As an island nation, our surrounding seas not only give us fantastic coastal views and dramatic landscapes, but also a wealth of seafood delights that are praised all around the world. We have succulent lobster, fresh oysters and sweet prawns, to name but a few. To celebrate our superb catch we’ve made of list of some of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland that are sure to reel you in.
If you’re a foodie then you will have no doubt heard of Michael’s. This friendly neighbourhood restaurant has Gaz Smith at the helm, cooking up some of the finest fish dishes in the country. Keep your eyes peeled for their sister venue “Little Mike’s” that is due to open in the coming months, bringing more seafood delights to our plates. Michael’s also offer an incredible value early bird menu along with their famous 2 Course Tuesday’s, where diners can snap up two courses for just €21.
For more information, please visit www.michaels.ie
Overlooking Howth harbour King Sitric has been serving locals and visitors alike incredible seafood since 1971. The menu is dictated by the sea and what fish is available on the day. Run by Aidan and Joan Mac Manus, this North Dublin venue is must visit for seafood fans. In the former wine cellar of King Sitric you will find East Café Bar, the restaurant’s little sister, it’s terrace is ideal for sunny days spent devouring succulent seafood.
For more information, please visit www.kingsitric.ie
Run by Paul and Edwina Hynes La Côte is a modern Irish seafood restaurant, championing local produce. On the menu expect to find fresh catch from nearby Kilmore Quay and foraged herbs from Ferrycarrig and Curralcoe. Most recently they won Best Restaurant in Leinster at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2019, as well as Best Restaurant Manager awarded to Edwina Hynes.
For more information, please visit www.lacote.ie
Having opened in summer 2018, The Fish Box is a relative newcomer to the food scene but already has been making waves in Dingle’s dining scene. The whole Flannery family has fishing in their blood, a tradition that spans four generations. Father Michael has been fishing since the ’70s, while mother Deirdre was busy running a café. Today the pair along with sons Patrick & Michael, who have taken a more leading role in the business, run this charming spot. The Fish Box use their own family trawler Cú Na Mara to supply the restaurant with daily catch.
For more information, please visit www.thefishboxdingle.com
This award-winning Kinsale stalwart is run by husband and wife team Martin and Marie Shanahan. A former fishmonger Martin is passionate about sourcing the best local fresh fish for the restaurant. Fishy Fishy has racked up numerous awards including Best Seafood Experience in Ireland 2013 awarded by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. During the summer months, you can dine al fresco on the terrace and enjoy the most incredible fishy delights.
For more information, please visit www.fishyfishy.ie
While Michelin starred Aniar is not solely a seafood restaurant, this Galway establishment is a great supporter of Irish seafood and also seaweed, regularly showcasing this on their menu. The menu is contemporary and innovative, using only ingredients sourced in Ireland. Chef patron JP McMahon is an advocate for Irish food and leads this terroir-based restaurant to create spectacular modern Irish cuisine.
For more information, please visit aniarrestaurant.ie
The idea behind Klaw was to bring a taste of the sea to Dublin city. This laid back and informal restaurant is sister to The Seafood Café and the upcoming Urban Monger. The man behind these fishy endeavours is Niall Sabongi. Klaw features oysters from all over Ireland, lobster rolls and daily catch specials. Niall also set up Sustainable Seafood Ireland, which he uses to supply fresh seafood to each of his restaurants.
For more information, please visit klaw.ie
The Chart House isn’t strictly a seafood restaurant. Both meat eaters and plant-based tastes will be well catered for too. However, head chef Rachel Boyle and her kitchen team serve some of the finest locally seafood in the country. Guests can feast on Dingle Bay prawns and seafood chowder, Cromane mussels and monkfish or hake. The ethos here is to allow the fish to be the star of the plate without overpowering or complicating the dishes.
For more information, please visit thecharthousedingle.com
Located in heart of Monkstown, this laid back restaurant serves up some of the finest seafood in town The menu is filled with locally sourced ingredients, with an emphasis on seasonal flavours. Zsolt and Veronika Zakar are the pair behind this popular Monkstown restaurant. You can’t come to Lobstar and not sample the amazing Irish lobster on offer. Enjoy Carlingford oysters to whet your appetite before diving into fishy delights such as pan-fried scallops and lobster ravioli.
For more information, please visit lobstar.ie
A staple on the Dublin dining scene, a trip to this classic bistro is always a memorable event. We visited Peploe’s recently and enjoyed some of the finest seafood we’ve had in a long time. Expect Kilkell Harbour scallops cooked to perfection, Dublin Bay prawn risotto and some of the best bouillabaisse around. The menu is tweaked according to the seasons and features daily fish specials. Head chef Graeme Dodrill is passionate about sourcing the freshest seafood available and works closely with this suppliers Beshoff’s and Kish Fish.
For more information, please visit www.peploes.com
Eastern Seaboard is run by husband and wife team Jeni Glasgow and Reuven Diaz. This award-winning restaurant is beloved by both locals and visitors alike and is well worth the trip to sample some of the tasty fare on offer. The wine list is fully organic and biodynamic, a crisp white wine would go exceptionally well with Eastern Seaboard’s Espinaler Tinned Calamari or Cockles. Committed to using fresh produce you will find locally caught Clogherhead crab, Annagassan lobster along with smoked salmon and Carlingford oysters to name a small few.
For more information, please visit Eastern Seaboard
FEATURE BY SINÉAD SMYTH