Fondue, the classic Swiss dish of melted cheese, has spread from its Alpine home to become popular all over the world. The fondue itself is typically made with a blend of cheese varieties, wine, and seasoning, and is usually served with fresh, crusty bread for dipping in the hot melted cheese.
Although the earliest known mention of cheese fondue is from a 1699 recipe book, fondue in its modern form didn’t appear until the early 20th century. The Swiss government promoted fondue heavily as a way to increase cheese consumption, and it became popular with Americans in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Today, the creamy, hearty and delicious dish is beloved the world over.
Thankfully, there are several restaurants in Dublin that serve excellent fondue.
In this post, we share the best fondue in Dublin.
Map of Fondue Restaurants
The following map shows the location of every fondue restaurant highlighted in this post:
Bistro Le Monde
The first entry on our list is Bistro Le Monde, a loosely French-themed restaurant in Dun Laoghaire. Located directly on the harbour front, the restaurant offers a range of mains, pizzas, and salads, as well as their fondue offering.
Set up for two, the fondue comes with a choice of cheese, either gruyere, comte, or vacherin. The fondue is traditionally made with white wine and served with bread chunks.
For a classic fondue experience, look no further than Bistro Le Monde.
Location: Harbour Square, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Olesya’s Wine Bar & Bistro
Olesya’s Wine Bar & Bistro is one of the finest wine bars in the city. With over 100 wines to sample, the drinks menu is first class. The food on offer is also excellent, with a range of delicious nibbles, mains, and sharing platters to enjoy.
The bistro’s fondue option is a camembert fondue, served hot and bubbling with bread and grapes. The fondue is the perfect accompaniment to a cold glass of white wine for a group of 2 or 3.
Situated on bohemian Exchequer Street in the city centre, Olesya’s Wine Bar & Bistro is a gorgeous spot to enjoy some fine fondue and wine.
Location: 18 Exchequer Street, Dublin
The Irish location of the Italian restaurant chain Zizzi is a stylish and welcoming restaurant located on Suffolk Street, just off from the bottom of Grafton Street and a stone’s throw from Trinity College.
Zizzi’s fondue is an intriguing baked burrata fondue that is available as a starter. The choice of burrata, an Italian cow’s milk cheese made from a combination of mozzarella and cream, fits with the Italian menu and makes for a creamy and flavoursome taste sensation.
While the small size doesn’t offer the full fondue experience, this is a quick and easy option to satisfy any melted cheese cravings.
Location: 24 Suffolk Street, Dublin
Bow Lane Social Club
The final entry on our list is Bow Lane Social Club, a hip and laid back cocktail bar and restaurant on Aungier Street in the city centre. Known for their popular bottomless brunch, the bar also serves up some tasty dinner options in its bottomless supper club menu.
While not strictly fondue, one of the starters on offer is a gorgeous baked brie and artichoke dip, served with a side of toast for dipping. If you’re craving melted cheese but don’t want to go full fondue, look no further than Bow Lane Social Club’s supper menu.
Location: 17 Aungier Street, Dublin