There is nowhere in Ireland with a broader range of insanely good takeaways to choose from than the capital city itself so whether it’s the morning after the night before and you are craving the cure, or it’s Friday night, and you’re just too lazy to cook, Dublin has got you sorted.
Choosing where to order your takeaway can be a stressful ordeal, however, and there are many important factors to consider, especially when you’re not a local.
So, whether you’re after a traditional bag of fish and chips, an exotic Indian curry, a delightfully dirty spice bag (one of Ireland’s weirdest foods, you need to try) or even something on the healthier side (no judgement), we’re here to provide you with the ultimate list of 5 of the best takeaways in Dublin that locals will swear by.
5. Sunflower Chinese Takeaway, Templeogue
This local institution is literally the holy grail for spice bags and has been controversially identified as the birthing place of what has fast become an Irish favourite.
For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last few years and aren’t familiar with the spice bag and all of its glory, it is basically a generous portion of deep-fried chips, battered or shredded chicken and usually a mix of fresh chilli, onion and peppers tossed in a mystery blend of spices.
Whatever you do make sure you order your first one from Sunflower Chinese. Locals come back time and time again for their spice bag and all of the other delicious meals they offer. Check out their website to find out if you’re lucky enough to be in their delivery zone.
Address: Orwell Shopping Centre, Orwell Rd, Templeogue, Ballyboden, Co. Dublin, Ireland
4. Saba to go: Windy Arbour, Rathmines and Deansgrange
This is a great option if you’re feeling too lazy to cook, but you still want to eat clean. Saba to Go offers an exciting Thai and Vietnamese menu with plenty of healthy options including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo and low-calorie choices.
Staying healthy does not mean compromising on taste when it comes to Saba. All of their food is made with fresh and delicious ingredients that won’t leave you disappointed.
They also have a fantastic range of wine and homemade desserts which make a great compliment to one of their spicy noodle dishes or wholesome curries.
If you’re still dreaming of the spice bag mentioned earlier, Saba does a fantastic healthy version which goes perfectly with a portion of their Yellow Curry sauce. Yum!
Address: 6 Arbourfield Terrace, Dundrum Road, Windy Arbour, Dublin 14, D14 KV22, Ireland
3. Bombay Pantry: Clonskeagh, Fairview, Ashtown, Glenageary, Rathfarnham, Rathmines
Wherever you are in Dublin, you won’t be too far from one of these award-winning authentic Indian takeaways. Think creamy Tikka Masala, golden brown Onion Bhaji’s and Vegetable Samosas or blow your brains out with their insanely spicy Vindaloo Curry.
If you’re one of those, who struggle for ages to choose what you want, opt for their dish of the month which is available with Chicken, Lamb, Prawns or Vegetable.
Save some of your hard earned cash and check out their ‘Tasty Deals’ such as the Vegan Dinner for Two for €26, the Kids meal from €6.50, the Newbie dinner for €24.50 which is great if you’re a first-time customer and last but not least the Student Deal from only €9.
Address: 107 Clonskeagh Rd, Dublin, Ireland
2. Base Pizza: Ballsbridge, Stillorgan, Terenure and Lucan
This list of Dublin’s best takeaways just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Pizza, a staple takeaway option.
The pizza market in Dublin is a competitive one, and this was no easy feat, but when it came to takeaway pizza, we had to go for Base Wood Fired Pizza, a favourite among visitors and locals alike.
Base serves up high-quality but straightforward pizza day after day. You can opt for a classic Margherita with delicious tomato sauce as well as fresh mozzarella and basil or go for something a little different and try one of their white based pizzas such as the Quatro Formaggio which is topped with four different types of cheese and fresh basil leaves but with no tomato sauce
Check out their couple offer which includes one 13-inch pizza, one side, two drinks and a Brownie for €25. Share it with your other half or practice some self-love and eat it all yourself.
Address: 18 Merrion Rd, Dublin, D04 Y2T2, Ireland
1. Leo Burdocks: Christchurch, Rathmines, Temple Bar & More
Known as Dublin’s oldest chipper, Leo Burdocks was founded in 1913 by Bella and Patrick Burdock who named their business after their son, Leo.
Their first chipper was in Christchurch which still exists today but has now expanded to 6 other locations around the city. That is a testament to the quality of their food. It is one of the best fish and chips in Dublin.
While the Temple Bar, Tallaght and Howth stores have facilities for dining in, the rest of them are takeaway and collection only. They all offer a wide variety of fish, chips and some other meat. Locals would say to make sure and ask for crispy bits and do be prepared to queue!
Address: 2 Werburgh Street, Christchurch Pl, Dublin 8, D08 HC82, Ireland