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The House

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2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality.
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The House
4 Main Street, Howth Co Dublin
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Tel: +353 1 839 6388

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Creative bistro-style cooking, including a class brunch menu, is served with flair in this hip and casual neighbourhood spot
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Location - Beach <1km
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Private Parties
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Smoking Area Heated
  • Smoking Area Seated
  • Wedding Venue
  • Bistro
  • Café
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Informal
  • MSG Free
  • Music - Other Live
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Party Venue
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Wine Bar/Café

The House

Located in one of the most attractive old buildings in Howth village, just before the church, The House is run by proprietor Karl Dillon, formerly of Gruel - and, true to form, the menu clearly states a commitment to local, organic and artisan produce.


This Dublin restaurants smart casual interior is quietly stylish with effective lighting, bare tables with bentwood chairs and simple settings. Guests are promptly settled in and drinks offered before choosing from a modestly priced bistro-style menu that includes some unusual dishes, including house-smoked foods.


Starters might include a fish soup, or a selection of James McGeough's renowned charcuterie (from Connemara). Mains follow in the same style of quality ingredients cooked simply, such as a char grilled rib-eye steak or a classic dish of beef & Guinness stew - and there may be less usual choices such as mussels with smoked pork, cider, garlic, cream and fries.


A compact, informative wine list carries through the same philosophy of quality and value for money; beginning with interesting house wines at €20. Finish with a homemade dessert (maybe a yummy chocolate & prune cake with espresso syrup if you're lucky) and delicious Illy coffee.


As well as great food and good cooking, caring service and long opening hours add to the appeal of a meal here, although it can be noisy - and it's a popular place for large groups too, so get there ahead of the crowd if you like to eat in peace.


Reservations essential at weekends.

Seats 60 (outdoors, 50). Food served Mon 9am-5pm, Tue-Sat, 9am-10pm, B 9-12, L 12-5pm, D 6-10pm; Sun 10am-9.30pm. Sun Brunch 10-4pm, D 5-9.30pm. 2/3 course value D €19.95/24.95 Tue-Fri, 6-7pm. House wine €20. SC 10% on groups 6+. Children welcome (high chair, childrens menu, baby changing facilities); toilets wheelchair accessible; reservations recommended. Closed Mon D, 25/26 Dec. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 08-04-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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In the centre of Howth village, before the church

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