Limerick is a vibrant city in the west of Ireland. From historical sites like King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral to family activities in People’s Park and Thomond Park, there’s more to Limerick than meets the eye.
The city is easy to reach from the nearby Shannon airport and with plenty to do, odds are you’re going to get hungry. Read on to discover the best places to eat, drink and sleep in Limerick.
Number 13 The Factory
The Factory Café is a vibrant new coffee experience in Limerick. located in Castletroy, The Factory Café Treats guests to simple and nutritious food paired with exceptional coffee. Its Instagram-worthy menu includes delicious breakfast treats like Salmon Toast, Banana Toast, Acai Bowl, Avocado Smash and Granola.
One of Limerick’s newest dining venues, House Limerick serves a mean breakfast and an irresistible brunch at the weekend. It’s the brainchild of Alan Clancy, who also runs House Dublin on Leeson Street and the hugely popular 37 Dawson Street. House Limerick serves breakfast from 9am to 12 noon daily, with brunch being served from 2pm-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Since opening its doors in 2014, The Buttery has been producing a range of “wacky, fun and delicious” dishes. Owned by brother and sister team, Hazel and Joe, The Buttery serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The morning menu caters to the egg lover in all of us, from the classic Eggs Benedict to eggs with chicken, chorizo, vegetables and much more. Breakfast is served every Monday to Friday from 8am to 11.50am.
The French Table
Enjoy delicious French cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere in city centre restaurant, The French Table. With a mix of classic and seasonal French dishes, the restaurant works with a number of artisan suppliers to ensure their food is of the utmost quality. Chef Thomas Fialons aims to give guests the “freshest of ingredients straight from the farm to the kitchen”, so you can be sure of a high-quality lunch.
Hook and Ladder
Hook and Ladder is a café, cookery school and homeware store with locations in both Waterford and Limerick. In the Limerick café, visitors can expect to enjoy excellent artisan food suitable for all palates. Their in-store bakery provides a number of home-baked cakes as well as a wide variety of premium coffees and oenophiles will encounter an assortment of fine wines to choose from, ideal for those in search of a more relaxed lunch.
Cornstore offers a casual, warm and lively dining experience, complete with an impressive wine and cocktail bar. Specialising in great steaks and quality locally sourced seafood, Cornstore is the perfect spot for lunch with friends, family or work colleagues. So whether you visit Cornstore for lunch, dinner or to taste their unique cocktails, you can be sure of a good time.
The Mustard Seed
You’ll find The Mustard Seed Restaurant in Echo Lodge, right in the heart of county Limerick. Under the ownership of John Edward Joyce, the restaurant is a flourishing fine dining experience, offering a four-course table D’hote menu with carefully selected seasonal ingredients prepared by Head Chef Angel Pirev.
The Mustard Seed attracts numerous food and drinks lovers, whether they’re staying in the lodge or not. The four-course classic dinner menu is served from 7pm to 9.15pm each evening and it’s priced at €62 per person.
With two Limerick locations (city centre and Castleroy), La Cucina aims to bring the authentic Italian dining experience Limerick’s food scene. For dinner, indulge in the rich variety of mouthwatering Italian food on offer at La Cucina, including bruschetta, pasta, pizzas, steak and fish. Serving lunch, dinner and the all-important coffee, La Cucina is the perfect place in Limerick to get a real taste of Italy.
Located in a beautifully restored 19th-century building, Freddy’s Bistro serves superb locally sourced fresh food and a wide variety of homemade desserts. Run by three sisters – Liz, Caroline and Maeve – Freddy’s Bistro was voted the Best Restaurant in Limerick by E.W.M.C.S for their excellent standards of food, ambience and service.
They’ve also been voted one of the top one hundred best restaurants in Ireland by The Bridgestone Guide. Dinner at Freddy’s Bistro is served from Tuesday to Thursday from 7pm and from 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday.
1826 Restaurant Adare
You can’t mention Limerick dining without having 1826 Restaurant Adare come to mind. Run by Chef Wade Murphy and his wife Elaine, the restaurant strives to serve the best locally sourced produce at reasonable prices. A Michelin Bib Gourmand award winner, 1826 Restaurant Adare is the ultimate spot for dining outside of Limerick city. 1826 Restaurant Adare is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 6pm and from 3pm on Sundays.
The Copper Room
For an evening of culinary delights accompanied by an impressive selection of beverages in an intimate and unique venue, look no further than The Copper Room. Visitors to The Copper Room are encouraged to taste a number of exquisite dishes and vintages in their underground caverns.
A number of international cheeses, patés and meats are on offer at The Copper Room, and be sure to enhance their flavour with an expertly chosen wine from the menu. The Copper Room is open Mondays to Thursdays from 5pm to late, 5pm to 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and from 5pm to late on Sundays.
Dolans Restaurant And Live Music Venue
First opened in 1994, Dolans is a multi-award-winning traditional Irish pub located on the Dock Road in Limerick. With great food options and live music every night, visitors can expect a fun and lively atmosphere in Dolans’ restaurant.
Popular among tourists and music fans, Dolans has played host to big music names like Hozier, Snow Patrol, Mumford and Sons, Glen Hansard and more. There’s always something exciting happening at Dolans so make sure to stop by while you’re in Limerick.
The Absolute Hotel
A short walk from many of Limerick city’s most famous and historic sites, The Absolute Hotel is an award-winning modern 4-star hotel in the centre. With its contemporary design, this boutique hotel in the middle of the medieval quarter is also only a stone’s throw from the city’s main shopping district. A hotel situated in a prime location, the spacious Absolute Hotel boasts stunning views of the Limerick skyline.
The George Hotel
Relax in style at The George Boutique Hotel, a 4-star accommodation located right in the heart of Limerick City. An ideal spot to rest following a day of sightseeing and the perfect base for exploring all Limerick has to offer, The George is right on the doorstep of the city’s shopping and entertainment district.
The luxurious Adare Manor recently re-opened following an extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion programme. The manor, which now takes its place as a top luxury destination in Ireland and around the world, has not only been meticulously restored to its former splendour but also boasts a number of new features including a new 42-bedroom wing, a new ballroom and impressive dining from an award-winning culinary team of over 60 chefs.
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