Top 5 best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre

Looking to have a break from cooking but don’t want to splash the cash? Here is our list of the top five best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre!

Wondering where to grab a delicious and cheap bite to eat? Here are our picks for the best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre.

Dublin is a vibrant city bustling with music, laughter, and, of course, food! With restaurants lining the winding streets, it can be difficult to know where to go.

This decision is made especially difficult when you are trying to get the balance right between eating delicious food and it being wallet-friendly.

Fear not! While you are waiting for payday to roll around, we have you covered with the best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre.

While Dublin, like all cities, can have a reputation for being on the pricier side. We found that hidden amongst the ceol and craic that makes Dublin City Centre so special, there are restaurants offering five-star quality service for a cost-effective price!

That sounds like a good reason to don your glad rags and head into the city centre for a delicious meal that won’t break the bank!

5. Sano Pizza ‒ personalised pizza, here we come

Sano Pizza is one of the budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre.
Credit: Facebook / @SanoDublin

It wouldn’t be a list of the best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre without including Sano Pizza. Located in the heart of the city centre at Temple Bar, Sano Pizza offers a menu full of homemade 12” pizzas.

The extremely reasonable menu, starting at €6.90, offers 11 styles of pizza, along with sides, specials, and the option to customise your pizza with your favourite toppings. All pizzas are made in the Neapolitan style with a vegan base.

If that wasn’t enough, they also offer a dessert menu ranging from €4.70 to €5.20. If you are looking for pizza but craving dessert, Sano Pizza is the place for you as they offer a 12” Nutella pizza for any chocoholics out there!

Address: 1-2 Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, D08 XW7D

4. Krewe a hybrid dining experience to be remembered

You need to experience the hybrid dining menu at Krewe.
Credit: Facebook / Krewe Dublin

Krewe was formed by bringing together the spirit of New Orleans and the famous trait of Irish hospitality. Located on Capel Street, the modern restaurant takes pride in developing a good atmosphere inside the diner with the motto, “Let the good times roll”.

With an extensive set of menus for lunch, brunch, and dinner, one thing is for sure: you will NOT be leaving Krewe hungry. 

Their signature NOLA fried chicken comes in at €13, including a sauce. Some menu items are slightly more expensive, but what they ask for in price is entirely reflected in portion size.

So, grab a friend and get ready to share in both the food and the fun at Krewe!

Address: 51-52 Capel Street, North City, Dublin 1, D01 DA58

3. Zaytoon – who said dining out couldn’t be cheap and healthy?

Zaytoon is one of the best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre.
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There is often the preconception that healthy food can be expensive. Zaytoon proves that wrong with their modestly priced yet fresh and healthy meals.

Their ‘modern Persian kitchen’ serves up classic Persian cuisine of delicious kebabs made with a range of meats. Their prices for a meat-filled kebab start at €12. 

They also have an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu, and being environmentally friendly is listed as one of the main ethics of the restaurant. With a family-sharing menu, a side, and a kid’s menu, they really have a dish for everybody, no matter your tastes! 

With two locations in the city, there is no excuse not to try out one of the best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre.

Address: 45 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin, D02 YR71

Address: 15 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 FW60

2. Bunsen – the staple for a burger in Dublin

Grab a delicious burger at Bunsen.
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Bunsen is the go-to place for a cheap and cheerful burger, fries, and drink combo and has some of the best burgers in Dublin! With four locations in the city centre alone, no matter when hunger strikes, you’ll never be far from a Bunsen restaurant!

They have a simple menu of four burgers and three types of fries. Within this, there is room to customise your burger with whatever toppings you want. Their delicious food alongside top-quality restaurant service is what gives Bunsen a well-deserved place on this list. 

Since this is a budget-friendly list, we couldn’t forget the all-important student deal! They offer this every Monday to Thursday, from 2 pm to 5 pm. You get a single burger, shoestring fries, and soda for only €13.

Address: Various locations

1. El Grito – budget-friendly, bright colours, and burritos. What more could you want?

El Grito is one of the best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre.
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Taking the crown for one of the best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre has to be El Grito.

This Mexican restaurant in Mountjoy Square East brings together a love of Mexican food and culture in its beautiful vibrant restaurant. The restaurant, serving up authentic Mexican dishes, ticks all the boxes for service, quality, and price.

Their menu hosts a range of dishes, from tacos to burritos. From smaller dishes perfect for a lunchtime snack to larger main courses, El Grito has something for everyone.

Most dishes fall around the €10 mark, but some snacks, such as a taco with cheese, are as low as €2.50! Their menu is constantly being updated with deals, such as a large jug of cocktails for only €8.50.

So, if you are looking for a meal that fits your budget and gives you a luxurious dining experience, El Grito is the place to be.

Address: 20 Mountjoy Square East, Mountjoy, Dublin, D01 K3T1

That is our rundown of the top five best budget-friendly restaurants in Dublin City Centre. Leave us a comment below if you agree with our round-up or if you have found any more hidden gems to leave both your stomach and wallet full!

By Hannah Byrne

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