Valentine’s Day is here again. For some the day will consist of red roses, secret admirers, greeting cards from mum, gifts, chocolates, candles and champagne. Others will want to fast forward the day, avoiding the postman, the mushy love hearts in the window displays and get together with friends to celebrate at ValentinesFest – Dublins biggest singles party.
Many will also decide to travel for the occasion whether you are single or in a relationship, Dublin is a great spot to spend the most romantic day of the year. You can even visit St. Valentines Shrine at Whitefriar Street Church.
The city has lots of cosy establishments with real fires to warm you up, scenic day trips to explore the surrounding landscapes, live music entertainment, theatre performances and best of all it has some romantic dining options to soak up that special ambience for you both to enjoy. Listed below are some of my favourite romantic restaurants in Dublin. However, remember to book ahead as it is one of the busiest nights in Dublin for restaurants.
If you want to dine at the best of the best and forget the price tag then experience the equisite Lécrivian restaurant. This fine dining establishment recently won the ‘Restaurant of the Year Award 2011‘ by Georgina Campbell mainly thanks to chef Derry Clarkes superb creations. One the menu you will find fresh Irish ingredients with a strong French influence.
The Winding Stair Café lives above a quaint old bookshop and oozes charm. The bistro has wooden floors, bow backed chairs and offers wonderful views of the River Liffey right in the heart of Dublin. Diners can choose from a pre-theatre or Á la Carte menu which offer a modern twist on traditional Irish dishes. The menu changes daily however you are sure to find plenty of fish and meat dishes such as hand-smoked haddock, wild Irish venison or succulent char-grilled Irish Aberdeen sirloin.
Balzac boasts a glamorous airy dining room fit for any Parisian brasserie. Even though diners are surrounded by elegant and plush decor it still manages to hold onto its cosy and relaxed atmosphere. With main courses starting from it won’t break the bank either.
This restaurant will leave you licking your lips every time you think of it. All the dishes at Brasserie Sixty are cooked to order and food is taken very seriously here. The ingredients are as fresh as they can get with all the fish, seafood and vegetables sourced from local markets daily. They are offering a Valentine’s Day course set menu for €pp or A course dinner for consisting of selected starters, a whole fresh Lobster shared platter with all the trimmings for mains and a complimentary glass of Prosecco each for €.
Have a Cheap Date
Experience Eddie Rocket’s 1950‘s style diner complete with vintage juke boxes in your private booth to play romantic tunes for your loved one all night long. Many Irish teenage romances started here while sharing a thick malt shake or burger. Their slogan reads “we didn’t invent the burger… we just perfected it” and I can’t argue they really are that good. A mains and a side dish will set you back around ten euro so if your skint and still want some romantic vibes then this is the joint for you.
And if that isn’t enough to get the romantic juices flowing then why not enter the Fall in Love with the City of Love competition and win a romantic week in Paris for two.
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