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The Best Restaurants in Ireland Have Been Revealed – Did Your Favourite Make the Cut?

On a recent trip to Dublin, Nigella Lawson took to Twitter to gush about the elegant simplicity of a prune and mascarpone dessert. It seems Merrion Row’s Etto has won the heart of the Domestic Goddess and the nation as it scooped the title of Best Restaurant in Ireland last night.

The Irish Restaurant Awards, fondly known as the Food Oscars, took place at the Clayton Burlington Road with a crowd of over 1000 industry personalities celebrating the best in the business at a glittering gala dinner.

Attendees were treated to a six-course feast prepared by a line-up of Ireland’s renowned chefs, including Shamzuri Hanifa of Cottage Restaurant, Gary O’Hanlon, Danni Barry of Clenaghans Restaurant, Keith Boyle of the Bay Tree Bistro in Waterford City and Elena Martinez of Crover House Hotel.

Michelin Bib Gourmand holder Etto took the top honour of the night, as well as taking the title for Best Chef in Dublin for Head Chef Barry Sun Jian and Best Customer Service in Dublin. Other big winners on the night included Best Chef in Ireland Jess Murphy of Kai, with Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland awarded to Kerry’s Park Hotel Kenmare.

The full list of this year’s winners is as follows:

Best Gastro Pub

Dublin – The Legal Eagle
Connaught – Cronin’s Sheebeen
Leinster – Lennons Gastro Pub
Munster – Moorings
Ulster – The Brewer’s House

All-Ireland – The Legal Eagle

Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant

Dublin – The Marker Hotel
Connaught – Wilde’s at The Lodge
Leinster – Ballyfin Demesne
Munster – Park Hotel Kenmare
Ulster – Newforge House

All-Ireland – Park Hotel Kenmare

Park Hotel Kenmare

Best Newcomer

Dublin – Michael’s Mount Merrion
Connaught – Hooked
Leinster – Barrows Keep
Munster – Dooks Fine Foods Fethard
Ulster – Clenaghans

All-Ireland – Clenaghans

Best Café

Dublin – Honey Truffle
Connaught – Pudding Row
Leinster – Strandfield Café
Munster – Maison Gourmet
Ulster – The Jolly Sandwich Bar

All-Ireland – Pudding Row

Best Wine Experience

Dublin – Piglet Wine Bar
Connaught – Aniar Restaurant and Boutique Cookery School
Leinster – La Touche Wines 4 U
Munster – The Black Pig
Ulster – Ox Cave

All-Ireland – Piglet Wine Bar


Best World Cuisine

Dublin – Nightmarket
Connaught – MoMA Restaurant
Leinster – Pink Salt Indian Restaurant
Munster – Palmento
Ulster – Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro

All-Ireland – Nightmarket

Nightmarket Ranelagh

Best Kids Size Me

Dublin – Michael’s Mount Merrion
Connaught – Gather Restaurant
Leinster – Platform Pizza Bar
Munster – GROW HQ Café and Food Education Centre
Ulster – Amici

All-Ireland – Michaels Mount Merrion

Michaels Italian Restaurant

Best Local Food Hero

Dublin – Jenny & Patrick McNally of McNally Family Farm
All-Ireland – Mark Murphy & Mark Doe of The Apprentice Chef Programme

Best Casual Dining

Dublin – Hey Donna
Connaught – Gather Restaurant
Leinster – Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar
Munster – Pilgrim’s
Ulster – Shu Restaurant Belfast

All-Ireland – Pilgrim’s

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

Dublin – Craft Restaurant
Connaught – Tartare Café + Wine Bar
Leinster – Kernel Bar & Kitchen
Munster – SAGE Restaurant
Ulster – 28 Darling St

All-Ireland – Craft Restaurant

Best Restaurant Manager

Dublin – Talha Pasha of Michael’s Mount Merrion
Connaught – Lee Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant
Leinster – Joanne Harding of the Aldridge Lodge
Munster – Sally O’Brien of Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store
Ulster – Saul McConnell of NOBLE. Holywood

All-Ireland – Sally O’Brien of Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store

Best ‘Free From’

Dublin – I Monelli
Connaught – Sweet Beat Café
Leinster – Zucchini’s Restaurant
Munster – Nutrilicious Food Co
Ulster – The Dirty Duck

All-Ireland – Sweet Beat Café

Sweet Beat

Best Customer Service

Dublin – Etto
Connaught – House of Plates
Leinster – Roundwood House
Munster – The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Ulster – Harvey’s Point

All-Ireland – Harvey’s Point

Pub of the Year

Dublin – Walshs Stoneybatter
Connaught – Flynns Bar
Leinster – Morrisseys
Munster – Murphy’s Bar Brandon
Ulster – Tomneys Bar

All-Ireland – Walshs Stoneybatter

Best Chef

Dublin – Barry Sun Jian of Etto
Connaught – Jess Murphy of Kai Restaurant
Leinster – Sam Moody at Ballyfin Demesne
Munster – Aidan McGrath of Wild Honey Inn
Ulster – Chris McGowan of Wine & Brine

All-Ireland – Jess Murphy of Kai Restaurant

Jess Murphy Kai

Best Restaurant

Dublin – Etto
Connaught – Cian’s on Bridge Street
Leinster – TwoCooks Restaurant & Wine Bar
Munster – Mews Restaurant
Ulster – The Muddlers Club

All-Ireland – Etto


National Winners

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant – Locks Windsor Terrace
Best Cocktail Experience – The Sidecar at The Westbury
Best Cookery School – MacNean House & Restaurant
Best Seafood Experience – Klaw Seafood Restaurant
Best Digital Marketing – Kai Restaurant

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