So, the Emerald Isle is calling you, but you’ve heard the rumors about the pricey restaurants and tourist traps. You’re probably worried about how you’re going to feed yourself after the money you’ve sunk into the airfare and hotel room. At least, not without resorting to Burger King or Indian takeaway—which isn’t exactly giving you a taste of the local grub. Well, now you’ll eat well and have cash to spare for those cheesy souvenirs you swore you wouldn’t get. Here is a list of great value, Cheap Eats Dublin restaurants on a budget:
Leo Burdocks Dublin
O’Neill’s Pub Dublin
Kilkenny Café & Restaurant
Located in the Kilkenny Design Centre near Trinity College, they are affordable for students but boasting a menu worth twice the price. They serve up a host of traditional fare with bright, fresh ingredients and innovative culinary twists. The menu varies by season and includes everything from Irish breakfast favorites to housemade soups, savory pies, and gourmet salads.
Ugly Duckling Dublin
One of many options in the Epicurean Food Hall on Liffey Street, Ugly Duckling is a recent addition already becoming famous for their incredible sandwiches. These are monster sandwiches piled high with meats and fresh veggies, and customers have nothing but compliments for the cole slaw and brisket. They also serve soups and salads, and if that wasn’t enough, they have a full Irish breakfast available for the early risers.
Lagoona Pub & Restaurant
This location is at the Dublin Financial Services Centre, with a modern and stylish interior. It boasts a large dining area and a bar, making it a great place to park when you want to see a sports game. They have an excellent selection of average bar food, but they also have a carvery that boasts a wealth of options for sandwiches, chips, and soups, with fresh bread and meat cut before your eyes.
The Birdcage Bakery
This appealing little place is on Harcourt Road, and makes a great place to get breakfast or lunch. The shabby-chic décor in the small but airy interior infuses the bakery with warmth and charm. And the food! Birdcage is best-known for their scrumptious sweets, from macaroons to chocolates to scones, and it’s easily accompanied by some of the best coffee in town. But it also offers a variety of more filling food, like sandwiches and wraps and salads. Everything on the menu gets rave reviews from customers, so you’ll have no trouble finding a new favorite on every visit.
Fish Shop at Blackrock
Fish Shop at Blackrock, Dublin
Another take-away fish and chip shop, this one is a literal shack full of understated charm. You might have to search Blackrock Market a bit to find it, but it’s well worth the effort. The fish and everything else are fresh and quality, served up such delights as housemade tartare sauce and lemon mayo. Customers praise the entire menu of seafood, from the haddock to the mussels. Don’t miss the fish burger on Fridays and Saturdays.
Kiltipper Café Bar
Kiltipper Cafe Bar Dublin
A typical “pub grub” and family-friendly style of restaurant in Kiltipper Shopping Centre, it’s known for good food and great service. It’s a neighborhood joint with lots of regulars and a comfortable-casual atmosphere. They’ve got a large selection of pub favourites, burgers from local beef, bangers & mash, and beef and Guinness pie—all at an affordable price! They regularly host live music and other events, so check in to see what’s on.
Staple Foods, Dublin
This place is modern, fresh, and convenient, located right in the Temple Bar district. They serve a variety of delightful and healthful choices for breakfast and lunch, with equal attention paid to their carnivorous and vegetarian customers, and were given the distinction of “Healthiest Brunch in Dublin.” But the real star of this restaurant is a coffee and juice bar. If you need a pick-me-up, make this your place and go for a fresh-pressed juice or a perfectly-pulled espresso.
The Pepper Pot
This cozy venue is located in the Powerscourt Centre on William Street, and it’s worth a detour if you’re not planning to be in the area. They take pride in the seasonal availability of their locally-sourced menu, and the baked goods are all made in-house. They’re committed to sustaining the community and having only the freshest, tastiest ingredients for their roasted pear sandwich and smoked salmon bagel. An affordable menu for foodies with gourmet tastes. They sell their housemade chutney, jam, and bread to take home.
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