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. 10 Bridge Street

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    Located in a former church, 10 Bridge Street is a spacious and atmospheric restaurant and wine bar with beautiful stained-glass windows illuminating the room. The...Read More

  • 8. Allo's Restaurant, Bar and Bistro

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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Lime Tree

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    An open fire, stone walls, and a minstrel's gallery above the main room lend considerable character to this restaurant, while the chef--owner’s imaginative ways with...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. The Bianconi

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

  • 14. The Buttery

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    This eatery is very popular, with a predominantly local clientele, so book ahead or arrive early before the queues. Sensible pricing, fresh organic food, and...Read More

  • 15. The Maigue Restaurant

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    If you like good, old-fashioned country service from a bygone era, with a tried and tested traditional menu that pleases guests across the generational divide,...Read More

  • 16. Tom Crean's Base Camp Restaurant

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    Owner Aileen d'Arcy named her restaurant after her grandfather, one of County Kerry's most famous sons, the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean. His backstory sets the...Read More

  • 17. Treyvaud's

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

  • 18. The Wild Geese

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    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 village famed...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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