Mespil Rd, Dublin 4
+353 87 790 0077

Fine Wine & Dining Cruises

Aboard Dublin's Historic La Peniche Barge


We invite you aboard to sample our critically acclaimed foods and drink, while our crew navigate the course of the historic Grand Canal.

La Peniche (French for The Barge), is our name for the MV Riasc, a beautifully restored classic cargo barge moored between locks C4 and C5 on the stunning Grand Canal.

After a storied history being part of Ireland’s transport backbone, the MV Riasc was laid up after the canals closed to commercial transport in the 1960’s. She was brought and lovingly restored to the highest standards by her current owners and she now rests in her tranquil moorings on Dublin’s Mespil Road, only 10 minutes from St. Stephen’s Green. 

She now serves as Dublin’s premier floating restaurant and venue. We offer delicious lunch and dinner options, and the boat can be booked out in its entirety for corporate events, weddings, hen/stag parties.

Our cruising dinners are not to be missed, and offer an incredibly unique opertunity to experience the barge rising up through a lock and navigating under 18th century bridges, all from the comfort of your table.

You can walk-in seven days a week for lunch or dinner. We are open from 12.30 every day, and close at 21.00 Sunday to Thursday and 23.00 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Alternatively, you can book a private party where you will have the entire boat to yourself and your crew, see our Exclusive Hire page for more info!

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The ultimate city center drinking and dining experience

Enjoy breathtaking views of the historic Grand Canal from the top deck, or get cosy in our beautifully furnished dining area.

Grab a coffee, beer, wine or meal and soak in the canal life, as our experienced crew take you through still-functioning historic lock gates. Our cosy indoor dining area below deck provides the perfect setting for a candlelit dinner or intimate gathering. Bigger parties can hire the entire boat for up to 60 guests. See our exclusive hire section for more.

Customer Reviews

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our customers say:

The food is honest and well made, but the unique selling proposition here is the whole experience. If you have a night out with friends coming up, it’s a great fun night, and something very different.

Paolo Tullio

Taste of Ireland

Amazing set-up in a small “peniche” with a very friendly staff and great meals.
We ordered a 3 course meal that was delicious from start to end! 
The staff was really friendly making sure everything was going well.
We can only recommend this experience for a romantic evening.

Quentin Vaucelle-Auzel

Google Reviews

A lovely relaxing evening, food was good and a very reasonably priced attraction for Dublin. Very clean, comfortable and welcoming, I loved the decor. The Staff was really friendly, hardworking and helpful



This is a secret spot, such amazing food, fabulous atmosphere and beautiful location. If you want a romantic meal for two, a birthday celebration in style or just a secret spot for a meal out, this is the place to go.


Google Reviews

Gorgeous Sunday lunch today, service was cracking, and food was superb!… great value too, and super ambience…. highly recommend it… can’t wait to return

Bob Leggett

Google Reviews

Really good fun!! I recently had my birthday at La Peniche with 20 of my friends. We were looked after so well, the staff were just so easy and friendly. They made my night. There was something on the menu for everyone and the food was perfect – especially the deserts. 

Susan Ryan

Google Reveiws

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