Lunch at Zaragoza, 18 South William Street, Dublin 2

Zaragoza, Eat – Explore – Enjoy

A couple of week’s ago I was gifted a Zomato voucher to spend at Zaragoza Restaurant who specialise in Spanish Tapas … which I was very grateful for – No better gift for this food loving foodie!

Zaragoza, 18 South William Street, Dublin 2

It had come at the perfect time as Patrick, Smith and I were to spend the afternoon in Dublin City with our evening booked for the Macnas Procession as part of the Bram Stoker Festival.

We didn’t get off to a great start with our visit to Zaragoza, I have to admit. First I forgot the voucher. Then we were late for our reservation, very late. I did phone to say we wouldn’t be on time and was happily told not to worry, but you know that feeling when you’re late and you don’t want to be … Anyway, add to these the fact the weather was grey and miserable and you’ve got yourself a woman who wanted to rewind the clock a few hours to start again … but my feelings of ‘meh’ didn’t last long and it was actually our visit to Zaragoza that helped with that.

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From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, the dampness from outside seemed a memory away. The restaurant is bright, airy and bigger than I had expected, with its two tiered dining areas, cocktail & bar area and private dining room. Although there is enough space for more tables and seating, I love the fact that they haven’t overloaded the floor. This means you should never feel like you’re dining with a stranger, and if like us you have an infant in tow, there should be plenty of room for a high chair. The aforementioned cocktail bar area looks like the perfect area to reserve if you are out with friends for a tipple and tapas. The private dining room is ideal for a party. Back onto the open plan dining area and there’s a wall to the kitchen that’s glass so you can see some of the hustle and bustle in the kitchen, a feature I know many people enjoy to observe. There is a dining area outside where you can watch the world go by and soak up some rays of shine, weather permitting. Finally the place is sparkling clean and fresh 

We were greeted warmly by Diana, who observing that we had a pram (with a child in it) showed us to our table, one that allowed for Smith’s pram to be kept near and gave us plenty of room for a high chair. It was a rainy weekday afternoon so the restaurant wasn’t full but was definitely kept going with couples and families who made up their clientele. It was the perfect ambience for us as Smith was with us. With the evening brings a much more livelier atmosphere … one that I will return to experience at a later date.

Zaragoza, 18 South William Street, Dublin 2

The menu we ordered from was the Lunch Menu which is normally available Tuesday – Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm. The Lunch Menu offers two tapas, one side order, a still or sparkling water and a tea or coffee for €14.95. There is a choice of twelve different tapas and four different side orders on this menu. There are also Lunch Specials available that range in price from €12.90 – €15.95 per meal. We chose the Lunch Menu for €14.95.

For our tapas we chose: