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. 1826 Adare

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    Bringing his classical training to County Limerick, critically acclaimed chef Wade Murphy opened 1826 Adare with his wife, Elaine, in 2013. Since then, his elegant...Read More

  • 2. Chart House

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    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. Mulcahy's

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

  • 4. No. 35

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    Innovative, exciting, and original, No. 35 is a laid-back little restaurant with big ambition. Proprietor Dermot Brennan is a pig breeder of note, whose rare-breed...Read More

  • 5. Out of the Blue

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    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-caught...Read More

  • 6. The Moorings-Bridge Bar

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

  • 7. Ashe's

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    This pub has been sitting here since it opened in 1849 as a drapery with a liquor license, and its history over the years has...Read More

  • 8. Bricín

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    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...Read More

  • 9. Canteen

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    Paul William's smart, low-key restaurant in a pretty part of Georgian Limerick is all about good food, sustainability, and coffee. Flahavan's porridge with organic yogurt...Read More

  • 10. Murphy's Ice Cream

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    One of Ireland's more unusual culinary success stories, Murphy's has won international awards for its delightfully creamy ice cream, including flavors like Dingle sea salt...Read More

  • 11. Quinlans' Seafood Bar

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    Cutting the supply chain to the minimum, Quinlan’s fleet of vessels transports its catch from ocean to plate on the same day. The cod, squid,...Read More

  • 12. Spa Seafoods Deli and Café

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    A fishmongers, deli, and seafood café all rolled into one, Spa Seafoods is a short trip out of town, on the road to Fenit. One...Read More

  • 13. Chowder Café

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    Look for the bright blue wooden shop front near the pier (about three minutes' walk from the tourist office) to find one of the best...Read More

  • 14. Packies

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    For many returning visitors, a meal at this busy little bistro-style restaurant is a quintessential Kenmare experience. Chef Martin Hallissey leases it from his mentor—and...Read More

  • 15. Pantrí

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    A small, friendly café in the center of Dingle with a large outdoor seating area, Pantrí offers delicious brunch and lunch options equally suitable to...Read More

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