With a jaw-dropping view over Dublin Bay, this has to be one of the most romantic dining spots in the region. Service is excellent—attentive without being overbearing—and the seafood is delicious and fresh-as-can-be. You can start with a half dozen oysters from Carlingford Lough, before moving on to roast cod with a tomato and chorizo sauce, or some roast monkfish, Black Angus steak, or seared scallops with sweet potato and apple dressing. This place isn’t cheap but it’s reliably good. Discounted early bird menus are available until 7:30pm (6:30pm on Saturday). Howth is a small commuter suburb of Dublin, about 16km (10 miles) northeast of the city center. The restaurant is a 10-minute walk from the Howth DART station, while a cab out here from the city should run you about €30. Definitely worth the splurge.
- Jack Jewers