50 of the best restaurants in Ireland have been nominated for the 2018 FOOD&WINE awards 4 years ago

50 of the best restaurants in Ireland have been nominated for the 2018 FOOD&WINE awards

Ever try any of these?

Ireland has always boasted a wealth of fresh, nutritious food that organic producers the world over are extremely jealous of. Pair that with a healthy interest in food and a growing respect for the culinary arts, it's no wonder that the country, collectively, is well-versed when it comes to a cracking meal.


One place in which this hasn't gone unnoticed is Food & Wine, whose awards – set to take place in September – aim to honour the best of the best when it comes to top quality food in Ireland.

In preparation for the competition itself, a list of ten restaurants from each province and also Dublin have been compiled, highlighting the best of the best.

"From local restaurants serving farm-to-fork produce to the most romantic places across the country, our awards recognise the exciting and diverse culinary scene in Ireland," Food & Wine says.

Judging has already taken place, allowing the team to put forward the best 50 restaurants in five categories – Leinster, Ulster, Munster, Connacht and Dublin - with the winner of each category set to be revealed on the night.


And just so you know – the restaurants below are all in alphabetical order, not judges' preference.

Best Restaurant Leinster

  • Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
  • Chakra, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • The Duck Restaurant, Marfield House Hotel, Co. Wexford
  • La Côte, Church Ln, Co. Wexford
  • Tankardstown House, Slane, Co. Meath
  • The Fatted Calf, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • Thyme, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • TwoCooks, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Viewmount House, Co. Longford
  • Wild & Native, Rosslare, Co. Wexford

Best Restaurant Ulster

  • Catalina, Lough Erne, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
  • Deane's Eipic, Howard Street, Belfast
  • Harry's Shack, Portstewart, Co. Derry
  • Howard Street, Howard Street, Belfast
  • Kealy’s Seafood Bar, Greencastle, Co Donegal
  • MacNean House, Tuam, Co. Cavan
  • OX, Oxford Street, Belfast
  • Parson's Nose, Hillsborough, Co. Down
  • The Muddlers Club, Warehouse Lane, Belfast
  • Wine & Brine, Moira, Co. Armagh

 Best Restaurant Munster

  • 1826 Adare, Main Street, Co. Limerick
  • Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
  • Ichigo Ichie, Sheares Street, Co. Cork
  • Restaurant Chestnut, Ballydehob, Co. Cork
  • The House Restaurant at Cliff House, Co. Waterford
  • The Oak Room, Adare Manor Hotel, Co. Limerick
  • The Old Convent, Cahir, Co. Tipperary
  • The Tannery, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
  • Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Best Restaurant Connacht

  • An Port Mór, Westport, Co Mayo
  • Aniar, Dominick Street, Co. Galway
  • Cian's on Bridge Street, Westport, Co. Mayo
  • George V, Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
  • Kai, Sea Rd, Co. Galway
  • La Fougere, Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Loam, Fairgreen Rd, Co. Galway
  • The Cottage Restaurant, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
  • The Lodge, Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
  • West at The Twelve, Barna, Co. Galway

Best Restaurant Dublin 

  • Ananda, Dundrum, Dublin 16
  • Chapter One, Rotunda, Dublin 1
  • Dax, Pembroke Street Upper, Dublin 2
  • Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2
  • Forest Avenue, Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4
  • Glovers Alley, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2
  • Heron & Grey, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
  • Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2
  • Pickle, Camden St, Dublin 2
  • The Greenhouse, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Other awards on the night include Best Chef, Pastry Chef of the Year and Rising Star award. The Food & Wine Awards take place on 9 September.

For a full list of nominees, you can check it out here.