When it comes to eating out in Dublin city, the early bird really does catch the best deals. We all enjoy a tasty meal out but the bill can be expensive especially if you like to eat out a couple of nights a week. There is a solution to this where you can still enjoy the finer things in life while keeping a healthy bank balance. Flexible Early Bird Menus offer an affordable dining experience and we have picked some of our favourite Dublin restaurants that offer Early Bird Menus for €35 or less. Whatever your taste buds, there’s a bargain for every food lover. Oh, and there is the added bonus of being on time to get the bus home!
Founded in 2002 on St. Andrew’s Street, near the infamous Molly Malone statute, is one of Dublin’s best-known Spanish tapas bar and restaurant. Recognisable by its bright orange painted exterior walls, this restaurant is consistently busy – always a good sign! – so booking ahead is advisable.
Early Bird Menu: Sunday to Wednesday 4pm to 7pm. Thursday to Saturday 4pm to 6.30pm.
3 Tapas each for €18.99
A wonderful location in one of the most iconic buildings on the northside of Dublin city, the Old Woollen Mills, is where you will discover this relaxed restaurant boasting a quirky menu. The outdoor balcony overlooks the River Liffey and the tables here are perfectly located for hot summer days.
Early Bird Menu: Monday to Sunday 5pm to 6.45pm.
2 Courses €28.00 / 3 Courses €33.00
Hidden in Dublin’s cultural quarter, just off the bustling South William Street is where you will find Coppinger Row, a restaurant that promises a culinary experience of the highest order. Amazing food in generous portions coupled with friendly helpful staff make this a firm favourite among Dublin diners so booking in advance is advised. Oh, and their cosy terrace is ideal for eating and people watching in the summer!
Early Bird Menu: Sunday to Thursday 5.30pm to 7pm. Tables must be vacated by 8.30pm
2 Courses €28 / 3 Courses €31
A fixed feature on George’s street that brings an honest-to-goodness approach to tasty food delivering hearty flavours in an atmospheric setting. The eclectic cocktail menu is definitely worth exploring, and they also offer a creative mocktail menu too.
Early Bird Menu: Sunday to Wednesday all evening. Thursday to Saturday last order at 6.30pm.
3 Courses €31.50
The ground-floor of the Westbury Hotel has been revamped into a stand-alone restaurant called Balfes, named after the street it resides on. The menu here works hard to celebrate the best of local ingredients making the food modern, fresh and different enough to feel exciting.
Early Bird Menu: Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 6.30pm.
2 Courses €25 / 3 Courses €30
This nod to fine dining of old is neatly tucked away in School House Lane, just off Molesworth Street near Leinster House. This award-winning restaurant is renowned for its elegant interiors, unobtrusive service and outstanding modern classic cuisine.
Early Bird Menu: Monday to Friday 5.30pm to 7pm. Saturday 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
2 Courses €29.95
This sister restaurant of The Woolen Mills, is located on Ormond Quay overlooking the Ha’penny Bridge, a short walk from our bus stop on Eden Quay. The Pre-Theatre Menu (Early Bird Menu) offers great value wholesome Irish food to hungry diners and this menu is on offer seven days of the week.
Early Bird Menu: Monday to Sunday from 5.30pm and all tables must be vacated by 8.15pm.
2 Courses €29 / 3 Courses €35
Recently reopened after major refurbishment, ‘The Troc’ remains a choice restaurant in Dublin city centre in thanks to its hearty food and old-fashioned excellent service. Dining here will see you in good company as the photos tastefully aligning the walls pay testament to previous patrons of some well-known ‘stars of stage and screen’.
Early Bird Menu: Monday - Saturday 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Table must be vacated by 7.45pm.
2 Courses €24 / 3 Course €29.50
Dublin city’s flexible Early Bird Menu / Pre-Theatre Menus offer something for every budget and by choosing carefully you can be home and hosed for bargain money. The city centre has never been so easy to reach. With Swords Express providing 130 daily departures and 75 at weekends as well as a Nitelink service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there are lots of bars nearby to squeeze in a post-dinner cocktail and still have time to make it home on the bus!