- Best Traditional Reinvention: Gallagher's Boxty House. Few restaurants come with a greater appreciation for culinary heritage than this one. "Boxty"—a distinctive kind of potato pancake—is the house signature dish here, served with a variety of delicious meat and fish fillings.
- Most Handsome Dining Room: Bank on College Green. Undoubtedly one of Dublin's most jaw-droppingly handsome interiors, this place would be worth visiting even if it didn't serve great pub food.
- Best Food Adventure: Sabor Brazil. A good Brazilian restaurant isn't high on the list of things one expects to find in Dublin—and yet Sabor Brazil not only serves outstanding food, it also delivers a fun and memorable experience. The menu fuses contemporary Brazilian flavors with an Irish inflection.
- Best Wine List: Winding Stair. A sweet old bookstore downstairs and a chic restaurant upstairs, Winding Stair is situated a stone's throw from the Ha'penny Bridge. The views of the Liffey are romantic, but it's the inventive modern Irish cooking that pulls in the crowds. The enormous wine list, which is helpfully arranged by character rather than region, features several decently priced options.
- Most Creative Main Courses: The Pig's Ear. A wonderfully inventive approach to traditional Irish tastes pervades this super-cool restaurant overlooking Trinity College. However, this isn't one of those trendy eateries where the menu is too concerned with being clever to be satisfying.
- Best Literary Pedigree: Bewley's. A Dublin landmark since 1927, Bewley's was a favorite haunt of James Joyce (it has a cameo in Dubliners), and a host of subsequent literary greats made this a regular stop-off for a cup of joe and a slice of cake.
- Best Fish and Chips: Leo Burdock's. This world-famous eatery still trades on the same simple, winning formula it has had since 1913: battered fresh fish and thick chips, all cooked the old-fashioned way—in beef drippings.
- Best Gastropub: The Sussex. The menu at this refined pub features classic pub fare that's prepared beautifully. Tip: The lunch menu is an edited version of what's for dinner—but significantly cheaper.
- Best for Sea Views: Aqua. With a stunning view over Dublin Bay, this has to be one of the most romantic dining spots in the region. 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 with a curry infusion.
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