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A Comprehensive Guide to Michelin Restaurants in Ireland

We are very lucky to have an abundance of Michelin restaurants in Ireland. With five two Michelin stars, fourteen one Michelin stars and nineteen Bib Gourmands, this is a testament to the incredible food scene that Ireland has to offer. These restaurants have showcased the brilliance of Irish produce in their own unique ways, shining a spotlight on Irish fare and giving it the world stage that it is so deserving of.

Here is our comprehensive guide to two-star, one-star and Bib Gourmand Michelin restaurants in Ireland.

Two-Star Michelin Restaurants – Dublin

Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen

Standing tall on Parnell Square since 1992, Chapter One is an elegant, fine-dining restaurant serving French dishes with a creative, modern touch. Earning its first Michelin Star in 2007, the restaurant maintained its star until 2021, when Chef Patron Mickael Viljanen, previously executive chef at The Greenhouse, joined the team. Together with head chef and owner, Ross Lewis, a new page was turned for Chapter One, and with Viljanen taking the lead, the restaurant earned their second Michelin Star in 2022. A unique dining experience is to be expected here, with the merging of cultures, textures and flavours, reminiscent in each dish. Dishes are immaculately executed and presented beautifully, guaranteeing a meal to remember.

Liath

After opening their doors as Heron & Grey and earning their first Michelin star in 2016, owner and chef Damien Grey took over and changed the name to Liaththe Irish word for grey – earning them a second star in 2022. Nestled in the Blackrock Market, Liath is a stylish restaurant with only a handful of tables, offering a collective dining experience. Diners are advised to leave their preconceptions at the door to allow yourself to be taken on a culinary journey. Liath’s surprise tasting menu centres around the five tastes of salty, savoury, sweet, bitter and sour, yielding a result that is bold and harmonious. Your senses and emotions take centre stage when dining here, where only the best quality ingredients are treated with precision to create a fantastic meal.

Restaurant Patrick Gilbaud

Thriving since 1981, Restaurant Patrick Gilbaud has stood the test of time thanks to the eponymous chef and his exceptional team. Serving sophisticated, contemporary Irish cuisine woven in with French roots, the dishes here showcase superb flavours. With options for both a seasonal a la carte menu or an impressive tasting menu, expect luxury, modern dishes that demonstrate the impeccable Irish ingredients used. For wine enthusiasts, The Cellar houses over 30,000 bottles from all over the world, with their sommeliers providing an exceptional, encyclopaedic level of knowledge. Hidden away in a Georgian townhouse, Restaurant Patrick Gilbaud’s sophisticated interiors set the scene for a fantastic meal.

One-Star Michelin Restaurants – Dublin

Variety Jones

This charming, cosy restaurant based in Dublin 8 is headed by chef-owner Keelan Higgs, previously making his mark around Dublin at the likes of Locks and Luna. Variety Jones‘ unique touch to the Michelin restaurants in Ireland is a 6 course ‘Chef’s Choice’ sharing menu, where diners attend without seeing the menu, for the ultimate dining adventure. Higgs has created a well-loved and highly sought after restaurant, where unique yet unfussy dishes are served, most of which are cooked over an open fire. Their monthly changing, mostly organic wine list is impressive and only serves to add to the already wonderful experience.

Bastible

There is nothing quite like admiring the work of an expert team of chefs through an open kitchen, and Bastible offers exactly that. This vibrant restaurant serves food from the soul, made from the heart, using the best Irish ingredients. Dishes are fuss free and stripped back, but the flavours are still bold and impressive. Though their wine list is concise, it hits the spot, and their desserts are always a highlight. You will always go home feeling full and satisfied after a meal at Bastible.

D’Olier Street

Opening at the end of 2022 in the landmark D’Olier Chambers, D’Olier Street earned their first Michelin star in the 2024 additions to the Guide. Australian-born executive chef and co-owner, James Moore, prepares an impressive 13-course tasting menu with influences from around the world. Prime quality ingredients are used in their expertly-created dishes, and their wine pairings are perfectly balanced with your meal. An open kitchen allows diners to watch the chef at work, with seats at the counter available to get an up-close view. The art dotted around the contemporary space is by a local Dublin artist, an ode to the wonderful art scene in the city.

Glovers Alley

A chic restaurant based on the second floor of the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Glovers Alley is headed by Andy McFadden. Bold flavours and textures shine through their modern, creative dishes, presented beautifully. A relaxing visit is guaranteed, with the surroundings emanating 1930s overtones. Named after Dublin’s glove-makers that once occupied the neighbouring alleyway, this spot is all-things Irish, which is what we love.

Two-Star Michelin Restaurants – All Ireland

dede – Baltimore, Cork

A Michelin experience like no other, dede serve impeccable, intricately curated dishes inspired by the Turkish origins of chef-owner Ahmet Dede. Combining the brilliant Irish ingredients from their West Cork surroundings with a skilful use of spices transforms local fare into those reminiscent of dishes that the all-Turkish team of chefs grew up eating, like Köfte and Dolma. Ahmet’s personality is evident in each authentic dish and throughout the lively restaurant, where contentment from each table is clear, demonstrating the inevitability of a memorable visit.

Terre – Castlemartyr, Cork

Set inside the breathtaking Castlemartyr Resort is Terre. An impressive tasting menu combining contemporary French cuisine with Asian flavours is served, expertly curated by Chef Patron Vincent Crepel. Included as part of the team is the 2023 winner of the Eurotoques Young Chef of the Year, Shauna Murphy. Diners will be impressed with their use of exceptional local, seasonal produce, creating a selection of striking, sophisticated dishes that highlight Crepel’s time in Asia. Dishes are finished table side for a dynamic, interactive experience. A unique tea pairing is available with your meal, but their carefully curated wines will certainly round out a wonderful experience at Terre.

One-Star Michelin Restaurants – All Ireland

House – Ardmore

Few things are more magnificent than dining cliff-side with panoramic views of the ocean. House Restaurant is perched atop the Ardmore Cliffs in the Cliff House Hotel, and enjoying the beautiful views is just the start of a fantastic dining experience. With both international and local flavours influencing dishes, Chef Patron Tony Parkin’s talent is demonstrated through the contrasting flavours and textures of each dish. Earning their Michelin star in 2010, they have successfully retained this award for 14 years and counting, a testament to the consistency and excellence of House.

Chestnut – Ballydehob

A small but mighty restaurant located in West Cork, Chestnut is housed in a former pub in the quaint Ballydehob. West Cork is known for its abundance of excellent local produce, which Chestnut so beautifully allows to shine, with a minimal waste approach that is a welcome addition. A story rooted in tradition and creativity, the home-y touch is evident throughout the restaurant, where shelves are laden with wine and fermented products. Wine pairings are available, and their non-alcoholic options use their own house-made juices and cordials. Dishes are prepared skilfully and with love, creating an intimate, friendly dining experience for all.

Lady Helen – Thomastown

The Mount Juliet Estate already makes way for a luxury escape in Kilkenny, and a gastronomic experience awaits at the fabulous Lady Helen. A unique dining experience is guaranteed, serving modern Irish cuisine championing the brilliance of Ireland’s natural produce. A wonderful meal here is only complemented by the striking interiors of the dining room, where Georgian architecture shines through each element, from the hand-carved marble fireplace, to the view of the river, and everything in between. Skilfully prepared, impressive dishes are to be expected, with dazzling wines and a guaranteed unforgettable experience.

Campagne – Kilkenny

Fuss free dishes are served at this lovely restaurant in medieval Kilkenny. Chef Garrett Byrne worked his way through London and Dublin before returning to his hometown of Kilkenny, his craft evident through the delicious meals created at Campagne. Flavourful, rich dishes are served at this striking, modern restaurant, with influences of French cuisine showcased through brilliant Irish produce.

The Oak Room – Adare

When visiting the number one resort in Europe, it’s expected that the food will echo the breathtaking location surrounding it. Adare Manor is home to The Michelin-starred Oak Room, an impressive restaurant with lavish interiors that set the scene for a fantastic meal. Seasonal tasting menus are inspired by Irish ingredients, where the chefs have intricately hand-picked the best of the best to serve to their lucky diners. Simple, well-balanced dishes allow the ingredients to shine, and the wine list is adventurous but perfectly paired with each dish. A remarkable cheese trolley is served table side, using Ireland’s finest cheese selection, to finish off your meal perfectly.

Aniar – Galway

Galway is home to JP McMahon’s Aniar, a restaurant that fosters traditional cooking and preservation methods, where all ingredients are sourced in the West of Ireland (an ode to the name). Showcasing the beauty of the Irish landscape, they follow a ‘back-to-nature’ ethos that is evident through the excellent, simple dishes. JP’s reputation precedes him, with a passion for showcasing the greatness that Irish food has to offer. Dishes are made up through the produce received on the day, demonstrating the importance of seasonality and sustainability that is at the core of Aniar. Expect an immersive dining experience of Irish food through their impeccable tasting menu.

The Bishop’s Buttery – Cashel

Located in the fabulous Cashel Palace Hotel, The Bishop’s Buttery earned their Michelin star in February 2024. A luxurious spot full of character, Tipperary’s rich larder is showcased through each dish. Contemporary flair is combined with classic roots, and dishes are enjoyed in the cellars of a splendid Palladian manor house, where modern comforts surround you. The delicious meal is paired with an impressive wine list, only serving to enhance an already wonderful selection of food crafted by Chef Stephen Hayes.

Wild Honey Inn – Lisdoonvarna

As the only pub in Ireland with a Michelin star, the Wild Honey Inn holds this accolade proudly. Reinventing the concept of an Irish pub, that well-known warm, comforting nature is certainly evident, whilst serving food that is outstanding. Set in the idyllic surroundings of The Burren, the quaint, cosy bedrooms set a perfect scene for an after-dinner slumber. Inspired by Ireland’s natural larder, fresh, simple cooking is to be expected. Think, elevated pub food. An award-winning wine list sets the tone for what’s sure to be a wonderful meal.

Bastion – Kinsale

A contemporary restaurant based the heart of the picturesque Kinsale, Bastion serve tasting menus that bring diners a taste of the locality, with a highlight on seafood. With natural flavours shining through modern, skilfully prepared dishes, Paul McDonald’s creativity shines through the impressive tasting menu. With a small team of staff, service is brilliant, with a bar splitting the room in half and candles adorning the restaurant for a comforting touch. An ever-changing wine list is on offer, where new, local additions are always to be expected. With Bastion being an multi-award winning restaurant, a memorable dining experience is sure to be had.

Homestead Cottage – Doolin

On a drive to or from the Cliffs of Moher, a quick pit stop for some lunch will strike you by surprise at this Michelin-starred restaurant. A 200 year old cottage house that has been transformed into the idyllic Homestead Cottage, they earned their Michelin star in February 2024. There is a huge focus on locality and sustainability – owners Robbie and Sophie take pride in working with local farmers and artisan producers to highlight the beauty of their surroundings. An immersive dining experience is to be expected with a 7 course tasting menu for dinner that is certain to impress. This rustic restaurant is frill-free, with modern, fresh dishes – it will have you returning for another chance to experience its charm.

Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants

When seeking value in an establishment whilst staying within a budget, Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants are the way to go. Though not quite a star, restaurants awarded with a Bib Gourmand serve high-quality food at pocket-friendly prices. There is less of a formula for the restaurants listed under this category, with everything from traditional Irish pubs to small plates and Tapas spots included. The bottom line is, these places serve easy-to-eat dishes made through simple cooking methods that still create delicious, memorable meals.

Solas – Dingle

Saint Francis Provisions – Kinsale

Spitalfields – Dublin

Table Forty One – Wexford

La Gordita – Dublin

Goldie – Cork

Richmond – Dublin

Thyme – Athlone

Courthouse – Monaghan

Uno Mas – Dublin

Lottie’s – Dublin

Éan – Galway

Pichet – Dublin

Cush – Ballycotton

Sha-Roe Bistro – Carlow

Aldridge Lodge – Wexford

Everett’s – Waterford

Amy Austin – Dublin

Ichigo Ichie Bistro and Natural Wine Bar – Cork

Michelin restaurants in Ireland – Article by Sara Abdulmagid

I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!

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