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Where To Book A Table Outdoors In Dublin For June - Updated

*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


Soup in Dun Laoghaire and Smithfield, with their special ramen, deep-fried kimchi and super cute cocktails have outdoor dining in both locations. Book on their website.




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.




Grapevine, Dalkey


Grapevine in Dalkey are open for outdoor dining and wine-ing from Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 22:00. They've an all day menu and shelves packed with wine. Book here.




Monty's, Temple Bar


Monty's are serving excellent value Nepalese tiffin boxes in Meeting House square, with a choice of vegetarian or meat options, along with their famous Momos (Nepalese dumplings), with sittings for 90 minutes. See the menu here and book here.




M&L Chinese, Dublin 1


Sichuan spot and dumpling house M&L Chinese have created a lovely, umbrella-covered set up outside the restaurant, so no longer must we go without their deep-fried seabass and stir-fried green beans. Book via their website.




As One, City Quay


Health food focused As One have sunshine filled seating for breakfast, brunch and lunch on the quays. Book a table on their website.




Winedown, Leeson Street


Seasonal Irish small plates, croquettes and a nice wine list at toastie shop Meltdown's night time wine bar Winedown. Book a table here.




Hang Dai/Hawker, Camden Street


Hang Dai have launched an outdoor space out the front called ‘Hawker’. There's high tables on the footpath and (permission allowing) they'll have plastic stools and steel tabletops over beer crates in the parking spaces. They've taken out the window and are serving Chinese street food like BBQ beef skewers, pork dumplings and deep-fried ice-cream, as well as Tsingtao and Zombie cocktails. You can grab and go or tables are first come first served, but if it's full you can put your name down and they'll call you when they've space.



Hang Dai's rooftop 'Gold Bar' terrace will also be open and is taking bookings from Tuesday 8th June, but no surprise they're already jam-packed with barely any weekend availability - there's always the hope of a cancellation though. Both areas will be open Tuesday - Thursday from 17:00 and Friday - Sunday from 13:00. You can't book the terrace online but you can call them on 015458888 or email eat@hangdaichinese.com.




Dillinger's, Ranelagh


Dillinger's has a very appealing looking set up at the front and side of the restaurant. It's covered but they're saying bookings are weather dependent, so presumably if it's bucketing down you might have to reschedule your nacho and rib eating to another day. They're opening Wednesday - Sunday and you can look for tables here.




The Butcher Grill, Ranelagh


The Butcher Grill will also have high tables out front so you can watch all of Ranelagh go by while enjoying your Côte de boeuf. They'll be open Thursday - Sunday and you can check for tables here.




Asador, Ballsbridge


Asador's impressive (covered and heated) terrace reopens on Wednesday 9th June and they're taking bookings from Wednesday - Sunday each week for smoked beef tartare, fillet steak and fire-roasted lobster. Look for a table here.




Eatokyo, Temple Bar


Eatokyo has secured some space at the side for outdoor dining and reopens on Monday 7th June. They'll be serving sushi, tempura and katsu curries seven days a week from 11:00 - 22:00. You can send a booking request through their website or call them on 015348576.




Old Street, Malahide


Old Street in Malahide open their outdoor bookings for June tomorrow morning (Wednesday 2nd) at 09:00, with tables available Wednesday to Saturday from 17:00 - 21:00, and Sunday from 13:00 - 18:00. They're only taking bookings by phone on 018455614, and tables are very limited so it'll be fastest fingers first.




Big Fan, Aungier Street


We're pretty excited about Big Fan's plans for outdoor dining on Aungier Street. They're taking out the window at the front and building something akin to a big porch with a new wall further back, complete with big fans above. Their reopening menu is in development but expect bao, jiaozi and lots of other outrageously delicious plates of food. Book here.




Oliveto, Haddington House


The beautiful garden terrace at Haddington House reopens on Monday 7th June serving equally beautiful-looking food from Oliveto. Now all you'll need is the sun. Book here.




Cirillo's, Dublin 2


Cirillo's is back slinging pizzas and pasta to a few outdoor tables from Monday 7th June. Currently there seems to be a decent amount of availability, but don't expect to last long now that we've told you all about it. Look for tables here.




Junior's, Dublin 4


The terrace at Junior's in Beggar's Bush reopens on Thursday 10th June, and will be serving dinner from Thursday - Saturday. No word on the menu yet but chef Fiachra Kenny's been showing off dishes on the 'gram like monkfish bouillabaisse and sweet cured pork chops with succotash and pressed potato. No online booking (arrgghh) but you can send a request through their website.




Urban Brewing, Custom House Quay


Urban Brewing was basically built for a pandemic, with tonnes of outdoor seating outside the CHQ building. The menu in the Hop Garden Terrace is built around tapas and larger plates (raciones), and the sun trap bar will be taking walk-ins for drinks and/or snacks. There's currently a decent amount of availability midweek. Book here.




Bobby's, Baggot Street


Bobby's is back with outdoor dining in their courtyard from Wednesday 9th June, and a simple menu focusing on cheese, charcuterie and toasties, which means more time to look at the wine list. Look for tables here.




Rascal's Brewing, Inchicore


Rascal's pizzeria and tap room reopens seven days a week from Monday 7th June, with waterproof shelters, heaters, nice lighting, bike racks, and all the pizza and beer. Look for tables here.




Volpe Nera, Blackrock


Volpe Nera very quietly opened their online reservations book last week for the minimum of outdoor tables they'll have and already bookings for June are scarce, but if you're happy with 21:30 on a Wednesday get on it. They may have more tables coming on board this week so keep your eyes peeled. Book here.




Canteen, Marlin Hotel, Dublin 2


Canteen at the Marlin Hotel behind St. Stephen's Green is another place where reservations have opened very quietly, probably due to the fact that only Wednesday and Thursday evenings are currently open to non-residents, with Friday and Saturday saved for guests of the hotel. It was rising up the hottest restaurants in Dublin list pre-pandemic so expect it to be very busy once word gets out (i.e. now). Look for a table here.




Drury Buildings, Drury Street


The gorgeous garden in Drury Buildings is reopening for brunch/lunch and dinner from their Josper charcoal oven seven days a week from June, but currently the first available tables aren't until the middle of the month - and no surprises that weekend brunch went like a flash. The balcony tables overlooking the garden will be the ones to nab if you're very, very lucky. Look for a table here.




Las Tapas De Lola, Wexford Street


Las Tapas de Lola reopen in June but are currently booked out for the entire month - and with only four tables on their outdoor terrace it didn't take long. However you can add your name to a waitlist for cancellations, or book ahead for July or August. Email book@lastapasdelola.com for enquiries.




Rosa Madre, Temple Bar


Italian seafood and Champagne den Rosa Madre reopen their atmospheric terrace on Tuesday 8th June, and will be open for dinner from Tuesday - Saturday. It's covered and heated so no dramas with the Irish summer, and reservations have opened very quietly so you still have a chance of getting in if you're quick. Look for a table here.




Alma, Portobello


The seats outside Alma are some of the loveliest in Portobello, and an iced dulce de leche latté in the sunshine while you wait for brunch is as perfect a post-covid situation as we can imagine. Tables are only available for 50 minutes so not one for slow eaters, but the service is lovely and efficient so hopefully it won't cause problems. Check for tables here.




Circa, Terenure


Circa reopen their outdoor area at the back of the restaurant on Wednesday 9th June for brunch, lunch and dinner. No word on a menu yet but keep an eye on their website and check for free tables here.




Gaillot et Gray, Clanbrassil Street


French pizzeria and natural wine hang out Gaillot et Gray will reopen for lunch (mainly sandwiches on their own bread) and dinner (pizza) on their terrace out the back. You can book by calling them on 014547781 or they'll be taking walk ins if they have space.




Bay/Fish and Meat Bone


Clontarf sister restaurants Bay and Fish and Meat Bone (formerly Fishbone) reopen on Monday 7th with outdoor dining at both venues. You can't book online but they're taking bookings over the phone and by email. Check out Bay here and Fish and Meat Bone here.




777


While we were scratching our heads wondering where on earth 777 were going to find the space for outdoor seating, they were busy converting a car park out the back into their "777 afuera" (meaning 'outside'), complete with a margarita-serving airstream. One look at it and it's not surprising that tables in June are already like hen's teeth. Have a look through what's left or get booking for July here.




Bresson


Bresson's lovely outdoor courtyard reopens on Tuesday 8th June for dinner Tuesday - Sunday and lunch Thursday - Sunday. New head chef Peter Byrne (ex-Hugo's) has been shaking up the menu so we're not sure what to expect, but we've been told the Coquilles St-Jacques is staying, which is a relief. Check their website for availability.




Shouk


Our love for Shouk runs deep. The food, the staff, the prices, the food. They were lucky to already have an outdoor space pre-pandemic but they've since extended it further into their Drumcondra yard, which means you can have all the arayes, mezze and shawarma without any indoor-related risks. At the moment they have a waiting list that you can join by emailing hello@shouk.ie (until there are more clarification on outdoor restrictions), and online bookings will open in a few weeks, once the wait-listers have been sorted out.




Mamó


Mamó hope to have around 14 seats on their covered terrace outside the restaurant, serving cod chips, fresh seafood and eight rosés by the glass, seven days a week. Bookings are due to open next week so keep an eye on their Instagram for details of when they go live.


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