Our Favourite Irish Restaurants of 2021

As we get ready to wrap up 2021, we want to look back over the year and celebrate all the wonderful restaurants we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. From luxurious fine dining to quirky eateries and veggie gems, we’ve rounded up our five favourite Irish restaurants of this year.

Our Favourite Irish Restaurants of 2021

FIRE Steakhouse and Bar, Dublin

Earlier in the year, we celebrated a huge victory for Dublin’s FIRE Steakhouse and Bar when it won the global title for ‘Best Luxury Steakhouse’ in the Luxury Restaurant Awards. As the year comes to a close, we want to continue celebrating this fantastic dining experience.

The city centre restaurant is undeniably stylish and has an incredibly rich history, as the long-standing home of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The only thing more impressive than the extravagant decor is its stellar menu of mouthwatering dishes made from fresh, authentically Irish ingredients. We’re looking forward to seeing more great achievements from FIRE in the new year.

Glas, Dublin

This one was a more recent discovery, making it onto our list of favourite veggie restaurants this month. Glas is a high-class vegetarian and vegan restaurant which has left quite the impression on us and our readers.

This is our 2021 top pick for delicious meat-free dining, right in the centre of Dublin City. Pop in for a truly memorable experience, with dishes that look just as good as they taste, and a fantastic selection to suit all preferences. Glas is certainly one to add to the 2022 diary.

Pullman Restaurant, Galway

Perhaps the most notable mention on our list of unique Irish restaurants was Glenlo Abbey’s Pullman Restaurant. As one of the country’s most luxurious, unique and memorable dining experiences, we want to tip our hats once more to the Pullman before the year ends.

Add dining on this historic train to your plans for next year, as you pay a visit to the spectacular Glenlo Estate. The double AA rosette award-winning restaurant offers afternoon tea and fine dining aboard two carriages from the original Orient Express. This is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

Jacobs on the Mall, Cork

Earlier this month, we listed our favourite Cork restaurants, and Jacobs on the Mall really caught our eye. Based in the old Turkish Baths building, it’s the perfect spot for a group get-together in Cork City, with a relaxed atmosphere and a deliciously colourful menu.

If you’re a social eater, the restaurant’s sharing boards have all you need to enjoy a fabulous night of flavours with those closest to you. Start 2022 the right way, with a delicious brunch or a delightful evening of dining, tasty tipples and laughs with friends and family. We can’t wait to see what Jacobs on the Mall has to offer customers in the new year.

The Lane Bar, Killarney, County Kerry

Last, but certainly not least, we have The Lane Bar at The Ross Hotel in County Kerry. This is one of our all-time favourites, and was a major highlight from our visit to Killarney back in October. The bar is right in the middle of Killarney, with great views of the town centre so you won’t miss a thing while you eat.

This versatile restaurant serves a delectable all-day food menu in a relaxed and stylish environment, transforming into an upbeat bar by night. One of our favourite restaurants, paired perfectly with one of Ireland’s most memorable hotels, The Lane Bar is the ideal spot to share a few drinks and a meal with those you love most in 2022.


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Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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