavours to Dubliners, they have you covered with fresh, high quality sushi, tasty Bento boxes and cosy ramen. Pair with a Japanese beer and enjoy a feast fit for all theatre-goers.

Address: 9 Barrow Street, Dublin 4

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Basil is a no frills spot, focusing only on high quality ingredients and delicious wood-fired pizza. An ideal location for a quick dinner before a show, you’ll be guaranteed a fun time in here. Comfy and inviting, sit back in their cosy garden-oasis and bask in the charm whilst feasting on some tasty pizzas. Did we mention it’s BYOB?

Address: 95 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4

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As One Cafe

Ideal for pre-matinee brunch, As One is all about wholesome, sustainable food made lovingly with all Irish ingredients. They strive to demonstrate the importance of nourishing your body, and you can guarantee that any of their tasty brunch or lunch dishes will make you feel good on the inside. think lots of plant-forward dishes and ferments. Whether it’s a Smoked Salmon Omelette or their delicious Chicken Tacos, As One can ensure that your body will thank you after a meal here.

Address: Unit 3, 13-18 City Quay. Dublin 2

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If you’re a food sharer, Note is the one for you. A menu for those who appreciate trying a little bit of everything (because each dish looks just as good as the next), you’ll be in for a treat here – the Coq au Vin Jaune Pie is certainly catching our eye on their Insta. Essa Fakhry is the man behind the delectable dishes here – previously the chef at both Amy Austin and 777. This is also a brilliant place for wine connoisseurs – order a glass or two and enjoy an intimate evening at Note.

Address: 26 Fenian St, Dublin 2

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The Alex Hotel

If you’re on the lookout for a casual affair, The Alex Hotel has you sorted. The Carriage is perfect for a cosy meal out before a show at the Bord Gáis. Opt for their mouth watering steak or perhaps their Fish & Chips, and pair with a tipple from their extensive drinks menu in this relaxed setting. Their brunch menu is equally as inviting, promising Shakshuka Baked Eggs or a divine Lobster Roll. An exciting meal to look forward to before a matinee show!

Address: 41-47 Fenian St, Dublin 2

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L’Enoteca di Napoli

For those who love an authentic Italian experience, L’Enoteca di Napoli hits the mark. With a passion for Italian culture, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a laid-back time here. Fresh pasta is served, and it’s sure to delight no matter what you choose. If you’re in more of a sharing mood, opt for one of their many platters, or try out their inviting Antipasti board. These come with wine pairing suggestions, so vino enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this spot. Finish your meal off with one of their homemade desserts and get a true taste of Italy at L’Enoteca di Napoli.

Address: 11-14 Fenian Street, Dublin 2

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Heading out for Dinner and a Show? Our Guide to Restaurants near the Bord Gáis – Article by Sara Abdulmagid

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!

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