Logo name authorBy Mark Keane

Valentine’s Day is approaching and grand romantic gestures are expected. We’ve done the hard part and created a list of the most romantic restaurants throughout Ireland that you should go to. Now it’s up to you to bring the romance!

Toscana

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Fancy a taste of Tuscany with a spectacular Irish sea view? Toscana Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Dun Laoghaire combines the best elements of Italy and Ireland. They offer authentic Italian cuisine while using organic seasonal produce grown from their own garden in Wicklow.

The restaurant has different monthly offers, one can avail of a 2 course early bird for €15.95 from 3-6:30pm Monday to Friday in February. If you fancy a late night meal with the love of your life, there is also the option of a “Wine and Dine for Two special” for 50 euro’s. Order classic Italian dishes like bruschetta, seafood risotto, linguine con gamberi, tiramisu and a nice bottle of Italian wine. Finish your meal with a walk on the Dun Laoghaire pier or through People’s Park, and it may be your most romantic Valentine’s Day ever!

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Brioche

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It’s easy to get star struck by the flashiness and service of some of Dublin’s Michelin star restaurants, but there is one restaurant in Ranelagh offering dishes that would not be amiss if you were eating out in London or Scandinavia. Brioche describes itself as “modern Irish cuisine using classic French techniques” but there is a lot more going on than that. The dishes have that beautiful simplistic natural look to them, but the focus is always on flavour. The chefs at Brioche are offering interesting dishes on their 5 course tasting menu like foie gras crème caramel, pickled celery, shimeji’s and cep ice cream as a starter, or kilmore crab with buckwheat porridge, scallops and pork scratching.

Let’s leave the food aside for a minute, the restaurant interior has a classic French bistro style to it, set up so that you can lovingly gaze into your dates eyes. Once those desserts are eaten, you can finish the night with a few drinks in the nearby McSorley’s pub.

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Wrights Findlater

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Sometimes it’s nice to eat in the city centre, other times you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of it. Wright’s Findlater restaurant in Howth offers a bit of everything. It’s easily accessible via the DART, it offers amazing seafood dishes, you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery, and its Sky Bar on the 2nd floor is cosy while also offering a picturesque view of the Howth harbour. It’s one of Howth’s landmark buildings for a reason.

This Valentine’s Day they are offering 3 courses with a bottle of house wine or prosecco for 35 euro’s per person. What could be better than having a nice stroll around Howth before your meal, eating dishes like seafood chowder or pan fried hake with asparagus and chive beurre blanc, and having a drink while enjoying a panoramic sea view. It’s almost like a scene out of a rom-com movie.

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Terra Madre

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Chances are you’ve walked past Terra Madre and never noticed it. It’s perfectly located on Bachelors Walk, but hidden away down some stairs. They haven’t quite embraced the use of social media, so you aren’t going to see pictures of their tasty Italian dishes floating around the internet. What should one expect? Terra Madre is basically a little piece of Italy flown over and dropped on Bachelors Walk. It serves classic Italian dishes in an environment that could best be described as “very very cosy”.


1826 Adare

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Dublin isn’t the only place for a tasty romantic dinner. The team behind 1826 Adare in Limerick has been collecting awards since it’s opening in 2013. Serving dishes like 36 hour slow cooked pork belly, haunch of wild venison, and bouillabaisse has won it “Best restaurant in Munster”, made it onto John McKenna’s “The 100 best restaurants in Ireland” list, as well as winning a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

The restaurant is inside a rustic cottage, giving it an Old World charm. If we were making a list of the most beautiful looking restaurants, 1826 Adare would be fighting for the top spot. It’s absolutely beautiful inside and out. Have a romantic dinner, then visit Limerick’s famous Milk Market on Saturday morning for the perfect foodie weekend away.

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Courthouse Restaurant

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Courthouse Restaurant in Monaghan is inside an old town house and has kept the style of exposed wooden ceilings and open stone walls. It is basically the perfect restaurant to bring an architect lover to. Having a dish of lamb neck with smoked aioli and scallions while the world of Carrickmacross goes by is a great combination. Great service, great food and a beautiful premises makes for a romantic night out.

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Chez Hans

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Chez Hans in Tipperary is another Bib Gourmand winner that specialises in using local produce. When you walk through those doors prepare to be amazed as the restaurant is inside a converted Victorian Gothic church. The walls are covered in art that you would expect to see in the National Gallery of Ireland. It’s very fancy and has dishes like razor clams, dover sole on the bone, and lovage soup to complement it.

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Sha-Roe Bistro

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We can wax lyrical about the restaurant and its food, but why bother this time. Sha-Roe Bistro is beautiful, go there and have the perfect romantic night.

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Aldridge Lodge

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Booking a weekend away for Valentine’s Day? Aldridge Lodge in Wexford is the ideal place to visit. It has a guesthouse that overlooks the fishing village of Duncannon, a view of the nearby beach and river estuary, and is close to the Comeragh Mountains. The restaurant in the lodge offers award winning food which uses ingredients grown from their own polytunnel and orchard.

Lovely food followed by a moonlit walk on the beach, it’s going to be hard to match that next Valentine’s Day!

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Giovannelli Restaurant

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There’s something about Italian food that lends itself to romantic situations. If you fancy your own version of the iconic scene in “Lady and the Tramp”, Giovannelli Restaurant in Kerry will help you replicate it. Their pasta is freshly made each day, they have a great wine list, and serve traditional dessert favourites like tiramisu. Can’t ask for more on a romantic night out.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at MenuPages!

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