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.
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.
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.
A French bistro with a modern twist, Flâneur is another one of Rathmines’ welcome additions. Created by the team behind Sprezzatura, you’re sure to enjoy whatever dish you order. Smaller plates are designed to be shared, and you’ll want to order a few dishes so you can get the full experience. Expect everything from the French classics of Escargot and Steak-frites, to a decadent Gnocchi Parisienne and Scallop Gratin. Flâneur gives diners an intimate escape from the busy streets of Dublin and is a must try.
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!
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.
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.
Representing Eastern Chinese cuisine, Nan Chinese opened in Stoneybatter with the intention of bringing authentic Huaiyang dishes to Dublin. Menu options range from Dim Sum (Xiao Long Bao are a must), to Irish Blue Lobster served their way, to classics like Kung Po chicken and crispy sweet and sour. With Chinese wines available at a reasonable price, Nan Chinese is certainly a welcome addition to Dublin.
The perfect spot for after-work socialising, Daruma is the place to be for casual drinks, brilliant food and ultimate good vibes – the epitome of Japanese culture. The first spot in Ireland to serve A4 Miyazaki wagyu, this is one dish to inspire a visit. Here you’ll find premium sashimi like their blue fin tuna and hamachi, as well as a range of drinks from sake cocktails to Japanese beers. Based on Parliament street, this Japanese spot is a must try.
Creating modern dishes using local Irish produce, Tarbh is one of Clontarf’s newest addition. With an inviting breakfast and brunch menu (who doesn’t love Shakshuka?), plus a dinner menu featuring everything from Andalusian prawns to confit duck, Tarbh has something for everyone. An extensive wine list awaits at what’s sure to be an exciting meal out.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!