Anyone staying in Dublin City center or nearby the Clontarf Castle Boutique hotel should make reservations to enjoy the plentiful Clontarf Castle dining experiences within the hotel.
The Fahrenheit restaurant Clontarf Dublin has an impeccable reputation for fine dining and delectable eats, with dinner offerings of small plates and creative options, enjoying the ambiance and flavors of a 2 Rosette Culinary-Winning restaurant.
Make sure to experience the morning breakfast buffet stacked to delight and please even the pickiest of eaters.
Come for the food, and linger with a Jameson whiskey or Guinness beer from the incredible bars within the castle walls.
The Clontarf Castle Dining Experiences To Reserve And Savor
Within the castle walls of the Clontarf hotel, you will find 3 options for dining and one bar!
- The Fahrenheit Restaurant (breakfast daily + limited dinner schedule)
- Gastro-Pub Dining in the Knights Bar
- Indigo Lounge (al fresco dining and drink with a patio for summer)
Today’s article will share our 2 Clontarf Castle dining experiences: the Fahrenheit restaurant dinner and a brunch at the Fahrenheit restaurant.
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Our Dinner At The Fahrenheit Restaurant Dublin
Our journey to Fahrenheit was simple, and as a first-night gastronomy experience, it was different than we expected.
We researched where we were going, what it was like, and what to expect, except we could not fun much detail about the restaurant, including on the website.
So we were going in with some pretty hefty expectations knowing that often, hidden secrets are the best.
We knew that it was a Double Rosette Culinary-Winner restaurant, which is why we set the bar high.
How To Dress For The Fahrenheit Restaurant Dublin?
The question of dressing for a double Rosette-winning restaurant in Ireland left me perplexed if you want the honest truth.
Packing less than my norm because we were touring for 13+ days posed a challenge, but we decided on business casual, which worked.
A couple dining next to us came in with jeans; one had a dress shirt, while the other had a relaxed jacket.
You can dress up, and I am sure there are nights when everyone is, but today’s style is casual almost everywhere, and there was no posted dress code, if that helps.
I chose a 2 layered sheer blouse and styled ripped jeans with pearls, plus flats; my husband wore dress shoes, dress pants, and a dress sweater.
Our dinner menu at the Fahrenheit Clontarf Dublin was an A La Carte Menu and offerings of 3 courses, so there are options.
Dressed and ready to capture my new experience, we left our room, walked through the lobby, and navigated via elevator to the restaurant.
One of the best things about our dining experience is that we NEVER left the building, and after a 12-hour day of flying and sightseeing, it was a blessing!
My Clontarf Castle Dining Experiences: Dinner
Here, you’ll find a menu that offers so many different options, all great for those who want to try different dishes or might prefer to do a lot of small plate items.
Your staff will tend to your table, and all your food and beverage needs and service are supposed to be top-tier, but it can be slower than expected, and in our case, it took 1/2 hour to get any service after being seated, as was the case with the couple next to us as well.
We walked about 10 miles today in Dublin, maybe more, and we were voracious. Our stomachs were begging to be fed on something other than Guinness.
Trust me; my husband began drinking his stock-pile limit of Guinness from day one until we left, and no worries, I joined in!
The Fahrenheit restaurant dinner may not be for the voracious unless you order many different entrees.
Don’t interpret my words as unfavorable; just as descriptive.
The portions of everything on the menu are SMALL, yet savory, artisan, outstanding, but very petite in size.
After a lot of walking and some stops for Guinness, we were super hungry; now you see where I am going.
You might prefer this dining option if you are looking to enjoy the ambiance, savor drinks, and order several small plates for a table to share.
A look At The Fahrenheit Restaurant Dublin Dinner Menu
Menus, changes, and prices change; this is simply a sample of our menu to give you a feel for the food options served.
I’ll state that even as a primed foodie who’s traveled a lot (I am a travel writer), much of the food on the menu was new to me.
You can find meatless options on the menu (seafood instead of meat); that is what I mean.
Overall Statement: Experience on-trend fine dining, conveniently situated in the Clontarf Castle Hotel, but order three courses or maybe more for your table as these are small plates (like Tapas). ♥
Sorry, everyone, I am a girl that likes to eat, and I have no problem owning up to it, but if you are watching how much you eat or don’t care to eat heavily, this is your place!
There is no shame in liking to eat and indulging.
As much as I’ve eaten around the world, some of these foods were unbeknownst to me, and some were just NOT what I would prefer to eat on a date night on vacation. Sorry, not sorry, honest and true is who I am!
Overall Dining Experience at the Fahrenheit
To say it gracefully, I will give this a 4/5, as our initial seating and service were bumpy.
Service was not as anticipated. It was slower.
Our server did not interact with us as far as dialogue; more of just an order taker.
Atypical of my normal restaurant visits, no matter the country.
It was almost as though we were unexpected guests that appeared, though we were with a reservation.
To be honest, the couple next to us had about the same experience, and the tables were TOO close together for the ambiance that the restaurant was trying to exude.
We were seated in the middle of the restaurant, and right next to us, at arm’s length, was the other couple I was referring to again, maybe at best a 3/5 for total lack of any conversation privacy (theirs and ours)
However, in the photo above, you can see that the window seats are excellent, spread well, and much more private; ask for that seating when you reserve your time!
Once they left, I had to grab that photo. Request this seating!
Enjoy Your Wine With Your Fahrenheit Dinner
Vacation is the time to kick back, and without needing to drive anywhere, a bottle of wine was to begin the celebration of our trip!
So, once the dust settled, about 1/2 hour into our seating, things began to come together, and we ordered a bottle of wine.
We began with wine, a bottle of house wine. What better way to begin a 14-day journey around Ireland? Cheers.
We ordered appetizers for our Clontarf Castle dining experiences within the castle walls.
The portion of about one cup of Arugula is centered on the plate. It is dressed, locally sourced, of high quality, and unyielding to dressing.
Perfect in its presentation.
Colorfully displayed and lively in the palate.
Bread For The Table
There are simply no words to describe this bread’s outstanding taste and texture, and it might have been my favorite part of the meal!
Uncommon and fit-for-the-gods, and Amen for these carbs!
Chesnut Mushroom Velouté (Soup)
What was Michael eating? I could not wait to see his reaction to the Chestnut Mushroom Velouté.
Consisting of Pickled Shimeji.Mushrooms are found in Northern Europe, creating a buttery and nutty flavor, then paired in this dish with White Truffle Oil.
Palate-pleasing. Sinfully delectable.
Share-worthy, but don’t overshare; the bowl is not that big!
My Fahrenheit Restaurant Dinner: Scallops
2 delicious wild-caught, locally sourced scallops, but honestly, I needed more; I was hungry, and two scallops were NOT enough, no matter how divine they were.
It’s not uncouth to say that either; it’s called being honest, and hunger was ever-present as the inside of my stomach was eating the outside of my stomach.
The presentation was celebrated on a large plate with a few tablespoons of rice—Le sigh.
Fahrenheit Restaurant Dinner: Slow-Braised FeatherBlade
FeatherBlade is Petite in portion size, such as about two to three tablespoons of meat.
I’d compare the size to a very Petite Filet Mignon (USA, maybe 2 Oz at best), perhaps shy in size sameness, but you get the idea. Hardly enough to fill a 6′ grown man that has walked miles and traveled from across the pond in one day!
So an “A” on the presentation and taste, but a big “where’s the beef” question in the end, and is there more?
For those reading this in the USA, it’s a Flat Iron Steak.
When this cut of meat is braised or slow-cooked, it can be fork-tender. The meat was fork-tender, but it was a meager portion.
What was the meat plated with? Pure barley, mushroom puree, and glazed root vegetables.
Enticing to look at, the meat was full-flavored and sumptuous, just too modest in size for what it was.
Was The Clontarf Fahrenheit Restaurant A Signature Experience?
Having dined all around Ireland, this is an elevated dining experience in sharp contrast to all other places Michael and I dined.
Yes, it’s an award-winning restaurant, but you might want to eat before you eat, then boast that you ate here for dinner.
The variety of food and the culinary-winning chef preparing your meals is a signature experience as well as being elegant, sophisticated, and kindly located within the Clontarf Castle Hotel.
Expect smaller plates in an upscale ambiance, and make reservations as we were there in February, which can be an Off-Peak season thus, less busy.
Brunch At The Fahrenheit Even Though It Was Breakfast Hours
I’ll call the presentation the next morning a Brunch-like display as it would be in the good old USA, and I’ll add this:
“The Fahrenheit restaurant is like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in it’s differing meal offerings for breakfast as compared to dinner”
Compared to the dinner display with small plates, the breakfast I termed a brunch at the Fahrenheit rocks the food options.
The room’s setup differs entirely from the previous night of dining, and the food options are plentiful.
A glorious display of food on a buffet with so many options and so impeccably showcased you want one of everything even if you don’t like it because it sells itself to your hungry belly!
See my video for all of the fantastic choices to eat.
The Star Attraction Of The Breakfast At The Fahrenheit Restaurant Dublin…
Hands down, honey could not have gotten any fresher than breakfast!
A honeycomb was front and center, and the honey was delicious!
Many people were at breakfast, and the staff was very interactive, friendly, and attentive.
You’ll want to check the website to find the hours and days the breakfast is open so as not to miss a generous breakfast buffet with everything from pastries to eggs!
Things To Know About Brunch And Dinner Experiences At The Fahrenheit
- Dinner and breakfast are night in the day in presentation and options.
- Our meals were right inside the Castle, so no traveling was required.
- The ambiance of dinner is in stark contrast to breakfast
- Reservations should be considered for dinner and breakfast.
- You can use a credit card to pay for either.
- We were informed breakfasts were seasonal and not always.
- The castle also has a Gastro Pub and a terrace for drinks and light plates.
Which Clontarf Castle Dining Experiences Will You Try?
It’s a great advantage to have the restaurants inside the castle as the castle is removed from Dublin City Center a bit, and you may prefer to stay in, after a lot of travel, making this awesome.
We believe the price matched all other comparable dining options we experienced throughout Ireland.
Dana Vento is an accomplished travel writer who has written award-winning articles for Niagara Falls, USA, and Cabarrus, NC, and won IG photography for Southern Delaware beaches. Her best stories are on the pages of her passport. Dana offers tips for travel to help you have the best adventures!