20 Irish restaurants that have nailed outdoor eating – whatever the weather

Restaurant critic Corinna Hardgrave shares her favourite food outlets to keep you covered

Great outdoor dining: Roots at Slane Castle has plenty of covered seating in a very fine marquee

Great outdoor dining: Roots at Slane Castle has plenty of covered seating in a very fine marquee

There are so many great places to eat outdoors this summer, but some restaurants have absolutely nailed the experience when it comes to all-round comfort, no matter what the weather. These are my top picks to keep you covered.

DUBLIN

777
Unit 7 Castle House, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, 777.ie
Inventive, with the party vibe you expect from 777, the new Afuera dining space – afuera means outside in Spanish – is an impressive example of how to transform a car park. Dramatic cantilevered awnings add plenty of cover, an Airstream slings out the margaritas, and the menu includes taquitos, tostadas and plenty from the wood-fired grill.

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