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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.

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 West Cork Scallops, Galway Bay Mussels, Dublin Bay Prawns, Native Irish Lobster served as a half or whole, Donegal Cod Steak or a Fillet of Halibut or decide to build your own seafood platter.

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Lunch at Cliff Townhouse

Lunch at Cliff Townhouse is served Monday to Saturday, from 12noon until 14:30, two courses at €32 and three at €37. Menus include choice of four starters, four main course and three desserts. View the sample menu here.

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Sunday Lunch at Cliff Townhouse

On Sundays enjoy more leisurely lunch with extended hours of 12noon until 16:00, priced at €40 for 2 courses or €45 for three courses. The menu offers a choice of five starters, mains and desserts and includes a Sunday roast option served from a Beef trolley directly to your table. View the sample menu here.

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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 in Spring and early Summer. The classes begin at 3pm, tickets are €49 per person and include a glass of wine and nibbles throughout the masterclass.

Upcoming dates for Sean Smith’s seafood masterclasses are 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 early evening menus are timed so you can enjoy your meal before the show. Pre-theatre menus are available Monday through to Saturday, from 5pm to 6.30pm along with our Seafood Collection.

If you prefer a light bite or a dozen of Oysters to start your evening, our Oysters Bar located at the rear of the restaurant is just the right spot. Soak up the atmosphere and explore our Oysters farmed on the West and East coasts of Ireland. Native Galway Oyster is a staple on our menu, along with Flaggy Shore and Achill Oysters from Co. Claire and Carlingford Oysters from Co. Louth served with Whiskey flavoured honey or Mignonette.

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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, Executive Head Chef at Cliff Townhouse, works closely with CLIFF Director of Food and Beverage, Martijn Kajuiter, devising menus that focus on sustainable seafood from Irish waters – including cod, monkfish, Dublin Bay prawns, scallops, hake, Irish lobsters and Galway mussels – 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.

2019 Festive Season

It’s never too early to start planning your Christmas party.

Our festive season menus will be available from Monday 25th of November 2019 until 5th of January 2020.

The main restaurant on the ground floor will have Festive Lunch menus where you can choose from two or three courses. Prices start at €45.00 per person, view sample menu here. We will serve Festive Dinner menus from 6pm, three courses at €65.00 per person, view sample menu here. Reduced A La Carte menus will be available alongside the Festive offerings. Please note we will not serve the pre-theatre menu at this time.

Our elegant private dining room and Aviator bar, located on the 1st floor is an ideal space for a work or a family gathering over the Festive Season.

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