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15 romantic restaurants in Ireland
Discover the most romantic restaurants across the country.
Your pick of Ireland’s most romantic restaurants will depend on what romance means to you. Maybe it means smart rooms with vivid views. Maybe it’s a warm welcome and soothing decor. Or somewhere worth blowing the budget on.

From seafood feasts and perfect pubs to wine bars with small plates for sharing, explore the best places to make memories with your love.

Get cosy with casual excellence

Tucked-away wine bars, charming cottages and unique spots can make for an intimate meal without the fanfare. 

1| Nell's Wine Bar, Cork

MacCurtain Street has become Cork City’s go-to for casual fare done exceptionally well – and Nell’s is one of its cosiest choices. Victorian vibes in the softly-lit room contrast with a contemporary list of natural, biodynamic and organic wines, plus small plates of cheese, charcuterie, house pickles and home baking.

Nell's Wine Bar, front window with the restaurant name in gold printed across the glass.

Photo credit: @nells_wine_bar

Nell's Wine Bar offers the cosiest atmosphere.

2| Thyme Restaurant, Westmeath

Lucky Athlone to have Michelin Bib-standard cooking on its doorstep – and at those approachable prices. Chef-proprietor John Coffey spotlights regional seasonal produce at Thyme Restaurant, which is a perfect riverside spot to take time out and slow things down. 

3| The Lamplight, Galway 

Behind the deceptively small wine store frontage of The Lamplight in Connemara’s Clifden is an inviting wine bar with secluded courtyard and snug interiors. Choose from organic wine on tap and daily specials by the glass. Head chef and master smoker Damian McGill turns out confident snacks, boards and small plates featuring the best of Irish and European ingredients. 

4| The Green Barn at Burtown House and Gardens, Kildare

Take time to explore the parklands and gardens before dining in your choice of The Green Barn’s airy Scandi-style barn, sunny terrace or one of several intimate courtyards at The Green Barn at Burtown House and Gardens near Athy. Seasonal menus make creative use of the daily supply of organic produce from the walled kitchen garden.

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5| The Cottage Restaurant, Leitrim

Malaysian-born, Irish-bred Shamzuri ‘Sham’ Hanifa is a well-known face of modern Irish food, and the Leitrim produce showcased at his pretty riverside Cottage Restaurant near Carrick-on-Shannon proves how much of a local he has become. A unique spot worth a special detour.

Feast on killer views

Nothing says romance quite like a meal with a sweeping view of the country’s most lush landscapes.

6| Linnane’s Lobster Bar, Clare

Linnane’s is the stuff of Irish pub dreams: a whitewashed cottage serving creamy stout and craft beers and a purveyor of the freshest seafood, with tables indoors and out overlooking a small pier and tidal bay. Walk the nearby Flaggy Shore to work up an appetite for that lobster, those oysters and whatever else you’re having.  

Aerial photo of Linnane's Lobster Bar, with the sea in the foreground of the picture.
Enjoy breathtaking views at Linnane's Lobster Bar.

7| Ballynahinch Castle, Galway

Is there a dreamier view than the salmon-rich river from a window table in Ballynahinch Castle’s fine dining Owenmore Restaurant? With talented executive chef Danni Barry overseeing food here and in the hotel’s Fisherman’s Pub with its flag floors and open fire, this is pure Connemara magic.

Grand living area in Ballynahinch Castle County Galway, with elegant furniture and large fireplace.

Photo credit: @ballynahinchcastle

Ballynahinch Castle and Gardens are a sight to see.

8| Man Friday, Cork 

Kinsale is one of Ireland’s original gastro-destinations, and Man Friday is its oldest restaurant with some of its finest views. Perched up in Scilly village, the short stroll from the town centre offers views of Kinsale's marina and pier, while the restaurant’s conservatory overlooks its inner harbour: the perfect setting for its seafood-heavy menu.

Overhead shot of a seafood dish, elegantly presented.

Photo credit: @man_friday_restaurant_kinsale

Indulge in the finest seafood dishes at Man Friday.

Celebrate that extra special occasion

For life’s biggest moments, celebrate with white tablecloth meals and tasting menus to remember.

9| MacNean House and Restaurant, Cavan

Chef Neven Maguire is a household name in Ireland for his best-selling cookery books and TV series. With his loyal team at MacNean House, he has made the lakeside village of Blacklion on the Cavan-Fermanagh border a mecca for big-hearted food and an unbeatable welcome. 

10| Campagne, Kilkenny 

Campagne by chef-owner Garret Byrne is one of Ireland’s most quietly brilliant restaurants, with pristine Michelin-starred cooking bringing a distinctive local flavour to classic dishes and techniques. Lunch is exceptional value – and with a short stroll to train connections to various cities, this makes a wonderful day trip option in Kilkenny.

Luxurious dessert with custard and raspberry's served with a scoop of raspberry sorbet on top.

Photo credit: @fooddrinkdest

For the sweet tooth.

Seek out the freshest seafood treats

Lobster dinners, oyster lunches and quick bites by the shore make for the perfect date with a seafood lover.

11| Beach House, Waterford

Dublin’s loss was Tramore’s gain when owners Peter Hogan and Jumoke Akintola Hogan moved the more formal of their two Fish Shop restaurants to his childhood hometown. (The Dublin Fish Shop location is a favourite for fried fish and natural wines.) Beach House serves a daily changing seafood lunch menu in a handsome Victorian seaside townhouse.

12| Goldie, Cork

Dive in at one of the most unique fish restaurants in the country, where Goldie’s dynamic young head chef Aishling Moore combines eclectic international flavours with a gill-to-fin approach to an ever-changing catch delivered daily from local day boats. Pair with a craft beer from the Elbow Lane group’s own micro-brewery to get a true taste of Cork.

Overhead shot of a seafood dish, containing oysters garnished with scallions.

Photo credit: @goldierestaurant

From the local fishing boats strraight to your plate at one of Ireland's finest seafood restaurants.

13| Vaughan’s Anchor Inn, Clare

A landmark family-run gastropub, Vaughan’s Anchor Inn  put the fishing village of Liscannor on Ireland’s gastro-map in the 1970s. Today, a third generation of the family cooks here and at the casual Vaughan’s on the Prom. They also run Spooney’s ice cream parlour for an after-dinner treat.

Oysters displayed on a clear glass platers garnished with lemon wedges and a chilli dressing in the middle.

Photo credit: @sikalodgekillarney

Visit this third-generation family restaurant in the heart of Clare

Make it a sleepover

These romantic restaurants have accommodations to match for a weekend getaway for two. 

14| The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, Limerick

A welcome drink featuring fruit from their own kitchen garden. Creative cooking of home-grown ingredients. The restful calm of period bedrooms. There are many reasons to love The Mustard Seed, but it’s the innate hospitality of owner John Edward Joyce that makes this the perfect country house experience. 

The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed

15| Olde Glen Bar, Donegal

Head on an extraordinary drive hugging the dramatic coastline of Glen Lough to reach the Olde Glen Bar near Carrickart. Cosy up in the 17th-century pub for a pre-meal tipple of Olde Glen craft gin, perhaps, or a perfect pint. Then head into the warm welcome of their adjacent restaurant for chef Ciaran Sweeney’s acclaimed modern Irish cooking, with a bed awaiting you next door in Clara’s Cots. Pure Donegal magic.

Cosy up in the 17th-century pub for some home Irish Cooking.

Photo credit: @oldeglenbar

Cosy up in the 17th-century pub for some home Irish Cooking.
Plan your romantic getaway

Looking to book more than a meal together? Explore our guide to Ireland’s most romantic getaways.

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