By Olivia Cuccaro
Dining in Dublin is an enthralling experience. Whereas larger cities overwhelm with myriad fine dining restaurants miles apart, Dublin’s best-loved establishments are always close at hand in the small capital. The Celtic Tiger boom set Ireland on an upscale swing, allowing for fine dining restaurants with pricy menus to flourish. These are our picks of the most expensive restaurants in Dublin.
Under Chef Mickael Viljanen, the one-Michelin-starred Greenhouse restaurant offers exquisite tasting menus in an elegant setting. During the week, enjoy six courses that include foie gras royale, belted galloway beef and courgette flower with crab and langoustine ($106). Every Friday and Saturday, guests are in for a surprise with a five-course tasting menu with dishes revealed only over the duration of the meal.
In the basement of whiskey maker George Jameson’s former home, guests of Chapter One will feel at home themselves in its warm atmosphere of Irish hospitality. Elegant green carpeting is complemented by furniture in muted tones, brick walls and pieces from local craftsmen. For a more intimate experience, reserve a place in the private Jameson Room. Or, take a seat at the Chef’s Table – made from volcanic rock – and indulge in a seven-course tasting menu for dishes like charred cured mackerel and pig’s tail ($112). Pair your menu with wines from Chapter One’s reserve cellar for a total of $196 per person.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
A repeat reader favorite on Elite Traveler‘s list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the World, Patrick Guilbaud’s restaurant is the only establishment in Dublin to hold two Michelin stars. With the kitchen now under Chef Guillaume Lebrun, a focus on locally-sourced ingredients leads to expertly-crafted meat and fish dishes served in a stunning Georgian space. Savor dishes like croquettes of suckling pig, Wicklow hills lamb and slowly caramelized veal sweetbread in the opulent private dining room, surrounded by Roderic O’Conor paintings. For $207, order the eight-course degustation menu which can be paired with wine on request.