Our Five Top Picks For A Romantic Valentine’s Dinner in Dublin

Love it or loathe it you can’t argue that Valentine’s Day is a pretty deadly excuse to go all out and lap up a blow out dinner. Dublin has never had so many restaurants, with new openings popping up all over the place we rounded up five of our favs to indulge all your senses and spoil that significant other.

Whether you’re keeping it low key and just trying to escape the kids or still enjoying the honeymoon period where only Michelin inspired dishes will impress, we have you covered, now all you have to do is secure a booking!



Italian… sleek, sexy and stylish and that’s just the staff. Luna is hands down a venue that will impress any date and if not, you really need to question this relationship.

Beautiful wines, dishes to excite and a dessert trolley that would set anyone’s pulses racing. Its seductive lighting and speakeasy vibe is guaranteed to impress.


Set on the banks of the Grand Canal, Locks has been a firm favourite of mine for quite some time. Often said to be one of the most romantic dining spaces in the city, it’s hard to disagree.

From the plush velvet seating that wraps around you to the creative and contemporary dishes that Conor O’Dowd and Paul McNamara produce, it is hands down a top spot to set the mood and indulge the senses. 

Rosa Madre

Dating a pasta obsessed wine lover? Then this is where you should be booking. Voted the best contemporary Italian in Dublin last year, Rosa Madre is one of the secret gems in Dublin that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

In addition to the most fun staff you will ever meet they also have one of the best selections of champagne in the city. You may even get to sabre open a bottle yourself if owner Luca is on hand on the night. Not only a delectable dining experience but fun for all at the table. 

One Pico

Ok so you want to really go all out and impress, maybe even propose? Then this needs to be done right. And one can not go wrong in One Pico. Tucked away in a little laneway near Leinster house, One Pico is as close to Michelin that you can get without the Michelin prices.

Known for their exquisite desserts and luxurious settings, this is a destination that will score major brownie points and keep you in the good books for sometime to come. Maybe even be a return destination for the Anniversary if he/she says yes 😉


Ok so not all of us fancy a high-end location on Valentines, some of us truly love our food as much as our other halves. Not to say this will not impress. It will warm the cockles of anyones heart. Quite literally.

Michaels in Mount Merrion has fast become a food porn institution with seafood platters, soft shell crab (order it for a life changing event) and melt in the mouth Dexter slow roasted beef.

This is a foodie’s heaven, with a buzzy room that never fails to deliver. Make sure to try a Talhatini on arrival, you may even be lucky enough to receive a personalised notes on your dinner from Head Chef and Owner Gaz Smith known for his quirky banter and warm welcome.