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Cliff Townhouse Experience

Enjoy a touch of luxury with Champagne and a three-course table d'hote dinner.
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At our St Stephen’s Green restaurant, the atmosphere is one of easygoing conviviality.

This is a popular haunt for Dubliners dropping in for a relaxed lunch, or a dozen oysters and a glass of Champagne on their way to the theatre. The city’s business community also rely on the privacy of our intimate dining space.

Menus, which are available for lunch and dinner seven days a week, are overseen by CLIFF’s Executive Chef Martijn Kajuiter, who holds a Michelin Star at our sister property, Cliff House Hotel in County Waterford. Head Chef Sean Smith ensures every dish is perfect.

Serving brilliantly executed Dublin classics, the Cliff Townhouse restaurant menus are equally suited to a three-course celebration or a light bite in the middle of the day. Staples include generous salads, eggs Benedict, Galway oysters, Irish lobsters, dressed Yawl Bay crabs, wild sea trout and 10oz Hereford rib eye steaks. Click here to view full sample menu.

By day our dining room is flooded with light from two tall sash windows. High ceilings and chandeliers add elegance, while on the wood-panelled, corniced walls there are Art Deco-style light sconces in antique silver. Large, brass-edged mirrors reflect the sunshine, while the parquet floor recalls the building’s Georgian past.

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MAKE A NIGHT OF IT WITH OUR OYSTER BAR AND A TRIP TO THE THEATRE

Our classic Irish oyster bar is the place to enjoy a pre- or post-theatre meal, with the Gaiety Theatre and the National Concert Hall just around the corner. We serve a carefully selected range of oysters from Irish waters, including Galways and Carlingford Loughs. Other seafood highlights include our platter of lobster, crab claws and Dublin Bay prawns.

Situated to the rear of the dining room, our Oyster & Champagne Bar features high, navy blue leather chairs with silver studs and a white marble-topped bar with silver Art Deco table lamps. This has become a popular haunt for Dublin power brokers.

The Oyster & Champagne Bar is open seven days a week from midday until 2.30pm, and in the evening from 5.30pm to 10.30pm.

 

 

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A YOUNG IRISH CHEF AT ONE OF DUBLIN’S BEST RESTAURANTS

Donegal-born Sean Smith most recently worked as Head Chef under Richard Corrigan at Bentley’s, prior to the restaurant opening as Cliff Townhouse. His classic, generous, deeply flavoursome dishes display true technical precision, as well as a close relationship with the source of every ingredient, be it fisherman or gardener.

Prior to working at Cliff Townhouse, Sean worked at Orrery in London – and still acknowledges the influence of Orrery’s celebrated Welsh-born sous chef, Bryn Williams. Sean also cites as an influence André Garret, now Head Chef at Galvin at Windows in London.

Sean works with CLIFF Executive Chef Martijn Kajuiter, devising menus that focus on sustainable seafood from Irish waters – including cod, monkfish, Dublin Bay prawns, scallops, hake, Irish lobsters and Galway muscles – while also knocking on the door of small organic Irish farmers for pork, beef and free-range chicken. Seasonality is at the core of his approach.

Fine dining in Dublin with seafood focused menus

Please note the menus should be treated as samples only, as we change items according to the freshness and availability of local produce. Vintages also may vary on our wine list, which is constantly updated by our CLIFF team of sommeliers.

A la Carte Click here to view full sample menu

Lunch and pre theatre Two courses – €25.00 Three courses – €30.00

Sunday lunch Two courses – €30.00 Three courses – €35.00

Festive lunch  Two courses – €40.00 Three courses – €45.00 Dinner Three courses – €59.00

Smoked Salmon, Beetroot, Horseradish, Lemon

Baby Squid, Chorizo & Feta Cheese, Mussels, Parsley Sauce

Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnuts

Wild Mushroom Risotto, Shaved Parmesan, Herbs

Tuna Ceviche, Lime, Lemon, Avocado Ice Cream

Fish Pie, Leeks, Potato, White Wine Cream

Haddock, ‘Fish and Chips’, Mushy Peas, Tartar Sauce, Grilled Lemon

Duck, Rosti Potato, Savoy Cabbage, Thyme Jus

Fillet of Cod, Parmesan Crust, Spinach, Lemon & Chives Sauce

Venison, Red Cabbage, Fondant Potato, Mulled Wine Sauce

Classic Crème Brulée, Shortbread Biscuit

Apple Crumble, Bread & Butter Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate 70 % Fondant, Mousse, Brandy Snap, Coffee Ice Cream

Rhubarb Jelly, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cider Sabayon

Granola 3 Irish Cheeses, Crackers, Quince Jelly

Kelly’s Wild Mussels, White Wine, Garlic, Parsley

Chicken Liver Parfait, Chutney, Brioche

Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnut

Potted Fish, Crisp Sourdough, Dressed Leaves

Baby Squid, Chorizo, Feta Cheese, Mussels & Parsley Sauce

Roast Rib of Beef, Roast Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding, Potato, Onion Sauce

Seatrout Fillet, Savoy Cabbage, Lovage, Shellfish & Prawn Sauce

Fish & Chips, Tartare Sauce, Mushy Peas, Homemade Chips

Seabream, Leeks, Olive Oil Mash, Mussel and Saffron Sauce

Poached Fillet of Cod, Parmesan Crust, Courgette, Shrimp, Lemon Butter Sauce

Warm Chocolate Fondant, Mousse, Brandy Snap, Coffee Ice Cream

Vanilla Crème Brulee, Shortbread Biscuit

Rhubarb Jelly, Cider Sabayon, Granola, Vanilla Ice Cream

Cheese Plate – Selection of Three

Lemon Cheese Cake, Blueberry Sorbet

Available for up to 15 people

Two Courses – €40

Three Courses – €45

Starters

Fish Soup, Roullie, Gruyére, Croutons

Wicklow Pigeon, Caramelised Olive, Carrot

Game Terrine, Plum Chutney, Toast Brioche

Cliff Townhouse Crayfish Cocktail

Flamed Mackerel, Beetroot, Blue Cheese, Candied Walnut

Main Course

North Atlantic Cod, Tiger Prawn, Colcannon, Lemon Dressing

Haddock Fish and Chips, Mushy Peas, Tartar Sauce, Grilled Lemon

Venison Haunch, Spiced Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Mulled Wine Sauce

Aged Rib Eye Steak, Portobello Mushrooms, Béarnaise Sauce, Chips

Breast of Pheasant, Sprouts, Parsnip Puree, Brambles Sauce

Desserts

Dark Chocolate 70% Fondant, Praline Mousse, Brandy Snap, White Coffee

Ice-cream, Sea Salt, Olive Oil Crumb

Hazelnut Panacotta, Guinness, Malt , Yogurt, Cream

Lemon Drizzle, Crème Fraiche, Berry Compote

Selection of Irish Cheese, Oatmeal Crackers, Organic Apple Jelly

Sherry Trifle, Brown Bread Ice-cream

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change

Available for up to 15 people

Three Courses – €59

Starters

Cured Salmon Langoustine, Shallot, Avocado Cream

Pink Prawn Tempura, Lettuce, Sherry, Honey

Scallops, Ceviche, Red Onion, Chilli, Hazelnut Clementine

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar

Ardsallagh Goat’s Cheese Tart, Caramelised Red Onions, Walnuts

Main Courses

Potato Wrapped Monkfish Fillet, Squid Ink Risotto

Halibut, Olive Oil Potato, Colcannon, Lobster Bisque

Breast of Duck, Fermented Cabbage, Fondant, Cherry Sauce

Fillet Steak, Dauphinoise Potato, Wilted Spinach, Aromatic Butter, Red Wine Sauce

Venison Loin, Spiced Red Cabbage, Poached Pear, Mulled Wine Sauce

Desserts

Dark Chocolate 70% Fondant, Praline Mousse, Brandy Snap, White Coffee Ice-Cream, Sea Salt, Olive Oil Crumb.

Carrot Cake, Spiced Butter Cream, Orange Syrup, Cinnamon Ice Cream

Lemon Tart, Crème Fraiche, Cranberry Sorbet
Christmas Pudding, Whiskey Jelly, Orange Ice Cream

Selection of Irish Cheese, Oatmeal Crackers, Organic Apple Jelly, Quince

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change

A limited a la carte menu will also be served during the Christmas period

Available for 15 people or more

Menus start at €65.00 per person

Menu option 1

Starter

Fish Soup, Rouille, Gruyére Croutons

Crayfish and Crab Cocktail, Shredded Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Toast

Chicken Liver Parfait, Pear and Shallot Chutney, Toasted Brioche

Main Course

North Atlantic Cod, Chickpea, Squid, Chorizo

John Stone Ribeye, Dauphinoise Potato, Braised Shallots, Red Wine Sauce

Stuffed Pheasant, Grilled Pear, Celeriac, Sarlandaise Potato, Prune Sauce

Dessert

Apple Strudel, Cider Sauce, Bay and Clove Ice cream

Salted Carmel Choux Buns, Milk Ice cream

Carrot Cake, Spiced Butter Cream, Orange Syrup, Cinnamon Ice Cream

Tea or Coffee with Petit Fours €4.50 (Supplement)

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change

Menu option 2

Starter

Scallops Ceviche, Clementine, Red Onion, Chilli, Hazelnut

Pink Prawns Tempura, Lettuce, Sherry, Honey

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnuts

Main Course

Monkfish Fillet, Squid Ink Risotto, Parmesan

Fillet Steak, Dauphinoise Potato, Wilted Spinach, Aromatic Butter,
Red Wine Sauce

Venison Loin, Parsnip Puree, Fermented Cabbage, Pistachio & Cocoa, Mulled Wine Sauce

Dessert

Dark Chocolate 70% Fondant, Praline Mousse, Brandy Snap, White

Coffee Ice Cream, Sea Salt, Olive Oil Crumb

Caramelised Lemon Tart, Crème Fraiche, Cranberry Sorbet

Selection of Irish Cheese, Oatmeal Crackers, Organic Apple Jelly, Quince

Tea or Coffee with Petit Fours €4.50 (Supplement)

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change

Chef’s Selection Amuse Bouche

Starter

Scallops Ceviche, Clementine, Red Onion, Chilli, Hazelnut

Pink Prawns Tempura, Lettuce, Sherry, Honey

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnuts

Seasonal Sorbet

Main Course

Monkfish Fillet, Squid Ink Risotto, Parmesan

Fillet Steak, Dauphinoise Potato, Wilted Spinach, Aromatic Butter,
Red Wine Sauce

Venison Loin, Parsnip Puree, Fermented Cabbage, Pistachio and Cocoa, Mulled Wine Sauce

Dessert

Dark Chocolate 70% Fondant, Praline Mousse, Brandy Snap, White

Coffee Ice Cream, Sea Salt, Olive Oil Crumb

Caramelised Lemon Tart, Crème Fraiche, Cranberry Sorbet

Selection of Irish Cheese, Oatmeal Crackers, Organic Apple Jelly, Quince

Tea or Coffee and Petit Fours

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change

Canapés A: €18

Grilled Tiger Prawn, Garlic

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Salmon Dill and Puff Pastry

Pork Hoy, Sin Sauce

Goat Cheese en Croute, Olive Tapenade

Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil Oil

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change

Canapés B: €18

Grilled Tiger Prawn, Garlic

Vegetables Spring Rolls

Salmon Dill and Puff Pastry

Pork Hoy, Sin Sauce

Scampi, Chips and Lemon Mayonnaise

Goat Cheese en Croute, Olive Tapenade

Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil Oil

Mini Burger and Chips

Please note this is a sample menu and is subject to change

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