In search of the best brunch Dublin has to offer? This guide will make your belly happy!
We’ve scoured the web and combined Google reviews with our own culinary experiences (both positive and negative…) to bring you a guide that’ll help you find the best brunch spots in the capital.
Below, you’ll find everything from the more fancier places for brunch Dublin has to offer to old-school, cosy cafes that knock up tasty dishes that’ll tickle most tastebuds.
Our favourite spots for brunch in Dublin
The first section of our guide tackles our favourite places for brunch in Dublin, and there’s some mighty competition for the top spots.
1. Alma (Portobello)
First up is one of the better-known spots for brunch in Dublin – Alma. Located down amid the handsome tree-lined streets of Portobello, the absolute peach that is Alma dishes up absolute magic with a mighty all-day menu.
If you visit, give their ‘Smokey West Corkey Pancakes’ a bash. These are buttermilk pancakes that come with goat’s cheese cream, smoked salmon and two poached eggs.
Their ‘Brekkie’ (roasted bacon, free range fried egg, roasted tomato, black pudding crumbs, grilled portobello mushrooms and Ballymaloe relish on Tartine organic ciabatta) also packs a punch.
2. One Society (Lower Gardiner Street)
One Society on Lower Gardiner St. is another beaut of a spot and it’s open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am – 9.00pm.
The ‘Lunch ‘n Brunch’ menu here is a winner. There are 8 different types of pancakes (including a ‘Hangover Stack’ with 2 pancakes topped with ricotta cheese, crispy bacon, Tabasco sauce dripping in maple syrup).
There’s also lots of savouryt goodnes here, from their grilled piri-piri halloumi burger and the gooey cheese and nduja toastie to the breakfast bun and plenty more.
Here, you’ll find a fine bit of seating both inside and outside. If you’re visiting solo, you’ll find small tables where you can kick-back with a book and a coffee.
3. As One (City Quay, Dublin 2)
As One is another spot that’s well known for dishing up some of the best brunch in Dublin. Throw in their strict beliefs on sourcing produce and their emphasis on creating everything on site, and you’re on to a winner.
If you can, try and get here for the Saturday brunch menu. You can keep it simple with a breakfast muffin (egg, sausage meat, black pudding, melted cheese and a side of roasties) or you can push the boat and sample the hearty ‘Hash Up’.
It comes with grilled halloumi, hummus, mixed leaves, two poached eggs and crunchy chickpeas on sourdough toast). There’s also everything from omelettes to pancakes on offer.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best breakfast in Dublin (from dive cafes to swanky hotel restaurants)
4. WUFF (Smithfield)
WUFF is another Dublin brunch banger! Not only is their food fresh and filling, but the menu is extensive too.
With a brunch menu that serves up everything from chorizo Benedict to an open rib-eye steak sandwich, there’s no chance you’ll be leaving Wuff hungry!
There’s also everything from nutella crepe pancakes and chorizo benedict to a veggie breakfast and a pulled jackfruit sandwich. This is one of the more popular places for brunch in Dublin for good reason.
5. Farmer Browns (Rathmines)
Farmer Browns has been around a while now, and it has several different locations (Bath Avenue, Kilternan and Clonskeagh), but it’s the one in Rathmines that I find myself going back to.
In my opinion, the huevos rancheros (eggs, chorizo stew, paprika fries, avocado smash, tortillas, toasted black beans, tossed salad with quinoa, ranch and salsa verde) are what make this one of the best brunch spots in Dublin.
There’s also a beaut of a breakfast burrito (flour tortilla grilled & stuffed with free-range scrambled eggs, cheddar, avocado, pork & leek sausage, smoked streaky bacon with ‘Ballymaloe’ relish) and plenty more to try.
Other popular spots for brunch in Dublin (with great reviews online)
Now that we have what does the best brunch Dublin has to offer out of the way, it’s time to see what else the city has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everything from cafes and swanky restaurants to a handful of hidden gems to feast your eyes on.
1. Brother Hubbard (Capel St. and Harrington St.)
With two locations in the city and a sign out front that says “This is the café you have been looking for”, Brother Hubbard is one of the best places for brunch in Dublin.
Their Middle Eastern-inspired menu offers signature dishes like halloumi sabiche, Moroccan pancakes, and Turkish eggs with cinnamon buns.
Craving something sweet? The café’s French toast with coconut mascarpone and white chocolate will be your sweet morning fix. Everything you order at this café is made from scratch and brunch is available until 4 pm.
2. The Hungry Duck (Kimmage)
After reading features on the Hungry Duck in both the Irish Times and the Sunday Independent, I decided to mosey down to this Dublin brunch spot at the start of the year.
I wasn’t disappointed – the brunch menu here is a real delight. From Chorizo scrambled eggs on sourdough to the French toast with vanilla-infused mascarpone, maple syrup ‘n’ berry compote, everything on the menu is simply mouthwatering.
If you miss brunch, their a la carte Friday evening dinner menu is also well worth trying (there also tends to be live jazz, so you can bop away while you eat!).
3. Social Fabric Café (Stoneybatter)
Social Fabric Café is one of the quirkier spots for brunch Dublin has to offer. From the superb artwork that decorates the walls to the inviting cushions, the interior of the Social Fabric is wonderfully inviting.
Situated inside a former post office in Stoneybatter, the menu at Social Fabric Café boasts everything from lip-smackingly-good buttermilk pancakes and a packed breakfast burrito to a finely made ‘Social Fry’ and more.
Social Fabric Café is, to our knowledge, one of only a handful of pet-friendly brunch places in Dublin, if you’re looking to dine with your pooch!
4. Two Pups (The Liberties)
Two Pups is another solid option if you’re looking for good brunch spots in Dublin. There’s a load of choice here whether you want to enjoy a meal or just relax with a warm cup of coffee.
Alongside their excellent filter coffees, they do a stunner of an all-day brunch. The ‘Breakfast Dog’ (firehouse brioche with black pudding, white pudding, sausage, sliced pickled pink eggs, caramelised onion, banana ketchup and kewpie mayo) stealing the show.
You’ll also find everything from granola and eggs on avocado toast to baked aubergine and more. This is one of the busier places for brunch in Dublin, so you’ll likely have to queue for a bit.
5. San Lorenzo’s (South Great George’s Street)
This is, unsurprisingly enough, an Italian restaurant that cooks with a New York flair. Booking here is an absolute must!
As for the menu, expect to find everything from coco pops crunchy French toast and the signature brunch of champions to delicacies like brunch tacos and Belgian waffle sundaes.
If you wish to splash out, go for the lobster Benedict. They also have an extensive cocktail list if you don’t mind drinking early in the day.
6. Urbanity (Smithfield)
Since opening in February 2016, Urbanity has racked up outstanding reviews online (4.6/5 from 1,463 Google reviews at the time of typing).
Here, you’ll find a bright and airy space where chefs dish up beautifully-prepped food and superb fresh coffee. Food wise, it’s hard to beat their pork & Emmental croquettes.
However, the organic scrambled eggs (with buttered greens, chives, Firehouse sourdough toast) to raspberry and banana smoothie are worth wrapping your nashers around, too.
Our favourite places for bottomless brunch in Dublin
The final section of our guide tackles the best spots for bottomless brunch in Dublin, and there’s some tough competition.
I’ve only popped in three of my favourites below – you can find a full list of where’s still doing bottomless brunch in this guide.
1. Thundercut Alley (Smithfield)
With its funky graffiti décor, Thundercut Alley is one of the most popular brunch places in Dublin, and it has a mighty bottomless option that starts at €18.50.
Thundercut Alley’s Mexican menu contains everything from cheesy nachos with pork or chicken to tacos with scrambled eggs and bacon to much, much more.
Drinks wise, on the bottomless menu you’ll find the standard Mimosas and Bellinis. There’s a handful of other cocktails, like a chica magarita, for €8.50 a pop.
2. Beef & Lobster (Temple Bar)
Located on Parliament Street in Temple Bar, Beef & Lobster is all about surf and turf and they’re known for dishing up some of the most popular bottomless brunch Dublin has to offer.
I was here recently enough and the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles were cracking (although, if you want to push the boat out, the lobsters and steaks look the business!).
Bottomless brunch at Beef & Lobster is 1hr and 45-minute affair that includes bottomless Mimosas or Bellinis for €19.95.
3. Platform 61 (South William Street)
Platform 61 is an intimate restaurant tucked away on South William Street and it’s one of the more overlooked places for a bottomless brunch Dublin City has to offer.
Especially as it runs bottomless brunch Monday to Sunday! Platform 61 is a New York subway-inspired restaurant with a creative menu packed with plenty of meat and vegan options.
You can enjoy bottomless Mimosas for €18 per person (food not included). Food wise, the Huevos Rancheros and the Eggs Benedict are a clear crowd pleaser.
Brunch Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places for brunch in Dublin in the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best brunch Dublin has to offer
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the fanciest brunch spots Dublin has to offer?’ to ‘Which are the best for bottomless drinks?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What is the best brunch in Dublin?
In our opinion, you’ll get some of the best brunch Dublin has to offer can be found in Alma, One Society, As One and WUFF.
Where does bottomless brunch in Dublin?
Several places do some solid bottomless brunch in Dublin City, with Thundercut Alley, Beef & Lobster and Platform 61 topping the list, in my opinion.
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