Sammy the seal loves seafood and is willing to put up a fight to eat at his favourite seafood restaurant. We’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Seafood Restaurants in Ireland where you can get your fish fix. Just watch out for Sammy!
Klaw, the love child of Rock Lobster, is about bringing oyster and crab shack dining to Temple Bar. It’s modus operandi is casual and quick dining, about grabbing a bench and ordering a lobster roll or a dozen oysters before heading off for a pint of Guinness. Oyster aficionados are particularly catered for, with choices from Achill, Galway and Waterford, as well as having them naked, dressed, or torched.
Don’t forget the old saying, eat fish, live longer. Eat oysters, love longer!
If you’re looking for food on South Anne Street you will be left with your own version of Sophie’s Choice. Get a tasty burger from Bunsen or some nice fresh seafood from Catch-22. Variety is the spice of life, so put those burger thoughts aside for another time. The chefs at Catch-22 have had some amazing specials like gurnard with puy lentils and squash puree, but their new lunch menu is a bargain at 10 euro’s. Choose from items like beer battered cod, calamari with chilli mayo, smoked coley fish burger, or a fish pie. You won’t be disappointed with any of them!
We could get into an argument about how Michie Sushi shouldn’t be included in a top 10 seafood list, but it’s all semantics. We all just want to eat tasty seafood at the end of the day. If you don’t know your nigiri from your maki, then get one of their combo boxes and get a first class education in all things sushi. We are particularly fond of the tuna ura maki, so make sure if you go with a friend that they don’t eat all of that! Michie Sushi has branches in Sandyford, Dun Laoghaire, Ranelagh and also do delivery.
Taste at Rustic
Taste at Rustic is all about using the finest ingredients possible. Sure we’ve heard every restaurant say that before, but not every restaurant uses yellow fin tuna, truffles, yuzu, shiso leaf, black garlic, and wagyu beef. Dishes like sea bream and shiitake stew, monkfish with a broth of truffle, ponzu and cucumber, and wild Alaskan salmon nigiri will leave you in a food stupor. Great food is about leaving you with memories of your experience, Dylan McGrath and his Taste at Rustic team will leave you with quite a few by the end of your meal!
The Fish Shop
Another seafood recommendation that’s not in Howth, who would have thought it! Smithfield and the Stoneybatter area are full of great cafes, bars and restaurants, but The Fish Shop stands out from the crowd there. Their menu has a beautiful simplicity to it, sticking with their ethos of showcasing great fish cooked simply yet perfectly. There’s no sous vide cooking or use of fancy expensive ingredients here, just dishes like slip sole with caper butter, wood roasted brill with chips and garlic mayo, and beer battered haddock with tartare sauce. The menu changes depending on what fish gets caught that day which is always a good sign!
As if one needs a reason to visit Dundrum shopping centre, and in particular Harvey Nichols, but if you have a hankering for some amazing crustaceans you should pay a visit to Rock Lobster for a post-shopping feed. The restaurant is of course known for its lobster, but you can also get classics like mussels mariniere, crab cakes, seafood chowder, and a variety of oysters. Grilled sherry and chorizo oysters are particularly a harmonious combination. If you have trouble persuading the meat lover in your family to come with you, just show them a picture of their beautiful dry aged rib of beef and they will soon change their mind.
Aqua Restaurant in Howth has an excellent Early Bird menu for those looking to have a romantic night out with their other half. Three courses with tea/coffee and bottle of house wine for 2 people will cost you 79 euro’s, with delicious options of steamed mussels, pan fried hake, and sticky toffee pudding available on it. They say it best: “Fancy the finest and freshest seafood? Add spectacular views and you have the recipe for a memorable evening.”
The Fish Shack
The Fish Shack in Sandycove ticks all the boxes when it comes to its menu. Fancy something small for lunch, then get a crab and shrimp sandwich with lime mayo, or a FishShack Po’boy. Love prawns? Then order some whole gambas that are grilled and brushed with loads of garlic butter, delicious! However if you have a little extra cash in your wallet, we definitely recommend getting the lobster mac and cheese, such a rich indulgent dish that the staff will have to wheel you out of the restaurant. We can’t wait until their new premises opens on Parliament Street in March!
Matt the Thresher
Matt the Thresher on Lower Pembroke Street has won its fair share of restaurant awards, from Best Seafood restaurant in 2014 and 2015 to Best Gastropub in 2015. Their fish stew with crab claws, cockles, mussels, prawns and monkfish is perfect for those who want something richer than a traditional seafood chowder. Their fresh fish board, which changes throughout the day depending on what fish gets delivered, is their speciality. Choose from plaice with lime and chilli butter and samphire, or ling marinated in lemon and Sichuan pepper. Both dishes will leave you wanting more!
No Top 10 seafood restaurant list would be complete without Wrights Findlater in Howth. They’ve long had a reputation as one of the best places to get your fish fix, and Howth itself is the perfect place for a late night post-dinner romantic walk. Their early bird menu from Monday to Friday is great value at 19.95 euro’s for 2 courses, or 24.95 euro’s for 3 courses. If the weather is too chilly, you can finish off your meal with a night cap in their bar, overlooking beautiful Howth and watch as the world goes by.