Restaurant Reviews

Cork: The Black Pig Winebar

The Black Pig Winebar,
66 Lower O’Connell Street,
Kinsale, Co Cork;
tel: 021-4774101

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The Winding Stair is a bustling space with a dignified and honest-to-goodness approach to décor and practical restaurant aesthetics.

Dublin: The Winding Stair Restaurant is worth the climb

The Winding Stair,
40 Lower Ormond Quay,
Dublin 1;
tel: 01-8727320;
www.winding-stair.com

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O'Connor's Seafood Restaurant, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, CoCork, a local favourite and well worth visiting — especially forthe cod dish if you're from Newfoundland.

Cork: O’Connor’s Seafood Restaurant

Wolfe Tone Square,
Bantry, Co Cork,
www.oconnorseafood.com,
027 55664

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Dublin: Flawless food of the Forest

Forest Avenue,
8 Sussex Terrace,
Dublin 4;
tel: 01-6678337;
www.forestavenuerestaurant.ie 

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Waterford: White Horses Restaurant has substance, like a fine red wine

White Horses,
Ardmore, Co Waterford;
tel: 024-94040

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Mayo: Comforts of home at Cafe Rua

Cafe Rua,
New Antrim Street,
Castlebar, Co Mayo;
tel: 094-9023376;
caferua.com

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The dining room at the Panorama Restaurant.

Kerry: Panorama Restaurant, Killarney

Panorama Restaurant,
Europe Hotel and Resort, Fossa,
Killarney, Co Kerry;
tel: 064-6671300;
www.theeurope.com

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The romantic setting of the state dining room at Ballyfin Demesne where dinner is only available for residents.

Ballyfin Demense: deliciously expensive dining

THE devil isn’t just in the detail at Ballyfin; it’s in the big picture too. A lavish, Regency-era mansion sitting pretty in a private demesne beneath the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this is not only one of the most extravagant five-star hotels in the country, but one of its most exquisitely restored country estates.

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Cork: Living the high life in El Vino

El Vino, The Elysian,
Eglinton Street, Cork;
tel: 021-4318530;
elvino.ie

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Conor and Nicola Duggan's hip Platform Pizza Bar has given the people what they want, and Bray is the better for it.

Wicklow: The perfect platform

Platform Pizza Bar,
7 Strand Road,
Bray, Co Wicklow;
tel: 01-5384000; platformpizzabar.ie

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Promise fulfilled at Jacques

Jacques Restaurant, 23 Oliver Plunkett St, Cork
Tel: 021-4277387
jacquesrestaurant.ie

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A business park on the Drinagh roundabout isn't the sexiest of locations for a café, but Kelly's does its best to bring warmth to an open-plan space.

Wexford: Kelly’s Café, a foodie hero

Kelly’s Café,
Drinagh,
Co Wexford;
tel: 053-9168800;
kellys.ie

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Tipperary: Chez Hans

Chez Hans,
Moore Lane, Cashel,
Co Tipperary;
tel: 062-61177;
www.chezhans.net

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Kilkenny: Italian delights in Ristorante Rinuccini

Ristorante Rinuccini,
1 The Parade,
Kilkenny;
tel: 056-7761575;
rinuccini.com

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Chapel Steps is a slick, professional place, an ethos apparent from its excellent website.

Cork: Chapel Steps is top class at right price

Chapel Steps, Patrick’s Place,
Bandon, Co. Cork;
tel: 023-8852581,
www.chapelsteps.ie

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The dining room at Belleek Castle features crushed-velvet seat covers and a curving oak staircase straight out of a fairy-tale forest.

Mayo: Breaking the mould at Belleek Castle

The Restaurant, Belleek Castle,
Ballina, Co Mayo;
tel: 096-22400;
belleekcastle.com

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The Strasbourg Goose's pricing policy seems to have paid dividends but this forces its own limitations.

Cork: Strasbourg Goose

Strasbourg Goose,
17 French Church St,
Cork;
tel: 021-4279534

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The menu at Harte's Bar & Grill, Kildare, ticks all the boxes, offering a choice of five starters and eight mains.

Kildare: Harte's is a polished gastro pub

Harte’s Bar & Grill,
Market Square, Kildare;
tel: 045-533557;
www.hartesbar.ie

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Cork: Bathe in the calm light and muted sounds of Café Serendipity

Café Serendipity,
30 Palace View,
Western Road, Cork.
021 2410466,
serendipitycafe.ie

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Dining at the chef's table in the kitchen of Chapter One puts you right at the heart of Ross Lewis's award-winning kitchen.

Dublin: Chapter One, at the heart of Ross Lewis's kitchen

Chef’s Table, Chapter One,
19 Parnell Square N,
Dublin 1;
01-8732266;
www.chapteronerestaurant.com

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O'Donovan's is an off-site find, it has no website and relies on word of mouth.

Cork: Go east for a feast at O'Donovan's in Midleton

O’Donovan’s Restaurant,
58 Main St Midleton
Co. Cork,
021 4631255

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