If you’re planning a vacation to Ireland and are in search of the finest of fine dining in Ireland, there’s no better distinction than the Michelin star. It’s one of Great Britain’s most prestigious accolades for food excellence, and you won’t experience anything quite like it outside of Europe. If you want gastronomy at its best, book a table at one of these top Michelin restaurants. Casual dining fans need not read any further, as this is going to be a dressy affair with an elaborate service. Advance booking will be required if you want to get on the waiting list, but we believe these restaurants are worth the wait…
It’s Ireland’s only 2 star establishment, and it’s a must for foodies looking for the finest in European cuisine. The menu is contemporary Irish with French classical roots, and the wine cellar has bottles from around the world plus very rare vintages. Set inside one of the four Georgian townhouses that make up Dublin’s 5 star Merrion Hotel, this restaurant is in a prime location with stunning surroundings.
Address: 21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, D02 KF79
Telephone: +353 (0)1 676 4192
OX in Belfast was first opened in 2013 by Chef Stevie Toman and sommelier Alain Kerloc’h, with a strong vision from day one, quickly gaining them a star. The aim is to deliver the same quality of food found on the streets of Paris, but in a less pretentious environment. If you don’t like stuffy restaurants, but want to experience French-Irish fine dining, this is the place to come. The prices are reasonable too, with lunch starting at £22 for 2 courses and the tasting menu starting at £55 for 5 courses. There’s even a special Irish drinks menu, so you can enjoy locally produced gin, vodka, whisky and more.
Address: 1 Oxford Street, Belfast BT1 3LA
Telephone: 028 9031 4121
Located inside The Cliff House Hotel in Waterford, this is one of the most unique dining spots in the country. If you’re here to enjoy a coastal vacation, don’t miss dinner with a view overlooking the ocean at The House Restaurant. Dutch executive chef Martijn Kajuiter creates a menu of progressive Irish cuisine, with most of the produce sourced on Irish land. If you want a true taste of Ireland, you’ll certainly find it here.
Address: Middle Road, Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Telephone: +353 24 87800
If you’re looking for a low key setting (like an old country pub), head to The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna. It’s about 40 minutes’ drive from Kinvarra, and just over an hour from Galway. Chef patron Aidan McGrath has been running the pub with his wife for the past nine years, and the newly awarded Michelin star is testimony to the kitchen’s amazing progress across the decade. Experience a menu inspired by nature, and refined bistro dishes based on French classical cooking, all made using local Irish ingredients.
Address: Kincora Rd, Rathbaun, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland
Telephone: +353 65 707 4300