Gormans Clifftop House
Set up above the R560 northern coast road, this dark-peach-painted place has an open-plan interior with a stone fireplace and book-filled shelves running the full width of the walls. In-the-know locals head here for its gourmet burgers with handcut chips. There are cosy B&B rooms (with wi-fi) onsite and a cluster of villas (without wi-fi) for self-caterers out back.
Entering this 1866-built coastguard station feels like arriving at a low-key village pub. But a narrow doorway at the back of the bar leads to a striking, whitewashed contemporary space with lights glittering from midnight-blue ceiling panels, stained-glass and metallic fish sculptures, a pianist, and huge picture windows overlooking the water.
Gap of Dunloe
Decorated with fittings from a convent, an orphanage and a school, this Celtic deco restaurant doubles as the town museum, with Jonathan Fisher's 18th-century views of the national park taking pride of place. Try the house speciality, boxty (potato pancake).
By day, Gavin Gleeson's gem of a cafe serves dishes like beer-battered salmon and salads such as almond-crusted goats' cheese with raspberry dressing. Dinner, offering mains like maple-glazed pork, is a more upmarket affair.
Formerly known as D'Arcy's, this venerable restaurant has been renamed in honour of owner/chef Aileen d'Arcy's grandfather, Kerry's pioneering Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. Local purveyors supply the best in organic produce, cheeses and fresh seafood, all served in modern, low-key surrounds.
Creative, often Asian-inspired twists on local seafood, such as salmon, prawn and cod sushi are the pick of the menu here, but Mulcahys also serves meat-based classics like beef Wellington.