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Published on October 30th, 2022 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


The Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant: Lunch in One of Dublin’s Best French Restaurants

Recognized as one of the best in Ireland, The Patrick Guilbaud restaurant obtained its first Michelin star in 1988 and its second in 1996. This restaurant is a veritable institution in the culinary landscape of Dublin. Here, inside the 5-star Merrion Hotel, you’ll find a trendy and modern vision of Irish/French cuisine.  My experiences dining there will give you a tour of this high-flying restaurant!

Patrick Guilbaud grew up in France. He was introduced to cooking at a young age. His parents separated and his mother moved to Caen, Normandy, where she opened a bistro. Patrick moved also to Caen where he began his professional career at the Hôtel Moderne in 1969. It was there that he learned the basics of classic cuisine. Then, he got jobs at the British Embassy in Paris, Ledoyan and La Marée restaurant. All of those experiences contributed to Guilbaud becoming a French professional chef residing in Ireland and the first in the nation to receive two Michelin stars.

Owner Patrick Guilbaud and Publisher Isabelle Karamooz
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A journey through Dublin

Just a few quick searches for the best restaurants in the city are enough to show that Patrick Guilbaud is at the top of the rankings, with numerous distinctions. The dishes served here are contemporary Irish with French classical roots. Flavorful dishes with the finest in season ingredients, sourced locally and available in an eight-course tasting meal and on lunch and dinner menus. Of course, the chef can adapt to the dietary restrictions and tastes of each guest. The best way to savor the dishes is to pair them with a wonderful array of wines, allowing you to sip on vintages from across the world, from France all the way to Argentina. 

A beautiful restaurant inside the 5-star Merrion Hotel

When we arrive and see the restaurant, we’re enchanting by the interior design, which is both luxurious and convivial, like a cozy house with a high ceiling. We enter a brightly lit room with colorful paintings and beautiful sculptures placed on the tables and a bit everywhere, creating a lively ambience. The clientele mostly local gives it an authentic atmosphere. The guests are international, with some groups of friends as well as couples. The service is professional and relaxed. 

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A la carte menu

Time to try the “à la carte” menu! I sampled several culinary classics, refashioned into contemporary recipes and beautifully presented, such as the “grilled wild seabass, asparagus with black truffle sauce,” all beautifully plated in an elegant and modern style. For dessert, I opted for the chocolate cake, caramel and vanilla ice cream and a rosé champagne to complete the lunch. Truly a delightful way to finish our meal! 

The Verdict

Patrick Guilbaud is hands down one of the finest restaurants in Ireland, offering a modern dining setting with trendy cuisine. The plating is absolutely perfect, and every course is bursting with flavor. The beautiful dining room inside an iconic hotel makes you feel at home, as does the relaxed (and excellent) service. In short, this is a must-see if you’re going to the Irish capital! 


21 Upper Merrion Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 KF79

Tel: +353 (0)1 676 4192


About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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