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Another one of Ireland's superb hotel restaurants, the Oak Room is part of Adare Manor ★★★. The high stone windows and silver candelabra of the dining room here should leave little doubt that this is a place where you’re expected to sit up straight—gentlemen, a tie if you please. The food certainly lives up to the elegant surrounds. The five-course set menu may include Dexter beef and swede, Tipperary quail with salsify, or perhaps scallops delicately flavored with truffles. And if you’re enjoying the place too much to leave at the meal's end…well you probably should anyway, since an overnight stay here could cost about the same as your transatlantic airfare home.