Saturday @ Sophie’s

The Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street opened recently, with pretty good reviews. The Dean also houses a roof top restaurant called Sophie’s. A couple of weeks ago, a couple of friends and I booked a table at Sophie’s for brunch.


Walking through the main door of the hotel I was instantly impressed! The lobby was cool and edgy. It had a library/old-school gentleman’s club feel to it. Think leather, wool checks, deep buttoning, low lighting. All given a contemporary, industrial take with neon signs and track lighting.

It’s refreshing to see a ‘hipster hotel’ in Dublin. I’d be a little concerned how well the interior will date. However this look isn’t going anywhere, any time soon!

Two of us sat in the lobby waiting on our friend, with a glass of wine soaking up the chilled atmosphere.

The Lobby 

The Lobby – Photos: The Dean

So when our table was ready, we hopped in the lift and made our way to the top floor. I fell in love with the herringbone floor. I’m taking a mental note of this for my own place! Stepping out of the lift… swings! Yes a line of cute, unrefined, timber and rope swings. Perfect 🙂

As we walked into the restaurant my friend gushed “Oh! Very Sex and The City”. This is the ideal description. Even down to the clientele! There were groups of women everywhere (apart from the odd man, that kind of looked like he’d been dragged there). I imagine later on in the evening would have been a more comfortable date atmosphere. The interior is quite rustic, industrial and New York loft-y, with a 360 degree view of Dublin. It’s spectacular! The bar is in the centre serving up amazing cocktails. Comfortable dining benches finished with buttoning are all around the perimeter of the room, giving each table their own Dublin view.


Sophie’s – Photos: Sophie’s

The outdoor terrace has lots of comfortable seating and each table has a heater above it. Making it the perfect recipe for sitting outside all evening 🙂


The Dean & Sophie’s interior was designed by the super talented O:Donnell O:Neill Design Associates. They are also the design brains behind Wrights Dun Laoghaire, Howth & Swords and Krystel.

Oh and the food was scrumptious. It disappeared before I had time to take a snap! 😉

x Ciara x


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