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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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Oyster Bar Menu

Taste our delicious new Oyster Bar menu.

Kelly’s (Galway)

Half Dozen 15.00, Dozen 28.45

Carlingford Lough (Louth)

Half Dozen 15.00, Dozen 28.45

Harty’s (Waterford)

Half Dozen 15.00, Dozen 28.45

Rockefeller

Spinach, Tarragon, Pernod

Half Dozen 17.00, Dozen 29.50

Grilled

Parmesan, Bacon, Worcestershire

Half Dozen 17.00, Dozen 29.50

Tempura

Chili, Watermelon, Cracked Black Pepper

Half Dozen 17.00, Dozen 29.50

Caramelised Lemon Tart

Creme Fraiche, Raspberry Sorbet 10.00

Chocolate Delice

Hazelnuts, Popcorn Ice Cream 10.00

Warm Apple Crumble

Vanilla Ice Cream 10.00

Charcuterie Board

Bellota, 2014, Manchego Cheese 30.00

Scallops

Ginger Beer, Pickle Ginger 18.00

Prawns Tempura

Butter Leaf Lettuce, Walnut, Honey & Sherry Dressing 14.75

Gampas al Pil Pil

Olive Oil, Garlic, Chilli, Brandy 9.00

Toasted Beef Sandwich

Onion, Horseradish, Hazelnut 8.50

Salted Padron Pepper

9.00

Croquettes

Ham, Piquillo Sauce 9.00

Seafood Platter

Native Lobster, Oysters, Prawns, Mussels, Crab Claws, Brown Shrimps, Smoked Salmon, Potted Monkfish (Hot or Cold)

Small €45

Large €55

 

Townhouse Special

6 Oysters, Whole Native Lobster, Dublin Bay Prawns

Large Pot of Wild Mussels, Potted Shrimp Irish Crab

Scallops ‘Ceviche’, Smoked Salmon, Potted Monkfish

To Share €110

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 €28.00 Three courses €33.00

Sunday lunch 12:00-16:00 -Two courses €35.00 Three courses €40.00

Pre-theatre Menu 17:00-18:15  Two courses €28.00 Three courses €33.00

A la Carte Menu 18:00 until late served daily

Festive Menus will be available from 26th of November until 5th of January, lunch menu price €40.00 for two courses and €45.00 for three courses. Please note we will not serve the pre-theatre menu at this time.

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

Leek and Potato Soup, Confit Chicken Wing

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnuts

Salmon Gravadlax, Blinis, Sour Cream

Seafood Risotto, Shaved Parmesan, Tomato Sorbet

Caesar Salad, Shaved Parmesan, Croutons

Fish Pie, Irish Seafood, Leeks, Creamed Potato

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

Confit Pork Belly, Red Onion Jam, Mash, Cider Jus

Seabream, Crushed Potato, Samphire, Brown Shrimp

8oz Sirloin Steak, Chips, Salad, Pepercorn Sauce (€3.00 supplement)

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Summer Berries, Honeycomb

Classic Crème Brulée, Shortbread Biscuit

Creme Caramel, Rum Raisins, Caramelised Pastry

Rhubarb Jelly, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cider Sabayon, Granola

Wexford Strawberries, Lime, Cream

Oysters 6 or 12

Kelly’s (Galway)

Carlingford (Louth)

Flaggy’s (Clare)

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

West Cork Scallop Seared, Sweetcorn, Chicken Wing, Chicken Sauce

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

Dressed Irish Crab, Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Croutons

Beef Tartare, Capers, Shallots, Egg Yolk

Tuna ‘Ceviche’, Lime, Watermelon, Chilli, Avocado Ice Cream

Poached Langoustine Cocktail, Butter Leaf Lettuce, Marie Rose

Halibut a la Plancha, Salmon & Lobster Ravioli, Shellfish Bisque

Cod Pan Fried, Artichoke Barigoule, Salsa Verde

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

Kilkeel Monkfish, Ratatouille, Tomato Fondue,  Red Pepper Coulis

Townhouse Fish Pie, Irish Seafood, Leeks, Creamed Potato, White Wine Cream

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

Whole Salt-Crusted Seabream, Baked, New Potatoes, Spinach, Olive Oil

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

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

Pork Fillet Stuffed, Black Pudding, Roscoff Onion, Apple 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

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Apricot, Honeycomb

Summer Berry Pudding, Clotted Cream

Plum Clafouti, Caramel Ice Cream

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

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

Prawn Cocktail, Butterleaf Lettuce, Marie Rose Sauce

Salmon Gravadlax, Blinis, Sour Cream

Seared Scallops, Chicken Wing, Sweetcorn, Chicken Sauce

Tuna Ceviche, Watermelon, Chilli, Avocado Ice Cream

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

Roast Leg of  Lamb, Dauphinoise Potato, Carrot, Rosemary Sauce

Whole Salted Crust Seabream, Baby Potato, Spinach, Lemon Butter Sauce

Wild Seatrout, Crushed Potato, Samphire, Clam Butter Sauce

Pan Fried Cod, Parmesan Crust, Artichoke Barigoule, Salsa Verde

Homemade Donuts, Popcorn Ice Cream

Vanilla Panna Cotta, Berries, Honeycomb

Crème Caramel, Rum Raisin, Caramelised Pastry

Flourless Chocolate Cake, Tonka Ice Cream

Plum Tart, Clotted Cream, Pistachio Crunch

Available for up to 15 people

Two Courses – €40.00

Three Courses – €45.00

Starters

Fish Soup, Roullie, Gruyére, Croutons

Wicklow Pigeon, Caramelised Olive, Carrot

Pressed Chicken & Prawn Terrine, Celeriac Remoulade

Prawn Cocktail, Butter Leaf, Cucumber, Marie Rose

Sauce Sea Trout, Horseradish, Potato Mousse

Main Course

Slip Sole, Spinach, New Potato

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

Venison Haunch, Spiced Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, Sardine Potato, 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 Icecream, Sea Salt, Olive Oil Crumb

Crème Brulee, Armidale Biscuits

Ecclefechan Tart, Dollop of Cream

Selection of Irish Cheese, Oatmeal Crackers, Organic Apple Jelly

Sherry Trifle, Brown Bread Icecream

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

Available for up to 15 people

Three Courses – €59.00

Starters

Salmon Gravadlax, Blinis, Sour Cream

Pink Prawn Tempura, Lettuce, Sherry, Honey

Scallops, Ceviche, Red Onion, Chilli, Hazelnut Clementine

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar

Duck & Foie Gras, Plum Chutney, Toasted Brioche

Main Courses

Monkfish Fillet, Potato Wrapped, Kale, Carbonara Sauce

Halibut, Olive Oil Potato, Colcannon, Chive Sauce

Breast of Duck, Fermented Cabbage, Fondant, Carrot, Thyme Sauce

Fillet Steak, Dauphinoise Potato, Aromatic Butter, Red Wine Shallot

Venison Loin, Savoy Cabbage, Poached Pear, Mulled Wine Sauce

Desserts

Milk Chocolate Delice, Caramel, Popcorn Ice Cream

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

Lemon Tart, Crème Fraiche, Sorbet

Ecclefechan Tart, Dollop of Cream

Selection of Irish Cheese, Oatmeal Crackers, Quince Jelly

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

Please note group menus are sample menus and are subject to change. 

Menu option 1

Starter

Fish Soup, Rouille, Gruyére Croutons

Dressed Crab, Shredded Lettuce, Toasted Sourdough

Chicken Liver Parfait, Pear and Shallot Chutney, Toasted Brioche

Main Course

North Atlantic Cod, Pay Lentils, Salsa Verde

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

Organic Pork Belly, Black Pudding, Apple Thyme Sauce

Dessert

Apple Strudel, Cider Sauce, Bay Leaf and Clove Ice cream

Ginger Crème Brulee

Spiced Carrot Cake, Butter Cream, Cinnamon Ice Cream

Tea or Coffee with Petit Fours €4.50 (Supplement)

 

Menu option 2

Starter

Tuna Ceviche, Watermelon, Chilli, Avacado Ice Cream

Langoustine Cocktail, Butter Leaf, Cucumber, Marie Rose Sauce

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnuts

Main Course

Monkfish Fillet, Potato Wrap, Kale, Carbonara Sauce

Fillet Steak, Dauphinoise Potato, Spinach, Red Wine Shallots

Venison Loin, Parsnip Puree, Celeriac Gratin, 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)

 

Menu option 3

To begin:

Small Soup – Lobster Bisque or Leek & Potato

 

Starters

Starter

Tuna Ceviche, Watermelon, Chilli, Avacado Ice Cream

Langoustine Cocktail, Butter Leaf, Cucumber, Marie Rose Sauce

McGrath’s Spiced Beef, Rocket, Cheddar, Hazelnuts

Main Course

Monkfish Fillet, Potato Wrap, Kale, Carbonara Sauce

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

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

Pre-Dessert

Apple or Rhubarb Jelly, Cider Sabayon

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

 

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