We have just returned from 18 wonderful days in Ireland. I had posted requesting recommendations before we left, and recommendations were pretty sparse. We had wonderful food while we were there, and hope that others might benefit from our experiences.
Zuni is outstanding. Great food, service and ambiance
Crackpots is terrific. Highly recommended.
Fishy Fishy is somewhat overrated, perhaps because of their celebrity chef. Food was good, but not great, and service was pretty poor.
We did not eat there, but Max's Wine Bar looked very good, was highly recommended, and was packed.
Bricin- do not miss! Lamb and vegetarian boxty are both outstanding. Wonderful service and all around terrific food.
Lord Kenmare is another excellent choice. Music at Murphy's Bar downstairs is great!
Doyle's is another one not to be missed. Perhaps the best fish I have ever eaten...and I've been to many Michelin starred restaurants. A truly outstanding spot.
Global Village is also very good!
Roadford House is an excellent spot and highly recommended. Not in the same league, but still very good is the Riverside Bistro. Be sure to go to McGann's Pub next to the Bistro. If you're lucky, Geraldine Mac Gowan will be singing (she works there); her glorious voice is really special.
Oscar's Seafood is very solid and recommended.
Kirwin's Lane is also very good.
L'Ecrivain is Michelin starred, and deserves to be. One of Dublin's best. Outstanding on all levels.
Pearl Brasserie is not starred, but deserves it. Really outstanding food, service and ambiance. Try to be seated in one of their "snugs" for a quieter and more special experience.
Darwin's is not at the same level as the two above, but is still a very solid restaurant and certainly recommended for a somewhat less special experience than the two above.
Ireland is a very special place...the people make it so. The outstanding food we ate made our trip even better. Although I've only commented on restaurants above, many pubs serve excellent food.