Nothing compares to the buzz and excitement when Dublin plays host to the Six Nations. This weekend the French will be in town. Tickets will be like gold dust but if you’ve managed to blag one then you need to know where to eat near the Aviva. Here’s our list of the best restaurants near Aviva Stadium so you can make a day of it. Getting a reservation is going to be the biggest challenge and you will have to book so we’ve listed the phone numbers for you too.
Asador Haddington Road, Dublin 4. Distance: 1.2km Contact: 01 254 5353
Why go? Asador is a swanky steakhouse on Haddington Road. It’s a smart and modern looking, but really at Asador it’s all about the meat. The dining room is sizeable but word is out about this place so you’ll still be pushed to get a table on match day.
Marcels, 1 St Marys Road, Ballsbridge. Distance: 1.1km Contact: 01 6602367
Why go? The sister restaurant of the Green Hen is so hot right now. Reviewers have described it as ‘a delight’ and ‘a gem’ and everything in between. Marcels is tucked away behind Pembroke Road, it might be hidden but it’ll be jammers on Saturday. If you’re lucky enough to get a table you’re in for a treat.
Roly’s Bistro, 7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4. Distance: 750metres Contact: 01 668 2611
Why go? This Ballsbridge stalwart has been faithfully serving the city’s rugby fans since 1992. In fact, it’s one of the most reliable restaurants in the city, not just the area. You’re always guaranteed a good meal at Roly’s and what’s more, it’s good value too.
Juniors Deli, Bath Avenue Distance: 650m Contact: 01 664 3648
Why go? Because even the Leinster rugby team are fans of Juniors’ sambos. And if it’s good enough for them etc etc. Beware though, come Saturday the crossroads at Bath Avenue will be buzzing and as kick off approaches it will become chaotic. You’ll have to be brave.
Paulies Pizza Bath Avenue. Distance: 650m Contact: 01 664 3658
Why go? Also from the makers of Juniors, Paulies is just around the corner and they’re also serving top notch food in a casual setting. Just like Juniors it’s going to be busy, but if you can handle the crowds you’ll be well fed.
The Old Spot 14 Bath Avenue Distance: 700m Contact: 01 660-5599
Why go? Staying right in the middle of the madness – the Old Spot is just down the road from Juniors. It’s the new kid on the block but it’s already got a great reputation. It’s smart, modern and above all they’re serving great food. A great option if you want quality in a casual setting.
Farmer Browns 25A Bath Ave, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Distance: 650m Contact: 086 394 8255
Why go? At Farmer Browns they’re serving up the kind of burgers and sambos that you’ll just have to tweet about. This is #foodporn. It’s a tad more casual than some of the other options on the list, but there’s still a lovely selection of craft beers and a good value wine list. A little gem for anyone who wants a chilled bite to eat but they want it to be damn tasty.
O’Connells 135, Morehampton Road, Dublin 4 Distance: 1.8km Contact: 01 269 6116
Why go? Slightly further out in Donnybrook, Darina Allen’s brother is at the helm in O’Connell’s restaurant. Another place where you’re sure to get a great meal, you’ll also have more chance of getting a table and a parking spot. If you’re travelling up for the match pick this option.
The French Paradox 53 Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge. Distance: 700m Contact: 01 660 40 68
Why go? For something a bit different. The French Paradox in Ballsbridge is a wine shop that’s serious about wine but they also have a wine bar, serving a delicious range of French specialities. They have over 60 wines available by the glass.