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Romance on the green

Treat your partner to a two-night romantic stay overlooking historic St. Stephen’s Green.
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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.

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, where, instead of the usual suspects, you’ll find Irish Smoked Salmon served on brown bread, Potted Monkfish, Clogher Head Crab Claws, Hatry Farm Oysters, half of the Lobster and a Pot of Mussels.

As the pièce de résistance, instead of coffee or tea, you’ll be brought a cup of the most gorgeously creamy lobster bisque to complete your Afternoon Sea.

The only traditional element of this afternoon adventure is the three-tiered stand on which it’s served!

Afternoon Sea is served 7 days per week, 12noon to 2.30pm, the cost is €38.00 per person or €50.00 per person to include a glass of house champagne.

Call 01- 638 3939 or reception@clifftownhouse.ie

 

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.

Lunch 12:00-14:30 -Two courses €25.00 Three courses €30.00

Sunday lunch 12:00-16:00 -Two courses €30.00 Three courses €35.00

Pre-theatre Menu 17:00-18:15  Two courses €25.00 Three courses €30.00

A la Carte Menu 18:00 until late served daily

Please note, these are sample menus only, the offering and price may change according to seasonality.

Smoked Salmon, Beetroot, Horseradish, Lemon

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnuts

Prawn Cocktail, Butter Leaf, Marie Rose

Gazpacho, Goat’s Cheese Mouse, Basil Oil

Lobster Bisque, Lobster Brandy Cream

Fish Pie, Irish Seafood, Leeks, Creamed Potato

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

Braised Beef Bourguignon, Mashed Potatoes, Mushrooms, Carrot

Atlantic Cod, Spinach, Crushed Potatoes, Cockle and Mussel Sauce

Fillet of Salmon, Polenta, Baby Artichoke, Dried Tomato, Olive Dressing

Gooseberry Fool, Yogurt Cream

Cherry Bakewell, Salted Caramel Ice-cream

Creme Caramel, Rum Raisins, Caramelised Pastry

Rhubarb Jelly, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cider Sabayon, Granola

Grilled Chocolate Soup, Cherry Compote, Pistachio

Oysters 6 or 12

Kelly’s (Galway)

Carlingford (Louth)

Harty’s (Waterford)

Rockefeller with Spinach, Tarragon, Pernod

Grilled with Parmesan, Bacon, Worcestershire

Tempura with Chilli, Watermelon, Pepper

Caviar 30g or 50g

Perle Imperial, Freshwater Beluga, Light Salted, Rich, Creamy, Complex

Sea Farm Asetra, Russian Sturgeon, Seabreeze with Walnut aftertaste

Baeri Classic, Siberian Sturgeon, Briney, Aromatic with notes of Spices and Almonds

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Hazelnut, Cheddar

Salmon Gravadlax, Blini, Sour Cream

Naturally Smoked Haddock, Hen’s Egg, Leeks, Mustard Dressing

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

Dressed Irish Crab, Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Croutons

Beef Tartare, Capers, Shallots, Egg Yolk

West Cork Scallop ‘Ceviche’, Lime, Chilli, Orange

Poached Langoustine Cocktail, Butter Leaf Lettuce, Marie Rose

Halibut a la Plancha, Baby Gem, Broad Beans, Lardo

Cod, Parmesan and Herb Crust, Watercress Veloute

Black Sole on the Bone
Meuniere – Lemon, Capers, Butter
Veronique – Grapes, Vermouth
Bercy – Red Wine and Fresh Truffle

Kilkeel Monkfish, Mediterranean Vegetables, Tomato Fondue

Townhouse Fish Pie, Irish Seafood, Mashed Potato, Cheese Crust

Half or Whole Native Lobster, Green Salad, Hand Cut Chips, Lemon

Brill, Peas, Girolles, Clam & Mussel Sauce

Fish & Chips, Cod or Haddock, Mushy Peas, Tartare

Fillet of Beef, Matchstick Fries, Wilted Spinach, Red Wine Jus

Duck Breast, Pak Choi, Onion Pure, Cherry Sauce

John Stone’s Ribeye, Hand Cut Chips, Pink Peppercorn Sauce, Watercress

Milk Chocolate Delice, Pop Corn Ice Cream

Creme Caramel, Spiced Rum Raisins, Caramelised Pastry

Raspberries, Shortbread, Yoghurt Sorbet

Rhubarb Jelly, Cider Sabayon, Vanilla Ice-cream, Townhouse Granola

Chilled Chocolate Soup, Marinated Berries, Pistachio

Selection of Cheeses, Townhouse Oatcakes, Olive Oil Crackers, Apricot Chutney

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

Chicken Liver Parfait, Plum Chutney, Toasted Brioche

Lobster Bisque, Brandy Cream

Dressed Irish Crab, Shredded Egg, Parsley, Lemon Mayonnaise

Mackerel, Poached Rhubarb, Beetroot, Blue Cheese

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

Kilkeel Cod, Prawn Cocktail, baby Gem, Tomato Whiskey Sauce

‘Haddock’ Fish and Chips, Mushy Peas, Tartare Sauce, Homemade Chips

Slip Sole, Wilted Spinach, Beurre Noisette

Half Roast Chicken, Ham Croquettes, Summer Vegetables, Thyme Jus

Summer Berry Crepe, Vanilla Cream, Honey

Creme Caramel, Rum Soaked Raisins, Caramelised Pastry

Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Delice, Popcorn Ice Cream

Strawberry Tart, Lemon Cream, Strawberry Sorbet

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Rhubarb, Honeycomb

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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