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Restaurants in Ireland

While the Irish have long been known for their fine liquors, it is seldom travelers seek out the emerald isle as a food destination, – which is a pity. Many of the best restaurants in Ireland now serve refined takes on traditional dishes, using the freshest local ingredients. Foodie hotspots include the big cities of Dublin, Galway and Cork where local purveyors, cheese mongers, bakers and organic farmers meet in markets to sell their wares. The towns of Killarney, Kilkenny, and Kinsale also have excellent cuisine.

A traditional Irish breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, mushroom, potato bread, black pudding and baked beans is something to try when visiting restaurants in Ireland. Bewley's Café in Dublin and Kilkenny restaurant (numerous locations) are two places that serve a great "Full Irish" as it's called.

While not exactly Irish restaurants, the pub is another traditional institution to visit during your stay. Most towns and even the tiniest villages will have a pub, sometimes with a post office or shop attached. Johnny Fox's in Dublin, McHugh's in Belfast and Sean's Bar in Athlone (the oldest in Ireland) are some places to sample Guinness or "a pint of the black stuff."

These days, there are restaurants in Ireland to cater to every palette and a variety of international cuisines. Try to venture off the beaten track to avoid the tourist traps and don't be afraid to ask a local for a recommendation, they'll be delighted to help.

  • Ard Bia

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    This cozy, casual room turns out Galway's best local food, with global flourishes; house made ice creams are not to be missed. More
  • Ballyvolane House Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

    A newly opened offshoot of the eponymous oyster bar in London, this Bentley’s marks a return of Irish chef Richard Corrigan to his native turf. (Yo... More
  • Bewley’s Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    In the back are stained-glass windows, designed by the early-20th-century craftsman Harry Clarke, glowing with parrots and feathery foliage. Clarke... More
  • Blue Haven restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Café Paradiso

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The chefs at Café Paradiso turn out perfect fried samphire with raita and a zesty tomatillo-and-cucumber green gazpacho. More
  • Cake Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    At Michelle Darmody's Cake Café, a restaurant in the Portobello neighborhood, the building was designed to be sustainable and with materials that w... More
  • Chapter One

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Dublin diners were hardly surprised when Chapter One was awarded a Michelin star in 2007; in fact, many wondered why the recognition for this hidde... More
  • Coach Lane Restaurant at Donaghy's Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Druid Lane Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Ely

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    As one-third of the Ely group of restaurants, this wine bar supplies guests with 400 options by the bottle, of which, nearly 100 are served by the ... More
  • Enoteca delle Langhe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The Quartier Bloom is Dublin’s small, but busy Italian district. It is home to a handful of shops and restaurants, one of which is the wine-focused... More
  • Fallon & Byrne

    Dublin was once a foodie’s worst nightmare, but the last decade has seen a massive improvement in the city’s communal palate—with cappuccino bars, ... More
  • Farmgate Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The restaurant occupies the second-floor mezzanine of a lofty three-story hall with clerestory windows and a vaulted ceiling in the English Market ... More
  • Fishy Fishy Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
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