Practical information : Eating out Ireland
Restaurants usually open around 12:00 and close around 10:00 or 11:00. Please note that they may close earlier outside of Dublin, Cork, Galway or Belfast. Cafés and snack bars that offer Irish Breakfast open at 8am.
Budget & Tips
In a restaurant, you can expect to pay from 30 € for a meal. In a pub, it is necessary to count approximately 15 € for a dish.
In the big cities of Ireland, you will see proposed on (almost) all the frontages of the restaurants a menu Early Bird. Usually served in the late afternoon between 5pm and 7pm, this is a formula with two or three dishes at reasonable prices, often between €20 and €40 (depending on the range of the restaurant). The Early Bird, also called pre-theatre dinner, is for those who want to eat early and then enjoy the nightlife and especially attend shows (plays, concerts, etc.). A real good plan!
Of course, all establishments take credit cards. Be careful, in Northern Ireland, the currency is the pound sterling, a commission will be charged for each payment.
What costs extra
There is no strict rule on tipping in Ireland, but of course a good tip is always welcome in the pub or restaurant. You should leave about 10% of the bill.
The local way
As a true European capital of parties and after-dinner drinks, Dublin has a wide range of restaurants that offer the famous Irish Breakfast or brunches of all kinds all day long, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.
Except in rare cases, children are welcome in restaurants and often have a menu that has been concocted for them. In pubs, families with children are not allowed after 9pm. And, if you are accompanied by your little blonde friends, you will have to leave the premises at that time.
Smoking is not permitted inside bars and restaurants.