Whether you’re an avid Tinder user or have just signed up for a laugh, most singletons out there might have given it a try at some stage! For those of you who have actually managed to bag a date from it, we are here to help.We can’t promise that they’ll end up being the love of your life, but if you bring them along to any of these restaurants, you’ll be guaranteed some Tinder lovin’ care.
1. Dakota, South William Street
Dakota is a sure win for any first date. There’s always a lively atmosphere, with lots of people opting to go here for pre-drinks before a night out. If the chemistry is there, it has lots of space making it easy to find a little corner for an intimate conversation too. Head on a Thursday when their famously good cocktails are all 2 for 1 -and there’s a DJ from 9pm.
“Good value for food and the wings are brilliant! The cocktails are delicious and well made! Been a few times and will definitely go again!”
South William Street, South William Street, Dublin 2
2. Chai Yo Teppanyaki , Lower Baggot Street
Give your eyes and your palate a treat at Chai Yo, where you will be surprised and delighted by the amazing tricks performed by the expert chefs as they cook your food right before your eyes. If Teppanyaki isn’t your thing, you can choose to sit in the cosy and romantic Dining Area where the Chai Yo House Band will serenade you and your companion for the ultimate first date experience.
“Five star service from start to finish- beautiful food, super atmosphere, fun environment… One of the best restaurants in Dublin that gets it right every time- a credit to the management- our amazing chef Joey was amazing!”
100 Lower Baggot street, City Centre South, Dublin 2
3. The Gallery Restaurant at the Church, Jervis Street
This hidden gem is definitely one of the best picks for any date! If it’s a sunny Summer’s day they even throw BBQs on the terrace. Super location, nice surroundings and great food, coupled with a few drinks is guaranteed to please any guy or girl! Every Friday and Saturday the nightclub downstairs is open from 10pm – 3am, a perfect way to end your meal if you’ve really hit it off!
“Excellent venue and fantastic night from start to finish hugely down to the extremely professional and helpful staff there, atmosphere was great fun, food especially was excellent. Highly recommend The Church”
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin 1
4. Soulful Bistro, Manor Street
If you’re hooking up during the day, this is definitely the place to start it off. A cute little cafe with loads of delicious options. Just down the road from the zoo it’s the perfect choice if you want to opt for something a little different than the standard food and drinks date.
“The food was excellent, the service friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and will definitely return to Stoneybatter to sample more from this great bistro.”
46 Manor Street, North Dublin , Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
5. Fade Street Social, Drury Street
Fade Street Social have casual elegance down to a tee. To impress your date without coming on too strong, why not keep it simple with a selection of yummy Tapas, some tear and share breads and dips, accompanied by a speciality cocktail or two. The ideal spot for the trendsetter, or anyone who loves good food in a chilled atmosphere.
“Fab location. Great for a first date – Great food and atmosphere – Reasonable prices and can’t go wrong with the lobster. Will be back!”
Drury Street , City Centre South, Dublin 2
6. Yamamori Sushi, Lower Ormond Quay
Sushi is a fun way to start a date, and Yamamori Sushi can do no wrong in our eyes! With an amazing selection to choose from, helpful staff who are at hand to make recommendations if you’re stuck, and a heated and covered Bamboo garden, Yamamori Sushi provides the perfect atmosphere to ease those dreaded first date nerves!
“The waiter recommended one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had, accompanied by a beautiful wine. The buzz about the place is great and the ability to see the chef’s cooking adds to it more. Definitely going back again. Food was fantastic and everything 100%.”
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin 1
7. PYG Restaurant, Powerscourt Townhouse Center
If you’ve bagged a music lover this restaurant is sure to impress them. With comfy couches, cool tunes and tasty tapas, PYG has a super laid back and intimate vibe. Go on a Sunday evening for added atmosphere when it’s at its busiest!
“We had a very positive experience with regards to food and service..we were sitting in an area behind the bar, ideal for a romantic drink…we had lovely food and the music is great. Overall we would deffo be returning”
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2
8. Rustic Stone
For the gym bunny or gym bro Rustic Stone is a must! A bit more pricey, but completely worth it, as it serves up fantastic food that’s actually good for you.! The new addition of the cocktail bar upstairs means that you don’t even have to leave to continue your date well into the night.
“Food – perfection. Also, it’s great to have guidelines as to health properties and general calorie content on the menu. Finishing off in the cocktail bar upstairs was an extra treat.”
South George’s Street, City Centre South, Dublin 2
9. KC Peaches Wine Cave, Nassau Street
The Wine Cave at KC Peaches is perfect for anyone looking for a more intimate location for their first date. Located downstairs from the main KC Peaches cafe on Nassau Street, this restaurant provides a quiet, cosy setting with live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings and a great selection of sharing boards and fine wines on offer.
“Went here for a date night with the boyfriend. Perfect place as it’s really cosy and has a nice atmosphere. I got garlic and Cajun prawns and they were delish! It was such good value too even off the normal menu. Would definitely recommend here, I know I’ll be back for sure!”
28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2, City Centre South
10. The Odeon, Harcourt Street
With cool tunes, delicious food and a central location, the Odeon is a foolproof location for a first date. Start the evening with drinks in the classy Bourbon Bar, before indulging in some nibbles from their extensive dinner menu. With one of Dublin’s top DJs playing every Saturday night from 11pm, you can party the night away in style if the night goes well. And if not, it’s right next to the Luas if you need to make a quick getaway.
“We went here yesterday to try the new lunch menu and I was really impressed. We ordered the toasted goats cheese and red pepper sandwich, a portion of chicken wings and rosemary salt & Parmesan chips, (delicious!). The service is quick and the food was really good.”
57 Old Harcourt Street Railway Station, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2