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L'Ecrivain, Baggot Street Lower.JPG
L'Ecrivain, Lower Baggot Street
Restaurant information
Head chefDerry Clarke
Food typeIrish and French
Rating1 Michelin star Michelin Guide
Street address109A Lower Baggot Street

L'Ecrivain (French pronunciation: ​[le.kʁi.vɛ̃], meaning "The Writer") was a restaurant on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland, which was awarded one Michelin star from 2003 to 2020. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant the "Red M", indicating "good food at a reasonable price", from 1996 to 1999.[1][2]

The restaurant's proprietor was Irish celebrity chef Derry Clarke, who has appeared on such television programmes as The Restaurant, The Afternoon Show and The Panel (in 2008)[3] and has also been a judge on the reality television series Fáilte Towers.[4] L'Ecrivain was described as "Dublin's corporate canteen" by the Irish Independent.[5] The restaurant was opened in 1989 by Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyann.[6] It closed in March 2021.[7]


L'Ecrivain's specialty was both Irish and French cuisine.[8] 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.[9] 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.[5]


  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. ^ "Irish restaurants keep their Michelin stars". Irish Independent. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ Tuesday, 30 December 2008[permanent dead link]. RTÉ. Accessed 30 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Judges". RTÉ. Accessed 25 April 2009.
  5. ^ a b "L'Ecrivain and Shanahan's on the Green - Deal or no deal?". Irish Independent. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Our Michelin men's guide to a cheap, four-star lunch". Irish Independent. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  7. ^ "'It's time for a change' - Michelin Star Dublin restaurant l'Ecrivain set to close after 31 years in business".
  8. ^ "Dublin: Exploring the dark corners of Ireland's capital". Daily Mirror. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Tabletalk: Lucinda rounds up the best deals on meals in town". Irish Independent. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2009.

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