The Best Restaurants In Waterford, Ireland

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9 February 2017

Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland, and is home to a wide range of quality restaurants spanning all price ranges and specialities. Check out our list of the very best dining spots in town to get inspiration.

La Boheme

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Irish, French, $$$
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This multiple award-winning French restaurant and wine bar draws customers from across Ireland, not just Waterford. Main courses include slow cooked confit of duck and Irish black angus ribeye steak, all of which are guaranteed to please based on the restaurant’s immaculate reputation. La Boheme’s recently added wine bar provides an intimate setting for small groups and couples on a night out.

L'Atmosphere Restaurant

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Tucked away in a relatively obscure side street, this high quality French restaurant serves up plentiful portions of food in a very cozy environment. Here you will find quality French cooking in an unpretentious setting, that would be perfect for everything ranging from a quick dinner to a lavish full course meal for multiple people. L’Atmosphere is also known locally for its very generous early bird special.


Restaurant, Bodega, Mediterranean, Seafood, $$$
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This delightful establishment sources its seafood from local areas, like Dunmore East, Kilmore Quay and Castletownbere and its beef from the Comeragh Mountains. These fresh ingredients are served by a courteous and friendly staff who understand and appreciate the artistry of food and presentation. A much acclaimed restaurant, which more than warrants the praise it has received.

The Granary Café

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Dessert Shop, Pastry Shop, Irish, Dessert, Coffee, Pastries, $$$
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If you’re in the mood for a light meal in a chilled out setting, then this is the place for you in Waterford. Tasty pastry dishes are complimented by a delicious range of fair trade coffee and tea, ethically sourced from around the world. The Granary Café is a great place to pay a quick visit to if you need to recharge your batteries as you explore the medieval city in depth.


Emiliano’s has quickly become one of the city’s most beloved high-end restaurants. Delicious Italian food, made with the finest local Irish ingredients, is served by the highly knowledgeable and always friendly staff who are passionate about what they do. Booking in advance is always recommended, as this is one of the most popular restaurants in town.

Emiliano’s, 21 High St, Waterford, Ireland, +353 51 820 333

Emiliano’s | Image courtesy of Emiliano’s
Emiliano’s | Image courtesy of Emiliano’s


McLeary’s prides itself on being able to provide a quality dining experience, focusing on seafood and various beef dishes, at an affordable and reasonable price. The fact that this is one of the most popular restaurants in the city, with tables filling up even in the middle of the week, proves them very much right. There is always a great welcoming vibe about the place, and the staff are friendly and eager to help.

McCleary’s, High St, Waterford, Ireland, +353 51 853444

McLeary's | Image courtesy of McLeary's
McLeary’s | Image courtesy of McLeary’s

The Olive Tree

Restaurant, Tapas, $$$
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This fairy new tapas restaurant has quickly established a strong reputation in the local area for quality and affordability. This is the only place in Waterford in which you can enjoy tapas, and the focus is on combining local culinary traditions with the established Spanish style. Thankfully it does not disappoint in any respect.

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