In search of the best restaurants in Rathmines? Our Rathmines restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
In the guide below, you’ll discover the best Rathmines restaurants on offer, with a little bit of something to tickle every fancy.
Our favourite restaurants in Rathmines
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Rathmines tackles our favourite places to eat in Rathmines.
These are pubs and restaurants that we (one of the Irish Road Trip team) have munched away in at some point over the years. Dive on in!
1. Farmer Browns Rathmines
Located on Rathmines Road, Farmer Browns is one of several restaurants in this chain that has definitely found the secret to success. Eclectic murals go down well in this artsy suburb while the casual laid-back ambience makes it a hub for locals and families to gather, drink, eat and socialise.
Father Browns won Best Family Dining at the Irish Hospitality Awards. As well as burgers, sandwiches, snacks and steaks it hosts weekend brunches and Taco Tuesdays. Dine on the Sun Trap Terrace in the heated covered garden or book a cosy date night table for two.
2. Sushida Rathmines
Sushida reflects the cosmopolitan ambience of Rathmines, bringing quality Japanese cuisine to this lively suburb. Open from 5-10pm, it’s a great place to order up some pre-cinema nosh and drinks.
Share a chef’s selection with a Sushi and Sashimi Platter, enjoy tasty noodles and stir-fry take-aways or try something new such as Gyoza dumplings with tasty sauce. Located on Rathmines Road Lower, it’s a well recommended place to sample Asian cuisine at its best.
3. Voici Crêperie & Wine Bar
The French have fine cuisine down to a fine art, and that’s what Voici Creperie and Wine Bar is all about. Order full-bodied French wines by the glass or bottle and tuck into traditional French fare, cooked to perfection.
For lunch, try a satisfying bowl of soup du jour with crusty baguettes or tuck into a tasty grilled cheese sandwich, masquerading under the grand title “Croque Monsieur”.
Savoury and sweet crepes are cooked to order and have something for all palettes. A great choice for upscale casual dining in a delightful setting.
4. Tippenyaki Restaurant Rathmines
Enjoy a personal Tippenyaki Experience by booking a seat and watching the chef prepare and cook your choice in front of you at the live cooking grill in Tippenyaki Restaurant.
Located on Castlewood Avenue, Tippenyaki has three group sittings at set times and it offers a unique and educational dining experience. Tippenyaki/teppnayaki comes from the Japanese “teppan” meaning iron plate, and “yaki” meaning grilled.
The cuisine uses only the highest quality Irish steak and seafood to ensure perfect cooking and will deliver a new appreciation for the art of Japanese cuisine.
If you’re looking for Rathmines restaurants where you’ll be treated to a night out with a difference, book in here.
Other great places to eat in Rathmines
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Rathmines on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Rathmines restaurants.
For those who want something a little unusual, Shaksuka creates delicious cuisine with a distinctly Mediterranean flavour. For vegetarians, it’s an ideal choice with many veggie options starting with hummus and pita bread.
Located off-the-beaten-track on Wynnefield Road, Shaksuka sets the scene with vibrant Middle Eastern decor, bright cushions and wall art.
Try the falafal platter with Palestinian salad and sides or delicious minced lamb roasted and served with hummus, rice and a healthy chopped side salad. Homemade Baklava for dessert rounds off the meal nicely.
Related read: Check out our guide to 9 of the best pubs in Rathmines (old-school pubs worth nipping into)
2. Mother Reilly’s Bar & Restaurant
Mother Reilly’s Bar and Restaurant is an authentic bar with live entertainment, great food and a heated beer garden. This Rathmines local has no fancy airs and graces with exposed brick walls, bentwood stools and bar chairs lined up along the well-frequented bar.
The business first opened in the 1960s by Eileen Mahon nee Reilly and her husband Owen. They worked hard to make the bar a flourishing local business that supported their 11 children.
Now run by their grandchildren, it still has that friendly family ambience. Drop in and enjoy a comfortable evening – you’ll be among friends you just haven’t met yet!
3. The Carrot’s Tail
This plant-based cafe offers a full range of dishes including cooked breakfasts and vegan sushi! Try their handmade oregano and onion bread for taste.
Wrap your lips around avo toast topped with avocado, cherry tomatoes, feta and pesto or top with a vegan fried egg and fiery sriracha sauce.
Sunday brunch features a traditional but vegan pancake stack. Those craving something sweet will love the no-cheese cake topped with strawberries too!
Easy to find just behind the landmark town hall clock, Manifesto is a wonderful Italian Restaurant complete with beamed ceiling and family-style tables. It’s the place to go for Italian cuisine that will exceed expectations.
Their excellent pizza has puffy brown edges and lashings of tasty toppings, while meat dishes have all the flavour you’re craving.
From mouthwatering bruschetta to handmade strigoli tossed with monkfish, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes, Manifesto delivers everything it promises. Reasonable priced and always popular, you should definitely book ahead to avoid disappointment – it’s that kind of place!
5. Grove Road Cafe
With all the nostalgia and ambience of yesteryear, Grove Road Cafe and Eatery is open daily on Lower Rathmines Road. Whether you’re dropping in for a handmade speciality coffee or something a little more substantial, you’ll want to linger and enjoy the friendly atmosphere (as well as the tasty cuisine!).
Enjoy healthy homemade granola with Greek yoghurt and berry compote or go all out with a packed Breakfast Sandwich on toasted sourdough.
Lunch offers salads and sandwiches to eat in or take-away (dual pricing which is nice). Coffee, fruit juices, scones and moist homemade cakes ensure you’ll be back for more!
What tasty Rathmines restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Rathmines from the guide above.
If you have a favourite Rathmines restaurant that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best restaurants in Rathmines
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Rathmines for a fancy feed to which Rathmines restaurants are nice and chilled.
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 are the best places to eat in Rathmines?
In our opinion, the best Rathmines restaurants are Tippenyaki Restaurant, Voici Crêperie, Sushidand Farmer Browns.
What Rathmines restaurants are good for a meal with mates?
If you’re looking for restaurants in Rathmines to head to with friends, Mother Reilly’s Bar and Restaurant and Manifesto and two great options.
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.