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Early Bird Menus to excite – Dublin’s Finest Early Bird/Pre-Theatre Offerings

The Early Bird/Pre-Theatre dining concept appeals to a wide and varied audience. For us, we love nothing better than a delicious, midweek, after work dinner. That feeling of treating yourself and not breaking the bank appeals to both sides of the brain! We have compiled this list of some of the best places that have stand out offerings at outstanding prices.


The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel

We regularly recommend The Saddle Room to family and friends and more often than not people are very surprised at how much the pricing is in line with many other Dublin restaurants. The menu is seasonal and definitely veers towards a traditional style of dining. The Cauliflower Risotto is sensational and if you haven’t tried The Shelbourne Truffle Fries yet, you are missing out.

The Pre-Theatre menu here runs at €34 for 2 courses and €39 for 3 courses, Monday to Sunday, 5.30pm – 6.30pm.

The Shelbourne Hotel
27 St. Stephens Green,
Dublin 2.

Phone: +353-1-663-4500



With 2 courses at €28 and 3 courses at €32, whether you are a seasoned fan of Etto or planning on trying it out for the first time, these prices make an evening of fine food very achievable. We would always recommend booking in advance as this 38 seater gem is a firm favourite on the Dublin dining scene.
Pre-theatre menu is served from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Monday to Thursday. Last bookings are at 6.15pm and last orders are at 6.30pm.

18 Merrion Row
Dublin 2
D02 A316

+353 1 678 8872


One Pico

One Pico Restaurant is Multi award winning fine dining restaurant which combines French decorum with a warm & welcoming atmosphere. Serving modern classic cuisine with innovative touches. A beautiful, romantic restaurant with divine food offerings. The Tuna Tartar a particular favourite of ours. Their Pre-Theatre offering will ensure you get a sensational dining experience at a very fair price.

2 courses €35.00 or 3 courses €39.50, Monday to Thursday 5.30pm – 7pm, Friday and Saturday 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

One Pico

5-6 Molesworth Place,

Schoolhouse Lane,

Dublin 2.
+353 1 6760300



If some Michelin Magic is what your heart desires, then l’Ecrivain, now in its 31st year of business is a restaurant not to be missed. This Baggot Street beauty offers classic French cooking with a modern twist. Derry, Sallyann and all the team at l”Ecrivain will do there utmost to ensure you have a dining experience to remember. Advance booking is essential.

Pre Theatre menu is on offer Tuesday to Friday 6pm to 7pm at €55 per person

109a Lr. Baggot Street,
Dublin 2.
+353 1 6611919


Shelbourne Social

The newest member of the Dylan McGrath Group Shelbourne Social exudes style and glamour from the time you arrive at its shiny modern doors. Tempting us daily with instagram posts that are impossible to scroll past without drooling. Based in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge this is a great option for anyone looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city without straying too far into the burbs.

2 courses for €35 per person or 3 courses for €40 per person

Shelbourne Road,
Dublin 4


Chapter One

Another member of the Michelin Star family in Dublin City, Chapter One is a well oiled machine that is operated to precision by Ross Lewis and his dedicated team. Seasonality is to the fore on the ever evolving menus here. For the dessert lovers, renowned Pastry Chef, Darren Hogarty is responsible for some serioulsy impressive desserts. An evening in Chapter One is a real treat. Experience it for yourself at just €45 per person for the Pre Theatre menu.
Please note *Guests availing of the pre theatre menu are seated between 5.00pm & 5.30pm (last orders 5.45pm ) with tables vacated in full by 7.30pm. This sitting is not suitable for parties of over 6 guests.

Chapter One
18-19 Parnell Square N,
Dublin 1

(01) 873 2266


Glovers Alley

Chef Andy McFadden leads the charge in the very beautiful Glovers Alley. Overlooking St. Stephens Green, this is an excellent spot to enjoy some delicious Pre Theatre dining. €40 for two courses and €50 for three courses. Andy of Glovers Alley said, “We want to offer our diners who come for early sittings during the week the same standard of excellence in food and comfort that we give to all of our guests at Glovers Alley while giving them the opportunity to enjoy the rest of their evening.”

128 Stephen’s Green,
Dublin 2
+353 1 244 0733



Spitalfields Pub and Restaurant is located in the heart of the Liberties. Serving traditional classical restaurant cooking in a cosy pub setting. The set menu changes on a daily bases but with dishes such as Tea Smoked Salmon and Confit Duck regularly making an appearance you will not be disappointed.

With 2 courses for €19.50 and 3 courses for €22.50 there is no reason not to treat yourself!
25 The Coombe,
Dublin 8,
D08 YV07
+353 1 4546921

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