Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Bunratty

Gallagher's of Bunratty

With stone walls, exposed beams, timber panelling and a wood stove, this thatched cottage is as enchanting inside as it is out. But the real reason to book is for some of Ireland's most magnificent seafood, such as …
Top Choice Bakery in Killaloe & Ballina

Wooden Spoon

Strewn with old cookbooks, the Wooden Spoon is renowned for its baking, and queues regularly stretch out the door. Savoury dishes span frittatas to spinach- and chorizo-stuffed filo pastries; sweet treats include mi…
Top Choice Seafood in Lahinch

Barrtrá Seafood Restaurant

On a farm 4.5km south of Lahinch, this whitewashed country cottage is surrounded by kitchen gardens that provide herbs and vegetables for exquisite dishes such as fennel-stuffed plaice with shellfish bisque. Views o…
Top Choice Deli in Ennistimon

Cheese Press

Everything you need for a riverside picnic or packed lunch for a Burren hike is on offer at this enticing deli. Organic Irish cheeses include St Tola Irish Goat Cheese, Abbey Brie, Ballyhooly Blue, Burren Gold, Smok…
Top Choice Seafood in Loop Head Peninsula

Long Dock

With stone walls and floors, and a roaring fire, this treasure of a pub has a seriously good kitchen. Seafood is the order of the day – you'll see the purveyors who work out in the estuary drinking at the bar. Speci…
Top Choice Seafood in Ballyvaughan

Monks at the Pier

While vegetarian dishes are available daily, as are steaks and burgers, seafood is the star at this whitewashed restaurant warmed by log-burning stoves. Think black Head Bay clams steamed in white wine; Burren smoke…
Top Choice Irish in Kilkee

Murphy Blacks

The county's produce stars on Murphy Blacks' menu: rack of Clare lamb with redcurrant and port jus, Loop Head seafood pie, Carrigaholt crab hot pot and Hag's Head hake with black pudding crumble. It's booked up soli…
Pub Food in Bunratty

Durty Nelly's

Opened in 1620, this atmospheric mustard-yellow pub once served the guards at neighbouring Bunratty Castle. Its warren of rooms is full of snugs, timber beams and peat fires, along with an astonishing collection of …
Pub Food in Carron

Cassidy's

Cassidy's raises its own cattle and goats for its kitchen, which serves dishes including its famous Dolmen goat burger. Idyllic views extend from the terrace of the historic building, which was once a British Royal …
Cafe in Kilrush

Potter's Hand

A beautiful flower-filled, umbrella-shaded courtyard is the sweet spot at this charming cafe serving cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads (many vegetarian) on house-made pottery. On Wednesday evenings, it runs fre…