Restaurants

Top Choice French in Galway City

Pullman Restaurant

One of these two original 1927 Orient Express train carriages at Glenlo Abbey Hotel was used in the filming of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express and was also part of Winston Churchill's 1965 funeral cor…
Top Choice French in Merrion Square & Around

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Ireland's only Michelin two-star is understandably considered the best in the country by its devotees, who proclaim Guillaume Lebrun's French haute cuisine the most exalted expression of the culinary arts. If you li…
Top Choice Irish in County Limerick

Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

The attractive village of Ballingarry is home to one of County Limerick's hidden dining gems. Produce picked fresh from this 19th-century former convent's orchards and kitchen gardens is incorporated into seasonal m…
Top Choice Irish in Slea Head

Gormans Clifftop House

Far and away the best place to eat and sleep in the area is Gormans Clifftop House. Book ahead to dine on delicious Kerry mountain lamb stew, Dingle Bay prawns and other exquisite dishes (dietary requirements can be…
Top Choice Irish in Kenmare

Tom Crean Fish & Wine

Named for Kerry's pioneering Antarctic explorer, and run by his granddaughter, this venerable restaurant uses only the best of local organic produce, cheeses and fresh seafood. Sneem lobster is available in season, …
Top Choice Irish in Midleton

Farmgate Restaurant

The original, sister establishment to Cork city's Farmgate Cafe, the Midleton restaurant offers the same superb blend of traditional and modern Irish cuisine. Squeeze through the deli (open 9am to 6pm Tuesday to Sat…
Top Choice Tapas in Galway City

Cava Bodega

Over 50 regional Spanish tapas dishes are given a gourmet twist by star chef JP McMahon, whose other ventures include Michelin-starred Aniar. Showstoppers include salt cod with seaweed jam, black-olive fig cake, qua…
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 Irish in Kinsale

Black Pig Wine Bar

This sophisticated hideaway is set in an 18th-century coach house with a charming cobbled courtyard out the back, and offers a mouth-watering menu of gourmet nibbles, charcuterie platters and cheese boards sourced f…
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…