Connemara and County Mayo Restaurants

Pubs and informal hotel restaurants are the main places to eat in this sparsely populated rural area, though there are also some fine-dining options. The only places with a choice of stand-alone restaurants are Clifden, the "capital" of Connemara (in fact a small village), and Westport, the chief resort in County Mayo. From Easter into the summer months, many menus feature Connemara lamb: the sheep graze on wild herbs on the mountain slopes, which gives the meat a distinctive flavor. The other star is local seafood, including crab and lobster in summer, and superb Atlantic salmon all year round, fresh or smoked. For seafood try the Tavern Bar and Restaurant near Westport, or Mitchell's in Clifden; for country house–style elegance go to Rosleague Manor in Letterfrack, or Mount Falcon near Ballina.

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  • 1. Cronin's Sheebeen

    $ | Irish

    Overlooking Clew Bay on the outskirts of Westport, this whitewashed, thatched cottage-pub is the stuff of dreams, and so is the food offered...Read More

  • 2. Misunderstood Heron

    $ | Irish

    Gaining a steady following from locals and visitors, Misundersood Heron is serving some of the finest local produce from unlikely quarters–...Read More

  • 3. O'Dowds Seafood Bar and Restaurant

    $$ | Irish

    This fourth-generation establishment sits in the heart of Roundstone overlooking the harbor. It attracts year-round guests with its fresh-from...Read More

  • 4. Café Rua

    $ | Irish

    This friendly, boho-chic café with its traditional red shop front ( rua is Irish for red) is a showcase for fresh, locally produced foods,...Read More

  • 5. Dining Room

    $ | Irish

    A modern intimate dining room with rustic brickwork makes a fitting setting for chef Kevin Stirzaker’s seasonal menu that offers the best of...Read More

  • 6. Mitchell's Seafood

    $ | Seafood

    A town-center shop has been cleverly converted into a stylish, two-story eatery. Beyond the plate-glass windows, there's a welcoming open fire...Read More

  • 7. The Tavern Bar and Restaurant

    $ | Seafood

    The emphasis is firmly on seafood and fresh local produce at this traditional family-run tavern in the village of Murrisk beneath Croagh Patrick...Read More

  • 8. Veldon's Seafarer

    $ | Irish

    Ship's wheels, fishing nets, and sculpted stone sharks leave little doubt that the Atlantic's catch takes center stage in this small, whitewashed...Read More

  • 9. Healy's Restaurant and Bar

    $ | Irish

    Set in a long, creeper-clad two-story building more than 200 years old, Healy's overlooks the waters of Lough Conn, which calmly lap the reeds...Read More

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