Clare is famous for its amazing scenery and vibrant music scene, but it also has an enviable reputation for its restaurants. See below for details of some of the most popular.
L’Arco is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Ballyvaughan village in the Burren region of County Clare.
Our antipasti and pizzas are carefully prepared by native Italian chefs and use locally-sourced, quality foods where possible. Our restaurant is informal and relaxed, and we welcome families.
7 High Street, Ennis, Clare
Zucchini is a first-floor restuarant with a relaxing informal ambience. The varied menu brings together a range of good, well-prepared local seafood and steak dishes. Colm Chawke, Head Chef and proprietor, built his reputation in some of the finest four and five-star hotels in County Clare.
Magowna House Hotel, Inch, Ennis, Clare
You can choose from table d’hote or a la carte menus in Bennett’s Restaurant. Savour excellent, carefully prepared and locally sourced fresh food. Complement your meal with a leisurely glass of wine while basking in the splendid view of the Fergus Estuary and River Shannon.
Whitethorn Restaurant And Craft Shop
Loughrask, Ballyvaughan, Clare
The location of the Whitethorn is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and there is nothing quite like eating dinner as the sun sets over the bay – a truly memorable experience.
The Craft Shop is excellent, the cooking is bright with flavours – three leaf salad butter sauce, vegetable and mixed nut stroganoff with herbed rice, and a good range of hot dishes and salads at lunchtime. This is not to be missed when in Clare.
An Fear Gorta
Pier Road, Ballyvaughan, Clare
Few other places encapsulate the imagined ideal of a holiday tea room as well as An Fear Gorta, with delicious home baking, carefully made sandwiches, excellent salads, and good coffee. Everything shows great care, the desire to make sure everything is as good as it can be.
It is a nostalgic step back into a genteel time, and it can be hard to leave when the sandwiches have been eaten, the tea drunk, and the crumbs of sweet cake picked up from the plate, after a good chat.
18 Abbey Street, Ennis, Clare
Stone, brick, tiles and seasoned timbers from the original 1864 building have been lovingly integrated into the character of Knox’s.
The loft bar on the balcony is just one of the many unique and intimate drinking areas within, each one with its own identity and appeal.
Upstairs, the emphasis at Alexanders is on providing an extensive menu at affordable prices. House specials, steaks, exotic and standard fish dishes, from breakfast to dinner all meals are imaginatively transformed from fresh ingredients and served in comfortable surroundings.
Barrtra Seafood Restaurant
Barrtra, Lahinch, Clare
This is the sort of restaurant you dream of stumbling across when on holiday, a little oasis of delight and romance. All dishes are home cooked using only the best of fresh local produce. Selection of wine available.
Abbey Street, Ennis, Clare
There is a real sense of history in this wonderful establishment, situated beside the ruins of the Ennis Friary. The front bar, with its open hearth fireplaces welcomes local and tourist alike to its old world style.
Food of excellent quality is available here, specialising in seafood, steak dishes and traditional Irish cuisine.
Queen’s is famous for its traditional Irish music sessions.