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You voted for best restaurants - now read who's made the listTASTY: The Dubliner magazine serves up gongs

THE city's top 100 restaurants are battling it out to be named the people's favourite in a glamorous awards ceremony.

Thousands of readers of The Dubliner magazine have chosen where they love to wine and dine and tonight the most popular haunts will be announced.

Pichet, The Exchequer and Juniors have topped the bill but the number-one place to eat out in the capital won't be announced until tonight.

Famed eateries such as Jo' Burger, Chapter One and Dillinger's have landed places in the Top 10, but three lucky restaurants, as chosen by voters for the People's Choice Award, have been exclusively revealed to the Herald ahead of the celebrations.

Nick Munier's popular spot Pichet, on Trinity Street, is one of the lucky restaurants to bag a coveted prize in the top three.

The informal cafe is renowned for its light lunches and affordable dining.

The Exchequer, a famed gastronomy pub, has been voted in diners Top Three favourite choices to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy an occasion.

Family run Dublin 4 eaterie Juniors -- which aims to create real Neapolitan-style food -- has also claimed a poll position in The Dubliner's 100 Best Restaurants list of 2011.

The event is now in its 10th year, and publisher Paul Trainer said there's lots of competition on the restaurant scene.

"There's 32 new entries, which is much higher than previous years. A lot of that indicates the fact that there's a new breed of up-and-coming chefs who have trained in places like L'Ecrivain under the bigger chefs and set up lots of new bistros that are first-time entries," he said.