Restaurants

Top Choice Modern Irish in Carlow Town

Lennons

Carlow's best dining is found amid the arty surrounds of the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art. It's a sleek and stylish space with a patio bordering the grassy grounds of St Patrick's College. Lunch features creat…
Top Choice French in Waterford City

La Bohème

This dress-for-dinner kind of place combines French flair with fresh Irish produce. Set in the kitchen basement of a Georgian townhouse, the dining rooms are intimate spaces with barrel vault roofs and arches; the w…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Kilkenny City

Campagne

Chef Garrett Byrne was awarded a Michelin star for this bold, stylish restaurant in his native Kilkenny. He's passionate about supporting local and artisan producers, and serves ever-changing, ever-memorable meals, …
Top Choice Irish in Borris

Step House Hotel

The handsome 1808 Brasserie & Bar in the Step House Hotel, all polished mahogany, red leather benches and green glass lampshades, is an elegant but relaxed place to enjoy some of County Carlow's best food. Expec…
Top Choice Cafe in Dungarvan

Meades

Enjoying an ace position on the town’s main square, this cafe has a cheerful vibe with a kids' corner, sofas to lounge on, papers to read and a menu of scrumptious baked goods, as well as savoury tartlets, homemade …
Top Choice Modern Irish in Dungarvan

Tannery

An old tannery building houses this innovative and much-lauded restaurant, where Paul Flynn creates seasonally changing dishes that focus on just a few flavours and celebrates them through preparations that are at o…
Top Choice Irish in Kilkenny City

Zuni

Among Kilkenny's most stylish and busiest restaurants, Zuni manages to hold its place on the cutting edge it pioneered when it opened just before the turn of the millennium. It's sophisticated yet informal, with a m…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Wexford Town

Cistín Eile

Bring a hearty appetite when you visit this always-busy restaurant – as the motto on the wall says, Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras (hunger makes a great sauce). Expect the daily menu of locally sourced artisan prod…
Top Choice Bistro in Kilkenny City

Foodworks

The owners of this cool and casual bistro keep their own pigs and grow their own salad leaves, so it would be churlish not to try their pork belly stuffed with black pudding, or confit pig's trotter – and you'll be …
Top Choice Bistro in Wexford Town

Greenacres

Eating, shopping, culture…this place has it covered! Irish cheeses and local produce are beautifully displayed in the food hall, the wine selection is the best south of Dublin, and the gourmet bistro gets star ratin…