A Guide To The Best Restaurants in Ballsbridge

Posted 1.12.23

A Guide To The Best Restaurants in Ballsbridge

Foodies love Ballsbridge because there are so many restaurants to choose from. In this leafy corner of Dublin, you’ll find everything from casual dining to takeout pizza to Thai curry. Discover the best Ballsbridge restaurants below with something for everyone.

Italian Restaurants Ballsbridge

Al Boschetto

Experience the finest traditional Italian cuisine at this family run restaurant. The Italian owners are dedicated to using only fresh, carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients, from both Italy and Ireland. The dishes offered on their menu range from pasta favourites like ravioli, tagliatelle and rigatoni, to a pizza menu including 17 topping combinations with meat, fish and veggie options. There is something for everyone! Their rustic interior has cosy booths and intimate corner tables for a more romantic sitting. Treat your special someone to an authentic Italian meal where you can rely on the owner’s expert food and wine pairings. 

Bianconi’s Restaurant

This Italian restaurant offers daily specials, usually locally sourced fish or seafood dishes. They offer an early bird menu where you can enjoy 2 courses for €25 or 3 courses for €30. The early bird menu offers traditional Italian antipasti dishes like Salmone Affumicato with all the classics like ravioli, tagliatelle or a pizza main course. A must when visiting this restaurant is their homemade ice cream. 

Indian Restaurants Ballsbridge

Jewel in the Crown 

Dublin’s longest standing Indian restaurant located just a minute’s walk from the RDS, it is ideally located in the heart of Ballsbridge. Jewel in the Crown offers an early bird menu of €20 which includes an appetiser and a main course. They offer an impressive range of Indian curries on their evening menu that range from sweet to sour and mild to hot. They also have a whole range of dishes traditional to India not likely to be found in other restaurants such as Sag Gosht or Bombay Aloo. Definitely an establishment you’ll want to visit if you’re in the mood for new experiences and tastes of the world. 

Thai Restaurants Ballsbridge

Baan Thai

Described as a trailblazer in Ballsbridge, Baan Thai first opened its doors in 1998. This authentic, family-owned Thai restaurant combines Thai and Irish culture to create one of the leading Thai restaurants in Ireland. If you’re in Ballsbridge you need to drop in to see how its owners, who are heavily involved in the Thai Ireland Association show off their appreciation for the culture in Ireland. Whether you’re in the mood for a little dish or a large dish, Baan Thai covers all the classic curry dishes customised with your choice of chicken, beef, duck, prawn, vegetable or tofu along with a choice of noodle or rice. 

The restaurant is found in a distinctly Thai building that has a long history on Merrion Road. Enjoy a delicious meal set in a beautiful dining room with intricately carved wood and oriental decor.

Chinese Restaurants Ballsbridge 

Kites Chinese Restaurant

When they first opened their doors thirty years ago, Kites caused a real flutter among the social and foodie set. Two stories of elegance, plush, comfort, and modernity characterise the restaurant’s style.  Their menu features some exotic Asian delights such as dim sum style prawn dumplings, grilled spicy scallops on skewers, fresh crab claws, and grilled aromatic lamb for starters.

The Orchid Restaurant 

Orchid Restaurant at 120 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, has been a landmark establishment on the Dublin restaurant scene since 1986. During those years, they have consistently delivered modern, tasteful menus using local ingredients in season. When designing their menu, the Orchid has kept in mind Chinese cultural values that emphasise shared meals being an experience of tastes, fragrances, textures and colours. They also reflect the local area with two rugby set meals, both of which have their chosen dishes at a fixed price for customers to choose from. 

Ballsbridge Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining

Girl and the Goose Restaurant 

Relax and enjoy the owner’s many years of experience in the food and restaurant world by eating at the Girl and the Goose. Owner Michael Sabik made his dream a reality by combining his expertise, experience and love of food to open a relaxed home-like experience. You can enjoy traditional Irish dishes prepared using modern cooking techniques and locally sourced ingredients. Prepare to try dishes you’ve never heard of here, as their menu offers unique plates such as Goose Croquettes and Wild Mushroom and Barley Risotto. If your date is vegetarian, look no further than Girl and the Goose restaurant as they have a full vegetarian menu. 

Roly’s Bistro 

Roly’s hit the ground running since opening their doors in 1992 and haven’t stopped since. Their main goal was to provide Dublin with a bustling brasserie that has reasonably priced delicious food. Today Roly’s is much more than a bistro, they provide a unique dining experience to showcase their passion for Irish food with locally sourced ingredients only. The main highlight of this restaurant is their fabulous covered outdoor terrace. You can enjoy a meal while you people watch, winter or summer. You’ll definitely want to try an option from their terrace dinner menu .  Roly’s favourites include dishes like the rib of 28-day aged Hereford beef or Wild Atlantic haddock. 

Maldron Hotel Merrion Road is our brand new 4* hotel in Dublin 4 offering stylish, comfortable rooms ideally located close to Ballsbridge. All of the restaurants mentioned above are a 30 minute stroll from your hotel room, or if you don’t feel like walking, you could catch the DART from Sandymount or Booterstown. Experience a good night’s sleep after exploring Ballsbridge’s finest restaurants in one of Dublin’s newest hotels. 

FAQs About the Best Restaurants in Ballsbridge

What Are the Best Places to Eat In Ballsbridge? 

We love Roly’s Bistro, Girl and the Goose, Al Boschetto and Baan. Due to their extensive menus, perfectly paired wine list and unique atmospheres. 

Where to Get Lunch in Ballsbridge? 

Most of the restaurants included in the list like Baan Thai, Girl and the Goose, Roly’s, Kites and Al Boschetto all offer delicious lunch menus. 

Which Restaurants in Ballsbridge Offer an Early Bird Menu? 

Roly’s Bistro, Kites, Jewel in the Crown, Bianconi’s and Girl and the Goose all offer an early bird menu.