Mon - Fri 8am - 11.30am
Sat 9am - 3pm
Sun 9am - 4pm
Mon - Thur 12pm - 10pm
Fri 12pm - 10.30pm
Sat 5pm - 10.30pm
Sun 5pm - 10pm
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
With Parisian and New York influences, Balfes is an all-day dining brasserie and uptown bar in the heart of Dublin 2’s Creative Quarter. Located on Balfe Street, where Grafton Street and the Creative Quarter meet, Balfes features a 20 seater outdoor terrace, a zinc-covered bar and open kitchen and is open from 8am until late Monday to Friday and from 10am until late Saturday and Sunday.
The menu offers healthy breakfasts, leisurely lunches and dinner using the best of Irish seafood and quality meat, with all produce expertly sourced by our experienced chefs. Strong on Irish artisan ingredients including farmhouse cheese and house smoked salt, Balfes also has its own coffee blend, home-baked pastries, muffins and cakes, homemade preserves and chutneys and cold pressed juice, making it the perfect space for breakfast meetings with tempting treats.
Grilled steak, prawns and whole fish are roasted on a charcoal grill using grass-fed Irish beef, dry aged for 32 days, while fresh oysters, ceviche, seaweed cured Gravlax and Castletownbere crab make up the seafood offering. Fresh local produce goes into creating Balfes’ salads, weekend brunches, juices and cocktails.
Balfes caters for specific dietary requirements and offers plenty of gluten-free choices across the menu including gluten free omelettes, fish and chips, pancakes and offerings from the charcoal grill including the burger which can be served in a gluten free wrap. The menu also offers pilaf rice, a vegan rice option, and dairy free rice pudding.
Formerly Pitt Street, Balfe Street was renamed in honour of internationally celebrated composer, Michael William Balfe, who was born and spent his youth in a house on No. 10 Pitt Street. The musical tradition continues today, rebooted for the 21st century. Complimentary all-day WIFI makes Balfes the perfect place to work or meet.
Lovely food, wonderful service.
It is always a pleasure to eat at Balfes. This experience topped all previous visits. I was accompanied by my two nieces who equally enjoyed themselves. Excellent food, wonderful atmosphere & great craic. Thank you. Claire
One of the best brunches in Dublin city centre, in chic surroundings. Healthy menu options.
Food was excellent (nice variation of choices on menu) and service was top notch. Will be back!
Excellent service from staff. One issue was that my brunch arrived with bacon on it which, as I don't eat meat, wasn't ideal. When staff returned my breakfast it was obvious they had simply taken the bacon off the plate as the bacon oil was still present. When alerted to this, they provided a fresh dish very promptly. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and staff were excellent in helping with this. This was very much appreciated. A final note is that we did feel somewhat rushed to leave the restaurant. This is understandable as it was busy, however we still had drinks to consume and it did lower the atmosphere somewhat.
Food was spectacular. We arrived 20 minutes early and there was no issue. They gave us a choice of tables.
Delicious food, good quality fish (we had the fish and chips) and great service. Thanks!
Fun place for Brunch with a varied menu offerings options for all tastes. Good Bloody Mary!!
Overall fantastic, food really good & staff are lovely. My only comment is air conditioning made it quite chilly! But I will definitely return!
Absolutely fabulous experience. My first brunch in Balfes. I will certainly be back. The staff were so helpful and accommodating. Cannot recommend Balfes enough.
I wish someone had told me that I would not have had to vacate the table at 830 as outlined in the reservation. There was no pressure and we stayed until late but it did provide some stress initially.
Friendly service, delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere.. Loveky way to spend a Friday lunchtime..
Lovely dinner - great atmosphere!
Our server on the day was exceptionally good. Very attentive and patient with our large party, while still being completely unobtrusive. Highly professional & all of our group remarked on the level of service. Unfortunately I didn't catch her name as her shift finished before we got our bill. Food was very good, as was the wine. Ambiance & decor were both faultless.
Most enjoyable evening. Everyone enjoyed their food. I had the fish stew - delicious!
Service was very poor. The waitress was confused and took away food we ordered, and brought food we didn't order and clearly didn't listen to what we were saying. Moreover, salmon was put on a plate with pancakes (?!). When I said that we did not order it, the salmon was simply removed from the plate, but THE SAME PLATE where the salmon had been was brought back to me. I asked if they simply removed the salmon from the plate but reused the plate, and the answer was yes. This is very bad service, in particular because 1) salmon has very significant taste and you'd be able to taste and/or smell it even though it been removed, 2) when you haven't ordered salmon, you don't want your pancakes to taste like it, 3) unhygienic to simply remove an item and reuse the plate - was allergies even considered in such an instanse (apart from how disgusting it actually would be to have sweet pancakes mixed with a taste of salmon, if it hadn't specifically been ordered like that).
Went to Balfes for dinner and drinks with a few friends. As always we had a great night. The food and cocktails were amazing. We will definitely be back again very soon.
Delicious food, great atmosphere
Myself and my Husband had a fantastic 3 course meal on Saturday night.. we felt so welcome by the staff and the service was fantastic from start to finish there is not one thing we could fault on our experience and we having been raving to friends about the food.. thank you for a lovely night we will definitely be back 👌
Always a good spot to catch up over lunch.
The restaurant was not particularly busy and we were waiting a long time for our food.
Fabulous brunch!! Will be back!!
Great food and service!