Dublin’s Best Bars And Restaurants With Outdoor Terraces For Drinking And Dining

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With level 3 restrictions in place for the next three weeks, pubs and restaurants in Dublin have adapted with the guidelines to offer outdoor dining. Here, we round up the best spots for al fresco dining that could do with your support. 

Outdoor restaurant tables are at a premium nowadays, and not just when the sun is shining. 

Until October 9, pubs and restaurants in Dublin are under strict new orders not to allow indoor dining and to only offer outdoor dining to a maximum of 15 people at one time. Takeaway and delivery services are still allowed but the news still came as a blow to an industry that has had the most tumultuous of years due to Covid-19 restrictions and the number of changes to planned reopening dates.

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With that in mind, we've rounded the best restaurants and bars offering outdoor dining in Dublin. Be sure to bookmark this page as we update it over the coming days and if there are any we've missed, do let us know!

Charlemont bar and bistro, Dublin 2

Overlooking the canal on Charlemont Place, Charlemont Bar & Bistro is the perfect spot for a great value weekend lunch with options like salads, ravioli and gourmet burgers and sandwiches starting from €12. Their signature sharing platters come highly recommended and include an Antipasto of Milano salami, pastrami, Serrano ham, sundried tomatoes, marinated olives and a seafood platter of calamari tempura prawns, fish fritters and citrus aioli. Charlemont Bar & Bistro has now opened its outdoor terrace to both residents and non-residents.

boco, dublin 1

Home to some of Dublin's tastiest wood-fired pizzas, BoCo on Bolton Street were one of the first restaurants to quickly adapt to a takeaway and delivery service when the first lockdown broke out several months ago. Once again faced with more restrictions, BoCo has now created an outdoor dining area in the space that was previously reserved as their loading area. Open from 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday - bookings are available by visiting their website.

riba, CO. dublin

RIBA a quality neighbourhood restaurant in Stillorgan, County Dublin. Offering the best of home-grown Irish produce, RIBA has become renowned for its delicious and extensive brunch menu as well as being the perfect spot to have a memorable evening meal. With a purposely built outdoor terrace, RIBA has extended their opening hours to not only keep everyone at the restaurant in their jobs but to also give you even more of an opportunity to avail of their outdoor dining. For bookings, call 012881999 or visit their website

Tribecca, Dublin 6

TriBeCa is located in the heart of Ranelagh village and has steadily become one of Dublin’s most popular neighbourhood restaurants - not to mentioned it is heavily sited as the best chicken wings in Dublin. This popular eatery is back doing food pick-up orders as well as offering outdoor dining. With limited tables available, it's best to book in advance. Phone +35314974174 or visit their website for more information.

the well, dublin 2

Located just across the road from the Stephen's Green Luas stop, The Well plays host to one of Dublin's coolest bar and restaurant. While it's inside space is divided into two areas, the bar area and the restaurant area which has been taken over by Dublin Pizza Company, The Well has quickly adapted to the new restrictions by creating an outdoor terrace at the front of the bar. Open Monday - Sunday from 12pm to 11 pm, The Well is continuing to serve their refreshing cocktails and impressive range of craft beers as well as their superb pizzas, pasta and tasty desserts. For bookings, email [email protected] or contact them through their socials.

The Eddison Terrace at the Dylan Hotel, Dublin 4

The Dylan Hotel has not one but two covered, heated terraces you can avail of. There’s a new all-day dining menu from 12pm with a range of classic dishes such as Irish smoked salmon, steak sandwich with parmesan fries, and burgers. For weekends there’s a great brunch offering too that includes French toast, maple syrup and crispy bacon with berries, and poached eggs on smoked salmon with hollandaise sauce. To book email [email protected] or call 01 660 3000.

saba secret garden, dublin 4

Saba on Baggot Street has added a secret garden at the back of the restaurant (currently open-air but awning to follow) with holiday style lighting and art by Subset. It's open from 12pm, seven days a week, serving food all day. There's also a pretty extensive cocktail menu as well as a wide variety of craft beers and carefully selected wines for you to enjoy. Book online or call them on 01 5631999.

sprezzatura, dublin 8

When news broke on Friday that pubs and restaurants in Dublin were under strict new orders not to allow indoor dining and to only offer outdoor dining to a maximum of 15 people at one time, Sprezzatura was quick to adapt. Now, with a fully covered and heated outdoor terrace, the tasty Italian restaurant remains open. Visit prezzatura.ie to make a reservation. 

the terrace at the Shelbourne hotel, dublin 2

The Terrace at The Shelbourne is a hidden secret in the heart of Dublin city, an outdoor drinking and light-dining space, adjacent to the 1824 Bar, at the top of the hotel’s central staircase, leading off the entrance foyer. Open to both guests and non-guests of the hotel from Monday to Sunday 9 am until 9 pm, they will be serving an all-day dining menu of Shelbourne classics. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +353 1 663 4500.

angelina's, dublin 4

Located on a pleasant strip of the canal, Angelina’s is a great spot for lazy weekend brunches. Grab a seat by the water, sip on mimosas and dig into a selection of sourdough toasts and egg classics. That said, it's also a great spot for dinner - we highly recommend their delicious stone baked pizza. Angelina's will remain open with outdoor dining in their heated outdoor area/terrace as well as offering take away options. For bookings, email b[email protected] or phone 01 6602262.

THE YARN, DUBLIN 1

Speaking of delicious pizza, The Yarn is somewhat of a hidden gem. Follow the neon ‘Pizza & Booze’ sign on Liffey Street up the stairs to find The Yarn, a buzzy restaurant serving just that - pizza and booze. A simple but tasty food menu is joined by a strong drinks list, with plenty of craft beers, rotating guest draughts and refreshing cocktails. The Yarn remains open serving their full pizza menu and cocktails for reservations only. To book, phone +353 1 828 0839 or email [email protected] 

L'Gueuleton, Dublin 2

The perfect spot for people-watching, l'Gueuleton offers up some of the most coveted streetside seats in the city. Best known for superb French bistro-style lunch, dinners and weekend brunch, l'Gueuleton are accepting walk-ins from 12 pm or you can visit their website to make a booking. 

piglet, dublin 8

Piglet might be cosy inside but outside on the terrace is as close to a Mediterranean holiday as most of us are going to get this year. As long as the weather allows, the wine bar will remain open with limited outdoor dining.  Book online or email [email protected]

LEMON AND DUKE, DUBLIN 2

Situated on Duke Lane, Lemon and Duke are open 7 days a week from 12pm, offering a variety of tasty dishes for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Head chef Anthony Duffy has focused on fresh and local produce and created a menu that borrows heavily from both European and Asian food styles. With an outdoor terrace, the popular brunch spot is staying open while also providing food and drinks to go. For bookings, email [email protected] or phone on 01 679 6260.

brother hubbard, dublin 1 + 8

With a North restaurant in Dublin 1 and a South in Dublin 8, Brother Hubbard has become a brunch/lunch institution in recent years. From the black pudding and feta-infused Full Hubbard or halloumi sabiche (a traditional sandwich), to their lip-smacking Moroccan pancakes, their all-week brunch offerings are just what we could all do with right now. Both cafes open from 8.30 am for all your coffee, baked goods and breakfast/brunch/lunch needs.  No reservations, walk-ins only.

eaton 6W, dublin 6w

A modern restaurant in Terenure serving up European classic dishes in a contemporary setting, Eaton 6W was quick to adapt to the new guidelines. With limited outdoor seating available, they will now serve a limited menu as well as taking orders over the phone for brunch and dinner. Open for outdoor dining or take away available 7 days a week from 11 am. For bookings, call 01-4905989 or visit their website. 

The Dyflin garden at Radisson blu royal hotel, dublin 8

The Dyflin Garden at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin remains open to both residents and non-residents for lunch and dinner for the next three weeks from 3 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and 3 pm – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, the stylish and relaxed terrace tucked away within the hotel serves an all dining menu. For bookings, call 01 898 2900 or visit www.thechancerygrill.ie. Walk-ins are welcome.

VOLPE NERA, Co. DUBLIN 

Volpe Nera is now offering outdoor dining for up to 15 people on their terrace thanks to some extra space kindly offered by their next-door neighbours at The Wishing Well. Open from 3 pm-8 pm Wednesday to Saturday and 2 pm-6 pm for lunch on Sunday, all tables are heated and well sheltered. The Volpe Nera team are also working on bringing back their Volpe Nera at Home boxes as soon as possible, keep an eye on the restaurant’s website and social for updates. 

Main image by @theyarnpizza on Instagram

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