Well my lovely hubby backed the winner in the Grand National so he's bringing me out for dinner next weekend to celebrate (any excuse!!).
So we've kind of gotten stuck in a rut restaurant wise lately and I'm looking to break it. As I'll be driving, we're not limited to the area so if anyone can recommend really nice "normal" (i.e. not looking for Indian / Chinese / Thai etc) restaurants in the general vicinity of Swords / Malahide / Portmarnock /Skerries / Balbriggan / Drogheda and anywhere in between.
There is a restaurant called Essence Bistro in Swords and it is really good. We were there a short while abck and couldn't believe that it wasn't busier. It's a real shame cos the food, service - the whole experience was amazing. Really, really good!
The School House is Swords is amazing. They have recently refurbished & menu is great. Also love Cioa in Malahide.
Kajal in malaise is gorgeous
I haven't been there yet but friends of ours ate at Samphire in the Waterside Hotel in Donabate recently and said it was amazing.
Sale e Pepe in Malahide also does really good food.
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Mastersons in Swords is fab - I can always rely on a delicious steak whenever im there...starving now...
Also second Samphire - its yummy!
Eastern Seaboard in Drogheda (you don't actually hit Drogheda) is always brilliant, love the food there and has good drinks list and atmosphere
I'd also recommend The Greedy Goose in Malahide - tapas style restaurant but with regular dishes, so mini steak and chips, mini pork belly, etc!
D'vine in Drogheda?
I second Essence bistro & Mastersons!
Avoid the Scotch bonnet in Malahide