Top Restaurants in Ireland
Collected by Yvonne Gordon , AFAR Local Expert
Ireland's best products come directly from the sea and soil, with fresh seafood, meat, and vegetables making their way into traditional Irish cuisine and the menus of award-winning chefs, from city center to the coast.
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites Inis Meáin, Carrownlisheen, Inishmaan, Co. Galway, Ireland
Inishmaan is one of the Aran Islands of the west coast of Ireland—one of the most unspoiled spots in the country—and Inis Meáin restaurant uses the good things that come from the pure earth and sea around...
Middle Road, Dysert, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, P36 DK38, Ireland
In some ways, the Cliff House Hotel is just a resting place for people looking to eat in its highly regarded Michelin-starred restaurant, but the hotel’s loft-style bedrooms are also among the most modern and stylish anywhere in this...
5, The Arches, Gas House Lane, Highhays, Kilkenny, R95 X092, Ireland
Campagne serves up French-inspired fine dining in a relaxed space filled with bright and colorful art under the railway arches in Kilkenny’s Gas House Lane. Dishes are made from the best local and seasonal...
The English Market, Princes St, Centre, Cork, T12 NC8Y, Ireland
I visited The English Market in Cork a day before Christmas. The timing amped up the energy at this beloved covered market to a festive level that felt crushing as I tried to navigate my way through stalls selling local delicacies like spiced...
Harbour Road West, Goleen, Co. Cork, Ireland
The Heron’s Cove is a special little spot on a small inlet in Goleen on the coast in West Cork, with harbor views and an outdoor terrace for pre- or post-dinner drinks. The harborside location also gives it access to freshly caught...
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale Co, Town-Plots, Kinsale, Co. IE, Ireland
With owner and chef’s Martin Shanahan’s background as a fishmonger, it’s not hard to guess what’s on the menu here, but this place is serious about seafood. He first opened a fish shop and deli and later...
Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Ballymaloe originated as a Norman castle in the mid 15th century. Today, the 400-acre estate, 20 miles from the city of Cork, is home to a superb farm-to-table restaurant and a variety of guest rooms and cottages. For the past 30 years, the Allen...
Main Street, Carrownaglogh, Terryglass, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
The Derg Inn is a charming gastropub on a tree-lined road in the tiny village of Terryglass in County Tipperary. It’s a popular spot for boaters on the Lough Derg and the River Shannon, which is just a few minutes’...
Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, H91 E9XA, Ireland
No traveler's meal is more crucial than the one after an overnight transatlantic flight, four hours of buses and trains, and (finally!) a shower. An Irish friend who knows my passion for good food recommended Ard Bia in Galway, a two-minute walk...
Rathmullan Terrace, Kinnegar, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, F92 YA0F, Ireland
Rathmullan House is on Lough Swilly just outside Rathmullan village in County Donegal, and if you’re there early enough for a pre-dinner walk, head down to the small sandy beach for some lovely views. Dine in the elegant dining room in...
10 Quay St, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland
The Tannery has become one of the southeast’s destination restaurants since chef Paul Flynn opened it more than 20 years ago in the coastal town of Dungarvan, County Waterford. Flynn serves fresh, local produce with a twist, such...
Portaneena, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 R2D7, Ireland
The restaurant at Wineport Lodge is on the shore of Lough Ree, the second largest lake on the River Shannon, in the Midlands, and the large dining room has panoramic lake views from its prime position on the water’s edge. Popular...
Cliff Road, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The timber-beamed ceilings, wooden floors, and brick walls give a cozy feel to this pub in the tiny village of Rossnowlagh in County Donegal. Overlooking the long golden Rossnowlagh Beach and Donegal Bay, the pub specializes in seafood,...
R733, Arthurstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Y34 R597, Ireland
The award-winning restaurant Harvest Room is run by Kevin Dundon, one of Ireland’s top celebrity chefs, who also owns the luxury country-house hotel the restaurant is in, an elegant Georgian manse on the Hook Peninsula in Wexford....
Main St, Ballycotton, Co. Cork, Ireland
Blackbird is a charming pub with oodles of traditional atmosphere in the quiet fishing village of Ballycotton in East Cork. Its secret is the Field Kitchen, a trailer that was lowered into the rear beer garden, which...
34-36 Bank St, Belfast BT1 1HL, UK
This small—but always packed—dining room is where to go for a delicious introduction to the fresh seafood that’s so abundant along the coast. Specials are chalked on a blackboard, while the likes of Mourne mussels, fish cakes,...
11-17 Exchequer Street (basement), Dublin, D02 RY63, Ireland
Fallon & Byrne in Dublin is a special place. One of the best food halls in the city is on the main floor, while a top-notch restaurant is upstairs. But don’t miss the quaint and picturesque wine cellar in the basement,...
47 Green St, Dingle, Co. Kerry, V92 FF25, Ireland
Dick Mack’s has been one of County Kerry’s best-loved pubs since 1899, and the shelves and walls are packed with bottles and memorabilia that tell the story of its history as a shoemaker and the famous faces that have popped in...
The Mall, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
In the colorful seaside town of Dingle, you’ll find the Chart House, a lovely modern restaurant in a low, stone cottage with a garden that provides many of the goodies found on the menu. Dishes are served with a creative...
the Gallops Kilkenny, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Lady Helen Restaurant in the Mount Juliet Estate and hotel is named after the former owner of the estate, and the dining space is elegant and classic, with window tables affording views across the fields to the River Nore. It has...
The Weir, Roymore, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, Ireland
This cute thatched cottage that looks out over the weir in Kilcolgan is home to the seventh generation of the Moran family. Whether you choose to sit in its inviting bar filled with bric-a-brac, one of the cozy snugs (private rooms), or the dining...
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