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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.

Lunch at Cliff Townhouse 

Lunch is served daily from 12:00-14:30 and Sunday Lunch is served from 12:00-16:00.

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 Seafood platters, selection of Oysters and Caviar, various market fish and Irish meat.

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Special offer for the month of February - Share the Love

Throughout the month of February, the Oyster Bar will be serving a delicious ‘Share the Love’ Seafood Platter and donating €5 from each platter sold to Focus Ireland, helping people who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes across Ireland.

Overflowing with fresh crab claws, native oysters, lobster and mussels with all the trimmings, the ‘Share the Love’ platter is available to order not just on Valentine’s Day but throughout the month of February for just €59 and platter is served with two glasses of chilled bubbly.

The ‘Share the Love’ platter is available every day at the Oyster Bar from 12-2.30pm and from 5pm.

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Seafood Masterclasses with Head Chef Sean Smith

Head Chef Sean Smith will host a new series of Seafood Masterclasses in 2019, demonstrating how to choose and buy the freshest fish and seafood, as well as easy ways to prepare it and cook it at home.

The one-hour masterclasses take place once a month. February masterclass is now sold out, however there are some places available on 23rd March. The classes begin at 3pm, tickets are €49 per person and include a glass of wine and nibbles throughout the masterclass.

Our spring seafood masterclasses will take place on April 13th, May 18th and June 22nd

There are only 10 places for each class and booking is essential. To book your place please email or call (01) 638 3939.

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Early Evening Dining

Only a stroll away from the Gaiety Theatre and National Concert Hall, our pre-theatre menus are timed so you can enjoy your meal with us before the show.

Pre-theatre menus are available Monday through to Saturday, from 5pm to 6.30pm. You can choose from two courses, priced at €30.00 per person or three courses at €35.00.

Our early dinner menus have a generous choice of starters, main courses and desserts to select from.

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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 seafood platters and Caviar – Baeri Classic from Siberian Sturgeon, Sea Farm Asetra from Russian Sturgeon and Perle Imperial from Fresh Water Beluga, all available in 30g and 50g.

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.

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.

View our Oyster Bar menu here.

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Something different...

Afternoon Sea

An afternoon tea with a difference,  Cliff Townhouse has a quirky and stylish way to take to the high seas, in the most genteel fashion and without leaving Stephen’s Green! Afternoon Sea at Cliff Townhouse is all about the treasures of the ocean, and a breezy taste in the city.

Featuring a selection of the finest and most delicious seafood savouries, including Potted Monkfish, Clogher Head Crab Claws, a Pot of Mussels and instead of tea or coffee, you will be brought a cup of a creamy Lobster Bisque.

Served 7 days per week, from 12noon to 2.30pm at €40.00 per person or €55.00 per person to include a glass of house Champagne.

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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.