The Southeast Restaurants

Food is usually prepared in a simple, country-house style, though pleasant surprises abound. A number of ambitious Irish chefs are at work in the Southeast's restaurants and hotels, and at newer joints with inventive offerings that offer a great value. The best of the region's cuisine rests on modern, international interpretations of classic Irish dishes. Leading lights in the area include chef Kevin Dundon at Dunbrody Country House, Paul Flynn of the Tannery, and Martjin Kajuiter at the Michelin-starred Cliff House in Ardmore.

Other than its fabled strawberries, the Southeast is probably best known for its rich seafood, especially Wexford mussels, crabs, and locally caught salmon. Kilmore Quay, noted for lobster and deep-sea fishing, hosts an annual Seafood Festival the second week of July. Many restaurants serve local lamb, beef, and game in season.

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  • 1. Campagne

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    When Garrett Byrne, the former head chef of Dublin's celebrated Chapter One, returns home and opens a restaurant, people take notice, and the awards---and diners...Read More

  • 2. Chez Hans

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    It's rather fitting that this restaurant is in a converted church, as it's become something of a shrine for foodies. Jason Matthia's cuisine is classic...Read More

  • 3. Harvest Room

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    Gourmands come in droves to the ruby-red dining room at Dunbrody House, where celebrity-chef Kevin Dundon serves up foie gras with toasted brioche and balsamic-marinated...Read More

  • 4. Langton's

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    A landmark since the 1940s, Langton's is a labyrinth of interconnected bars and eateries. Up front is one of Ireland's most famous "eating pubs," often...Read More

  • 5. Munster Room

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    Inside the Waterford Castle Hotel, the Munster Room's luxe decor—with oak paneling darkened with age and ancestral portraits in gilt frames—hints at one of the...Read More

  • 6. The Tannery

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    Local culinary wizard Paul Flynn whets quite an appetite in the flocks of Dubliners who besiege every weekend what is commonly regarded as one of...Read More

  • 7. Bodega Restaurant & Wine Bar

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    A casual, modern Irish eatery, Bodega Restaurant is known as the fun place to eat in town. Everything is prepared with locally sourced ingredients, with...Read More

  • 8. Reeds Restaurant

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    Fresh-off-the-boat fish is the big draw at this restaurant at the family-friendly Ferrycarrig Hotel. Seafood from Kilmore Quay is a favorite, but the Killurin lamb...Read More

  • 9. Ristorante Rinuccini

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    A warm glow emanates from this Georgian town-house restaurant, where owner-chef Antonio Cavaliere is intensely involved in preparing such luscious Italian dishes as rigatoni all'...Read More

  • 10. The Silver Fox Seafood Restaurant

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    Given its quayside location, seafood is the specialty at this busy family-run seafood restaurant. Fisherman's pie is a real favorite—scrumptious freshly caught prawns, monkfish, salmon,...Read More

  • 11. Café Sol

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    There's always a lively buzz about this small eatery, with its tropics-tinted decor and chirpy staff. The emphasis is on contemporary Irish cuisine with a...Read More

  • 12. La Boheme

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    In the historic Port of Waterford building, this intimate eatery offers an authentic taste of France and plenty of old-world charm. Popular dishes include a...Read More

  • 13. Nude Food

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    Louise Clark's eclectic little café specializes in simple, delicious food with nothing to hide and everything to love. For a pre-mountain-walk breakfast, fortify yourself with...Read More

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