SOLE Seafood & Grill has been voted Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant in Europe at the prestigious World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2023. Culinary Director Richie Wilson and Head Chef Oscar Mingyi Chen accepted the award, at a ceremony which was held in Athens, Greece on Saturday 28th October. The renowned Dublin restaurant first won this award in 2019, followed by Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant in Ireland in 2020 and then won Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant in Europe again in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
This extraordinary recognition is a testament to Culinary Director Richie Wilson and his team’s commitment to culinary excellence. After opening its doors in March 2018, SOLE has committed to using only high-quality, locally sourced ingredients while offering an exceptional dining experience all year round.
Located in the heart of Dublin City, SOLE is renowned for its ocean-fresh fish and its focus on “sea-to-SOLE” fare, executed with extreme style by its culinary team led by Richie and Head Chef, Oscar Mingyi Chen. Partnering with Irish award-winning suppliers, David Keane Connemara Oysters, Kish Fish and Peter Hannan who supplies the beef for the restaurant. SOLE offers luxury dining experiences like no other, including private dining options. SOLE also offers the exclusive Calvisius Caviar Experience – where guests can expect to taste Ars Italica Calvisius Caviar, one of the most exquisite delicacies in world cuisine.
The World Luxury Restaurant Awards is a highly competitive and prestigious award ceremony, which sees leading culinary establishments competing from across the world. The awards are presented on a country, regional, continent, and global basis. Winners are selected via online public vote, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by employees.
SOLE’s Culinary Director, Richie Wilson says “We are thrilled to retain this award and to be here amongst the best restaurants in the world is a feeling like no other. Winning this award 5 years in a row is a testament to the continuous hard work and dedication from our entire SOLE team.
We are thankful for each guest that we have welcomed through our doors, our wonderful producers, local suppliers, partners and employees who have all made SOLE the success it is today.”
Richie Wilson began his culinary journey over 20 years ago, demonstrating a passion for providing top-quality food. As a Dublin native, Richie trained in professional cookery and went on to win Professional Chef of the Year. After years of first-hand experience working in luxury hotels, Richie’s culinary journey extended as he became the Culinary Director of FIRE Steakhouse & Bar and SOLE Seafood & Grill. Richie’s philosophy is one that honours sustainability and local Irish producers. He aims to connect customers with the wealth of amazing Irish ingredients on offer from both sea and land. He takes pride in following the sea-to-SOLE and farm-to-FIRE experience through.
Under the expert guidance of Richie and having been part of the family of FIRE & SOLE restaurants for over twelve years, Oscar’s experience is second to none and as Head Chef at SOLE he is certainly one to watch.