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11 Best Restaurants in Ireland

Here’s where to eat on the Emerald Isle.
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Don’t let any past reputation fool you—there are a great many places to eat in Ireland. Whether you’re looking for something in the capital city of Dublin, visiting the gorgeous coastal city Galway on the west coast or find yourself somewhere in between, stop at one of these spectacular restaurants. They’re the best of the best.

Find one-Michelin-starred Heron & Grey just south of Ireland’s capital city. (Photo by Heron & Grey.)
Find one-Michelin-starred Heron & Grey just south of Ireland’s capital city. (Photo by Heron & Grey.)

Heron & Grey

Blackrock

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “A homely, candlelit restaurant in a bohemian suburban market; it's personally run by Heron - who leads the service - and Grey, who heads the kitchen. Irish ingredients feature in intensely flavoured dishes which are full of contrasting textures and tastes. The set 5 course dinner menu changes every 2 weeks.”

L’Ecrivain

Dublin

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “A well-regarded restaurant with an attractive terrace, a glitzy bar and a private dining room which screens live kitchen action. The refined, balanced menu has a classical foundation whilst also displaying touches of modernity; the ingredients used are superlative. Service is structured yet has personality.”

Patrick Guilbaud is Ireland’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. (Photo by Patrick Guibaud.)
Patrick Guilbaud is Ireland’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. (Photo by Patrick Guibaud.)

Patrick Guilbaud

Dublin

Michelin Designation: Two Stars

What Our Inspectors Say: “A truly sumptuous restaurant in an elegant Georgian house; the eponymous owner has run it for over 35 years. Accomplished, original cooking uses luxurious ingredients and mixes classical French cooking with modern techniques. Dishes are well-crafted and visually stunning with a superb balance of textures and flavors.”

Greenhouse

Dublin

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say:
“Stylish restaurant with turquoise banquettes and smooth service. Menus include a good value set lunch, midweek set and tasting menus and a 5 course 'Surprise' on Friday and Saturday evenings. Accomplished, classically based cooking has stimulating flavor combinations and creative modern overtones.”

There is no shortage of beautiful coastal views in Ireland. (Photo courtesy of The House.)
There is no shortage of beautiful coastal views in Ireland. (Photo courtesy of The House.)

The House

Ardmore

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “Full length windows give every table an impressive coastal view at this smart hotel restaurant. Concise menus showcase local and garden produce and cooking is complex - a host of ingredients are used for each course. Creative dishes combine a good range of flavors and textures and presentation is unique.”

Chapter One

Dublin

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “Good old-fashioned Irish hospitality meets with modern Irish cooking in this stylish basement restaurant beneath the Writers Museum. The series of interconnecting rooms have an understated elegance and striking bespoke art hangs on the walls. Boldly flavored dishes showcase produce from local artisan producers.”

Bia Oisin tomatoes at Aniar in Galway. (Photo: Aniar Facebook page)
Bia Oisin tomatoes at Aniar in Galway. (Photo: Aniar Facebook page)

Aniar

Galway

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “Both the room and the cooking have a back-to-nature ethos. Aniar means 'From the West' and this is where most of the produce comes from: the 3 set menus are only confirmed once all of the day's ingredients have arrived. Contrasts in texture and temperature play their part in delicate, Scandic-style dishes.”

Loam

Galway

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “A large basement with industrial styling; the focus here is on the quality of the ingredients, which grow in the fertile local loam. The talented chef understands his craft and produces modern, understated dishes with pure flavors. Choose from the 2-3 course fixed price menu or the 7 course tasting menu.”

“We believe she would have been delighted to know we have maintained her standards, and that the restaurant bearing her name also has a Michelin star…,” per the Mount Juliet Hotel website, regarding the property’s previous owner, Lady Helen McCalmont. (Photo: Mount Juliet Hotel Facebook)
“We believe she would have been delighted to know we have maintained her standards, and that the restaurant bearing her name also has a Michelin star…,” per the Mount Juliet Hotel website, regarding the property’s previous owner, Lady Helen McCalmont. (Photo: Mount Juliet Hotel Facebook)

Lady Helen (at Mount Juliet Hotel)

Thomastown

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “Sited within an impressive Georgian house is this grand, luxurious restaurant which looks out over the estate and the River Nore. Ambitious, visually impressive modern dishes are precisely prepared and ingredients come from the estate, the county and the coast; for the full experience go for the tasting menu.”

Campagne

Kilkenny

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “Stylish, relaxed restaurant with vibrant, contemporary art and smart booths, hidden close to the railway arches, away from the city centre. Modern cooking has a classic base, and familiar combinations are delivered with an assured touch. Popular early bird menu. Well-run, with friendly, efficient service.”

Wild Honey Inn

Lisdoonvarna

Michelin Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: “This personally run inn started life as an 1860s hotel, so it may not look much like a pub, but once inside it's warm, cosy and full of pubby character. Two weekly changing fixed price menus have a classical French base and showcase the county's produce in neat, confidently prepared dishes which are packed with flavor. Comfy bedrooms have a fittingly traditional feel.”

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