*Updated 15th June 2021*
After a few false starts we're holding off getting too excited about the prospect of light at the end of the tunnel, but the signs are good, and like well-behaved children we're going to be allowed to eat outdoors again from Monday 7th June. So have you booked somewhere? Are you going to race back out there or take it in baby steps? Do we even remember how to be social? Do we want to be after a very slow year of staying close to home?
In our recent poll, 66% of you said you've yet to book a table anywhere, but 76% of those said it's because they just haven't gotten around to it yet. So let's make things a bit easier for you. Here's where you can book for outdoor dining next month (availability permitting), and we've also added places at the end who will have outdoor seating from the 7th of June but are walk up only. Expect to pay a deposit, and for the love of God do not book multiple tables on the same night or just not show up. Unless you want bad karma for life, and no one needs that...
Soup Ramen, Dun Laoghaire / Soup Two, Smithfield
Nanetti's, Dawson Street
Nanetti's, the new modern Italian on Dawson Street from the guys behind Cirillo's, bravely opened their doors in December for a three week run before shutting down again, but now they're back with a terrace, a very good value four course menu for €35, and a lot of nice wine. Table bookings are for two hours and they're covered with an awning. Book here.
Hen's Teeth, Dublin 8
Hen's Teeth are back with late night action on Friday and Saturday nights, and once their snazzy new outdoor area is complete you'll be able to book for dinner on Wednesday and Thursday nights too. Their ever changing menu is without doubt one of the most innovative and interesting in the city, and most importantly it delivers on every dish. Walk ups only for lunch. Book for dinner here.
Sprezzatura, Dublin 8
Sprezzatura have done an amazing job of turning an alleyway beside the restaurant into "Piazza Sprezzatura", with more surprises to be revealed over the summer. Their new menu still offers great value, and while they've been inundated with bookings you might get lucky with a midweek table or a cancellation. Try your luck here.