Once a petite fishing village long-since grown into a bustling Dublin suburb and tourist trap, Howth still has some of the best seafood in the country. Here are the best seafood restaurants to visit in Howth.
This lively pub has some of the best views in the village, overlooking the harbor’s East Pier and Lambay Island. They also have some of the tastiest seafood dishes in Dublin. Menu highlights include their fritto misto – a plateful of calamari, prawns, sole, haddock and whitebait in a tempura batter with garlic aioli and lemon – and their grilled Dublin Bay scampi. These are elegantly served without embellishment, halved and accompanied with butter, lemon and sea salt. Their catch of the day depends on the luck of the harbor’s many fishermen on any given morning, which is half the fun.
O’Connell’s,East Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Ireland,+353 1 839 5087
Enjoying without question the best sea views of any restaurant in Howth from itsposition at the end of the West Pier – overlooking Howth Sound and Ireland’s Eye – is Aqua. This place is regularly named best seafood restaurant at the National Hospitality Awards. Housed in a building formerly owned by Howth Yacht Club, Aqua is now a luxurious restaurant with an open fireplace and a live pianist, loved for family gatherings and special occasions. Faultlessly fresh ingredients come from the surrounding seas and from their own restaurant gardens at the nearby allotments on Howth Hill.
Specializing in Mediterranean-style seafood tapas is Octopussy’s on the West Pier. It is supplied with fresh fish and shellfish daily by Dorans on the Pier, the fish shop next door run by three brothers whose fishing experience combined amounts to more than 50 years. Their award-winning chefs use their catch to create tantalizing, small plates like prawns Pil Pil, Roaringwater Bay organic rope mussels and Irish sea hake à la Rossa.