At times it felt like it would never happen, but as of Monday 29th June restaurants are allowed to reopen, under what feels like daily changing guidelines. The rules still appear to be 2m between tables, or 1m if you can boot them out in 90 minutes (yes that makes as little sense as you think it does), and inevitably this week will bring more moving of the goal posts. While the 2m rule makes reopening for most places unfeasible, the reduction to 1m gives a little glimmer of hope, and the below places are forging on in whatever way they can - and we thank them greatly for it. (Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of every restaurant in the city that's opening next week, just some we think you might be interested in. For a wider range head to Res Diary or OpenTable to see who has tables for the date and time you want.)
For A 'You Got Through Lockdown' Reward
Potager in Skerries reopen on Friday 3rd July, and will open from Friday - Sunday to start, with their set menu for €60. From Wednesday 15th July regular opening hours will resume, with a quicker three course menu available for €45 on Wednesday and Thursday. Book here.
Circa also reopen on Friday 3rd July with a new chef. Gareth Naughton has departed and Darryl Hynes is now in his place. They'll be doing two sittings, at 18:00 and 20:15, with each given a two hour dining slot. Book a table here.
Mr Fox, Parnell Square
On The Grapevine, Dalkey
Dalkey wine shop and bar On The Grapevine reopens on Thursday 2nd July, and if there was ever a time to treat yourself to a very special bottle of wine from the shelves with just €10 corkage, your first post-lockdown wine bar trip is it. Lunch is from 12:00 - 15:00 with dinner from 17:00 and there are three sittings. Book by calling 01 2353054 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sichuan haven M&L, just off O'Connell Street, reopen as normal on Monday 29th June. We can already hear the footsteps running for the handmade dumplings, deep-fried seabrass and those green beans with chilli. Email email@example.com to book.
Takeaway pizza from a box will never be as good as sit-in pizza fresh from a wood-fired oven. So it's very welcome news that Cirillo's reopens on Monday 29th June with 90 minute dining slots. Book a table here.