Best restaurants in Dublin for €20 or under!

This week the Dublin team have pulled together a list of the top recommended restaurants in Dublin for under €20.

From traditional Irish food with a twist to home-grown Brazilian delicacies, the lovely Colm had the very enviable task of going out and trying all this fine cuisine, just for you. We think he may still be recovering from a food coma!

Rotana Café, Portobello – Dublin 2

 Rotana Cafe

A genuine Lebanese restaurant nestled between the lively Camden Street area of Dublin City and the student hub of Rathmines. This restaurant offers delicious, fresh Lebanese food for a very reasonable price.

A set two course menu available up until 23:30 for a decent €19.90 comes just under budget, however this restaurant also offers BYOB with no corkage fee, meaning you can bring a bottle of wine or beer with you from home which will certainly make it more value for money than other restaurants. With the kitchen in full view and expats enjoying argileh on the terrace this makes for an authentic Lebanese experience.

Take a look at the menu here!

 Green 19, Camden Street – Dublin 2

Green nineteen 

Who said there is no such thing as Irish cuisine? While most connotations of Irish food result in an, albeit delicious, carvery from the likes of O’Neill’s, there is nothing to say Irish food must remain traditional. Green 19 offers diners Irish staples in a contemporary setting.

With most mains clocking in around the €14 mark there is money left in the bank to avail of Ireland’s growing craft beer market. A bottle of 8 Degrees Sunburnt Irish Red ale brings another fresh face to classic concepts.

Check out the Menu here!

 Generator – Dublin 7


Generator’s Dublin Hostel in the renewed area of Dublin 7’s Smithfield Square and is usually home to the many backpackers who come to Ireland to explore the city, but there is no reason why those who already live here cannot enjoy it as well. With all the burger buzz around Bunsen it is easy to forget there are other places available, not least Generator!

With a sizeable meal available for under €10 this place is great for a quick sit down meal. With the money saved here, it only takes thirty seconds to make your way to the Cobblestone for the best traditional music Dublin has to offer.

Full Menu can be found here.

 Bison Bar, Wellington Quay – Dublin 2


Like Boojum and Bunsen, Bison Bar is fast becoming a staple of the Dublin food scene, however along with an excellent value meal, Bison Bar offers more salubrious surroundings and a full bar.

A hearty slab of slow barbecued meat accompanied by two sides at €13.95 makes Bison Bar a great alternative for a lazy Sunday Meal. The slow roast brisket with potato salad and coleslaw makes for an excellent southern dish too.

Take a look at the Menu for yourself.


MVP, Clanbrassil Street – Dublin 8


Though hardly a brasserie, the combination food and atmosphere MVP can offer up is second to none. Like Dublin 7, Dublin 8 is also undergoing it’s own renaissance, with MVP being just one of the fresh pubs and eateries springing up across the area.

The fare is simple: offering sandwiches  in the afternoon it is not until after six o’clock that the signature ‘Spud Box’ comes on offer; a baked potato in a served as part of a meal of your choice for a very respectable €8. This is honest, wholesome food that can be enjoyed in a really relaxed environment, but the real bonus is that this great meal can be enjoyed along with your, or someone else’s, four legged friend as this is a dog friendly pub.

While there is certainly something old school about this pub, it’s no frills food and drink is refreshing and definitely worth a visit. Whats more, with the Dublin Food Co Op organising Sunday markets in the nearby Newmarket Square, a really enjoyable afternoon can be had without having traverse the city centre.

See the amazing menu here.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our whistle-stop tour of some of the best restaurants in Dublin for under €20! We’re big (okay, very big) food fans here at, so if your favourite didn’t make the list, let us know in the comments below!