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Dublin’s Best Address: Shanahan’s on the Green
St Stephens Green is not only the center of Dublin and a beautiful green place for picnics and meeting friends, it is also one of the best addresses in town. The 5-star Shelbourne Hotel has its perch on one corner, Grafton Street runs into ‘the green’ at another corner, and although there’s a few restaurants with ‘St Stephens Green’ in the address, there is one that is perfect for a special night on the town.
For years now I’ve wanted to try Shanahan’s, a steakhouse located in a beautiful 250-year-old Georgian building right on the green. Yesterday a friend’s birthday was occasion to book a table for an early bird (reservations before 6.30pm during the week, 3-course menu for 45 euro a person). Our meal started in true Irish fashion: with a drink. Shanahan’s is home to a bar called the Oval Office, and offers a cozy place to begin the night.
After a drink we were brought upstairs to our table. Formerly a Georgian home, Shanahan’s still shows the original character of the building by the arrangement of tables in separate rooms. Our table was the center of what must have been the front drawing room, on the 2nd floor, overlooking St Stephens Green. With a fireplace in the corner and a chandelier overhead, we couldn’t have asked for a better environment to celebrate a birthday. The large table and comfortable chairs made it simple to ease into the evening.
For an early bird menu, I was surprised by the selection and value offered by Shanahan’s. I started with a trio of Irish-smoked salmon (other options included shrimp cocktail or a caesar salad) and for my main course I chose a petit filet, a very tender steak. Side dishes were brought to the table to share, including Shanahan’s famous onion rings, mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach. While we were looking over the menu, a steaming hot loaf of onion and cheese bread was brought to the table and sliced. Between these small touches and the quality of service, I was starting to understand the fuss about Shanahan’s.
For dessert, a hot chocolate fondant was an ideal finish. Toasting a glass of champagne for my friend’s birthday, there was no place in the city I’d rather have been for a quiet Monday evening meal with friends. We left our table 4 hours after we sat down, and never once did we feel rushed. Shanahan’s might not be the hottest new thing on the Dublin restaurant scene, but in this case, quality has stood the test of time. For those visitors who are interested in seeing an incredible historical building at the same time as enjoying a meal, Shanahan’s is a wonderful, although expensive, choice.
Address: 119 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2. (map)
Price Range: Early Bird ‘Special Menu’ 45 euro per person. A la carte menu, 42 – 49 euro per main course. Extensive wine list.
Photo Credit: SXC
AShanahan's on the Green119 Saint Stephen's Green, DUBLIN 2, Co. Dublin City, IrelandView Details and Book