1. Bay Clontarf
With panoramic views of Dublin Bay, this northside eatery is an impeccable place to spend a Sunday morning and take in the natural beauty of this capital city. With an emphasis on organic ingredients and an holistic approach to creating food, the menu at Bay Clontarf seamlessly combines wholesomeness and indulgence to create the perfect brunch.
Average brunch price: €8.50 (excl. alcohol)
Run by husband and wife team and New York natives John and Sandy Wyer, Forest Avenue restaurant brings a touch of downtown Soho to Dublin’s Sussex Road. The Sunday Brunch takes the current form of a seasonal tasting menu comprised of five delightful elements. An extensive wine list and full vegetarian menu is also available.
Average brunch price: €26 (excl. alcohol).
This Monkstown Avoca Cafe is one of many in the city but cleverly creates a unique atmosphere and skilfully avoids the usual pitfalls associated with a successful chain. This bright and airy space has a vintage aesthetic and a fresh food market next door. Porridge, pancakes and a host of other brunch favourites are reinvented and beautifully presented to create a late morning meal that feels like a special occasion every time.
Average brunch price: €9 (excl. alcohol).
Located in the Phoenix Park Racecourse grounds, The Lo-Cal Kitchen serves wholesome, organic and locally sourced food that is as nourishing as it is delicious. The ‘Healthy Hangover’ opts for turkey bacon and sausages in place of pork with a side of fresh spinach and mushrooms while the ‘Power Porridge’ is a superfood bonanza.
Average brunch price: €7.50 / Smoothies: €4.50 / Juices: €3.50
5. Taco Taco
City centre pop-up Taco Taco offers brunch with an international edge. The ‘Jerk Chicken Tacos’, ‘Huevos Rancheros’ and ‘Hawaiian Shrimp Popcorn’ sit alongside the more traditional ‘Breakfast Of Champions’ and ‘French Toast Stack’. A full alcohol menu (including cocktails and brunch Bloody Marys) is also featured.
Average brunch price: €15/17 (excl. alcohol).
6. Gourmet Food Parlour
With six outlets around the city, Gourmet Food Parlour is a brand that is going from strength to strength. However, like Avoca, each venue has it’s own decor and distinctive identity. The brunch menu at 37 Dawson Street is available on Saturday and Sundays from 12pm onwards and offers a staggering fifteen options to suit every imaginable taste.
Average brunch price: €11 (excl. alcohol).
This cosy red brick restaurant uses fresh Irish ingredients to create an eclectic brunch menu with plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options. Whether you fancy a traditional Irish Breakfast, Eggs Benedict or a heartier pulled pork sandwich on Waterford Blaa bread, Wuff has it covered. The venue is easily accessed by Luas and is walking distance from both the city Quays and James Joyce bridge. Free parking is also available at certain times.
Average brunch price: €10 (excl. alcohol)
8. The Greenery
The brunch menu at this Donnybrook restaurant is as long as my arm and pairs classic breakfast options such as french toast, pancakes and eggs with salmon with classic cocktail options such as the Mimosa and the Bloody Mary. The avocado on granary toast with feta cheese and chilli and a Prosecco Cobbler cocktail is the perfect way to start an indulgent Sunday while, for those on a health kick, a three day detox programme is on offer.
Average brunch price: €11 (excl. alcohol)
Opened in 2010, this cosy and quirky Tenure restaurant is charmingly presented with mismatched cups, velvet upholstery and a 120 year old Steinway in the corner. Opened by seasoned restauranteurs (Kevin T Byrne and Kevin D Byrne – yes really ) in a former butcher shop, this bohemian venue is bursting with character. Brunch is accompanied by homemade scones, lively piano playing and artisan Irish teas.
Average brunch price: €8 / €10
10. Brother Hubbard
This independent cafe prides itself on a homemade ethos and serves simple fresh food with locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast menu is served until 11:30am and a separate brunch menu is available all day. Favourites include the ‘Turkish Eggs Menemen’ and the ‘Middle Eastern Breakfast Plate’. Excitingly, this delicious style of food is now available on both sides of the city. Billed as the ‘southside sibling’ of Brother Hubbard, Sister Sadie on Harrington Street Dublin 8 offers the same high quality food as the original venue, meaning that there is now no reason in the world not to experience it.