The Southwest Restaurants

The Southwest can almost be described as one big culinary hot spot. Kenmare, Dingle, and Killarney all have a high density of restaurants and gastropubs serving locally raised meat, artisanal cheeses, and local seafood. Kerry mountain lamb has a unique flavor imparted by the wild herbs and grasses that those sheep you see on every hillside are busy munching. Adare also has an array of tempting restaurants: choose between the low-ceilinged charm of the tiny rooms in the thatched-cottage restaurant, the Wild Geese, and the genuine old-world hospitality at the blissfully comfortable Dunraven Arms, an old coaching inn still with some of its original antiques, which is now one of Ireland's leading hotels.

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  • 1. Bridge Bar

    $ | Irish

    The dramatic location of this simple bar on the windswept waterfront of the tiny fishing village of Portmagee has led the Bridge to feature...Read More

  • 2. Chart House

    $$$ | Irish

    Host Jim McCarthy is often found in the early evening leaning over the red half door of this low, cabinlike stone building. The atmosphere is...Read More

  • 3. Lime Tree

    $$$ | European

    An open fire, stone walls, and a minstrel's gallery above the main room lend considerable character to this restaurant, while the chef-owner...Read More

  • 4. Out of the Blue

    $$$ | Seafood

    Every fishing port should have a simple waterfront bistro like this one, serving the best seafood (the owner won't open up if there's no fresh...Read More

  • 5. Sash

    $$ | Irish

    Housed in an elegant Georgian room complete with sash windows (hence the name), this relaxed, modern bistro is the see-and-be-seen destination...Read More

  • 6. The Wild Geese

    $$$ | European

    There's a charming, old-world atmosphere in the series of small dining rooms in this low-ceiling thatched cottage, one of the prettiest in a...Read More

  • 7. Allo's Restaurant, Bar and Bistro

    $ | European

    Just off Listowel's main square, this cheerful, welcoming bar, which dates from 1859, serves the best in local foods. Helen Mullane, who generates...Read More

  • 8. Ashe's

    $$$ | Seafood

    This pub has been sitting here since it opened in 1949 as a drapery with a liquor license, and its history over the years has included its location...Read More

  • 9. Bella Bia

    $$ | Italian

    Bia is Irish for food, so as the name suggests, the idea here is to combine Irish hospitality with Italian cuisine. The busy restaurant is just...Read More

  • 10. Bricín

    $ | Irish

    Candles and an open fire cast a warm light on Persian-style rugs and dark red walls hung with antique engravings of Killarney at this cozy little...Read More

  • 11. Gaby's Seafood

    $$$ | Seafood

    Old-fashioned in the best sense of the word, and long established, this is a special-occasion venue where you can expect the best seafood and...Read More

  • 12. Mulcahy's

    $$ | Eclectic

    Previously a pub, the wood-clad restaurant is stylish and contemporary with brown leather seats at small wooden tables, and a menu starring...Read More

  • 13. O'Neill's The Point Seafood Bar

    $ | Seafood

    O'Neill's is a pub on the pier from which the ferry departs from Cahirciveen for the five-minute trip to Knightstown on Valentia Island. It...Read More

  • 14. Packies

    $$$ | European

    For many returning visitors, a meal at this busy little bistro-style restaurant is a quintessential Kenmare experience. Chef Martin Hallissey...Read More

  • 15. Pantrí

    $ | Café

    A small, friendly café in the center of Dingle with a large outdoor seating area, Pantrí offers delicious meals equally suitable to those that...Read More

  • 16. Robertino's

    $$ | Italian

    Both rustic and romantic, with beamed ceilings and witty touches like a full-size marble statue, Robertino's is a Killarney landmark, cheerfully...Read More

  • 17. The Bianconi

    $$ | Irish

    This busy Victorian-style pub (with guest rooms) was once the coaching inn for the national network of horse-drawn coaches known as Bianconis...Read More

  • 18. The Daily Grind

    $ | Café

    In the heart of Tralee's pedestrianized town center, this place is known for the best barista coffee in town. Grab a freshly baked scone while...Read More

  • 19. Tom Crean Fish & Wine

    $$ | Irish

    Owner Aileen d'Arcy named her restaurant after her grandfather, the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, and you can learn his story while browsing...Read More

  • 20. Treyvaud's

    $$$ | European

    Step behind the Victorian arched facade here and you'll discover a buzzing contemporary restaurant, masterminded by the two Treyvaud brothers...Read More

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