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New Restaurants in Dublin to Add to Your List With Toast

Our fair city of Dublin is a mishmash of different cultures, cuisines and people, which gives us the privilege of being in the presence of some pretty amazing restaurants. Despite the pandemic being a time of difficulty for many businesses, leading to some unfortunate closures, we’ve been lucky to still have plenty of new openings. This article will be updated regularly, so come back every once in a while if you’d like to add more spots to your ever-growing lists. Here are some of the new restaurants in Dublin that have opened in 2023, and continuing into to 2024.

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Board – January

Starting off 2024 strong with a relatively new concept in Dublin. Though there are a handful of spots with board games, tasty food and drinks, Board have thrown their hat into the ring with their own unique twist – it’s alcohol free! As we see an increase in mocktails, N/A beers and spirits, Board’s addition to this scene is welcome. With over 200 board games to choose from, it’s a great spot to gather some friends and spend a few hours battling it out over a few non-alcoholic drinks. A unique and impressive drinks menu is to be expected, with food served from 8am till close (which FYI, is either 11.30pm or 12.30am throughout the week!) You’ll find everything from pastries, to Shakshouka, to tasty pizzas served after 4pm. Plus, they’re dog friendly, which is always a delight. A great addition to kick off 2024!

2023

Tacos Lupillo – December

It’s always exciting when a new Mexican spot opens in Dublin, and Tacos Lupillo is the newest addition to the city. Based in Inchicore, this spot brings you all your Mexican street food favourites, from tacos to quesadillas and so much more. The location is small so if you’re lucky enough to nab a seat here, we can guarantee that you’ll enjoy an authentic experience and will be asking for seconds.

Mani Pizza – December

Though not a newcomer to the Dublin foodie scene, Mani Pizza have finally opened a brick and mortar store on Drury Street! Known for their 72-hour fermented pizza bases and their Roman style slices, a permanent location for Mani Pizza is certainly welcome. Mani is the much-loved Ciao Cannoli’s sister spot so some indulgent cannoli will feature on their menu. Dublin is very lucky to have a few authentic Italian offerings, and we’ve got our eye on Mani’s carbonara slice!

The Dunmore – December

The building which formerly housed Rathmines’ Bowery pub has received a new lease of life in the form of The Dunmore. This spot is a neighbourhood bar and restaurant specialising in fresh seafood and charcoal-fired cuisine, paired with some expertly mixed cocktails. Expect an innovative menu full of both light snacks and exciting main courses, like chargrilled Atlantic prawn skewers and cosy seafood chowder. Vegetarian dishes here are equally exciting, so there is certainly something for everyone here.

Andhra Bhavan – November

Though Dublin is full of Indian restaurants reigning from all regions of India, Andhra Bhavan brings us a true taste of South Indian cuisine. Bringing diners through a journey of authentic flavours from the South, you’ll find some old reliables on the menu, but take this opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the experience and try something new. There is an impressive selection of Dosas, and if you’d like to try a selection of dishes then give their Thalis a try.

Amuri by Day – November

The new baby from the much-loved Sicilian restaurant in the heart of the city centre, Amuri by Day offers a special selection of Sicilian panini, arancini, cannoli, cheese and much more. A special dose of Amuri is to be expected, with a real taste of Sicily right here in Dublin.

Mermaid – November

What started as a fabulous summer pop-up for takeaways has turned into a cosy restaurant in the heart of Monkstown. Serving more than just seafood now, you’ll find comforting dishes like a veggie lasagne at Mermaid, but of course, some seafood can never go amiss either (the Clam linguini is calling our name). Fully covered, fully heated, and fully guaranteeing a memorable meal.

Kicky’s – November

Inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean, stretching from Portugal to Turkey and enhanced with local Irish ingredients, Kicky’s serve up dishes cooked over an open flame, hand-rolled pastas, and an array of signature cocktails. Started by Chef Eric Matthews, previously at Chapter One, and business partner Richie Barrett, customers can enjoy menu filled with comforting dishes focusing on big flavours in a relaxed environment that’s sure to be one of your regulars to frequent.

Mi Casa – October

Smithfield has gained a new Mediterranean spot, focused on small plates and big flavours. Mi Casa is the sister restaurant to PHX Bistro, owned by Imre and Karolina, showcasing all the dishes they’ve loved eating on their travels. Expect sharing plates like Gambas Pil Pil, Croquetas, Patatas Bravas and more, plus, their menus are seasonal so you’ll always find something new and tasty to try whenever you visit. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of homemade sourdough with some burrata?

Brighton Road – September

If you were a fan of Bistro One, then you’ll be delighted with this new opening. Alan and Elaine spent over 20 years there, and are now switching things up and turning it into Brighton Road, showcasing classic bistro cooking and featuring favourites from Bistro One. Expect fresh spinach and ricotta ravioli, ham, leek and cheese croquettes, roasted crispy duck with stuffing and roasties, and so much more. Head to Foxrock and give this one a try, we’re sure you’ll be impressed.

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Peperina City Bistro – August

The newest location from the team behind Peperina Garden Bistro in Ranelagh, the much-loved neighbourhood spot has opened it’s second bistro in Portobello. In addition to the well-loved dishes from Peperina, there will be some more authentic Argentinian dishes added into the mix. Think, Empanadas and Milanesas… delicious. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, you’ll certainly be delighted with whatever you choose here.

Kasi Cafe – August

Indian street food in the heart of Dublin – you’ve got our attention! Kasi Cafe opened recently in Temple Bar, serving Indian street food favourites for all to enjoy. You’ll find a small but mighty menu here, with a range of Dosa, Chaat and Momos to choose from. You can also try their fragrant chicken biryani, or build your own rice bowl with a range of curries to choose from, including favourites like chicken tikka masala and saag paneer.

Matsukawa – August

Replacing what was once Woke Cup Cafe, Matsukawa quietly opened up in Smithfield serving an impressive 18-course Japanese tasting menu. With this being the only Omakase restaurant in Dublin, you will certainly be impressed with their offerings. Omakase is a traditional way to serve sushi, where diners sit at Chef Takuma Tamaoki’s table as he serves everything to order, rolling and slicing away in front of your very eyes. Chef Tamaoki is revered as a master in the art of sushi craftsmanship, so you are sure to be getting an unforgettable experience. Definitely a spot for a special occasion, the 18-course menu comes in at €90 per person, so save up and get yourself booked in for what is sure to be a memorable visit.

Little Lemon – August

Drinks and small plates are becoming much more common now, because truly, what could be better than trying a little bit of everything with a couple glasses of wine or some cocktails over a catch-up? Little Lemon is a Mediterranean-inspired bar and small plates eatery, with options ranging from pil pil gambas, to Pimentón chicken, to halloumi saganaki – divine. Not only is their wine selection impressive, their cocktails are carefully curated and are dramatic enough to take centre stage. This is one to watch!

Boeuf and Coq – August

If you’re a steak lover then you’ll certainly know of Boeuf. They’ve opened up another location, with a different concept to the original – Boeuf and Coq. A cosy spot, located just beside the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street, you can expect the same deliciousness as Boeuf with their brilliant prime cut Irish beef and chicken. If you’re a sides lover, you’ll have to give this spot a visit – they have 35 different sides to choose from (most of which are just different types of potato, which we will never complain about). Whilst you’re here, you must give their Coqtails a try, but of course a glass of red from their specially selected menu is never a bad idea either.

Arisu – August

Everyone knows that when mum or dad are cooking, the food is always going to taste better, so why not make that the concept for a restaurant? Arisu in Rathmines serves Korean dishes that are cooked by a Korean dad, which means it’s guaranteed to be brilliant. A simple menu boasts the very best of Korean cuisine, with options like Dak Gang Jung (Korean fried boneless chicken), Teobokki (Korean ricecakes), Bibimbap, Jap Chae and more. This spot is no fuss – just some really good, home-style Korean food.

The Seafood Bar – July

A spot dedicated to seafood, how perfect! A small but might menu is to be expected at The Seafood Bar, with beautiful oysters, peel & eat gambas, and more. The menu has some Mediterranean inspiration woven throughout, like their Jamon and gambas al ajillo, but some other options sound just as enticing, including tuna poké tacos and even a whole lobster with fries (for only €34!). This is definitely the spot to visit for seafood lovers, located in Dublin 7.

Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins – June

Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins at Anantara The Marker Dublin is great for pre-theatre dining when you’re looking to celebrate, with innovative dishes prepared skilfully. Great for trying a little bit of everything, order the small plates to share with options like roasted king scallops and sea trout pastrami. If you’re on the hungrier side, their steak is a must-try. Head to the rooftop terrace for drinks before you leave to get some of the best views of the city!

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Hawksmoor – May

One of the most anticipated openings this year, Hawksmoor was very much a welcome addition to the Dublin food scene. Steak connoisseurs will have heard of this popular spot that originally opened in the UK, so the excitement surrounding its opening in Dublin was warranted. Located in the old National Bank building on College Green, you’re immediately struck by the 40-foot cast-iron dome set on dramatic Corinthian columns. The beautiful interiors certainly set the scene for what’s sure to be a delectable meal. With charcoal-grilled steak, indulgent sides and an enticing drinks menu to peruse, Hawksmoor is a must-visit.

Astopia – May

Astopia is a Cyberpunk restaurant serving pan-Asian cuisine, and is the definition of cool. Purple lighting adorns this spot, and certainly makes for a unique aesthetic. You can order a range of different gyoza, bao buns and hot pots here, but the real stars of the show are their mocktails. Specialising in this, you’ll find a range of imaginative names for their drinks, like The Vampire, Extraterrestrial Alure, and Childhood Sweet Love. If you’re looking to switch up your meals out and really experience something different, head to Astopia on Aungier Street.

Okky – May

The culinary landscape of Dublin just got more exciting with the opening of Okky, Ireland’s first ever Okonomiyaki restaurant. Okky is short for Okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake made primarily from cabbage, and cooked to perfection in an open kitchen. Head chef Leslie Haru Kohatsu brings her family’s Gyoza recipe to the menu, alongside other Japanese favourites like Tamagoyaki, rice, and traditional Japanese salads. To complement the food, Okky also serves wine on tap from WineLab.

Eleven – April

Oyster happy hour, anyone? Opening above Whelehan’s Wines, Eleven is all about showing off its impressive wood burning grill. Serving up grilled meats and seafoods, Eleven is a welcome addition to Loughlinstown, where their expansive terrace will certainly become the go-to spot for sunny al fresco dining. Sunday roasts are also up for grabs, as well as small plates and sharing platters to choose from. Their oyster happy hour allows diners to order oysters for €2 a pop, plus €2 off cocktails from Wednesday to Friday, 5-7pm. We’ll see you there.

Row Wines – April

A new spot inspired by Japanese listening bars, diners at Row Wines can enjoy small plates and natural wines whilst listening to their extensive vinyl selection. From the team behind Coppinger Row, Orwell Road and Charlotte Quay, Marc and Conor Bereen’s newest venture is in the heart of Dublin, and gives visitors a chance to sit back, try some tasty snacks and listen to some good music.

The DL – March

Temple Bar is always a buzzing spot for a night out, and when you can get yourself a bite to eat and have a fun evening all in one, you’d take it. The DL is an Asian fusion bar and restaurant, with a delicious-sounding menu full of crowdpleasers. Think, chicken karaage, chicken caesar katsu, pork belly popcorn and more! Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail whilst you dance the night away at their DJ events post-meal – the DL has it all.

La Gordita – March

From the pair that brought you Las Tapas de Lola, one of Dublin’s many Tapas spots, La Gordita offers Spanish bodega-style food and plenty of delicious wines to choose from. Expect a range of small plates, main dishes and lots of nibbles, each encompassing the tastiness of Spanish cuisine. Whether you’re after some pan-fried Carabinero prawns or Spanish black pudding with goat’s cheese bombitas, you’ll be sure to find a wine pairing that suits your tastebuds with their extensive selection on offer.

Lottie’s – March

Ideated by Domini Kemp, and with Chef Tudorel Ostache at the helm (previously at Chapter One, Pichet and Mister S), Lottie’s is one of Rathmines’ newest additions. In what was formerly the space filled by Lenehan’s Bar & Grill, Lottie’s brings about a menu designed with an accessible price point. Expect modern Irish cuisine served with an international twist, with dishes ranging from 28 day dry-aged tartare with a quail egg and beef dripping toast, to a Tandoori spiced chicken thigh with a korma jus, to grilled Irish shiitakes ‘yakitori’. An inviting menu awaits at Lottie’s.

Tapa – March

An eclectic spot located in Stepaside, Tapa serves up the classic small plates of Spain we all know and love. Meat and fish lovers will be spoiled with the options here, but vegetarians are certainly not left out here either with their inviting Sin Carne options. Finish off with some Arroz con Leche or some delectable churros and settle in for an evening of delicious Spanish tapas.

Kari – March

Kari draws its name from Bala’s home in the southern part of India where Kari is what locals call all curries – it means ‘curry’ in the Tamil language. The restaurant’s menu and ethos is based on the owners’ 20 years experience of serving Indian food in Dublin, and also on dishes from India that they themselves enjoy as a family. Diners can expect favourites like Jalfrezi, Biryani, and Vindaloo (although prepared in a slightly different way) as well as some lesser-known dishes inspired by classics from the southern and western parts of India.

Fairmental – February

If you’re passionate about all things fermentation, Fairmental will become your new haven. Based on Grand Canal Dock, husband and wife duo Valentin and Mihaela started Fairmental after initially beginning as a business during the pandemic, with their products appearing across a number of cafes and delis. They opened their own spot in February and serve wholesome foods like rice bowls and bone broths, as well as a breakfast menu that always includes an element of fermentation. They also sell their own Kefir and hot sauces, plus a number of other fermented favourites like Kombucha. If you want to make your own, Fairmental also run fermentation classes – they’ve thought of everything!

Space Jaru – January

Jaru started as a small food production in Nutgrove, creating authentic Korean food using Irish produce and supplying ingredients to retailers and through their own service, Jaru Mart. Fast forward to 2023, their brand new eatery, Space Jaru, was born in Dublin 8. Expect Korean fried chicken, Korean BBQ bowls, and small plates (Bibimbap arancini, anyone?) Pop in for lunch, dinner, or some Korean Sool at Space Jaru.

Hellfire – January

Heat meets flavour at this contemporary European spot. Hellfire, with Executive Chef Roberto Rapisardi at the helm, has brought smoked, flamed and roasted foods with Italian influences to Dublin. Home to Ireland’s first Hornos HBE® charcoal oven, Hellfire brings diners everything from wood-fired pizza, to charcoal-grilled steak and fresh fish. With extravagantly designed desserts to finish off your meal in style, dining at Hellfire is sure to be an impressive experience.

D’Olier Street – December

The sister restaurant to Anthony Smith’s Mr Fox, D’Olier Street‘s eye-catching exteriors are certainly the first reason you’d be inclined to visit, taking up residence in the historic D’Olier Chambers building. One of the more fine dining spots on this newcomers list, a seasonally changing tasting menu awaits diners. Expect flavourful bites where each course is just as delectable as the next. Not only is there a wine pairing option, but non-drinkers are equally considered with a non-alcoholic cocktails pairing menu available. This is certainly one to visit.

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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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