As an island nation we’re able to serve up some of the best quality and freshest seafood in Europe. You might not see it on the menu as often as you might like, but there are several pubs that put seafood front and centre on their menu and show just how delicious it can be.
Johnnie Fox’s in Glencullen have perhaps the most varied menu in Dublin when it comes to seafood. Their starters include wild mussels, seafood chowder, prawn cocktail, smoked salmon sea trout and herring salad, and fresh seasonal oysters.
For mains they have 9 items on their cold seafood menu, including the Aran seafood platter, giant shellfish platter (photograph above), prawn and crab salad, and more. Their hot mains include the old favourite of beer battered fish and chips, pan roasted organic salmon, and seafood pie. It’s truly a fish lovers delight. Menu.
The food in the gallery restaurant in The Church is very well regarded. Their seafood selection mightn’t be as extensive as others, but the options are good and the quality is high. For starters you can avail of wild Atlantic chilli and garlic tiger prawns, as well as roaring bay mussels.
For mains there is a duo of seafood and clams served with fondant potato, mangetout, roasted vine cherry tomato, served with a brandy and shrimp cream sauce. They also have a traditional fish pie with cheesy buttered crumbs.
Oscars in Smithfield is one of the best places to eat in the area, especially if you’re going to the cinema and fancy some sustenance before.
Their starter options include organic Irish mussels, chowder, and a fried prawn skillet. Mains include pan fried fillet of cod, fish and chips, blackened cajun salmon fillet skillet, and oven baked teriyaki salmon salad. Menu.
The Bank is in good company on this list as not only are these pubs good for seafood, they’re all superb buildings full of character. For starters, they have chowder, mussels, and oysters on offer. For mains there’s a seafood dish of the day that changes, seafood linguine, and fish and chips. Menu.
The seafood in Ryan’s of Parkgate Street is more of the snacking variety but it’s up a good a standard as any on this list. They have at all times an oyster bar set up where you can get Carlingford oysters to accompany your pint of stout. On their tapas menu there’s cod fingers. Their starters include cured salmon and chowder. If you want to have a sample of all they have to offer they also have a seafood platter available. Menu.
Bar Rua is attached to Catch 22, a seafood restaurant. They share the same menu so the selection here is really good. There’s too much seafood on their menu to list, so we’ve just added a photo and link to their menu (and we still didn’t fit it all in). They also have an outdoor area if you fancy that dining experience. Menu.
The Legal Eagle
The Legal Eagle have a very good variety of seafood from small plates to large. Choose from the cured fish plate with Dingle gin-cured organic salmon, beetroot cured trout, line caught mackerel tartare, whipped cod roe, smoked oyster mayo, pickles, lemon & brown bread, fried cod cheek, smoked haddock fish cake, and oysters. They’ll be able to suggest beers and wines to accompany your food. Menu.