The Best Restaurants in Dingle, Ireland

The picturesque town of Dingle is home to a number of excellent restaurants
The picturesque town of Dingle is home to a number of excellent restaurants | © The Boat Yard Restaurant
Jillian Ellis

Dingle is a small coastal town in southwest Ireland, surrounded by an otherworldly landscape – rolling hills, foamy waves and craggy cliffs. The town itself is a picturesque hub of traditional Irish pubs, cafes and of course restaurants. Though Dingle’s cuisine unsurprisingly specialises in seafood, it can surprise you with other offerings too. From the Chart House to the Dingle Diner, here are our 10 favourite restaurants in Dingle.

The Boat Yard Restaurant

The Boat Yard Restaurant is in an ideal location with fantastic views over Dingle and the bay. It is quaintly designed, with a mixture of marble and wooden tables, and with chairs of varying colours. The decor is otherwise quite simple, allowing for a comforting and peaceful atmosphere, but there are still some pieces of artwork that match the maritime theme. All fish served in the restaurant comes from the local fishermen in the bay, and all meats and vegetables come from local farms.

Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant

Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant is an elegant and stylish restaurant with a stone-wall interior, dark wooden panelling and designer lighting. The walls are adorned with nautical-themed art that completes the snug atmosphere. Doyle’s stocks a great variety of wines and is definitely the place to go to enjoy a drink with your dinner.

Lord Baker’s Restaurant

Lord Baker’s was opened in 1890 when Tom Baker, a popular businessman and member of the Kerry County Council, purchased the building on the main street of Dingle. He was later a successful auctioneer, and the restaurant still contains many of his great acquisitions. He was held in high esteem in the surrounding parishes and was affectionately referred to as Lord Baker. There is a Special Value Menu with all dishes priced at €18 (£16), including fresh crab claws in garlic butter and steamed, lightly breaded mussels served with fresh vegetables and potatoes.

The Chart House

Dedicated to delivering a memorable dining experience, the Chart House aims to provide delicious and uncomplicated dishes. The Chart House is a family-run restaurant that offers sincere and loving service. They are fantastic with all dietary needs and will prepare their food to suit your requirements. The Chart House won the title of Best Restaurant in Dingle and Kerry in 2008 and 2010. Try the roast fillets of monkfish with seafood risotto cakes and sundried tomato cream.

Dingle Diner

Dingle Diner is a modern, American-style diner with a bright, lively atmosphere and great portions. The decor is simple and expressive, with orange seats that stand out against black borders and white walls. Dingle Diner serves a variety of “tasters”, including spicy BBQ wings and nachos (with all the trimmings). A range of burgers made with local Irish beef are available for between €8.50 (£7.50) and €10.50 (£9).

Global Village Restaurant

The Global Village Restaurant promises an authentic taste of Ireland with inspired locally sourced and sustainable dishes. The award-winning restaurant is a warmly lit, welcoming space where you can escape the gusty coastal wind and tuck into hearty fare. Vegetables grown on sandstone bedrock and rinsed under the Atlantic rain fuel the vegan plates, while the fresh meat and fish comes straight from local farmers and fishermen. Seafood fans should try the turbot, Dingle Bay prawns and purple sprouting broccoli, and the friendly staff are always ready with recommendations for the perfect zesty wine pairing.

Paul Geaney’s Bar and Restaurant

An old-style Irish pub from the outside, Paul Geaney’s Bar and Restaurant has a refreshing and uplifting interior with its delicate light-brown theme. The dinner menu contains various burgers, including a chicken burger with fries and a salad garnish. Also available are original dishes such as Dingle Bay shrimp scampi with garlic aioli.

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue is a restaurant solely for seafood lovers. There is a sign outside that says “no chips, nothing frozen; everything fresh or alive”. This makes Out of the Blue a really unique dining experience. Its interior is beautiful, with rich red walls mixed with whitewashed brick and a wooden ceiling. The restaurant is cosy, warm and comforting, with lots of fascinating artwork with nautical themes.

The Blue Zone

With low lighting and a relaxed, calm atmosphere, this restaurant will have guests feeling like they’ve been transported to a bustling city. The staff are friendly and always up for a laugh at the Blue Zone. They specialise in pizzas, but fresh and flavourful salads such as smoked tofu salad or goat’s cheese salad are also available.

Chloe Byrne contributed additional reporting to this article.

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