The Southeast Restaurants

Food is usually prepared in a simple, country-house style, though pleasant surprises abound. A number of ambitious Irish chefs are at work in the Southeast's restaurants and hotels, and at newer joints with inventive offerings that offer a great value. The best of the region's cuisine rests on modern, international interpretations of classic Irish dishes. Leading lights in the area include chef Kevin Dundon at Dunbrody Country House, Paul Flynn of the Tannery, and Martjin Kajuiter at the Michelin-starred Cliff House in Ardmore.

Other than its fabled strawberries, the Southeast is probably best known for its rich seafood, especially Wexford mussels, crabs, and locally caught salmon. Kilmore Quay, noted for lobster and deep-sea fishing, hosts an annual Seafood Festival the second week of July. Many restaurants serve local lamb, beef, and game in season.

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  • 1. Campagne

    $$$ | French

    When Garrett Byrne, the former head chef of Dublin's celebrated Chapter One, returns home and opens a restaurant, people take notice, and the...Read More

  • 2. Chez Hans

    $$ | French

    It's rather fitting that this restaurant is in a converted church, as it's become something of a shrine for foodies. Jason Matthia's cuisine...Read More

  • 3. Cistín Eile

    $ | Irish

    Proud of its modern Irishness, Cistín Eile takes the produce of local farmers and applies a simple but stunning brand of culinary magic. The...Read More

  • 4. Dooks Fine Foods

    $ | Sandwiches

    Located about twenty minutes from Bansha in the unassuming market town of Fethard, this new deli restaurant has caused a stir with food lovers...Read More

  • 5. Harvest Room

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Gourmands come in droves to the ruby-red dining room at Dunbrody House, where celebrity-chef Kevin Dundon serves up foie gras with toasted brioche...Read More

  • 6. Langton's

    $$ | Irish

    A landmark since the 1940s, Langton's is a labyrinth of interconnected bars and eateries. Up front is one of Ireland's most famous "eating pubs...Read More

  • 7. Munster Room

    $$$$ | French

    Inside the Waterford Castle Hotel, the Munster Room's luxe decor—with oak paneling darkened with age and ancestral portraits in gilt frames...Read More

  • 8. The Cliff House Restaurant

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Celebrated Dutch chef Martjin Kajuiter presides over the compact, award-winning dining room of the Cliff House. The food is locally sourced...Read More

  • 9. The Tannery

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Local culinary wizard Paul Flynn whets quite an appetite in the flocks of Dubliners who besiege every weekend what is commonly regarded as one...Read More

  • 10. Bodega Restaurant & Wine Bar

    $$ | Irish

    A casual, modern Irish eatery, Bodega Restaurant is known as the fun place to eat in town. Everything is prepared with locally sourced ingredients...Read More

  • 11. D'Lush Cafe

    $ | Café

    Locals swear this cute little joint at the back of the Arts Centre is the home of Wexford's best coffee. The interior is simple but cozy with...Read More

  • 12. La Boheme

    $$$ | French

    In the historic Port of Waterford building, this intimate eatery offers an authentic taste of France and plenty of old-world charm. Popular...Read More

  • 13. Reeds Restaurant

    $$ | Irish

    Fresh-off-the-boat fish is the big draw at this restaurant at the family-friendly Ferrycarrig Hotel. Seafood from Kilmore Quay is a favorite...Read More

  • 14. Ristorante Rinuccini

    $$$ | Italian

    A warm glow emanates from this Georgian town-house restaurant, where owner-chef Antonio Cavaliere is intensely involved in preparing such luscious...Read More

  • 15. The Copper Hen

    $$ | Irish

    This unassuming, family-run eatery is home to award-winning chef Eugene Long and his inventive twists on modern Irish cuisine. Local produce...Read More

  • 16. The Old Bank

    $$$ | Italian

    Set in a magnificent and grand Palladian-style bank in the center of Dungarvan, the Old Bank restaurant is the place to withdraw some delicious...Read More

  • 17. The Silver Fox Seafood Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    Given its quayside location, seafood is the specialty at this busy family-run seafood restaurant. Fisherman's pie is a real favorite—scrumptious...Read More

  • 18. Café Sol

    $$ | Irish

    There's always a lively buzz about this small eatery, with its tropics-tinted decor and chirpy staff. The emphasis is on contemporary Irish...Read More

  • 19. Nude Food

    $ | Café

    Louise Clark's eclectic little café specializes in simple, delicious food with nothing to hide and everything to love. For a pre-mountain-walk...Read More

  • 20. Rockett's of the Metal Man

    $ | Irish

    One mile from Tramore is Rockett's, part of the Metal Man pub—an old and welcoming place always packed with local farmers, truckers, and Southeast...Read More

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