East Side Tavern
104-105 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2,
Telephone: +353 (0)1 678-9529
East Side Tavern is set in what was once O’Dwyer’s pub on the corner of Leeson Street and St. Stephen’s Green East. This was a real hot spot in the 60’s a...
How to get there
Located on the east side of Stephen’s Green & Leeson Street.
Good to know
A La Carte:
Dinner mains from €15-€20
Number of Covers:
Private Dining Facilities:
Yes - Pearse Street
Yes - St. Stephens Green
About The Restaurant
East Side Tavern is set in what was once O’Dwyer’s pub on the corner of Leeson Street and St. Stephen’s Green East. This was a real hot spot in the 60’s and 70’s with students from the then U.C.D. on Earlsfort Terrace, politicians of the time with their Brylcreemed hair and mohair suits, as well as literary figures such as Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh. They have retained the classic Irish bar style, but it has received a fantastic makeover with some contemporary twists including a feature display of some 250 whiskeys and spirits from around the world and they are stressing that this is a ‘bar & kitchen’, which besides from being a great place to eat, offers patrons some of the best craft beers and bespoke cocktails around.
On my most recent visit, Brendan and myself were famished after a hectic afternoon in the city centre, and couldn’t wait to peruse their fab dinner menu. Unfortunately my fave corner table was occupied, but we were happy to settle for a very nice table by the window.
Brendan kicked things off with a pork sausage starter served with spinach, poached egg and apple sauce and was delighted with his choice, whilst I, after a little hemming and hawing, set aside my thoughts of a mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad in favour of a rather tasty mound of mussels served with a lemongrass and coriander volute, chilli, and some crispy garlic bread.
Moving onto the mains, there was lots of great dishes vying for our attention, such as homemade gnocchi with confit tomato, courgettes, basil pesto and mozzarella; duck breast served with pak choi, roasted granola and chunky wedges; as well as a 9oz striploin steak with pepper sauce mushroom pesto and fries. I stuck with poisson, opting for a delicious plate of perfectly prepared pan-fried salmon, which arrived with a toothsome ratatouille and some roasted garlic potatoes. Brendan happily went for their East Side beef burger, an impressive hunk of beef in a bun with cheddar, tomato relish, bacon, baby gem and a side of fries.
Brendan, always partial to a piece of pastry, ordered their homemade apple pie, which was warm and tasty and came alongside a portion of oat crumble and vanilla ice-cream. Meanwhile, I had my heart set on the vanilla cheesecake with passion fruit curd and a mango sorbet, and I couldn’t have been happier. It was rich and sweet and utterly moreish.
The Kitchen at the East Side Tavern opens from 12pm to 9pm, and throughout the day they offer a great lunch time menu, try out their Beef & Guinness stew, as well as some superb ‘Bar Bites’, if you’re in the mood for a little nibble alongside your whiskey sour.
With a great buzz and great food, whether it’s an afternoon bite, an evening feast or a great night out, you simply can’t go wrong at East Side Tavern.
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