The Best Restaurants Along The Wild Atlantic Way

Courtesy of Idás Restaurant, Dingle
Courtesy of Idás Restaurant, Dingle
Kate Phelan

The cinematic scenery isn’t the only reason to travel the Wild Atlantic Way tourist trail. Stretching along Ireland’s entire west coast, it also takes in prime foodie locations from Cork all the way up to Donegal. These spectacular restaurants along the route are the perfect places at which to refuel, relax and enjoy meals made by some of the country’s best chefs.

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Bastion, Kinsale

Restaurant, Irish, European, $$
The old port and fishing town of Kinsale on the coast of Cork is home to several stellar restaurants, including the Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Bastion. This laid-back yet delicious eatery does things their own unique way, from their moreish ‘Bastion bites’ – think mac ’n’ cheese croquettes and ibérico cured ham – to the so-called ‘leg, egg and the wing’ starter, consisting of a stock poached chicken wing, rolled leg, boudin mousse, truffled aioli and a parmesan biscuit. Their twisted banoffee dessert of roasted bananas with caramel gel and Breton shortbread is another sure-fire crowd pleaser.

Aniar, Galway

Restaurant, Irish, European, Contemporary, $$$

Scallop, Drummond House garlic scap, samphire, ham hock, seaweed broth

Owned and operated by husband and wife team JP McMahon and Drigín Gaffey, the Michelin-starred Aniar in Galway showcases the best of that county and the wider West of Ireland in their menu. McMahon is the brains behind the annual Food on the Edge symposium, which saw world-renowned chefs like Massimo Bottura gather in Galway, most recently in October 2016. Aniar’s authentic farm-to-table ethos is sensitive to the changing seasons, with a tasting menu that changes daily and details an extensive list of local suppliers.

Ard Bia, Galway

Restaurant, Irish, $$
Ard Bia at Nimmos is one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of Ireland, not just the West. Known for its quality gourmet food, warm and welcoming atmosphere and being one of few spots in County Galway that serve 3fE coffee, this place is something of a hidden gem – locals like to keep it to themselves, and for good reason. Reservations are pretty much essential if you want to get a table here and enjoy their flavourful dishes. Highlights include the pea, broad bean and wild garlic risotto, but they also do a mean brunch.

Harvey’s Point Donegal

Named Ireland’s Hotel of the Year 2017 by the Georgina Campbell Ireland Guide and rated the number one Irish hotel on TripAdvisor, Harvey’s Point on Lough Eske, just outside Donegal Town, has a sterling reputation. Their restaurant overlooking the lake is equally well respected – it has earned accolades like the title of Best Hotel Restaurant in Ulster from the Irish Restaurant Association. With a mouthwatering four-course Table d’Hôte dinner menu that includes sesame crusted scallops, spit roasted Hereford sirloin of beef and malt biscuit parfait, this is a stop definitely worth making.

Harrow Killarney

Harrow, located in the picturesque town of Killarney, Ireland, is a delightful restaurant that encapsulates the essence of Irish cuisine. With its charming ambiance and warm hospitality, Harrow offers a memorable dining experience. From traditional Irish dishes like hearty stews and succulent roasted meats to mouthwatering seafood delicacies, the menu showcases the finest locally sourced ingredients. Coupled with an extensive selection of fine wines and craft beers, Harrow promises a culinary journey that will leave you craving for more.

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