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L'Ecrivain, Lower Baggot Street
Restaurant information
Head chefDerry Clarke
Food typeIrish and French
Rating1 Michelin star Michelin Guide
Street address109-A Lower Baggot Street

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L'Ecrivain (French pronunciation: ​[le.kʁi.vɛ̃], meaning "The Writer") is a restaurant on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland, which was awarded one Michelin star for each year of the period 2003 to the present. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant the "Red M", indicating "good food at a reasonable price", in for every year of the period 1996–1999.[1][2][3][4]

The restaurant's proprietor is Irish celebrity chef Derry Clarke, who has appeared on such television programmes as The Restaurant, The Afternoon Show and The Panel (in 2008)[5] and has also been a judge on the reality television series Fáilte Towers.[6] l'Ecrivain has been described as "Dublin's corporate canteen" by the Irish Independent.[7] The restaurant was opened in 1989 by Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyann.[8]


l'Ecrivain's specialty is both Irish and French cuisine.[9] In 2009, it was providing an "excellent" three-course lunch menu at a cost of 25 per person and a dinner menu which cost €50.[10] In a separate report this was compared to 2006 prices, where two courses and one "modest" bottle of wine between four paying customers would have cost €448.14.[7]


  1. ^ The emergence, development and influence of French Haute Cuisine on public dining in Dublin restaurants 1900-2000: an oral history. Thesis DIT by Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, 2009. 3 downloadable volumes. Part 2, p. 343
  2. ^ "Michelin star? Tell them I'm making ravioli". Daily Mail via HighBeam Research. 23 January 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2012. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Michelin superstars". Daily Mail via HighBeam Research. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2012. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Irish restaurants keep their Michelin stars". Irish Independent. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  5. ^ Tuesday, 30 December 2008[permanent dead link]. RTÉ. Accessed 30 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Judges". RTÉ. Accessed 25 April 2009.
  7. ^ a b "L'Ecrivain and Shanahan's on the Green - Deal or no deal?". Irish Independent. 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  8. ^ "Our Michelin men's guide to a cheap, four-star lunch". Irish Independent. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Dublin: Exploring the dark corners of Ireland's capital". Daily Mirror. 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  10. ^ "Tabletalk: Lucinda rounds up the best deals on meals in town". Irish Independent. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2009-04-25.

Coordinates: 53°20′10″N 6°14′55″W / 53.3362°N 6.2486°W / 53.3362; -6.2486