The Best Restaurants To Order From On Valentine's Day

Let's face facts. Valentine's Day is probably (okay definitely) the worst night in the calendar year to set foot in most restaurants. Jacked up prices, more courses than you want on a date night, canoodling couples at every angle, and a strictly enforced time limit on your table. No thanks. Pick any other night except the 14th if you feel V-Day isn't complete without a hand-holding trip to a restaurant, and do like we're going to do instead - buy a very nice bottle of wine, get that movie lined up you've wanted to watch for months, and get some really good food delivered. These are our top recommendations for where to order food from this Valentine's Day, with thanks to Just Eat.

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Sprezzatura, Dublin 8

Delivery areas: Dublin 2, Dublin 4, Dublin 6, Dublin 8

Sprezzatura shot onto the scene in October last year but already feels like it's been here forever. Our news story on Dublin getting a handmade pasta bar became one of our most read articles of the year, and they seem to be upping the ante every month. We loved the tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and the gnocchi with ricotta and pine nuts, but have earmarked the pappardelle with fennel sausage ragu for our next order. Read our Sprezzatura once over here. Order their freshly made pasta for delivery here.

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Fowl Play, Grand Canal Dock

Delivery areas: Dublin 1, Dublin 2, Dublin 4, Dublin 8, Grand Canal Dock

Fowl Play changed Dublin's chicken game in 2016 when they brought a charcoal rotisserie and grill, and a Texas wood-fired smoker into the back of the Square Ball pub on Hogan Place. Their commitment to only using free-range chicken just made us love them more, and it's the only place to head for when you want real deal rotisserie chicken, Louisiana hot chicken wings, and the chicken burger that John and Sally McKenna called their "dish of the year" last year. Order from Fowl Play here.

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Michie Sushi, Ranelagh and Sandyford

Delivery areas: Dublin 2, Dublin 4, Dublin 6, Dublin 16, South County Dublin

Michie Sushi has long been the place to satisfy sushi cravings. Ours is an inside out fire dragon roll with seven spice, eel, avocado and teriyaki sauce, some crispy salmon maki with spring onion and mayonnaise, and don't forget the spicy tuna temaki. They also do the ever reliable katsu curry, yaki soba and a seared beef salad in case you're in a relationship with someone who sidesteps sushi. Pro tip: pair it with a good bottle of sake or dry sherry to take your V-Day delivery to the next level. Order from Michie Sushi here.

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Yeeros Greek Souvlaki Bar, Glasnevin

Delivery areas: Dublin 1, Dublin 2, Dublin 3, Dublin 4, Dublin 7, Dublin 9, Dublin 11, Dublin 15,

Greek food is not easy to come by in Dublin, never mind good Greek food, which is why you need to bookmark Yeeros. Stick on Mamma Mia 2, turn the heating up high, and eat your fill of feta in filo pasty, stuffed vine leaves, spanakopitakia and souvlaki, with a side of Greek salad and some loukoumades for dessert (puffed doughnut rings drizzled with honey, cinnamon and walnuts). Plate smashing optional. Order from Yeeros here.

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Zero Zero Pizza, Dun Laoghaire

Areas covered: South County Dublin

In the mood for Neapolitan, wood-fired pizza, topped with tangy Italian tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil? Or maybe an Nduja Bianco with spicy Calabrian sausage, basil, white onion and balsamic? Dun Laoghaire's neighbourhood pizzeria Zero Zero Pizza is your South County Dublin go-to. Originally starting as a market stall, they moved into bricks and mortar on Patrick Street in 2017, and to our immense joy they also deliver. Get picking your pizza here.

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Pasha Turkish Grill, Dorset Street

Delivery areas: Dublin 1, Dublin 3, Dublin 7, Dublin 9