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Foodies will no doubt be licking their lips at the prospect of visiting a whole host of new restaurants throughout the city during the very popular (and understandably so) Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week. Both Dublin residents and out of towners can look forward to indulging in seven days of wine tastings, food sampling, cookery demonstrations, Prosecco evenings and even belly dancing performances at various locations throughout the city from October 21 to 27.  

Food, as you’d imagine, is a huge component of the Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week but so too is the whole concept of going out for an evening with friends and experiencing a different kind of culinary environment.

Luckily, if you miss it this time round you only have to wait another six months before the event comes round again as the Restaurant Week is happily now a bi-annual affair. Bargains to be had during Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week During the week you can expect to pick up 20 per cent discounts on many restaurant meals, particularly a la carte – which is a great excuse for trying out all different kinds of cuisine.

Last year more than 60 restaurants took part in the promotional menu meal deal and there’s no reason to suspect that even more will be joining in this time round. Meanwhile, for those who can’t wait to get a foodie deal, there are currently competitions to win free meals and other culinary-related prizes on the dineindublin Facebook page (and which is definitely well worth a look, we reckon).

Michelin starred restaurants in Dublin It’s known as the bible of restaurant guides and it’s already a familiar publication in Ireland where a fair handful of restaurants have made an appearance.

The Michelin Guide currently lists one Dublin restaurant with two Michelin stars and another four dining establishments with one star each. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is the two star nominee (a rating the establishment has enjoyed since 1996.). The French owner (after whom the restaurant is named) opened in 1989 in the city’s James’s Place East before moving to Upper Merrion Street. Not surprisingly it’s considered Dublin’s most expensive establishment to dine in.

The other four Michelin starred restaurants in the city are: Chapter One, L'Ecrivain, Thornton’s and Locks Brasserie (the latter was a new addition which made its first appearance in the Guide only this year). The Guide, which has been around since the early 1900s originated in France but now includes the whole of Europe, America and even Asia. It comes out an annual basis and the judging is anonymously carried out.

Three stars is the highest Michelin award and there’s currently 109 restaurants in the world that can claim to have them – including four in the UK, such as Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Alan Ducasse at the Dorchester and The Waterside Inn, Bray. Anyway, if you’re hoping to make it to the city for Dine in Dublin Restaurant Week then we’d be happy to accommodate you here at the Sandymount Hotel where you can check our website for room availability.

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Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.