RAI Awards 2018 – The Best Restaurants in Munster Have Been Revealed

The second of four regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Radisson Blu, Little Island, Cork, last night where 91 awards were presented to the country’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.

The awards covered a wide range of venues and the winners from each of Munster’s six counties were selected from the following categories: Best Casual Dining, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Best Kids Size Me, Best ‘Free From’, Best World Cuisine, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Wine Experience, Pub of the Year, Best Café, Best Customer Service, Best Gastro Pub, Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant, Best Newcomer, Best Chef and Best Restaurant. There was also a special Regional award for Munster’s Local Food Hero.

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Best Casual Dining – Linnane’s Lobster Bar
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Wild Honey Inn
Best Kids Size Me – The Lakeside Hotel
Best Free From – The Cloister Restaurant
Best Restaurant Manager – Tony Frisby of Dromoland Castle
Best World Cuisine – Lana Restaurant
Best Wine Experience – Dromoland Castle
Pub of the Year – The Roadside Tavern
Best Cafe – Elizabeth Jane Coffee House
Best Customer Service – Noel’s at The Manor Hotel
Best Gastro Pub – Vaughans Anchor Inn
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant – Moy House
Best Newcomer – Boruma Gastro Bar
Best Chef – Aidan McGrath of Wild Honey Inn
Best Restaurant – Wild Honey Inn


Best Casual Dining – Pilgrim’s
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sage Restaurant
Best Kids Size Me – Market Lane
Best Free From – The Rocket Man
Best Restaurant Manager – Sally O’Brien of Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store
Best World Cuisine – Palmento
Best Wine Experience – The Black Pig
Best Cafe – Organico
Best Customer Service – Iyer’s Cafe
Best Gastro Pub – Poachers
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant – The Bayview Hotel
Best Newcomer – Bao Boi Cork
Best Chef – Ahmet Dede of Mews Restaurant
Best Restaurant – Mews Restaurant


Best Casual Dining – O’Neills The Point
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Global Village
Best Kids Size Me – The Boathouse
Best Free From – Bookstop Cafe
Best Restaurant Manager – Jim McGrath of The Oyster Tavern
Best World Cuisine – Giovannelli
Best Wine Experience – Sol y Sombra Tapas Bar & Restaurant
Pub of the Year – Nora Murphy’s Pub Brandon Pier
Best Cafe – Maison Gourmet
Best Customer Service – Giovannelli
Best Gastro Pub – McMunns Bar
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant – Park Hotel Kenmare
Best Newcomer – Croí Restaurant
Best Chef – Chad Byrne of Danu at The Brehon
Best Restaurant – Mulcahys


Best Casual Dining – The Buttery
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – 1826 Adare
Best Kids Size Me – Kyoto
Best Free From – Cornstore Limerick
Best Restaurant Manager – John Edward Joyce of The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Best World Cuisine – La Cucina Centro
Best Wine Experience – House Limerick
Pub of the Year – Flannerys Bar Limerick
Best Cafe – Jack Mondays Coffee House
Best Customer Service – The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Best Gastro Pub – Curragower Pub
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant – The River Restaurant at the Limerick Strand
Best Newcomer – The Silver Room Restaurant
Best Chef – Tom Flavin of Limerick Strand Hotel
Best Restaurant – 1826 Adare

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Best Casual Dining – Café Hans
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Dooks Fine Foods Fethard
Best Kids Size Me – Niamh’s Restaurant and Delicatessen
Best Free From – Jenny’s Kitchen Gluten Free Bakery
Best Restaurant Manager – Christine Gannon of the Old Convent
Best World Cuisine – Befani’s Mediterranean & Tapas Restaurant
Best Wine Experience – The Peppermill Restaurant
Pub of the Year – McCarthy’s Fethard
Best Cafe – Dooks Fine Foods Fethard
Best Customer Service – Larkins Bar & Restaurant
Best Gastro Pub – Flanagan’s on the Lake
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant – Hotel Minella Clonmel
Best Newcomer – Dooks Fine Foods Fethard
Best Chef – Jason Matthia of Chez Hans
Best Restaurant – The Old Convent


Best Casual Dining – Bodega
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Momo Restaurant
Best Kids Size Me – GROW HQ Café and Food Education Centre
Best Free From – Nutrilicious Food Co
Best Restaurant Manager – Antonio Clemente of Waterford Castle & Golf Resort
Best World Cuisine – Cafe Goa
Best Wine Experience – Waterford Castle
Pub of the Year – J. & K. Walsh Victorian Spirit Grocer
Best Cafe – Cass & Co.
Best Customer Service – Bianconi Restaurant at The Granville Hotel
Best Gastro Pub – The Moorings Dungarvan
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant – The Roseville Rooms at Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club
Best Newcomer – Lagoon Seafood Fusion Restaurant
Best Chef – Sam Burfield at The Tannery Dungarvan
Best Restaurant – The Bay Tree Bistro

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