We’ve another summer of festivals in Maahide Castle coming up, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to showcase some of my favourite restaurants in Malahide. Whether you’re looking for something casual or more special, there is a good mix to suit any occasion below, plus, they’re all within walking distance of the castle.


Serving up some of the best seafood dishes in Dublin, Nautilus has got to be top of my list. The food is more fine dining in style, cooked up by their talented head chef Alan Higgins. With beautiful views over Malahide Marina, a window table is definitely recommended here. Fantastic seasonal seafood with great wine, this is a very special dining experience!

Siam Thai

Siam Thai is a Malahide Institution, and is a firm favourite amongst locals. Serving up top quality Thai food in a more formal setting, there’s also an excellent cocktail bar and extensive wine list. A meal here can work out a bit pricey if you’re not ordering the lunch/early bird, so I usually try to go for an early dinner here to avail of the excellent value earlier menus. I always finish my meal with a liquid dessert (if you can call it that)- a lemon meringue cocktail, and they do a mean margarita too.

Déjà vu

Déjà vu is the perfect spot for some bistro style dining, with an excellent value early bird. This cosy spot is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious food with a great atmosphere. My tip would be to splash out and go for one of their specials, which, if you’re lucky with be fish of the day served with perfectly cooked risotto. They also serve brunch here, if you’re looking for something lighter.


A sister of Kinara Kitchen (in Ranelagh and Clontarf), Kajjal is a Pakistani and Eastern restaurant. Any time I’ve visited I’ve been seriously impressed with the food, and they do a great value early bird that would be perfect for pre-concert goers. There’s an outdoor seating area out the front which is a bit of a sun trap, so this is a great spot for al fresco dining if the weather permits.

Scotch Bonnet

Situated at the top of the main street, Scotch Bonnet is one of my absolutel favourite places in Dublin for chicken wings. It’s the perfect place for a more casual meal, and, if the sun is shining their outdoor seating is a great spot for people watching. If chicken wings aren’t your thing, I’d also recommend their seafood pot, but whatever you get, make sure you order a side of chips with peppercorn sauce- they’re divine!