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Lovin lunch

Lovin lunch

Even if you are not a self proclaimed foodie and just love your food (that’s alright) we welcome you to Howth and a fantastic seafood experience. Over the years we have seen our little fishing village (16km from Dublin city centre) reborn as a top Irish food destination. Situated in a bustling working harbour we take full advantage of the freshest fish and shellfish every day. We have family run trawlers which supply the restaurants with the first and freshest pick of the catch.

A Christmas gift idea to buy now and use January - April 2019

We are super excited about Christmas here in Howth. We’ve decorated the restaurant inside and out and it’s so cosy we’re worried people might not want to leave! Our twinkly lights are twinkling away and the wine is flowing.

Tis the season! We’ve just launched our €50 DINE FOR TWO 2019 DINING OFFER. This popular offer is a Christmas gift idea to buy now, as a gift and use January - April of 2019. You can see the sample menu here. Give the gift of a nice night out at Howth’s award winning Brass Monkey Restaurant.

Love is in the air and we love seeing the locals around this time of year. Howth village is so special and the community vibe is so strong. Once miles from Dublin it now makes a super day trip via DART or the car and you’ll have a fun family day out. It’s always fun to walk the piers and spot seals. Watch the waves crash and take a look to Ireland’s Eye, see what wildlife you can spot!

We look forward to Santa visiting and turning on the Christmas lights. This is always a big event in the Howth calendar and a fun family day out.

If you’re looking for an interesting gift idea / dining offer for friends and family then look no further than the €50 DINE FOR TWO 2019 DINING OFFER. T&C’s apply and it is available to buy now.

If you have any questions or want to reserve please call (01) 8063746 or email

Gift vouchers available to buy online

Gift vouchers available to buy online

We've found our #1 fan. And she's amazing!

Heike and Anna always come to the Brass Monkey for the warm welcome and of course the chowder.

Heike and Anna always come to the Brass Monkey for the warm welcome and of course the chowder.

Heike Veit has visited us many times at The Brass Monkey, in fact every time she is in Ireland she comes to Howth to see us. She follows us on Facebook and Twitter too. This November Heike and her daughter Anna visited us from Überlingen on Lake Constance in Germany. 

Heike's love for Irish culture, music and the Irish mentality which she had heard and read about in books and films created a longing to visit Ireland from age 16. It wasn't until much later for her first visit to the emerald isle aged 54.

On Heike's first visit she stayed in Glasnevin. A few friendly suggestions on the best pint, best museums and where to eat lead her to the Brass Monkey in Howth. 

After the long cliff walk she found us nestled in Howth harbour with a view of the fishing boats. She tracked down this famous chowder and it was overwhelmingly mouth-watering, delicious and worth the trek to Howth. We serve it in a little black metal pan on a wooden tray with two homemade brown bread and a piece of Irish butter. 

Like many of our reviewers and letters we receive, the Brass Monkey seafood chowder is always compared to others. Well we did win Best Chowder in Ireland 2012! Cooked to an old Irish recipe the deluxe seafood chowder is a creamy seafood soup with vegetables, salmon, cod, smoked haddock, mussels, tiger prawns, scallop & crab meat and it is absolutely delicious!

So thank you Heike and Anna for making our day this November. You are welcome any time!

Thank you for the warm welcome.

Thank you for the warm welcome.

“What can I say.  I was so happy it filled me up with a fine inner warmth on that cold and stormy day in January.  And I will never eat any other fish soup again nowhere else without comparing it to this!  Besides that, I love the Brass Monkey’s interior, it’s „gemütlich“ as we Germans say.  Especially all the cute painted and soft toy monkeys in the mainly dark red room create a cosy pleasant and kind atmosphere.

I really will recommend all my friends to visit this place, whenever they will come to Dublin and visit Howth. And by the way… German restaurateurs could learn from the Irish to serve free (!) water from the tap with every dish and to welcome people as heartly as the Irish do!”

Liebe Grüße
— Heike from Ueberlingen at Lake Constance / South Germany

Voted best calamari in Dublin

best calamari in brass monkey restaurant howth dublin

We were delighted to be voted number 1 for calamari in Dublin. Although Howth is no stranger to great seafood and there are plenty of places to eat. The brass Monkey on the West Pier has been serving great seafood, tapas and homemade desserts since 2010. 

We love our regulars who visit as often as possible for their favourite dishes such as piri piri crab claws, beer battered fish and chips and Cajun salmon burger to name a few. But the star of the show this week was the calamari. We ran rings around the others and topped the pols from Foursquare for the best calamari in Dublin. 

We serve up to 200 guests daily during the summer months and are always delighted to get a nice pat on the back for a job well done. We are open throughout the year from 12pm daily at 12 West Pier.

You can read the article and comments here

Our award winning calamari is best in Dublin.

Our award winning calamari is best in Dublin.