Restaurants

Check out our pick of great restaurants offering excellent value and service throughout Ireland.

I had wanted to visit Cava Bodega in Galway city for a long time, and it took a few visits to the famous City of Tribes before I got an opportunity to do so. Often described as Ireland's best Tapas…
The town of Kenmare in South Kerry has more than it's fair share of good restaurants and cafes, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike.  But you can't get enough of a good thing, as they say, so…
We just sampled the new menus at Eden Bar & Grill, and were pretty wowed with the creative dishes.  Oven Roasted Figs with Ardsallagh Goat's Cheese, Lavender Honey and Pomegranate - just divine! Exceptional value for the Early Bird menu…
 What is so unique about this restaurant is the setting - the views are nothing short of breath-taking.  Sitting either inside or outside, the rolling greens of the Ring of Kerry Golf Course bring the eye further across Kenmare Bay…
Earlier this year, this renowned Cork restaurant opened a new venture, specializing is gourmet burgers and chicken.  While offering a totally different dining experience, the cheeky named Coqbull has in a few short months gained quite a following already.  But…
The first time I visited it was one of those rare Dublin summer evenings when it was very warm, very bright and very near the end of a working week.  As we turned from the iconic Dublin Convention Centre, we…
Martin McCormac has now become a familiar face across Ireland as he appears cooking up a Spanish storm on TV3.  His restaurant La Rambla in Killarney continues from strength to strength and has been a firm favourite with the locals…
SEAGRASS is a busy buzzing neighbourhood bistro style restaurant that is serious about food.  Located in Portabello, Dublin 2, Seagrass proudly states "we are passionate and progressive about what we do".  This is evident in the food that they serve…
Cork city is so full of great places to eat that it can be difficult to choose just where to go for lunch or dinner. We all have our favourites, but with new places popping up regularly offering varied and…
Kelly's Resort Hotel has been a family favourite for generations, and is renowned for great food and wine.  With the opening of Kelly's Café in nearby Drinagh Retail Park some months ago, their popularity has grown even further.  It is already…
When I first discovered Gotham Cafe just off Grafton Street back in the 90s, it was like being back in New York!  The whole atmosphere embodied everything about The Big Apple from the name, to the ambiance, the menus and…
Spanish Point is one of those little pockets of Ireland that quite takes your breath away. It is a dream holiday destination, right on the Wild Atlantic Way, where surfers and swimmers are in heaven. Lots of accommodation options for…
I was recently looking for a nice spot for dinner on a Saturday night in Galway city centre together with three hungry colleagues, and then I  remembered that the last time I was in the City of Tribes, almost a…
First of all we loved the name - Suesey Street - is the new incarnation born from the memory of Brasserie Le Point on the corner of Fitzwilliam Place.  But Suesey Street is also the original name of neighbouring Leeson…
Boulevard Cafe is located in an area of Dublin City that is buzzing with great eateries these days.  This part of Dublin 2 is hot for food with great choices at every turn.  It is testament to how good The…
Healthy eating rarely tastes as good as it does at FARM on Leeson Street, where we enjoyed a great lazy Sunday lunch/dinner recently.  We sat by the window in the afternoon sunshine as the restaurant enjoyed a pretty constant flow…
We revisited Cornucopia recently and were delighted to see the restaurant buzzing and busy as ever. There are talks on health and well being held regularly upstairs - it was Sleep Apnea the night we were there - and it…
Fire and Brimstone are considered a pretty hot Biblical combination, but when it comes to food and cocktails in Limerick city, they are so hot that they are super-cool.  We are talking Brimstone Steak House Bar & Grill on Bishops…
If you wanted to find a unique, historic, gourmet, exciting and truly romantic setting to enjoy a special dinner in Galway, you certainly could not find anywhere better than The Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express. Set in the grounds…
The Brasserie Restaurant, under the expert eye of Executive Chef Gareth Mullins, is everything a contemporary great Irish restaurant should be.  This chic restaurant situated in the fabulous Marker Hotel at Grand Canal Dock serves up fresh, seasonal and local…
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