Who doesn’t love brunch? Whether you need a hangover pick-me-up, are a late riser or simply want to have a bit of bubbly in your orange juice without raising eyebrows, brunch is the best meal of the day.
Brunch in Dublin is a big deal – after all, the city is famous for its lively night culture, so it’s only natural that the antidote is just as good. Whether you’re looking for a healthy option to start your day right (or undo some damage), or the perfect place to catch up on the night before accompanied by bottomless mimosas, we’ve scoured Dublin to find the best places for brunch.
There are so many amazing restaurants in Dublin that serve food all day long, but to be a good brunch spot takes a few things – character, comfort and a special talent for cooking eggs. Read on to find the right brunch restaurant in Dublin for you.
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The Best Brunch in Dublin
Ready to get started on your quest for the best brunch in Dublin? Have a read of our hand-picked places below and click through to the listing for more details, as well as a link to book.
Why we like it: Angelina’s brunch menu is full of irresistible treats but the sourdough toasts are what caught our eye – pick crispy bacon or smoked salmon with avocado and poached eggs, or if you’re veggie how about wild mushrooms, eggs and hot sauce on a sourdough stack? Count us in.
Where: 55 Percy Place, Dublin 4
Why we like it: If you want a busy, buzzy place for brunch in Dublin, The Bakehouse is your best bet. From fluffy, cloud-like pancakes to vegan bread, this cute little spot has it all. You won’t be disappointed!
Where: 6 Bachelors Walk, Dublin
The Brasserie at the Marker Hotel
Why we like it: This place takes brunch so seriously that they’ve invented their own word for it – ‘Le Drunch’. It’s for those lazy Sundays when you want (or perhaps need) your brunch in the afternoon, and the menu is so diverse, there’s something to suit everyone at the Marker Hotel.
Where: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin
Beef & Lobster
Why we like it: There is a bottomless brunch option at Beef & Lobster – enjoy two hours of bellinis or mimosas for €18.95 (plus a choice of main course) to either ramp you up for the day ahead or ease the pain of the night before. We’ll go for the king prawns with the truffle and parmesan chips, thanks.
Where: 39-40 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Why we like it: Urbanity was purpose built to bring great coffee to Dublin – and if you’re not having a cocktail with your brunch then you’ll want some of their small-batch roasted coffee beans. Delicious brunch options include a duck and potato hash, or garlicky halloumi with all the breakfast trimmings.
Where: 11 Coke Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7
The Pigeon House
Why we like it: The Pigeon House is a great option for those who want a delicious brunch and want to get more likes than ever before on Instagram – think Turkish eggs, shakshuka and overnight oats – they’re just asking for a #brunchgoals hashtag.
Where: 11b Vernon Avenue Clontarf, Dublin 3
Why we like it: It’s good, honest Irish fare. The full Irish breakfast at Wuff can fix anything, and the Eggs Benedict with chorizo has to be seen to be believed! If you’re heading here on a Sunday morning, make sure you get in early to get seated.
Where: 23 Benburb Street, Dublin 7
Sophie’s at the Dean
Why we like it: Sophie’s is where you go when you need to impress – whether it’s a date, you have guests from out of town over or you just feel like showing off the wonderful city of Dublin – with rooftop views, this is one of the most stunning places for brunch in Dublin.
Where: 32 Harcourt Street, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2
Why we like it: There’s something for everyone at Balfes – no matter what you’re in the mood for. There’s also a whole section of the menu just devoted to eggs and we are here for that. What is brunch without a whole array of egg options?
Where: Balfes Street, Dublin
Matt the Thresher
Why we like it: Sometimes you just need seafood! Matt the Thresher boasts some of the best seafood for brunch in Dublin. For those who want a ‘proper’ breakfast option, get there before 11.45am, otherwise tuck into a huge selection of delicious fresh seafood, perfectly paired with a wine from the extensive list.
Where: 31-32 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2
Why we like it: This Dublin restaurant is the Cliff Townhouse’s glamorous little sister. Urchin is a cosy little spot, tucked away downstairs and it’s ideal for sharing a tapas-style brunch with pals as you dissect what on earth happened the night before.
Where: Urchin 22, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
Why we like it: Twenty2 does the classics and it does them well. Whether you’re in need of a full Irish or a fluffy stack of pancakes, head to Twenty2 for the usual brunch fare, executed perfectly, right in the heart of Dublin 9.
Where: 22 Sion Hill Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Why we like it: Cleaver East packs a serious punch when it comes to personality, as well as choices for your brunch. Of course, there’s a bottomless option too, if you’re in the mood to party. We’ll always go for the crispy duck dumplings, followed by the beef short rib tacos. You’re welcome to copy us, although you won’t be disappointed by any of the mouth-watering options.
Where: 6-8 Essex Street E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Why we like it: We’re not sure how to pronounce it (what does it mean?!) but PHX Bistro is easy to understand when it comes to brunch. The menu is simple and straightforward with just eight options, but you’re guaranteed an absolute delight whatever you go for.
Where: 12 Ellis Quay, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Bow Lane Grill
Why we like it: If you’re looking for a Dublin brunch spot that has a New York feel, check out Bow Lane Grill (previously Whitefriar Grill). Their brunch is the ‘boozy, bottomless brunch’ and contains highlights such as sashimi tuna salad, for those who want something sensible, and Nutella fondue, for those that definitely don’t.
Where: 16 Aungier Street, Dublin
Why we like it: It’s classic Irish cuisine with a distinctive French flair on offer at 1900 Restaurant. If you’re looking for a brunch in Dublin that includes steak and cocktails, this is definitely the destination for you. Make sure you’re suitably hungry when you arrive….
Where: 59 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Why we like it: San Lorenzo’s call their brunch offering ‘The Brunch of Champions’, and who are we to argue? Each sitting is an hour and 15 minutes and is accompanied by music, so if you’re looking for a chilled, relaxed one, it’s probably not for you, but if you want noise, bustle and brunch tacos, roll right up..
Where: 9 Castlehouse Great Georges Street, South Dublin 2
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