I had some amazing food in Dublin. From banging brunches to delicious dinners, Dublin has an amazing foodie scene considering how small it is (less than 2 million people – I was so surprised!). I also found eating gluten-free here to be pretty easy. Being English-speaking and with a restaurant scene similar to most major UK cities, it didn’t take much effort to discover some real #glutenfreedublin gems. Having previously been vegan, I understand how similar the process is for seeking out places to eat when you travel. So if you’re looking for vegan-friendly restaurants in Dublin, you’ll find some great options below. If you’re gluten-free AND vegan, well then this guide has got you covered. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for brunch in Dublin, then everyone will want to tell you about Brother Hubbard. With two cafes, in the north and south, it has a real handle on the Dublin foodie scene having recently won ‘Best Irish Breakfast’ in the Weekend Independent’s Reader Travel Awards for 2018. I loved the fact that they serve a proper brunch menu 7 days a week and are open for all kinds of early risers (7:30am on weekdays / 9am on weekends).
Their all-day brunch menu has a couple of gluten-free options on it when matched with their GF bread, which is at no extra cost (yay!). It was great with their signature Brother Hubbard’s Avo & Eggs (smashed avocado & chickpea spread, topped with two poached eggs, harissa yoghurt, house nut dukkah, radish, and beetroot powder).
For vegans, there are a number of options listed on their normal menu (Bircher Bowls or Avo & Peppers on toast). Plus they also have a separate vegan menu available on their website, that details all their vegan options throughout the day. There are also a number of GF & VG sweet treats available from the selection of cakes at front of the cafe (such as the Tahini & Date Caramel Slice). In fact, most of the cakes listed on their menu are gluten-free, making it impossible to leave without a little something for later.
Overall, I would say this restaurant is a great option for dining gluten-free and vegan in Dublin.
See my full review and photos for Brother Hubbard here.
📍Brother Hubbard (North), 153 Capel St, North City, Dublin, D01 V9V0
Tucked away from the main tourist hub of Dublin, this is a real community cafe with a stellar reputation among the locals. Its open-plan kitchen showcases the talented staff who work there, many of whom have gone on to open some of Dublin’s other foodie hotspots. This place is huge with an amazing chilled vibe. You could easily set yourself up here for the day, eating incredible food and reading or working, while soaking up the atmosphere.
I loved that I could eat everything on their small weekday brunch menu. Their gluten-free bread is available at only a 50c extra charge and went well with the Fumbally Eggs (lightly scrambled with olive oil, Gubbeen cheese, garlic and tomatoes). I added avocado which was a good call as the serving is on the small side – not surprising considering the price (€6.50). To be honest, I happily would have paid double for twice the serving size. Thankfully, there was a lovely selection of cakes to go with it, including an insanely good gluten-free chocolate cake. With an added double helping of cream, I was in heaven.
Their brunch is also very vegan-friendly, with options such as coconut milk Porridge or Avocado on rustic toast w/ pickled red cabbage, toasted seeds & popped amaranth. There’s also a €12 vegan special available on the lunch menu.
Overall, I would say this restaurant is a great option for dining gluten-free and vegan in Dublin.
See my full review and photos for The Fumbally here.
This cafe is a bit of trek from the main part of Dublin – it’s in the north which is the opposite side of town to all the tourist hot spots. However, if you happen to be venturing this way to visit the Botanic Gardens then you must stop off for brunch here. This place is a local secret and they keep it busy with hungry customers keen to try their excellent brunch menu.
Speaking of the menu, it’s one of those tantalising ones that make you wish you didn’t have to avoid gluten (I mean, I’m salivating just thinking about the Apple Crumble Ricotta Hotcakes) but thankfully the options you can have are excellent. Let’s start with their gluten-free bread: homemade, thick and very tasty. It got rave reviews from me.
I topped mine with the Mushrooms (roasted mushrooms & spinach, free-range soft poached eggs, confit garlic, pecorino cheese, herb oil and crushed hazelnuts), which was a huge serving – and extremely delicious. You really have to give it a go if you’re visiting here. My friends ordered the Avo Mash (free-range soft poached eggs, beetroot hummus, crumbled feta, watercress, toasted seeds and fresh lime on sourdough) and found it all a bit too mushy but there are definitely some great options here.
In terms of vegan options, there isn’t anything obvious on the menu. However, after chatting with the restaurant on Instagram, they were very keen to stress that they have many plant-based and vegan customers and are more than happy to adapt anything on their menu. Ask them to do you the mushrooms. Seriously.
See my full review and photos for Two Boys Brew here.
📍 Two Boys Brew, 375 N Circular Rd, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, D07 FWY1
This Lebanese chain has 3 branches in Dublin: Dame St and Rathmines Road Lower, which are both open until 10pm, but I opted for their restaurant in the lovely Georges Street Arcade. It closes at 6pm, making it a lunchtime option, but the other branches could be great for dinner too.
Umi is a great budget option for Dublin, whilst also being a really lovely place to eat. I was impressed by how gluten-free and vegan-friendly their large menu is. I had the Falafel Salad (falafels topped on red and white cabbage with garlic mayo and tomato and coriander salsa) which was a bargain at €5.50 (especially considering no other meal cost less than €10 on this trip).
Other gluten-free options include a Mezze (with stuffed vine leaves, grilled halloumi plus hummus and baba ghanoush), Mozzarella Stuffed Falalfels, a Morrocan Quinoa Salad and Lentil Soup. Vegan options include most items on the menu, such as the Palestinian Falafel Sandwich (a pocket full of hummus, tomato, cucumber pickles, fried aubergine, flat parsley and chilli & tahini sauce), Spinach Filo Rolls and a Shamandar Salad (Bulgur wheat infused in beetroot water, diced beetroot, parsley, chickpeas, spring onion with balsamic vinegar and garlic oil dressing). If your mouth is watering just reading the menu then I’m happy to report that the food is really good – fresh, healthy and really tasty.
I also really loved the interiors of this branch; beautiful tiles on the floor and colourful Arabic writing on the walls. Plus, you can a little wander around the Georges Street Arcade before or after your lunch. It’s a curious little spot that makes me think that this old Victorian market might have been an alternative hotspot for Dublin in the 90s (simply because some of the stores and stalls have that feel to them).
Overall, Umi is a great Dublin cheap eat with some tasty vegan and gluten-free lunch options. I’d happily eat here again.
📍 Umi Falafel, George’s Street Arcade, South-East Inner City, Dublin
Located on one of the most interesting streets in Dublin (Capel St, which is also home to Pantibar and Brother Hubbard North), Klaw Poké is a pretty laid-back seafood restaurant that specialises in Hawaiian sushi. We were also handed an additional menu in case we fancied something from their crab shack selection as well (oysters, lobster rolls etc) but I was definitely there for a little Poké.
As you walk in the restaurant, there’s a huge menu painted on the wall for these Hawaiian-style bowls, giving you a bunch of set options or allowing you to make your own. This is a huge benefit for anyone with allergies or dietary requirements as you can just pick and choose whatever works for you. As soon as the staff found out I am gluten-free, one of their team who also is GF came over to talk me through all the options and make sure I was aware of all the ingredients to help me make my selection.
I had the Mauna Kea bowl (sushi-style salmon, mixed grains, quinoa, scallions, kimchi, pineapple, coriander, shallots, pickled ginger egg, sriracha aioli) which was amazing – healthy and really tasty! There were plenty of other gluten-free options too. If you don’t mind eating in a seafood restaurant, there are some great vegan-friendly options in the create your own bowl selection too: Yakitori tofu, kimchi, seaweed, edamame beans, plus a whole load more on the board. I thought the prices were really good for a place like this – only €10 for my dish. Considering how stylish the restaurant is, I thought it would be about twice that on first impressions.
I have to say how lovely all the staff were. We didn’t have a booking so we had a slightly awkward seat at the back when we arrived, but they reseated us at the front within 10 minutes. They also were really patient explaining the menu to us and chatting away as we paid our bill. They were also playing some banging 90s/early 00s RnB tunes the evening we ate there which were so good my friend kept complimenting their playlist.
Overall, I really enjoyed my dinner at Klaw Poké and would love to eat here again.
📍Klaw Poké, 159 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 FK50
If you’re looking for somewhere vibrant to go on a weekend evening then, then this little Tex Mex gem in the heart of Dublin is exactly where you should head. It’s hard to find out much information about this place online – their website doesn’t work making it difficult to find their full menu – so it was lucky that I happened to be wandering past this place one day (ok – it’s opposite the gay bar The George) and spotted that their menu was very gluten-free-friendly. Jackpot! Tex Mex + GFF + fun times = pretty much everything I love in life.
I arrived around 9pm on a Saturday night and the restaurant was rammed with diners. In fact, I was surprised they were still able to find me a table, but I was seated in minutes. The music was pumping, the margaritas were flowing and everyone was having a great time. There were lots of groups rather than couples here so it’s definitely somewhere you go for the atmosphere rather than a quiet dinner for two.
I was very excited when I discovered that their gluten-free offerings extended to their drink selection, with Daura Damm beer available. They also had a number of options on the menu as well – enchiladas, taquitos, tostadas and salads. I opted for the vege chilli and was glad to see that there were a number of meat-free and gluten-free options. There are reviews online from vegan diners saying that this place was great too – you just need to specify no dairy with your vege option.
I noticed that the menu said they make their own corn tortillas fresh every day, along with their salsas, guacamole and sauces too so they are at least aware of what goes in their food. My chilli was lovely, a classic Tex Mex fare of rice and beans in a not overly spicy sauce, served with a couple of tortilla chips.
I did find this restaurant to be a little on the expensive side (with most vege mains being in the €14-16 price range) but I also value that the staff were clearly very mindful of dietary requirements though. As with most restaurants in Dublin, they offer an Early Bird menu (like a Pre-Theatre menu – but it is really popular here) with 2 courses for €20 or 3 for €24 Sunday-Thursday. It didn’t list times but I imagine this is up until around 7:30pm.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal here and would recommend it as an option for a fun dinner out with friends.
📍Acapulco, 7 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, D02 EV81