Restaurant Reviews

Cork: The Black Pig Winebar

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

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;

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,,
027 55664


Dublin: Flawless food of the Forest

Forest Avenue,
8 Sussex Terrace,
Dublin 4;
tel: 01-6678337; 


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

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


Mayo: Comforts of home at Cafe Rua

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

The dining room at the Panorama Restaurant.

Kerry: Panorama Restaurant, Killarney

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

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.


Cork: Living the high life in El Vino

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

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;


Promise fulfilled at Jacques

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

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,
Co Wexford;
tel: 053-9168800;


Tipperary: Chez Hans

Chez Hans,
Moore Lane, Cashel,
Co Tipperary;
tel: 062-61177;


Kilkenny: Italian delights in Ristorante Rinuccini

Ristorante Rinuccini,
1 The Parade,
tel: 056-7761575;

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,

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;

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,
tel: 021-4279534

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;


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

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

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;

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