Dine in Dublin returns from 24th - 30th October 2011. During that week, participating restaurants will have good set menus of their most popular dishes at promotional prices ranging from €15 - €30. The à la carte menus are also available. In the past, it's always been just €25 or €30 menus so it's nice to see a response to harder times. Presumably also part of that is a deal they've done with Park Rite who will provide discounted parking in certain car parks (surprisingly including the normally scandalously priced Fleet St) at an evening rate of €3. It's not clear to me how you prove you are participating in Dine in Dublin to the car park payment machine though.
So what restaurants are taking part this year? There's a big list this year. Highlights for me would be Fallon & Byrne and Dada. There's a quite a few in suburbs this year too. On that list, I like Washerwoman's Hill in Glasnevin and Essence in Swords. You do need to mention Dine in Dublin when you reserve at table, and it has to be before 7pm, which I think is not terribly in the spirit of the whole thing. Over all, though it's a great way to try out restaurants you haven't eaten in before.