With all the uncertainty in the world right now, it can be hard to find a silver lining. New restrictions mean the hospitality industry is facing huge challenges, with many establishments having to close their doors indefinitely. Here are five restaurants still open for business before the 8pm curfew, so you can head out for a meal and embrace a little bit of normality:
Five Restaurants You Can Still Visit Before 8pm
If you’re out and about in Dublin City, head to Portobello for a meal by the canal, where 31 Lennox serves tasty Italian-style dishes all through the day. Still cooking up a storm through the pandemic, the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch all week, with an extensive brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Open until 5:30pm every day, 31 Lennox is the perfect spot to stop off while you explore the city, whether you’re a local or coming from afar. If you’re just after a light bite and a coffee, a sumptuous main with a glass of wine or a sharing board –for all the social eaters out there– 31 Lennox has something for everyone.
Fallon and Byrne
While you’re in the area, make your way to Exchequer Street for an unforgettable fine dining experience. The bright and airy Dining Room at Fallon and Byrne serves a menu of mouthwatering dishes for both lunch and dinner, with lots to choose from. Complete your meal with a tasty beverage from the cocktail menu or wine list.
If you’re a fan of the finer things in life, the restaurant’s candlelit Wine Cellar has all the wine you could ever ask for, with over 300 different kinds. Find your perfect glass of wine and pair it with a light bite from the casual menu.
The Bank on College Green
Head to College Green, where The Bank Bar and Restaurant waits to welcome you into luxury. With a lunch and dinner menu, the restaurant serves a variety of wonderfully colourful and tasty dishes, made from fresh Irish produce. No matter what you choose from the menu, you’re guaranteed an experience filled with flavour.
Once the city’s main banking hall, the building is decorated with some stunning 19th century elements, including its stained glass ceiling and mosaic tiled floors. The relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant makes it the ideal spot to enjoy a romantic meal with someone special, a celebration with close friends or a corporate gathering.
Head to this stylish restaurant and bar on South Anne Street for a delicious meal with a perfectly paired drink to complement it. Whether it’s dinner, lunch or brunch that you’re after, Isabelle’s has a menu for any time of day.
Serving a range of tasty options including woodfired pizza and pasta dishes, the restaurant uses fresh seasonal produce, packing lots of flavour into every bite. Isabelle’s is a great spot to gather with friends and family to enjoy a bite to eat or something sweet from the extensive cocktail menu.
Head to the bright and stylish Balfes in the Westbury Mall for a truly memorable dining experience, with chic interiors and plenty of appetising dishes. Drop in at any time of day, and choose something delightful from the breakfast or all-day menu. With lots to choose from, you’ll find something for even the fussiest of eaters.
If you’re looking for the perfect brunch spot, look no further – Balfes serves a delectable brunch menu on weekends, complete with a coffee from speciality roaster Bailies Coffee. If you’re feeling bold, choose something from the extensive cocktail menu, or a glass of bubbles for those celebratory moments.