5 seafood restaurants not to miss in Dublin

1) Fish Shop

What a place. Those beautiful whitewashed walls, that minimalist aesthetic, the simplicity of it all and then the seafood classics and the natural organic wines. There are snacks and small sharing dishes, all built around the centrepiece of really well-cooked fish and chips; have it with hake, plaice or turbot.

modern and sleek restaurant interior of Fish Shop Dublin

2) Klaw

It may be small, it may be narrow and it may be stuck in Temple Bar – not exactly seafood-Mecca – but Klaw certainly serves up some of the best crab shack-style dishes: Crab Mac’N’Cheese, for instance. There’s shellfish galore, lobster rolls and even an Oyster Happy Hour (every day from 5 to 6 pm).

a plate of Oysters on ice at Klaw Dublin

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3) Michael's

Seafood and shellfish; no frills, no fuss, just straight-up beautifully cooked dishes. That’s what Michael’s is all about. Run by larger-than-life chef and owner Gaz Smith, this is a small restaurant with a lot of character, hidden away in the suburbs, and it’s well worth a visit.

restaurant façade of Michael's

57 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion

+353 (0)1 278 0377


4) Saltwater Grocery

A fishmonger and gourmet food store by day, Saltwater Grocery becomes Raw Bar at night, offering a tasting menu of the finest, freshest seafood and seasonal vegetables. The interior is more rustic than elegant, but the food is exceptional. Expect oysters, fish and perfectly paired wines.

shop interior of Saltwater Grocery

97 Terenure Road E, Terenure

+353 (0)1 490 7900


5) Octopussy's

This place is the exciting result of the merging of two things everyone loves – seafood and tapas. Right on the water, Octopussy’s has a great view to offer, and also some really good food. Of course there are oysters and of course there are prawns (four versions), but there’s also octopus and squid, whitebait, mussels, white fish tenders and dozens of shellfish options.

Octopussy's sea food

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