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The Best Seafood Restaurants in the Republic Of Ireland

6 Restaurants
The Republic of Ireland is extremely proud of its bountiful larder from the land and sea - and rightly so. It is particularly renowned for the superb quality of its seafood - from Dublin Bay prawns to native oysters and wild Atlantic salmon - as well as some of the best crabs you will find. Here are just a few of our favourite restaurants - all serving excellent local produce, landed, in most cases, close to the restaurant door.
Updated on 04 December 2023
Adrift
Dunmore House, P85 HC03 Dunmore
$$$ · Modern Cuisine

Locally sourced fish and shellfish power the menu at this family-run restaurant, which features the likes of John Dory, scallops and West Cork mackerel. It sits inside the Dunmore House Hotel and offers stunning views across Clonakilty Bay, ensuring that a window table is always much sought after. There’s a bright and airy feel to the dining room, which fits nicely with the coastal vistas and tasty, unfussy cooking. Dishes often make use of the hotel’s organic kitchen garden; keep an eye out for the famous local black pudding too.

Cush
by the Pier, P25 FY94 Ballycotton
$$ · Modern Cuisine

When you own a restaurant overlooking Ballycotton harbour, it stands to reason that you’ll serve fresh seafood right off the boat. The team at Cush do not disappoint, with plenty of fish and shellfish popping up across their menus. Dishes like grilled fish of the day with wild garlic and smoked bacon chowder show off the kitchen’s skills in allowing their top-notch ingredients to shine. Add a small bar and some cosy sea-view bedrooms into the picture, and you have the makings of your next ‘happy place’.

Goldie
128 Oliver Plunkett Street, T12 X5P8 Cork
$$ · Seafood

Don’t be put off by the fact they lack a sea view, as this popular seafood bistro has more than earned its place in Cork’s constantly evolving dining scene. An open kitchen and pared-back décor give the restaurant a modern edge, while the cooking itself shows great skill. Quality produce originates from the West Cork coastline, and subtle international influences, pickling and curing all feature on the daily changing menu. The problem is what to choose, as everything is so appealing.

Max's
48 Main Street, P17 XY07 Kinsale
$$ · Seafood

A stalwart of the Kinsale dining scene, which opened back in 1999, this two-roomed bistro sits in a characterful, historical, brightly painted cottage on the main street, and is run with great pride by Olivier and Anne Marie Queva. The unfussy, classical seafood menu offers plenty of choice, with a subtle international flavour added in on occasion. Go for one of the tasty ‘Fresh Catches’.

Out of the Blue
Waterside, V92 T181 Dingle
$$ · Seafood

Its name is perfectly apt: not only is it painted bright blue, but this simple harbourside restaurant keeps its focus firmly on ingredients that come from the sea. Its known locally as OOTB, and chefs Eric Maillard and Jean Marie Vaireaux have headed up the kitchen since it opened in 2001. Menus, chalked up on the blackboards, are decided each morning, based on the latest local catch. Look out for the Dingle Bay lobster.

Vaughan's Anchor Inn
Main Street, V95 FN5R Liscannor
$$ · Seafood

Close to the Cliffs of Moher, in the small fishing village of Liscannor, chef James Vaughan heads up the kitchen of the business first started by his grandfather John back in 1979. Given the traditional look of the exterior, the stylish, modern bistro appearance of the interior comes as a pleasant surprise. Locally sourced seafood underpins the cooking – when they have crab on the menu, go for it. The chips, which are steamed first and then fried in beef dripping, are also worth a special mention. Bright, contemporary bedrooms mean you can linger for longer should you wish.