Restaurants

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 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…
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 Irish in Donegal Town

Olde Castle Bar

This ever-busy pub off the Diamond serves some of the area's best food. Look for classics such as Donegal Bay oysters or mussels, Irish stew and seafood platters (€28.95), plus steaks and burgers. The fish and chips…
Top Choice Irish in Rathdrum

Strawberry Tree

There's organic, and then there's certified organic – and this elegant restaurant is the only one in the country to be classified as such. Everything on your plate is either grown on nearby organic farms or foraged …
Top Choice Irish in Dingle Town

Idás

Chef Kevin Murphy is dedicated to promoting produce solely from the Dingle Peninsula, taking lamb, seafood and foraged herbs to create delicately flavoured concoctions such as braised John Dory fillet with fennel da…