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  • Chapter One (Dublin, County Dublin): In the vaulted basement of the Dublin Writers Museum, this is one of Dublin’s very best restaurants. It’s quite a splurge, but come at lunchtime and you can enjoy the same wonderful food at almost half the price. 
  • Gallagher’s Boxty House (Dublin, County Dublin): A local man keen on preserving the culinary traditions of his childhood started this captivating—and hugely popular—Temple Bar restaurant.
  • Richmond House (Cappoquin, County Waterford): One of the real destination restaurants of the southeast, the Richmond House, in a converted 18th-century mansion, serves exquisite seasonal meals, with many ingredients sourced from their own grounds. 
  • Café Paradiso (Cork, County Cork): A vegetarian restaurant that even the most committed meat lover will adore, Café Paradiso is one of the most inventive eateries in Ireland’s second city.
  • Fishy Fishy Café (Kinsale, County Cork): Kinsale is Ireland’s unofficial gourmet capital, and the delightful Fishy Fishy is among its best restaurants. The seafood is so local that the menu tells you who caught it—and we’re talking dish by dish, name by name.
  • The Oak Room (Adare, County Limerick): This fine-dining restaurant at the opulent Adare Manor hotel is for special occasions only, but for a real treat, it’s simply one of the region’s best places to eat.
  • Aniar (Galway, County Galway): Galway City’s most sought-after table has a tiny but perfectly judged menu of innovative modern Irish cuisine—enough to earn a Michelin star, a rarity in Ireland. 
  • Inis Meáin (Inis Meáin, County Galway): Now this is what we call a destination restaurant! Pretty much the main reason for visiting the rather overlooked Aran island after which it is named, this is a place to stay and to savor for days, not just a meal.
  • Paddy Coyne’s Pub (Renvyle, County Galway): Picture-postcard perfect Irish pub on the outside, top dining destination on the inside—and you won’t have to sit up straight either.
  • Wilde’s at the Lodge at Ashford (Cong, County Mayo): On the grounds of Ashford Castle, Wilde’s is a joyous restaurant run by a real star of the Irish culinary scene. The dining room has an amazing view of Lough Corrib. 
  • Mourne Seafood Bar (Belfast, County Antrim): One of the best restaurants in Northern Ireland, where the fresh, Irish seafood is a must-try for Belfast-bound foodies.
  • The Cook and Gardener (Rathmullan, County Donegal): Ingredients don’t get much fresher, picked straight from the garden. And when you’ve eaten your fill, you can just head upstairs for a restful night’s sleep. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.